Monday, 30 November 2015

Oven BBQ Chicken Recipe

What I like best about this recipe is that it doesn't take long to put together and it's all in one pan!
Not a lot of clean up to do later :)


4 potatoes
baby carrots
4 chicken legs or breasts
1 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. each Worcestershire sauce & prepared mustard
2 tbsp.l vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Peel potatoes. Arrange chicken, carrots and potatoes in a dish large enough to hold them in a single layer. Blend remaining ingredients and pour over top. Cover and bake about 2 hours at 375F basting occasionally.

I usually just throw the carrots over everything. They will still get done.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

FREE Pattern Friday - Cotton & Winding Yarn

My poor cotton stash was a mess!

Hauled out my electric winder on Wednesday morning and got to work.  It looks much better now :)
LOVE my winder.  Works amazing, though you have to help it by unraveling the yarn as it goes.  It's not strong enough to pull it all by it's self.

 Found some Christmas cotton in my stash and found a fun hot pad pattern to use it up.

Here are some other free patterns to use up some of your cotton stash!

If you are looking for more free patterns, I have a group on FB where I try to post a pattern or two every day.  Please join!

Happy Crocheting!

Friday, 20 November 2015

FREE Pattern Friday - Scrap Yarn Projects

Do you have lots of small balls of yarn you don't know what to do with?
I do!! Many!!  

Working on a striped blanket.  Will probably donate it to charity when I am done.  Every other color is 2 rows of pattern, with a row of single crochet in between each pattern.  Just picking patterns as I finish rows.

Here are some other ideas I have found that will use up a lot of your scrap yarn stash :)

Do you have a favorite pattern to use up your yarn stash?  Would love a link!  Please post it in a comment.

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Happy Crocheting!

Friday, 13 November 2015

FREE Pattern Friday - Ornaments

There is a craft show in town tomorrow.  I booked a table in hopes of selling some items that I have left from my Etsy days.  Thought it might be nice to give each person who makes a purchase a crocheted ornament as a gift.  It's amazing how many patterns there are for ornaments!  Many use cotton thread, which I don't have nor really want to use (to thin), but there are many for worsted weight yarn.  Here are the ones that I've done and the links to the patterns under the photo.

Hope you have fun crocheting these ornaments!

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Friday, 6 November 2015

FREE Pattern Friday - "BE THE CHANGE" Fun Striped Infinity Scarf & Slouch Hat

I will be doing a series of patterns for donating to Charity and posting them as I create or crochet them.  The series will be called "BE THE CHANGE".  I have been blessed with a good life, never wanted for anything, always have had a roof over my head and food on the table.  Unfortunately that isn't true for everyone and quite often it wasn't their choice to be homeless, jobless, and not able to support themselves or their family.  Because I have the ability to help in this small way I will.  Have been crocheting for Charity for years and love it.  It's a great "excuse" to try new patterns and new yarn :)

Love stripes!  Found some black, red and white yarn and thought I would design something with stripes.  Did look on the internet and found some similar but they were knit patterns.  Couldn't find just the right crochet pattern so came up with my own.  Will do this in different colors once life has slowed down a bit (moving this week to a different house).

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3 colors of worsted weight, about 100g each
5.5mm hook

For my scarf
Color1: black
Color2: red
Color3: white

Stitches used:
ALTDC (alternate double crochet): Instead of the regular ch3 at the beginning of a row.
Here are 2 videos with different ways to do it.
Back to Basics: Alternate Double Crochet turning Chain
Alternate Double Crochet Turning Chain
DC: double crochet
SC: single crochet

Color #1
ch 20,
Row 1: sc across (19 sts), turn
Rows 2 - 17: ALTDC in first st, DC across, turn
Row 18: switch to color #2, ALTDC in first stitch, DC across, turn
Row 19: switch to color #1, ALTDC in first stitch, DC across, turn
Alternate colors 2 & 1 for a total of 16 rows, ending in color 1,
Switch to color #2 and DC crochet for 16 rows
Switch to color #3, ALTDC in the first stitch, DC across, turn
Alternate colors 3 & 2 for a total of 16 rows, ending in color 3,
Switch to color #3 and DC crochet for 16 rows

Now you can decide if you want to leave it as a scarf, or sew the ends together and have an infinity scarf.  I have decided to leave this one as is.  Will do another one in girly colors and make it an infinity scarf.

NOTE:  I really love stripes, but don't care for weaving in all the ends.  Because this scarf wasn't very wide, when doing the stripes I just carried the previous color along while crocheting, like crochet in the ends as you go.  Hope that makes sense....

I had quite a bit of yarn left, so decided to do a slouchy hat.  Used this pattern from Calleigh's Clips & Crochet Creations.  I had crocheted a few hats using this pattern before and really like it.  Easy to follow and you can change it to stripes easily.

Have a wonderful weekend Crocheting!