Monday, October 02, 2006


Ok- it's that time of year again.... I HAVE to use some of my yarn stash before I allow myself to buy any more yarn! I have tons here right now. I have taken as much as I can to Crafting Angels, and those bins are filled as well. The Lord has been good to all of us here for keeping us supplied in yarn this year.

Anyone want to join me in my STASH BUST! It means no buying yarn till the first of 2007. Tough but I know I have to do it. I have 7 or 8 large plastic bins with yarn in them right now. Yet, I can never find the right color for what I am doing so I end up buying another skein here and there. NO MORE!! At least not till January 1st. =)

Well, I managed to crochet 3 pairs of mittens from Friday through Sunday... basically 1 pair a day, while watching Conference. They take longer to make than I was thinking for some reason. I figured each pair took about 3 hours, since I was taking notes during conference, while knitting on and off!

The knitted ones are off my website too, CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN. And I took a photo (shown above) so you can see what they look like mid-done (is that a word???)

They seem a bit larger than I remember too although I tried them on my boys at the time, but maybe it's 'cos they have bigger hands than my daughters? Hmmm-- I was thinking, you could make them using size 6 needles for a smaller child-- maybe a preschooler. I will try that with the next pair. I have a whole pound of beige Caron brand yarn which would be perfect for boys or girls depending on the contrasting colors I use. I could make a bunch of mittens, maybe slippers too? I know LDS Humanitarian can use slippers too.

My cold-bug- is getting better today, and for that I am really grateful and happy! This weekend our son Christopher and his wife Danielle will be home for Canadian Thansgiving (more on that later but you may want to check out the fun links on that page!) plus we have company coming to share that celebration with us. We are celebrating on Saturday instead of next Monday the 9th since everyone can come home that day.

You know, since more people are coming to this blog every day I thought I might as well share my GENEALOGY on here with all of you because one of you might be related to me somewhere along the lines! Don't hesitate to write if you are related. Maybe we can help one another out.

Well, I have yummy hamburger soup cooking on the stove, although we didn't have much meat so it's mostly veggies, and I need to make some corn bread to go with it. =)

Bev's Cornbread

3/4 c. corn meal
3/4 c. flour
1 TBsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. honey
3/4 c. milk
1 egg
1/4 c. margarine

Combine dry ingredients
Add egg, milk and margarine Beat until smooth, about 1 minute. DO NOT over beat. Pour batter into small pan and bake at 425 F degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cut and serve warm. Makes 6 servings. Tastes great with homemade pea soup.

Gotta run for now.

Bev Q


Lulu said...

hi Bev, do you like to knit more than Crochet?
i cant knit, but love to crochet..

bevq said...

Hi Lulu,
I love to do both and I switch of from time to time so I don't get tired of one or the other, plus knitting uses both hands so it's good for my brain =)

I learned to knit when I was 7 over in England where I grew up, didn't learn to crochet till I was in college. But love both now, and round loom knitting too! And cross stitch and...

I have a how-to page on my site with links to tutorials to learn all kinds of things.



Marla said...

Hi Bev,

Stash busting for me too lately!!

Just a tip.... crochet as much as you can or with winter coming, double your yarn- crochet uses more yarn than knitting!! I've been doubling yarn on lots of things esp. if I have one strand baby yarn and one of worsted or 3 ply.

Good luck!!

bevq said...

Yep-- it's true-- crocheting uses more yarn than knitting does. And round loom knitting uses even more! I need to make some more things on those round looms. I even have a long loom-- that purple one that Mike's mom gave me and I have not put it to good use yet. Need to do that.

You know, my yarn stash is kind of a security thing for me. I feel like if I use it all up I will not have money to buy more or something.

Dumb I know...

But I am going to make a serious dent in it this time.


Cheryl said...

Bev ... love how the mitts are turning out with the bright stripes on them.

I am trying to "Stash Bust" too. I just have way too much stuff in my crafting room at the moment. Am trying to stave off the desire to start new projects until some of these UFOs are done and off to new homes. It's soooo hard :-)

2flower said...

Hi Bev,
I'm so happy to see your blog. I love your wonderful site and I've been using your patterns for a few years now. I'm going to try Stash Bustin' too. People give me yarn all the time, and I can never say no. I have tons of it, and yet I always find myself in the yarn section of the store. :P The only exception I will make is for projects for my granddaughter (due in January), but even with that exception, I have to finish each project before starting another for her. ;)

I've been crocheting since I was a child (learned from my great-grandmother) and I learned a couple of years ago to knit from

Peggy said...

Thanks for the wonderful cornbread recipe and you wonderful website. I refer my crafters to your website time and time again. I feel like you are an old friend!
Thanks again...Peggy...LittleHeartstrings