It’s a little rough around the edges, but it has a certain rakish charm, this potholder. I really did cut up that T-shirt to make it. It was a lovely T-shirt, but it had been in my mending pile for such a long time because of that little hole in the lower front middle. Do you see it? I had this idea that I would patch it with a cute little crochet flower or something, but I never really seem to get around to mending anything, so when I learned (here) how to turn a T-shirt into loops for my potholder loom – well, there was no looking back.
Samantha suggested we make pot holders to bring to my sister when we met her in Lake Tahoe last weekend to celebrate our birthdays, so I went online to see what interesting things people were doing with their potholder looms. That’s how I found Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s patchwork potholder rug (see link above). But frankly I didn’t know if my sister would appreciate a potholder made from one of my old T-shirts, so we made her two from fresh cotton knit loops instead. I made the orange and pink holder (the instructions for the houndstooth-like design came with my Harrisville loom) and Samantha made the multi-color, free-form one.
We were going to treat to a birthday boat ride on the Tahoe Queen, but the weather on the last day of summer was very winter-like – about 40° F and raining all day. This is the view towards Mt. Tallac from my sister and brother-in-law’s vacation home. Aren’t they lucky?
The next day we had more seasonable weather and spent a little time exploring the old estates at the Tallac Historic Site. There are a number of really cool old homes/estates you can visit at Tahoe in the summer time. Vikingsholm is one I love. Maybe next summer we can spend more time in Lake Tahoe. I’m not a snow person myself, but there’s an awful lot to do and see up there in the summer and early fall.
I do have a recipe to share with the potholder. I’m not sure why I’ve had blondies on my mind, but I knew I wanted to make some this weekend, so I searched up “best blondies recipe” and the first one that came up was from Smitten Kitchen. I have a friend who loves that blog, so I searched no further. You cannot beat this recipe for the pure comfort of a chocolate chip cookie without the effort involved in actually making cookies. Just a few ingredients, one bowl, a spoon, one pan, a short time in the oven. A big pay off for very little effort. Enjoy.
* Do you get these holes in your T-shirts as well? I’ve had friends share their theories, but I don’t buy them. I mean, maybe they come from carpet beetles, but why always in the same location? It just doesn’t make sense. Do you have a theory? I’ve just come to accept them as one of the great mysteries of life.