Plasencia TKO The Cigar Journal

Big things come in sma replica watches uk ll packages, as the saying goes. The renowned cigar man Nestor Plasencia must have had this in mind when crafting the P replica watches uk lasencia TKO, a little, 4.0 x 42 cigar from Esteli, Nicaragua that packs quite a punch. Small but powerful much fuller bodied than the rest of Nestor’s line the TKO must not be judged by its diminuitive looks, nor by its extremely reasonable price. For the TKO is indeed aptly named.

The cigar is so small that it looks rather like a fat brown cigarette. Cute, almost. Out of its cellophane the cigar looks shockingly dark, almost black. The thick maduro wrapper could be described as being somewhat rough. “Oil saturated” would also describe this cigar quite well. The unlit stick has that nice, earthy, “biological” (ahem) smell that maduro aficionados love to find. For its size, it’s medium in weight.

As I lit the replica watches uk little cigar, I was noticing that the draw was quite nice; and then . WHAM! I was struck with instant, raw strength. Power. I loved it! There is no waiting with this cigar. The TKO provided an immediate punch for the strong cigar lover.

After a puff or two the rawness of the smoke subsided; it was now a luscious, immensely peppery cigar, full of unusual and distinctive flavors and rich, maduro ripeness. The stick was still massively powerful but now also flavorful. It was making my eyes water just a bit. I felt like letting go with a Tim Allen “Errr rrrr rrrrr!”

The flavor profile presented me with a unique challenge: this was quite unlike any other cigar that I had ever experienced. Groping for descriptive terms, I could only come up with “peppery.” It was indeed a maduro flavor, but was strong and dry, and not at all sweet. This little cigar was so powerful that it was difficult to make out specific flavor not replica watches uk es. It wasn’t at all harsh any mediocre cigarmaker could blend a strong, harsh cigar. No, this one wasn’t harsh. It was powerful.

I reasoned that the filler blend must have been nearly all ligero. The skill of Nestor Plasencia was evident. This was about as powerful a cigar as can be blended while preventing that dreaded harshness. Yes, TKO is an apt name. It may be small, but remember: a small but well placed punch to a boxer can knock him out.

At 15 minutes the flavors were peppery, grassy, herbal. I removed an inch of compact, whitish ash from the little stick. At 20 minutes when I had reached the halfway point, I began to notice the slightest hint of cocoa. Strong and dry, this cocoa flavor note became quite plenteous and soon overtook the rest. The smoke was now no longer herbal. A cocoa note also began to dominate the finish. This was now a delicious, strong, highly unique, and delightful little cigar.

At 35 minutes I tapped off another inch of ash. The finish had now become the best part, with cocoa galore. The little stick was reduced to a one inch stub, and (strangely) not nearly as strong as before. It had become almost minty.

Alas! at 45 minutes I had to stop. A half inch stub of its former self, my TKO was too small to hold onto any longer. I reassured myself by realizing that I would be savoring that dry, chocolatey minty finish for minutes to come.

Why did Nestor decide to make his strongest stick so small? If you think about it, it makes sense. Cigars of smaller ring gauges and of shorter length often produce more immediate flavors, and become fuller, sooner. By making this cigar both short and fairly thin, Nestor Plasencia gave the lover of strong cigars a full blast of immediate and constant gratification. Brilliant, I say.

Plarn Dish Scrubber to Crochet

This scrubbie is an environmentally friendly crochet project, and it’s frugal too. Rather than buying scrubbers at the store, you can make them yourself, and in the process you’ll be able to save a little cash; this project is made using mostly free materials, as well as materials that many people would otherwise toss in the trash.

The scrubbie is crocheted using “plarn,” AKA “plastic yarn,” and its scrubbing power comes from a scratchy textured produce bag.

I’ve tested my scrubber, and I found that it works well. I also recommend that you take a look at my pot scrubber pattern, which I like better than this scrubbie; it’s a bit more flexible and it’s also a little more abrasive.

I recommend this style of scrubber for use on everyday dishes not so much the “fine china” and for use on not too dirty pots and pans. If your pots have excessive amounts of burned on goo stuck all over them, skip this scrubber and go for a scouring pad instead.

For this project, you’ll need two different types of plastic bags:

For the crocheted part of the scrubbie, I used two ordinary grocery shopping bags. I’d recommend having at least three grocery bags on hand in case you use a bit more than I did, or in case you mess up and need a little extra material to work with.

For the “scrubber” part of the scrubbie, I used a small bit replica watches uk from a plastic mesh bag that came from the farmer’s market. We recently bought a 25 lb bag of oranges; now that the oranges are gone I thought this project would be a great way to re purpose their bag.

Do not, under any circumstances, use trash bags to crochet this project; some trash bags contain pesticides, and you absolutely do not want pesticides to come into contact with your dishes. It’s better to use bags that are safe for coming into contact with food and groceries.

Cut a plastic grocery bag into one long, continuous strip measuring approximately 3 inches wide by however long it turns out. If you run out of “plarn” at any point before round 3, cut up a second grocery bag in the same way, join it, and keep crocheting.

