Bunny Blanket

Good Morning readers.  I’m back on track-hopefully!  Today I want to share a cute easy gift for baby – the Bunny Blanket.  Kids love to carry around something to snuggle with, which makes the  Bunny Blanket perfect.  What I also like is that the pattern is available for both knitters and crocheters, depending on your preference.  I knit mine.  The pattern is available free on the Lion Brand site.  You can check out their patterns, but you must register with them before you are aloud to download any.  Lionbrand offers more than one pattern of each craft depending on your yarn choice.  I just use the same pattern and change up yarns.  It works just fine.

You could also change the ears and have a different animal.  I thought about sewing a piece of silk inside the ears, but I didn’t have any pink leftover pieces.  Sorry, I didn’t get a very good picture of mine before gifting it. 

I decided on the bunny, as Easter is almost here.  The yarn is Sirdar Snowflake Chunky Magic I purchased at Mary Maxim in Port Huron, Michigan a few years ago.  Mary Maxim also has a store in Ontario, Canada along with a web site.

Crocheted Baby Layette

My daughters friend had a baby girl on Sunday and I was happy to make a few things for her to give to the new little one.  Being it is spring and the baby is a girl, I knew just what I wanted to make!  My favorite spring layette is crocheted.  I’ve made many of these complete sets, including the blanket, that the mom’s love to use for christenings or other special days.  This one I made thinking of Easter in another 2 weeks. 

The pattern is in a Leisure Arts little book I bought at Wal-Mart.  I have also found the same book at both JoAnn’s and Michael’s.  It is on the cover of  Baby Layettes and Afghans (10 projects).  The sweater is easy to make and fits a newborn nicely.  I’ve made it in white and sparkle white.  Both are gorgeous!  This time I made it in Lemon yellow for a dark-haired sweetheart.   Just as beautiful!

I used Bernat Baby Softee sport yarn.  The sacque took about 4 ounces of the 5 ounce skein.  I also made the bonnet. The booties are knit with the same crocheted pattern for the edging.  The headband is my own pattern.

I will share more of my baby goodies through the week.

Re-Format Hard Drive

I hope everyone had a nice week-end.  Mine was busy!  If you’ve ever had your computer crash and had to reformat your hard-drive you know my frustration.  Today was spent waiting.  Waiting for the reformatting process to finish, waiting for each program to re-install, waiting for my 80+ updates to finish doing their thing.  Tiring, very tiring.  Hopefully I’m back up and running for a while.  I’m just sorry I lost so many pictures and patterns and files.  It is my fault for not backing them up, but that is such a pain.  Oh well, live and learn!

Donna Kooler’s 555 Country Cross Stitch Patterns

One of the many books I reserved from our library inter-loan service was Donna Kooler’s 555 Country Cross Stitch Patterns.  I am not into country decorating, so I almost didn’t bother with this book.  I am glad I didn’t pass it up.  This book has a variety of pattern subjects; from nature to kids to holidays and weddings to fonts etc. There is something for everyone. 

The only problem I have is that the charts are all in color with no symbols.  This would be o.k. if the charts did not have 3 or 4 different shades of one color.  I am working on a very cute pattern with 3 cats.  It will be my granddaughters birthday soon and I thought this would make a really cute bookmark.  I am finding it difficult to know which shade they are recommending for some areas of the chart.  It would make it so much easier if the book was both in color and used symbols.

Pretty Violets

These “Pretty Violets” are another free pattern from The Chart Shop.  This very tiny pattern will make a nice tape measure cover or scissor fob.  I just need one more tiny pattern for the other side.  I wasn’t sure about the colors for these violets, but once it was done, I kind of like them. I thought it should have had more purple.  Then again, doesn’t the rhyme go “roses are red, violets are blue . . .”?

I was able to use the same piece of 28ct. evenweave  for this project.  I’m glad to be getting a lot of mileage from this one piece of material.  I still have enough for another 1 or 2 small charts.

Springtime Bloom

I love spring flowers and these were easy and fun to stitch.  The chart can be found at the Chart shop.  They have so many patterns to choose from! 

This was done on a leftover piece of the 28ct. M.C.G. Textiles evenweave.  Note:  I found the material at JoAnn’s.  I am finding I like using size 28 needles the best with this fabric. 

Again, I have no idea what I will do with this piece.  I am think a needle holder – we will see.

The Killing of Monday Brown

The Killing of Monday Brown (A Phoebe Siegel Mystery)The Killing of Monday Brown is the 2nd of three books in the Phoebe Siegel mystery series by Sandra West Prowell.  The series is set in Montana, home of the author.  This book revolves around indian culture and traditionalism.  It was very interesting and, although not the best book I’ve read, a good read.