Friday, April 6, 2012

"Fan" tastic Cuff

A Free Crochet Pattern

Here is a new pattern, finally. This is a pattern that I came up with to help people not feel scared about lace work. This is a pattern that is easy, and quick. It only uses around 27 yards of thread so you can use up scraps that are waiting to be used up.

All the pictures that I have of the cuff are of it being used as a napkin cuff, but it also looks really cute as an arm cuff. I had a really hard time coming up with a picture of it on my wrist. I hope you enjoy!

Don't Forget to add this to your favorites in Ravelry

“Fan”tastic Cuff

Yarn: size 10 crochet thread

Hook: Steel 8/1.50mm

Difficulty: easy

Yards: 27

Row 1: Ch 53, dc in 7th ch from hook, *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next ch* repeat  * to* till end. 24 sqaures. Join both sides together with 3 sl st working so that you will be starting in the foundation chs.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 4, *sk 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 4* repeat  *to* to end, sl st in beginning sc. 12 ch 4 spaces.

Round 3: *Ch 3, 3 dc in same st, sc in ch 6 loop, sl st in next dc*repeat  *to* to end. 12 fans.

Round 4: Sl st into ch 3 sp, ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1,* dc ch 1 dc in next ch 3, ch 1* repeat *to*  around, sl st in 3rd ch at start of round.

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same space, 2 sc in next ch space, *1 sc in next ch space, 2 sc in next ch space* repeat  *to* to end, sl st in first sc. Finish off.

Repeat Rounds 2- 5 starting in the first dc of row 1. 

Finish off. Weave in all ends.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Second Best Yeast Rolls

A Yummy Recipe

I have to explain myself with the title. I could never claim to have the best yeast roll recipe, because my grandmother has the best recipe. This is a recipe that has no written words, it is just something that you have to watch her do, and follow along. I have never gotten the chance to watch her so I am left to my imagination.

I have been playing around with some recipes, I think I have come up with a pretty good one, plus you can freeze it, even better. Thank you to all the ladies who gave suggestions on how to do this.


1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter cut up
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp. dry yeast
2 eggs
5 cups flour (give or take)

Heat up the sour cream, sugar, and butter to 130 degrees. Dissolve yeast in the lukewarm water. Set aside for 10 min. Combine mixtures. Stir in 2 cups of flour. Add eggs and beat into mixture. Add enough flour to make dough fit for kneading. Knead for about 6 min. adding flour when needed. Place kneaded dough in a greased bowl and let rise to double. Punch down rolls and form into balls. I tend to get 3 sets of 9 (27) rolls. At this point you can choose to freeze them or to put them in pans to have second rising.

For freezing:

Flour the rolls, then add parchment paper to a gallon zip-lock bag, you can fit 9 to a bag. Then freeze. When you are ready to cook them take them out of the freezer 3 hours before you are ready to cook them. Spray an 8 or 9 in. square baking pan,  then place the nine rolls on the pan. Leave them in a draft free place and let them rise. Cook at 375 for 20 min.

For not freezing: 

Spray the desired pan wanted, a square pan holds 9, 9 by 13 can hold 15. Place rolls on pan, and let them go through a second rising, when doubled in size cook at 375 for 15 to 20 min.

This dough also makes really yummy Cinnamon Rolls.  

More Recipes You Will Love

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Homemade Biscuit Mix

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.