Surviving Another Nasty Day & My Mandoline

More chemo caps on the way.

More chemo caps on the way.

Today rated up there around 10 on the nasty day scale.  Grey, rainy, windy and cold.

So we went to Hobby Lobby.  Ron indulged me as I meandered around in there for a really long time.

I got some more of my favorite yarn — Hobby Lobby’s own *I Love This Yarn* brand.  Soft, silky and feels so good against my skin.  So now I can make some pretty caps.  I also got a chemo hat pattern book for ideas to keep me from getting bored.

My basic, efficient julienne mandoline.

My basic, efficient julienne mandoline.

I’ve had a couple of people ask me what type of mandoline I used to make my zucchini pasta in the previous post.  I’ve tried several ways. The most unsatisfactory was the hand held peeler style julienne strip maker.

The very best is one that is simple, non-adjustable and sturdy.  It works quickly and cleanly.  I think Amazon calls them Japanese vegetable mandolines.




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  1. I got a mandolins as a present several years ago. First, I as like, “eh, what’s the big deal”. But, as I used it, I started to like it more and more – now, I think they are great!!

    Pretty yarn!

    • I also have one that slices different thicknesses. It’s great when I remember to use it. But usually I am almost through chopping and slicing when I realize I could have used it. Maybe if I put it out on the counter where I can see it, I will use it more!

      I love yarn. It represents so many possibilities to me! 🙂

  2. Old Guy

     /  March 6, 2014

    Thanks for the info on the Mandoline..Looks like you will be making some colorful hats..I have an Uncle that crochets Hats and Afgans..He taught himself.. He is a cancer survivor ,,I am not sure if that is why he stared, I never asked him,,But I will ask now…Old Guy

    • OG, my ex did the most beautiful knitting you ever saw. He fell off a telephone pole when he was 19 and was in bed in a body cast for months. His grandmother taught him to knit to keep him from going crazy while he was stuck in bed.

  3. Nice soft colors. I need to get back to Hobby Lobby. I only went once and it was closed. Michael’s is having quite a sale on yarn this week. Maybe I will run over there tomorrow afternoon or Sat.

    • I used to love Michael’s, only there isn’t one in our area. I really do like Hobby Lobby better, though. Now I need to start making the valances I bought the fabric for the other day, but I have started on a pink hat tonight. 🙂

  4. Horst

     /  March 7, 2014

    Wow…that yarn will make lots of caps…..reminds me of the time many years ago when my father passed away and Mom wanted time for herself to reflect….ended up spending 6 months making very ornate cloth Christmas Balls…hundreds of them…I still have some of them, then the time I was out of commission for 3 months…ended up making dozens of photo calendars and Christmas cards…gave them to various churches having silent auctions pre Christmas…..things we will do to keep our “Minds” gainfully “employed”….Take care and hopefully we will have a “Spring” SOONEST!!!…Horst sends

    • I hadn’t thought of it that way, Horst… keeping our minds gainfully employed while we endure delayed gratification to our hopes and plans. Makes sense. I gave away tons of silver jewelry to a church to sell one time because I liked making it more than people liked buying it. 🙂

  5. cozybegone

     /  March 7, 2014

    OH look at all those beautiful colors. That yarn is super super soft….I’ve felt it! I have a friend that makes boobies, dolls, happy hats, etc. I bet she has made thousands. Takes me days to crochet and my stitches never line up. Finished the dog blanket…Bella will never know the difference HA! SPRING is almost here….seeing growth down here…even a mushroom! Of course always think of you! Here until May 3 now….MAYBE LOL!!!

    • I saw all the felting supplies in Hobby Lobby the other day and thought of you, too.

      I should make Sunny another sweater. The one I bought him is sloppy and not very warm.

      Our plans are totally up in the air right now. We are in a mad push to pay off our bills. If all goes according to plan, we will be debt-free by October except for the mortgage.

      That will free up a lot of camping money! 🙂

      • cozybegone

         /  March 8, 2014

        MORE camping mola always a good thing! Good for you!

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