well hello. i sure have been away for awhile. looky all the pretty things i instagrammed in the last 4 months. i’ve been doing lots of baking and latte art at work, pottery, and eating yummy food.
I started this stupid project a year ago. I got so frustrated with it that I threw everything in a bag and threw the bag in a closet. But fall crept up on us this past week—it’s damn chilly when I walk to work at 6:30 am. So I’ve had snugly, cozy things on my mind. I remembered this sweater blanket. So I dug it out, and realized that it was actually almost done.
So I powered through, and it didn’t end up too puckered—it’s way better than some (not all) I’ve seen online.
All the sweaters I used were ugly and oversized from local thrift stores. (Some were stained…I cut around the stains, but the photo looks a bit off. I think the white just reflected all the other colors in the room.) I originally wanted to find a bunch of wool sweaters and felt them, because Dave destroyed one of his sweaters by putting it in the dryer, and I wanted to use it for something. But wool was really hard to find! So these are all cotton (some might be a blend). No 100% acrylic. Acrylic is yucky. I washed and dried all the sweaters when I brought them home. Threw the finished blanket in the dryer for awhile to get rid of some of the fuzzies from the cut ends. So I have hopes that it’ll be relatively durable.
I don’t know if the stitching technique I used has a name, but basically I used the widest zigzag stitch setting on my machine, and sewed the pieces together with about 1/2″ of overlap. Not right sides together like for quilting, but one on top of the other. And making sure to stitch close to the edge of the one piece, then I went back and stitched close to the edge of the other piece. So each connection has 2 lines of stitching—it holds the raw edges down, and makes the seam sturdier and a bit smoother. There’s a couple crazy spots, but oh well—it’s warm!
I’m a little behind on the chevron trend.
But now I have this pretty baby.
I think the stripe is just what I needed to make the room look a little more masculine and modern. Poor Dave has to put up with all of my pretty things…I do try to pick some things I think he’ll like. Like the brass angry birds. And all the navy blue stuff (dark blue is his favorite color). And since spring it was getting a bit too much of the shabby/antique vibe than I wanted. I guess that happens when you buy a lot of old stuff.
The really sweet part about this rug though? I got it for 75% off during the RugUSA.com Labor Day sale. A 5×8′ was $469, I got it for $117.25. Free shipping.
I win :)
I have discovered the best breakfast ever. (Except for pie. Nothing beats leftover pie for breakfast.)
Cottage cheese cheesecake. Say that 3 times fast.
This particular one is Chocolate-Pumpkin, but I also made, and devoured, Brown Sugar Peach. Next up is Blackberry, or maybe Pumpkin Bourbon. Or Apple Cinnamon Cranberry. Oooo or White Chocolate Orange. It’s the weekend, Imgonnagocrazy!
It’s rich, just a little sweet and so so satisfying.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cottage Cheesecake
- 3 c lowfat cottage cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 c flour
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1/4 c cocoa
- 1/2 can pumpkin
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 t cinnamon
Blend all ingredients extremely well in the food processor. Almost all the little white bits of cheese will disappear. Pour in a lightly oiled 8×8″ square or round baking pan, put that pan on top of a cookie sheet to prevent a burnt bottom (there’s no crust!) and bake at 325° for 1 hour. Chill before cutting and eating. Makes 4 servings. 317 calories. 45g carbs, 6g fat, 26g protein. 100% daily value of awesome.