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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crochet Color pooling with Caron Simply Soft Party

So have you jumped on the Color Pooling Bandwagon? This craze has sent most crocheters and yarn enthusiast scrambling through their yarn stash pulling out any variegated yarn that they have ever bought to try and see if they can get this color pooling thing to work. I have seen people expressing their frustrations and I have seen people expressing their excitement when it works. I have had my moments of both but am absolutely excited about learning something new and adding yet another project to my ever growing list of "things to make"!
I decided I would put together some pics of my trials and errors to maybe help save some of you from suffering the frustration of trying and trying and not getting the results you wanted.
For this post I was working With Caron Simply Soft Party in Violet Varg that I had just happened to have just bought for another project but couldn't wait to try pooling and didn't want to take the time to go rambling through my hoarder like stash of yarn to try and find another variegated yarn.

In the next pic it shows my experiments with different size hooks and number of stitches. 
In the first sample of the left I used an "h" hook and chained 28. In the middle sample I used an "I" hook and chained 26. In the last one I used an "I" hook and chained 24. The 3rd one is the only one I really liked and the only one that really looks like any kind of cool design to me. In all of them I used the Linen stitch and started in the 4th chain from hook and chained 2 at the end of each row when turning. 

I can't wait to try this with other brands and colors. What have you tried? What worked and didn't work? I would love to see pics and hear your experiences! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

 What Happened when I put a pan of Sliced Squash in my Car in July?

I am all about saving some money and as my husband will tell you I will try about anything to try and save a $. I have seen Pins and post about people using solar ovens and solar power to cook or warm food so I figured I would give it a try and this is what happened....

It was 2:44 in the afternoon and 90 degrees outside. I wanted to cook some of the squash that I just got out of the garden but being the tight wade that I am all I could think about was if I turn the oven on it will heat the house up even more and make my poor air conditioner run that much harder. At that point I could just envision my light bill going up but my mouth was watering and my stomach growling so I had to do something...

I had just went out to my car to get something and it was steaming hot in there so a light bulb went off & I thought "I wonder if I can cook these squash in the car"... I figured why not..

So I put a layer of tin foil on a stone baking sheet and sliced enough squash to cover the pan. I then sprinkled some seasonings on and headed to the car with my digital thermometer in hand.

I placed the pan in the front window and  After only 15 minutes in the car the temp was up to 118 degrees!!! Remember that if you are ever considering leaving an animal or child, or anything for that matter, in the car!
I could see little dots of moisture starting to form on the squash.

One hour later....

It was 135 degrees in the car and the squash were starting to get a little soft...

2 hours later....

It was 145 degrees in the car and the squash were getting lighter in color like the sun was bleaching them and they were a little softer than the hour before but still not as soft as I wanted. 

4 hours later... 

It was 156 degrees on the car!!! Remember it was only 90 degrees outside!! 
But at 6:44 in the afternoon the sun was getting off of the car and I figured my squash had done all of the cooking it was going to do in the car. 
I took them inside and they were soft enough to eat but still not as soft as I wanted them to be. I ate a couple as they were but then ended up putting the others in a frying pan and cooking them just a little more. 
In the end they were edible but I think If I try it again I will put them in there earlier in the day and maybe cover them in plastic wrap or put a clear glass cutting board over them to help hold more heat in the pan. 

All in All it was a good experiment that I will try again. My kids thought it was pretty cool and kinda weird at the same time that I was cooking in the car. LOL! It was definitely a good lesson on the dangers of a hot car.
I will definitely keep experimenting and looking for ways to pinch pennies and use free solar energy. Please feel free to offer suggestion on how to make this work better or on how you have used solar energy or money/energy saving tips. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I finally did it... I made a mermaid blanket....

Hello Everyone!!

If you are like me you have been seeing everyone all over the internet making these crochet mermaid blankets.
Well I finally bit the bullet and made one myself. I looked at SOOOO many different patterns. I finally decided that Mj's off the hook designs was my favorite. It is a very well written and easy to follow pattern. It worked up really quickly and easily and it is a beautiful finished product!!
This is my finished product! I love how it turned out!! I used Lion brand Homespun. 
I was so surprised at how easy this was! If you have been debating trying to make one I would definitely say GO FOR IT!

UPDATED to show in the newborn size for Mj's off the hood designs Mermaid blanket. I made this one with Red heart SS in cream color.

I also tried a new pattern by Knitsy Crochet for a newborn mermaid tail. This works with a regular weight yarn instead of chunky and gives a thinner more delicate feel making it great for tiny newborns and photo props. I used the Mandala yarn in "Spirit" which is a little thinner so I had to go up a hook size to make the measurements come out right. I love the way it turned out and really like the way her pattern was written. It was easy to follow and worked up quickly and I love the little flower accent! The pattern also include a bikini top but I have not tried it yet. 

If you have made one from these patterns or any other I would love to see your work and hear your thoughts!