Ordinary Miracles

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‘Tis the day before Thanksgiving.

The bird is ready.

The school speeches have been made.

Grandmother’s table is set…

…with the other grandmother’s ceramic turkey.

My chicks will soon all be home to the nest and I am deeply content.

So at peace, in fact, that there is nothing left to do this drizzly day but put some yarn on my hook and crochet the afternoon away. ❤

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For a fun crochet Tom turkey, see this previous Thanksgiving post:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/granny-squares-mr-tom/


Happy Thanksgiving! Be blessed, tomorrow and always.

Hurray for Hats

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It’s been a busy season of crochet here!

I’ve a lot accomplished, which feels so good.

The giant grannies blanket is finished but for those pesky ends, and so is the Autumn Beauty.


I’ve needed a few quick gifts, and one thing led to another, until I found I’d made a half-dozen hats in just under a week!
First, a couple of Minnies for some sweet preschool girls.


Then a matched set for a new little mister and his proud big brother!


And finally, by request, a pair of penguins for my youngest and her friend.


Too much fun. Simple to make, especially with the well-written pattern:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2013/01/crochet-puppy-hat-pattern.html

The above link is for the puppy. The Minnie is also available and I just “wing-ed it” for the penguins. Two circles and a triangle make the penguin the easiest of the three, in my opinion!
What clever holiday gifts, too.

Now back to work for me. I’ve started a new blanket this week already.

Soft floral and earthy tones mean her title must be My English Garden. She’ll have a granny center, but who knows where the rest will lead? 


I’m thinking she wants for tiny diamonds next.

We shall see! Happy hooking!

Wacky Wednesday, Again?

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How can it be Wednesday?

Pretty sure the weekend was here just a minute ago… anyone else feel like it takes half a week to catch up after a full, busy, family weekend?

I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but it is nice to have a quiet moment to think, again.

This week’s feature is an update on a long-ago project: my giant granny squares! 

I was inspired by a picture…of course. I’ve seen twelve- and fifteen- round granny square afghans on Pinterest, and set out to make my own. Just for kicks, I’m going for twenty rounds!

Here they are at fifteen-

It’s a great was to use scrap yarn, at least in the beginning. And I only need nine squares to fit a double bed!

After many hours, and a fun sort of binge marathon a couple weeks ago where I pretty much crocheted about eight hours straight… I’m down to the last rounds.

I have a big skein of soft white for the joining. I’ll do a join-as-you-go to minimize sewing, sinceas you know, that’s my least favorite part!

It’s a gloomy sort of day. Perfect for crochet.

To see this project from the beginning, click here 🙂

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/giant-granny-goodness/

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The weekend weather was exceptionally nice for this time of year.

Here is my sweet girl passing out treats.

And here is a throwback to six years ago when they were all so cute on Halloween! They do grow quickly.

Happy crocheting! And happy November. ❤