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Spring Kitchen

I have spent the entire previous week doing my version of Spring cleaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve gone through and made things spotless! My version of the big spring clean is to clean out the old dull tired looking kitchen towels, pot holders, placemats, etc. Time to bring some of those bright spring colors in! (As I’m writing this, we are once again getting hit with another winter storm here in the north eastern US – I’m muttering “lovely” with as much sarcasm as I can muster)

I made the flower pot holder by adapting a crochet pattern I found online. I love this pattern and will probably make a few more. The pattern can be found here: http://web.archive.org/web/20071227052119/http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/Prettypetals.html. I love the classics!

The v-ribbed pot holder and the red and orange placemat were patterns I found in Vintage Crochet for your Home book by Coats & Clark. Again, you can’t go wrong with the classics, or is it vintage? Either way, I love it!

The lime-green, white and orange hand towel pattern was in my latest (Spring 2013) issue of Creative Knitting and was the catalyst for my need for festive colors in the kitchen. I’m including a link to the related tutorial here: http://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/video.html/video.html?id=21

Now that my kitchen is a little brighter, the rest of the rooms seem a little dull. I’m now looking through the yarn stash and thumbing through my stack of pattern books and thinking about the possibilities that this week will bring. That’s one of the true gifts of crafting – we really can make our little bits of the world as bright as we need it to be.

 

© Evelyn Stilson-Ouderkirk 2013. All rights reserved.

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Daisy Napkin Rings

Who’s ready for Spring? I was ready long before the first flakes of snow ever hit the ground last October. I really want to see some color (other than white) so I decided to make my own flowers. The festive colors are a welcome change from this northeast winter and the white landscape outside my kitchen window.  I’m already thinking ahead to placemats, cozies and some new curtains with some colorful daisy trim. I am determined to have a one season only kitchen! Get rid of the winter blahs – add some color!

Hook & yarn

Hook
5.5 mm (I)

Yarn
Lily Sugar’n Cream in Red, Cream, and Orange (small amount of each, visit your stash bin)

To make daisy: (with red or orange) ch 6, join with ss to form ring.
RND 1: ch 1, 10 sc in ring, join with ss to beginning of round. Fasten off.
RND 2: (with white) Join in any sc, work 5 tc in next st, ss in next sc. Repeat from * to end of round. Join with ss to beginning of round. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

To make ring: (with red or orange) ch 24, join with ss to form ring.
RND 1-6: ch 1, sc in each st, join with ss to beginning of round.
RND 7: work one row of reverse sc. Fasten off.
On opposite end of ring, join with ss, ch 1 and work one row of reverse sc. Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Attach daisy to ring over “seam” formed by slip-stitch joins.

© 2013 E. Stilson-Ouderkirk