30 April 2017

Mystery Patterns

  1. Mystery Pattern #1 - baby blanket
  2. Mystery Pattern #2 - toddler sweater
  3. Mystery Pattern #3 tote bag
  4. Mystery Pattern #4 - skirt
  5. Mystery Pattern #5 - fingerless mitts
  6. Mystery Pattern #6 - toddler boys
  7. Mystery Pattern #7 Halter Top and Shawl
  8. Mystery Pattern #8 - Tank Top
  1. Mystery Pattern #9 - crochet flowers
  2. Mystery Pattern #10 hair bows
  3. Mystery Pattern #11 - baby
  4. Mystery Pattern #12 Shawl Vest
  5. Mystery Pattern #13 - flower
  6. Mystery Pattern #14 - baby blanket
  7. Mystery Pattern #15 - summer scarf
  8. Mystery Pattern #16 - lunch set
  9. Mystery Pattern #17 Flower

29 April 2017

Booklikes Opoly

General FAQs and Rules this also allows people to post to their own personal blogs.
Main Game Play
Special Squares
Dice to Roll

Now, if you are like me and you have a very large TBR (to be read) list, then this game might help you get that accomplished. I have books for the girls, I have books for the husband and I have books for myself. I like to read and I seem to find more books daily.

This is a really fun looking game and I will be reading up on it and playing along. More info on Booklikes can be found on the link. Enjoy!

25 April 2017

April Emails #3

April has been so busy. Appointments, Easter and just doing things. Free time is at a premium. To top all that off, I bought a new lead (30 foot and 20 foot) and stake for my dog. I get her a new set every year so that hopefully she will not escape. I got them from Rural King, but they don't have any others for an even exchange. It only took 11 days for my 40-pound dog to destroy a stake meant for a 120-pound dog.
She is a strong dog. If you bought something like this, you might want to check yours and see if it is having the same issues. 

I love to travel and explore and find things, so seeing Zoar Ohio listed as a place to visit interested me. I want to explore it, soon. There is also The Ohio Ice Cream Trail that sounds like a lot of fun to do, with kids, as well. 

Mom's Favorite Baby Blanket
Namaqualand Blanket
Ice Waves Argyle Afghan
Slip Stitch Sampler Afghan
I Love Color Afghan
Whisper from the Past Afghan
Colorful Chevron Afghan
M and W Ripple Afghan
Brighton Blanket
Crayon Blanket
Pastel Wind Chime Afghan
Watermelon Twist Afghan
Circles and Stripes 9" square
Spiral Crochet Afghan
Chinese Puzzle 8" block
Lace Cable Afghan

Easter Bunny Boo
Little Monster Easter Egg
Bunny Brite
Hippo Pillow with tutorial

Drawstring Gift Bag
Mesh Knit Market Bag
On the Go Bag
Leafy Cable Bag
Color Knit Bag
Chinese Wave Pouch
Tarn Basket - what is tarn? Tarn is T-shirt Yarn or yarn made out of old t-shirts. Another would be Plarn - Yarn made out of plastic bags.
Hooty Owl Crochet Baskets
Waves Tote Bag
Hexagonal Market Bag
Shopping Bag - I need to make many of these.
Coin Purse
Checkbook Cover
Grocery Tote Bag
Quick Little Bag
Knitted Clutch
Hexagon Market Bag
Striped Coin Purse
Textured Cable Tote Bag

Books and Reading:
Angel Bookmark
Bible Cover or Case

Estee Refined Cowl
Spring Lace Infinity Scarf
Slanted Shells Cowl
Mermaid Isle Scarf
Dragonfly Bandana Cowl
Gathered Rib Scarf

Spiral Crochet Flower

Spiral Rib Cap
Quick Knit Beanie
Chicken Rooster Hat
Joy Inspired Hat
Mickie and Minnie Hats
Swirl Hat
Helicoid Hat
Sherbert Slouch Beanie
Orange Sherbet Easy Fit Hat
Minty Morning Head Band

