Off my needles

The last hat (for now) is finished.

I like this pattern and will make it again but the fold up brim could be longer so next time I’ll knit to 9 inches from cast on before starting the decreases.

Cast on

After laundry, packing, taking and picking up Finn from grooming, I cast on another hat. I might need something to work on in the car but I’ll have to drive part of the way this trip now that my ankle is better. I’ll post details on the hat when it’s done. This one has a nice fold up brim that will keep a little girl’s ears nice and warm!


Thanks to watching some football, I managed to finish this one up a little early tonight, and the Vikings managed to squeak out a win.

  • Shell Stitch Baby Blanket – pattern found free on Ravelry
  • Hook size – H
  • Yarn – Caron Cotton Cakes, colorway Amethyst Sky
  • Chained 133
  • I used about 2 and 2/3 of a skein and the blanket measures approximately 39 x 50

It’s late so the color is a little off but I know if I don’t take photos tonight, I might not get them before we leave. The color is more true to life in this close up. Such pretty texture!

So I’ve finished all 3 tasks with a day to spare which is good since I have to get Finn groomed, do laundry and pack, and straighten things up around here tomorrow. If I have time, I might start another hat.


This one turned out cute! Rae chose the yarn and I chose the pattern.

  • Zigzags Hat – found free on Ravelry
  • Yarn – Paintbox Simply Aran
  • Needle size – #6 for the brim, #8 for the body

I love it when the top of the hat comes out so nicely! Some patterns look better than others.

And just like that with 4 hours working after Keith went to bed, I’ve finished the hat and pieced the last of the blocks for the HeartStrings quilt. I still have 12 blocks to trim and then I’ll be ready to start assembling the top. I also measured the Shell blanket and decided to crochet about 4 more inches before finishing that one up.


I mentioned last week I have my routine here at Big Canoe … at least for now. During the day I sew downstairs, knitting on my hats when I take breaks and in the evenings I work on my crochet blankets upstairs. Today, I started a new quilt and this evening a new blanket. Tomorrow, I’ll start a new hat. Progress is being made all around not that it was easy getting this blanket started.

Last night I tried several different patterns and hook sizes for this Caron Cotton Cake yarn and nothing worked. I now have two other patterns I’m anxious to try with other yarns, but they weren’t right for this one. At one point I had two different projects on different skeins trying to decide between them and I frogged a couple false starts too.

Tonight I went with a shell pattern and I think it’s going to work.


I finished knitting another hat today.

Rae looked through my hat yarn when she was here and picked out a couple skeins she liked so I’ll start on a hat for her next.


I finished crocheting this Ripple afghan before we left Big Canoe in October but it still needed all the ends woven in and I got that done today. It was hard to get a good photo of this colorway and this was my best shot. This isn’t the softest yarn to work with especially after working with the Mandala Ombré yarn but the blanket feels soft enough and has good drape.

  • Pattern – Easy Ripple, found free on Ravelry.
  • Hook size – I
  • Yarn – Caron Jumbo, colorway is Garden Grows
  • Blanket size is about 45 x 48. I would have made it longer but I only had two skeins of this yarn.

I finished the Linen Stitch afghan last night but I still have to weave those ends in and then I can start a new blanket! Today, I started a new quilt. I’ve got Rae here so I decided to go for easy and pulled a Jelly Roll out and started piecing one of my Boxed Squares quilts. It takes just one Jelly Roll and makes a nice lap size quilt.