Saturday, March 3, 2012

A hooded towel 

This a a project that I like to make for baby gifts. If I do not choose to crochet around the edge, this project literally takes less than 5 minutes to make.  First I watch for deals when towels go on sale, then I stock pile. this particular towel I bought at Dollar General for two dollars and the wash clothes were a pack of 2 for a dollar. All you need for this project is a towel, washcloth, and a sewing machine, but really you can sew it by hand too.
Step 1: Fold wash cloth in half, and sew the top together.
Step 2: find the middle of the towel and mark it, then pin the washcloth to the center of the towel, with and inch and a half leeway,  like in the picture.
Step 3: Sew the washcloth to the towel, to the towel, making a long rectangle with the stitches, for extra stability.
You can stop here or you can add some border.
Step 4: With an embroidery needle, and size 10 thread, make 1/4 inch blanket stitches all around the towel.
Step 5: Add The border of your choice.

I love this project because it is useful to whoever you are giving it to and it is a lot cheaper than  store bought hooded towels. I've seen them as high as twenty dollars (mine was made with $2.50)  The bad thing about this post is now everyone is going to see how much I spend on them.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pecan crusted tilopia Here is another one of my favorite recipes. If you do not like fish this is a good recipe to start with. I made this recipe up after I had gone to a resteraunt that had it as a special. Tilopia filets ( I make two for each person eating) Olive oil Grated Parmesan cheese Crushed pecans I start by pouring some oil in the bottom of a 9 by 13. Enough to cover the bottom. I then dip th fish in the oil. I combine equal parts of pecans and parmesan, I usually add 1/3 cup each for 5 filets. I then dredge the filets in the pecan mixture. Then back to the 9 by 13. I'd there is any left over pecan mixture then you can pour hat on top. Bake in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes. Or until they are white and flaky. I like to serve this with mashed potatos and asparagus.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Flower Forrest Scarf

I have recently fallen in love with a yarn, well at least the colors of the yarn. The yarn is Amazing by Lion brand yarn.  Unfortunately I have to say that it is better suited for knitting. I won't scare you with any pictures of my horrible knitting skills, but I did come up with a pattern for crochet using the yarn. It is a simple scarf with some flower embellishments on the ends. The link to the pattern.

 I'm sorry I don't have the exact yardage that I used for the pattern. I have this bad habit of starting new projects with the leftover yarn before I've counted the yardage, but I can say that I used all of the first two balls and I had enough yarn left over of the third ball to knit two headbands.