Summer Fun Bikini Dishcloth
Simple Eyelet Dishcloth
Flower Coasters
Country Charm Dishcloth
Apple of my Eye Dishcloth
Beginner Tea Cozy
Americana Dishcloth
Cookie Jar Dishcloth

Simple Lace Triangle Shawl
Marly Bird Triangle Shawl KAL
Crocus Shawl - French primary, English secondary
Lovely Day Shawl
Elegant Evening Shrug
"Stockinette Stitch Shawlette
Frou Frou Shawl
Southern Sky Easy Knit Shawl
Mezquita Shawl - very pretty.
Madison Shawl
Lavender Fields Shawl
Celtic Cables Wrap
Aeolian Shawl
Mystic Forest Shawl
Sunshine Shawl
Triangle Summer Shawl
Country Cottage Shawl
Greek Revival Shawl
Starry Night Shawl
Oversized Shawl

Knitted Slippers

24 April 2017

State Inspired Knitting

I love things that are associated with states. They can be fun, entertaining and educational, trying to figure out why they chose a state for a specific pattern.

  1. Illinois 
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Montana - I like this one, also. 
  4. Maine - I will make a few of these. 
  5. New York
  6. Michigan
  7. Hawaii
  8. Arizona
  9. Tennessee
Many of these make no sense and are links that will lead to Pinterest. Have fun. 

23 April 2017

April and Kings Island

My teens stated at Christmas time that they wanted to go to Kings Island again and wanted passes so we could go frequently. Okay, that works, we will get passes and go to Kings Island all summer, fall and winter of 2017! I love that they have decided that Kings Island has decided to be open in the winter again. I never got to go when they did that years and years ago. They also have a new thing...you can pay $30 and have a bottle that you can fill with drinks all summer, fall, and winter long! We weren't sure, thought we would have to pay for the bottle, but was still a deal. I found out that you pay for the bottle and you get the drinks. Hey, that works! So we (the teens and I) got our bottles on Friday night and began walking the park and they would ride rides.

The night that we decided to go, was the night that there were problems with the electric and the rides. Many rides failed (one while we were on it) and the bathrooms were pitch black. On the plus side, we have passes and live close by and can come every day that they are open! Also, on the plus side, I walked 10,000 steps that day. I usually get pretty close, but there are days where my phone is not on me and I don't always show that I walked that much. 

Also, I bought a lead for my dog so she could be tied out front. She is happy....there are critters out front that she can chase and she can play in the flowers. 

Happy April! 

20 April 2017

Favorite Stitch

Favorite Stitch?

That is a question I encountered in my email pattern links. I like all kinds of things, but I don't really have a favorite, I have favorite things to make, not stitches. What about you?

  1. NEW! The Cable Stitch
  2. NEW! The Jacob's Ladder Stitch
  3. NEW! The Star Stitch
  4. NEW! The Granny Ripple Stitch
  5. NEW! The Crocodile Stitch - I like the video by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd best. 
  6. NEW! The Vintage Shell Stitch
  7. NEW! The Honeycomb Stitch
These are all tutorials to help you learn a new stitch. My only advice is, if you cannot learn it from these, don't stop looking. Check out books, other videos and search and ask questions, there are lots of people who will help. 

18 April 2017

April Emails Post #2

Another day more emails. I am motivated and as long as I have one computer to use for a little while, I plan on doing some work emptying and sorting. I did notice that the last few nights, I have been unable to sleep well. Last night it was because I had grilled out again and someone else was burning and the smell kept me awake. I may need a nap to get through the day and stay up to work on other things competently, but we will see what the day brings.

I forgot that I had saved some other little things to my FB page, as well. The one I am most interested in is the Famous Book for every US State. I own some of these books already, but I think that next year, I might try to read all those books (even borrowing from our local libraries). I will see if I can get the girls to read them, too.

I found a great article that shows how knitting and/or crochet help girls with math.

I also discovered a place where I can track books I read, a little more than others...It is called BookLites.

I also have parks that are in Ohio and that are considered under-appreciated. I love taking the girls to parks to explore and see what we can learn. I have an expedition to plan! I also found where a city in Ohio has a "Potterfest" every year. That sounds like so much fun! It is near the Kent State University. This year they are going to have a 5K "Run Like You Stole From Gringotts."

