I cannot believe we are almost at the end of our first week of November and that we only have 47 days until Christmas morning. I do not know if it is just me, but it seems the older I get the quicker time seems to fly.

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This week has been a productive week for me as far as crocheting, I have completed 49 rows on the filet part of the Plaid Winter Afghan.(pictured above) I have chosen RedHeart soft white and Caron Simply Soft yarn in Autumn Red. I was so excited that I found the all white yarn and one skein of the red yarn in my stash! Now I only have to purchase the four remaining skeins of Autumn Red. This is a great afghan if you are a beginner because it is crocheted entirely of dc (Double Crochet) and chain stitches (The Chain Stitch). The pattern itself it very easily followed, as it repeats itself every twelve rows until the filet is finished.

I also admit I started an unplanned project out of boredom, which is probably the last thing to do this time of the year, with all the the things needing my attention . Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching my grandchildren while my daughter was at work. I knew that at least half the time would be during the grand children’s nap time and so I brought my crocheting and Kindle (love listening to audiobooks alone to help past the time.) I am listening to the Count of Monte Cristo, it has taken me months to listen to this book, for the total listening time is 52 hours and 42 minutes. I am so glad my husband and I have discovered the pleasure of audio books, because I have really been enjoying this Alexander Dumas classic and would never have found the time to sit down and read this book.

I know, I am going off on rabbit trails – back to my crocheting. The first part of the day was spent in working puzzles, playing card games (Mr. Bump Memory game) and with baby dolls. I fed the children their lunch and then laid them down for for their naps. While the children were napping and I found that I was making pretty good progress on the afghan when I noticed that I did not bring a second skein of yarn and I had a good hour before the children were to wake up. I had the Crochet Pattern book that the bookmark pattern was in and the yarn I had planned to used for the bookmark. I had started the bookmark, but once I started to see it take form I changed my mind on the yarn since it was to thick for a useful bookmark. I do not like book marks that disfigure the book and so I ripped it out. The next thing I did any of us would have done, I started flipping through the book. I came across this pattern for the Autumn Doily that caught my eye and checking the amount of yarn needed I found it was about one skien- exactly what I had. I started the doily (pictured below) and had gotten about half way through when the children began to awake. I am thinking I will finish it either today or tomorrow.

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I would love to hear how you are progressing in your Christmas projects adventures. It is always nice to have others experiencing the same things you are going through.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.