Crochet Scarf: Chunky Twists & Cables

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When I saw this rich, green yarn at the store (RedHeart Soft: Dark Leaf), I knew it was destined to be mine.  I bought enough to make my littlest one a sweater:

Green Leaf Sweater

And then I had to have something pour moi!

I loooove this scarf!  The lovely twists and cables worked up quite nicely, and although it make look complicated, it’s really a series of treble (triple) crochet stitches.

You’ll need some basic knowledge of crochet to complete the scarf using the pattern PDF (link below).

You are free to make the scarf for your own personal use.  Please do not sell the scarf or the pattern.  If you wish to share the pattern, please provide a link back to this page.

PDF: Chunky Cables Scarf

Pizza Saturday

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ImageIs there anything more deliciously beautiful than a home-made pizza, fresh out of the oven?

Today the girls and I decided to make some pizza from scratch!

The recipe is quite simple and the toppings can be anything really.

Our pizza was a half-and-half: one half potato-onion, and the other half was tomato-onion-sausage-cheese.

Dough recipe:

  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 C warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 C warm water
  1. In a small bowl, add yeast to 1/2 C warm water and sugar.  Let rest for 10 minutes, until yeast is activated.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. Add yeast mixture and oil to the flour.  Add remaining water, 1/4 C at a time until the dough starts to come together.  If dough becomes too sticky or soft, add more flour.
  4. Take dough out of bowl and knead for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Let dough rest in an oiled bowl for approximately 1 hour until it doubles in size.
  6. After 1 hour, punch dough down, and spread out into a pan (I used a jelly roll pan) lined with parchment paper.

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Potato Pizza Side

  • 3 medium onions, sliced
  • salt, oregano, rosemary, thyme, black pepper
  • 4 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 3 medium potatoes, thinly sliced

It’s  important to cook the onions first, since they contain  a lot of water that can make the pizza too soggy later on.

  1. Heat 2 TBPS of the oil in a pan on medium-low and cook the onions until they are translucent.  Add the salt, pepper and herbs as the onions cook.  Set aside to cool. (You will use the onions on the sausage pizza too.)
  2. Toss the sliced potatoes with 2 TBPS vegetable oil and the same spices and herbs used for the onions.
  3. Spread the cooled onions on the entire pizza.
  4. Layer the potato slices over one another so that they cover half of the pizza.

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Sausage Pizza Side

  • 3 Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 C tomato sauce
  • 2 C shredded cheese
  • seasoned onions
  1. With fingers, break up the sausage and spread pieces of it over the onions.
  2. Spoon the sauce over the sausage.
  3. Place the shredded cheese over the sausage half.

Bake the pizza on the bottom rack of  a 450 F oven for 20 minutes.

The colour of the bottom of the pizza is a good indicator to its “doneness”; it should be golden.

Let the pizza rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing, or the toppings might slide off!

Now… which one first?

Potato? Sausage?

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Little Birdie + Crochet Purse = Love

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So I’ve always loved little birdies.

So much so that my very talented12-yr-old gifted me a sketch for Christmas:ImageWell, once I saw that little cutie, I began thinking of a way to incorporate a sweet little bird into a cute little design, and this is what I came up with:

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Adorable, n’est pas?

(The bird pattern is my own, but the heart pattern was found online.)

I’ve included the PDF of the entire purse below.  I hope you enjoy it.  I was able to put this together using up some of my yarn stash.  You’ll notice that I lined the purse with some felt, but I think that any material you have around will do, or you may just want to crochet with a tighter stitch.

You are free to make the purse for your own personal use.  Please do not sell the purse or the pattern.  If you wish to share the pattern, please provide a link back to this page.

PDF Crochet Purse:  Little Birdie = Love

Shamrock Booties Crochet Pattern

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With all the snow around, some of you are surely dreaming of all that lovely spring-time green.  And what better way to welcome spring than with some cute little crochet booties!

You’ll need some basic knowledge of crochet to complete them and the pattern PDF (link below).

You are free to make the booties for your own personal use.  Please do not sell the booties or the pattern.  If you wish to share the pattern, please provide a link back to this page, or my etsy shop.

Lucky Shamrock Baby Booties Pattern

 

Enjoy!

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