I Took A Break From Crochet

But I hope to get back on track


It was back in October, when my son and I were at the library using the internets on our laptops, I thought I would see what I needed to do to get a library card. They needed my address and a pictured ID. Well that was great, I had both. So I filled out the infomartion paper work. I got a shiny new card signed my name on the back with a sharpie pen. The librarian taped over my signiture and I was ready to borrow away.
I have been happily borrowing books, but mostly DVD’s. Since we no longer have internet at the house to watch Netflix. We no longer have a DVD rental store either just a couple of Red Boxes. The library has a good selection of movies plus a lot of popular tv series to borrow and they are free big plus there.
In January they started their adult winter reading program which lasted until March 17 th. I was able to read 8 books during this time. One of the titles was Game of Thrones. I also read the first 2 Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz, and 5 William Monk Series novels by Anne Perry. I did not win any of the prizes for most books read, but I did collect some cute small prizes for each time you turned in your book list. The prizes for 1st ,2nd and 3rd place readers this year were 3 different types of music systems. The first prize lady read 75 books, 2nd prize gentleman read 68, and the 3rd prize lady read 32. Do the first and second place people have a life or did they take a speed reading course at some point in their life? lol
It was around this time that I was getting a bit bored with my crocheting. Now that the reading program is done. I have picked up my hooks again. I was able to get the chevron baby blanket finished over the Easter Weekend.

See the project information for it on my home page.








When I finished that I decided to make a matching beanie. I am having a bit of trouble with that because I took such a long break my crochet brain atrophied. I keep getting the wrong amount of stitches for the round. I have ripped it back several times. I got frustrated with that so I switched to working on the V-Stitch throw. I worked on that while I was a bit tired and then had to rip it back a whole row because I missed the second double crochet on one of my v-stitches. So I have left off doing crochet for another week. I will continue to work on the V-stitch throw. It will be welcomed on my lap as winter does not want to let go of its grip on us this year. I hope to get back at that beanie too. I also have a beanie with an attached scarf and one more sock to work on. So there is now shortage of projects to get my crochet brain back in working condition.

After I get the v-stitch throw, the baby beanie, and the beanie scarf done, I think I will just work on personal projects for a while. I don’t have internet at home now. It would be a hassle right now to come to the library to run my Ebay listings. I also have a pretty good size inventory built up just sitting in my pink 30 gallon plastic storage bin. 😀


I Have Hired a New Model.

I have not fired adult styrofoam head, her job is secure.

I was over visiting The Wee House of Crochet complimenting on one of her toddler hats. She told me that she had just ordered baby and toddler mannequin heads for displaying hats and help with sizing her hats. This reminded me that I was going to get one of my childhood dolls out of my keepsake bin for just that purpose. I was sure that she had a head circumference of 14 inches which corresponds with newborn size in most crochet hat sizing charts.
I received this doll from a couple that had taken a shine to me. They were our neighbors when we lived in Glasgow, Montana in 1972. She was a second-hand doll but she still worked. When she was new she came with a phone that she “held” in her hand. You pushed a button on her hand that made her talk. She would say one of 11 different phrases as if she were talking to you over the phone. She was sold back in 1971 by the Mattel Toy Company as “Hi, Dottie”. I don’t think she had the phone, just the hand set when they gave her to me. I can’t remember if she had shoes at that time.
So Saturday afternoon I got her out of my keepsake bin. She needed a bit of cleaning, her hair need a wash and a comb. So without further ado, I would like you to meet Dottie my new model for baby hats.


This is her original dress.
Her left eye is faded and that might be a pen stain on her cheek. We will say it is her beauty mark. 🙂
Full standing view.
I laid her down to measure her. Those are also her original underwear.
She is 17 inches tall.
I was pretty close on her head circumference. It is actually 13 and a half inches. So if the hat is a little big it should be fine for a newborn.

Here are a few photos of her doing her modeling.


I Am Out Of Control!

I Crocheted Another Skull Cap Beanie! I finally got my design for this down and gave it a name. Project Name: Black Multi-color Fruit Punch Stripe Skull Cap Pattern Used: Double Crochet Striped Skull Cap Beanie Designed by: Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves Started on: 02/22/2017 Finished on: 02/23/2017 Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – […]

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