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Friday, March 29, 2019

Crochet interlude and a finished quick project

Howdy Do!

Coffee/blog time, I've visited around the neighborhood and caught myself up on the doings around. I'd love to stop over your place, leave me a link.  Listening to the soft rain outside, and the birds are having a hay day out there, not to mention the ducks/geese I'm sure. The ground soft and a wee bit warmer for the mother Red Robins looking for sustenance. I guess they don't eat bird food/seeds I have not seen one at the feeder, they are ground feeders I suppose.   

After a cuppa or two, I'll begin my day, and get down to the busywork about the homestead here. Orders of the day
make the bed
take #1 son to work
make brownies for youngest long/tall son project Saturday
supper
dishes
Crochet ( this can be thrown in anywhere and is not necessarily in order)
Moving about smartley I need to go through the camera and delete some photos, so we can take pictures of the Eagle project, I want to make sure I have enough space and fresh batteries.
( Don't have a smart phone, don't want one currently)
I have a flip phone....it gets the job done...  

I did finish up the door decoration,and now I'm wondering if I should put it somewhere in the house, it needs a certain something. I thought about a broomstick doll, I did buy a straw hat, it seems large in some ways. And I have that muslin doll I purchased at JoAnns for 60% off. I'm thinking that it will be to bulky between the doors with that. hmmmm.... 

It will evolve as all project do. I started this several times and couldn't get it how I wanted it, so I put it down and gave it a rest. 

It will eventually become a rosebyandby, each stitch taken patiently......

Well, here is the finished dress HOTH.

Rose Serenade Dress

You can find the details about the materials I used at the Ravelry,
ARosebyandbyDesigns

Have a great weekend !



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Good Morning Neighbors!

I'm enjoying a cuppa, and watching the birds and the acrobatic squirrel at the feeder this morning. He's very limber that Earl the Squirrel. But, alas today is a day when then they will forage for themselves. During the winter everyday, as we get closer to spring, there are other ways for them to gain sustanance. Tomorrow I will fill up the feeder. 
Couldn't sleep last night for some reason, so I was up folding clothes and did the dishes that I should have done after supper, but was so tired. We have a new craft store here in town, A.C. Moore. It is less than .5 from me, I've only been in it 3 times, and never bought anything. They have a nice selection of yarn, but....NO CROCHET THREAD!  😮 I was on a time schedule yesterday and so I made a quick stop at the local WMart, they didn't have much either, but I was able to secure 1 ball of Red Heart #10 Crochet Thread.
We have a Pat Catans (Darice) about 2 miles away, and a Micheals just about the same all different directions. They moved Micheals to a rather bad traffic area, I don't go. Pat Catans is closing because Micheals bought them out. JoAnn's, look like that will be my goto for my yarn goods, less than 4 miles away. 
I have grown tired of the yarn for now, and will move on to thread for a while. I don't have a pattern in particular in mind, trying to design something I think it will be a potholder. I love the vintage crochet potholders, especially the dress kind. I've made a few, also a few cottages.



 I still have the ongoing pattern design in flux at the moment, I think I mentioned it was not long enough, so I did some frogging ( rip it rip it), took it back to where I could add some length. I hope to have it finished up bythe fall and in my Ravelry store.

That'smy story, and I'm stickin to it. 

Enjoy your day !

Monday, March 25, 2019

Chit Chat over the clothesline stuff

Well Hello Again Neighbors!
I hope you had a pleasant weekend filled with the things which bring you the most joy ever !



One I have completed, it really is a pretty square, I love Victorian!
I ran across a crochet pattern some time ago, I even made a few of the squares and then never did anything more with them. I still havn't, but I was rekindled again by the pattern as I saw it on Ravelry once again. I thought I might share it with you. It is simple in its design, yet elegant in its statement I think. It is not a busy pattern, well I provide you with the link and see for yourself.


you can also find this at :

There are some lovely color combinations, and because the square is quite large, scrap yarn would work real nice for this too, and it seems like it could be a quick project. I like to crochet when we go on long car rides.

