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

I live on the border of another town and utilize many businesses and amenities of that town.

I follow the library on Facebook and it is doing a One Book, One Community event.

The book choice is A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries …and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers …the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?


I put it on hold at my library and it just came in.

It had me hooked right from the get-go.

When I opened up to the title page, there was a post-it from someone who took it out before me informing the next reader that it was a wonderful book and will be hard to put down.

How cute is that?!

The only problem?

It is not on my kindle, so I’m not reading it as fast as I want (I get a lot of reading done when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night…can’t turn the lights on to read an actual book).

This week, along with my Charlotte Baby Blanket and some sewing homework, I am working on a Boom! Shawl (a free patten by Playing with Fibre, found on Ravelry).

I had purchased a Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet and I searched for a project by the yarn.

I love how other Caron Cake colors worked up.


BTW, I love my new carry-all from Joann’s.

60% off plus another 25% off, it was a steal.

It is great holding my “mindless, watching TV” knitting project.

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!


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!

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Unblocked Cowl:

RedHeart Boutique Treasure

Furls Odyssey 6mm Hook

Random button


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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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Cherry Chip Super Scarf

Super Scarves.

They are the trend right now.

Caron Cakes.

They are a trend right now.

I have to say, I really like Caron Cakes.

20% wool, I find the yarn soft and lovely to work with.

Plus, color changes and no ends to weave in!

In Simply Crochet Issue #40, there was a scarf entitled Three Scoops.

A color block scarf made with simple SC and DC which gives the scarf a lovely texture.

I used this and Caron Cakes in Cherry Chip to make a super scarf.


The scarf measures in at 8.5 feet long!

It is soft and warm.

My only complaint are the light portions of yarn in the brown sections (you can see them in the picture above and below).


Found in both balls of yarn I used.

Not enough of a problem for me to not like the scarf.

The colors are fun!



I debated between fringe, 4 small pompoms or 2 large pompoms on each end.

However, I wasn’t sure if I would have enough yarn to do those (I had saved the last small portion of light pink for the decorative edge).

Instead, I opted to do a small pompom edging.

I googled “crochet pompom edging” and found several sites and youtube sites that all seemed to use the same technique.  The pompoms are made of stacked cluster stitches and I think they give the scarf a cute, quirky edge.




I love the scarf, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep it for myself.

I am making myself a PomPom Scarf from yummy yarn my SIL gave me…


…and I have the yarn all ready to make a Granny Shawl (free pattern by Charlene Van den Brande).  I love this version:


I bought a Caron Cake that has cream, blue and brown and a ball of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in red to mimic this color scheme.

I’m debating giving the Cherry Chip Super Scarf away if someone tells me they would love to have it, or donating it to Hooking for the Homeless (charity in NH) for which I keep a box ready in my house, filling with hats, fingerless gloves and scarves to mail off.

We’ll see!

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Busy time

We’ve had a busy week and a half.

To relax, the kids played outside in our newly fenced in yard (best thing we have ever done!) while I worked on my Caron Cake Super Scarf.




We moved furniture out of the condo we are selling and used it to complete the kids playroom (there is also a tv stand and tv now).




Miss ME and I had silly time after her week of therapy, our doctors appointments and my physical therapy.

Finally, I received my ribbons from the Easton States Exposition (The Big E).


I won First Prize for my Dragonfruit Shawl (Design by The KnotTheorist-paid pattern on Ravelry, Yarn-Jazz Handz Fiber Fusion)…


…and my Summertime Shawl (Design: Lizard-free pattern on  Ravelry, Yarn-Great Adirondack Organic Cotton).


Hope you all had a good weekend!


Yarny Goodness

I jumped on the Caron Cake bandwagon.

I chose Lilac Frosting (cream, beige, lavender and violet).

The yarn is soft and I had no problem with the abrupt color changes.

I had one knot I needed to cut out, but overall I was pleased.

I chose to make a Granny Shawl Scarf designed by Charlene Van den Brande.

I fell in love with the designer’s color scheme (reds, blues, tans and browns).

However, I was making this scarf for charity so I decided to try it with the Caron Cake.

My thought was that there would be less ends to weave in and therefore would hold up to multiple washings.


The Caron Cake was enough to get to round 16 and do a simple HDC border.


I’ll be copying the designers color scheme for my own and I’ll be increasing the original starting chain.

Also, for mine, I’ll finally remember to do my starting chain with a larger hook (I always forget to do that).

My LYS was having a Labor Day sale (50% off) and I picked up some squishy, yummy yarn for my birthday!

First project up is Sophie’s Cardigan by Mon Petit Violon using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Cotton Candy.


Next up (to help practice my knitting and purling) is GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley using Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in Cafe Au Lait.  This yarn is sooooo soft!


I also picked up some back issues of Knit Simple (my favorite knitting magazine).


I had some fun using my new Amish Style Swift (purchased here).

I love it!

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!



Busy Girl Shawl

Sometimes, the best laid plans don’t work out.

In this case, the chosen yarn was just not right for the project.

I purchased Mamachee’s Busy Bitch Shawl pattern (which I am going to call Busy Girl Shawl…I am not a fan of the given name) and planned on using a skein of Expression Fiber Arts shimmering cashmere/silk yarn.

Hmmmm, it just didn’t work.

A while back, I had started Caitlyn Ffrench’s Terrible Simple knit shawl using Schachenmayr Bravo Color yarn.  It has sat untouched for quite a while.

Neither of these projects were working for me (I do plan on finishing the Terribly Simple shawl).


So, I used the Shachenmayr yarn for my Busy Girl Shawl.


Score, it worked well!

Loved making this pattern!


Well written and easy, worth the price as I know for a fact I will be making another.


I know I’ll be making another due to another problem.

Either I have a huge noggin or the designer has a tiny noggin.

There is NO way this fits over my head without causing injury.

Luckily, it fits Miss ME!



I plan on using the Expression Fiber Arts yarn for a simple scarf .  Honestly, I have had a very hard time finding a project to use this yarn for.  Any ideas would be great (I have about 300 yards)!

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!

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