Like a lot of people I’m counting down the days to Valentine’s Day, and I’m testing recipes in the kitchen which I think might make good gifts for coworkers, friends, and family. During the Christmas season, my sister-in-law makes homemade turtle candy, but I don’t consider this recipe to be seasonal – turtle candy is good any time!
To make homemade turtle candy you’ll need:
- a bag of ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate
- small pretzels (I like the small squares.)
- pecan halves
On a cookie sheet, line the pretzels and then place a ROLO on top of each. Top each ROLO with a pecan.
(You can choose to add the pecans after the ROLOs spend time in the oven, but I chose to place them prior to the heating process. Keeps me from rushing in the assembly process and it allows the pecans to disburse oils which add flavor. The pecans I used came straight out of the freezer too.)
Bake at 220-degrees F for 2 minutes. Gently squish pecans into the ROLOs. Remove turtle candy from the cookie sheet to a piece of wax paper on the counter top to cool.
After the candy is cool, you can package the treats. Don’t forget to taste test. You’ll want to know what everyone is sure to enjoy!
The year is almost at a close, and it went by very rapidly in my opinion. The older I get, the faster the years fly by. I thought today I would wish every visitor, those new and those who frequent ImagineMechanix, a Happy New Year! May it be one that has you “in the pink.” In other words, may you be in very good health and in good spirits in 2014. Of course, it always helps to knit! I found some lovely pink knitting projects that you might want to take a closer look at. There may be something above that you’d like to knit up for yourself or someone else.
Key to the knitting projects above:
a. Orchid Cowl – free pattern on Ravelry
b. Pink Ribbon Washcloth (Breast Cancer Awareness) – free pattern on Ravelry
c. Pink Tulip Patch Blanket – $3.50 pattern on Ravelry
d. Pink Phoenix Shawl – $6.00 pattern on Ravelry
e. Pink Home Slippers – $4.99 pattern on Ravelry
f. Knitted Neckwarmer – Blog and Etsy
I wish everyone the best of health! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by next year.
There are tutorials available for all of these bird feeders.
With the weather cooling in many parts of the country (I’m still waiting here in Texas, but it will happen eventually.), it’s time to think about our feathered friends. Construct one of these DIY Bird Feeders and make it a little easier for birds to find nutrition.
I think all of the examples are elegant. These bird feeders will not only make the birds happy, you’ll enjoy them too. Who doesn’t like watching birds in their garden? I bet you also know someone who would appreciate one of these for their garden. Make one as a Christmas gift. That’s what I’m thinking of doing. I have wine bottles on hand, so I’m leaning toward that design. I also have terracotta pots that I could re-purpose. All of these great designs use recycled materials.
Here’s your key to the DIY Bird Feeders:
- DIY Bird Feeder using a Melamine Bowl and Plate
- DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeders
- DIY Bird Feeder from a Flower Pot
- DIY Tea Cup Bird Feeder
- DIY Tea Cup Hanging Bird Feeder
- DIY Acorn Bird Feeder (There is a free tutorial, but you can also buy a kit.)
DIY Bird Feeders for the Kids
If you want a project you can work on with the kids, consider these two: (1) Bird Feeder Garland and (2) Bird Seed Feeders.
Free Thanksgiving crochet patterns can be found on the Internet. I selected these nine because I thought they were some of the best in the bunch. It’s not too late to crochet some coasters (see #2 and #5) or a bottle cozy (#9). If you crochet quickly, you may be able to complete one of the other projects. See the key with links under the images.
- Crochet Fall Wreath
- Gobble Coaster (Ravelry)
- Crochet Turkey Hat
- Turkey Placemat
- Crochet Turkey Coasters
- Acorn Garland (no longer available 12/22/13)
- Thanksgiving Gobbler Hat (Ravelry)
- Going Nutty Purse
- Bottle Cozy (no longer available 12/22/13)
I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I suggest you eat, drink, and be merry. Life is too short not to have seconds of pie!
Some time ago, I knitted a hat using sock yarn. I have long wanted a matching scarf, but not the typical, long, rectangular scarf.
I found this sock yarn scarf pattern on Ravelry (skipped the edging instructions) and the result is that now I have a soft, warm triangular scarf that matches my hat, including the pom-poms.
Hats and scarfs made with sock yarn are very soft. I think it’s more than the yarn fiber that makes the scarf feel cuddly. I also think the tiny size of the stitches (size 2 needles used) have something to do with it. While it may take awhile longer to knit a garment with sock yarn, it is well worth the time and effort. The sock yarn I used: 3 skeins of Premiere Yarns Serenity Sock Weight Prints.
I really like how long, triangular scarves wrap. I like the cowl-like neck and the tapered ends. Think about adding this type of scarf to your collection!
I wanted a table topper to go under my Halloween tree, and that’s when I came up with the idea of a crochet mandala. I crocheted 13 rings (since 13 is a “scary” number) in orange and black and finished with a scalloped edge.
Here’s the crochet mandala pattern you can follow to make a Halloween table topper:
- 4.00 mm (G) hook
- Orange and black yarn – I used what I had on hand – an acrylic blend.
- Tapestry needle for weaving in any loose ends
There are different methods (carry-through method, jogless, etc.) for starting news colors when crocheting. I ended each ring with a slip stitch and tied off the yarn. Then I wove the tail in when I added the new color. Choose the method that works best for you.
Begin with an adjustable ring.
- Work 12 dcs into the loop (12 dc)
- Work 2 dcs in each dc around (24 dc)
- [dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (36 dc)
- [dc in next 2 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (48 dc)
- [dc in next 3 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (60 dc)
- [dc in next 4 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (72 dc)
- [dc in next 5 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (84 dc)
- [dc in next 6 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (96 dc)
- [dc in next 7 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (108 dc)
- [dc in next 8 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (120 dc)
- [dc in next 9 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (132 dc)
- [dc in next 10 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (144 dc)
- [dc in next 11 dcs, 2 dc in next dc] repeat around (156 dc)
- Finish off.
For border trim:
Add slip knot to hook. Join yarn to ring anywhere with a sc. Then ch1, skip 2 stitches, 6dc in dc, ch1, skip 2 stitches. Repeat around. Weave in any loose ends.
This cardigan knitting pattern from Lion Brand (also listed on the Ravelry site) is easy to make using Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) yarn or something very similar. The cropped raglan cardigan pattern suggests using Lion Organic Cotton. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids, Heathers & Twists (099 Fisherman). I picked up the yarn at JoAnn. You can get information about the gauge, needles, and more on the Lionbrand site and also on my Ravelry notebook page for the cardigan.
I really like the raglan shaping using eyelets (yarn overs). It adds a nice decorative detail.
The cardigan is worked back and forth on a circular needle (per my gauge test – I used size 8) in one piece from the neck down. Ribbing is picked up and knit along front edges to finish (size 7).
I like this pattern so much, I’m thinking of knitting another cardigan in a dark color. One always needs a white/ivory sweater and a black sweater in their wardrobe.