Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tunisian Crochet Anyone?

Has any of you ever used a Tunisian or Afghan crochet hook?
Well, I did for the first time during the Christmas Holidays and this is what came out of it!

This is the front of my wash cloth. I used sugar n cream 100% cotton yarn in the color soft ecru and a size 5.00 mm or H (14 inches long) Afghan hook

I like the tight knitting but maybe it would not have been so tight if I would have used a hook that was 2 or 3 sizes bigger than the size recommended for the yarn

I have to say! Tunisian crochet uses a lot of yarn. I used an entire ball of cotton yarn for one wash cloth as opposed to making two wash cloths with one one ball of yarn when doing the garter stitch with regular knitting needles

Here is what the back of this stitch looks like!

Don't they look like tight little waves or bumps. I am sure I will get better at this with lots more practice

I used this pattern from www.purlbee.com
and watched the instructions on Tunisian basics how to before getting started!

Have you tried it before? Post a photo or a link of your work for some inspiration.

Thank you.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Simple Air Freshner

Spring is almost here and with it comes the wonderful scent of flowers and fresh air! While waiting for this never-ending winter to leave, I like to feel like I am getting closer to sunny warm days by spraying my house with a calming and sweet mixture.

I do not like the strong smell of the store bought products such as febreeze or lysol and I tend to lean towards more natural products. Spending too many $$$ on those is not something I like to do either so I just simply make my own by mixing water and essential oils in a spray bottle.

I use it on my curtains, carpet and bed linens. It freshens up the air in our house and makes gloomy days feel sunny.

15 drops drops of any essential oils you like
A spray bottle filled with 32 ounces of water

If you are just looking to deodorize instead of freshening things up than just mix 1 part vodka for 1 part water in a spray bottle. This recipe will take odors away without smelling like alcohol.

that's it! It could not get any simpler than that.