Yarn Along

This weeks read is IQ by Joe Ide.

I heard the author interviewed on NPR’s Here and Now (hear it here) and knew I had to read it.

I downloaded a Kindle sample (Chapter 1) and was hooked and quickly clicked the “buy” button.

What is it about this book that grabbed me?

I honestly don’t know or can put into words, it just did.

That is my favorite kind of book!

So, Maria Semple’s book was tossed aside.

That needs to be returned to the library, so I’ll have to revisit it another time.

This weeks project is Bonnie Barker’s Dublin Duo Hat.


Found in her book Celtic Cable Crochet.

I own this book and Contemporary Celtic Crochet.

Her patterns are so lovely to look at and I plan on making several.

As for this hat pattern, I think this is one of the easiest hat patterns I have ever done.

Interesting construction (made in sections), simple stitches give it great texture.

I’m not sure my yarn choice shows off the cables very well, so I’m sure I’ll be making this


Happy Reading & Crafting!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along.

G.G. Scarf

Or, otherwise known as, my Gilmore Girls Scarf!

I needed an easy, “don’t need to think too much about it” project as I binge watched Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life.

Luckily, I had an easy pattern.

Because, as you can see, my little cherubs did not make binge watching easy.


Granted, I was watching it in their play room as it is the tv I can get Netflix on, so I can’t really blame them for being in the room.

Don’t mind the state of the room, I was on “mommy is not here” mode while I watched.

I chose The Stitching Mommy’s Grey Skies Scarf and I am very happy with the results!

I happened to have a skein of the suggested yarn, Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in Feng Shui Grey, and a 6mm hook.

I chose to add a pompom to each corner and really like how it weighs down the scarf just enough.


It is a super soft scarf and I love how it feels.



Will I use this yarn again?

I honestly don’t know.

I wasn’t thrilled with it, but I do like the finished product and the fact that you have so much yardage per skein.

We’ll see!

Happy Crocheting!

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Paying Forward

I am really trying to put good out into the world throughout the year.

Especially during the holiday season.

Hooking for the Homeless is a lovely charity and I enjoy knitting and crocheting items to donate.

In this shipment I am including the following:

  • Knit hat which I knit flat using Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky yarn and some stash orange (I made two, but Miss ME claimed the plain one.  It kept disappearing from the box.  So, my little love can have it!).image
  • Knit hat, also knit flat which I did in Berocco Vintage Chunky (post here).
  • Knit hat done with circulars using Lion Brand Hometown USAimage
  • Rain on the Cobblestones Cowl (crochet).  This was a pattern test I did for The Knot Theorist.  Although I love the pattern, I want to make myself one using a more “tweedy” yarn.  Yarn used was Cloudborn Highland DK.image
  • Shawl/Scarf.  This was a WIP that I dug out and finished.  RedHeart Unforgetable in Dragonfly.  I used this pattern.

A lovely way to start the holiday season!

Have a nice day!

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Yarn Along


I finished The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.

A quick, sweet read.

Next up, Today Will be Different by Maria Semple.

I picked this up at the library yesterday and I hope I like it.

I was a fan of her previous novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

I continue to make hats for the homeless to send to Hooking For the Homeless (in New Hampshire).

I have figured out my issue with knitting hats in the round.

I preface this with the statement, I never claimed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

I thought the “16 inch” cable needles referred to the length of the cable, not the total length tip to tip.

I could never figure out how you didn’t need to add a lot of stitches to make it reach to join.

Then at Joann’s I saw  size 13 16″ circulars and it was a “light dawns on marblehead” moment.

So, I am currently knitting a hat on my 60% off 16 inch circulars.

Using up stash bulky yarn, Lion Brand Hometown USA in Spartans (found in the discount bin at Joann’s)

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

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Yarn Along

I am sleep deprived.

I am stunned.

I am saddened.

I slept from 1am-3am.

