Thursday, January 28, 2010

I "Heart" Crochet

Do you remember my last post about trying to come up with a crochet project? I still want to make the heart garland...that was little crocheted hearts attached to a garland or twine or something with little clothespins, which I have. Still love that idea, still might do it. Yesterday, I was perusing the DMC website, you know, the cotton embroidery floss people. As it turns out, they make crochet threads too. Makes sense, but can't say I knew that. Well, they have the cutest heart garland here, with a free instruction sheet. I sure hope that link works; I wanted to lift the picture, but I don't really know how, since the link is a PDF, not a jpg. I could only get this teensy one from the webpage.They show the garland used as shelf edging, and I'm dying to make some.
But here's what I'm working on now. It's called Heart Runner, a filet crochet pattern in the book I showed you last time.I'm using South Maid size 10 crochet cotton and a size 8 steel crochet hook. It calls for a size 9, but I couldn't find mine. It's no doubt stashed with an abandoned project somewhere, or destined to be lost forever down in the couch cushions. My gauge came out too big with the bigger hook, but who cares, it's a runner! I guess my runner will just run big. Here are the first 4 rows of the first half. You work from the middle out and then return to the middle and do it again. This is really quite easy to do, if you can count. As it turns out, I can't count.
Along a different vein, let's talk cooking/baking......... Have I yet whined that I don't much like to cook/bake? I am mainly drawn to crafting/home dec blogs, and I find that most of them feature recipe posts now and then. Sometimes, I skip the post altogether, because, well, it just doesn't much interest me.
But something has happened. I watched "Julie and Julia" last Thurs with my Mum. I got it PPV and then discovered I could watch it as much as I wanted for 48 hours! So we watched and watched, and laughed and delighted. And now, besides wanting to go to Paris (but that's not new), I want to read the book "Julie and Julia", and get "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", and try harder to enjoy cooking. The pictures below? No, I didn't make the cake. Mum did, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is just me getting started, by at least putting food pictures on my blog.
And besides I love this plate, and my red kitchen counter.............................
And don't strawberries give January a little color?
By the way, it snowed again today. It's a fullish moon and so bright reminds me of that line in "A Christmas Carol": "And the moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow gave the luster of mid-day to objects below."
Stitching next, as in embroidery, and I'll really try to post tomorrow.............


50s Housewife said...

I plan to get "Mastering the Art: soon too. One of these days I really want to make Julia's boeuf bourguignon

Can do mom said...

My daughter has cooked the best souffle for us from Julia's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I gave her the book as a gift because she LOVES to cook so much. We went to the Julie and Julia movie together and she adored it. Now we both want to go to France, too! I have read the book and sadly it is one instance where the movie is better than the book. I'd take it out from the library before you buy it. I did a little baking today. It's my middle darling daughter's birthday and I baked her a homemade cake and then made the most scrumptious frosting to go on it. Mmmmmm... She liked it (I guess we all did.) Bon apetit!