Wrong, wrong, wrong!

You ever spend way too much time on the wrong project with the wrong yarn at the wrong time of year?  Welcome to the last several weeks of my crafting!  I have been fighting this thing since the beginning.

Several weeks ago I put out an impassioned request for some ideas on how to use the linen stitch.  I rattled off a list of items I didn’t want to make, which included a cowl, but as a proper linen stitch needs to be worked in the round, I was limited.  So what did I do?  I started a cowl.  No big deal.  Except I had to cast on 16 different times because I kept twisting the foundation row.  That is such a rookie mistake, that I should have taken my cue from such an inauspicious start.

I didn’t.

The yarn is Malabrigo that I’ve had tucked away in a bag in my closet for over a year, and I wanted to use it.  I even rescued a snarled skein that had previously kept me from using the yarn at all – that’s how bad I wanted to get this thing started!  As for a pattern, I was loosely basing in on Kristen Kapur’s Chickadee Cowl, but not having too much success.  The yarn combination was just wrong for me.  So now it sits, rewound and back on its shelf in the closet, awaiting a more suitable project.

Doing the Eye of Partridge stitch for the heel and loving it.

In the meantime, I figure it’s never a wrong time to work on socks!

See you in the funny pages.

 

 

My Birthday Giveaway!

I finally finished the chile pepper scarf!  As you can see, it’s not hard, it just took some thought.  I also thought it would be great to release it and offer it free for a limited time around my birthday just for the fun of it.  Here is the link to the pattern in my Ravelry Store.   Use the code bday63 and get it for free.  Offer ends midnight, Monday, April 11th 2016.

Have fun!

The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers…

Yea…this post has nothing to do with A.A. Milne’s wonderful creations…

2016-03-31 17.59.19I’ve been having trouble with my FB page.  It appears that I can’t properly access it, because I’m still in my personal profile.  Is this happening to anyone else?  I am a huge fan of progress and improvements to my digital environment, but I sometimes the changes that are effected feel like they are done just for the sake of change.  I got enough damn change in my life without having to deal with superfluous modifications that don’t actually help!

Ok.  Rant over.  I promise.

I hope everyone had a great Easter.

For myself, my latest and greatest pattern still sits atop my yarn tray, still unfinished. Something that should have been done in 3 days max. My problem? I am sooo not in the mood to crochet! I want to knit!!! And you’re probably thinking, Grow up!  Just knit something or pick up the damned hook and finish this alleged wonderful project so you can knit!  (Umm….I hope you’re not really thinking that.)  I don’t like more than one project going because it starts feeling too chaotic, but in instances like these, my whole creative process gets in a bottle-neck because, again, I refuse to have too many thing going at once.  Oh, well.  It’ll be done, I’ll show it off, and on to the next one!

Do you have any rules about your crafting?

Freebie Easter Crochet and Knit Pattern Round-Up

With Easter just around the corner, I felt the need to share some freebie cuties.  Presented in no particular order, they’re a hodgepodge of crochet and knit patterns, most of them quick enough to complete in plenty of time.  Just click the link above the picture and it will take you to the pattern.  Enjoy!

Some Easter Peeps

some easter peeps

Crochet Bunny Hat Pattern

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Easter Marshmallow Bunnies

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Bunny Hats

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Sunny Bunny

sun bun

Knitted Easter Chicks

easter chick

Little Easter Bunnies

Little-Easter-Bunnies-by-Joanne-Jordan

A Tail of Two Bunnies

Bunnies Yellow, Shrimp

Easter Bunny Wreath

wreath

Easter Lily

easter lily

Easter Bunny Finger Puppets

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Pippa

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Calorie Free Chocolate Bunny

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Sneak Peek

New patternI have been wanting to make this scarf for the longest time, and damnit – !  I’m going to.  I hope it comes out as well as I think it will, and what I find exciting is that I haven’t seen anything at all like available anywhere….so I want to finish it – NOW!  LOL  I’m sure it’s been done before, I just haven’t found it yet.  When I do finish it and the pattern, I’ll want to hear from anyone if they’ve seen it before.  I got so much guff when I posted the Foxy Hooded Cowl for looking exactly (and it didn’t!!!) like another, fiber artist’s work whose fame is renowned, I almost gave up.  I did have supporters who backed me up that it wasn’t the same thing, but man, I learned my lesson.  Now I endeavor to do my research before, and even then, it’s not always a sure thing.

