Crochet for a Cause!

Wow, it’s been a while since I blogged! My last blog was about 7 months ago from NC, and that’s about how long it takes to really settle down in a new home, in my experience. Anyway, a lot has happened since April. Thankfully me and Rocky worked all summer at the casinos in Atlantic City. But since Hurricane Sandy I haven’t been back to work but that changes tonight, thank God, because we are broke!

Since the weather got cooler I’ve been crocheting A LOT. I love it! I love the different yarns, the colors, the textures and I really love to make things that can be used for a purpose, not just as decoration. My girlfriend Danielle had a baby girl a couple months ago so I gave her a pretty baby blanket I made before she was born. I like making things that are fairly quick and simple so I thought why not just make a big granny square with pretty girly colors and with a smaller than usual crochet needle. So here it is, just a big granny square, tho not too big for baby, using size H needle. If I remember correctly it was approx. 40″ x 40″ and it looks like 30 rows plus a single crochet border.

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My helpful husband Rocky holding it up for the picture :)

I’ll be taking pictures of shawls and scarves I’ve made as well, will post them later. But right now I want to add a few links on how crafters are making a difference, donating their time and talent making beautiful scarves, hats, gloves, blankets, shawls, etc. to people in need. And with the recent hurricane disaster many people are making things for those affected by Sandy.

Our church, United Methodist church of Absecon, has a Faithful Fingers ministry based on the Prayer Shawl Ministry. We are working on replenishing our supply since our closet is empty right now: http://www.abseconumc.com/ministries.htm

Also this was just started by Linda Babcock, who also runs the Faithful Fingers ministry: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lindas-Hats-For-Hope-Initiative-Atlantic-County-NJ/279387178830341

Here’s another link of a NJ girl who started making hats for the homeless: http://www.emilyshatsforhopeinitiative.org/home.html

And I just found this link on a fellow WordPress blog: https://www.facebook.com/SandyCraftalong

It’s gonna be a busy winter!  Happy crocheting!

Simple ideas that might come in handy

  • Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.
  • Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! (Same thing for celery!)
  • Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  • Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
  • To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.
  • For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.
  • Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.
  • Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yum!
  • Reheat Pizza: Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.
  • Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done – easy clean up.
  • Expanding Frosting: When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.
  • Reheating Refrigerated Bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.
  • Newspaper Weeds Away: Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic but they will not get through wet newspapers.
  • Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.
  • No More Mosquitoes: Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
  • Squirrel Away!: To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.
  • Flexible Vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge. add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.
  • Reducing Static Cling: Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and tada! Static is gone.
  • Measuring Cups: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.
  • Foggy Windshield: Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car.When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
  • Reopening Envelopes: If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.
  • Conditioner: Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.
  • Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
  • Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!
  • INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS: The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material .. I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well …. the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free … that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box … well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!
  • Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it .. the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

(Taken from another email Mom sent me :)

Reblog: Crochet Striped Fingerless Mitts

so cute! love the colors

Squirrel Acorns

So, I have been working on these fingerless mittens for quite awhile (well it was only a month, but it felt like a long time).  All those stripes of color and ends that I keep forgetting to weave in as I go along!  (No seriously, I did most of them as I went along, I just forgot a few.)  Here is my Ravelry page for it.  I used leftover Knit Picks Wool of the Andes that I have from the hexie cushion that I’m making.  It doesn’t take a lot of yarn to make the mitts.  The pattern is based on Lucy’s mitts from Attic24.

I started off with a chain 34, as Lucy did, but they turned out a little big for me.  Not really in the start of it (I did try them on as I went along), but I have really thin wrists.  I think I would…

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Quick and Easy Curtain Tie Backs (Crocheted)

So I decided that I’d hang some curtains in the 3 doorways leading into my living room since there was such a breeze blowing through. I bought the curtains cheap; I went to Dollar General and spent $12 each on 2 sets of brown 84″ panels. I already had a pretty floral pair for the doorway leading into the dining room. I also bought 3 tension rods for $3.00 each because I didn’t want to drill holes and ruin the trim. Not only do the curtains make the living room look good but now it feels so warm and cozy, especially when the fireplace is going.

During the day, though, I like to keep the curtains tied back but instead of buying a half-dozen tie backs I thought I’d make my own. I love to crochet so I got some Peaches and Cream white cotton yarn and started my design!

First I chained 50, skipped the first 2 holes, then double crocheted (DC) 40, leaving 8 loose chains on the end. Then I chained 2 and turned. Then it was another row of 40 DC. At the end I chained 8 and joined with a slip stitch to make the loop. I did the same on the other end by joining the 8 loose chains to make another loop. I tied it tight and fastened and cut off the extra yarn and that was it for my tie back!

Of course, that was too plain for me so I bought some glass beads to hang in the middle of the tie back. It helps weigh it down some and it looks pretty. I took 2 pieces of yarn almost a foot long, folded in half and pulled a loop through the middle of the tie back. I then stuck the bottom of the yarn into the glass bead, pulled up to the top and then tied a knot at the bottom to hold the bead in place. I screwed in mug hooks on each side of the doorway, wrapped the tie back around the curtain and voila! They were so simple to make and they work!