Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fingerless Gloves, Wristlets or gauntlets - Take Your Pick

These are my latest knitting addiction. I can usually make a pair in about 3 hours - depending on what's on the tube. They are a lot of fun to make and just as much fun to wear. The three styles I have pictured I used a chunky weight yarn. I also like to make the thumb hole horizontal, not vertical - don't ask me why - I think it's just a personal prefernce thing. The one disadvantage to the thumb hole being horizontal is that you will have a slight gap next to the bound offf stitches - I still haven't figured out how to alleviate that, but from all the directions I've read, neither has anyone else. Below are my directions - as basic as they are. If you see a mistake, please let me know so I can change them as needed. Thanks and enjoy making these.

Basic Beginner Fingerless Gloves
Size 10.5 DPN's
1 skein Bulky (#5) yarn - I used Yarn Bee Mosiac twist in the first picture; Lion's Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in the 2nd picture and Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky in the last picture.
Tapestry needle to hide ends

On your needles cast on 25 stitches (8,8,9). Join the stitches being careful that you do not twist your yarn before the joining. The best method I've found for joining on is the cross over method. For directions how to do the cross over go here: http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/closeup/e-twocircular.html
Knit in the round for 30 rows. On the next row, k1, bind off 5 stitches (you should have 3 stitches left on your needle). Continue knitting that row. *** (See errata below for additional directions) On the next row, k1, cast on 5 stitches, continue knitting that row. Knit 10 rows, bind off. If you have a hard time getting a flexible binding, try using the suspended cast/bind-off. It's pretty flexible.

These will fit a small to med. size hand - If you need to go bigger, try moving up 5 stitches at a time. Good luck and enjoy!

*** Errata - To alleviate the problem with the thumb hole knit as follows: After you have bound off your 5 stitches and finished that row, on the next row, k1, cast on 5 stitches, continue knitting until you get to the last stitch. Knit the last stitch of this row and the first stitch of the next, together (k2tog), finish the row. On the next row, at the last two stitches, the second to last stitch k1fb and then knit the last stitch. You should then have 8,8, and 9 stitches again on your needles.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Yes, I know it's past Christmas and Thanksgiving and I know I'm late in posting this, but what else is new - bookmark my page for next year's celebrations.

This recipe came from a dear friend and everyone that tries it loves it and wants the recipe, so I'm sharing with you. Hope you like it. BTW, if you're counting your calories or carbs or fats, then don't bother making this recipe -it's not for the weight conscious.

Sweet Potato Casserole

6 c. cooked-mashed sweet potatoes
1 c. sugar
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. evaporated milk

Mix all ingredients well. Stir until creamy. Put into a buttered casserole dish. On top add:

3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. flour
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 c. pecans, chopped

Mix all and spread or sprinkle over the top of the sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 deg. for 45 minutes.

You can also add little marshmallows after done baking and let melt before serving.


Happy New Year!

Hard to believe 2009 is almost over. Lots of changes happened this year - some good and some not so good. I pray for each of you that 2010 is a prosperous and happy year. I pray for your goodhealth as well.

I was late this year when it came to my Christmas cards - in fact, they may end up being New Year's cards. I can't remember the last time I was late in getting my cards out. I also ran out of time for baking - that's a first also. But, I was busy with other things and I know that life can get in the way - the most important thing to remember throughout the Christmas season is that we are celebrating Jesus' birthday - not a secular holiday.

One of the things I did this year was make Christmas trees for an annual event at our church. The trees are really neat as you can see and SUPER easy! As you can see from the picture, they are small enough to fit on a table and make a great decoration in your home. Can you tell what it's made of??? Let's get a closer look:
Did you figure it out yet? OK, I'll tell you what it's made out of - it's a tomato cage! The cage is inverted and covered with "fancy" garland.
So, if you want to make one of these, here is the "rough" directions. Tomato cages come in two sizes - the one shown is the larger cage. You will need one "package" of garland. I got mine at Hobby Lobby. The garland is kind of wavy and on one side it's green and the other side is red. I also used green organza ribbon (also bought at HL) and the red star also come from HL. Yes, I support them - a lot. Anyway, before you cut your garland, measure it around each "level" and then cut it with an extra couple of inches to be on the safe side. Now you have two options of attaching it. The picture shown has the garland attached by twist ties. It works just fine, and is quick, however, you need to tie every few inches. A better way is to use a low-temp glue gun. If that is your choice, start AT THE TOP LEVEL and glue the garland. Then work your way down to the bottom level. Next, measure the ribbon from the point (where the star will go) down along the edge wires to the bottom. Overlap the ribbon at the point by just an inch or so. Put glue on the point and fold the ribbon over. At the bottom, place some hotglue up agains the wire and "in" the garland. Press your ribbon down into the glue and hold. I used a cheap bamboo skewer to do this so I would avoid burning my fingers. When everything is cooled off, cut ribbon to whatever length you desire and tie on the edge wires, right above each level. Slide down and arrange. Then gather up your points and slide the star on top and your done! It's really beautiful. I also did one in red and gold and hung large candy canes from each level. Another idea, as a centerpiece, is to place matching ball ornaments on the table top (within the tree). I placed 5 and that works as well. I also did a candy dish in the middle at my door entrance. I hope you enjoy this and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me

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