We went on a short road trip yesterday, it was a sunny beautiful blue filled sky kind of day. I  wanted to get a hurricane lamp. We took a drive about 1.5 hours away to Kidron Ohio to a place called
Lehmans.

I'm going to try my hand at soap making! They had a very nice selection of  soap making oils, I chose the Rose scent, lovely. This is a no frill soap making adventure, you melt down the honey bar, add some rose and put it in the mold. I need to get a mold, and a saucepan to use just for the soap. We'll see how this works out..a keeper.

I like to try new things, some have been successful, and some not so much. Like the time I tried to make Mozzarella cheese. Oh boy EPIC Failure, we had a many a laugh about that and still do. Some of the things like the bread making worked out, and my pie crust has gotten much better over the years, another laughable moment, I make a pie for my then boyfriend, just the kind he wanted
chocolate meringue..oh boy....we laughed and laughed and I think I still have the bent fork from that night. Well, he became my husband, and now he gets the good pie crust,but it took a while

Well, I've got more yeast bubblin,today I am making Amish White Bread, a good stay in the house and bake up something it's only in the 30's, and we are out of bread....



 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Winter things and Spring things, bread and crochet

I have this old blog quite a while, over or at least 7 years. I thought I might start over, close it altogether, or try to make a new version. I chose make make it newer, and remove old stuff, and like a dummy I deleted all of the previous posting from all those years.
Today I tried to get them back. NO can do.
So I guess I am really starting over. You live and learn ( hopefully) now I wonder why would do such a dumb thing... I'm sure at the time I thought it was brilliant..not so much.

On the crochet front.....
Well, the crochet project I was working on, still not completed. Now I may start over. My son who is 17 and at least a 6 footer, he is my manequin. Too funny. I can't see when I try it on, so I use him for looking how things drape and line up. He's a good sport, and we have a laugh or two. ( Memories for his heart ) He will be an Eagle Scout here in May.

 Anyway I digress.

I tried to take into consideration his long trunk, my project looked short for sure on him, then I tried it on, and it was short on me too. I like things longer, I'm not super tall or anything, I just am more comfortable with things at say fingertip level.

I may start it over. I have one ball of yarn left, and I can test my pattern out so far. I'm ready to work on something else, I tried making another Darlin Dress, and am winging the pattern, so I've done alot of frogging. Maybe it's just time to take a break for a wee bit, or pick up thread and make something which is not yarn. I cannot be yarned out can I ?


I like to always have a project on the hook. I feel rather lost when I don't.

Rather cold and we are expecting snow flurries today, bread...I may make bread.

The Recipe can be found in the Recipe Box tab.  

Sometimes I make an over nighter bread.
The dough is created and sits in the oven overnight to proof, the longer the better, usually mine will sit in there for about 12 hours.  I'll be happy to share the recipe I have for that. It will come out somewhat like sourdough, chewy and crusty...good with soup. And better for you . It is not a high risen bread, but it is really good. No sugar.

The recipe calls for Kallamata Olives,  you can leave them out if you choose and the bread is still very good on it's own.

In a medium bowl:
3/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
Combine the yeast and the warm water. Cover with plastic or with a clean kitchen towel, proof it about 5 minutes or so, nice and frothy.


In your stand mixer,actually you can mix by hand, with only 3 cups flour, you  combine the salt and the bread flour ( I have also used AP), mix on low  combine using the paddle attachment.

2 tsp salt
3 cups bread flour ( or APF )

Add the yeast mixture/water and mix on low setting until a shaggy dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, let dough rise in a warm place. 10-24 hours.
Shaggy dough

deep rising bowl

Cover and in the(non heated) oven
after 4 hours, see it is all frothy and rising in the bowl


Note:  Leaving the dough rest for a long time will improve the flavor and texture, and will give the yeast an opportunity to do the leavening and kneading for you. 


Baking Day !

Pre heat oven to 450 degrees. Place a 4qt dutch oven without the lid in the oven for 30 minutes, while your dough is resting.

Preparing the dough
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and press the dough into a flat rectangle. If at this time you would like to add the olives it's now. Sprinkle and fold, once or twice, until all olives are added.
Form the dough into a ball, cover and let rise 30 while you are waiting for your dutch oven to heat. If you need more rising  time, the recipe indicates an hour or two, or until doubled in size.

