Archive for November, 2009

November 18, 2009

Crochet Placemat & Napkin Rings

PlacematI am still working on my quest to make handmade gifts this year. I ended up creating my 1st crochet pattern in the process. It is fairly easy to make and it is possible to add a third color in the band where the fork is. I will try doing this for my own table after the holidays.

Yarn:
Lilly Sugar and Cream 100% cotton
-120 yds 2.5oz #00084 Sage Green 4 skeins
-95 yds 2oz #00228 Natural Ombre 1 skein.
Makes 4 placemats & 4 napkin rings.

Hook:
5mm, US-H

Gauge:
4 sts x 4 rows = 1″

 

Placemat
1) With A ch 45. Starting on 2nd chain from hook, sc in each ch, ch1.
2) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 9 times. Change to B in the last ch. Fasten off A.
3) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 3 times. Change to A in the last ch. Fasten off B.
4) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 36 times. Change to B in the last ch. Fasten off A.
5) * sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 3 times. Change to A in the last ch. Fasten off B.
6) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Repeat from * 10 times. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Napkin Ring
1) With A ch 16. Starting on 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch. Change to B and ch 1. Fasten off A.
2) *sc in each sc, ch 1. Reapeat from * 2 times. Change to A in the last ch. Fasten off B
3) Sc in each sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

November 15, 2009

Embroidery

Here is my 1st attempt at embroidery (If you don’t count cross stiching). I think I found how to put all the doodles in my journals to good use. Embroidery turns out to be like drawing with thread.

Embroidery2

It was so much fun trying to figure out what colors and what stiches to use. This is a replica of a mandala I drew 10 years ago.

Embroidery

November 7, 2009

Fall Veggie Crops

Garden2

(Summer Squash, Cabbage & Broccoli)

In Florida we are blessed with two growing seasons. One in the Fall and another in the Spring. I found out the hard way by trying to grow veggies in the summer and failing miserably.

Garden

(Green Beans. Compost bins in the background)

If you think the meals you cook from scratch taste good, you should try growing your own produce. Why not treat yourself with fresh veggies grown organically with your own two hands? It’s also very budget friendly.

Squash

(1st summer squash of the season)

Start with potted herbs if you have never grown anything before. I promise you will notice the difference when you use the fresh herbs in your meals. Slowly incorporate 2-3 veggies to your garden per season.  Use a gardening journal to keep notes of what works and what doesn’t.  Just like everything, the more you practice, the better you’ll get.