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Friday, October 11, 2013

White Christmas in Dry Creek

White Christmas in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

To quote Caroline Gordon "A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way."

When Renee opened her front door, and found a man lying there, she would not know the changes he would bring into her and her young daughter's lives.

This book was a great read. I loved the characters of Renee, Tassie and Rusty. So well planned and developed. The well developed story line just draws you in.  Scenes that are funny and thoughtful make you laugh. 

I would love to see another book in the Dry Creek series about Rusty, Dog and Annie his horse and his ranch. I’ve wondered what happened to the dog and horse. And Eric.
This book was so good, I read it twice. I gave it 5 stars.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17738310-white-christmas-in-dry-creek?from_search=true

Christmas Mug Coasters


Christmas Mug Coasters @1998 By N. L. Banks
I have another holiday pattern for you. A Coaster.  These can be machine washed and dried. I used the pastic coffee can lids for the centers. This helps to make them more spill proof. Enjoy!

Peaches & Crème Cotton Yarn By Elmore-Pisgah, Inc.
1 ball Peppermint #191                           1 ball Red #95   G hook
2 plastic 1 pound coffee can lids cut to a 4 3/4 circle
These mug coasters are machine washable and dryable.
Stitches used: Single crochet, double crochet, front post stitch
 Front
Rd 1:  with red, ch 3 to form ring, ch 2, 12 dc in ring. (13dc)
Rd 2: ch 3, 1FPS around the vertical post of this same dc (in same place), * 1dc and FPS in next dc, repeat from * around, join with s/s. (13 posts & 13 dc)
Rd 3:  ch 3, 1 dc & FPS in next dc, * 1 dc behind post, 1 dc in next dc before post, post around post, repeat from* around, fasten off, (13 post with 2 dc between posts, and total 2dc)
Rd 4: ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc before post, post around post, * 1dc in next 2 dc, 1 dc before post, post around post, from * around. Join with slip stitch to top of ch 3. (13 posts with 3 dc between post, total 39 dc ).
Back of coaster
Rd 1: with peppermint, ch 3 loosely to form ring, ch 3, 12 dc in ring. Join to top of ch 3. (13 dc)
Rd 2: ch 3, 1 dc in same place, 2 dc in each dc around, join with slip stitch. (26 dc)
Rd 3:  ch 3, 1 dc in same place, * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * around, end 2 dc in last 2 dc, join with slip stitch. (39 dc)
Rd 4: ch3, 1 dc in same place, * 1 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * around, join, fasten off. (52dc)
Finishing:
Rd 1: hold wrong sides together, and front of coaster facing you, with red, ch 1, sc around, joining two pieces together, before closing, slip one trimmed plastic lid in, join with slip stitch.
Rd 2: ch 3, 4 dc in same place, *skip 1 sc, sc in next sc, skip 1sc, 5 dc in next sc, repeat from * around. Join to top of ch 3, fasten off.
Rd 3:  with front facing you, and working in front of row 2, attach peppermint to any skipped sc on round one. * ch 3, sc in next skipped sc, repeat from * around, join with slip stitch, fasten off.
Repeat for second mug coaster.
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