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This week I am still reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.


Unfortunately, I dropped my iPad and shattered the screen (I seriously couldn’t have done it so spectacularly if I tried…it flew out of my hand and landed in just a way to shatter, not crack, the screen).

So, I needed to request the hard copy at the library.

Luckily, it arrived in a few days after I requested it.

I also received two knitting books that I had ordered from Zulily.com (couldn’t pass up the prices).


First, The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge-A Complete Guide to Essential Knitting Techniques by Debbi Bliss.

This book is BEAUTIFUL!

Seriously, the styling, the colors used, the illustrations and photographs.

It is lovely to look at!

Second, Knit a Square-Create a Cuddly Creature by Nicky Epstein.

I saw her interviewed about this book and thought it would be a good way for me to practice my knitting.  Simple squares that are sewn in such a way to create a small stuffed animal.

A very cute book.

I am working on the following projects:

  • Caron Cake Super Scarf (pattern found in  Simply Crochet Issue 40)
  • Knitted PomPom Scarf using my great Plymouth yarn gifted to me by my SIL
  • Completing a WIP: Continuous Square Lapghan for my aunt (in the above pictures)

I am hoping to tackle all the WIPs I have laying about!

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Busy time

We’ve had a busy week and a half.

To relax, the kids played outside in our newly fenced in yard (best thing we have ever done!) while I worked on my Caron Cake Super Scarf.




We moved furniture out of the condo we are selling and used it to complete the kids playroom (there is also a tv stand and tv now).




Miss ME and I had silly time after her week of therapy, our doctors appointments and my physical therapy.

Finally, I received my ribbons from the Easton States Exposition (The Big E).


I won First Prize for my Dragonfruit Shawl (Design by The KnotTheorist-paid pattern on Ravelry, Yarn-Jazz Handz Fiber Fusion)…


…and my Summertime Shawl (Design: Lizard-free pattern on  Ravelry, Yarn-Great Adirondack Organic Cotton).


Hope you all had a good weekend!


Adore, Adore, Adore!

At my LYS, I saw one hank of Peace Fleece Yarn (in Blueberry Borscht) sitting in a basket.

I HAD to have it.

Why? I have no idea, I just knew it was mine!

I wound it and then struggled to find the right knit or crochet pattern that needed only one hank (approximately 200 yards).

I frogged many, many projects.

Then I stumbled upon Cre8tion Crochet’s Newsboy Slouch Hat.

Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner!

This is a great pattern, easy for a beginner crocheter.

Lorene has well written instructions and a photo tutorial.


Using a 9mm crochet hook, you get nice detail by utilizing front post double crochet.

For my hat, I wanted less “slouch” so I chose to do only four repeats of Row 6.

I then switched to a 6.5mm hook for the brim and held 2 strands together.

I chose to break my yarn and slip stitch to begin the brim because I didn’t want my seam to be in the front of the hat.

I chose to repeat stitch instructions 1-6 twice (first row of brim stitches).

I’m glad another Ravelry member suggested this in her project notes, makes the brim depth perfect.

I then followed the remainder of the pattern.

I’m not a fan of myself in pictures, but you only get the true awesomeness of this hat when it is being worn.

So, Ta-Dahhhhhh!

My finished Newsboy Slouch Hat:




I was worried that with glasses it would look like too much with the brim, but I think it works!

I have some yarn left over and debated a pompom, but I think it is better without.

Hopefully I have enough to make an ear warmer (maybe an Amazing Grace pattern) or maybe a flower to pin to a jacket.


I love this hat!  I know, I’ll get a lot of use out of it!

Up next:


  • Pompom Scarf
  • Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande
  • Color way: Blue Mix
  • 8mm needles

My SIL gifted me this yarn and I’m excited to finally be using it!

Have a good weekend!

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I finished The Nightingale and enjoyed it very much.

Although, I felt it was a little long.

However, I have no idea what could have been removed from the story.

From the library Overdrive, I borrowed The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.

Originally written in Swedish, it was translated into English a few years ago.

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor-there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.

You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and…customers.

The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.

A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

Given four stars on GoodReads, it seemed like a good pick.

In my last Yarn Along post I wrote that I was working on a knitted Lacy Keyhole Scarf.

I finished that, and also started my husband’s Honeycomb Blanket.

This blanket will be a long term project which I will be linking to thistlebear’s Winter Link Party each month.

Yesterday, I started Cre8tion Crochet’s Newsboy Slouch Crochet Hat.


I had picked up some Peace Fleece (color way Blueberry Borscht) at my LYS.

Something in me was just drawn to the color and I had to have it!

I tried several patterns (both knit and crochet) and frogged them all.

This yarn wanted to be this hat.

Now I just hope I have enough to make the brim and I need to google how to block a hat!

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Lacy Keyhole Scarf

In my quest to learn knitting I purchased several classes from Craftsy.com.

Up first, Knit Lab with Stephanie Japel.

The first project is the Lacy Keyhole Scarf.


Skills learned:

  • Longtail cast on
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • Yarn over knit one
  • Knit 2 together
  • Bind off
  • Seaming pieces together
  • Weaving in ends

I chose Lion Brands Wool-Ease in Blush Heather and 5mm straight bamboo needles.




This was a fun first project (I haven’t done more than knit, purl, knit front back).

I love the lacy look and liked learning how to bind off and cast on to make the keyhole (I could use more practice with this).


I’m not sure I would wear this much, but I think this would make a very cute scarf for Miss ME (with the plus that with the keyhole it would stay on her!).

I planned on doing the second project in the class, but it is not possible at this time.

