Saturday, March 31, 2012

Think on These Things #7 Pierced

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth
Isaiah 53:7
He poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Isaiah 53:12
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:4
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Crochet Easter Eggs & Tutorial Video is Coming

Because so many have commented that they would like to crochet but don't know how, I am working on a video tutorial showing you just what to do and how easy crocheting really is.
I hope to get it finished this weekend.

I have already shared the Chocolate Diorama Easter EGG, the EGG that opens in half and now I am sharing a solid egg version.
I still have two more different projects I will post using variations of this pattern.
 These Easter eggs were crocheted by my mom way back in 1978 and are adapted from a pattern from a Woman's Day Magazine.
  • yarn of choice in any color you like.  My mom made hers smaller by using a sport-weight yarn.  You can use a worsted-weight yarn for larger eggs.
  • Choose a hooks size for a nice tight-ish stitch.
  • fiberfill 
Crochet Easter Egg

NOTE: When working in rounds, I mark the end of each round with a piece of contrasting yarn and move it as I complete each round.

Starting at the bottom of the egg
ch 3.  Join with sl st in 3rd ch from hook to form a ring
Rnd 1: Work 8 sc in ring
Rnd 2: *sc in next sc, inc in next sc. Repeat from *around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2 (18 sc)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around, increasing 1 sc in every 3rd sc. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: work even for one round  (24 sc)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around; increasing in every 4th sc. (30 sc)
Rnd 7-8: work even for two rounds (30 sc)
Rnd 9: sc in each sc around, increasing in every 10th sc. (33 sc)
Rnd 10-15: work even (33 sc)
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around decreasing in every 10th sc (30 sc)

Begin stuffing your egg.  You will need to add more at the end but I think you can get a better shape if you begin at this point.

Rnd 17: Work even (30 sc).
Rnd 18: sc in each sc decreasing every 5th sc (25 sc)
Rnd 19-20: work even (25)
Rnd 21: Sc in each around decreasing every 4th sc (20 sc). Continue stuffing your egg.
Rnd 22: Repeat last rnd. (16 sc)
Rnd 23: Sc in each sc around, decreasing every 3rd sc (12 sc)
Rnd 24: Sc in each sc around, decreasing every other stitch for two rounds till closed.  Break off.
You can leave your egg plain or decorate with ribbon or other embellishments.  My mom crocheted a length of chain stitches and then tacked it onto the egg and finished by tying into a flower. 
The cute critters below were also made from the patterns in that same Woman's Day magazine.
I am so sad that I don't have those pages any longer.
I searched the internet but so far cannot find the patterns. I will be sure to share if I can locate them. 
 You can see the difference in size of the bunnies.  My mom's little white bunny was stitched using a baby yarn and my brown rabbit was done with worsted weight.  Mommy always crocheted very tight and my rabbit looks to be rather loose.

 Embroidered face
The article also included this duck pattern.
I remember Mommy and the time we spent together crocheting. I am sure we were doing some laughing and some ripping out and re-doing as we worked through the patterns.
I am especially happy to still have her work.
Here is a page from the original Woman's Day Magazine.  I sure hope I can fine the rest of the article someday.
Update: I now have the missing pages sent to me from someone who accidentally came across my blog while searching for the same patterns.  She thought it would be easier to find the patterns online than searching her own files.  She did find her magazine and kindly scanned and emailed me all of the pages from the article.
:)  sweet

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Pineapple Spoonbread

Serving a baked ham for Easter?  This is what we have as a side dish.
Pineapple Spoonbread is a casserole we first had at my sister-in-laws when we were just married.
It quickly became a favorite and goes with ham like stuffing goes with turkey.
Usually I cream the sugar and butter together with a mixer.  This time I melted the butter and whisked together.  
even more tasty when prepared by little hands!
Pineapple Spoonbread
Recipe from Arlene

20-oz pineapple, crushed
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
pinch salt
4 eggs
7-9 bread slices, cubed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Cream butter and eggs,.  Add pineapple and other ingredients. Bake in greased dish 45-60 mins.

yields 6 servings

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