Also, I am not a big drinker of alcoholic drinks, but every now and then I stumble across one that I would love to try....Bunny Shots in one.

Ocean Waves from the Crochet Crowd. Great site with fabulous tutorials. Check them out!
Spider Stitch Afghan
Many Mitered Baby Blanket

Stip en Haak lots of free patterns in German and English.
Rainbow Teddy Bear

Bohemian Baby Bib

Chroma Bag
CAL Granny Tote
Mesh Knit Market Bag
Wild Strawberries Market Bag
Slant Pocket Bag
Boredom Buster Bag

2014 Mystery CAL from The Crochet Crowd - giraffe (perfect for all those who were watching April)
2015 Mystery CAL Afghan
2015 Mystery CAL Afghan - Amigurumi
Mike the Monster
Scarf CAL

Gallatin Scarf - I really need to make this one.
Seashells Scarf

Balmy Breezes Hat
Meagan's Rainbow Hat
Arctic Sunset Cable Hat

Praying Hands Dishcloth
Angel of Welcome Dishcloth
Blooming Flower Dishcloths
Aunt May Dishcloth
Follow the Yellow Knit Road Dishcloth
Angel of Welcome Dishcloth
Tea Cup Pot Holder
Fruity Trivets and Pot Holders

Angel Shawl
Southern Sky Shawl
Peaches and Cream Lacy Shawlette
Allegro Shawl
Amazing Mitered Shawl - Love this shawl, too.
Belize Wrap

Peppermintoes Socks
Alpha Socks
Tulip Socks

Spa Kits:
Knit Spa Kit
Crochet Spa Kit

17 April 2017

April Emails Post #1

Easter has come and gone. We had my husband's family up (or down depending on your view of their homes). We had a cookout and we were concerned that the weather would be against us, but thank God, we had gorgeous weather and I was able to grill all the meats and potatoes and I had plenty of food and more came in. We had plenty and were able to send home with others. My sister-in-law, whose son is working in another country, has noticed that now she only has to buy food for herself, she needs a lot less. She said she had recently discovered how much he had been eating. I know what she means....I have 3 locusts (aka teens). Don't read this wrong, I love having my teens, but there are times where I buy something for a meal and turn around and find it missing. Do you have that problem, too? I have friends who hide special items in boxes that their teens won't touch! Do you have an interesting place to hide chocolate or other foods? My teen likes Mangos and I found Dried Mango at Aldi's and it doesn't last long.

I decided that since this is April, I might try to empty the emails that are dated for April and just work my way through that way. I have to figure out how to make it happen. Do you get emails with patterns or recipes that you like? How do you sort them?

Round Stained Glass Afghan
Picket Fences Lapghan
Mountain Mist Afghan - striped afghan
Spring Trellis Square
Mitered Squares Afghan
Light Spectrum Afghan
Crochet Stitch Sampler - I love this one and want to make one, using yarns from my stash.
Drop in the Pond Lap Robe
Rainbow Sherbet Afghan
Rustic Ripple Afghan
Shells in the Meadow Throw
Crochet Diamonds Throw
Mermaid Afghan
Juicy Fruit Afghan
Stained Glass Rainbow Afghan
Rainbow Chevron Afghan - very beautiful afghan
Bear Claw Throw

Colorful Caterpillar Toy
Owl Stuffy
Blue Bunny

Granny's Kitten Blanket - can be made larger to be for children or adults. This was made for a kitten.

Baby Booties Rain Boots
Micky and Minnie Baby Hats

Rainbow Dragon Bag
Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch
Hip Hobo Bag
Toy Basket
Brea Bag
Boredom Buster Bag
Ruffle Bag
Crocodile Clutch Purse
Market Bag - My sisters-in-law can use these. I may make several for them.
Drawstring Gift Bag
Sunrise Market Tote

Boot Cuffs:
Knitted Boot Cuffs
Cabled Boot Cuffs
2 Needle Boot Cuffs
Reversible Boot Cuffs

Splash of Spring Cowl
Alana Lacy Scarf
Dragonfly Scarf
Month 8 Scarf
Botanical Cowl
Arrowhead Lace Cowl
Winter Waves Chevron Cowl
Cat Hooded Scarf
Snow Bear Hooded Scarf
Checkerboard Lace Scarf
Gallatin Scarf - one of my absolute favorites.

