Book Review: Crochet Kaleidoscope

Title: Crochet Kaleidoscope
Author: Sandra Eng

Book Description:

Stitch up a colorful kaleidoscope of crochet!

Explore a lively twist on crocheted motifs as you shift through various shapes and color combinations. From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch.

Along with a collection of 100 fresh motifs, this book includes a complete guide to choosing yarn colors, what order to put them in, and how many to include. Plus, get five home decor and accessory patterns including a table runner, pillow, and rug from crochet designer and author Sandra Eng. You can shift shapes and shades to make the perfect piece for your home.

Every turn of the crochet kaleidoscope allows you to get creative with color and apply your own unique personality to your crochet motifs.

My Review

I am completely floored with this book. I do not normally crochet a lot due to preference to knit, but this book has given me so many ideas for shawls, blankets, rugs, sweaters, the list could go on & on. As you read through the book you can tell that Sandra Eng has really taken the time to explain how to do each motif and even gives you the graphs along with the written instructions. Along with the instructions on how to read crochet charts which I still have issues with even though I learned to crochet when I was seven, lol.

The book is brimming with 100 motifs that you can mix and match to create a wonderful project. If you crochet or even if you are learning to crochet & enjoying it. This book NEEDS to be part of your crochet library. With 100 motifs you can leap from there to making all kinds of projects with them.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

2018 CAL KAL Mish Mash

Jess and I have come up with a crochet/knit along for 2018! Here is the information:

CAL Host: Jessica and jessika on Ravelry
KAL Host: Hev and Hev on ravelry

Hev will be our knitter and Jessica will be our crocheter. Each month 2 patterns will be released – 1 by Hev & 1 by Jessica. We will start off with easy/basic squares as an introduction to to knitting and crocheting. Each month the squares will get harder in skill. we want those not comfortable with knitting and/or crocheting to build up skill as time goes on. We will post links to YouTube or other places if we feel they are needed. If you need help post a comment on that months post. Your email is required to be able to post a comment but that is only to prove you are an actual person — it’s a spam prevention measure. We will NEVER use your email for anything unless we reply to you personally to your comment.

General Information:

Square size: 9 inch
Yarn: Worsted weight
Amount of yarn needed: We haven’t figured this out yet. We figure at least one 7oz skein of yarn per color you use. The less colors you use the more yarn you need of the colors you use.
# of colors needed: at least 1 – no more then 5.
Needle/Hooks: Will be decided by each pattern.
Gauge: Will be decided by each pattern.
Pattern file type: PDF downloadable from Ravelry. Possibly on Hev’s & Jessica’s sites.
Size of the finished blanket it hasn’t been decided yet although we know it will be 36 inches wide and 40 inches long (4 squares wide x 5 squares long).

Social Media Information

Instagram Hashtag: #mishmashkcal2018

Pattern Release Dates

We will be releasing patterns the Monday after the 1st day of each month. So if the 1st falls on a Monday the pattern will be released the following Monday. Here is a schedule of release dates. We do reserve the right not to release on those dates however.

  • Square 1 – February 5, 2018
  • Square 2 – March 5, 2018
  • Square 3 – April 2, 2018
  • Square 4 – May 7, 2018
  • Square 5 – June 4, 2018
  • Square 6 – July 2, 2018
  • Square 7 – August 6, 2018
  • Square 8 – September 3, 2018
  • Square 9 – October 8, 2018
  • Square 10 – November 5, 2018
  • Assembly & Border: December 3, 2018

Here is to 2018

Since 2017 was to be quite honest a horrible depressed year for me (i.e. the lack of actual blog posts) I am hoping 2018 will be better. As you have noticed I am trying to do more book reviews & such for 2018. I have a series of things that I want to do this year & so I thought I would try to list them out here.

  • Do at least one book review a week (since I can read 4-5 books a week it shouldn’t be that hard)
  • Complete at least one blog post a month (I am not pushing myself on this)
  • Go to Branson, MO on vacation for 2 nights by myself (hoping for this in Janurary 2018)
  • Finish paying off my credit card
  • With said paid off credit card go to California to visit Jessica at Oceanside for a few days.
  • Start to pay off said credit card once again.
  • Complete the CAL/KAL that Jessica & I are doing this year.
  • Complete a year of knitting & crocheting things for me & not everyone else (i.e. finish my cardigan, make me at least 4 pairs of socks, & finish my Sophie
  • Finally pull myself out of this damn well of depression I have been in for the last year (don’t know how well that is going to go but I am trying)

Yes, that is a lot but I never hold myself religiously to any of these so most if not some should be completed this year. Dad & I have worked out a new rent plan & money budget that should let me have a bit more money from my disability & that way I won’t have to rely on my credit card so much.

So that is what 2018 is going to look like for me. Wish me luck.

Pineapple Blanket

**No one faint! I have actually typed up a blog post, lol**

Around the start of 2014 Jessica had a wonderful idea of doing a Crochet-A-Long with Grace & me. Even though I am not a huge fan of crochet I decided I would do it also. My original plan was just a small lap blanket for Brenda & would only need about six (6) squares. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. As I was working on it Brenda asked if I could make it bigger? I naturally said yes, how big did she want it? Queen size with overlap. Whoa! So I said sure & got to making my squares. I got 6 done, then did the math. I would need 36 squares! I just about flipped out cause I knew that this would take me forever to do but I said I would do it & continued to make squares. Now I can only crochet for a certain amount of time before it starts to drive me batty & I have to go back to my knitting. That is why it took me almost three (3) years to complete the blanket. It is completed now & it will take a lot of convincing to me to make another queen size crochet blanket. Brenda loves it so that makes it all good.

Project Info:

  • Name: Jessica’s CAL
  • Ravelry Link:
  • Pattern Name & Link: Pineapple Afghan by Mary Conley {}
  • Date Started: April 1, 2014
  • Date Finished: Feburary 10, 2019
  • Hook: 4.5 mm (7)
  • Yarn used: 7,434 yards = 9 skeins
  • Yarn:
    • Yarn: Caron One Pound
    • How Much: 6 skeins = 4956.0 yards (4531.8 meters), 2718 grams
    • Colorway: Cream


    • Yarn: Caron One Pound
    • How Much: 3 skeins = 2478.0 yards (2265.9 meters), 1359 grams
    • Colorway: Deep Violet