Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Granny Square baby blanket with Cable stitch border

It is baby palooza around here, and I'm loving it! Mostly, because it's not me that's pregnant this time around! I have 5 friends, who are expecting, and one of them is my sister! I am so excited to be an Aunt, finally! It's even neater, because my sister is expecting twins! She's a twin herself, so there was always an increased likely hood that she would have a set as well! I am beyond excited to meet the twins! So, if you're keeping count, I have 6 babies that I want to make something for. Most people will either get a baby blanket, or a crocheted stuffed animal. Well, one mom is due here in a few months, so her blanket got first dibs. I love this design; it crochets up really fast, and the border just adds the right touch. This is my first attempt at writing a pattern, so if you end up using it, please let me know how it turned out. I've made this blanket dozens of times, but then again I know how to do the difficult stitches. Please let me know if there needs to be corrections, or there are errors in the pattern!

Materials needed:
Bernat Baby Sport yarn (it is a #3 type yarn)
Crochet hook sz. 4.25.

There is no gauge here. I used this hook, because it produced a smaller stitch for the light weight yarn. If you're using a heavier weight yarn, then I would use a 5 to 5.5 size hook.

To Make the Blanket:

Ch 4; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout the pattern), 2 dc in ring, ch 1, (3 dc in ring, ch 1) 3 times; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 12 dc and 4 ch-1 sp at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 2: Sl st in each of next 2 dc, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in first ch-1 sp (first corner made), *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp (corner made); rep from * 2 more times; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 4 corners at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 3: Sl st in each of next 2 dc, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in first ch-1 sp, *3 dc in sp between next 2 dc-groups, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, 3 dc in sp between next 2 dc-groups; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 4 corners with 1 dc-group between corners at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 4: Sl st in each of next 2 dc, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in first ch-1 sp, *(3 dc in sp between next 2 dc-groups) twice, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, (3 dc in sp between next 2 dc-groups) twice; join with sl st in top of beg ch - 4 corners with 2 dc-groups between corners at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 5: Sl st in each of next 2 dc, (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in first ch-1 sp, *(3 dc in sp between next 2 dc-groups) across to next corner ch-1 sp, (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in corner ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, (3 dc in sp between next 2 dc-groups) around; join with sl st in top of beg ch.
Rnds 6-30: Rep Rnd 5 twenty four more times.
Rnd 31: ch 2. Sc in second stitch from hook. Sc in every st, making 2 sc in the ch 1 spaces. Cont. around, and sl to join.

The Border: The border is really confusing, so I took photos of the steps. I hope that it clears up what you need to do!

Rnd 32: (uses next 3 sc) ch 3 
 skip next 2 sc. sc in next sc (the 3rd from the ch).
 Turn your work around to the back side; sc in the 3 chs that are now a loop.
Slip st in the bottom sc (sc made before ch 3)
Turn your work back around to the right side; working behind the cable st, sc in 2 skipped sc
Slip st in the 3 line, which is where you first joined the ch 3 to the row. Continue by ch 3, joining to the 3rd sc, to make the Cable st. Your end product should look like this

This blanket is a favorite by moms and babies alike. Mom's like the pretty stitches, and all of the babies I've made them for, love having a light blanket on them.
Until Next Time,

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Spoiler Free Review of "A Memory of Light"

I am a huge Wheel of Time fan. I have been for the past 10 years, ever since my husband introduced me to the series. This past January 8, 2013, marked the end of the 14 book, and 1 prequel, series.
Robert Jordan died in 2007 before he could finish the series. He finished writing up to book 11, and Robert Jordan's widow chose Brandon Sanderson to finish up the series. Robert Jordan left extensive notes, for the ending, and I think that Brandon Sanderson did an amazing job finishing up the series. He has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I look forward to reading more from Brandon Sanderson
I had preordered my copy, of "A Memory of Light", from Amazon months before. I eagerly waited for my copy of the final book, and was pleased when I got my copy on the 8th of January. This book was over 900 pages long, and is 51 chapters (that includes the prologue and epilogue). I was only able to read it during nap times and once the kids were in bed, but even with those restrictions, I was done with the book in 2 days. 
I have waited this long to write about my thoughts, because I wanted to process it. I read it, then had to re-read it to really soak it in. 
I have to be honest, without going into spoilers, I was disappointed in this book. Oh, it was exciting, and I love how Brandon Sanderson wrote out the Last Battle, but I've been waiting 10 years for this book. I was expecting the amount of deaths, that were written. I was expecting the high butchers bill, and even the deaths of main characters (although the main character that died was NOT the one I thought was going to die!). No, my only problem with this book was the lack of questions that were answered. These weren't questions that just popped up in the last book, either. No, these are questions that have been around since the 6th or 7th book. Robert Jordan had told fans that he would not answer every question, but in my opinion, he left gaping holes open. I know alot of people that were satisfied with the ending, but I was not one of them. 
I thought the book was masterfully written, and was non-stop excitement from the first page to the end. Brandon Sanderson did a great job trying to get inside Robert Jordan's head, and finish this epic series. I have made lots of Wheel of Time fans, as I've talked to readers and suggested this series to them. That won't stop now. Read this series, make your own decision about the ending. Maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't. But when I say this is an epic series, I mean it. Here's some facts about the series, that might astound you.
These figures are only current up to Towers of Midnight, the 13th book. But, even without the 14th book, A Memory of Light, these figures are pretty impressive!

Total Pages - 11,916
Total Chapters - 684
Total Words - 4,056,130
Total Characters- 2500 (this total is not counting the new characters in A Memory of Light)
Audio Books total time - 419h 30m
Also, The Wheel of Time has been #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list every time, since book 6, and every book after has been #1 after that. "A Memory of Light" is no different, just being added as #1 today. I think it a true testament to the genius of Robert Jordan that he could create such a world, create over 2500 characters AND keep them straight! This won't be the last time that I read the series, I'll be doing a re-read later. For now, I want to just sit and soak up the ending. It wasn't the ending I was hoping for, but it was an ending. There are neither beginnings or endings to the Wheel of Time...
 Until Next Time,

Friday, January 11, 2013

Home Made Pedialyte

We've been battling the stomach flu at our house. Poor Mopsy has the worst of it, and as any good parent knows, you have to keep them hydrated. That can be an issue, when all they want to do is lay around. So, I decided that I would try some Pedialyte. If you've ever bought the stuff, at your local store, you know that it is expensive! $6 and up for a 48 oz bottle! I realized that there might be some good homemade recipes out there, and I've found one that Mopsy even likes! She pretty picky, when it comes to sweet stuff, so this was  a good thing! Here's the recipe that I made!

Home Made Pedialyte

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Jello gelatin powder/mix, any flavor (I used raspberry)
Mix salt, sugar and Jello with hot water until dissolved. Stir into 3 1/2 cups of water and serve over ice. You can refrigerate this up to 3 days.

This is a huge money saver, and it tastes pretty good too! Here's hoping that this will help Mopsy get on the mend soon!

Until Next Time,

Friday, January 4, 2013

Love Subway art

Today, my husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. What a wild ride it has been, and I wouldn't trade a moment of it. It is a wonderful thing, to look back and see where we were to where we are now. I can honestly say that I love my husband more now, then I did 9 years ago. It has been so amazing to watch him evolve as a father and as a husband. I am a blessed woman, and I look forward to the next 60 years with my love.

With our anniversary, I was inspired to create some Love subway art. With Valentine's Day coming up, I figured that it was a great time to share these! To download the pictures, simply right click on the picture and click view in new tab. Then save the picture to your computer and print! Enjoy!

Until Next Time,

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