Mad Men Mittens

Pop Star Slouch Hat
Newsboy Slouch Hat
Very Hungry Caterpillar Hat - for toddlers
Little Lady Bug Beanie - for toddlers
Bright Stripes Baby Hats
Peaks Cable Hat
Camo Crochet Hats
Terzetto Hats
Colorwork Recipe
Basic Ribbed Knit Hat
Spring Hat
Entrelac Baby Hat
Starbucks Mandala Hat
Chihuahua Beanie Hat
Ripple of Kindness Hat
Cladach Hat
Scrapbuster Hats
Sponge Bob Square Pants Hat
Anthro Inspired Hats

Garden Boy Dishcloth
Easy Keyboard Duster
Monkey Crochet Potholders

Bahama Warmth Capelet
Flower Triangle Shawl
Paris Shawl
Stella Luna Lace Shawl
Triangle Shawl

Crazy Monster Eye Slippers - These are so fun...I would wear them and so would my girls.
Random Tracks Socks
Knee High Socks

Spa Things:
Hot Pack Rice Bag
Sleepy Owl Mask

09 April 2017

Pop Culture Knits/Crochets

Still working on the emails. They grow faster than I can clean them out, but I try to get through a few every now and then. This one popped up and it is kind of fun and I think I might know a few young ladies for the Snow Queen Hat and a couple of young men for the Frankenstein Hat. What interests you? 

  1. Frozen-Inspired Snow Queen Hats Winter must-have
  2. Downton Abbey Arm Warmers 
  3. Joy from Inside Out Hat Pattern
  4. Frankenstein's Monster Hat NEW!
  5. Star Wars Crochet Lightsaber
  6. Crochet Groot Everyone loves him!
  7. Darth Vader Hot Sauce
  8. Fit For a Movie Villain Scarf NEW!
  9. Despicable Me Minion Pattern
  10. Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2 Hats Crazy cute
  11. Game of Thrones-Inspired Throw

05 April 2017

100 Books about Books

If you love to read, you might enjoy reading a book that describes or tells about other books. For instance, I just recently watched "The Novel Murders" from the Hallmark Movies, I taped it. It has the main character searching through books she has read looking for a mystery that matches the one that just happened. They look at 3 different stories. Agatha Christie's "A Murder in Three Acts," and 2 others that I don't remember, I only remembered the Agatha Christie, because I like Agatha Christie, but I know that if I get a chance, I will look up the other books mentioned and read them, too.

This list came from 100 Must-Read Books about Books, but I put the list below because I want to look up some of these books and read them.

2. The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith
3. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
4. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I have this on a Kindle and I keep meaning to read it. 
6. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
7. The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
8. Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway #1) by John Dunning
9. The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
10. The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Mysteries #1) by Ian Sansom
11. The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt
12. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
13. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde
14. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I recently read this one. I am trying to get my girls to read this one. 
15. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
16. First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
17. The Forgers by Bradford Morrow
18. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
19. The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
20. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
21. Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine
22. Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke - I know that one of my girls would love it....should she listen to her old mother. 
23. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
24. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
25. Matilda by Roald Dahl - we have all read this book, 2 in a book club and 1 because I made her. 
27. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
28. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - another book they would love. 
29. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
30. Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
31. A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé
32. Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
33. The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
34. Possession by A. S. Byatt
35. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
36. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
37. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
38. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
39. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
40. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
41. The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganuk
42. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
43. Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
44. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
45. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
46. Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
47. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
48. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
52. The Book by Julius Friedman
56. The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
57. Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry
58. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
60. Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda
61. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
65. A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
66. The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky
67. How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
74. My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force
75. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
76. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
79. Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet
85. A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel
87. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
89. Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
94. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone