Mar 23, 2017

Check Out These Great E-Book Deals!

Couldn't pass up sharing some of the great e book deals I found today. They all sounded too good to pass up! 

Click on the pictures to read more about each book.  



.99 cents

Happy Reading!

Mar 16, 2017

Another Baby Blanket (with updated pattern)

A co-worker's daughter is having a baby girl and her theme was "pink/gray" color scheme. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to find anything to match but after a bit of searching, I found the perfect yarn! 

(Not the chunky version) 

(4.25 oz/120 g/310 yards)

It's a more delicate yarn than the thicker blanket yarn I'm used to using but it was just perfect for this project.  It is so soft, has a wonderful sheen and it's the perfect thickness for a spring blanket! 

I based this baby blanket pattern, Sugar and Shine Baby Blanket done by Mike @ the Crochet Crowd. I watched all of his videos when I was learning how to crochet. Check out his video for this blanket ~ it's excellent!

This blanket takes about 2 skeins of the Bernat softee baby yarn which made the blanket about 28 - 30 inches across, depending on the size crochet needle you use.  (I used a 4.0 cm crochet hook but next time I'm going to try out the 4.5 cm hook.) You will also need extra yarn for whatever type of border you wish to use. 

I followed Mike's pattern using a single color for the granny square till I reached the blanket width I wanted, then I veered off on my own for the border. 

 Pink Flannel Baby Blanket 

Blanket folded in half for the picture.

I was really pleased at how it turned out and hope the mother-to-be likes it!

{The Border}

Row 1:  Crochet an initial row of single crochet stitches  (using two sc for the open chain spaces and 3 sc for each corner of the blanket). I ended the row with a single slip stitch to join the ends with a ch2

Row 2: Crochet this row using the half double crochet stitch; end row with slip stitch and Ch2.   

Rows 3 and 4: Repeat row 2. When you are ending the 4th row, slip stitch and draw the yarn through and pull it closed. Weave in the tail with a yarn needle and secure the end.

The Wizard's Dog by Eric Kahn Gale

I posted on my book blog yesterday about this wonderful book I came across. While it's targeted for Middle Grade children,  it really is a wonderful book for kids of ALL ages! 

Click on this link to read my review.