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1  Country French Potato Leek Soup in Vegetarian / Vegan by Purly McGarterpants on: October 08, 2010 09:13:36 PM
It's starting to get a bit chilly now and then in my neck of the woods, so potato soup sounded like just the thing.  It's VERY simple to make, and the hubby keeps asking if there are still leftovers. Smiley

Country French Potato Leek Soup

5 medium russet potatoes, diced
6 cups milk (I used whole milk; you could sub in lighter milk or cream for part of it to make a healthier or richer soup)
3 leeks, sliced into 1/2 inch rings, and washed well
1 T. minced garlic
1 1/2 T. herbes de provence (If you're not a fan of lavender, look for French herbes de provence; typically lavender is only included in American made herbes de provence.)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 T. olive oil

In a medium to large sized stock pot (I use my 6 quart dutch oven), sweat the leeks over medium heat with the garlic and a little salt.  Once leeks look mostly translucent, add the potatoes and milk and slowly bring to a boil.  

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.  Add the herbes de provence, the salt, and the pepper and leave over low heat for 5 minutes.  

Use an immersion blender to blend up the soup to whatever consistency you prefer.  I generally like to leave some potato and leek pieces whole, so I blend one side of the pot only. Makes 6 generous servings.

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2  Crocheted E-reader Cozy in Crochet: Completed Projects by Purly McGarterpants on: August 11, 2010 10:31:01 AM
I recently got a Nook (the Barnes and Noble e-reader), and I thought, "Well, this definitely needs a cozy!"  I just kind of made the pattern up as I went, and I think it came out pretty well.  I don't own a Kindle, but based on the measurements I've found online, I think this cover would work just as well for a Kindle.  So, here are the pics:

Here's the pattern:
     Use whatever worsted weight yarn you like, and with a G hook, ch 33.
     Row 1: dc in 3rd st from hook, dc across
     *Row 2: dc (fpdc, dc) across, ending with a dc
     Row 3: dc (bpdc, dc) across, ending with a dc
     Rep from * until piece measures about 10 inches. Fasten off (or, if you're lazy like 
     me, just keep going with the slip stitches you're about to use to join the piece).
     Fold the piece in half with the wrong sides together (e.g. the ribs should be on the inside). You should
     have a shape by now that pretty closely matches your e-reader.
     Join the short edge along the top with a slip stitch, and repeat with the bottom edge.  If you want to 
     avoid fastening off and weaving in ends, you can just carry your yarn across the inside using a slip
     stitch until you reach the other side.
     Turn piece right side out.
     Finishing the opening:
     Row 1: sc around
     Row 2: sc around
     Fasten off, weave in ends.

Hope you like it! Smiley

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3  Re: OTT 23 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Purly McGarterpants on: February 02, 2010 09:40:04 AM
I just received a lovely quilt square from Homerof2!  I love the veggie/fruit prints and the ladybug. Smiley

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4  My first amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Purly McGarterpants on: October 07, 2009 10:10:20 AM
Here he is, in all his stealthy glory.  I think he came out okay for my first try at making amigurumi.  I got the pattern from Creepy Cute Crochet, by Christen Haden, which has a ton of really great amigurumi patterns in it.  I personalized it a little by making the pie-wedge eye instead of just a plain black eye, and I gave him a katana, also made out of Sculpey III.  He has a couple of spots where the stuffing shows through (the white spots in the picture), which I think are the result of a couple of loose stitches here and there.  Although, if I had it to do over, I'd probably use a hook that was a size smaller than recommended.  Anyway, here he is:

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5  A couple of bracelets I made... in Beads: Completed Projects by Purly McGarterpants on: October 07, 2009 10:01:58 AM
Hi everyone,
So I made these two beaded bracelets a while ago, and am just now getting around to posting them.  The first one is made from silvery beads and a vintage pearly-white and silvertone button, and the second is just a simple reversible black metallic beaded bracelet.  What do you think?

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6  Berry baby hat and booties in Crochet: Completed Projects by Purly McGarterpants on: October 04, 2009 10:42:48 AM
I just finished the Berry Baby Hat from Crocheted Gifts, which came out very cute if I do say so myself.  I also made the booties to go with it, but I had to modify the pattern a bit.  I made one bootie according to the original pattern, but it was too long and looked like a clown shoe. Smiley  So, I modified it a bit, and I think it's much more appropriately sized now.  Hope you like! Smiley The pic with the hat and booties is a much truer representation of the color.

