Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Keeping Warm

Has it really been nearly 6 months since I last posted?  WOW!  The great move has been so distracting, I haven't been doing my usual sewing and knitting.  Now, with winter just around the corner, scarves have been on my mind and finally on my knitting needles.

This little scarflette was an enjoyable weekend project that will likely become a repeat.  I will make some changes in the keyhole opening, though.  I prefer dividing the stitches to make an opening between 1x1 ribbing. 

Right now, a version of the potato chip scarf is on my needles.  While some can't make just one, I am finding the endless short rows too boring.  I think this one is my last. 

Want to knit one of my favorite scarflettes?  I have been making this one since we took up cross country skiing in the 80's.  The design was from a couple of scarves my mom had when we lived in Winchester, New Hampshire.  I don't remember wearing either after my family started moving around.  My mom had forgotten them but I found the style so fascinating and practical for skiers that I just had to create the pattern from memory.  By the size of the scrap bag I gave away on freecycle this summer, I must have knit and given away hundreds since that first one I recreated with a skein of worsted weight yarn.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sugarless Treats: Crayon Cookies and Kool Aid Playdough

We are off to see the new baby but not without some fun treats for big brother.  The crayons were made in the Wilton cookie mold pan (mini-muffin pan works well, too) and a silicone candy tray.  

Just peel the crayons, break them into pieces, and group them by color families in the molds (no need to use a cooking spray if you have a freezer).  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place pan in oven for 15 minutes.  The silicone candy mold will need a baking sheet under it to keep it flat.  Check at about 10 minutes to make sure you have enough broken crayons in the mold, if not, add more.  The silicone molds take longer to heat the crayons to melting point.  When, melted, turn off oven and open door.  Let the crayons cool until set around the edges, then cool on the counter until set (I put mine outside).  When set, put tray in freezer until cold.  The crayons will slide right out of the pan or pop out of the silicone molds.  Look for inexpensive silicone molds at a dollar store and use only quality, non-toxic crayons.  The silicone may absorb some of the dye from the crayons so don't use a borrowed tray.  And you will need a fair amount of crayons.  The box in the right picture was filled.

For the playdough, plain inexpensive bleached flour, salt, and a light colored cooking oil will make the most vibrant colors but you may want to have some extra liquid food coloring on hand.
   Kool-Aid® Playdough
1 cup flour
1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid®
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar                                
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, and Kool-Aid® together well with a fork in a medium pan. Add hot water and oil. Stir over medium-low heat 3 to 5 minutes.  When mixture forms a ball in the pan, remove. Knead until smooth. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate.  Dough is smooth, non-sticky, and smells nice.