Beer Bread! YUM!!

Have you ever made beer bread? Well, I tried my first loaf yesterday. It was scrumptious! My family loved it. I almost made myself sick eating it. The loaf is almost completely gone now. So what am I doing about it?….why, making another loaf, of course.

Here is the easy recipe for you and if you would like some other variations, check out allrecipes.com.

3 cups self rising flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 to 1 small onion finely chopped
1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
1 twelve ounce bottle or can of full flavor beer

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.

Mix flour, sugar, onion and cheese together in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Add beer and mix well. Batter will be sticky. Pour into loaf pan. Let sit for about 30 minutes. Bake in oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Slice and eat. YUM!

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Chroma Worsted Shawl

Well I wanted to make a shawl. An EASY shawl. So I searched You Tube (gotta love You Tube) and found how-to’s for a simple triangular shawl.

That was easy. I followed the instructions and knitted the triangular part with one ball of yarn. I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn. Then I decided to add a crocheted edge. Don’t ask me for the pattern, because I made it up as I went along. I used what fit the shawl, improvising and setting my mouth right to get it to work.

Looking at it, I thought well it’s large enough for a scarf. So I had to block it to stretch the yarn and make it at least resemble a shawl. That was a little tricky. I used lace blocking wires and stretched that sucker tight. Then I let it sit until it dried. I’m pretty happy with the results.

Before blocking:

During blocking:

After blocking:

BTW, I used Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in New England colorway.

How To Knit the Fish Mittens

I have been working on Fish Hats and decided to knit matching mittens. I was unable to find a specific pattern for Fish Mittens, so I did my own. Here are the “how to’s”.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn approximately 250 yards
Double Pointed needles set of 5, US size 4
If you do stranded knitting for the mittens you will need Size 5 needles
Waste yarn, worsted weight or bulky
Buttons for the eyes or crochet hook size D
Yarn needle

Gauge:

6 stitches to the inch
8 rows to the inch

Size:

Small/Medium

For larger mittens, go up one size needle

These mittens measure 8 inches around the knuckles

Measurements you will need:

Wrist to top of thumb joint
Top of thumb joint to top of index finger
Thumb joint to tip of thumb

Pictures first, then instructions:

Basic Mitten pattern:

Cast on 48 stitches and divide evenly over 4 needles. Join. K2 P2 around until cuff measures 3 inches or desired length.

Knit plain (stockinet stitch) until you have reached your first measurement. My wrist to thumb joint measurement is 2 1/2 inches.

K2, using waste yarn K 6 stitches. Slip these stitches back to the left hand needle and continue knitting until you reach your second measurement. My second measurement, thumb joint to tip of index finger is 4 inches.

Begin decreasing.

(K4, K2 together) around. K 3 rounds even.
(K3, K2 together) around. K2 rounds even.
(K2, K2 together) around. K1 round even.
(K1, K2 together) around. K1 round even.
K2 together around. Cut yarn out about 10 inches. Thread yarn needle and pass yarn through all stitches on needles. Remove needles. Pull yarn tight and secure on inside of mitten.

Thumb:

Remove waste yarn carefully and place live stitches on 3 needles. You may want to insert the needles before you remove the waste yarn.

Pick up an additional 3 stitches on each side. This is to prevent holes and make the thumb large enough. So you will have a total of 18 stitches.

Attach yarn and knit around until thumb measures appropriate length. Mine measures 2 inches from joint to tip.

(K2, K2 together) around. K 1 round even.
K2 together around. Cut yarn out a sufficient length to thread through remaining stitches on needle. Pull tight and secure on inside of thumb.

Weave in all loose ends.

Repeat for 2nd mitten.

Now for the FISH part…the fins and eyes.

Dorsal Fins (use 2 needles and knit back and forth):

Cast on 10 stitches leaving a long tail to sew to mitten.
K1 row.
Next row KFB of each stitch (20 stitches)
K1 P1 for 5 rows.
BO

Pectoral Fins:

Cast on 5 Stitches.
K1 row.
Next row KFB of each stitch (10 stitches)
K1 P1 for 5 rows.
BO
Repeat for 2nd pectoral fin.

Place fins on mitten and sew securely.

Eyes:

Using a magic loop to begin your crocheted eyes, make 10 single crochets in the center of the loop, join. Cut yarn. Pull beginning yarn end tight to close up the hole.

Join contrast color yarn. Chain 1, (single crochet in next stitch, 2 single crochet in next stitch) around. Join and end off, leaving a long tail to sew to mitten.

Place eyes on mitten in a pleasing manner and sew to mitten. Stuff loose ends inside as you go. You can also add a little fiber fill if you wish.

And there you have it. A basic mitten turned into a fish.

The hat pattern can be found on knitty.com

Enjoy.

Happy 4th of July!

Hope your day is filled with family, friends and fun. Hope you get to see some fireworks too.

If you are in an area that has been deemed to dry for fireworks display, bring out your old photos of past 4th of July celebrations and travel down the good times memory road.

And, please remember our troops. Say a little prayer for them on this glorious day, for without them, our freedom would not be possible.