A Blanket from the Past

I was visiting my in laws in Ohio. Of course I had the blanket I’m currently working on with me. Everyone was interested in what I was making and what else I’ve made lately. Then my mother in law had a surprise for me. 

She left the room and came back a few minutes later. She was carrying this. 

I made this blanket for her. I forgot I had even made this blanket! It was one of the first blankets that I ever made. 

It was so wonderful seeing one of my earliest blankets and that she still had it. 


A break from blankets

I frogged June’s blanket so many times. I tried three different stitches. Finally I switched yarn and to c2c. The blanket WILL get done. Eventually. 

I needed a break from it so I made something for me. In fact I made two somethings for me. 

This is the first Cold Shoulder Coverup that I made. I sized it to go over a tank top and jeans instead of as a swimsuit coverup. 

I changed the pattern slightly for the second one that I made. I added the solid band just under the bust area and made the sleeves shorter. 

The pattern is available at:


I used cotton yarn and an I hook for both shirts. When I made the shoulder straps on them I had to make them much longer than the pattern designer’s. That’s the great thing about this pattern. It is totally customizable. 

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July and enjoyed seeing my patriotic wear!

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: May

Star Trek crocheted blanket
There is a story behind May’s blanket. It will be a gift for my dad. 

When I was a little girl, my bedroom was above the garage. It would be late at night when my dad would get home. I could hear the garage door open and close. I always ran downstairs and we would watch an episode of the original Star Trek on tv together. He knew it was late and that I should be asleep in bed. He still always let me stay up to watch that with him. 

Now I’m an adult and have children of my own. Most of my children are adults. I hope they have some special memory like that. I also hope that this lapghan keeps my dad warm on cold winter nights and that he can feel the love in every stitch.

The pattern for the blanket can be found at:


The instructions for the border can be found at:


Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: April

I’m very late in getting this written up! I did actually have this work of love finished a while ago and I’m almost finished with May’s blanket. For April I made a Star Wars blanket using bobble and sc stitch. 

This blanket is one of two that are getting made for non relatives. It is for a dear friend. She goes on trips with us, puts the awesome rainbow in my hair and is always up for sushi. 

This blanket was the first time I’ve done the bobble/sc combo. It comes out beautiful but I’m not sure that I’m ever going to make a blanket like that again! I have one more Star Wars blanket to make but I need it bigger so I might do c2c for that. 

The pattern for the blanket is available at https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/the-star-wars-cal/

The blanket that I’m finishing up for May is also a Two Hearts pattern. You’ll just have to wait until I finish it to find out which one!

Until next time, keep crafting, keep making the world more beautiful. 

Happy May Day!

April showers brought May flowers! 

Ok fine, I planted them and my son has been watering them. But they add a nice pop of color and they’re getting bigger. I can’t wait until they fill in the planter! Marigolds are one of my favorite flowers. I think I would have planted all marigolds if there had been more at the store. 

A Celebration of Maine

I usually make some sort of celebration meal when I finish a blanket. To celebrate finishing the Iron Giant blanket I made Maine themed foods. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Rockwell, Maine. The Iron Giant blanket is for my 20 year old son. He requested that I make lobster rolls. 

We dined on my version of lobster rolls and had homemade blueberry buckle for dessert. 

The recipe for lobster rolls is available here. These lobster rolls are NOT recommended if you’re on a diet.  They sure did taste good though! You can make them healthier by removing the butter and halving the amount of mayonnaise. If you have lobster tastes but a hamburger budget, substitute cooked shrimp. It will still be plenty tasty. (In fact that’s what I’m going to do next time I make them.) I’m not usually a fan of iceberg lettuce but it adds a nice cool crispness to these sandwiches. 

I used the Taste of Home recipe for classic blueberry buckle. You can find that recipe here