I hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day 🇺🇸 celebrations in the USA today. Or it’s just another Monday where you live and you can enjoy it as well.
Too much time and not enough motivation.
We are getting our deck boards replaced…hopefully this project will begin this week. If the contractor doesn’t call this week, I will raise some 💩!
I had to rip back 12 rows of the Luminary socks I started as I screwed up the pattern. Back on track now.
I need to replace the cushion covers on our porch furniture. The closest IKEA is not opened yet and I’m NOT paying $200 for shipping! I also don’t want to make new covers.
So I’m just not motivated to do much.
How about you? Motivated?
Last summer I snagged two facemasks from my doctor as we thought we had to remove something foul from under our deck and I wanted us to be contaminated from any airborne grossness. As it turned out, we didn’t use them…until this pandemic.
As these were single-use masks, I needed to make something to cover our faces while out and about picking up necessities: food and wine. I can’t remember where I found this mask pattern but I changed it as I went. If you are interested in a how-to, just say so in the comments and I’ll see what I can do.
I found some prewashed cotton in my fabric stash and set to work. Instead of using elastic around the ears, I found some bias tape I inherited from iPad aunt that I sewed together for the ties.
I also made a channel in the upper part to insert a twist tie (doubled for more strength) to keep the mask against the face. This way I can remove the wire when I wash the masks.
I marked on the side that rests again the face with a fabric marker so we can see at a glance which end is up.
The bottom is open for any additional filter we may want to insert.
We have to make another food run later today so these will come in handy.
Are you making do with homemade face masks? Or were you lucky enough to have had a small supply stashed away?
Hambones…love ’em or hate ’em. What do you do with your leftover hambone? I used to toss it but after tasting this soup recipe, I’ll be using it.
A few years ago I tried (successfully in that I liked it) to make bean soup from a leftover hambone. It was good enough until my daughter texted me a recipe called Leftover Hambone Soup from Damn Delicious. This recipe was first published in 2013 but it’s a keeper.
Other than the thyme, I didn’t measure anything. I substituted red kidney beans for white ones, added a few stalks of celery, diced, and omitted the bay leaves and salt. Many commenters on the recipe on the blog also changed up the amounts to suit the items in their pantries but the hambone broth is essential for that delicious flavor. It took longer for me to prep than suggested so from start to seems to take me longer to do the prep for most recipes so allow two hours from the get-go to serving it up with some crusty bread.
This soup will be my go-to hambone soup from now on. And looking forward to our next ham! Click here for the recipe.
What do you do with your leftover hambone?
Are you tired of reading about my socks? Well, this is about the first sock in Season 3 of The Handmade Sock Society series: Luminary.
I cast on as soon as I finished the previous season sock, Dorsal, using some reclaimed yarn from another project.
The variegated yarn was pooling on the cuff but I persevered for another 15-18 rows before I ripped it all out.
This yarn is not for this pattern. The interesting texture stitches got lost between the light and dark shades so it’s back in my stash. Again.
Enter Knit Picks Stroll in the Inverness colorway, “composed of deep navy, forest green, dark anthracite, and with a pop of celestial blue.” It’s been in my stash for a couple of years begging to be seen. I’m sure this one is “the one.”
And it better be as Helen has just released the third sock in the series. I am so behind!
I almost forgot…Happy Birthday to my favorite daughter! I love you!!❤️😘💕