Charlotte Part 2

I have completed part two of Look At What I Made’s Charlotte Square and I love it!

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I used Esther’s video tutorial for to do the first triangle, then used LAWIM’s written/photo tutorial to do the remaining three triangles.

Each section was a very quick project with variety to keep it interesting!

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Clusters, puff stitches, front post treble crochet, etc.

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I love how the red makes the center square pop!

See part one here.

I’m not sure if I am going to do part three or use parts of the Around the Bases CAL to complete the blanket.

Have a good week!

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Yarn: Deramore Studio DK

Hook: Furls Odyssey 4.5mm

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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!

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Yarn Along

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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

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I finished Molly Ringwald’s When it Happens to You.

For a book that includes hard topics such as infidelity, death and gender identity, I really enjoyed it.

This weeks reads are:

  • On my Kindle, Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic

    It’s been a roller coaster of a few years for Carrie since her Tony- and Emmy-nominated, one-woman Broadway show and New York Times bestselling book Wishful Drinking. She not only lost her beloved father, but also her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor. And as if all that weren’t enough, she also managed to lose over forty pounds of unwanted flesh—not by sawing off a leg (though that did cross her zapped mind) but by doing what might be termed “wishful shrinking,” all the while staying sober and sane-ish. And she wants to tell you, dear reader, all about it . . . and more.

  • In hardcover, Fiona Barton’s The Widow

    When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

    But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

    There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

    Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

    The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

  • Still reading Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins (this one I’m reading here and there).

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My projects this week are finishing a Corner to Corner baby blanket for a co-worker.

I started this long ago and am determined to mail it this weekend.

I’m using KnitPicks Brava Sport and a 5mm Furls hook.

I am also working on Tin Can Knits Oats Cowl (knit) for myself.

Using Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost and 5mm circulars.

I prefer to not have things tight around my neck, so I cast on the longer version.

This will need a good blocking and I’m excited to see it when its all done!  (it is so squished on the needles, I can’t get a true picture in my head of what it will look like)

Have a good week reading & crafting!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

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We had a busy two weeks, getting ready for Christmas and hosting my parents for the weekend.

Also, Miss ME turned Three!!!

I can’t believe that my baby is three…time is flying.

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I’m sure in a few years, she’ll be mad at me for birthing her the day after Christmas, but for now, she is just excited for a second day of presents 🙂

My current read is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

I am really enjoying it and particularly like how the chapters go back and forth between the descendants of the two sisters.

Of course,  I have had to bookmark the genealogy page to help keep track of who’s descendants are who’s.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

-Amazon

I am working on my husband’s Honeycomb blanket (found in the book Crochet to Calm, pattern by AnneMarie Benthem).

I plan on spending a week working on this to make some serious progress.

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I also made Spider Woman Knits Drop Stitch Knit Cowl.

A free pattern, this has almost 6000 completed projects on Ravelry.

I have wanted to make it for a while.

An easy pattern, made in the round, I finished it very quickly.

However, I’m not in love with it and will be donating it to Hooking for the Homeless.

My yarn choice was not right for the pattern.

In my opinion,  a very stiff chunky yarn needs to be used for this pattern (maybe Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick?).

It looks best as it does in the designers pictures, my yarn was too “soft” and gave it too much drape.

Happy Reading & Crafting!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along.

 

Yarn Along (and a tiny 30k)

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30

A good number!

I reached my GoodReads goal of 30 books in 2016 (after 2015’s tiny, minuscule amount of  reading due to inability to concentrate after many life changes).

AND

SimplySummerStreet has reached 30,000!

Thank you to everyone who has visited to see completed craft projects and books read!

Thank you to Ginny and her weekly “Yarn Along-ers” who helped get me reach my GoodReads goal with great recommendations!

This week I am reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi:

The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.

Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

I am only 50 pages in, but it is holding my attention.

I haven’t started a new project, but I have all the supplies need to start a Tea House Wrap by Two of Wands.

I’ve wanted to make this for a long time (I fell in love with the Coffee House Wrap and was so pleased they created a crochet version)!

This is a busy week, so I’m not sure how much I will accomplish.

Have a good week!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

Cowgirl Meets Boston

Not long ago, across my Facebook feed, came a post from Whistle and Ivy.

It was a guest post by The Fire Fly Hook for a cowl – Cowgirl Meets Minneapolis.

I saved the link and yesterday, I sat down and made it in a few hours.

The pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but I decided to use RedHeart Yarn’s Boutique Treasure in Watercolors.

I have a plethora of this yarn in different colors…found for $1.00/skein at A.C. Moore.

I love the completed project!

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I used a little over 1 skein of yarn and a 6mm hook.

I made some slight modifications.

I’m not a fan of putting things over my head or wearing anything tight around me neck (turtleneck shirts and sweaters never enter my house).

This is to be a rather tight fitting cowl that is joined in the back.

I opted to make it a little wider and used a button to close.

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I enlarged it by adding to the cowl section.

Starting at the end of Row 4, I made a 90degree turn, chained 1 and did 4 SC down the ends of Row 1-4.

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Then back up and then followed the pattern as written.

I did this on both sides (adding a horizontal row of SC’s) to each remaining row.

I created a button hole and sewed a brown button on.

My cowl fits a little looser, which is good as this yarn is a tad itchy.

However, I love how the colors turned out!

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I found this pattern very easy and may make another in a softer, more luxurious yarn.

This weeks Yarn Along read is a very light one-Cozy Christmas Shorts: Holiday Short Story Collection by various authors.

Quick, light holiday mystery short stories.

I also downloaded Janet Evanovich’s Turbo Twenty Three (audio version) from Overdrive.

I LOVE the woman who narrates these books!

Happy Reading & Crocheting!

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Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

Unblocked Cowl:

RedHeart Boutique Treasure

Furls Odyssey 6mm Hook

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Linked to: The Philosopher’s Wife, Its All About Crochet, Too Much Time on My Hands, Moogly