A Bug, Β Two Hats, and Three Squares πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• 

Word of advice….if you’re squeamish – scroll by the first picture real fast 😝 

Okay – you have been warned πŸ˜‰

A Bug 

This weird, but somehow very fascinating, creature was hanging out by our front door yesterday 😳


I had never seen one in ‘real life’ …just photos. They really do look like sticks, especially since this one had a leaf stuck to it. 😁 Just the feelers – moving frantically- gave it away. 

Two Hats 

I love Pixie Hats 😍 So this week I gathered up my courage, and finally gave it a try…

First I made a Toddler size one…using an easy pattern from Two Little C’s

The yarn is ‘Fruity Stripes’ from Red Heart’. Not usually my choice for wearable accessories/clothing, but I love the colors. And like my daughter pointed out…’It definitely is water-repellent’ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

For the second one I wanted to use a yarn from my stash – Lion Brand ‘Landscapes Tropics’

It is an acrylic yarn, but looks and feels like wool (without the scratchy-ness πŸ˜‰) and it’s machine washable. 

I knew I didn’t have enough for the pattern, so I started at the band, and worked my way up. I decreased as I saw fit…and am proud to report that it worked on the first try. 

If I ever manage that again 😊 there will be a written pattern. 

Three Squares 

Two, three weeks ago I started on a new ‘Gypsy Cardigan’. I always use the ‘Mandala Cakes’. It was a struggle from the beginning, because the colors/lengths didn’t match from one cake to the next. But somehow I made it work. πŸ˜„ So I had matching squares

On to the contrasting triangles. Ha – you’d think ‘yellow and grey…pretty neutral colors. Easy peasy’. Well, no! Not true πŸ˜– Nothing seemed to work

No green-ish, no purple, no teal…I now have enough triangles to make a separate cardigan πŸ˜‚

I took everything apart, and thought ‘I’ll make a shawl’. A quick border, seams – done! 

Nope πŸ˜• Colors look ok…but there’s a lot of puckering going on 

I’m beginning to think that these squares don’t wanna be anything …except maybe a pillow in a ’70s german living room 😜


See it there…on the right…on top of the couch. πŸ˜‚

I’m not giving up though. Something will come to me. 😁

Alrighty – that’s all for today 😊 Oh, one more thing…I’d like to send you into the weekend with a little chuckle 


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Have a fabulous Friday πŸ’• 

I’m sending Love ❀️ Smiles πŸ˜ƒ and Hugs πŸ€— your way, and hope to see you tomorrow for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’s Chili/Chocolate Bread’! 

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Attention Chocolate Lovers πŸ’• Chili/Chocolate Bread AheadΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Are you ready for some baking? 😊 Then I have a treat for you! 

No tricks, just some deliciousness πŸ‘»

I love to experiment in the kitchen. So when I was ready for a new breakfast bread – the Raisin Bread got a bit boring – and came across a Chocolate/Chili bar at a store…it all came together.😍I picked up some chocolate chips (Ghirardelli Bittersweet) – that’s all I needed, everything else is always in the house. 😁

That was a few weeks ago. I mentioned it in a post here, and the lovely Tracy – awesome quilter, fabulous blogger, and all around a wonderful person – asked if I would like this bread to be the πŸ’«StarπŸ’« of this month’s ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. 😊 Needless to say, I was thrilled to say ‘Yes!’ 

If you don’t just wanna bake this bread, but also share it with the rest of the ‘Fantastic Bakers’, please let Tracy know, and she’ll include you in the list. πŸ˜ƒ She will even send you a reminder every month – like I said…a wonderful person! 😍 All you have to do is head over to her blog It’s a T-Sweets Day and let her know. πŸ˜€ I hope you decide to join us, and share your beautiful baking results with us. πŸ€—

Alrighty…now to the recipe for the 

Chocolate/Chili Bread 

I made it in my bread machine. If you do the same, place all the ingredients, in this order, in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle 

For a small loaf (1 lb.)

Milk, room temperature  –   3/4 cup

Unsalted Butter, room temperature, 1/2″ pieces  –    1/4 cup 

1 egg

Salt.  –  1/2 tsp.

Granulated Sugar  –  2 Tbsp.

Bread Flour   –  2-1/4 cups

Chili Powder   –  1-1/2 tsp. 

Yeast, active dry, instant, or bread machine   – 1-1/2 tsp.

Select the ‘Basic/White’ program, 1 lb., and your desired crust color, and start the machine. When the mix-in tone sounds, add 1 cup chocolate chips. 

Note: The Ghirardelli chips have a very intense chocolate taste. The Chili therefore is just an aftertaste…a mild ‘burn’. To intensify the Chili flavor you might wanna use Milk Chocolate Chips. 😊

Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. 

I wish I could give you Hand Mixing Instructions here, but I have no experience in yeast-bread baking outside my bread machine 😌 I looked through all my cookbooks…none of the recipes has the needed ingredients listed. 