Craftsy.com is going through a relaunch of the site and I can’t access any of my classes or patterns (sigh).

So, my next project is the Expression Fiber Arts Ravelry Group’s CAL.

The pattern is Expression Fiber Arts Pink Pearl Hat.

I have several hanks of yarn from the site, but I have had Shimmering Cashmere (color way: Space Nebula) languishing for months.

I simply could not find a project I wanted to use for this yarn (its too thin for any project I wanted to do).

My plan is to use both this yarn and the remainder of the Blush Heather Wool-Ease to make the hat.

I’ll finally use this yarn and not waste the Wool-Ease, a win-win!


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I am still reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

It is really holding my attention.

I am so glad I got this from the Library’s Overdrive.

I am able to read it on my iPad when I wake up at 2 or 3 without waking my husband.

Although, for some reason I read one of the main characters name as Vivianne rather Vianne…so she’s Vivianne to me!

Now that my Sophie’s Cardigan is complete, I am working on the following projects:

  • For my husband, I am making a Honeycomb Blanket.

A long, long time ago he asked me to make him a green afghan.

I purchased Caron Simply Soft in Kelly Green from the E-Tent, and well,  all that yarn just sat in my closet.

I purchased Crochet to Calm and fell in love with the pictures of the Honeycomb Blanket by Adrianne Brigham.

I plan on doing a moss stitch border in green and white.

  • My second project is Stephanie Japel’s Lacy Keyhole Knit Scarf.

This is the first project in her Craftsy.com Knit Lab class.

Recently Craftsy was having a sale on classes and I purchased Circular Knit Lab in a quest to learn how to knit hats.

Before I start that class though, I want to work on my skills with the Knit Lab class.

I am using Lion Brand’s Wool Ease in Blush Heather.

These are just two of the many projects I have half completed.

Yay for fall and winter…back to working on afghans and keeping warm and toasty!

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Miss ME’s Cardigan

Miss ME was in need of a cute sweater.

Or, I was in need of making a cute sweater!

That seems more accurate.

I have long admired patterns by Mon Petit Violon.

In July she was having a sale, so I purchased four patterns:

At the beginning of September, my LYS was having a 50% off sale and I picked up five hanks of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport yarn in Cotton Candy and Lemon.


Perfect colors for a little girl’s cardigan.

I purchased all the pink and yellow available, I should have purchased the orange too…live and learn!

Although I found the yarn a tad splity, I love the colors and the softness.

I found some buttons I LOVE and I think they work well!



(I am drawing a complete blank where I purchased the buttons.)

This is a very simple pattern utilizing HDC and DC.

It is the wrapping of a HDC around a HDC that gives it such lovely detail.



I used all three hanks of Cotton Candy and one hank of Lemon.

I chose not to make it long sleeved as I felt the Lemon was a nice accent on the sleeves and it would look strange to have full sleeves in yellow.

I am so chuffed with how it turned out!





The only change I made was hook size.

I started and completed the yoke using a 4.5mm hook.

I then increased to a 5mm hook for the body and the edging.

It could do with a good blocking, but since a 2 1/2 year old is going to wear it, I figure it is not necessary.

With the remaining hank of Lemon, I plan on making the Pearl Cloche Hat.

I hope to have a picture of Miss ME wearing it soon!

Although this particular pattern was not on my Year of Projects list, one of my goals was to make Miss ME clothing so…


Happy Crocheting!

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Yarn: Cascade Superwash 220

Hook: Furls Odyssey 4.5mm and 5mm

Size: 4-5T

(Miss ME is a tall 2 1/2 year old, but even so, the 2-3T would have been much too small)

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Due to some serious back pain, I have only been able to read lately, no crocheting or knitting.

Laying on the floor with my right leg pulled up to my chest.

At least I have plenty of books ready to read!

First up, I finished Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Funny and charming, it was a light read.

Perfect for what I was looking for.

Next,a short story by Karin Slaughter-Blond Hair, Blue Eyes.

Any time she has anything new, I snap it up!

I am patiently waiting for the next Will Trent book.

Finally, I am about a third into Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.


This has been on my Overdrive holds list for a long time and it finally came in (yay!!).

As for my crocheting, I had made progress on my Sophie’s Cardigan.

I had started the edging and it looks so cute!

I hope to finish it in the next few days if I feel better.

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Lazy Crafting

Since Fall is near (today being 87 degrees not withstanding), I decided to make a Halloween Wreath for the front door.

I searched Pinterest and found some cute ideas!

I loved this wreath from Repeat Crafter Me.

I was lucky to find all the items I needed on clearance at local craft stores.


  • Foam Wreath ($2.99)
  • Orange bulky yarn (Big Twist-$1.00)
  • Black, sparkly yarn (Downton Abbey Lady Mary-$1.50)
  • “Spooky” ($.29)
  • Ribbon ($1.50)

Pretty inexpensive project.

Weeks went by, I finally had time to start the wreath.

I looked at the lovely, sparkly, light weight yarn and lost ALL my motivation.

It is really hard (for me at least) to make an amigurumi black cat.

Small hook, black yarn, need for reading glasses to see the stitches.

I don’t own reading glasses, so this was not going to happen.


Wasn’t going to happen.

Then I found this cute pattern for black cat coasters by Sew Crafty Crochet .


However, I was too lazy to do even these.

I know, how lazy can you be to not even make some coasters?

Pretty lazy.

So, I present The Lazy Girls Pinterest Inspired Halloween Wreath!


I wrapped the foam wreath, made some pompoms, tacked down the sign and attached the ribbon.


All done in one hour and making my front door look festive!


Happy Fall!

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