Saturday, April 25, 2015

Crochet Heart Bobble Stitch Doll Afghan

Heart Bobble Stitch Squares Crochet Blanket Doll Afghan

This is my first attempt at an afghan. I decided to make a doll blanket size and this is a nice roomy one. This is the bobble heart blanket from All Crochet Patterns. It's free, and it's a pretty straightforward pattern, once I realized it was in UK terms. :) There's only two stitches involved, so as long as you can do a single crochet and double crochet you can make it. I loved taking the squares along to work on wherever I was. I think I'll probably keep working on squares along with whatever else I have on the go because they are so portable. 

Heart Bobble Stitch Squares Crochet Blanket Doll Afghan

Heart Bobble Stitch Squares Crochet Blanket Doll Afghan

I joined them with the sc, ch 1, skip 1 join from this tutorial by Look At What I Made. I had done a sc border on each square first and had I been more careful about making sure they all had exactly the same number of stitches on each side it would have been a little easier but I really like this join. It's quick and looks pretty.

The border is from this tutorial by Lucy from Attic24 - the interlocking colour ripple. I love it and it also is quick and easy. It's in UK terms as well so if you are used to US terms, knock that double crochet back to a single crochet.

Heart Bobble Stitch Squares Crochet Blanket Doll Afghan with border from Attic24 tutorial

Overall I've very happy with it. I will probably do some other kind of bobble stitch pattern squares again because I love the texture, and I like the non-holey fabric the single crochet creates. 

I've started a doll afghan for my younger daughter which I'll post when I'm done. It's going much quicker than this one because it's not single crochet. Something much fluffier. With yarn that was on clearance. Score!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

They both wanted quieter, safer lives.
But crime never sleeps . . . 
and killers keep killing.
After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources. Enter ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

Lisa Grant moved from Chicago to take on the job of a small town police chief, which isn't an often used position for a lead female character. That was a nice change of pace. Mac McGregor is called in to consult on the case of the discovery of human remains ... and uses any excuse however small to come back to see the pretty police chief. He's smitten at first sight but she takes a little longer to overcome her emotional baggage and let down her guard. That's sort of a sum up of the first few chapters and then the pace picks up.

I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon's romantic suspense and I enjoyed this book as well. It wasn't one of my favourites of her books so far, I found it a bit heavy on the romantic suspense which overpowered the mystery suspense part of the storyline. Overall it's a great story with solid characters and it's still a book I would recommend to a friend.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including That Certain SummerOne Perfect Spring, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A crochet bag to carry my current projects with me!

A crochet bag to carry my current projects with me. A free pattern from Lion Brand

I haven't been doing much sewing for the past couple months, but I've been crocheting up a storm. I started learning in January, following a series of tutorials on YouTube by B.hooked Crochet. Her tutorials are very easy to follow and understand. My friend has been crocheting for a few months longer than me and I love the dishcloths she made and that's what got me going. That and Pinterest! Ha, there's so much there and a lot of it is so not what I expected. I'm pretty good friends with Ravelry now too. ;)

And now about the bag. I used this free Lion Brand pattern that uses only double crochet so it works up quickly. The yarn is from Walmart. The big skein of cotton Bernat Handicraft Yarn. There was easily enough for one bag plus a few dishcloths from one skein. I wasn't too keen on the plastic grocery bag I had my first couple projects stashed in so this was one of the first things I made. I keep my current project in it as I like to take it along just about everywhere with me. My daughter keeps her loom knitting project in hers.

A crochet bag to carry my current projects with me. A free pattern from Lion Brand

A crochet bag to carry my current projects with me. A free pattern from Lion Brand

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