I couldn’t stop listening to and watching the results come in.

Among so many reasons that I am sad, I am sad that my mom didn’t get to see a woman elected president last night.

I feel the need to do something to put some good out into the world.

This week I am going to focus on making hats for the homeless.

I’ll be filling a box for Hooking For The Homeless.


This weeks read is a light one, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff.

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along



PomPom Hat

This week I used some of my recent purchase of Berocco Vintage Chunky to make a simple PomPom Hat.

Utilizing Curious Handmade’s Easy Bobble Hat Pattern as a base,  this was a quick hat.


I think its time I bite the bullet and make a hat in the round though.

The US size 15 straight needles caused me hand pain and my selvages are too loose to get a nice seam.

Although, I think my seam looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself!

I used Purl Soho’s video tutorial for the mattress stitch seam.

I love my Clover PomPom maker-a great $4.00 purchase.


I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn for my pompom (I bought a whole lot of this yarn in varying colors at Job Lot for $1.00 skein.  Makes great pompoms)

For my next hat, I am going to use the same basic pattern (for sizing), but do it on circulars.

I have enough yarn left over to make it in the same color (for me).

I think todays hat will look cute on Miss ME as a slouchy pompom hat!




Have a good week!

Happy knitting & crocheting!

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Year Of Projects Update

This week, I needed to put my knit PomPom Scarf on hold.

I made a mistake and need to frog 3 rows.

This is a precarious situation.

I need quiet, YouTube (Marly Birds-How to TINK your knitting), and coffee.

Most importantly, no little people around me.

So, Monday morning will be my time to do that.

Instead, I made progress on my husband’s afghan.



The pattern is AnneMarie Benthem’s Honeycomb Blanket found in the book Crochet to Calm.

This is my long-term winter project which I will be linking each month to thistlebear’s Winter Project Link Party.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

I also finished pattern testing The Knot Theorist’s Rain on Cobblestones Cowl.



I need to block this and will do a full post on it once the pattern is published.

Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Highland DK

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

Have a good week!

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Check out the Ravelry Group A Year of Projects to see what the other bloggers have completed!



Yarn Along

I finished The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter, Will Trent Series #8.

I loved it, as I do all the Will Trent books.

Finished in two days and now passed on to a friend who also loves the series.

This weeks choices:


  •  84 Charing Cross Road
    • I’ve seen this on many lists and put a hold on it through the library.  At only 84 pages, this should be a seriously quick read.
  • The Secret to Hummingbird Cake
    • This was a Kindle $1.99 purchase.  I am 40% through and it has just taken a serious turn.  I am enjoying it.

My projects are finishing up my PomPom Scarf (pictured above) and finishing my crochet  pattern test for The Knot Theorist.

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Yarny Goodness


Sunday my crochet group, Fishnet Crocheters, met at Craftworks in Northboro, MA.

When in a yarn shop, you…well, shop!

I found cute labels to use for the things I make for my kids, and “Crocheted by” labels for afghans I make for others.

My friend Jean (who is a knitting & crochet goddess) recommended The Magic Loop book for me.

She knows my quest to knit socks in 2016.

She also gave me great advice on yarn to use for my first sock project (which will happen in the dead of winter).

I bought Berroco Vintage Chunky for my hat knitting projects.

I plan on using this pattern to make Miss ME a hat in the purple heather color.

I plan on using the teal and grey to make myself a stripy scarf.

The Encore Colorspun I bought simply because my eye kept being drawn to it!

I love the bag they packaged everything up in!

I decided to treat myself after this weekend.

Friday we closed on the condo we were selling.


I bought that condo as a single girl and lived there until I married my husband.

We then rented the condo to my brother until his death.

It took a year before myself and my family felt ready to empty it out and sell it.

Although I  much rather have kept that condo forever and rented it to Matt, it is good to have the sale done and behind us.

Time moves on and I chose to move on with it and not get stuck in sadness.