Crafty Ramblings

Special Penguin

This summer, my Dad passed away after his second battle with mantle cell lymphoma. We were very close, good friends as well as being father and daughter. I miss him every day, and it still takes my breath away sometimes when I am startled to remember that he is gone. My parents got married when…


Temperature Blanket Repair

Over the past year I have learned a valuable lesson the hard way. Hopefully most crocheters don’t have to go through the pain of watching a project they worked hard on start coming apart because they didn’t weave the ends in well enough. That is what happened to my poor temperature blanket. I didn’t leave…


Pattern: Spiral Purse

My daughter has just reached the age where she wants to carry her own purse. Over the past couple of months, she has used her allowance money to buy two different purses. One she liked but it was too small to hold everything–she learned the lesson of practicality and function over fashion early! The other…


Happy New Year! I finished my temperature blanket on New Years Day. The temperature blanket ended up being a bit different than I had originally planned, but I am really happy with how it came out. It’s the perfect size for snuggling up in to watch a movie, instead of being too huge to really…


The temperature blanket of course has continued to grow! I managed to find a good substitute for the mint green that is actually even softer than the original yarn, and is a pretty close color match. I’ve also since run out of and had to buy more of the soft rose (70s) and arbor rose…


I work part-time at the ranch where my daughter and I ride horses, and I wanted to make a fellow ranch worker’s daughter a ragdoll horse for her third birthday. The original horse was a little bigger and not as floppy as I had hoped. I thought it would be cute if the horse were…



My temperature blanket is still going strong! Naomi’s birthday was in April, so I used the gold thread on her birthday like I did for my own. It actually was colder on her birthday (April 22) than it was on mine (March 24)! April did not have as much variety as March did, or as…