Friday, September 21, 2012

Ruffle Scarf

I've been seeing alot lately on the Internet and on blogs about these knitted Ruffle Scarfs.  There are several videos on Youtube for how to make them.  I went to Youtube and just typed in "Ruffle Scarf" in the search box and several came up.  I was curious about how this works and it's really very easy.  The yarn that they are knitted with is a kind of ribbon looking yard, but you spread it out and it makes a lacy type yarn, then you knit into the top holes of the lace.  It's quite simple, really.  A friend of mine has been making them and selling them and she said they were fun.  Well, one day this week I bought some yarn at Hobby Lobby (Yarn Bee Chrysalis) and tried to start one.  I must have been really tired and distracted because I started it about 3 times and every time I got to about the 3rd row, I ended up with more stitches on my needle than I started with.  I was thinking that I wasn't having "fun" at all, but I decided it wasn't going to beat me, so last night I started again and so far it's going really well.  The yarn is kind of fiddly, but once you get the hang of working with it, it's really pretty easy and you get a really festive looking scarf out of it.  I just had to try it and I haven't decided yet if I'm going to wear it or sell it, but if it goes well I'll probably make a couple more, maybe, to sell.  The colors are beautiful.  I love variegated yarn.  It's one of my favorite things.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Chef King

Every day is a little bit better since Eddie's bypass surgery.  That was a real scare for both of us.  And a wakeup call.  We've both been trying to eat healthier more now than ever before.  The other night he decided to cook some balsamic chicken and pork on a small griddle that we have.  It's the kind that you put on top of the stove and when you cook your meat, it has grill marks like you have cooked it on the outside grill.  Only one problem, yuck ... cleaning.  I hate this thing.  The meat is pretty when it's finished, but the darned griddle is a pain in the patootie to clean.  So ... if we ever get it clean this time, we'll definitely be using aluminum foil or something else the next time.  IF we ever get it clean.  We've tried everything.  Right now it has oven cleaner on it.  We'll see how it goes.  Anyway ... I took some photos of Eddie cooking.  He was sitting down and wearing one of my aprons, but he was enjoying every minute of it.  Also, the meat looks really good on the griddle.  It tasted great too and I think we're having leftovers tonight!