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February 3, 2012

Kelly Kindle Kozy

Filed under: Crafts,Crochet — my3daughters @ 4:57 pm

I recently received a Kindle Fire as a gift (see my Signpost blog for that story).  I couldn’t afford a fancy cover right away so I decided to crochet one.  I’m pretty happy with the results.  Here’s the pattern if you want to try it for yourself.


Hook:  I

Yarn:  I used worsted weight yarn because that’s what I had.  If you use a different yarn, just make sure the foundation chain is approximately 6” long and then adjust the stitch count accordingly.

blo = back loop only

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet 2 together

flo = front loop only

hdc = half double crochet

hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together

sc = single crochet

sc2tog = single crochet 2 together

ss = slip stitch


Kozy is worked in rounds and then back and forth once you start the flap.


Foundation: ch 20, sc in second chain from hook and across to end, add 2 extra stitches to the last stitch, working opposite side of chain, sc across to last stitch, slip stitch into first sc.  (40 sc)

Row 1: ch 1 and sc in blo around, join to 1st sc (40 sc)

Row 2:  ch 2, hdc around, join to 1st hdc (40 hdc)

Row 3:  ch 2 , dc around, join to 1st dc (40 dc)

Row 4 – 21:  Repeat rows 1 – 3 six times.

The Flap

Row 22: ch 1, sc in blo of next 20 stitches (20 sc), ch 2 & turn

Row 23:  hdc in 2nd sc, hdc in next 15 stitches, hdc2tog (18 hdc), ch 2 & turn

Row 24:  dc2tog, dc in next 16 stitches (17 dc), ch 1 & turn

Row 25:  sc in flo in next 15 stitches, sc2tog (16 sc), ch 2 & turn

Row 26:  hdc2tog, hdc in next 14 stitches (15 hdc), ch 2 & turn

Row 27:  dc in next 13 stitches, dc2tog (14 dc), ch 1 & turn

Row 28:  sc2tog in blo, sc in next 12 stitches, (13 sc) ch 2 & turn

Row 29:  hdc in next 5 stitches, ss in next 2 stitches, hdc in next 4 stitches, hdc2tog (5 hdc, 2 ss), ch 2 & turn

Row 30:  dc2tog, dc in next 3 stitches, ch 2, skip next 2 stitches, dc in next 5 stitches (9 dc, 2 ch), ch 1 & turn

Row 31:  sc in flo in next 5 stitches, sc in next 2 ch, sc in flo in next 2 stitches, sc2tog (10 sc).  Finish Off.

Sew a button on the body to line up with the button hole you made.  Slip in your Kindle or Kindle Fire and enjoy!

Variations:  You could change yarns every time you repeat rows 1-3 for a striped look.  Also, you can adjust this pattern for any size electronic device.  Just make the beginning chain a bit longer than the device and then repeat until it’s tall enough.  To adjust the flap work to two stitches and do a decrease, start the next row with a decrease, etc.

This pattern has not be tested.  If you find an errors, please let me know.  I have been crocheting for years but this is the first pattern I’ve written and shared.




March 3, 2010

Home Cookin’ is a Family Affair

Filed under: Home Life,In the Kitchen — my3daughters @ 4:56 pm

My Aunt Olive loved to cook.  She also loved to read cookbooks, especially the kind that churches and school put out.  While I didn’t inherit her skills in the kitchen, I did inherit her love of these “local” cookbooks.  So, of course, when trying to decide what to make for the church picnic last month (yes, we have a picnic in February), I turned to my “local” cookbook collection.

The Strawberry Pretzel Jello was a hit and several people asked me for the recipe.  Since I can’t remember who asked, I’ll post it here and link to this on Facebook.  That should cover everyone and then some. 

Here is the recipe for the Strawberry Pretzel Jello by Carole Kolowitz from the cookbook “Home Cookin’ is a Family Affair: A Book of Favorite Recipes complied by the Parishioners and Friends of Saint Sebastian Church in Belle Vernon, PA.”

Combine 2 c. pretzels (broken into small pieces), 3/4 c. melted oleo (I used butter) & 1 Tbsp. sugar and place in 9 x 13-inch dish.  Bake at 400 for 8 minutes; cool.  (I sprinkled my crust with mini chocolate chips before cooling).

Cream 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 1 c. powdered sugar and 1 c. thawed Cool Whip.  Spread on cooled crust.

Combine 1-6 oz box strawberry jello, 2 c. boiling water & 20 oz “frozen” strawberries (thawed).  Refrigerate until slightly thickened, then spoon strawberry mixture onto cream cheese layer.  Spoon remaining Cool Whip onto jello. (Note:  this recipe uses the large, 16 oz size of Cool Whip).

While scanning the recipes to see if there was anything else I wanted to make, I realized that there were eleven different recipes for similar four layer desserts.  If you are feeling creative, give these options a try.  Don’t forget to let me know how it turns out.

Layer 1 Options:

1 cup of flour, 1 stick of melted oleo (again, I would use butter) & an optional 1/2 c. chopped nuts.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

I package of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie dough.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

80 Ritz Crackers crushed or 16 oz of Crushed Oreo cookies & 1 1/2 sticks of melted oleo (again, I would use butter).  Do not bake.

24 graham crackers crushed, 1 stick of melted oleo (if you haven’t figure it out by now, I’d use butter) & 1 c. sugar.  Do not bake.

Layer 2 seems to be the same for every recipe.  Cream together 8 oz of softened cream cheese, 1 c. powdered sugar & 1 c. thawed Cool Whip.

Layer 3 Options:

6 oz of instant pudding (chocolate, lemon & coconut were among the choices listed) & 3 c. milk.

6 oz of flavored jello, 2 c. boiling water and 20 oz “frozen” (thaw first) fruit (or equal amount canned fruit).  Just be careful here because some fruits do not mix well with jello.  Read the box.

Layer 4 is also pretty much the same for every recipe.  Just use the rest of the of a 16 oz tub of Cool Whip.  You can garnish the dessert with chopped nuts or more crumbs of whatever you used to make the crust or fresh fruit.  Oh, how about chocolate shavings!

Whatever you do, remember that Home Cookin’ is a Family Affair.  Now’s a great time to teach our children that food doesn’t have to come from a drive through window or be cooked in the microwave.

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