Review of Bernat Home Mix Yarn

Failed crocheted floor mat. And yes, I plucked this sucker out of the garbage to get this pic!

This endeavor was one of those spur of the moment, “let’s break it up a little bit” type of moves.  I was meandering around the local Michaels Crafts with my husband without any plan in my mind.  I wanted to check out the new Halloween displays and be inspired by what I saw.  Well, I was, but not for seasonal decorating.  The yarn clearance bin was strategically placed right in the middle of all the brilliant autumn colored silk flowers and garlands, and everything else faded away as I worked my way to the display.

I glanced over the typical off-colorway offerings one would find in such a bin, then noticed a whole load of the Bernat Home Mix yarn on the bottom.  At half the regular going price, I thought, why not?  I’ll make a new door mat.  The one we currently have was a Dollar General impulse purchase and had done a good job for over a year; in fact, it still is.  I bought two of the large skeins just because.

In order to justify the crocheted hot mess I posted, I must say that I’ve always had trouble with textured yarn and the crochet hook.  Amazingly, I do have a few crochet patterns that feature knobbly yarn and they came out great, so what the deal really is, you got me.  This was one of those instances where the yarn just wasn’t willing to work with me, so in my frustration, I just bundled up the disaster and tossed it into the trashcan.  I knew at this point that knitting was the only way to do this, so I brought out the second skein.  Good thing I bought it, huh?

I didn’t count how many stitches I cast on, and I worked the whole skein in garter stitch, so this was a no-brainer.  What I noticed about the yarn, though, is that the mix wouldn’t, in my opinion, make a good blanket.  I mention that because a blanket pattern is printed on the inside of the label.  It was actually a little rough on my hands, and the differences in yarn texture created uneven edges.  Still, for a floormat, who’s going to be looking?  Other than that, I was happy with it.  If you want a fun or different yarn to work with, this would be an option.

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Review on Red Heart Scrubby yarn

Aaaand….we’re back.

I purchased this yarn several years ago with the intent of making it my “next” project, as soon as I was done with whatever I was working on at the time.  Oops.  I’d actually started this particular post around then.  Its been languishing in the Drafts section, silently accusing me every time I wrote about something else.  Why haven’t you whipped up this easy project?  I’d skim over the Drafts option and choose New.  Sometimes, that’s the way it goes.

So, what did I think after the two year wait?  The yarn is nice and scrubby, textured enough to make finding stitches a little difficult.  I can definitely see its value as a household cleaning item.  But this is a double-edged proposition.  For the yarn to be effective enough, it has to be coarse enough, and that can make it rough on your skin as you’re working it.  I had to stop twice before chafing started!  I will also add that I already have dry, rough, older skin, so this may not be an issue for all of you who try it.

As for the particular pattern I used, Fancy Flower Scrubber, that sucker is big.  I won’t be making a second blue one because I can’t see using them for their intended purposed.  It’s way larger than my hand so it wouldn’t be ergonomic for me.  I may whip up a simple square in hdc just to use it up…but later.  Need to give my skin a break.

Crock Pot Red Robin French Fries “Review”

This must be one of the most simple recipes you’ll find.  The potatoes aren’t even peeled, you just have to make sure they’re clean and you have most of the spices.  I say “most” because I never have garlic salt.  I just use garlic powder and salt.  Why bother with a review?  I really like french fries and any short cut is right there on my list of recipes to try.

While there isn’t much to critique in the concoction itself, I would beg to differ about the use of the term “French fries”.  They are tasty, but the crock pot method makes the potatoes a bit too moist for my liking.  Maybe the slow cooker used for the presentation cooked on a hotter “high” setting.  I ended up using a fork to eat them instead of my fingers, but as you can see, I ate all of them.

Will I make them again?  Yes and no.  I’ll use the preparation and seasonings, but I’ll pass on the slow cooking method and just toss them into the oven for 30 minutes!

 

Airy Lace Shell…a lesson learned

So I managed to finish working in all the loose ends, which, by the way, took all of two hours.  Ugh!  I had my misgivings after I first started working on this project that maybe I shouldn’t have chosen this particular one because I look like a barn.  But it looked so pretty, I had to!  Oh, well.  I’ll look like a barn when I wear it!  And yes,the armholes are a bit long so I photoshopped my bra out of a

The cool, collected look

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sense of decency and decorum.  I was also surprised that this shirt isn’t more see-through….not that I wanted that.  And it truly is airy because of the open weave.  While I was making it, I doubted that it would be something I could wear in temperatures over 50°F because the top must weigh close to three pounds.

The pattern instructions say this is an intermediate project, but I disagree.  I believe all but the most absolute beginner could finish this.  It’s fast and fun and the pattern is available for free at:

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90416AD.html?noImages=