Sweet Potato Patties Recipe.


Hmmm sweet potato patties...

A couple of weeks ago I made a gorgeous sweet potato hash, and I've made this recipe quite a few times since.

But I'll admit, I'm not very good at judging portion sizes and usually end up making far too much. Instead of putting on the elasticated waist pants and overeating, I came up with a way of using the leftovers...these scrumptious sweet pot patties.

Read on for the Eating Clean & Looking Lean recipe;

Gingham and Ruffles - Easy Tote Bag Tutorial

Hey lovelies,

A couple of weekends ago I had a good tidy up of my sewing area and found 2 yards of cotton in a red and white gingham check, and thought it would be perfect for an easy vintage inspired tote bag I'd been planning.

Aren't the spring daffodils gorgeous? So nice to have some colour in the garden at last.

Although the bag is super easy I also wanted it to be well finished and strong, so all the seams and raw edges are enclosed, in fact it's practically reversible as you can see below. Gotta love French seams!

And the reason for making the bag? (Not that we crafters ever need a reason for making a new bag...) Well, I'm ashamed to say that this is how I carry around my current projects.

Seriously! I've made plenty of bags for grocery shopping but I still store my sewing, knitting and crochet in a motley collection of 'plaggy' bags (Yorkshire speak for plastic grocery bag) *hangs head in shame*. Notice how that photo is smaller than the others....I can't bare to see it on a large scale!

So when I found the gingham in my fabric stash I knew it would be a perfect remedy. (Please tell me I'm not the only crafter guilty of this crime?)

Read on for a step by step tutorial ...

Easy Peasy Crochet Infinity Scarf

Hello lovelies, just a quick post as I've finally finished my first crochet project, the Easy Peasy Infinity Scarf.

crochet infinity scarf

Yippee! I feel like it's the end of an era, kind of how I imagine Michaelangelo felt when the Sistine Chapel was finished. This has been a long project, not because it was difficult but because I have learnt a valuable lesson....I am incredibly slow at crochet.

So slow that I began the scarf in the depths of winter, imagining myself snuggled up in it's cosy folds, and have only just finished in time for spring summer.

Again, another valuable lesson learned, I need to plan ahead. Too many times I've waited until just before Christmas, Halloween, winter, summer etc. to start a suitable project. I've noticed that my Christmas tutorials get views all year round, there are a lot of crafty crafters out there who plan ahead, and I'm planning on becoming one of those!

crochet hook 5mm

To be fair, I've never crocheted before in my life and only began a few months ago with just a 5mm hook and a random ball of wool. I watched a couple of tutorials on youtube and managed to produce this masterpiece. Not sure why the right hand edge is so wonky.....

crochet sample in blue

At this point I thought I might as well make something useful, so decided upon an infinity scarf. I didn't follow a pattern, just made it up as I went along.

Here's what I did;

I chained 150 stitches, then did 9 rows of treble crochet. I tied off the final stitch and left a long tail, which I used to stitch the 2 short edges together with a large needle, to create a big circle, AKA infinity scarf. See...easy!

So what did I learn when making the infinity scarf?

  • Well although I'm very slow at crochet, I'm only a beginner and I did get quicker as I went on, not much quicker, but still an improvement..
  • I didn't treat this project as a priority, I picked it up when I had spare time (not often!) and then put it away again. It's a great 'evening on the sofa watching TV' project.
  • Black wool is not the best for a beginner project, it's very hard to see exactly what's going on with the stitches.
  • I must keep track of the number of stitches. I started with 150, and ended up with 162......Luckily this project is very forgiving and the increase isn't noticeable, but where the heck did they come from?
  • If I was to make another scarf I'd use less stitches, probably around 130 as the circle is huge, but very cosy!
I really enjoyed making the scarf and I love it's chunky texture. I'll definitely be crocheting more pieces and I'm looking forward to learning some more stitches, who knows, I might have another scarf finished in time for next winter!

So are you a crafter who plans projects ahead or do you rush to finish in time? Have you joined the crochet crew? Let me know as I love to hear your views.

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