Here are some interesting blog links I’ve gathered over the past two months. I hope you enjoy reading them!

Food Related:

Measuring Vegetables for Recipes http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=767

Recipes:

Baked Feta Greek Fries http://bitesofflavor.com/baked-feta-greek-fries/

Canning Chicken http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=812

Chocolate Graham Cracker Bark http://www.bakeforgranted.com/chocolate-graham-cracker-bark/

Knitting Related:

A History of Knitwear http://www.annanuttall.com/a-history-on-knitwear/

The Knitting Bullet Journal https://bookclubof1.com/2016/12/19/the-knitting-bullet-journal/

Knitting, Crocheting, and Jam-Making Improve Mental Health http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/25/knitting-crocheting-jam-making-improve-mental-health-study-finds/

Baking and Knitting Are Good for Your Mental Health http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/news/baking-and-knitting-are-good-for-your-mental-health

Personal Development:

100 Life Changing Actions to Turn into Habits http://www.strangecharmed.com/personal-development/100-life-changing-actions-turn-habits/

Travel Related:

30 Ways to Define Wanderlust http://alltherooms.com/w/2016/12/08/30-ways-to-define-wanderlust/

Makes You Think:

How to Raise a Creative Child: Step 1: Back Off http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/opinion/Sunday/how-to-raise-a-creative-child-step-one-back-off.html?_r=0

Writing Related:

13 Important Reminders to All Bloggers and Writers https://niume.com/post/209810

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I’m trying something new with this month’s Monthly Knits post. I’ll also be showing off some of my project bags that I use to keep my projects organized. And instead of a traditional post, please watch the video in the link below.

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2016 was the first year I’ve ever kept a running log of what I’ve been knitting. I knew I knit many items last year, but off the top of my head I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the accurate numbers.

Baby Blankets: 10

Bernat Plum Chutney (4)

Bernat Little Royals (4)

Bernat Little Petunias (1)

Bernat Little Roses (1)

Bernat Pumpkin Spice (1)

Dishcloths: 76 (WOW!!!)

Bernat Freshly Pressed (12)

Bernat Port or Red Licorice (20)

Bernat Mango Madness (21)

Bernat Bluebell (9)

Bernat Freshly Squeezed (11)

Bernat Berry Blast (3)

Scrubbies: 13

Bernat Freshly Pressed (1)

Bernat Port or Red Licorice (3)

Bernat Mango Madness (2)

Bernat Bluebell (5)

Bernat Freshly Sqeezed (2)

Luxury Face Cloths: 9

Bernat Pipsqueak Sunny Days (9)

This product line has now been discontinued. The yarn was not fun to knit with and shed horribly.

Personal Projects:

Grandma Jean’s wrap

Frankie Brown 10 Stitch Blanket (original pattern) in Camouflage

2017 look ahead:

I’m removing the baby blanket product line because they’re not selling, and I still have plenty of them. If they become popular, I may start making them again, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. I’m very impressed with the number of dishcloths I made. Without the baby blankets taking up valuable knitting time, I expect to knit over 100 dishcloths this year. Personal projects for the year? Not sure yet. I have plenty listed in my Knitting TN Insert, and several more have popped into my head as well. Maybe I’ll make some headbands or cowls from the fancy yarns I brought back from England.

If you craft, do you have any goals for yourself this year? And if you don’t craft, do you think you’ll start or is there one you’re interested in?

© Cori Large 21 January 2017

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In the video below, I show how to take charms and turn them into progress keepers for your knitting or crochet projects.

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(C) Cori Large January 22, 2017

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My Everything Binder is exactly what it sounds like. This binder holds a lot of important projects. This is not my House Binder or my Finance Binder, however. This Flex binder (surprise, surprise) contains six dividers thus creating six sections.

1st Section:

Divider: a pocket divider

This section is kind of a catchall, but mostly used for working on my monthly targets for my goals, writing out recipes, writing out blog posts, and blank paper to write on.

2nd Section:

Divider: pocket divider

This is my Writing Section. Notice the capital W and S. I’ve filled up the notebook I’ve been writing my current novel in, but the story isn’t over. So I’ve continued the novel on notebook paper. This section also has several lists of “Other Ways to Say” writing aids.

3rd Section:

Divider: pocket divider

This is the Passion Planner (PP) section! I’m still playing around with my PP and setting it up. I have a separate video showing my set up so far. Also, more videos on this section are in the works.

4th Section:

Divider: page protector style

This is a small section where I put random things I’ve written down, i.e. Project Bag theme and Blick Mead notes from my trip to England.

5th Section:

Divider: page protector style

This section has my receipt for buying Alton Brown: Eat Your Science LIVE tickets in April. Nothing else in this section at the moment.

6th Section:

Divider: page protector style

And this section is empty. I don’t know if I’ll put anything back here or if this divider will act as a protector of papers in Section 5.

This binder goes with me from home to work. I work on blog posts and writing recipes when I’m on my lunch break, and the Passion Planner keeps me on track.

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© Cori Large 9 January 2017

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Currently…

  1. Reading…100 Million Years of Food: What Our Ancestors Ate and Why It Matters Today by Stephen Le.
  2. Watching…the final season of GRIMM
  3. Knitting…last baby blanket for craft show inventory and cotton dishcloths for craft show inventory.
  4. Writing…finishing up the final chapter in my current novel.
  5. Favorite recipe so far this month…souvlaki. I love making souvlaki!

How’s everyone else doing mid-month? Feel free to copy and paste this check-in list into your blog!

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I knit a lot. Those big Bernat skeins of yarn, pre yarn cone holder, would flop around on the floor whenever I knit them up. My husband, who found this highly amusing, decided to build me something that would hold both those plastic cones that came with a yarn winder and the cones of yarn from Walmart.

This is one gift I use almost every day. I wind the Bernat skeins onto the cones, and the cone holder holds them at the correct angle so the yarn pulls off easily.

To keep the yarn cake from sliding off the plastic cone, my husband put skateboard grip tape along the sides of the cone.

One Bernat skein fills almost two of the plastic cones.

I have four of the plastic cones right now, which allows me to cone up two Bernat skeins at a time. Also, if I have multiple balls of the same color from Peaches & Cream or Sugar & Crème, I cone those up at well.

Not only will my cone holder hold the plastic cones full of yarn, but it will also hold the cones of Peaches & Creme and Sugar & Cream yarn.

The basket that it sits in used to hold my scissors, clapstick, and a small tube of hand lotion. But now that I have my awesome Husky bags, I put it in there. The cone holder fits snuggly in the medium sized Husky tool bag as well.

There are pockets along the side where I stick my empty needles. No more fishing around for them.

I have noticed when the amount of yarn on the cone is almost gone, it does become a little harder to pull the yarn off the cone. Brand new, full cone…yarn pulls off easily.

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My husband has made and bought me some cool stuff over the years, but this is the most used one by far. (Okay, maybe second to my wedding ring.)

© Cori Large 9 January 2016

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