I made a meatloaf for last month’s Secret Recipe Club and wrapped up several leftover slices and stuck them in the freezer for a day like today. The weather is awful here and it’s hard to believe that Spring Break starts tomorrow. It’s windy and cold and we have several inches of snow on the ground that will probably be gone by early afternoon. Meatloaf is like turkey – one of the best things about it is the great sandwiches that can be created from the leftovers. I have strict requirements for my sandwich and if I’m short on any of the parts I make something else. First – sourdough bread (store bought OK), mayo, ketchup, mustard, cheddar cheese and lettuce. Pickles and a beer are nice, too, but not essential. Sometimes chips.
Learning to crochet has been on my to-do list for ages and I finally got around to taking a beginner class at a local yarn shop – making a chain, adding, decreasing, single crochet, double crochet, basic stuff like that. My only experience with crochet was what my grandmother taught me when I was young, about 6 or 7 I think, and I would make pot holders with her as she worked on some wonderful project like a lace tablecloth or bed sized afghan. She had her silly moments too and made crocheted toilet paper covers one year for everybody in the family for Christmas. I can still see it sitting in my parent’s bathroom.
I wanted an easy first project, and it doesn’t get much easier than this pattern: 4 double crochets, 2 decreases, 4 double crochets, 2 increases across the row. The hardest part is making a a nice even edge and I’m doing better with each row. The quilt pattern is from a book by Freddy Moran, Freddy’s House. Freddy’s patterns get their impact from bold primary colors and simple geometric shapes. I love the bright, color crayon colors that are Freddy’s trademark.
We have lots of grey winter days here in the Pacific Northwest and these bright colors cheer up my little guest room. Over the years I have accumulated a large stash of bright cotton prints so just have to reach into the scrap bag to find lots of good choices.
This post is linked to Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm and Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper.