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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Accola — take two

Some time ago, I made this shawl as a project for a Craftsy class. I love the shawl, but it's really too small to be useful to me. Sad, isn't it? Anyway, I had some of the yarn left and decided to make it again in a larger size. I wanted to use the same sorts of beads again, but I couldn't find them, so I substituted different ones: coppery ones in the smaller size, and darker turquoise for the larger size. Yesterday I finished binding off the edging, and today I blocked the shawl. I'm really happy with it this time! :)

This time, too, I managed to do a better — though not perfect ;) -- job of keeping the beads lined up where they belong. You can just barely see the larger beads next to the long row of coppery ones.

Here is the central lace panel; the rest of the shawl is stockinette stitch, so there's a good variety of "easy" and "more interesting" to work on. Correction: the top and bottom edgings are also lacy, as well as having more of the turquoise beads knitted in. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Souvenir -- delayed

Last summer my husband and I took a cruise around the Hawaiian islands to celebrate our anniversary. While there, I bought a special batik that is only sold in one shop in the world. I decided to use it in a small quilt as a memento of our trip. Fast forward to now. ;) Yup, I do take my time for some things. LOL! I've machine appliquéd a small plumeria quilt top, using the turtle batik in the borders. So now the top is attached to my design wall while I ponder how in the world I'm going to quilt it. My husband really likes it so far, so I'd like to finish it up fairly soon, but I have absolutely no good ideas at this point for the quilting.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day goodies

I found a recipe on the Weight Watchers site for some goodies to make for Valentine's Day, and I thought perhaps my husband might enjoy them. My goodness, but were they ever easy to prepare!
They use one of my favorite combinations — chocolate and raspberry — but I don't see any reason why something other than raspberry couldn't be substituted — apricot? orange? strawberry?

I'm usually not a candy-maker, and these are a tiny bit wonky, but I'll bet they taste pretty good! What's really nice is that they took approximately 15-20 minutes to make from start to finish. If you have the ingredients on hand, they'd be a great last-minute treat for almost any occasion.