You never know what you’ll find in the trash…

Paul & I went for a walk at a nearby conservation park this evening, and as we passed a garbage can, we spotted this little fellow looking up at us amidst the trash!

We assumed he had fallen in there and couldn’t get out, so we tipped the can on its side and he ran out, stopping in the distance by a tree. He sat and watched us as we walked to a nearby park bench and sat down. Then after shooting us what appeared to be a dirty look, he hightailed it right back to the garbage can and climbed back inside. Paul went over and dropped in his KFC macaroni salad as consolation for having mistakenly disturbed him. LOL!

(We returned to take one last peek on our way out of the park. He’d eaten every bite of the macaroni salad and was working on what looked like a sandwich bun.)


Blue Shells Crocheted Top

This top looks great paired with jeans, and is easy enough for a beginner to make.


2 balls Caron Kindness yarn in Dark Navy: 345 yards [315 meters]/198 g) / 5 mm hook / Size small/medium / Vst: (dc, ch 1, dc) in same space / Shell: 3 dc in same space

Upper section of top:

Chain 134 and carefully join into a circle without twisting chain.

Row 1: sc in first chain and in each around, slip stitch to first sc to join.

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next sp, *skip next sp, shell in next sp, skip 2 sps, Vst in next sp, skip next sp; repeat from * around to last 2 sps, dc in each of last 2 sps, sl st to third ch of first ch-3.

Row 3: ch 3, dc in next sp, *Vst in middle sp of next Vst, shell in center dc of shell, repeat from * around to last 2 sps, dc in each of last 2 sps, sl st to third ch of first ch-3.

Row 4: ch 3, dc in next sp, *shell in center dc of next shell, Vst in ch-1 sp of next Vst, repeat from * around to last 2 sps, dc in each of last 2 sps, sl st to third ch of first ch-3.

Continue repeating Row 3 & 4 to desired length (mine measured 9.5” from top to bottom.

Skirt section of top:

Before starting the skirt section, crochet two rows of dc evenly spaced around, with dc’s placed in every space to ensure that the lower skirt will be a bit wider than the top section.

Then repeat with Row 2-4 to create the skirt. I continued the rows until the skirt section measured 8” in length.

Edging for the skirt:

2 dc in first sp, *ch 3, sk 2 sps, sl st in next sp, sk 2 sps, shell in next sp, repeat from * around to last shell before beginning 2-dc, ch 3, sk 2 sps, sl st in next sp, ch 3, dc in same space as first 2-dc pair, join with sl st in top of first (middle) dc. Fasten off and weave in end.

Straps: (make 2)

Row 1: ch 14, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across (13 sc)

Row 2: ch 3, sk 2 sps, shell in next sp, sk 2 sps, Vst in next sp, sk 2 sps, shell in next sp, sk 2 sps, dc in last sp.

Repeat Row 2 back and forth until strap measures approximately 15” long.

Make second strap.

Try on top and use markers to mark out exactly where on the front and back you should attach straps. Then turn piece to the wrong side, pin straps where you’ve marked, and sew each strap end to the top using a yarn needle.

Once the straps are attached, crochet a row of sc around each armhole, and also starting from back neck right around inside straps and front neck.

Flora Lace Crocheted Shawl

The unique design of this shawl pattern immediately caught my eye as I was scrolling through an email (you can access the site here: I wanted to try out the pattern.
You can check out the free pattern at Annie Design Crochet, thanks to designer, Carmen Heffernan. Here’s the link:
For my shawl, I used one ball of Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball (5.3 oz/150 g/ 518 yds/473 m) in “Peaceful Earth” and a 4.5 mm hook. I love this yarn—the brushed texture is beautiful for scarves and shawls, and the colour choices are all really attractive.

My finished, blocked shawl is 18” at its widest point x 69” long.
I so liked how this design turned out, I made another one in purple (Shawl in a Ball colour, Mindful Mauve).

What have we done?

If you don’t read another book this year, please take the time to read this one.
It consists of only 59 pages … 59 pages of the most important information you will ever learn about our humanity and the earth we inhabit.
You can find the book at bookstores or at your local library. I borrowed the ebook from my library and read it from beginning to end in one afternoon.
Warning: the information in this book is not uplifting. Be prepared to experience a wide range of emotions as you take in the details.

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