Monday, October 09, 2006

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Turkey! and Crocheting a bear

My family and a few friends, celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving on Saturday since it was the only day Mike could come home this week, and our son Chris and his wife, Danielle were down from Salt Lake City! (You gotta click on that link as there are some great pages linked from it!)

We invited a couple of dear friends (Grandma Bingham and her daughter Marline-- you may have heard of Grandma!!) It was a long day of cooking some great foods and as normal, I forgot a couple of things, like the stuffing and cranberry sauce!! But at least this year I did remember the green bean casserole. My daughter decided next big dinner... (USA Thanksgiving!) we need to make a list. I agree!!

I have spent all day so far crocheting a little bear for one of our Seminary Teacher's new baby-to-be! My friend Bobbi made and afghan and then gave me some of her leftover yarn to make a little matching teddy bear. I will take photos later, although you can see the original in the link -- as the blanket and bear are in the wash right now.

The photo was taken this morning, right after a thunder storm as the sun was rising in the east. It sure looks like fire in the sky doesn't it?

Added some more blog links to my column. =) Some of them have great patterns. The more patterns the better right?

Here is one of my own recipes to create a really soul-warming treats for yourself from my out-of-print booklet: Herbs © 1995 Bev Qualheim

Face Lift
We have all seen those expensive 'face-lift' products that help tighten your skin and make you look a bit more youthful. Here is my own version of that and it works great!

  • 1 egg white from a fresh egg
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
(this is good for tightening the pores and absorbing excess oil. Do NOT get too close to the eyes as the skin there doesn't like to be stretched.) Mix these 2 ingredients with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Smooth onto a clean face and allow to dry completely. Lie down on the couch or your bed and listen to soothing music like Donny Osmond's Christmas at Home for about 15-20 minutes and relax, you deserve it. (You can make the time!!!)

Removing: Gently rinse face with warm water, splash it on or use a wash cloth and blot it off, then rinse.
Do not store this, just mix it up as needed.


Thanksgiving Turkey Fridgie
pattern copyright 1989, 2006 Beverly A. Qualheim

Size F crochet hook
Scraps of colored 4 ply yarn (see photo)
Wiggly eyes and magnet
Tiny piece of orange felt for beak

hey turkey!!Body:
Ch 3, join to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), 12 dc inside the ring (13 dc total)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in joining sts, 2 d in each dc all around; join (26 dc total)
Tail Row:
Row 1: Ch 3, dc in joining st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) 7 times; do NOT join, ch 1, turn; (24 dc)
Row 2: Sc in first dc, (ch 7, skip next dc, sc in next dc) 11 times, sc in last dc; ch 10 turn: (11 loops)
Row 3: Work behind the row 2 tail loops, in each skipped dc, sc in next dc, (ch 10, sc in next dc) 10 times; finish off. (11 loops)
Skip 4 dc from tail, join yarn by working sl st in next dc, ch 3, sl st in next 2 dc, ch 3, sc in next dc then finish off.
Ch 3, join to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 12 dc in ring; join loosely, 13 dc.
finish off.
Join red under chin (sl st in top of dc, 1 triple crochet in next dc) sl st in next dc in sl st to finish off. (You can make 2 if you wish)
Cut a small triangle of orange felt and glue in place.

Stitch head to body just below the tail, either st around the head, or use a single st in the center of the head. Glue on wiggly eyes, or use white yarn to make 2 french knots for eyes. Glue on magnet strip to back of turkey.



karen said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!
We just finished our dinner. Yum.
The bear is very cute! Love the fridgie, too. Too late for this year, but maybe next.
Funny you said about the list. I did that this year, too.
Thanks for sharing your blog and your links.

Julie said...

I just wanted to say thank you for al you do, you have inspired me to knit for charity and it makes me feel so good to help others.