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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

W.I.P. Wednesday

Well... I have started my third and final Work-In-Progress.  I didn't realize it until I picked it back up and tried to find out when I originally started this afghan. 

I was shocked - shocked I tell you - to discover it was back in May 2010.  Could it have really been 6 years ago when I started this?  WOW !! 

I had no idea.  I have never had a WIP that old before.  But a lot has happened since then. A LOT !! That caused this to get put way back on the back burner.  I won't go into to all that but it for good reasons - lots of bad stuff happened here and there in the past 6 years. 

It is really something I want to accomplish and something I want to  put on my bed in the winter, so I am going to finish it rather than just frog it.  It is going to be so pretty and worth the wait!

I was also a bit surprised that I didn't have more finished than I thought.  here is my progress to date.  (I thought I had about twice as much done)


Now...tilt your head toward the right - as if you are a confused puppy. 


The project in the photo is laying on its side - it is very wide and the only way I could photograph it was to lay it in the long hallway.  I will try to come up with another way to photograph it as I move along - maybe place it on the bed - we shall see.

I imagine you will see this WIP for a while because there are a total of 1,073 granny squares - in case you don't crochet - that is considered a lot!  Plus, our fiscal year end is approaching, and I just found out today that our annual audit is about to being - this means extra work hours for me, so less time for crocheting.  But I do want to finish this ASAP.  Because I have at least 3 other afghans floating around in my  head that I want to make.  I also want to knit a shawl for my mom - would love to give to her on her b-day but may be Christmas, depending on how fast this moves along.

According to Ravelry, 119 people have this listed in their projects but a quick count shows me that only 30 have actually finished it.  I will be # 31. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W.I.P. Wednesday

Well....I can officially say this is no longer a W.I.P.  It is now a F.O. (Finished Object)

I finished the baby afghan I have been working on.  Since my co-worker (who I was making it for) is not pregnant yet (and I'm not sure if she is still trying), then I will hold on to it for now until she becomes pregnant or some other baby shower comes up in my future.  I've very happy with it.  It is super soft and is such a sweet pattern. 



Now on to the final W.I.P.  Whoo hoo - I have so many other projects in mind that I want to do but I PROMISED myself that I would do these first and so far...so good.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

New Crochet Technique

Over at the Crochet Crowd....they had a call for Dishcloths and they posted several patterns.  I know I said no new projects until all the WIPs were completed but a dishcloth is something I can whip out in an hour.

The Crochet Crowd was looking for submissions because they are going to feature dishcloths, I believe, in their next e-magazine.  Not sure they will even give mine a look but I decided to make one anyway.

I have heard a lot of buzz lately about Corner - to - Corner (or C2C) afghans and this dishcloth is a C2C dishcloth - so I thought - why not give it a try and learn a new technique.

It really took about 30 minutes to do - which I thought was pretty good considering I never made this pattern before.  Not sure I love the look of the pattern but I liked doing it - it was fun, different and quick.

I used self-striping Sugar N' Cream yarn and made it while I was watching "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (which I discovered is a REALLY long movie - almost 3 hours - luckily it was on TCM and therefore didn't have commercials)

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday

I'm getting very, very close to finishing my 2nd WIP for the year.  It has taken a while but at least it will soon be finished and no longer a work in progress. 

The person I intended this for hasn't mentioned if she is still trying to have a baby or not so I don't know if she is trying (and that is not a question you ask someone unless you are super close to them) - it can be an emotional subject.

I did find out that I have a cousin that is due in October so unless my friend is pregnant by then, and assuming I am invited to my (2nd) cousin's baby shower, then she may be the receiver of the blanket (and perhaps matching booties)

I haven't worked on it much in a couple of weeks because I just been busy with other things.  However, I am super close to finishing now.

I added the corners which consisted of making 24 tiny little granny squares, then sewing them together in groups of 6, then sewing them onto the blanket (sewing is much slower than crocheting), especially when you are sewing through back loops only.



I love the colors.


I just need to add 5 rounds of border (or is it 6?).  That should go pretty fast (I hope).

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Treat - Watergate Salad

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! 

St. Patrick's Day is always associated with the color green.  I remember when I was a kid in 2nd grade and I forgot to wear green to school on St. Patrick's Day - that meant the kids all got to pinch me - I remembered when I was in 3rd grade !! Ouch!!

A few years ago, I made green Lucky Charm Cupcakes for my co-workers.  I was thinking of a green food to make for today and I remembered .... last weekend, I went to The Blue Willow Inn and they serve a delicious Watergate Salad on their salad bar.  It is soooo good and I thought - hey, that is green, I will make that to honor this special holiday.

What?  You've never had Watergate Salad.  How did it get its strange name, you ask?  Well....

In 1975, just 3 years after the famous Nixon Watergate Scandal, Kraft came out with a new product called "Instant Pistachio Pudding".  As Kraft generally does, they put a recipe on the box and called it "Pistachio Pineapple Delight". 

In 1976, The Denver Post, in Empire Magazine, published a recipe that was supposedly created by the sous chef of the Watergate Hotel.  Guess what?  Same recipe as Kraft's Pistachio Pineapple Delight.  Hmmm - sounds a bit nutty, right?

I guess people thought "Watergate Salad" sounded more interesting to eat than "Pistachio Pineapple Delight" (plus it is easier to spell). 

Still...this is know by other names as well.  You may have heard it referred to as:
The Green Stuff
Green Fluff
Pistachio Delight
Green Goop
Golden Gate Salad



Watergate Salad

Recipe Source: Blue Willow Inn
Preparation Time: 1 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1 3-ounce package instant pistachio pudding
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple, do not drain
1 9-ounce package Cool Whip
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Mix all pudding, marshmallows and crushed pineapple
  2. Fold in Cool Whip 
  3. Refrigerate at least 3 hours and serve cold
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

W.I.P. Wednesday

I had a great weekend this past weekend and want to write a post about it and I will but for now, I just wanted to post the progress of my current W.I.P.  I have 2 more rounds of white plus one round of each color, so a few more rounds to go, but it is coming along. 

I would like to finish it this weekend but I have company in town so that probably won't happen.  Hopefully it will be finished soon though - I'm ready to move on to my last W.I.P. that needs to be completed.


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