How to join your yarn by making a double knot – YouTube


Freebee Friday How To – this technique is also great when you need to tie a ribbon around a package.

Originally posted on G-Ma Ellen's Hands - Adventures in Crochet and Knit:

This video tutorial will show you how to join a new ball of yarn to your knitting or crochet by making an invisible knot. This knot is very strong and leaves no ends to weave in.

via How to join your yarn by making a double knot – YouTube.

I wish I had found this video before I started my last project!  Well, onward and upward!!!

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What is important is invisible to the eye.

That is my favorite quote from The Little Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Check out a wonderful video captures the essence of this idea beautifully:

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Free Crochet Star Garland Pattern from MadePeachy

This is a cute and colorful pattern, thank you Laura!



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Control your own emotional state

In order to be content, we have to take charge of our own emotions.  A great challenge is not getting annoyed or upset when people around me are angry, complaining a lot, or gossiping.  When this happens, I take these 3 steps:

1.  take slow, deep breaths

2.  concentrate on my breathing and become aware of my heart beating

3.  imagine myself in a bubble of white light, insulating me from my surroundings, and silently say to myself, “I am peace.”

These three steps work well most of the time.  If the situation erupts into violence, or if I cannot calm myself down, I leave the situation politely, and calmly, as soon as possible.






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Twinkie Chan’s Foodie Crochet Blog


A day late for Freebee Friday – better late than never!

Originally posted on UK Crochet Patterns:

Twinkie Chan’s amazingness

This beauty has been doing the rounds of blogs and Facebook groups – the girl is mega talented and if you don’t already know about her, visit her site and you’ll be AMAZED!!!!!!

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Homemade Thousand Island Salad Dressing

My husband loves this dressing, and I put it in recipes like Open Face Reuben Sandwiches(bread with dressing topped with sauerkraut, corned beef, swiss cheese, in that order, baked in a 325 degree oven until cheese melts)

Ingredients for 1.25 cups of dressing:

2/3 cup mayonnaise                                                                                                                       1/3 cup marinara sauce                                                                                                                 1/4 cup sweet relish                                                                                                                         1/4 tsp dry mustard or 1 tsp yellow mustard                                                                                 1/8 tsp basil                                                                                                                                     1/8 tsp chili powder

Whisk together or blend with immersion blender.

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Honey Mustard Balsamic Salad Dressing – DIY

Last year I started making my own salad dressing.  It took a while, but I finally came up with a dressing for left over steak and greens.  I also like to add mushrooms because they are high in niacin, which helps keeps the cholesterol low.

Ingredients for one cup of dressing:

1/4 cup honey                                                                                                                                 1/4 cup yellow mustard                                                                                                                       1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil                                                                                                               2 TBSP balsamic vinegar                                                                                                                     1 TBSP water

I use an immersion blender to mix the ingredients, but it can be whisked manually.


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