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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.


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.


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.


She also took some selfies!



Have a lovely week!

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Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along.



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.


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)


I really liked out the color pattern turned out!


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


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!



Have  a wonderful day!

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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.


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


Except, they really love it!

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


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!

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Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

Yarn: Red Heart SuperSaver Gold and Burgundy





I made a hat!

I made a hat in the round!

I made a hat in the round with worsted weight and NOT chunky weight!

I’m on top of the world!

Well, maybe not on top of the word, but I am pretty stoked!

I used Patons Work Sock Hat pattern.

I liked this pattern because even after you started decreasing, you still had enough stitches to stay with circular needles.

I’m not up to double point needles yet 😉

I used a little less than half a Caron Cake, color way Boston Cream, and 5mm circular needles.

I love it!


I’m gifting this one, but plan on making another for charity.

We had our first winter snow storm too!

Although I’m waiting for the kids snow pants to arrive from Amazon, we had fun hours in the snow in our double layers of sweat pants.


Love my baby girl running to me laughing!


Have a good week!


Linked to: The Stichin Mommy, Moogly, Sew Can Do, Creative Jewish Mom

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I have two books this week.

First, When it Happens to You by Molly Ringwald.

Yes, Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald!

Ringwald brings that same compelling candour she displayed in her film roles to the unforgettable characters she has created in this series of intertwined and linked stories about the particular challenges, joys and disappointments of adult relationships. Her characters grapple with infertility and infidelity, fame and familial discord, in a magnificent debut that will resonate broadly with readers

This is from the library Overdrive and I’m really enjoying it.

I’m about 100 pages in.

Second, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index.


Kathy Griffin has seen it all. Shocking and sidesplitting, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins is an indispensable guide to the stars from one of our most beloved comedians.

I saw her interviewed about this book and it was entertaining.

She told some stories and I thought it would make a good, nothing too taxing, hopefully make me laugh or smile book!

This weeks project is inspired by a Ravelry member that I follow on Instagram.

She is a hat making machine and I love to see all the styles and colors she makes (most for charity).

So, I have cast on a hat.


I chose Patons Work Sock Hat Pattern.

Although I would love to make this with the colors shown, I am using a Caron Cake for this hat.

I haven’t been too successful in making a hat in the round, so not having to change yarns will be helpful.

I hope to make two hats to add to my charity box.

In other exciting news, Miss ME started school yesterday!


Have a good week!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

Dublin Beanie

This week I made Bonnie Barker’s Dublin Beanie.

Found in Celtic Cable Crochet.


I can honestly say this is one project I really enjoyed making!

I loved the construction of this hat.

Done in sections, you start with the main body of the hat working flat.

After you join, you add the crown and then the brim.

This worked up super quick and I really love it!

In fact, I wore this yesterday and stopped by a local church craft fair.

I was stopped several times and asked at which table did I buy the hat.

I recently purchased Lion Brand’s Fisherman Wool with the intention of using it for my first pair of socks.

However, I think I may use it to make several of these beanies to donate to Hooking for the Homeless…help keep people warm in New Hampshire (and it is definitely a warm hat, I had to turn the car AC on at one point for a few minutes!).

Last night we went to a Holiday concert a few towns over.

I am an obsessive lover of Christmas music and my husband bought us tickets to a Carpenters Christmas Album Live show (We’ve Only Just Begun-Carpenters Remembered)


The woman’s voice was amazing.

The show was at the Norwood Theater, which was renovated a few years ago.

It was lovely to see the town square decorations and then see a show in this gorgeous theater!

Last but not least, as I looked through my photo stream for these photos I found 150+ selfies of Miss ME!

They weren’t bad, this one was the best:


There is always a sweet surprise when I look though my iPhone photos!

Have a good week!

Happy Crocheting and Knitting!

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Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

Color: Wheatfield Drift

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

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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!

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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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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.

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