I can’t quit my readers.

Shalom, readers! I took a blogging sabbatical (You did notice, didn’t you?), but I’m back now. I can’t quit you. For those of you who were following the Year to Conquer Fear, and remember my epic roller coaster fail, I am pleased to tell you that I finally got up the nerve to face a roller coaster. Not a big one. I rode the little flume coaster at Lowry Park Zoo. It still counts.

Flume ride at Lowry Park Zoo, in Tampa. It counts.
Flume ride at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL. It counts.

Remember Rudy?

Rudy Dog
Rudy Dog

For those wondering what ever happened to that vicious Lhasa Apso we took in–the one that cost me surgery on my foot–I am delighted to report that he went to live on a farm in the country where he can run and play and never hurt anyone else again. Really. That’s not a euphemism. Rudy was accepted to A Place for Animals Sanctuary and Rescue in Polk City, Florida. They will work to rehabilitate him, and they’ve never failed to rehabilitate a troubled dog. On the off chance that Rudy does not respond to training, he will live out his natural life at the sanctuary. Isn’t that cool?

A Place for Animals Sanctuary and Rescue, Inc. in Polk City, FL
A Place for Animals Sanctuary and Rescue, Inc. in Polk City, FL

For those of you who follow my holiday posts and website, you may have noticed some missing content and broken links. I removed some content from the web, because it’s going into a book. Woohoo!

Okay, back to the blog. It’ll take a while before I can fix all the broken links. I’m working on it. I’ve decided to add some new content. Since I’m a writer and copy editor, I’ll be posting writing and editing techniques on Mondays.

And since I gather once a week with a group of women who crochet for charity, I’ve been playing with the idea of sharing crochet patterns and pictures, Pinteresty stuff, from time to time. I considered the probability that crochet patterns won’t interest my non-crocheting readers, and that they might attract only hookers crochet enthusiasts, but I figure that’s fine. If you don’t crochet, don’t read the crochet posts. If you crochet, but you’re not into Bible-based content, writing, or my random chatter, read only the crochet posts. Whatever floats your boat. So what have you been doing while I was away? Have you conquered any fears? Rehabilitated any “lost-cause” animals? Crocheted any hats? I’d love to see your pictures and hear your stories.

Easy newborn baby hat crochet pattern

crochet baby hat with pattern

Uses: Premies need featherweight baby yarn and size D or E hook. Vary the size by using heavier yarn and/or larger hooks. Example in picture was made with Caron Simply Soft yarn and size E hook for newborn.

Slip stitch (sl st), chain stitch (ch), single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), space (sp)

FOUNDATION: Ch 3 (ch 6 for premies), sl st to form circle, or use magic ring if not for premie (Premies need an opening, so monitoring equipment can be attached to the top of the head.)

ROW 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 more dc in circle, sl st to close (12dc)

ROW 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same sp, continue with 2dc in each sp around, sl st to close  (24dc)

ROW 3: ch 3 (counts as first dc), *2 dc in the next sp, 1 dc in the next sp*, continue *, ending with 2dc, sl st to close (36dc)

ROW 4: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in the next 2 sp, *2 dc in next sp, 1 dc in next 3 sp* end with 2 dc in last sp, sl st to close (39 or 40 dc)

ROW 5: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in next sp, continue 1 dc in each sp around, sl st to close (optional: to make this a little fancier, use back loops only). I add a stitch marker here to keep my place.

ROWS 6-10: Repeat Row 5 ROW 11: ch 1, sc in 1st sp, *skip 1 sp, 5 dc in next sp, skip 1 sp, sc in next sp* , continue * around, sl st and bind off end (10 or 11 shells) —

If you make this, post a picture in the comments, so we can all see!


3 thoughts on “I can’t quit my readers.

    1. Dear readers, let me introduce Marlayne Giron, all-around sweetie-pie, and author of The Victor, Make a Wish, and In Plain Sight! And now another? That is wonderful news, Marlayne! You go girl! What is the name of your book, and where can we get it?

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