Friday, March 29, 2013

Argyle Crochet Book Free on 3/29/13

I've been literally dreaming about this new technique developed by Crochet Dynamite.  Seriously, I dreamed about trying this crochet equivalent to pooling.  I may be a little obsessed with crochet...knitting...all things yarn really...just a little obsesses mind you.

Anyway, that's why I'm writing to tell you about Crochet Dynamite's new Argyle Crochet book.  It's available on Amazon for free for one day only Friday, March 29, 2013.  You can bet I'll be getting my copy!  I've got my kindle charged and I'm planning to practice with the beautiful variegated Red Heart I got at the thrift store almost two weeks ago.

So, I'm ready.  Are you?  What are you waiting for?  Download your book and get crocheting?  You don't need a kindle, Amazon has free kindle software for the PC.  No excuses.  Let's learn something new and hone our craft!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Thrift Store Yarn

This weekend while The Big Dog and the boys shot a regional archery tournament, I spent a few hours on my own.  I decided to visit the local Good Will and see what I could found.  Well, I found.  I got all this yarn for under $30!

This isn't the greatest picture, BUT, it is a fun bunch of yarn.  There were six bulky weight Lion Brand "Velvet Spun" chenille.  I put that to work right away:
 I got a small baby blanket and two adorable hats from that yarn.  The baby blanket is a simple square granny square.  The hat pattern is knit and was on the wrapper for the yarn but you can find it here if you're interested.  I adjusted the pattern by using 10.5 double points and working the entire thing in the round.  If you need help with that adjustment, let me know.

The other yarn I got is also very lovely, but I haven't started working on it yet.  there are 4.5 skeins of wool ease worsted weight.  I think I'm going to double the strands and make this bag.  AND there's enough of Paton's Divine to make this cardigan sweater.You can't tell from the picture, but it's a deep rich purple color with black undertones.  It's going to be gorgeous.

Finally, I picked up two big 12-once skeins of Red Heart in a lovely colorway.  It reminds me of Easter.  I have no idea what it's going to be yet, but I couldn't pass up the color.  It will probably become a blanket.  But I'm also super intrigued with a process that Jaime over at Crochet Dynamite is working on.  It's a process similar to pooling in knitting, but done with crochet.  So maybe I'll save that variegated Red Heart for Jaime's e-book.

I also got a cute top and a pair of khaki cropped pants.  But the headline was the yarn!

Here's my sitting by my chair project right now.  It's a simple single crochet stripe, which bores me to tears, but the way the colors work up is really cool.  If only I can stay with it until it's finished!  I'm doing a self-fringing thing with it as I go.  But it's still not very interesting work.  What are you working on?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gettin' down on Pi Day!

Today is March 14th also written as 3/14. It's Albert Einstein's birthday. It's also known as Pi day because Pi is 3.14. And so we celebrate! And who doesn't want to celebrate math?

So, we are eating all circular things and figuring out the circumference and area of all of it. We had pancakes for breakfast, sandwich rounds for lunch, pizza for supper, and chocolate pie for dessert. Measuring all as we go.

We wrote pi-ems and pi-kus. And we watched Night At The Museum II. Einstein is in it and the secret code is Pi. And of course we did lots of math.

Anybody else celebrate Pi day today?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

YOU Could Win the New Veggie Tales Movie!

When I asked my family if we wanted to review the newest VeggieTales title they lept at the chance.  Please remember that our boys are 16 and 14 years old.  ...and they JUMPED at the chance to review the new VeggieTales movie.  And I have to tell you, it did not disappoint.  We watched it the same day it arrived.  All four of us watched the movie in the living room over supper.  And we loved it.  Read below to see a brief synopsis of the movie, but suffice it to say, it does what VeggieTales does told biblical stories in an entertaining way.  VeggieTales, "The Little House That Stood" gets four thumbs up in the Lydell household.  Check out this trailer:

Would you like to win a copy for your very own?  I have an extra copy that could be yours if you just leave a comment on this blog post.  That's all you have to do.  Leave a comment.  And I'll put your name in a hat and draw a winner on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.  So leave a comment on this blog post and I'll let you know if you win! 

About The Little House That Stood
When the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue! Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation - following the wise plans from the Master Builder's Handbook! Will the Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses - and their lives - on solid ground? Find out in this parable that shows kids when they follow God's blueprints, then can stand strong when the storms come!

Now leave your comment to win your copy!

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

What the Mouse is Doing

Tonight, the Big Dog and the boys are on a field trip to Cabela's and then a sportsmen's banquet at a friend's church.  It's a bit of a drive from here, so they left in the middle of the afternoon and won't be home until late tonight.  I have the rare treat of an evening at home all by myself.  What do I do when I have an evening alone?  I'm glad you asked.  Tonight, I made a swiss cheese quiche based off Paula Dean's recipe here.  And Giada's Linguine with Avacado and Arugula Pesto.  It's deeeelicious, but not one of those meals the Big Dog would love.  Here's a pic:
I even put my soda in the freezer to get it icy cold and dropped a bit of fresh lime juice in it for flavor.  Refreshing.

After supper there's a batch of fresh rice pudding I simmered on the stove while the quiche was baking and a pot of fresh coffee.

Rice Pudding
1 cup rice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 stick butter
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Put rice in a medium saucepan.  Cover with water and simmer until the water is mostly gone.  Then add the can of sweetened condensed milk.  Fill that can with regular milk and pour it into the saucepan.  Fill the can again with water and pour that into the saucepan. Put the butter on top in pats.  At this point you can sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the mixture, but I don't always do that.  Cover the pan and put the mixture on low for at least an hour stirring every 10 minutes or so.  Usually it takes 10-15 minutes longer than an hour.  Keep it covered while it's cooking.

And after that, I'm casting on this chunky cowl for an evening project.

What do you do when the cat's away?