Saturday, January 5, 2013

December creativity and cooking

Since I wasn't blogging, I must have been busy in December. Right?

Well, partially right. David and I spent the week before Christmas sick as dogs with the flu. Since David's job makes them get a flu shot, he had it in November. I cannot get a flu shot because I am allergic to eggs, so I get to "wing it" every year.

We were not lucky this year. The week before Christmas, the day after Felicity and Gregory went to spend their every-other week visit with their Dad, David and I both went down-hill with the flu. David was in good shape after 4 days because he had his flu shot. Me....twice I though I was nearly out of the woods just to relapse. It took me 9 days to feel somewhat like myself again.

On a better note, I did spend some time doing things I enjoy. Creating and cooking!

I finished my crochet rug that I started back in the summer. I don't have a pattern for this, but plan to do a separate post with my own rendition of a pattern, coming up soon.

I also made some oh so cute scarfs to sell in my Etsy store. I have plans for a tutorial on this, too.

Fresh bread! FINALLY, after many attempts over the past couple of years, I had two loaves turn out PERFECTLY! I used Judy's recipe. Here's the link!

I found new love in knit cotton dishcloths, too! I have made crochet ones in the past, and wasn't so crazy about them. BUT until now, I had never used the cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby. I LOVE THIS COTTON is the name and boy do I love it! The Hobby Lobby brand cotton yarn is a bit lighter texture than Peaches & Cream and Sugar & Cream brands that I had always used in the past. Now, I even like the crochet ones I have made, but the knit ones are AWESOME!

I used Sandra's pattern here. However, I found I like mine a bit on the small-ish side and I go up to 36-38 on the needle instead of 40. This pattern is also here (free on Ravelry), called Grandmother's favorite, calling for 44 on the needle, if you like your dish cloths a bit on the larger side.

Oh and in late October, I designed an adorable little hat for my grand-babies. Here is Maddie modeling hers. I just love those grand-babies so much!

In October/November, I whipped up a few quilt table runners. A couple are still in my Etsy store, the others were made for my sister and donations for a raffle.

And finally, on Christmas day.....fresh homemade doughnuts! Found it on Pinterest, of course! Recipe is here. All I can say is: Crazy easy, crazy fast and crazy good!

Now I am off to do more creating! I have a quilt I started nearly 4 years ago that I hope to finish this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend all!


  1. I don't like my dishcloths big either, I always make mine much smaller than the pattern lol

    Love all your creativity and cooking :)

  2. Fresh bread AND homemade donuts?! I think I just gained 10 pounds! Yum!

    1. Diane thanks for stopping by my blog!

      My intention for a long time is to only bake our bread and not buy store bought any longer. Now that I finally "got it right" that is what I have started to do. The donuts were a treat, but I just don't know that I will get them out again. They were so easy and so delicious!

  3. Love your photo of Maddie in her hat! (I'm a Nana too....)

  4. I like that rug nice!You have been super busy.I hope you are feeling better.This stuff going around will make you feel like crap then you feel better and have a relapse and you feel worse.Get well soon and take care of yourself!

  5. Love all your creations, especially that adorable hat! I am finishing a quilt I started 3 years ago - I totally understand. And I just finished an afghan that I started over 2 years ago. Thanks so much for joining in this week! It's so nice to meet you.


  6. Love your rug and other things. New follower too :) Join me on the weekends for Grandparent's Say It Saturday. here's a link.... Hope to see you there!

  7. Well if this post isn't an inspiration to create something I don't know what is! And I laughed out loud at your grandbaby in that hat. The cutest little thing WEARING a cutest little thing! :)

  8. Oh, my goodness you really inspire me to get off my fanny and create something. Love those dish clothes.

  9. I am really looking forward to the crochet pattern for that rug. I'd love to make one. I stopped by from Sunny Simple.

  10. Oh my, you are so talented! Everything from hats and quilts to breads! I am looking forward to learning how you made your rug.

  11. Amy,

    First of all, love all your crocheting projects....your grandbaby's hat is adorable.....adorable grandbaby too! :)

    The donuts would be a hit at our house. I pinned that and will be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing it and thanks for joining me today for Pinned it Made it Monday! :)


  12. I love all the projects. The hat is too cute! And the donuts are a must add for us.