Domestic Adventures

The crockpot was pulled out and turkey chili was made – and it was okay.  Not bad, not great.  More experimentation is needed.  Well, to be precise, more seasoning is needed.  I put in what I thought to be a nasty amount of chili powder, but it definitely needed more.  Or more garlic?  I don’t quite know.

Otherwise it was a productive day with several little projects wrapped up, all of which were in various stages of completion:

1)   A kid-sized Honey Cowl, knit out of Grace Hand-dyed by Louisa Harding and made for the similarly-named niece.  I don’t know if it will “cowl” much, but I was afraid of making it much bigger, as she’s fairly petite.

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2.   A little hat, made out of the yarn my mom bought me from A Wrinkle in Thyme up in Maine, with a little embroidery attempted:

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3.   A tiny little pair of baby mittens:

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4.   For my other niece, an attempt at this make-up bag tutorial, which bears a suspicious resemblance to my new couch pillow covers.  This was harder than I thought it would be to make, and admittedly it looks pretty home-made.  Part of the problem was that the pattern calls for an 8″ zipper, but the fabric store only had 7″ zippers, so I had to improvise.  (What I should have done is buy a 9″ zipper and shorten it.)  I’ll try making one of these again, swapping out the linen for something lighter, and maybe ditching the batting for just some interfacing.

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Honestly?  This barely puts a dent in the half-started projects lying around here, but it feels good to have at least a few finished up.  At least, it makes me feel less guilty about starting new projects!

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About Lori Allen Writes

Lori is plotting to take over the world one essay, one quilt, and one hand knit sock at a time.
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