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7  I think I'm gonna zarf.... in CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES by Purly McGarterpants on: April 05, 2008 12:18:41 AM
What is a zarf, you may ask?  Well, "zarf" is the word for the little thingy you put around a cup of coffee (or tea) to keep it from burning your hands, like the little cardboard ones they have at Starbucks.  I've been on an herbal tea drinking streak lately (and so has hubby), so I decided to make something to make our tea a little more fun. I bought green acrylic yarn, a pack of metallic buttons, two glass mugs, and a pack of "Sharpies" (actually, they're counterfeit Sharpies that my dollar store sells.  The ink is more see-through than a regular Sharpie).  I ended up decorating the outside of the mugs with a Sharpie, and then crocheting two zarfs to go around the outside to keep tea warm and protect our hands (My first ever finished crochet project and my first ever self-created pattern.  I just learned to crochet about 2 weeks ago).  The ribbed zarf and the striped mug are for the hubby, and the bobble stitch zarf and flowered mug are mine.  The grand total came to just over $5 after tax.  Hope you like them!  We're probably drinking green twig tea out of them right now!  By the way, these are much more of a sage green in person, not a bright green like they look on the computer.
Here's the final product:

The supplies:

The receipt:

Close up of the buttons.  I added buttons and loops so I could put them around mugs with handles.

The zarfs:

Close up of the drawing on one of the mugs:

Both mugs with white paper inside so you can see the designs:

Thanks for looking!
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8  Basic but yummy snow scarf. in Knitting: Completed Projects by Purly McGarterpants on: March 06, 2008 11:50:55 AM
So this is a scarf I completed a while back but I'm finally getting around to posting.  It's a simple 2x2 rib in a chunky yarn, but I love the color and that it has little sparkles in it.  It makes me feel like I have snow wrapped around my neck.  Except warm. Smiley

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9  Long-distance relationship blanket in Needlework: Completed Projects by Purly McGarterpants on: March 06, 2008 11:48:45 AM
Okay, so I made this a while ago, when my then-boyfriend, now-husband were doing a long distance relationship.  I'm posting it because it's the one crafty thing I'm most proud of so far.  The embroidery says "Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small and enkindles the great." and it has a little personal message at the bottom.  It's done in black and grey cotton fabric, which I naively thought wouldn't show black cat hair. Ha!  For the backing I used one of those vellux blankets that's all fuzzy and warm.  The embroidery looks white, but it's actually silver. Now, almost seven years later, it's well-used, covered in cat and dog hair, and it has a little hole, but we love it.  Please ignore the random camera spots, and copious animal hair!  Also, my embroidery looks kind of wonky in these pics because I couldn't get the blanket to lay flat on my bumpy bedspread.

The whole thing, mostly:

The front and back fabrics:

Close up of the personal message:
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10  Chickens and Celery and Gators, Oh My! Welcome to Oviedo, Florida! in CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES by Purly McGarterpants on: March 05, 2008 01:30:27 PM
Hi everybody!
I am representing my hometown of Oviedo, Florida, which is about 20 minutes northeast of Orlando.  Oviedo is kind of a small town, but it's growing by leaps and bounds.  I live in Los Angeles now, which is pretty dang far from Oviedo, so I wanted to make something I could see every day that would remind me of home.  I also had loads of recipes that needed to be compiled into one place.  So, I decided to make a cookbook.  I started out with one of those view-through binders, and went about looking for pictures of things that mean "Oviedo" to me.  I came up with football (home of the Oviedo Lions), Celery and Oranges (which Oviedo used to produce when it was founded), alligators (of which we have MANY), sandhill cranes (of which we also have MANY), the Baptist church (because Oviedo is a CHURCHY town!), the Little Econlockhatchee River (which I used to go play in as a kid), and the Lawton House (which is a historic house that gets lit up for the holidays every year by the city).  I took the pictures, collaged them on the computer, and added some effects to make them look illustrated.  Over the top of those pictures I put some fluorescent chickens (roosters actually) that I hand-colored.  Why chickens, you might ask?  Well, because in Oviedo, we have wild chickens that run around old town.  They actually live next to the Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits. 

Yes, that's right, our wild chickens live outside of Popeye's.

So, I put the "Oviedo Collage" in the front, added some titles - "Corinne's Recipes" over the top of names of all of the foods I love, and just "Recipes" on the side.  The back of the cookbook is pictures of sod.  That's right, like sod you put in your front yard.  This is because, in order to get to Oviedo from the highway, you have to drive through these massive sod fields on either side of the road.  So sod makes me homesick.  I know - I'm strange.

Inside the cookbook is a compilation of recipes I've gotten over the years from friends and family, as well as some of my own and some I've cut out of magazines.  Is it odd that a long-time vegetarian creates a cookbook full of vegetarian recipes and then puts chickens on the front?  I don't know, but I think chickens would like my cookbook.

Now, I can display my Oviedo cookbook on my little cookbook holder in my kitchen and think of home every time I walk by.  Smiley

Front Cover:

Front, Back, and Spine:

Action Shot:

Extreme Chicken Close-up:

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