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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Prim & Propple Doily

Prim & Propple Doily

Sugar and Cream - Kelly Green

This worsted weight, crochet doily is perfect to use as a hot pad with your teapot.
Measures 9 inches in diameter
I ball worsted weight cotton yarn
Size G crochet hook

Ch 4 and join with a sl st in beg chain.
Round 1:  Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, dc 17 in ch circle, join with slipstitch in top of beg dc. (18 dc)
Round 2:  Ch 3,  popcorn in st at base of ch,  *ch 4, skip one st, popcorn in next st, repeat from * around, sl st in beginning st. (9 popcorn sts)
Round 3: ch 1, sc 5 in each ch 5 loop. Sl st in beg st.
Round 4:  *Ch 5, sl st in 3rd sc, ch 5, sl st above popcorn. Repeat from * and slip st in beg st.
Round 5:  *Chain 5, sl st into 3rd ch (mid arch), then ch 5, sl st in sl st of previous row. Repeat from *,  sl st in beg st.  (18 loops)
Round 6: Sl st to middle of loop, *ch 5, sl st in middle of next loop. Repeat from * around. (18 lps)
Round 7:  Repeat round 6
Peaches and Creme - Key Lime Pie
Round 8:  Ch 3, popcorn in st at base of chain, ch 4, sl st in loop, ch 4, *popcorn in sl st (valley), ch 4. Repeat from * around. Sl st at top of beg popcorn. (18 popcorn sts)
Round 9:  Ch 1, *sc in next lp right next to popcorn, 2 dc in sl st, sc in next lp right near next popcorn. Repeat from * around. Sl st in beg st.
Round 10:  *Ch 4, sl st in 3rd  dc, ch 4, sl st between sc sts. Repeat from *. Sl st in beg st.
Round 11:  Sl st to center of next lp, *ch 4, sl st in next lp. Repeat from * around to last ch 4 & join with sl st in beg st.
Round 12:  Repeat round 11.
Round 13:  Sl st to center of next lp, *ch 5, sc in next lp. Repeat from * around ending with ch 5, sl st in beg st.
Round 14:  Sl st to center of next lp, *ch 1 sc in same lp, dc in sc (valley), ch 3, dc in same sc, sc in lp near top. Repeat from * to end of round. Break yarn and weave ends.
Peaches and Creme - Sea Mist
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Classic Bath Mat

Garter stitch using double worsted yarn quickly knits into a very thick and very thirsty bath mat. The seed stitch band adds a decorative, classic border.

Size: 28 inches x 18 inches
Guage: 12 stitches  = 4 inches

4 stitch markers
Size 10 US – 47 inch circular knitting needles
16 ozs. Double worsted weight cotton yarn or 16 ozs. worsted weight cotton yarn

If using worsted weight yarn hold two strands together while knitting.
Consider buying a cone or two of yarn so there will be fewer ends to weave in when you're done knitting.

CO 97 sts
Rows 1-18:  Knit

Row 19:  K11, place marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last 11 sts, place marker, k11.

Rows 20-23:  K to marker, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last 11 sts, k11.

Row 24: K to marker, p1, k1(2x), place marker, knit to last 15 sts, place marker, k1, p1(2x), k11.

Row 25: K to marker, pl, k1(2x), knit to marker, k1, p1(2x), k11.
Repeat row 25 until your bath mat measures 13-14  inches from cast on edge.
Next row:  K to marker, p1, k1(2x), remove marker, k to marker, remove marker, k1, p1(2x), k11.

Next 4 rows:  K11, *p1, k1, repeat from * to last 11 sts, k11.

Next 17 rows:  Knit (Remove remaining markers on the first row of this section.)
Bind off loosely. Weave in ends of yarn.

Step onto the cushiest bath mat you'll ever knit.

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Turmeric, In A Capsule

Greetings from the hills! Crocus.
 I'm looking forward to warmer weather, but I'm really going to miss all the soups we've been enjoying lately.
 This is Chicken and Gnocchi Soup that tastes exactly like the soup by the same name from The Olive Garden. It's very good.

We've planted cabbages and broccoli in raised beds, but today I want to share something that has helped me in the past and, evidently, has untold health benefits. *
A few years ago I began taking a few capsules of turmeric a day when I'd have a flare-up of pleurisy, and within a day or two I had no pain and was on the mend. After hearing how well they work for other things I now take them for joint pain, too, and I have been amazed how they take away the pain. Capsule Machine found here: (no affiliation)  You can also get organic turmeric at the same place or in bulk from some World Market stores.

 Turmeric, as many doctors are noting, has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It's also an antioxidant..

 Studies have shown that it plays a huge part in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and even CURES some head and neck cancers. How has this been overlooked for so long? It hasn't in some countries.

  A quick internet search will enlighten everyone to the great health benefits of turmeric. Of course, you probably know it's a wonderful culinary herb that is found in many curry powders. In many Middle-eastern countries where turmeric is a regular seasoning in daily diet Alzheimer's disease is nearly non-existent. 
I use it when I make bread and butter pickles, too.
*Disclaimer: Even though this works for me, I'm not a doctor, so consult your health care professional.
Have a great week, Y'all!

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Curiously, Good For What Ails Thee

  Howdy, hellooo & g'day, Y'all!

 Like everyone else I'm really glad to see the daffodils up and blooming. Can spring be far behind?

 I'm talkin' about curiously strong homemade mints, again, to broadcast a curious li'l discovery. This newest batch of mints is made with ginger root. I'd read that ginger helps with indigestion so I made up a batch, dried them and took them with me on a trip to visit with Youngest and her Man o' the House. He suffers from acid indigestion on a regular basis so I knew he would be my best tester, and you know what?
 They WORKED! He's sold on them, now. I'm adding these to my herbal medicine chest. If you'd like to make some ... I worked 1 tablespoon of ginger root powder into a large walnut-sized portion of the gum paste.

Another batch of cinnamon ... these are just plain tasty.

 Aspargus roots ready to plant as soon as the weather cooperates. Have I mentioned that I can't wait for Spring? Until next time ... keep it curious, Y'all.  ;)