Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Passover Roundup

I am hosting Seder tonight for Passover, and my house is falling apart. In the past week my stove broke, my toilet broke, and the mystery shower leak is getting worse. Also, people around here are still wearing clothes and eating stuff, so there are lots of laundry and dishes in addition to these other hassles.

Thus, crafting has been put on the back burner. Again. :)

So here are a few things to make your Passover more enjoyable:

1) Plagues--we make these fun at Seder by using the masks my mother-in-law sent a few years ago: 

My sister also sent me a link to making your own plague symbols. If the kids get bored while you are cooking, this might be a good distraction:
Ten Plagues Passover Craft Placards 

2) Matzo Toffee! Having an egg allergy at Passover is a tough one, but my son LOVES this quick and easy dessert. So does everyone else who tries it.

Here is the basic recipe. I add a generous pinch of Kosher salt and vanilla extract after turning off the heat. I also use extra chocolate chips on top.

3) iManishtanah--This $0.99 app was recommended by my friend (who was also my son's Sunday School teacher at the time). It will help your child learn the Four Questions, and as a bonus doubles as a fun voice recorder that will occupy hours of time. At least it did for my kids. :)

Happy Passover and Easter, friends!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thinking of You

A lot of my friends have had bad news to share in the past month. I didn't have much to write today, but I hope those friends know I am thinking of them and am here to help out if they need me.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This Is Not Your Granny's Square

Facebook has gotten me again. Lion Brand Yarn posted a link to a free pattern for this afghan. It is worked in "granny squares", but has a mod look that I love love love!

 Image of Granny Variation Afghan

Of course I knew immediately I needed to make it to go with my new living room couches. I mean, I like the Spider-Man fleece blanket we have as well as the next gal. But this would look amazing!

So, as fate would have it, the Vanna's Choice yarn was on sale at Michael's, plus I had an extra 15% off coupon in my e-mail. So despite a litany of current UFOs (UnFinished Objects), I rushed off to Michael's and snatched up the yarn. I was so psyched to start, and then I counted--I have to make over 100 pieces! Then sew them together! What was I thinking?!

Expect this to be a work-in-public for a while. You will probably see it at dance class, playgrounds, etc. At least the squares are portable. And I am hoping to finish it well in time to enjoy before the new couches need replacing.

If you want to crochet-along, here is the link to the pattern:

Free pattern L32156
If you do try this project, let me know!