Monday, November 20, 2017

Spinach, Artichoke and Feta Scones

Lately I've been trying out some savory baking, and I finally found a delicious savory scone recipe!

These are easy to make, and take next to no fancy tools or ingredients. In fact, a lot of these steps can be done with your child! They are a little fluffier than a usual scone, but they're still buttery and perfect with a cup of coffee.

Ingredients needed:

3 cups of enriched self-rising flour
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
2 to 4 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you like the stuff!)
3/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 box (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess moisture
1 cup 2% milk
2 eggs, divided

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a very large bowl, mix flour and butter. You can try to use two forks, but I find it easier to just use my hands. Your mixture should look like breadcrumbs.
3. Finely chop the garlic, artichoke and spinach. Then add your veggies and feta cheese to your flour and mix.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk one egg. Add the milk, and whisk again. Then add this to your big bowl. Mix together thoroughly, you might have to use your hands to make sure it's completely done.
5. Flour a flat surface (I use a dry cutting board). Put your mixture onto the surface, and shape your mix into a round disk, about an inch in thickness. Cut your disk into even wedges, like a pizza (I usually make 8 wedges, but you can cut them into 10 or 12 if you prefer). Place your wedges on a baking sheet, leaving a little room between them, your wedges won't change shape. Just make sure they aren't touching.
6. Whisk your last egg, and brush the egg on top of your wedges.
7. Bake for 15-25 minutes, or until your scones start getting slightly golden brown on top.


Please comment with any questions or pics of your finished scones! I'm a beginner baker, so I hope I explained this well enough :-)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Crochet and Coffee!

Are you interested in learning how to crochet? I'll be at the Joann Fabrics on Saturday in Sherman Oaks, and then the Starbucks next door. For more info, check out my invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678590432211784/


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Happy Third Etsy-Versary!

I've had my Etsy shop open for three years now! I don't get a ton of traffic there, but it's the best place to buy my finished products, like toys and accessories. But I also have tons of crochet patterns, downloadable games and scavenger hunts, and a bunch of other fun things.

Go here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TomboyNanny?coupon=HAPPYTHIRD for one third off EVERYTHING in my shop!

If you're looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, start here! The coupon is only good until October 31st.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Plaid Pussyhat!

So I was late to jump on the plaid bandwagon, so why not add one fad to another? Here's the plaid pussyhat pattern (try saying that 5 times fast!)
If you'd like to check out my other plaid hat, please go see my purple slouchy hat:http://www.tomboynanny.com/2017/09/the-plaid-fad-slouchy-hat.html

Anyway, I used 3 colors of worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart's Petal Pink as Color A and Pretty 'n' Pink as Color B. Color C was a Vanna's Choice yarn... I sadly don't remember the exact name, but it is also worsted weight. Basically pick 3 yarns that are close in color. The lightest should be Color A, the darkest should be Color C.

Also, you will need a size H crochet hook.

Each round is not continuous, you will slip stitch at the end. 

The chains at the beginning are NEVER counted as a stitch.


With color A, chain 70, slip stitch into the first chain.
1. Ch, (Color A: hdc 5x, Color B: hdc 5x) 7x
2. - 3. Repeat row 1.
4. Ch, (Color B: hdc 5x, Color C: hdc 5x) 7x
5. - 6. Repeat row 4.
7. - 9. Repeat row 1.
10. - 12. Repeat row 4.
13. - 15. Repeat row 1.
16. - 18. Repeat row 4.
19. - 21. Repeat row 1.
22. With Color C for the rest of the hat: Ch 2, (dc 33x, dc2tog) 2x
23. Ch 2, (fpdc 2x, bpdc 2x) 17x
24. Repeat row 23.

Fasten off and weave in your ends. With Color A, sew the top of your hat (the original chains) together to lay your work flat. If you'd like, sew across the corners to make your "ears" a bit more distinct. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Plaid Fad: A Slouchy Hat

So plaid is supposed to be big this fall, and I've seen a ton of plaid crocheted items. Well, here's my take on a slouchy hat! It works up very warm and cozy, without being too tight on the old noggin.

I made this one in purple, and I really like how it looks when you pick three colors that are similar.
Want to make your own? I've written up the pattern, and it's available on


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Woven Cable Scarf

Materials Needed:
Worsted weight yarn (shown here in Lion Brand Pound of Love in Denim. The Pound of Love yarn is exactly the right amount for the entire set with the Woven Cable Slouchy Hat and Woven Cable Fingerless Gloves!)
Size H crochet hook

Stitches used:
Ch: chain
Sc: single crochet
Fpdc: front post double crochet
Fptr: front post treble crochet

Notes:
Each row should have 24 stitches throughout.
Always place your fpdcs on the next set of fpdcs, unless it says to skip them. When that happens, the fptrs will be around the SKIPPED fpdcs in two rows later.
When fpdcs need to be BEHIND, put your hook behind the fptrs you just created, and make your fpdcs.

Pattern:
1.     Ch 25, skip the first stitch, sc across
2.     Ch, sc across
3.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc, (fpdc2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc, fpdc 2x, sc
4.     Ch, sc across
5.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, (sc 2x, fpdc 2x) 4x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc
6.     Ch, sc across
7.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 4x, sc 4x, fpdc 4x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
8.     Ch, sc across
9.     Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 6x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc
10.  Ch, sc across
11.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
12.  Ch, sc across
13.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, (sc 2x, fpdc 2x) 5x, sc
14.  Ch, sc across
15.  Ch, (sc, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 4x, sc 4x, (fpdc 2x, sc) 2x
16.  Ch, sc across
17.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, skip fpdcs, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc
18.  Ch, sc across
19.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fptr 2x, fpdc 2x BEHIND, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
20.  Ch, sc across
21.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 4x, sc 2x, fpdc 4x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc
22.  Ch, sc across
23.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 5x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, skip fpdcs, fpdc 2x, sc 5x, fpdc 2x, sc
24.  Ch, sc across
25.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, fptr 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc
26.  Ch, sc across
27.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 3x, (fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc 3x, fpdc 2x, sc
28.  Ch, sc across
29.  Ch, sc, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, skip fpdcs, sc 4x, fpdc 2x, sc 2x, fpdc 2x, sc
30.  Ch, sc across
31.  Ch, (sc, fpdc 2x) 2x, sc 4x, fptr 2x, fpdc 2x BEHIND, sc 4x, (fpdc 2x, sc) 2x
32.  Ch, sc across
Repeat rows 2-31 10 times (or until your scarf is the length you desire).
Ch, sc across.
Cut your remaining yarn into 12-inch strands. Using your crochet hook, pull the strands halfway through the stitches in your first row and your last row to create tassels. This will help the ends of your scarf from curling up on itself.
Enjoy your scarf, and don’t forget to make the matching gloves and hat!

Craft Show Essentials: Mannequin Head

If you've ever done a craft show, a mannequin head can definitely come in handy. They help your customers see how your hat, headband, or other headpiece looks - but without actually trying it on.

I don't have a ton of space in my tiny apartment, and I don't want to go out shopping for a mannequin.  But what I do have is yarn and fiberfill stuffing! So I created my own pattern!
Adult sized
Adult sized head can be found on Etsy, Ravelry, or Craftsy.

Child sized
Child sized head can be found on Etsy, Ravelry, or Craftsy.