Bekah’s Death Valley Adventure Hits The Shelves — BeverlyAnnMcCall, Author

Monumental Week! That’s exactly how this week turned out. I bet I have your attention now! After months of work on my second children’s book, I’ve reached a milestone that every writer wants to get to–publication. My meme, Bekah, invites you to help her solve the paradox of wildflowers in Death Valley. Want to know […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

red-valentine-sweetie  Wishing everyone a very special Valentine’s Day.  May your day be filled with happiness and joy.  Hope your Valentine’s Day crafting projects bring happiness to all.

Welcoming 2017

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.  We spent our Christmas in Baltimore.  Spending the holidays with family is always enjoyable, relaxing, and energizing.  We explored many new eating pl…

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Goodbye to 2016

goodbye  It is time to say goodbye to 2016.  2016 was a very busy and fulfilling year.  There were many craft projects, new area of creative growth, new commitment to a healthier lifestyle and lots of traveling (road trips).

It’s time to take a few minutes to reflect on 2016 blessings.  I am grateful for last year which was a very productive year.  I spent a lot of time working with yarn in 2016.  Knitting and crocheting helps to keep my mind active and I love the feeling I get when I complete a project as well as the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction upon learning a new skill. I made a lot of blankets.

 

I also ventured into a few new projects such as a couple of mermaid tails and one shark’s tail.    These were fun.

I took a knitting class to learn to do a cable stitch correctly.

 

I also knitted a couple of triangle shawls.  ( no pictures though)

Another new craft I tried was braiding.  I made a braided rug using bath towels.

img_0947     This turned out to be a wonderful hostess gift.

In addition, my needle crafts I have moved my creativity into the literary arena by writing a children’s book.  I published my first children’s book, Bekah’s First Adventure. I started dabbling in poetry as well.  I started gathering information to write another children’s book.  So, I will keep you posted as to its progress.

My biggest accomplishment occurred with regard to my health.  I lost 30 pounds this year thanks to Weight Watchers.

I could not have accomplished all of this with out the blessings I’ve received from our Heavenly Father.  I offer up my thanksgiving to Him who continues to shower me with blessings.

 

Royal Blue Fuzzy Blanket

Finished knitting a fuzzy blue blanket in garter stitch.  Used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights. This blanket is finished with a simple edging in cream. Finished blanket is 51 x 49 inches.  I love working with this yarn as it washes well.

Dog Coat – a Quick Pattern

Last week I asked whether I should knit my spoilt pooch a coat and the response was an overwhelming “Yes”. So I got on with it and for the time being, I left the work-intensive angel wi…

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OMG! A SharkTail

I’d like to thank a couple of Weight Watcher’s team mates for providing me an opportunity to venture into a different realm with regard to my needle escapades. These ladies asked if I could make them special blankets for young ones in their families.  The initial excursion started with crocheting mermaid tails.  Mermaid tails are great for little girls, but, what about the little boys.  So, in answer to that challenge, I agreed to experiment with crocheting a shark tail.

I turned again to a great website, yarnutopia.com, for my inspiration.  Above are two pictures of the finished product.  Nadia’s shares patterns on her website along with video clips to help crafters understand her patterns.  I highly recommend this site.  Her patterns are copyrighted so please do not publish them for respect to this fine crafter.

I had fun working on these projects. In addition to the special feelings crafters get from working on a new project (pattern), I enjoyed several health benefits.  Crocheting allows you to keep your brain active.  The rhythm of the stitches promotes calmness.  Helping out friends is another asset.  So, thanks ladies for this rewarding opportunity.  Hope your love ones enjoy these blankets.

 

Reading–My Passion

Reading is my passions!  My dear friends will attest to this powerful declaration.  A while ago, I stumbled onto this poem and tucked it away in my treasure box.

To read is to empower.
To empower is to write.
To write is to influence.
To influence is to change.
To change is to live.
– Unknown

Reading is the catalyst for creativity.  Gaining knowledge opens our minds.  Through reading we broaden our understanding of life.  Biographies allow us into the lives of others and learn how they overcome their challenges.  Fictional pieces allow us to escape with our imaginations into another world. Self-help books help us to grow and improve a skill.  Poetry allows us to enjoy the music words can play.  It doesn’t matter what genre we hold in our hands the end result is the same–the words penned weaves its way into our consciousness changing us forever and expanding our knowledge.  Thus, the power of reading does change our lives.

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Lavender Lap Blanket

The other day, I posted a picture of rows of finished lavender and purple granny squares.  Once all the squares were made, I needed to decide on a color for the edging.  I selected a very pale yellow for that job.  Here is an in-progress picture of that phase.  I know upon first glance that edging yarn looks like  white or off-white, but, it really isn’t.

lavender-squares

I had 49 squares to join so my lap blanket was laid out in a seven by seven format.  Seven squares per row and seven rows.  After blocking, the lap blanket measures 45 inches by 48 inches.  Here is what the a picture of the finished and blocked lap blanket.

purple-lap-blanket

I think the yellow is more evident in this picture because of the yellow in my bedspread.  What do you think?  Don’t you just love the braid edging?  I love it because it is quick, easy and lies flat.  Now stay tuned for the next project.

 

Searching for Treasure in my Yarn Stash

All crafters, especially those who love to knit or crochet, owns a yarn stash.  Living in tropical paradise challenged my organization skills.  The solution to preserving my yarn stash required plastic storage bins.   yarn-stash  Initially, I just threw partial skeins or singleton skeins into bins.  Once we decided to relocate, the need to get organized kicked in and a monumental task ensued.  All bins were unloaded and restocked according to type of yarn and colors.  Partial skeins and even the singleton skeins were rolled into balls and grouped according to color.

organized-yarn-stash  This looked much better and manageable.  Hence, my needle escapades for 2016 focused on depleting this valuable treasure.

Thus far, my treasure trove of yarn produced these afghans.

I have started on yet another creation.  This one using all of the partial skeins of purple yarn.  The range is from a deep purple to a pale lavender.  Instinctively, I knew that the different shades of purple was not large enough to do a solid afghan, so granny squares is the best approach. Will it be a lap blanket?  Will it be a toddler’s afghan?  

Once the granny squares are made then it is time to lay out a pattern.  The above picture shows seven stacks assorted squares.  The finished afghan will have seven rows of seven squares.  A flat braid edging, my favorite joining stitch, will begin.  The question remaining is … “what color will I use for the flat braid joining?”  Will it be a neutral color?  Will it be bold? Can you guess?

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