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This week I am still reading Find Her by Lisa Gardner.

I’m 70% through and enjoying it.

I always like revisiting characters I have read so much about.

My project today was to seam my Forbidden Forrest cowl.

This project is for the Ravelry group Beginners Knit-a-long’s color work contest.

The project has to be knit, use 2 colors, and must incorporate those colors beyond simple color blocks.

As a new knitter, I am still working on my technique, so my project was super simple (hope it meets the rules).

I used Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool Boston Cowl Pattern (I couldn’t find a link in Ravelry).

Currently, this is paid pattern (I obtained it for free a few weeks ago).

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes sport yarn in Green Tea Heather, Chocolate, Chestnut and Pampas Heather.

I purchased this sampler pack ages ago and I’m happy to finally use some of the yarn.

I’m calling this cowl Forbidden Forrest because the color combo reminded me of the Forbidden Forrest in Harry Potter (which was on my brain because of Inside Number 23’s Harry Potter KAL).

I’m pleased how it turned out.

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Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along.

UPDATE:

This cowl has been claimed by Miss ME!

If I’m being honest, it really does look better on her than me!

Have a lovely week!

 

Charlotte Part 1

This week I started the center of a new baby blanket.

The center is my favorite square of late, Look at What I Made’s Charlotte Square.

My inspiration for color pattern is the squares made by Jennybugs’ (Ravelry name) Charlotte Dream blanket.

I chose red, white & blue as my color choices as the parents are big Cubs fans.

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They recently revealed that they are having a boy.

I think the colors will make this feminine looking square look fine for a boy.

I purchased Deramores Studio DK yarn and it is very soft (although, a little splitty).

Full disclosure, I didn’t read the pattern at all.

I used the fabulous video tutorial by Esther at It’s all in a Nutshell.

Parts 1-18 are done and the square is on the blocking mat.

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Part 2 will be all red.

I can’t wait to see how it will look when it is done!

Have a lovely week!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

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Yay for my library’s Overdrive!

I have had Lisa Gardner’s Find Her (Detective D.D. Warren #8) on my hold list forever and it finally came in!

Flora Dane is a victim.

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless.

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

~GoodReads

I am hooked.

In fact, I skipped watching the Grammys to read instead.

As for a yarn project, this week was a quick one.

While I looked for the yarn I purchased to make my Charlotte Baby Blanket, I came across a Caron Critter kit I had purchased in a discount bin at Michaels.

Yesterday, my car was d-e-a-d.

While I waited for AAA to come (thank you AAA), I whipped up this hat for Miss ME.

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The back is a tad wonky as the pattern stated in the directions the ch 2 didn’t count as a stitch, then in some rows it read as if it did…it seems to have a bubble in the back.

So, I did have to do some quick repair work in the back….just a quick “stitch” inside to tuck it in a little.

Miss ME put it on after therapy and was running around, so pictures were a little tough to get.

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She also took some selfies!

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Have a lovely week!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along.

 

Stranding

I had a lot of yarn left over from the kid’s Harry Potter Crochet Cable hat, so I decided to make myself a Harry Potter inspired hat.

I didn’t want the traditional HP stripes, so I went for  random stranding color work.

The basic pattern is from Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel, the House Hat Beanie pattern.

I made the adult size, casting on 108 stitches.

I used my book, The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge, to learn basic stranded technique.

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Holding yarn in each hand as I worked, I did a random pattern of stitches.

I also used double point needles for a portion of it (something I need a lot of work on)

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I really liked out the color pattern turned out!

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However, I should have cast on less stitches-it is LARGE.

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I plan on using a pin to gather the ribbing a little to make it a tad tighter.

I definitely am better at crochet hats then knit hats.

I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this hat as we’ve had a lot of snow lately and the kids are loving going outside!

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Have  a wonderful day!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Harry Potter Love

I love Harry Potter.

I loved all the books and I love, love, love listening to Jim Dale narrate the audiobooks (if you haven’t listened to them, you really should!).

The Ravelry Group, Inside Number 23, is having a year long Harry Potter KAL.

Any knit, crochet, or yarn related Harry Potter inspired project is eligible.

Here is the info.

So, kicking it off for me, is my Gryffindor Inspired Cable Twist Crochet Hat.

I originally wanted this to be a hat for me.

However, the yarn I used made this too bulky for my liking.

Even though it was made in the adult size, it is now a hat for my kids.

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It is a tad large for them, as you can see.

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Except, they really love it!

They fought over it last night and Miss ME put it on as soon as she woke today.

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I plan on adding a huge gold pompom to help keep it weighed down and on their foreheads.

I really loved making this hat and love the cables it produced.

I plan on finding a “thinner” worsted weight yarn and making a hat for myself.

