Monthly Archives: November 2016

DIY Infinity Scarves

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I got out my sewing machine today to work on a Christmas gift for my oldest granddaughter Kaye.  I’m most definitely a sewing novice, despite my mom’s and my high school home ec teacher’s efforts.  I have limited tolerance for the precision of sewing, but I figured I could handle the two or three straight seams this project required.  Even going to buy fabric gave me some feelings of ineptness ( ineptitude?), but I powered through the nervousness and bought two yards of pretty paisley fabric with shades of brown and blue on a field of white. Read the rest of this entry

Wine Scarves

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I’m still in the beginning knitter camp, despite my two years of practice. But I’ve been venturing out as I try some new stitches and techniques, and I’ve found this quick-ish knitting project producing cute Christmas gifts if paired with bottles on wine. This project has the added benefits of giving me additional knitting practice and helping me use up a skein of holiday-red yarn. I’ve done several with plain garter stitch, adding pom-poms (a new skill) to the ends of one and fringe to another. I did  a scarf with rows of alternating garter stitch and yarn overs, and I’m now working on a scarf made out of seed stitch (another new skill).  I’ll try the chevron seed stitch on my next one.  For the one in the photo above, I cut the tufts off of some bunny yarn and sewed them onto the garter stitch scarf. Read the rest of this entry

Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

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We visited the grandkids a week or so ago, and Princess M and I made the world’s easiest cookies.  You may remember the two-ingredient muffins I blogged about last year.  (See https://wordpress.com/post/crapsmanship.com/297.)  Just pumpkin puree and spice cake mix.  We riffed on that idea, again using one can of pumpkin puree and one spice cake mix. Read the rest of this entry