Just finished this, using a pattern from a Leisure Arts booklet, altering from the pastel colors to some Loops & Threads shades in my stash, and adding part of Kim's lovely border for more of a lacy look for a little girl. Made it years ago with pastels called for in the original pattern. And both times I had to fudge a little to keep the stitch count on those multi-stitch rounds.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This started out as a scrap afghan a couple of years or so ago. However, since I don't use variegated yarn very often, I did have two buy three or four more skeins of coordinating variegated. Then there's the matter of needing more of the white background color . . .
This afghan sat in a basket in my workroom for more than a year before I finally picked it up and decided last week to finish it off. The original pattern for the Star Quilt afghan called for making a bunch of little white diamond shapes to sew onto the edges in a certain way to fill in gaps, but I didn't think them necessary. And, not being fond of fringe, I omitted that, too. I just evened out the edges with a couple of rounds of single crochet, then added a last round of crab stitches for a neater look.
This is not my favorite afghan of the many I've made, and I don't know what I'll do with it. But every one always seems to find a home eventually.
Monday, March 5, 2012
This has to be one of the quickest and tastiest suppers ever, and I love the presentation. It combines two of my favorite igredients: chipotle in adobo and hominy: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roast-Salmon-with-Sweet-Chipotle-Glaze-and-Hominy-Puree-364676
In the spirit of Use What You Have, I subbed peach preserves for apricot -- maybe not giving it as intense a flavor as apricot, but still awfully good. And, I thought scallions better in the hominy than cilantro -- especially since a certain family member has an aversion to the herb. All in all, a success, and I've made it twice now.