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Friday, August 30, 2013

Revisiting the Dishcloth

The perfect starter project, the perfect small project to take with you!
Here is my pattern:

Cast on 4 sts
Increase:  K2, YO, K to end of row.
Continue in pattern until dishcloth is as wide as you'd like. With worsted-weight cotton crafters' yarn and size 7 or 8 needles, I knit in pattern until I reach 35 sts.
Decrease: K1, K2 tog, YO, K2 tog.
Continue until there are 4 sts on your needle. Bind off.

Knit a bunch for your friends. They'll be thinking fondly of you as your lovely and useful dishcloth helps them complete those tiresome domestic chores.

We're redecorating around here.

This is the "during" phase. Roger's doing all of the work, including the decorating!
Thanks to all my readers - I see where you are trickling in. Many thanks especially to my Boston reader!
Have a safe and happy Labour Day.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Individual Trifles

I love trifles.

But you have to be one of the first to dive into a regular-sized trifle, or else you get stuck with the slop in the middle. My solution is individual trifles!
I started out with these glass candle holders form the dollar store.

Use your favorite trifle recipe for this - it's basically all about presentation! If you've never done a trifle before, layering is easy.

First is your dessert cream. Ue your favorite. I used the vanilla pudding recipe from Betty Crocker, only I added almond extract instead of vanilla.

In next are your cake pieces. Incidentally, this is a great way to salvage a failed cake!

Top cake pieces with fruit and more cream.

Top with whipped cream and a jaunty garnish and you're all set!