Year: 2012

Savory Biscuits

I had a craving recently for a meat filled bready thing, and had a lot of fun dreaming up the recipe below. My husband prefers the savory – as in salt and seasoning flavors – to the sweet meat version, so I didn’t work on getting the sweet to taste about right.

Basic Biscuits

I’m setting this down first because the basic biscuit recipe is so essential to most of my baked breads. I have the worst time getting my dough to rise, so I tend to avoid yeasty breads, no matter how delicious they are when other people make them.

Resources for New Knitters

It’s nearly midnight and the sweater/scarf/doll/etc. that you’ve been knitting away at is still drawing you on to knit “one more row”, but … wait! What’s this? The pattern’s telling you to do something that’s just crazy insane – maybe it’s saying “ssk” or “s1-k1-psso” or “cable 4 front”. That kind (and not nearly so

Left Hand Knitting

Shortly after I started knitting, I got told by just about every knitter I met that there is no such thing as left-handed knitting. Knitting goes from right to left, working needle *firmly* in the right hand *at all times*. Being a novice to the craft, I believed what I was told. The folks who

Chicken & Veggie Casserole

Notes: Makes 8 servings Prep time is between 5 and 10 minutes if you’re cutting the veggies and meat Cooking time is approx. 1 hour “Chopped” as I use it means bite sized pieces. If substituting different types of rice, check the package’s “stove top” directions for water amount and cooking time needed. All veggies

Washing Rice

Quick note: I have  no clue if this post applies to brown rice. Life’s too short to waste time on things that don’t lead to pleasure, which for me has included brown rice. Why should you wash your rice? The reasons revolve around what washing your rice does: it removes the powdered starches that are

Princess Seaming

I realized after my last post that not everyone is going to know what princess seaming is. The technique is fairly simple. With wrong sides facing, so you’re sewing on the right side (what will show when you’re done), sew your seam with a narrow margin, usually around 1/8″. Fold the fabric back so that

New Crafts Bag!

Shiny! John and I picked up a new sewing machine because it cost less than taking my aged clunker in for a service call. Inspired by some cute project bags I’ve seen (and bought) in my LYS, I decided to try out the “Princess Seaming” technique that my most awesomest quilter friend told me about

Hooked on a new case

A very charming authoress, Lorna Miser was in the Got Your Goat Yarn Studio this last Thursday for their February knit along. On seeing my purple-loving-ness, she mentioned the Purple Show Down she’d had during her recent travels, and later when spotting my needle bag (I was starting the project that evening and hadn’t had

Easy I-Cord Drop Spindle Wrist Distaff

I was totally inspired by Crystal Calhoun’s Fiber Helper/Wrist Distaff pattern, but I wanted something more simple (and less flat knitting), so I made up my own pattern. You can download it in PDF format. The Pattern is below, at least until I figure out how to make the PDF download work again.