So…fellow bakers…if you have a trusted recipe that can be used here, please let me know. I will gladly include it. ☺️

Happy baking! I’m looking forward to seeing your bread, and can’t wait to hear what you think of this concoction  creation 😁

Now head over to Tracy’s blog, and tell her you wanna join us! 😘

Sending Love ❀️, Smiles πŸ™‚, and Hugs πŸ€— 

Your πŸ’Weekend 🍹Chuckle πŸ˜

Hello and Happy Weekend my lovely friends πŸ’œ

 I love looking through my funny memes, picking the best ones to share with you 😁

Ready ? Look around….are you alone? 😜 Ok – proceed…

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

I know I’ve shown you this before…but it cracks me up every time I come across it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

Bahahaha πŸ˜† I really wanna know what happened here! 

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

True story! 😜

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

Never a dull moment! πŸ˜‰

πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–πŸŒˆπŸ’πŸ–πŸ’πŸŒˆπŸ–

Hmmmm…..I guess that’s it for today πŸ™ƒ

I’m sending Hugs πŸ€—Smiles πŸ™‚ and Love πŸ’• your way 😘

Weekly Chronicle 😎

Hello, hello, hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Happy Friday! It’s the 13th 😳 How do you feel about that? A lot of salt tossing or just another day? 😁

It’s so good to be back here in the blogging world 😊 It’s been a while for me πŸ˜• If there’s such a thing as ‘Bloggers Block’ I had it. I wrote a few posts in my mind, even started writing some down…but it was all a bit ‘meh’. 

But…that was then, this is now. So here we are – I can’t promise that it won’t be ‘meh’…but I’ll do my best! πŸ€“

I must have been distant…I even skipped ‘Your Weekend Chuckle’ 😱 That’s unacceptable! So…to hold you over ’til tomorrow – here’s one 


I think she’s ready for the weekend! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

All of last week I was pretty busy preparing for the annual ‘AppleFest’ in Weston, Missouri    (that little town is home to my store). 

AppleFest is awesome 😍 Weston’s Mainstreet is a beautiful, historic setting for fabulous artist booths, delicious food, and local bands. Thousands of people come every year to celebrate the 🍏 Apple 🍎 season with us! 

Remember last time I told you the Ponchos are finished? (Probably not…’cause you have a life 😜…but I really did!) Well, turns out I was bragging a bit. I left out the fact that I still had to weave in ends 😣 Ends…I strongly dislike those dang things. It took me one whole day to weave them in…ugh. But- I did get it done, and they made their first appearance at the shop on Saturday 

They fit right in, don’t you think? πŸ’œ

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My Fall-Arrangements were a big hit last year, so I brought some of them 

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This week’s WIP is another *Gypsy*Cardi* – it’s taking a bit longer than expected, because I wanna do an unconventional color-mix, without hurting anyone’s eyes πŸ˜‹ So there’s a bit of trial and error, sometimes I won’t know that that doesn’t work until the square/triangle is done. 

For example… I thought ‘Purple is just what this cardi needs’  Yeah, turns out – it doesn’t πŸ˜… See

So…new color search πŸ€” I like this one much better 😊 What do you think? Please ignore the purple…that’ll be gone as soon as I’m finished here. 

I’m still not sure…maybe I need a break from it?! πŸ˜‰

Oh yeah…fabulous news (for me anyway 😁) I finally got a yarn winder! And it’s so awesome! Because I work a lot, well…almost exclusively, with the yarn cakes – but not ‘crochet it as it comes’, more like ‘Now I need the third color in’ πŸ˜‰ So I had a big yarn mess at all times. Not anymore! πŸ˜ƒ And my little winder comes in handy when a skein falls apart too. Like so 

   

And bipety-bopetty-boo – it looks like this 


Pretty fabulous, isn’t it?! 😍

I do believe that’s all for now. I hope it wasn’t to ‘meh’ 😊 It’s good to be back in the saddle again! 

I’ll see you tomorrow with ‘Your Weekend Chuckle’. Promise! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

An Oversized Poncho ~ The Pattern πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the pattern you’ve been waiting for…well, some of you anyway 😁

Feronia πŸ’–

and 

Persephone πŸ’š


Ready? Let’s do this! πŸ™‚

You will need: 

– 5 Red Lion Brand ‘Mandala’ cakes ~ 5 because I noticed that some of the colors don’t run as long in some cakes as in others…so you will need to dig into the 5th one to supplement 

Hook Size G (4.25mm)

Stitch Guide 

Magic (adjustable) Ring: Form a loop with your first color, pull yarn through (from the skein), ch1

 

Corner: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1

Pattern 

Form one Magic Ring, into the ring work *3dc, 3ch – repeat from * 3 times. Join with a slipstitch to the first dc. You will have a square. Pull the middle string to close the hole.