The crochet pattern below gives you a scrubbie that is gently concave; I created it this way because I think it’s easier to hold onto, and scrub with, than a flat circle would be. However, if you’d like yours to lie perfectly flat, you can use the first 2 3 rounds of just about any crochet circle pattern as a substitute.

Using the grocery bag, ch 5; sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: 8 sc in ring. Sl st to join to beginning of the round. Ch 1.

Round 2: Working in back loops only, work 2 sc in each sc all the way around. You’ll end up with 16 sc total. Sl st to join to the beginning of the round.

Round 3: Sl st in back loops of each sc st in the previous round, all the way around the piece. If you run out of “plarn,” you can just end off at that point. Otherwise, end off when you’ve finished working a sl st in each sc st around.

Weave in / cut off your loose ends.

Transforming the Crocheted Piece Into a Scrubbie

At this point, you have a crocheted circle. It could be used as a scrubber replica watches uk , but the scrubbing power wouldn’t be too impressive. It’s the next step that makes this more of an effective scrubber.

Next, use the crocheted circle as a template for cutting around the produce bag. Photo d shows the general idea, although in the end I decided to pick up both pieces and hold them together while cutting.

Stitch the cut out circle shaped piece of p replica watches uk roduce bag onto the crocheted plastic circle shape.

Cut off the handle of another grocery bag, making sure you have a piece that is larger than the circumference of your crocheted circle piece. You’re going to use this piece to camouflage the rough edges of the produce bag. See photo (a.) above for an example of how this is going to look when it is finished. Thread your needle again and manipulate the piece you cut out from the grocery bag handle so that part of it is on the top and part of it is on the bottom, with it wrapping around. Stitch around it as you go. When you’ve stitched all the way around, be sure to go a bit past your startin replica watches uk g point to be sure that it’s reinforced. Then hide the end inside the piece and cut your “thread.”

Your scrubbie is now ready to use. While I’m not sure you’ll enjoy it does anyone really enjoy doing dishes? I hope you’ll at least enjoy the cost savings! Here’s hoping you never have to buy scrubbers again.

Plarn Crochet Pouch Pattern

If this pattern were crocheted with yarn, it would be easy enough for a total beginner. Working with plarn complicates things a bit; it takes a little more patience to work with plarn. For that reason, I’d label it “easy” rather than “beginner,” although I am sure a determined beginner could successfully complete this project if (s)he has a mind to do so.

To crochet my sample bag, I upcycled four white plastic grocery bags to make plarn. Depending on several factors, such as the size of the bags, the way you cut your strips, and your unique way of crocheting, you might need a different number of bags.

To make your plarn, cut each bag into one long strip measuring roughly one half inch wide; start at the top of the bag and cut one long continuous piece, spiraling down and around the bag. Continue to cut until you run out of useable material, then stop and go on to the next bag until you have the amount of plarn you need.

Try to be as neat and precise as you can, but don’t stress about it if your cuts aren’t perfect. When I was cutting the strips for my sample bag, I wasn’t entirely precise about it, so my strips do have areas sometimes measuring as much as three quarters of an inch.

To make my sample pouch, I worked a starting chain of 24 stitches and then worked entirely in single crochet stitch. I worked 15 rows.

Finishing the Pouch:

Unzip the zipper; pin and sew one side of the zipper to one crocheted rectangle piece, and the other side of the zipper to the other piece.

The zippered area forms the top of your pouch. At this point, you want to be sure that the entire top will be closed. Zip the zipper. If your zipper is shorter than the length of your pouch in other words, if your po replica watches uk uch extends beyond the zipper a bit then stitch the two rectangle pieces together at either side in any remaining area(s) along the top where the zipper is absent. Otherwise you could possibly end up with a little hole on either side at the top of your pouch.

The next step is to turn the two rectangle pieces into a pouch by joining them. Pin the pieces together if that will make it easier for you. Attach a new length of plarn to the upper left corner of the project with a slip stitch. Working through both rectangle pieces, crochet an outside round of single crochet stitch around three sides; you don’t need to wo replica watches uk rry about the fourth side since it is already joined by the zipper. When you get to a corner, ch 2, turn the corner and keep going. When you’ve worked all the way around to the zipper, end off.

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Using This Crocheted Pouch:

This pouch has a lot going for it; it’s really an affordable project, and it’s pretty quick to make. The downside to this pouch is that, unless you decide to give it a lining, it is not totally multi purpose.

For various reasons, I chose not to line my sample pouch. It did occur to me to give it a lining made out of the same type of plastic bag as my pouch; in the end, I decided not to do that because the lining could so easily tear, defeating the purpose. I did not want replica watches uk to bother with a fabric lining, although you can if you want to.

So, the end result is that the pouch won’t hold anything and everything; still, it’s good for holding quite a few different types of items.

Good: grocery coupons, bottles of nail polish, feminine hygiene products, random craft supplies (mine is holding an assortment of crafty objects I have been saving to upcycle bottle caps, wine bottle corks and empty spools of thread.)

Not So Good: pencils, pens, eyeliner, lip liner, emery boards; these objects and others like them might at some point fall out of the little holes in the pouch.

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