Felted Wool Fingerless Arm Warmers
modeled by my daughter.
I made these last year for my brother using a wool sweater I got from Goodwill. I thought they turned out really cute and they’re really warm, too! I got so excited, I purchased several wool sweaters from the Goodwill and made several pairs of arm warmers for my daughters.
Directions: Take a sweater that is at least 85% wool and and cut off the sleeves and separate the front from the back. Toss the pieces into the washer and wash with soap on hot cycle, and rinse on cold cycle. They should shrink like crazy. If you want them even more dense, toss them into the dryer too. They may shrink as much as 70 percent. (The old name for this process was “boiled wool” or “fulling.”)
When you pull the sweater from the dryer, check to see if it shrank and if you can see the texture of the knitted stitches. If it did indeed shrink and the stitches aren’t visible, the sweater is felted and you’re ready to make the arm warmers.
Cut the sleeves to the length you want the arm warmers to be. Pull them on your hand and mark where you want the thumb hole to be. Remove them and carefully cut a small slot to put your thumb through. Some hem around this hole, others do not. I chose to. Using embroidery floss, I hemmed the hole with the arm warmer on and my thumb poking through. It wasn’t perfect, but for the first time, it wasn’t bad either.
Now’s the time to add any embellishments you want to add to the arm warmers. I chose 2 medium size black buttons since I was making these for my brother. I think they turned out great!
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Last year at this time, I was trying the Weight Watcher diet.
As usual, I was off on a hunt for the best recipes. Being a potato lover, this recipe immediately grabbed my attention.
It was very good!
My problem is…I just can’t eat sugar or starch without it showing up…so I eventually went back to low carb.
If you are one that can do WW’s successfully, then this is a great recipe to try.
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It’s soup time!
The weather is just right, so I made a big pot of this hearty low carb soup. It’s very rich and filling.
I’ve heard that is is good made with all types of sausage and even ham. Now that sounds like a great choice! Might have to try that soon myself.
My niece blessed me with some fresh, fairly lean sausage so I used that and had very little grease to drain at all. Here’s how I did it:
Sausage Pumpkin Soup
1 1/2 lbs breakfast sausage
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup cream
1 cup water
4 cups chicken broth
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
Spices: garlic, onion powder, red pepper, sea salt, black pepper
Brown the sausage , drain if necessary and add spices and mushrooms. Keep stirring and cooking until browned. Add broth and pumpkin. Stir until combined. Stir in cream. Simmer for 45 minutes or do as I did . . .
I had to leave for a while so I decided to finish cooking the soup in the crock pot. I was gone for 2 hours. When I returned, it was steaming hot and ready to eat.
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For years I’ve used this basic Atkins’ Revolution Roll recipe, with a twist.
I use cream cheese instead of cottage cheese.
It makes for a smoother roll.
Low Carb Sandwich Rolls
3 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon granular Splenda
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tablespoon coconut flour (optional)
dash salt, (and other spices)
Beat the egg whites on high until stiff. In another bowl, blend the egg yolks, sweetener, cream cheese, coconut flour, salt and any other spices you might want to add, with a mixer until smooth. I didn’t use any extra spices for these particular rolls.
Gently fold the yolk mixture into the beaten egg whites carefully. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the mixture into 6-8 medium size mounds, flattening them slightly with the back of the spoon.
Bake at 400º for 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cool and store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator. Use for sandwiches, burgers, breakfast, etc.
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