I used The Crochet Crowd’s video tutorial, found here.

I did notice that the video tutorial is different from the written pattern (just in the amount of repeats of the first few rounds).

Stitch count is important in the initial cable set up rounds, you can’t fudge it.

If you get that correct, the rest is a breeze.

I love cables, so today is all about making myself this hat!

(Thank you snow, a reason to crochet all day!)

Happy Crocheting!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

Yarn: Red Heart SuperSaver Gold and Burgundy

 

 

 

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This week I am reading some short stories found in the book A Moment on the Edge.

A Moment on the Edge is a collection of short stories written by twenty-five of the best women mystery writers in history. They span the years between 1903 and 2003. Some of the writers included in this book are Antonia Fraser, Charlotte Armstrong, Sara Paretsky, Ngaio Marsh and Shirley Jackson.

Short stories are just my speed this week.

My project this week is a stash buster.

The Ravelry group, Inside Number 23, is having a year long Harry Potter KAL.

I was watching one of the HP movies this weekend and realized I had a Knit Picks Wool of the Andes sampler pack that resembled the colors in the Forbidden Forest.

So, I am making a Forbidden Forest Knit Cowl.

A nice, simple, mindless knit which I will hopefully finish today and block Friday.

We are expecting a snow storm tomorrow, so I plan on also making a Gryffindor hat for my daughter while I’m snow bound.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

 

 

Mistakes a plenty

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes…

I made a lot of mistakes making my Oats Cowl.

Am I upset?

Not at all.

The main two mistakes:

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Knitting in the car waiting for my son.

I was so engrossed in an NPR story that I totally forgot to knit row 2.

Then, I was so far in I just kept going.

Row 1 for as far as the eye could see…

Upset?

Nope.

Now, my cowl is reversible!

Next mistake:

I’m terrible at weaving ends into knitting projects.

I really need to watch some Youtube videos about it (it is a lot easier in crochet-lots of nooks and crannies).

Upset?

Nope.

I added a charm to the area.

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Not only to camouflage it, but to also remind myself that it is all a learning process.

The yarn is warm and soft and it wraps nicely (twice) around my neck.

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I’m quite happy and love it!

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I used Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost (1.5 skeins) and 5mm circular bamboo needles.

Update:  I wore it out the other day and LOVE IT!

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Have a wonderful week!

Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, Sew Can Do, Moogly

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Happy Wednesday!

Yarn Along day here on Simply Summer Street.

I finished reading Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic.

Sort of a rambling book, but entertaining.

I always appreciated how open and honest she was regarding her struggles with mental illness.

Depression has affected my life and I am open and honest about it.

Stigma about mental illness needs to be removed.

Currently, I am about three quarters of the way through The Widow.

I am enjoying it although it is tough subject matter (child abduction and child abuse).

I have also started Wally Lamb’s I’ll Take You There.

I’ll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, he’s confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood’s silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit—and in some cases relive—scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema’s big screen.

My project this week is finishing my TinCanKnits Oat Cowl.

Monday, Esther from Its All In a Nutshell is going to launch video tutorials for Look At What I Made’s Charlotte Square.

I have wanted to make this square for a long, long time and I’m ready to start on Monday.

I am going to make this the center of a baby blanket.

Using red, white & blue DK yarn (Chicago Cubs colors), I am worried that this square is too “girly” for a boy.

Except, I really want to make this square…

I think any blanket design that is made with love is right for a boy or girl…right?

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

Have a good week!

Completion

I always like to have a baby blanket or two finished (or started) in my stash.

You never know when someone’s daughter, a coworker or a family friend will announce they are expecting.

A while back I started a corner to corner (C2C) baby blanket, but never finished it.

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Recently, a coworker had a baby boy and since this C2C is gender neutral, I finished it and am ready to send it to her!

I used this tutorial for the stitch (which I had to watch to reacquaint myself with the stitch and decreases).  Thank you to Mikey of The Crochet Crowd for your clear tutorials.

I really wanted a nice border for this blanket, not just a simple double crochet.

Onto Ravelry I went and searched C2C.

There I found project notes from Sit-N-Spin (Ravelry name) who’s finished blanket had a fabulous wavy crochet border, I LOVED it!  (In fact, I love her entire blanket!).

I used this tutorial from Bella Coco to learn the stitch.

I love the result!

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Final touch will be this tag.

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(The above picture shows the true colors-it is a rainy day here in the Northeast, not great for picture taking)

Now its time to move onto my next baby blanket for the daughter of a friend!

I plan on doing either another C2C or using a Charlotte Square.

Happy Crocheting!

Yarn: KnitPicks Brava Sport in Canary, Peapod and Alfafa

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, Live Randomly Simple, Sew Can Do, The Crafting Nook, LouLouGirls