Mom's Multicolored Capelet

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This is the capelet I made for my mom. She loves the fact that it leaves her arms free to do many things and is less cumbersome than an open sweater hanging from her shoulders.

I chose different variegated yarns and black to give it punch. It goes with everything because of the variety of colors and also because of the black in it. I did not follow a pattern, just started with a chain that would go around the neck and started increasing. Sorry! I didn't write it down because it was my first one and I didn't know how it would turn out.
Unfortunately, it turned out real well and now I don't remember how I did it all! I share it just as a bit of eye candy. And to give you an idea of how you can make one.
If you choose variegated yarns, choose two or three that have matching colors and yet also have different colors in it. For example:
Yarn 1- aqua, red, hot pink and purple
Yarn 2- aqua, red, green, yellow and medium pink
Yarn 3- aqua, medium blue, yellow and green

When you combine the 3 they will "match" and yet you will have a lot more colors int he mix and the result will be all the more attractive, especially if you use a dark color to give it some punch, such as black, navy or hunter green. That is what I did with this capelet.

Hope these tips get your creative juices flowing!


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

By Rudyard Kipling

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A Tasty Recipe, Some Crochet, and a Whale of a Story!

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I have been crocheting a lot, but it doesn't show much because during the summer, I like to work on cotton thread and I am not so quick with it like I am with the large crochet hooks. Still, I am hoping I will soon be able to post some things
to share with you all.
Meanwhile, I would like to share this.

A new recipe, this one is also very savory and easy to make.
Try it, you'll enjoy it!

Veggetarian Chopped Chunks
1 1/2 cups of oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup vital gluten (you can find that at a health food store)
1/2 cup ground raw potatoes
2 Tbsp. sweet paprika powder
3 Tbsps. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
5 slices whole wheat bread, toasted and pulverized in the blender, crusts and all
1/8 tsp. sage powder or marjoram
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt to tast
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup garganzos or soy beans soaked overnight
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Soak garbanzos or soy beans overnight, drain water and put in the blenderwith chopped raw potatoes, celery, parsley and sunflower seeds, ground in the blender into a pulp using a little water.Scrape into a bowl, add all the rest of the ingredients, mix well until all the seasonings are well incorporated and forminga soft dough. With your hands, form cutlets or chunks. Prepare a cookie sheet or any other baking tray that you have. Bake at 300 degrees F turning several times until a fork that is inserted in them comes out completely dry. You can use the cutlets with a sauce as a side dish, like meaty dumplings in your beans, you can add them to your pasta dishes, add them to Pita bread sandwhiches, etc.

Always remember that although life is hard, God is good. Turn to Him for your needs and He will not forsake you.

I love lace, crocheted, knitted, macrame lace, needlelace, you name it!
I am currently working on some things but it takes so long to make them!
I keep looking at some beautiful patterns to keep me inspired. . .

I got an email from a dear friend of mine who lives in Australia. We used to work together when she lived here in the States and then she married someone from Down Under. . .but no hard feelings, he has been a very good husband. This is a very touching, real story, worth reading.

The Whale Story

If you read the front page story of the SF Chronicle,you would have read about a female humpback whalewho had become entangled in a spider web of crab trapsand lines.She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that causedher to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards ofline rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a linetugging in her mouth.A fisherman spotted her just east of the FarraloneIslands(outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she wasso bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her ...
a very dangerous proposition.One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyouscircles.
She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed gently around-she thanked them. Some said it was the most incrediblybeautiful experience of their lives.The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye wasfollowing him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
May you, and all those you love,be so blessed and fortunate be surrounded by peoplewho will help you get untangledfrom the things that are binding you.And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.I wish you well, my friend.

Well, that is all for now, take care!

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A Delicious Vegan Recipe and A Free Crochet Pattern

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Hearts in a String
I love to make up stitches to make new patterns look new.This time I created a chain of puff stitch hearts which, if made long enough, will look like a puff cableforming hearts. it would look wonderful on a purse, tote bag or a top for that matter.I used a worsted weight acrylic yarn and a size h hook, but it could be easily made using worsted weight cotton as well.I am going to try to include a picture of a swatch of the pattern plus a graphed version of the pattern, in the graph the "Xs" are the puff sts and the white spaces are the dc sts. The graph is just to give you an idea of how a string of these hearts would look.

