Tuesday, December 3, 2013

gifts for men

Yes, another post! And so quickly too. :-)

I had to come back and give you this link which has other links to great gifts for guys. Mellie over at http://www.mellieblossom.com/ has done a wonderful job of gathering these projects.

I love the book pillow and thought about making one myself. However I found one on Amazon for $20 so by the time I buy materials and take the time to make it, I figured I'd do as well to just buy one. So that is what I did. Now if you go to Amazon, be alerted that the different colors are different prices. The taupe was the cheapest one when I looked. There is also an eggplant (purple) one listed in a different spot. There are also other types at higher prices. I would not spend more than this on one unless I really really really liked it and found it useful. I WILL, however, let the guy in my house use it.

I'd have never thought of this if I hadn't seen it on the blog so thanks to Mellie for that.

In other crochet news, in my Stitches group a member was trying to figure out the stitches in a little afghan her daughter has that is now falling apart. With some searching and querying of my wonderful members at Crochet Cabana, we found what may be a similar pattern. It is a Project Linus pattern called Sideways Shell Baby Afghan by Donna Laing. I've seen it before and have even worked that stitch in other projects many times, but my mind had blanked on it. Thanks to my friend EllenH for reminding me about it. It's similar to the box stitch but not exactly.

I started to work a swatch to see how the pattern worked up and how it looked next to the original blanket. Then I decided why not make it useful? So I decided to make it into a small afghan the little girl can use for her dolls. I'd already started the swatch with a leftover ball so I just continued that with a second ball in white.

The pattern is simple, just (sc, ch 2, 2 dc). It's a multiple of 3. I got sidetracked - that happens so often lately LOL - and I haven't finished it yet, but I am sure it will done soon.

I'm also writing down the patterns for the hats as someone asked. I've been working on that much of today, taking pictures, measuring, counting ...

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving last week. My hubby was sick (and still is) so we stayed at home. Son came over so that was nice and we had leftovers for a few days which was also nice since we couldn't go anywhere. :-)

Happy crocheting!


  1. Sorry your hubby was sick over Thanksgiving. Can't tell about the email thing from the other post. Reading further, apparently I won't be notified until you approve the comments. So, will check back with you later today to let you know what I receive. I've not clicked notify me on this post as a comparison. I'm also wondering how a person would differentiate doing this from subscribing via email? I don't do that, but thought you did. Sorta remember you and I discussion "readers" etc so wonder if that's playing into the equation?

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