Latte Trouble

O.K. I’m hooked.  I just finished another book by Cleo Coyle.  The 3rd in her coffeehouse mystery series, Latte Trouble. 

In this book, Clare Cosi, the New York coffeehouse manager, is busy serving Latte’s during fashion week when a customer is poisoned in her shop and one of her barista’s is accused of doing the poisoning!  Clare sets out to prove his innocence and enlists the help of her ex-husband, who just happens to be the coffeehouse coffee broker and his mother, the Village Blend’s owner. 

This cozy mystery is well written and worth reading.  I can’t wait to get started on Cleo Coyles next coffeehouse mystery, Murder Most Frothy.

Everyday Dishcloths

As I mentioned before, I am in need of some new everyday dishcloths.  I was able to buy a 12 oz. skein of Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton from JoAnn’s a while ago.  The color is called Lotus Blossom.  The colors are white, teal and coral.  Very pretty.  Anyway, I made up a few of “Grandma’s Favorites” as it is a quick and easy pattern.  Now my kitchen will be fresh and new.

The other dishcloths are Christmas yarn I had on hand.  I thought I’d do some of those also while I was at it.

May Days

My 2nd cross stitch for the new year I found in a book I got from our library book sale a while ago.  The book is called Special Occasions in Cross Stitch.  The pattern, found on page 52, is called May Days.  I used only a portion of the cross stitch from the center. I changed the border colors to go with the rest of the pattern.

The stitching is done in coral, lavender, light blue and pistachio green.  The finished size is a 3″ square.  Another perfect size for a needle holder.

Bella’s Eclipse Hat

There are a few different patterns out there for this hat worn by Bella in the Twilight Eclipse Movie.  I decided on Nancy Fry’s pattern on Ravelry.  The pattern  is a available free as a Ravelry library download.  It is  a very easy and quick knit. 

I used size US 7 needles and cast on 84 stitches.  Both of my hats were made with Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn.  The first hat is in avocado and fisherman.  The 2nd hat is in oxford grey and fisherman.

It is a nice fitting, light weight hat that is cute and comfortable.  It would make a nice gift for any of your Twilight fans.

Through the Grinder

I just finished the second book in Cleo Coyle’s Coffee House Mystery Series, Through the Grinder. In this book, the New York coffeehouse, Village Blend, is the best place around to get a great cup of coffee.  Clare Cosi, the manager of the coffeehouse, knows her customers or most of them.  When one of the coffeehouse regulars jumps to her death in the subway after stopping by the Village Blend for coffee, the customers can’t stop wondering why she would want to kill herself.  When more than one of Clare’s regular customers dies mysteriously from “suicide” and the man Clare met through a speed dating night held in her coffeehouse and just started dating is the main suspect, Clare is determined to prove his innocence.  She enlists the help of her ex-husband, Matteo who travels the world looking for the best coffee as a coffee broker.      

I enjoyed this book even more than the first.  It is a cozy mystery that even includes tips on making a good cup of coffee.

Norwegian Star & Cable Owls Hat

Last fall I was in the designing mood.  I wanted a hat that was both warm over the ears and stylish.  I came up with the Norwegian Star & Cable Owls Hat

For my first hat I used a 100% washable wool in a dark brown and Lion Brand Wool Ease in Blush Heather.  My 2nd hat was made using Patons Decor in Chocolate Taupe and New Teal, a 75% acrylic/25% wool yarn.  The hats were made on size US 5 needles using a provisional cast on of 96 stitches.  The finished hat measures 10″w x 8″h.

I’m really pleased with this hat.  It fits my criteria and is comfortable too.

Pretty Primulas

I completed my first cross stitch of 2011.  I love these pretty purple flowers and the cute little bumble bee.  It was worked on 28ct. evenweave by M.C.G. Textiles, a 100% cotton fabric that is made in the USA.  I love working on this fabric.  It holds it shape, is soft and the projects turn out lovely.  I’ve used it before and talked about it then.  I thought is was worth another mention.   The finished size is 4 1/2″w x 3 1/2″h.  The pattern called Pretty Primulas by Lucy Heaton is available as a free download on cyberstitchers. com.  Cyberstitchers is a great site with many free patterns and helpful tips. 

I’m thinking this would make a nice needle holder.  I haven’t decided yet what I want to do with it.  The bee would make a cute scissor fob.  That is if it’s not too big.   A nice set don’t you think.