Yarn Along

When Ginny decided to stop doing the weekly Yarn Along, I was bummed.

I liked going every week to find good book recommendations and knit and crochet inspiration.

I am so happy that The Little Room of Rachell has decided to pick up the task of hosting!

This week I am listening to The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

In Emma Donoghue’s latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.


Honestly, I’m not sure what to think about this book.

I am about half way through; I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either.

I wanted a light read, so that choice is A Slice of Murder (Pizza Lovers #1).

Not too much happens in the sleepy little town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina, —which is fine with pizza-purveyor extraordinaire Eleanor Swift. The spunky owner of A Slice of Delight is trying to mend her broken heart and could use a little quiet time. But when a late night delivery customer turns up dead, she’s in for just the opposite in this delicious mystery series debut, featuring pizza as the prima character . . .


Sometimes, I just want a cozy, easy read.

This week I finished my BOOM! Shawl (yay!  I’ve been knitting this forever).

I had one Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet.

I searched Ravelry to see what people had knitted with one cake and BOOM! Shawl came up quite often.

Plus, it is a free pattern!

I love it!


I love the colors and its is warm and snuggly.


Next up, Jennifer Ozes Carleton Cocoon Sweater (crochet).

I purchased this as a kit from Craftsy during a sale.

Chocolate brown yarn, not my preferred choice but it was one of the few kits left available .

As always, I am slowly adding to my Charlotte Square Afghan.

Have a good week!


Yarn Along


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.



Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along.


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!



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!

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.


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




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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




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.


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!


Final touch will be this tag.


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

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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

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!


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.


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.


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!


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!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

Unblocked Cowl:

RedHeart Boutique Treasure

Furls Odyssey 6mm Hook

Random button


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

PomPom Scarf

Many, many, many moons ago, I started a PomPom Scarf from the book Learn to Knit by Fiona Goble.


My beautiful yarn (gifted to me by my Sister in Law) seen on the left.

Then, I worked on it slowly.

It was seen in Yarn Along pictures.


Then, I made a mistake and had no idea how to fix it.

To my rescue, my friend Jean.

She frogged and fixed and knitted a few rows for me on her lunch hour.

I finally finished it!


A simple row repeat that is mainly knit stitch (I still don’t like to purl, so this was perfect).

This yarn is so soft and I enjoyed working with it (Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande-Thank you Mary Ellen!).

I used two skeins and US 11 straight needles.

I had purchased two purple/pink Lion Brand Fur PomPoms, but honestly, I couldn’t figure out how to attach them.

I know this sounds silly, but the pompoms have an elastic loop and are solid (I couldn’t get a needle through).

If I cut the loop then knot it after its on, the knot doesn’t hold.

If anyone has advice on how to attach them, let me know-I have hats I could used them for!

So, I made pompoms from good old Lion Brand Jiffy yarn.


I love it!


I haven’t blocked it yet, waiting for room to clear of holiday decorations so I can set up my blocking boards.

Regardless, I don’t mind the curl.

It is warm and even though it sheds a little, I’ll be wearing this one!

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!

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Linking to: Sew Can Do, Live Randomly Simple