Anyway, I’m going to continue doing what I love, and in the meantime, try not to step on too many toes!  Let you know when it’s done!

The Five Stages of…

making an error/finding an error in your current knit or crochet project.

5 stages... (1)What started as a joke posting on my Facebook page, actually made me do some rethinking about the 5 stages of grief.  It was 3:00 am and I’d just discovered that a pattern I’d downloaded, printed up and purchased yarn for had not been written correctly.  Maybe someone else who is a sharper tack than I would have caught the error and amended it before they were 3/4 of the way finished.

So, while I was frogging my project, I felt a funny should be made.  You know, the kind of idea you come up with in the wee hours of the morning.  Maybe it was because I was loopy with sleep that I made this connection, but I do believe it’s valid, at least to how I reacted to this particular incident.

When I first realized that it was the pattern and not a misunderstanding on my part, I thought NO WAY!  (denial); rapidly followed by irritation that I’d gone through all the hoops to make this happen (anger); then I started thinking of ways to fix it at this point (bargaining); but quickly determined, with a sinking heart, that it wasn’t possible (depression); and just started with the frogging (acceptance).

See?  It was all there in a microcosm!

What weird connections have you made recently?

 

80s Style Chicken Broccoli Noodle Casserole

I am in a mood to share recipes recently!  I don’t know if I should add a tab just for recipes or not!  Eh, probably not.  A lot of the recipes I have posted have been reviews.  Or maybe I should do a review tab?  Hm.

Anyway, this recipe was devised during the late 80s, meant to fill up a young child and a hungry husband and be nutritious on a meager budget.  It ticked off all those requirements and managed to be delicious!  While the budget has expanded somewhat, this dish is a perennial favorite and still ends up on the dinner table for busy evenings.

Yummy, yummy!

Yummy, yummy!

8 oz. dry egg noodles

1 pound broccoli

½ red onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 10 ½ oz. cans cream of chicken soup with herbs

1 can milk

1 can chicken broth

1 tsp herbs de provence

1 ½ – 2 cups cooked chicken, cut up

1 ½ cups of grated cheddar

 

Preheat oven to 350°F, spray a 9 x 13 baking with oil.

1.)  Fill Dutch oven 2/3 with water and 2 tablespoons of salt.  Put on the stove to boil.

2.)  In the meantime, chop the onion and put into a medium-hot pan.  Mince the garlic while onion is cooking.  Sauté onion until almost tender, then add the garlic.  Cook for another two minutes, turn off the heat and set aside.

3.)  Water should be close to boiling by now.  Prepare the  broccoli and chop off the big stems, then put in the water with noodles and stir.  Let those cook by themselves for about 8 – 9 minutes.

4.)  While that’s cooking, mix the chicken soup, milk, chicken broth and herbs de provence in a large bowl until well blended; set aside.

5.)  For the chicken, I use leftovers or you can use canned or rotisserie.  It just makes things easier.  You can also cook up two medium sized chicken breasts.  Either way, chop it up at this point.

6.)  Check the noodles and broccoli; they should be done.  Let drain for a few minutes – nothing worse than a watery casserole!

7.)  You now have time to grate the cheese.

8.)  Everything is ready to put together!  Dump the noodles and broccoli back into the Dutch oven, along with the sautéed onions and garlic, sauce, chopped chicken and about 2/3 of the cheese.  Incorporate the ingredients well.  Pour into the prepared baking dish, then top with the rest of the cheese.

9.)  Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges.

 

Enjoy!