Round 2: Ch 1, turn, *3dc, 3ch, 3dc in ch3 sp. Ch1. Repeat from * 3 times. Slipstitch with the second color to the first dc. Ch 1, turn. 


Round 3: *3dc in ch1 sp, ch1, Corner into ch3 sp. Repeat 3-times from * Join with a slipstitch. Ch1. Turn.

Round 4 and all following rounds: 3dc, separated by 1 ch into all ch1 spaces. Corners in the ch3 spaces, changing colors every 2 rounds. 

Feronia has 20 rounds, Persephone has 18 rounds.

After the desired amount of rounds fasten off.

Border: 

You can start the border anywhere. Insert your hook between 2 dc, and pull the yarn (new color) through. Ch1, 1dc in same space. Work the length of the square with 1dc in each 1ch space, 1dc between each cluster dc (not in the loops of the dc in the previous row). 

Corner: Ch1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1 into ch3 space 

Work around the square. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 

Work 2 more rounds the same way, in different colors. 

Joining of the Squares 

Insert your hook into the corner ch1 space, and pull the yarn through (contrasting color). Ch1

Dc 1, continue following my picture/written tutorial you can find here

 

Join the Squares according to this 


Now you’ll notice that the neck hole is a bit big ☺️ 

You can fix that by adding more Border rows. 

Insert your hook anywhere along the neckline. Pull the yarn through. Ch 1, dc 1 in same space. Continue on to 2 stitches before the point of the ‘V‘. There you have to crochet 5 together as follows: 

Insert your hook into the next stitch. Yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops. 

Repeat for the next 3 stitches = 5 loops 


Continue with the Border stich to the next ‘V’. 

5 dc together. Continue with the Border Stich. Join with a slipstitch. 

Add more border rows to achieve the desired size. 

Feronia has 6 extra rows; Persephone has 4 extra rows. 


The Picot Edging is a beautiful finishing touch 😍

Picots: Insert your hook between 2dc. Pull yarn through. Yo, pull through. 1sc. 

*1 slipstitch in next space. Ch 3, slipstitch into the first ch. 1 sc. Repeat from * Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 

Drawstring and Tassels 

Crochet a long chain. Thread it through the last Border row. 

Cut 20 pieces of yarn (appr. 7″) Fold in half, and position them onto one end of your chain.

Secure by stitching through the loops of the chain. 


Wrap a length of yarn around, near the top. 

Secure the end. 

You’re done! πŸ˜ƒ

Well, except for the pesky ends…but let’s not think about that now. 😜

I hope you’re happy with this pattern. If you get stuck, have questions – please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m just a quick message away πŸ€—

Let me know how you’re getting along. I would love to hear from you. 😍

Done, Done, and Done! πŸ˜Ž

Hello and ‘Happy October’ my lovely friends! 😍

How is it October already? 😳 What happened to September? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

It seems like I blinked twice, and…poof….it was over. That can’t be good πŸ™ƒ

Even though I had the feeling that I was really busy…it seems like not much got done. So many ideas are still bouncing around in my head, and not much going on here on this blog of mine either πŸ˜•

Oh well…new month, sleeves are rolled up – watch out world! 😁

I did finish a few projects though πŸ€“ Well, except the ends…those darn things still have to be taken care of. 😞

Here is – finally- 

1. The ‘Granny Square Cardigan’ 😁 

The new sleeves are longer, and have a ‘thumb hole’ – it’s a bit cozier that way 😁


2. Feronia & Persephone – the oversized Ponchos 

This ⬆️ is Persephone – named after the Goddess of Spring. She was forced to live in the Underworld, but allowed to visit her Mother Demeter once a year. During that time the trees were budding, flowers and crops started to grow. I thought the colors perfectly reflect her journey from the darkness to the light,  and the beauty of the world turning green again. 🌺

This is Feronia ⬇️  You already know all about her. 😊

I am going to write out the pattern for the Ponchos – as a matter of fact I’ll start right now. 😁

I hope to finish it tonight…if not you’ll see it first thing tomorrow morning! 

Here’s to a fabulous and productive October! 🍾πŸ₯‚ Cheers! 

Thanks for visiting πŸ’• I hope you stop in again soon! 

Your Weekend Chuckle πŸ˜…

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you so much for peeking in! 😍

Warning: Continuing may result in bursts of laughter…look around make sure you’re alone 😜

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And this, my dear friends, is what we call ‘Schadenfreude’ πŸ˜‰

πŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒΊ

Most definitely! πŸ˜‰

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There are photos 😝

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Hubby tried it yesterday….it works! πŸ˜‚

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Poor guy 😜

Alrighty….that’s all for today πŸ€“ I hope this tickled a giggle or two out of ya 😊

Have a fabulous weekend 😎 I’ll see you in October 🍁

Until then πŸ’•

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