Here is the pattern:
Special st: Puff Stitch:
Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same stitch and draw up a loop again) do this twice; thread over and draw through all 7 loops on hook - puff st made.
With worsted weight yarn and crochet hook size H (I used Red Heart Cherry Red)

Note: Ch 3 counts as 1s dc throughout.
Ch 20.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch across. (18 dc made). Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: 1 dc in each of next 7 dc, 1 puff st in each of next 2 sc, 1 dc in each of last 8 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 3: 1 dc in each of first 6 dc, 1 puff st in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 puff st in next dc, 1 dc in each of last 7. Ch 3, turn.
Row 4: 1 dc in each of first 5 dc, puff st in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 puff st in next dc, 1 dc in each of last 6 dc, ch 3, turn.
Row 5: 1 dc in each of next 4 sts, 1 puff st, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, 1 puff st, 1 dc in each of last 5 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 6: 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 puff st, 1 dc in each of next 8 dc, 1 puff st, 1 dc in each of last 4 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 7: Rep row 6 one more time. Ch 3, turn.
Row 8: 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 puff st, 2 dc, 1 puff st, 2 dc, 1 puff st, 2 dc, 1 puff st, 1 dc in each of last 4 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 9: 1 dc in each of next 4 dc, 1 puff st in each of next 3 stitches, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 puff st in each of next 3 sts, 1 dc in each of last 5 dc. Ch 3, Turn.
Rows 10 to 19: Rep rows 1 to 9 to produce a "chain" of hearts. If you only want to make a block, then stop with row 9.
Let me know if you used this pattern and what you made with it. Please don not post in your webite or blog without my permission.

Pattern checked and clarified, March 2011.

Eggplant Patties
Even if you don't like eggplants, these are so tasty, you'll love them!
1 medium eggplant, peeled, seeded and cubed1 Tsp. sweet paprika powder1/c up onion, chopped1/2 tsp. garlic powder1 Roma tomato, chopped4 strips of Anaheim or any sweet green pepper174 tsp. Italian Seasoning1 cup breadcrumbs (you could make your own by toasting and then pulverizing whole grains pread slices in your belnder or food processor, measure them in pulverized form not in bread cubes)2 tsp. wheat germ3 tsp. flour
Put in a blender the eggplant cubes, the onion, pepper and tomato with a little water and process till smooth. Pour into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.Form into patties. In a skillet, cook them till golden brown on each side. Serve with sauce or gravy or use for sandwiches or as a substitute for burgers or cumble them into pasta sauce. You can change the shape and make them into meat balls. You canalso use them in wappers and tortillas.Amount the recipe yields depends on size of patties.
Variation:Substitute the strips of green pepper for 1/4 cup diced celeryadd 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, finely minced- Add these to the tomato and eggplant when you blend till smooth, proceed as before.
This recipe comes from our kitchen and was first posted online at a vegan/vegetarian group I used to have.
If yoiu're a vegan, you can get many other scrumptious recipes that are good for your body and you for tastebuds at my blog Delicioso, Another Name for Delicious (English language).
Years ago we had a neighbor who wasn't a vegan nor a vegetarian, but she wanted to save on groceriesand she took up eating like this after she learned in our kitchen how to prepare some of these recipes,and was able to save money for a nice long vacation in Europe (and she ate ever day. . .)

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Searching For Inspiration. . .

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Have you ever been out of ideas? Yikes!!!
Well, sometimes going around the house and looking at things in a different way might crack a window open into your mind and give you a fresh approach to your crafts.
Let me tell you a little story. Some years ago, while I was still in highschool, money was tight, and my mom had a birthday coming up at the office and really wanted to give something to a co-worker who was really nice to her.
Well, she didn't have anything in mind, and her paycheck was all taken up, so. . .she decided to make something rather than buy it. She knew how to sew, she knew how to paint. . .so she went to a fabric store, got some natural-colored burlap (yes, burlap!!!) got some paper, some soft batting and some cotton tan fabric for a lining. Then she bought some natural number 10 crochet thread and a wooden button. With the paper she cut the shape of a clutch bag, all in one piece with flap and all. She drew some nice flowers across the front of the flap and painted them with bright colors in acrylic paint. Let them dry really well, and started to put together the bag. She sandwhiched the batting between the burlap and the lining, and stitched away at the edges of the bag carefully sewing in the seams. She made a loop with the thread, sewed it on and the button in place, and she had a bag!
When birthday present time came she was ready. The bag was such a hit that the girl who received it wanted more, one for her sister, one for her mom. . .it turned into a cottage industry and my mom paid more than one bill with it.
Inspiration is just looking at something common in a different way, saying, I wonder if this would work, and giving it a go. . .

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