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Learning Corner To Corner Crochet May 17, 2014

Filed under: Crafting,simplicity — ourprairiehome @ 6:41 pm
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Well, I finally took the time to learn a new crochet technique. I was reluctant to do so, but am now so glad that I did. I had joined a crochet group on Facebook and they kept posting pictures of works in progress or items made using the Corner to Corner technique from Red Heart yarn. Well, I am not about to butcher the instructions in my blog. Trust me, it wouldn’t be pretty to anyone trying ot learn the technique. I am definitely doing you a huge favor in that! LOL

What I will share is a couple of things. First, you can get a great tutorial for this technique by going to Red Heart. They have a really nice free afghan project you can download that you make using Corner to Corner. Secondly, I found a great tutorial video by The Crochet Crowd for those who learn better by watching. You can find it on YouTube.

My first project using the technique has been dishcloths. I wanted something simple that wouldn’t be as overwhelming as an afghan. I generally will do this with any new stitch or techniques learned. I make small items until I get more comfortable with it,

One thing that I am very pleased about it how quickly I caught on to the technique. While it may seem confusing at first, the pattern is actually very easy to do. I also loved that the dishcloths took very little time to make. I am now considering making a small blanket using the pattern, possibly a baby blanket to give as a gift.

Learning this new technique is giving me the confidence to try more new patterns. Even though I learned to do basic crocheting nearly 30 years ago, I still am very timid about trying new techniques or patterns. I have a few that I am very comfortable with and have used off and on over the years. Finally, I’ve reached a point in life where the crocheting is very relaxing to me and I am wanting to branch out a bit more in it.

I am already planning out the crocheting needed for next winter. Both Little Miss and I need new shawls and the beds can all use a new blanket. Then, there are the holiday gifts to be made. I am sure that at least a few of the things made will be incorporating corner to corner crochet.

 

Homemade Chocolate Creamer May 14, 2014

Filed under: pantry building,simplicity — ourprairiehome @ 4:20 pm

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Here is a really simple recipe for a chocolate flavored coffee creamer.  So much less expensive than the store bought and a more chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Coffee Creamer

1/3 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup non-dairy creamer

In a bowl, mix all ingredients until well blended.  Pour into a jar or airtight container. 

Enjoy!