Thursday, February 27, 2014

Magic square pot scrubbers

I posted earlier how to make a magic square pot scrubber and not quite sure where the post went to. I do know that several of my posts accidentally got deleted when I was updating it this month. :-(

So, I thought I'd repost the tutorial again. This is my new favorite pot scrubber pattern.

First, you must know how to make a magic square pot holder and how to make a round pot scrubber as shown on my blog.

To make, cut strips as for a round pot scrubber and connect strips as you would normally. The amount of strips vary.

To make approximately the same size as my round ones, I chained 12 with a size "k" hook. Then, following the directions for a magic square pot holder, I crochet the same way. When you run out of netting, just connect as usual. When you get to the place where the ends meet, I have been poking the hook through both loops and single crocheting them together. This creates a ridge for extra scrubbing power.

It takes me anywhere between 6-8 strips to make one. It doesn't take as long to make and they are fun to do!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February Crochet pattern giveaway

This month's free pattern giveaway will be for a crochet pattern. I had a hard time deciding which one to pick, so I'll let you choose one of the following patterns by Absoluteknits.

**updated way to enter**
It dawned on me that not everyone wants to make their email address or ravelry username public, so please fill out the contact form and let me know which pattern you'd like to receive.

The contest will close at noon on February 22nd central time.
Rainbow crochet booties
Crochet Headband with flower

The pattern will be delivered electronically.

Until next time!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Whoopie pies

Some 15 years ago, we tried whoopie pies and liked them. For some reason I never made any until yesterday. I had seen something that looked like them and that got me thinking about them so I got online and found a recipe and made them.
They turned out delicious!

To make the cookies. This recipe makes 7 pies.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 medium egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet. Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Stir milk and vanilla in another bowl. In another bowl (yes, this makes a lot of dirty dishes, but it's worth it!) Beat butter and sugar. Slowly add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately.
Spoon 1 Tablespoon mound of batter onto cookie sheet. 14 total. Or however many it makes for you. Bake until tops are puffed and cooky springs back when touched. It took my oven 10 minutes, but it may take less or more for yours.
Transfer to a rack to cool.
Then make filling-
1 egg white
2 tsp. Flour
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1 T. Milk
3/4 cup butter, softened.
Beat with mixer until fluffy. Spoon filling on cookie, top with another cookie. Wrap individual pies with Saran wrap. I was out so I put them on a pie pan and used a large Ziploc bag to keep fresh. When we consumed them that evening, they were awesome! The filling set up nicely too. I had enough filling leftover that I plan to make another batch soon.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Points of a scrubber- right way/ wrong way

I had someone ask the other day asking about which way the points on the netting should be. So, I thought I'd make a new post about it and hopefully take better pictures to describe it.
I had another asking how to tell which way to cut the material if there were no folds to begin with.
So, here is the answer. Suppose you find yourself with a stash of netting and want to make pot scrubbers. How do you know which way to cut the strips?
Can you see the direction of the netting? The right way makes the points if the six sided shapes go to the sides, whereas the wrong way makes the points go up and down. So, when you look at your strips you are using, which way are your points facing?
Hope this helps answer my two reader's questions.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Inside out hat

I finished the hat I casted on yesterday. It was a quick knit. My only complaint with the pattern is that it called for sewing a seam. I'm going to get some size 10 sixteen inch circular needles and knit it in the round.
Since I sewed it up with mattress stitching, the seam is on the outside and I'm not sure it will look right with it showing and I definitely did not want the seam on the inside.
Other than that, it was fun and easy to make. Now that I see the pattern emerged it looks exactly like the same pattern I used on hubby's scarf.

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...