Pneumonia and My Current Project

Since April 4 my daughter Randi has been in the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia.  (We actually started out at Express Care, they sent us to the local Emergency Room, and they sent her by Ambulance to a larger hospital about 45 minutes away from home).  She started out on IV antibiotics. The doctors thought everything was improving but a chest X-ray showed that fluid around her lung had actually worsened.  So last week they put in a chest tube to get rid of the fluid build-up.  2 days later she was having surgery to remove infected tissue from around her lung. During the surgery they discovered part or her lung was severely necrotic and ended up removing about 1/4 of her lung. She’s currently in Pediatric ICU .  So we’ve been at the hospital since April 4th. I’ve been staying here with her every night and day.  We are hoping there are no more surprises on the long road to recovery.

I’ve had a couple knit and crochet projects with me here at the hospital, but honestly it’s been so chaotic with all the doctors and nurses that I haven’t done much, and haven’t really felt like it or been too tired most of the time.  I did finally start knitting a hat the other night out of this hand-dyed wool from Blue Heron Farm.  I think it’s actually the first time I’ve made anything with yarn that originated from my home state.  I love the pink color. Maybe this project will help motivate and energize me to stitch some more.


My mother started a fundraiser to help out with expenses related to Randi being in the hospital.  If you want to check it out and/or contribute, just click on Randi’s image below.  Any help and well wishes are appreciated.  Thank you!



Knit Cowl

Don’t you just hate it when you want to knit or crochet something and can’t find the right yarn?  I found this pattern for this Multicolored Knit Cowl on e-PatternsCentral and wanted to make it in the same exact yarn and color, but the yarn is no longer being made! Cowl

I searched all over and couldn’t find any, not even on eBay or Etsy.  I purchased some hand-dyed yarn that was as close as I could find from a seller on Etsy; here is my finished cowl:


The yarn isn’t exactly the same, but overall I am pretty happy with the cowl. I still like the yarn and colors of the original cowl better.  The cowl was pretty easy to make, though I did “fudge” the pattern a few times.  Shhhh!

If you like the pattern, you can download a copy of the pattern at e-Patterns Central. It looks like it’s only $1.49 today!    Regular price is $3.49, which is what I paid for the pattern.

I Like Crochet April, 2015 Now Available

Put a spring in your step with 30+ fresh and fabulous patterns


The latest issue of I Like Crochet is now available- and in it you will find 2 of my designs, along with lots of other great spring crochet projects!



My designs include the Ocean Waves Wrap and Spring Delight Beanie.


You can receive your bimonthly subscription on your iPad or Desktop.

Put a spring in your step with over 30 fresh and fabulous patterns, including the Berry Sleeveless Sweater and the Triple Shell Shawl. Be lovely in lace with the Filet Lacy Shrug and the Ladylike Lace Arm Warmers and adorn yourself in fun, springtime accessories. Learn how to crochet a broomstick stitch and make a perfect-for-spring Spring Lace Infinity Scarf, or unwind with the Raindrop Lace Shawl, our next elemental shawl series feature. Plus, enjoy fantastic floral patterns, baby blankets and accessories, and a fun how-to tutorial on crocheting with wire. Grab a copy today!

This month’s features:

  • Love your lace with seven dainty designs.
  • Put a spring in your step with 30+ fresh and fabulous patterns.
  • Enjoy our next Elemental Shawl, the Raindrop Lace Shawl.
  • Explore fantastic floral patterns.

View the full table of contents HERE.

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Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-with-Me Tips & Tricks

Book Review – Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-with-Me Tips & Tricks by Kate Oates

Kate Oates has hit knit a home run with book Knits for Boys: 27 Patterns for Little Men + Grow-with-Me Tips & Tricks.  I’ve heard lots of customers over the years ask for more patterns for boys and that is exactly what Kate has done with this book!  The 27 patterns in this book range from sweaters and vests (even hoodies), to mittens and hats, to socks a bow tie–even a belt!

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The patterns are realistic patterns that boys will really want to wear—How about a T. Rex Graphic Pullover or a Henley top? Maybe a hooded jacket, a newsboy cap, or even a pair of long johns? Along with 27 patterns, the book includes 25 charts and 190 color photos, plus  a tutorial section to help make the patterns achievable for all skill levels.

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Perhaps the best feature of the book is the section on how to knit for kids. This special section discusses choosing colors and styles, sizing, and how to make a sweater “grow with” your child.  I never really put much thought into how kids were built and how they grow.  I always just went by the pattern or used sizing charts.  This book gives me a new perspective on sizing for kids (boys in particular, of course) and how items can be made or modified to fit or grow with your child.

Get a sneak peak at the book right HERE.

Knits for Boys is available for purchase at Stackpole Books and will be available soon at Amazon.


I Like Crochet

Have you seen the latest issue of I Like Crochet? I know I’m a little late to be talking about some of the Valentine-themed items, but there is the cutest little owl (Owl Always Love You) amigurumi that totally caught my attention!  This issue has 30+ patterns that include legwarmers, lace-trimmed cards, fingerless mitts, gorgeous shawls, home décor.  Grab a copy today!


This month’s features:

  • Learn the secrets to crocheting the crossed cable stitch.
  • Spread the love with 30+ patterns.
  • Explore our new elemental shawl series with the Wheel of Fire shawl.
  • Make some of the most downright darling baby patterns ever.

You can check out the full table of contents HERE.

If you aren’t familiar with I Like Crochet, it’s a bi-monthly crochet magazine that you can receive on your iPad or Desktop.  I’m going to have some designs in some upcoming issues. I hope you will subscribe so you don’t miss out on all the great crochet patterns!

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My First Pair of Knitted Socks!

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I want to improve my knitting.  My ultimate goal has been to knit socks.  Well, I just finished my first pair!


They aren’t fancy, but it’s a huge accomplishment.  Not only was it my first time knitting socks, but my first time successfully using DPNs.  I’m more of a circular needle type of girl!


I took a class at my local yarn store– thank goodness!  I never would have gotten through the pattern without the class.  The pattern is Classic Socks for the Family for Yankee Knitter Designs, available for purchase on Ravelry. The pattern isn’t difficult, but for someone who hasn’t knitting socks, it helps to have the guidance.  The great thing about the pattern is that it is written for fingering, sport and worsted weight yarn AND for all size socks from baby to men.  For the class we used worsted weight yarn. I selected Rowan Pure Wool Superwashed.  In case you are wondering, the color is #119 Magenta.  I received tons of compliments on the color.

Now I am starting a second pair of socks using fingering weight yarn.  Now that I kind of know what I’m doing, I want to modify the pattern a bit and make the toes a bit more rounded.  For this pair I am using Cascade Yarn Heritage Prints. One ball will make a pair of socks.  But with fingering-weight yarn, I’m a long ways from reaching the toe!


Flowers in Paradise Scarf and Spring Breeze Beanie

Crochet! magazine has a newsstand special issue out called Quick & Easy Crochet Accessories.

The issue includes my Flowers in Paradise Scarf and Spring Breeze Beanie:

Flowers in Paradise Spring Breeze

The e-magazine is available at Annie’s Craft Store website and the print version is available at selects newsstands beginning today (Feb. 17, 2015) or you can it purchase online at Annie’s Craft Store website.

This special issue includes about 40+ fun, easy crochet patterns to dress up your spring and summer styles! Featured sections are Sweet Summer Scarves, It’s a Wrap!, In the Bag, Just Perfect Jewelry, and Heads Up!