Prayer Shawls

I received a copy of this notice in my email the other day. Nine-five percent of the Prayer Shawls I make go to this organization. I’ve been involved for about 8 years, and while the number of shawls that I’ve made are small, it still makes me feel incredibly proud to be a member of this group. Our prayer shawls mainly go to Dover Air Force Base, given out to family members who are at Dover to meet their service member who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. I began to make the shawls after my Daddy passed. I felt so lost I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself. Since Daddy was a retired Navy chief I made the shawls in his honor. Fortunately, after a few years, not nearly as many shawls were needed, so I began reaching out to hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with my crochet. While I might be retired I need to be useful, and this my way. So I thank for the opportunities they gave me to be useful again.

8000 Prayer Shawl

Sweet Caroline Pillow

I started this project in August, but between one project and other, a CGOA conference, along with this and that (moving, seeing my daughter off to South America, etc.) it took me until November to finish up.   The name of this pattern is Sweet Caroline, and it’s a free pattern by Helen Shrimpton and can be found at

I followed Helen’s colors and just love the finished product.  Thanks so much for a fabulous pattern, Helen.




Crochet Conference ~ Chicago

My daughter, Amy, and I spent this past week and weekend just outside Chicago, in Itasca (from July 26 through July 29).  We went down a day early to have time for a little sightseeing.  The train trip down to Chicago was a lot longer than advertised (by 3.5 hours or and it was about 45 minutes to our motel, with 4 other ladies from our chapter that went down to Chicago via Amtrak).

The next day (Wednesday, July 25) we went to Chicago where we saw the musical Aladdin, which was beyond excellent.  I had almost as much fun watching the kids who were there to see the play as I did watching the production itself.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures while the play was on, but we snapped a couple of pictures outside the Cadillac Palace, which is fabulous all by itself.


Amy and I had dinner at an old-fashioned diner across the street from the theater, and we then went to the Navy Pier where they’re having an exhibit about the Rolling Stones. We didn’t see the exhibit itself, but on the corner for everyone to see, was a tribute to Mick Jagger’s tongue. I couldn’t resist, and had Amy take my picture in front of the tongue.  lol

Rolling Stone Exhibit
Rolling Stone Exhibit

I was there to attend the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) but we went a little early to sightsee in Chicago, and on Thursday I jumped in with both feet (or maybe it should be hands?) lol.. I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but here are a few of the ones I did take:

On the next leg of our tour, the Navy Pier, we went on a boat tour of the Chicago River learning all sorts of things about the Chicago skyline.  When The Trump Tower came into view I noticed that everyone on the boat who had a camera was snapping a picture (including Amy and me). lol


The next day (Thursday) I started attending The Chainlink Crochet Conference, which is why we went to Chicago in the first  I took lots of classes teaching different techniques and stitches, all taught by stars of the crochet world who create some of the beatiful designs we make.  I had a blast meeting some of the ladies I really admire, and it was lots of fun.

There was also a membership meeting, a PJ Party hosted by Red Heart, a design contest, and a fashioned show and banquet sponsored by Leisure Arts.  At each event, we were given fabulous yarns, and gave out some gifts we had made.   I even won the crocheted bowl filled with yarn center piece on our banquet table.  (There was also a “store” in one of the rooms that was my idea of heaven.)  Oh my, so much beauty in one little space…lol. We received some coloring books & colored pencils, hooks, knitting looms, a yarn bowl, a couple of yarn baskets and I’m not  sure what else.  I also bought some yarn made in South Africa that  I can hardly wait to start using.  It’s so light weight and so yummy!!  Here’s a picture of the yarn and other goodies I received that Amy managed, somehow, to stuff into my suitcase without having to leave my clothes

As you can see it was pure magic that Amy managed to get it all

The biggest problem is that there weren’t any eateries in or around the building so we ordered in for most lunches and dinners.  Since the trip down to Chicago had been so long and, if I’m honest, hard on me, we flew home from O’Hare, in the first class section.  I hardly knew what to do receiving a cup of coffee while we were still on the ground.  After reaching 10,000 feet they brought me another cup.  It was a rare treat, and I’m eternally thankful for Amy helping me to get to the conference itself as well as our side trips and tours.

I have to go, now, to find someplace to store all my


Wrapped in Warmth

I finished this shawl last night (7/17/17) and just love it.  Unfortunately haven’t been able to get a “good picture” (one that shows the silver thread), but all in all I’m really happy with the shawl, and the yarn.  I’ll be wearing this later in the month at the CGOA conference.  I can hardly wait!  🙂



The pattern can be found at:



Fabulously Festive Christmas Stockings

This will probably be my last completed project in 2016, although I’m awfully close to ending 2 other projects, so we’ll see…lol.  This stocking was so much fun to make, and to post on Facebook (once I got my iPhone settings correct..oy!)  The link to the free pattern is:  There are some darling stockings made by others on her Ravelry site, so please be sure to check them out.




I’m also trying to get the 2017 Calendar I bought organized so that it will actually be a benefit to my work and not a slow down.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I wish for each of you the Happiest of New Years.





Shell Beanie

I made this beanie last month (November 2016), but completely forgot to add this project to my blog.  To be completely honest I can’t always remember how to add an entry to my blog, and then I forget about the it’s doomed!  This was made as a chemo cap for my niece.  It was sent to her over the weekend so I’m hoping she gets it soon.  I used Lion Brand’s Landscape yarn and just loved it.  The yarn is so soft and I loved the happy rainbow colors.  I don’t think it’s warm enough to use up here in Minnesota (Saturday’s temp is forcast as -23 deg F…brrrrrr!!!!), but she lives in Florida so hopefully it’ll be warm enough for Florida and fit (she’s so tiny so it’s a good thing I love her … lol).


Here’s the link to the pattern:

I really hope she likes it. 🙂

Dec 18, 2017 Update:

My niece reports that she received the hat and loves it.  Whew!! LOL