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Be “Squared” CAL

Approx. 74 ounces of #4 Worsted Weight Yarn H or 5mm size crochet hook

Approx. finished size is 59′ x 75′ Gauge: 25 Stitches = 7 inches in Single Crochet

You choose your colors! This can be a totally scrappy project, and would be so fun that way!

Here are the written instructions for the first two squares of the CAL. Please check back often for more details! I hop you enjoy this CAL and

I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

Square One: Single Crochet: Insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over hook and pull through both hoops on the hook.

Chain 26 loosely, Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook, and all the way across. Ch 1 and Turn.

Single Crochet all the way across each row, doing a chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Work until piece measures, 7 inches by 7 inches.

Here you can continue with the same color or change to a different color, or use the color you will be joining with, it’s your choice!

***This is a finishing row and will be repeated on every square.

Be sure the right side of the work is facing you.

3 single crochet in corner, 25 single crochet across side ,3 single crochet in corner, repeat around square, with a total of 112 single crochet around.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Square Two: Half Double Crochet: Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops on the hook.

Chain 27 loosely, Half Double Crochet in 3rd chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 2 and turn.

Half Double Crochet in each half double crochet across.

Repeat this row until piece measures 7 inches by 7 inches.

Add Finishing Row as you did on the first square.

YAY! See you for the next square!

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Secret Knitting and Dyslexia

I have started my secret knitting projects for Christmas. Yes I should I should have started sooner, but….

It took me a bit to find and get the yarn for them with the slower mail chain and less people in working in the warehouses. I am using bulky weight acrylic for these, to make them easy to care for.

This is also a slower process for me because I struggle with reading and understanding the patterns. I have had dyslexia my whole life. I don’t worry about it or talk about it much. It’s just something I have compensated for in my own ways.

When I was little my mom read with me every night no matter what. She was relentless! She and my Daddy moved once when I was younger so I could go to a school with a new reading program. It was a self motivated system with a type of phonics. I loved being able to pick the next story!

Now I have to read the pattern aloud to my husband who, even though he doesn’t know “the lingo” is very patient, he will look at me and say “ that’s not what it says “. That’s usually where it will stick and I can go on with the project

I will post more pictures of my secret knitting after Christmas 🎄

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Domestic Violence Month

This month I am doing my best to raise awareness and any donations I can for a cause that has affected

my life, the lives of my family members, and so many friends and family. I know this month is Breast Cancer

Awareness month also, and my family has also been affected by that disease. However, I am choosing to

put my efforts toward helping those who help the ones who need help to ; leave a bad situation, get back on their

feet, have children, or maybe just need a shoulder or a listening ear. I am leaving my video where I talk about the

facility I am supporting. And you may reach them directly HERE. Thank you for reading and or watching.

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Dropped Stitch!

I was recently asked how I pick up a dropped stitch. So I decided to show how I handle it while I am knitting. There are of course many ways to handle a dropped stitch, depending on what you are knitting, the stitch you are doing, and even the pattern you are making. I do hope this is helpful to the beginner knitter, and that those with some experience find it entertaining at least!

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Yarn Review

In my latest yarn review, I have chosen Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Cotton Mini. This is a smaller version of the Sugarwheel Cotton available at Hobby Lobby stores. I picked up a few of these on the clearance sale.

I am also demonstrating how I do some crochet and knit stitches. Plus, I am using the handy tool I purchased through Etsy called a WPI gauge ( Wraps per inch).

Join me and find out what I think of this yarn!

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Scraps Are For Broth!

Well my it’s been two weeks ago that my love pulled a “ dukes of hazard “ move and injured his back. He is doing well and I am so absolutely thankful that he was not hurt worse! The pickup is totaled but the engine is repairable. He is on the hunt for a pickup body, while his body is in repair and healing mode.

This has changed my schedule quite a bit as he has been home from work trying to recover. I am still cooking most of our daily meals to save money, and because we enjoy eating at home.

My youngest daughter has taught me a trick, ( as our children often do once they are out on their own), because she was frankly appalled that I was not saving my veggie scraps!

So here’s the trick. Wash all your veggies and fruits when you get them, and rinse them off before you cut them up. Place all the scraps in a large freezer bag, this means everything, end pieces and peels and insides. Throw away bad spots of course! Once the bag is full, just start a new one. And when you get ready to make home made broth you just throw a bag full in with the chicken, ham, or beef bones! So easy 😃.

I keep chicken bones and other meat scraps in a separate freezer bag. And here’s a trick from me.

I pour off any excess juice from the meat in their containers and throw the containers and the wrapper in my dish water. Rinsing them off before I throw them away helps slow down the stinky garbage smells. Living in the country means we take our garbage to town and we don’t store it outside because of animals.

Years ago when my mom painted she would save the foam meat package. She would wash and stack them on her craft table where she would use one every time she painted.

Mama, I have started my own stack 🙂

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Not in the house!

Found behind a door!

So my day started out pretty okay and then dissa happened! Lol 😂. (If you are a Star Wars fan you will get that line!)

I have begun my new cleaning schedule today. First up is the bathroom.

Now this cleaning schedule is not just your average everyday cleaning. I do the dishes every night before bed. And I make the bed everyday. (Which is a new habit for me . And I highly recommend it, as it really does get the day going.) And I have to vacuum at least once a week because we let our big dogs in every afternoon , in the summer especially.

So what does this have to do with knitting or crochet? I have started this new schedule in order to be more organized with my day. If I am doing a little something each day, I will feel less guilty about the amount of time I am spending crafting!

At least this is how my brain is going at the moment 😃. I have set up my Happy Planner to follow this schedule.

And I am carrying my Happy Planner Classic Notebook as a catch all and ‘ brain dump’ space around the house.

Once I do a deep clean of each room, this schedule will go faster and become more of a habit as well. At least, that’s the plan!

Stay tuned for more as I tweak this schedule to work better for me . And I can begin to adapt it for my maker life as well 🙂.