Delightful Plum Fields


Hip! Hip! Hooray!  Finished this soft and cuddly afghan last night.  The finished size is 54 by 74 inches.  I started this project on April 9, 2017; but, have not worked on it daily.  There were periods of down time.  So, I actually do not have a full measure of the time it took to complete this project.

Six skeins of Bernat Blanket yarn (10.5 oz skeins) was used.  The body is done in five skeins of Plum Fields and one of Purple Plus. Using 10.5 circular needles, The initial cast on was 160 stitches. The pattern is garter stitch.



Joyce’s Project–Relishing in the Plum Fields

Joyce's afghan

I’m working on another project for a dear friend, Joyce.  This afghan is done in the garter stitch.  The yarn selected for this project in Bernat Blanket (100% polyester).  The weight is 6 which makes it super bulky.  I’m using 10.5 circular knitting needles.  I think I’m about 5/8 done.  The projected dimensions will be 60 inches by 60 inches.  I’m separating each skein by a band of solid plum.  I decided to this to add interest to this afghan and make it a bit more interesting.

Arctic Ice Blankie

IMG_1728  Another baby blanket is completed.  It was such a joy knitting this lightweight baby blanket.  It is worked in a simple garter stitch pattern.  I used Buttercream, Luxe Craft, Rainbow Boucle yarn–approximately 1.5 skeins (about 12 ounces of yarn).  The color is called Princess.  I love the pastel shades which makes me think of frozen snow cones.

I started this project on March 10 and finished it yesterday.  This blanket measures 44 inches by 45 inches.  I used size 8 circular knitting needles.  My cast on was 150 stitches.

Black Ink Afghan

  On December 23, 2016 while in Baltimore, MD for Christmas, I started this garter-stitched afghan for my son-in-law.  The finished measurements are 80 x 57 inches.  I used 6 skeins of Bernat Blanket, Super Bulky weight, in Black Ink.  I finished it earlier this week and mailed it out to him.  My goal was to get it completed by his birthday and I’m ahead of schedule.  So, Happy Birthday, Ben!

Splashing in the Blue Surf


Just completed my first craft project for 2017.  This is a knitted baby blanket done in a garter stitch.  I used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights (Surf Varigated).  This yarn is a 6 weight and a 10.5 oz skein. I used my favorite needles, circular 10.5.  This blanket is finished in a row of single crochet stitch in lime green.  The finished measurement is 42 x 43 inches.



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.

Olive Cable Cowl

Mastered learning how to knit a cable stitch with the Cable Cowl project.  To make this cowl, I used one and two-thirds skeins of Lion’s Brand–Vanna’s Choice.  The end result is this soft olive cowl.

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,, 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.


Pink Camo Mermaid Tail

Completed a second mermaid tail using Nadia Faud’s pattern from Yarnutopia.  I did make an adjustment to the original pattern.  I added a border to the top,  I also added an edging around the tail, the top band, and back opening.

I tried a different brand of acrylic ombre yarn–I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  This yarn came from Turkey.  Weight is #4. I used 5 (5 ounce) skeins of the variegated yarn in pink camo.  My contrast color, for the tail and top border is hot pink.

Mermaid Tail Blanket

I made this mermaid tail blanket for a friend who wanted one as a Christmas present for her daughter.  Crocheted in a shell stitch.  Tail made in double crochet stitch.  Added a trip of the turquoise on the top using the same shell stitch to tie in the colors of the tail.

Directions were found online from Nadia Faud’s yarnutopia. (…) made this a quick pattern.  Directions were easy to follow and the videos helped.  It took me about a week to make this project.  Nadia has done an excellent job teaching this how-to video.

Materials I used:  5 skeins Red Heart Super Saver worsted yarn (Macaw).  1 skein Red Heart Super Saver worsted yarn (Turquoise).  Using the turquoise yarn to tie it all together, I added a single crochet edging to the back opening and a couple of rows of double crochet shell stitch border on the top.

Thank you Nadia for helping me to my friend with a perfect Christmas gift for her daughter.


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