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DEAR MELBA: Bernita Bruemmer requested crochet patterns for newborn baby caps. I use this pattern to make baby caps, which I donate to a hospital where they're handed out to the newborns. The pattern says “Annie's Favorite Crochet #104,” but I don't recall where I got it. They're easy to make.
You'll need 1/2-to-1 ounce worsted yarn, tapestry needle, F or G crochet hook. Round 1: Ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (12 dc made).
Round 2: (Ch 3, 2 dc) in first st, dc front post (fp) around next st, (3 dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join. (24 sts).
Round 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, fp around next st, (2 dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join. (36 sts).
Round 4: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, fp around next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st, fp around next st) around, join. (48 sts).
Rounds 5 through12: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, fp around next st, (dc in next 3 sts, fp around next st) around, join. At end of last round, fasten off.
TO MAKE POM-POM: Wrap yarn around two fingers 40 times. Slide loops off fingers. Tie separate strand of yarn around center of all strands. Cut loops at both ends. Trim ends. Sew to center top of cap.
VONDILEE MCCURDY, Oklahoma City
Easter would be a great time to copy Vondilee's idea for newborn baby gifts. Others sharing included Daisy McNeill, of the Integris Volunteer group in Oklahoma City, Kristi Medley, Bea Reid, Oklahoma City, and Jeanne Ingram, Hinton.
DEAR MELBA: While my brother-in-law was living, he said he liked Butterscotch Pie. I tried many recipes for him. When I served him this one, he said, “This is it. It's the best.” Note that I buy large eggs.
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
4 egg yolks, use large eggs
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 baked pie shell
In large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in the milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, continue stirring and cook until thick and smooth.
In large bowl, whisk egg yolks, gradually adding 1-cup of the hot mixture. Return to custard mixture and continue cooking one minute. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla. Cool before pouring into baked pie shell.
Top with meringue or whipped cream.
JO DUDLEY, Marlow
DEAR MELBA: I would love to share one of my favorite quotes: You can't kill a Christian. You can only change his address.
CAROL JACKSON, N.C.
DEAR MELBA: Displayed at our church recently was this sign:
2 trust Jesus is
2 be God's child
4 ever and ever.
OKLAHOMA CITY READER
DEAR MELBA: You asked for strange words: There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger. Neither is there apple nor pine in pineapple. And you pare a pair of pears.
FAITHFUL READER, Oklahoma City
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