My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Baby Brights

I have another cute book here for review:


This is Baby Brights by Kathleen McCafferty, and it is a collection of crocheted accessory patterns for little ones.

While I don’t crochet, I thought this was a particularly cute book so wanted a review copy.

There is a good “getting started” section at the front of the book that includes nice, clearly-illustrated instructions for the crochet stitches you need to know to make the projects. The projects are divided into seven sections, and I’ve picked my favorite from each section to show you.

From “Rattlers and Teethers” check out these fish rattles:


One or two of those would make great baby gifts that you could whip out quickly, and you could use bits of leftover yarn to make them.

In the “Bath Time” section I loved the Owl Hooded Towels:


In “Hats” this cheerful Pom Pom Hat caught my eye:


From the “Booties” section, I love the High Country Booties:


Another great gift project that uses small scraps.

My favorite from “Toys” is this adorable lion:


And from “Nursery” a great mobile:


I think that even I, with my limited crochet skills, could manage that.

And last of all, from “Blankets” I love the Wavy Stripes Blanket


This book is a great resource if you have little ones, or know a lot of people with babies or son-to-be babies. I think you could make up some very sweet gifts just using leftover bits of yarn.

The publisher, Lark Crafts, has offered up a copy as a giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the giveaway for  Baby Brights by Kathleen McCafferty, please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, May 10, 2015. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, I am knitting along on my shawl:


And Loki is working on his napping.





  1. JuliaK says:

    I don’t know what I would start on first!

  2. I’ve been buying a lot of baby presents lately – these patterns would make some great (and unique) baby gifts!

  3. What a wonderful book! Just in time for grandbaby number two.

  4. What an adorable book. I love the pompom hat. Thank you.

  5. The owl towel is too cute. what great projects.

  6. Dana A. says:

    This looks like a wonderful book! And I crochet and knit both. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  7. Very cute stuff, Wendy…including Loki taking his nap…I wish I could be as comfortable as he looks…

  8. Wow. That book is gorgeous. I’m always on the lookout for cute and quick baby gifts, and those all look like winners.
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  9. I couldn’t believe when I saw this book as a give away. My daughter, who is expecting her first baby, loves to crochet. She is over in Italy, where her Hubby is presently stationed. She actually called this afternoon and was feeling homesick for North Carolina. I will cross my fingers and toes, as I would love to be able to send her this book with some wonderful yarn. Over where she is, she has very few choices as far as brands and colours. I think it is pretty much all acrylic and I only use that in blends. She use to sit and touch and hold my yarns and when she was little she feel asleep a few times with her head resting on the skeins. Good Luck to Everyone!
    Happy Knitting (or Crocheting, as the case may be)

  10. Carol77584 says:

    So many cute projects, and lots of ideas for the newborn hospital wreath I am making.

  11. I would love to have a copy of this book. I do make a lot of baby gifts, and really enjoy making cute little things for friends having little ones. This book looks like it has adorable patterns. Thanks, Wendy for your review and for using the adorable pictures too!

  12. Maryellen says:

    i have my first grandbaby due to arrive in September! Perfect timing!

  13. Denise Wessman says:

    Gorgeous book. Crochet baby gifts are always appreciated. I adore the fish rattles. I know lots of babies that their moms would love them . Thank you for another great give away.

  14. This ooks like great book,fun thins for baby’s.

  15. What a wonderful book! Thank you for the chance to win:-)
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  16. What cute ideas. Count me in. Thank you for answering my comment.

  17. I have lots of babies to make for. This looks like a cute book.

  18. Cute items! Also love the lion.

  19. The shawl is beautiful!

  20. Would love to give this to a friend who will have her first grandbaby.

  21. Paulette Schirmer says:

    This has so many adorable projects that I can just see my grand babies in 🙂

  22. Darling patterns! I’m going to be a first time grandma in October?

  23. Ooo, count me in!

  24. Linda G Howell says:

    I love knitting for babies!!

  25. Love the owl towel!! I know 2 expectant mothers at the moment–these would make a perfect baby gift! Thanks for the fun review and the chance to win.

  26. Claudia says:

    The cutest book. So many great pieces. Looks like there is something for everyone here.

  27. Ettenna says:

    Soooo cute. I rarely crochet anymore but this could get me back to it.

  28. Very cute projects in this book. I have a lot of neices expecting babies and am making stealth projects to put away for when my single daughters tie the knot and get busy!

  29. Kelly Crane says:

    Amazing and Creative how people come up with such beautiful designs. I’m not one but I love to knit ad crochet them! Great book!

  30. Lothea says:

    These would be so fun to make for my two month old! 😀

  31. i am just learning to crochet after knitting for many many years. I would love a copy of this book. Such adorable patterns. There are a number of wee ones in my future as friends and family have grand children so it would be wonderful to use what I have learned. Thank you for the giveaway.

  32. If I win this book, I will gift it to my co worker who has been a crocheting tear! She has made two baby blankets and is starting her third. I know she is going to want to eventually branch out. Thanks Wendy!

  33. Celeste says:

    Wee…another great draw.

  34. Wish I could join Loki in a nap! Love the pompom hat such a bright rainbow of colors.

  35. Lindsey says:

    Add my name to the drawing, please.
    Loki looks like he aced his nap in perfect form.

  36. My daughter-in-law and son will be dropping off my 5 year old grandson in a few hours and then proceeding to the hospital so the my DIL can be induced. Baby #2 will be a girl, born either tonight or tomorrow! This book looks like something I need to add to my library.

  37. Your shawl is coming along very nicely (so pretty!). I’ve found your blog a constant source of inspiration and am currently working through my Leftovers Cowls (halfway done, woot!). Count me in on the drawing – those crochet baby things are really cute – the fish are my favourites.
    Thank you for offering that give-away!

  38. My sister’s neighbor is expecting her first, and I’d love to have a new batch of designs to pull from:)

  39. Leslie says:

    I would love that book! The mobile is delightful.
    I think it would make a great cat toy if Loki ever woke up.

  40. Kimberly says:

    This book looks adorable 🙂 I would love to win a copy.

  41. Very cute book. Looks like some fun knits.

  42. Christel says:

    This is a great book!! Would love to have it. Thank you Wendy for sharing!

  43. An entire book of adorable-ness! And as most of these are small projects, I think even I could work up a few. How sweet of you to offer it up! Honestly, I almost hope Kirsten’s comment gets picked.
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  44. This would be perfect for my niece who loves to crochet things for her newborn.

  45. What a great looking book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  46. Always on the lookout for cute baby things. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.

  47. Nancy Thone says:

    Hoping for a grandbaby soon – this would make some great gifts.

  48. I love this book. So creative!

  49. Heather K says:

    Definitely baby season in this neck of the woods, so this book comes at a very convenient time – please enter me in the drawing and maybe, just maybe, I will be able to immitate Loki’s relaxed pose, LOL.