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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Knittin' Crochetin' and Readin'

Lots of projects have been happening over the pass month or so. My kids sometimes put me to the challenge!! In this case, I received a text from Amy (but also sent to Kate and Leslie) (all daughters) Amy said mom can you make me one of these?! Then my phone keeps beeping, me too, me too. I said REALLY you want one of these. OK, I did a little ravelry searching and oh yes there were many free patterns......... so now I was being challenged. Now I had to try, because really my kids think I can do most everything, hahaha, so I picked out yarn from my stash and got my crochet hook...... within an hour this was created.

                        AND THIS

Why you ask........well I guess beards and moustaches are popular and all the Red Sox baseball players grew real ones, so fans picked up on it!!

 This is what it looks like, chained loops for ear attachment. Really quite a fun accessory for "kids"!
Here is the link if you are interested Beard

Next challenge was from Kate, via text. Amy and Kate and myself, for that matter, are Hunger Games fans of both the books and the movies. So Kate had just seen the second movie with Amy and I guess Katniss is wearing a cowl type shawl in the movie. Yup, you guessed it Kate would love one. Oh my, I didn't even know what it looked like so the search began again on Ravelry. I found a great
you-tube video here,  and the challenge was on! If you go to the frugal crafter, search for katniss cowl, she is great and entertaining too!  Here it is and Kate loved it on Christmas day. Although I don't have a picture, it did fit perfectly. It is both crocheted and knit. Body is crocheted and the cowl is knit.

Being blocked

                                                                         Knit cowl

This is a leaf pattern scarf, made originally from Meredith    It's a great pattern and really fast, easy and pretty.

                                           Knit is progress for Abby on her birthday in April.
                                                           It's a chunky knit cardigan

I said I would share the book I'm reading. It is "Life after Life" by Kate Atkinson. The book has been highly recommended. So far it's not my favorite........ but I will judge it again when I finish, it's only fair!                time passing.....................
OK, I finished the book and I do have to say I thought it was strange and weird, BUT many loved it, so give it a try and let me know.
Basically the main character dies many times and you get to see how things would turn out differently if this happened or if that happened. Just different!!!!!!!

Well, ladies and gents (if there are any) thank you for stopping in, love your comments, treasure you all and your kindness.

Be safe, keep warm and keep creating!


Love this photo, found it on my Facebook newsfeed.........did you know  A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. Look for them, they'll appear.

Needless to say, I've seen them in moments of need and I thank my mom and dad  xoxo


  1. Goodness Robin, you have been busy, aren't those beards fun! :)
    What an interesting story about the cardinals, they are very beautiful birds!
    V xxx

  2. Wow, you really CAN do anything! Good job! I googled Katniss cowl and saw a LOT of them. Very clever of you to create one of your own!! Love the Cardinals.. so pretty.. I have seen them in Oklahoma and when we lived in Louisiana. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Wow...you have been busy! I am here catching up with you! So much to see!!!! First of all, I want to thank you for your kind comments!!! So nice!
    LOVE the stache and beards! My husband and son will be wanting one of those!!! The cowl, so pretty. And scarf....yes...love it too!
    You have certainly NOT been sitting around!!!! Was fun to come over and see what all you have been up to tonight!!!!
    xo Kris

  4. Hi Robin, love the beards and the scarves, such pretty colors. Haven't read the book but I have heard, maybe I'll give it a try ( you made me curious). I really like the picture with the cardinals, my dad passed away 4 years ago and he loved birds. Ever time I see birds I think about him...now I'm a bird lover and every time I see a cardinal I'll know he is there visiting me. Thanks Robin!

  5. The beards are hysterical, being a RAYS FAN!!!!, I am not loving the whole Sox beard thing. Love the cowl and I am so thrilled you made the leaf scarf, it was so much fun wasn't it?
    Hugs to you and stay warm,

  6. What a funny post! I bet you never thought you'd get a request to make a beard...it ain't all blankets and sweaters, is it? ;-) Chrissie x

  7. Hello sweet Robin,

    I so know what your children mean by thinking that mom can do anything, and you just proved that right, moms are amazing - and so are your makes! Beards! Hunger games costumes - there's no end for your talent!

    Wishing you a creative and sunny week, dear friend!


  8. Those beards made me laugh out loud Robin..they are fab...what a hoot to wear them. The cowl is stunning, you are one very clever Mum and your kids must think they are so lucky to have you. Enjoy the weekend..nearly there xx

  9. Hello Robin,
    I wondered what they were at first glance....that's a new one for me...but you seemed to have managed quite well...in fact very well. So original!

    Love the blue of that second cowl!

    keep well

    Amanda x

  10. Dear Robin,
    the beards are so so funny!
    And I love the picture of the cardinals. Its is such a wonderful story.
    Thank you so much for showing us.

  11. Such a funny post, and who would have thought you could make a knitted beard?! A change for you, though, from you usual makes!! What a wonderful mum you are, Robin :)
    I loved hearing the story about the cardinals, that is so sweet, and the picture is lovely. Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  12. Hi Robin, This is so fun. What a great Mom you are making beards, cowls, sweaters……. I've seen some of those beards on Etsy. Lucky kids and granddaughters. I've heard of that book and I'm curious to hear your final view on it.
    Stay warm, what a winter this has been….

    Anne and all