I’m celebrating summer with the release of my latest book, An Amish Summer!
An Amish Summer is a novella anthology with myself, Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, and Kelly Irvin. It arrives in stores on June 6. Click here for more information.
Just in time for Mother’s Day! Several of my Kindle Amish titles are on sale this month for 1.99 each (An Unbroken Heart, A Love Made New) and 2.99 (A Reluctant Bride, An Amish Harvest, The Hearts of Middlefield Collection, A Middlefield Family Collection). These make great gifts and additions to your personal collection. Deals last throughout the month. Happy May!
Click on the book cover to purchase the book!
I love granny squares and when I found out that Nadia of Yarnutopia completed a year-long series of granny square video tutorials, I didn’t hesitate to take on the challenge, but with my own little spin–a granny a week instead of one a day. Whether you do the complete project or just want to try crocheting a granny square or two, this is a great stash buster.
I’m an advanced-beginner crocheter (is that even a thing?) so these squares are far from perfect. My goal for this project is to learn new stitches, practice my skills, and play with color combinations. Some work, some don’t. I’m sharing what I’ve learned from each square, and hopefully you’ll find the information helpful. Feel free to comment and post links to your squares if you’d like.
A fun thing to do while crocheting is to listen to an audiobook. Each granny square post has an audiobook recommendation by some of your favorite authors. Check out these fantastic titles, and happy hooking!
NOTE: I’m not featuring the squares in the same order as Nadia. If you want to follow her project schedule, check out her post here.
This post is brought to you by An Amish Home, a novella anthology by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kathleen Fuller. Click on the link to find out more.
I was in Hobby Lobby the other day (my home away from home) and I came across this:
The Crochet Light Hook
I’ve seen ads for these hooks on Facebook and I’d been contemplating getting them. I continued to stay on the fence for quite a while until I decided to take the plunge and purchase one. I needed an extra H hook anyway, so at the very least I have another crochet hook. At the very best I would be able to crochet in the dark—and who wouldn’t want to do that?
This hook has some pros and cons:
Pro #1: It’s comfortable to hold. It’s plastic with a thick, flat handle that’s surprisingly easy to crochet with.
Pro #2: The light does illuminate dark yarn, and it’s bright enough to definitely crochet in the dark. But that leads me to the big con:
Con #1: The light is WAY too bright. It’s also too concentrated. It takes practice to figure out how to use it with the light so you can actually crochet without going blind. This is a huge drawback for me, and I ended up turning it off and just using it as a regular crochet hook.
Con #2: The price. $5.59 is too high a price for a regular crochet hook, which is probably what I’ll be using it for.
Bonus Pro: if the electricity goes out I can use my crochet hook to find the bathroom. There’s always an upside.
If you’re interested in purchasing one of these, you can find them on Amazon or at your local Hobby Lobby (and also on their website). If you’ve used one of these, let me know what you think in the comments.
Audiobook recommendation: Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller
To find out more about my Granny Square of the Week project, click here.
This was my first ever granny square, and I have to say I thought it turned out pretty well. Since I’m using scrap yarn for these weekly granny squares, I don’t have a color scheme in mind, but I do like what I ended up with here. I might make a blanket out of these someday since this was a super easy square to make.
The tutorial for this granny square can be found here. Let me know if you decide to try it! 🙂