I remember, when I was a little girl, my grandmother always had an assortment of crochet potholders that she kept on top of the refrigerator. I can still remember them in my mind – there was a pink and black one, a green and yellow one, the folded star one; all thick and beautifully crocheted, probably by my great-grandmothers.
It’s almost an embarrassment considering how much I crochet that I was still using store-bought potholders and trivets. I mean these things take like an hour or two to make, yet somehow all the ones I had made were donated or borrowed and never returned or whatever. So when this came up next in my queue, similar to the ones that my grandmother used to have, I thought I’d make a nice set that would be just for me!
These were *so* fun to make. I always get that little “aha!” moment when the folding works out just so and it all comes together. A set of three, all in the same colors – this was my first time using Bernat Handicrafter, and the results were nice. I’m not a huge fan of crocheting with cotton. It’s thick and rough on my fingers. But the colors here were so wonderful – avocado green! Paprika! Reminiscent of Nana’s kitchen and also coordinating nicely with mine.
After making these, I thought I’d try them out with a nice breakfast for my kids. I baked them some corn muffins and then thought I’d throw some bacon in the oven, too. Now I’m a vegetarian, and I have been for almost 20 years, but my kids eat meat. So I am not that experienced when it comes to cooking meat things and the bacon was no exception – I’ve always fried it up in a skillet and never baked it in the oven. Thinking that it would go a lot smoother and with a lot less effort on my part, I threw the bacon in. A few minutes later, the stove started smoking. I ran over to pull the pan out of the oven, and ended up tipping the grease onto the heating element, starting a small fire. Fortunately, it went out quickly and the bacon was saved. And the potholders worked splendidly. A happy ending all around.