Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sunday is for Treasuries: Espresso


‘Espresso’ by yarnmiracle

Ode to the new coffee place in town. Drinks are free all week!

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Our Best Play Dough

I’ve made a lot of play dough in my time. Enough to have memorized my favorite recipe. It makes a good size ball and stores neatly in anything with a tight lid that can hold two cups.

boil boil

If you do this with little people, make sure you trust them with the stove. The stove is not on in this picture.

Our Best Play Dough
Dump the following into a sauce pan and mix well:

1 c. all purpose flour
1 c. water
1/4 c. salt (table, no need to be fancy)
1 T. oil
2 T. cream of tartar
food coloring to suit taste

Put your pan over medium heat. The goop will look nice and smooth like this…

smooth goop

…if you’ve used neon green food coloring.

Start stirring. Right about the time you think your arm will fall off (5-10 minutes), this will happen:

lumped up

It will start to pull away from the sides of the pan and clump together.

Keep cooking and stirring until the mess has barely stopped being shiny and then pull it off of the heat. I also dump it out of the pot so it will stop cooking and not get too hard. Give it a few minutes to rest. When it’s cool enough to touch, knead the play dough until it’s smooth. I find that kneading is easier while it is still warm.

Wash your pot and repeat until you’ve run out of colors or storage boxes. Or in our case, both.

pisa

All this took us less than an hour to mix up.

In an airtight container, it keeps far longer than you’d think. We’ll be playing with this batch well into March. Unless it all gets mixed into a muddy rainbow. Then we’ll have to make more.

squidgy

Sunday is for Treasuries: Soft Spot


‘Soft Spot’ by yarnmiracle

I have one.

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Sweeties

A sweet nothing for Valentines’ Day.

holding hands

Awww, they’re holding hands!

You can make Sweeties as individual dolls or link them together in a paper doll chain.

in pink

Style their hair all kinds of ways. They are easy-going like that.

Knit to gauge, Sweeties are 5.5″ from head to bobble foot.

blondie

Your only limitations are the colors of your worsted scraps.

Fiddly, fast and fun. Pattern available February 1, 2011.

Sunday is for Treasuries: Teeny Tiny


‘Teeny Tiny’ by yarnmiracle

Once upon a time, there was a teeny tiny woman who lived in a teeny tiny house…

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Something New

I’m working on something.

It’s a little nothing something that is taking TOO MUCH TIME.

I’ll show you next week and I’ll need another test knitter. Don’t commit until you see the pictures – this is by far the fiddliest thing I’ve ever made.

Sunday is for Treasuries: Sweet Home


‘Sweet Home’ by yarnmiracle

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