Pre line your dutch oven prior to baking the bread with parchment paper, no oil is needed. Transfer the dough into the heated dutch oven lined with parchment paper, cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes, remove lid and bake uncovered for 15 min, or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

I posted, then came back after I started the bread and posted pictures. It's early enough that by the time my husband gets home, he will have a nice crunchy bread, tonight it's grilled cheese for him, and my son and & are having cabbage and noodles.

I added a few extra pictures after the initial posting, so you can see the process.
It is an easy peasy go to bread. This one did not rise overnight. 


Well, till next time my dears ! Enjoy....and remember if you don't know what to do, then
do what you know!






 
 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Springtime....it is coming isn't it?

 A little broomstick gal I made a number of years ago







She brings me such joy. 

Well, after weeks of looking around for somewhere to put the few patterns I designed, I couldn't find anything, Ravelry is free, and I have no idea whether or not I will design anything else, the end game for me was to sell a few and get some yarn/thread money. So I went back to Ravelry, cautiously and guarded, as my DH told me, there are good people and bad people everywhere, and sometimes where
you least expect them to be.  

I put my St. Patrick's decorations away, and put out the Easter things today. I don't have alot of things, and it's not overwhelming,just enough to show it's Springtime and Easter. Last year I crocheted with thread some Easter Eggs. I'll take a picture and post. 


Starting a new project, I'll have to check my yarn stash, otherwise it will be time for a 
yarn dash. Got a nice deal on a muslin doll at JoAnn's for 60% off, perfect for a door wreath, she works well with the Darlin little dress from the previous posting. 




Well, there is the laundry...to fold, and I've a few dishes in the sink, and transporting my son to work....and............

I'll get to hook time....eventually

Till next time

Friday, March 15, 2019

Top O' the mornin to you

Thread Crochet dress

Vintage Head Vase


Sweet Crochet Cottage Potholder

And a beautiful angel lass, with more blessings than she can hold
A few of me favorite things with green....for supper tonight Colcanon, an Irish dish. Mash potatoes infused with green cabbage and a wee (not) bit of  butter.


Happy St Patricks Day 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

New Crochet Pattern in the works

Greetings, from a very cold NE Ohio 9 degrees in March no less.
Oh well Spring is around the corner, or so they say eventually it will arrive, four seasons every year.

So our last visit, I shared with you a design for a cowl I made   Today, I'm going to tell you a little bit about a project I have been working on for about 1 month. I had initially began this with a 1 lb of yarn, discounted yarn at Pat Catans, Darice was the brand. I must admit I am a yarn snob...
because I really like Caron Simply Soft, and that is what is in the old stash bucket, and I have discovered Yarn Bee Soft Secret by Hobby Lobby, just as lovely, and every so soft. 

So actually I am working on the 2nd version, the first one the yarn/finsihed project was too stiff and scratchy for me. I am a tactile I guess.

I watch Little House on the Prairie, and I saw something which I thought was so lovely. And have set out to try to replicate it.  Replaying the video clip over and over trying to at first getting the stitches I thought comprised the pattern. I think I got it. I'm working on the trim, armhole, and neck edging..it will be close facsimilie, I think. I hope I can pull it off, but if I don't it's still a lovely item. 



Lovely Lacy Roses

I told you a while back, that  I want Blogger to flourish again, there is room for creativity and communication here, not like FB. And so I am happy when I get a new follower who is a fellow blogger, and we have shared interest, and they actually take the time to leave a comment and contribute. Made my day.

So thank you Jen.....
I like to promote other bloggers, especially when they are followers...
so stop and say hi to Jen.
love that title....it creates a visual in my mind, a restful peace ful visit in the tall pines gently swishing with the wind, and sippin hot chocolate....I always say...simple joy are abundant we only need to observe and look up. They are there every second of the day.

Take Notice

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Crochet Cowl

Greetings!



I'm dipping my toes into the water of pattern design....here we go,



Cozy Shell Cowl Designed by A Rose by and by Design,