On my hook

I have a lot of trouble with my knees and feet so I thought I’d make a rug to go by my bedside as a cushion for when I get out of bed. I had four skeins of Northland Chunky Delights in a delightful variegated yarn called Blueberry Patch (although the label actually says Blbry Ptch which is … not actual words).

Sadly, even though I had four skeins, it was not enough. I used every bit of it and ran out with just a few stitches left on a row so I finished the row with some other yarn I had lying around, because I wanted that row to give me some length. I know that would drive some of you crazy! It bothers me, but the plan is to get more of the Northland and finish it at some point. Here is the rug. The off-color is at the top left. I didn’t sew in the tails since I am hoping to fix that bit later. The yarn was purchased in a sale somewhere – I want to say maybe Herrschner, but not sure. If I can’t get more of it, I’ll at least have a better idea of how much it takes to get a decent size rug.

I remembered reading somewhere that puffy paint on the back would keep it from sliding all over the place – because one thing I don’t need is to step out of bed and land on my face. I happened to have some but not enough to cover the whole thing. I don’t really find that it does much, but then I haven’t fallen yet so maybe it is helping.

I was thinking today that maybe it is glue I needed to put on the bottom. I will have to research that but what’s done is done now.

In other news I finished another scarf – again, I had four skeins of Sundance Colorwaves Gemstone (really pretty) and I thought that should be plenty for a scarf. The skeins were 1.75 ounces. I did finish the scarf but it is 7″ x 55″. Not as long as I’d have liked. The yarn is not very soft but not rough. It has an interesting feel to it, not unpleasant (to me).

I also finished a hat with some camo yarn that was found yesterday. I find it a bit large, but then I usually use an H hook for hats and I used an I this time. Since heads come in different sizes, I am sure it will fit someone. My head is small, so I may be judging it too harshly. 🙂 I think I have enough yarn to make another hat as well. This is Red Heart Super Saver Desert Camo. Doesn’t look much like the desert to me, but that’s what the label says.

I was going through some e-mails today and ran across this McAfee testing site. It tests web sites to see if they are safe. I am happy to report that Crochet Cabana was found safe.

Happy crocheting!

H&N Club

Just to keep you updated, I did receive a new Hook & Needle Club project. However, I have absolutely no interest in crocheting it so I’m going to skip this one and return it.

It is a poncho called Steppin’ Out Poncho, very open weave, decorative piece. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft, which is not my favorite yarn to begin with, but a lot of people do love it. I waffled between keeping it and returning it. I haven’t opened the package. Of course I can always use the yarn, but I would never pay this price for 2 skeins of SS yarn so I finally decided to return it.

In other news, I made a hat to go with the scarf which will be going out to Sandy at the Bridge. It’s a Jacob’s Ladder hat I found at Suzie’s place. As she says, the top does look a little odd, but it fits fine.

I am making squares now with some leftover pink yarns and also intend to make a scarf and hat set for Visiting Nurses.

Happy crocheting!

grey scarf

I finished all the squares I was working on for the special afghan. Daughter is edging and assembling them. (Photos later)

In the meantime, I worked on a charity scarf using Jacob’s ladder technique. I used an 8, 8, 8 pattern.

Finished scarf is 6 1/2″ x 62″. The yarn used was Annie’s Choice stormy. It’s a decent yarn, though I had to cut out several knots. It’s not my favorite by any means. This grey was worse than the other AC yarns I’ve used as far as bad sections. It seems somehow I always get the bad skeins, eh? Think they know they’re coming to me?

In any case, the scarf turned out nice and I am pleased with the final result. I think it will keep someone warm.

I worked two rounds of sc to finish it off. There was a small ball left of the skein so it took close to 7 ounces using an I hook for the body and an H for the edging.

That’s it. I have some grey in a different yarn and thought I’d make a hat out of that to go with the scarf.

Happy crocheting!

DW Scarf and squares

I apologize for the length of my absence, but I have not been idle.

First there was Isaac. Then after getting things back to normal from that, daughter and I resumed work on the web site which entailed making, editing, uploading, and annotating more videos. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel you’ve seen them already. It is an interesting journey.

I wanted to show you my very special, most favorite and treasured scarf. This one is KNITTED and even more than that, it was knitted by my sweet daughter. I love it and will treasure it always. It’s about 7 1/4″ wide. I haven’t actually measured the length yet. I’ll add it here when I do. [It comes out a different measurement each time I measure it LOL. I will say it is around 92″]

The scarf above is a season 12.5 scarf which means I now have seasons 12, 12.5, 13 (just needs ends sewn), 14, and 18. I need to find an appropriate blue for the season 15 which I intend to be my next effort.

The knitted scarf has more drape and is not as heavy as the crocheted ones. I do love my crocheted ones, but this is definitely my favorite.

The colors used were chosen by me.
Purple – Vanna’s Choice Burgundy
Camel – I Love This Yarn light taupe
Mustard – Bernat Gypsy Gold
Rust – I Love This Yarn Terra Cotta
Grey -Vanna’s Choice Taupe    
Brownish green – Bernat Waverly Bark 
Bronze – Vanna’s Choice Toffee 

Besides all that, I’ve been working on squares for a special afghan which is to be a gift.

That’s all for now. 

If you were in the path of Isaac, I hope you did okay and have no significant damage to property or self. We have repairs to make on our fence and shed, but otherwise are back to normal.

Happy crocheting!


While Isaac blew around us, I completed another dishcloth. That is three I’ve made with this pattern, all different sizes. I missed the last sc row on the yellow one but it’s a dishcloth so … I didn’t bother to rip it. I sent all three off with my son as he moves to a new place. The yellow has 6 cross-overs, the blue has 7, and the peach has 8. Note that as you get wider, you also must get longer.

ch 27

ch 31
ch 35

I really like this pattern. I have tweaked the original pattern a bit, so if you saved it off, you may want to have another look at the post to see which you prefer.

I am finishing up the tails on a Season 13 Doctor Who scarf. Will post pics when it’s done, of course. That will give me a scarf for Seasons 12, 13, 14, and 18. A knitted 12.5 is in progress (not by me!). A 15 is waiting on the proper blue-grey. Most of these are not wide as the original. I intend to use them. Once I get these done, I am anxious to get back to making hats and scarves for the Bridge Project and also the Visiting Nurse Services in New York needs chemo hats desperately. So much need, so little time.

I also once again hurt my back so being in any position for too long is uncomfortable. Hopefully that will clear up soon and I will feel more like doing things. I know that I am blessed as some folks have pain constantly and this is only temporary.

Happy crocheting!