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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kale Chips and New Knits

I have jumped on the kale chip bandwagon. The girls and I cannot get enough of them. They are on the table every afternoon for tea/snack time, so crispy and salty. They melt in your mouth. I make them both ways, in the oven and in the dehydrator. I'm still experimenting with timing and seasonings. 
I like decorating the inside of the house to mirror what is going on outside. Right now we have so many birds visiting the birdhouse. We have a gorgeous mated pair of cardinals who visit every morning. We seem to be their favorite breakfast spot. 
People have asked me how I store my kale chips so they don't lose their crispiness. To retain the crunch I put them in a glazed pottery crock. I use this to store raw (dehydrated) cookies and crackers too. But, really I don't know how long they will keep because they are always eaten up the first day I make them!
Okay, this isn't officially a "knit", as my title says. It's crocheted and I usually don't like the look of crocheted garments. I do like other things made with crochet. My daughter makes adorable amigurumi, but for wearing I usually go for the look and feel of knitted pieces. 
A friend of mine has been wearing a crocheted shrug/cowl thing that she made and as soon as I saw it, I wanted it! I showed up at her house one day with yarn and hook and asked her to show me how to make it. I really like the rib effect along the top and bottom. I doubled up my yarn so it's thick and super warm. We have been having consistently freezing (actually below freezing) temperatures and this is getting a lot of use.
The same stitching friend who taught me her shrug pattern just taught me to cable! I am very excited about this. I have been knitting for five years and I have been intimidated by cabling.  I asked her for a simple cable pattern to learn on. If I had trouble I knew I could just run to her for help. She jotted the stitches for this headband down and I went to it. It was really fun and easy to get the hang of. Now I am ready for more, she graduated me up to a more complicated cable. It will probably be another ear warming headband and you will be the first folks to see it.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014!

Wishing you 
Happy 2014!

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  -Jesus  (John 10:10)