Thursday, October 25, 2012
I encountered a problem. The yarn is chunky. It was quite difficult to get into the tapestry needle. Even the huge blue things that I use for sewing with yarn. The problem was the button holes. Way too small for the blue needle to fit through.
So I pulled out the regular sewing needles. I have packages of them. So I just went through until I found one that fit through the button holes. Check out the difference in size.
You can see the eye of the small needle if you look closely. There was no way no way at all that the yarn was going to fit into that stupid tiny little hole.
As I was sitting there, a bit frustrated (Ok a lot frustrated and about to begin swearing like a pissed off sailor), I had an Epiphany -I could use tape to make the yarn fit into the tiny little eye of that sewing needle. I pulled out the tape and tried out my brilliant idea (Yes I am sure others have come up with this idea and came up with it before I did-I am not claiming to be the mastermind behind the idea).
It went through. Sewing can now commence.
I made a matching cowl to compliment the hat. Here it is a bit slouchy:
I was quite proud of myself for figuring out a way to make that button work. Switching to thread would not have been a good idea. Even with a ton of layers the button would likely fall off and she wouldn't sew it back on and the hat wouldn't get used. Besides I had an idea in my head of how I wanted the finished project to look and it did not include thread. So the next time you are stuck and about to swear-take a step back and think. You'll have an epiphany too.
Monday, October 22, 2012
This hat is a really basic hat. Cast on 70 stitches and work in stockinette until it's 5 inches or however long you want the hat to be. Then start decreasing. with a *k6, k2tog* for a round. Every even round you knit. The decreases continue at k5, k4, k3. Then change yarn color. Continue decreases k2, k1, then k2tog. Knit 3 rounds and bind off by running the yarn through the remaining stitches. Simple.
Enjoy the sunset:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I've made this pizza crust for a lot of different pizzas. Buffalo chicken pizza, taco pizza, veggie galore, pepperoni, meat lovers or heart attack on a plate and there are so many more combinations out there. You can control the calorie and fat content. I don't do an egg wash around the edge-but you can if you want it to be pretty.
Amy's awesome pizza recipe
3/4 cup water-warm
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 tsp sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
cheese and toppings of choice.
Preheat oven and pizza stone at 500 degrees. In large bowl add warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit until yeast activates (bubbly). Add spices and flour. Mix and knead. Roll out. shake corn meal onto pizza stone (so nothing sticks). Put dough on stone and cook 3-5 minutes until slightly brown. Take out of oven and add sauce and toppings. Back in oven until cheese is melted.
Cut and enjoy!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Scott's modeling doesn't show off the color. It's a lovely purple with shades of pinks and maroons.