Let’s Just Call It ‘The Puzzle Poncho’ πŸ˜‹

Let me tell you why! 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by! 

A few days ago I told you about the ‘WiP’ that went terribly wrong. Remember the Poncho…well, the project that started as one, turned into 2 trapeze shaped (instead of rectangular) pieces? And that I had the glimmer of an idea how to turn it around? 


Well, I think I did it! 😁

Let’s take a look…

First – here’s what it was supposed to look like 

 
You see my dilemma….trapeze shapes won’t work. πŸ˜‹

So I turned everything sideways, and joined the former bottom edges to form the seam down the front, the former top now ends at the wrist. But the ‘sleeve’ was too long. I removed the rows of ‘Granny Squares’. Perfect fit! 😊 
I started sewing the (former bottom, now middle) edges together, when I noticed that one piece was longer than the other. 😫 And not just a little bit! Nooooo! A good  4, 5″ . Aargh! 

Then something went right. πŸ˜€ The ‘Granny Square’ row was just as long as the panel taken sideways. Oh geez….it’s a lot more complicated to write it down than to actually do it. πŸ™ƒ I hope you are still following this? Of course you are! πŸ™‚ So let’s continue…


With the squares in place I was still missing another inch or so. Nothing a few rows of crocheted mesh can’t fix. 😌 See…and I got to use more of my favorite yarn 

I added a row of single crochet, and a row of double crochet mesh in purple ombre yarn for the border. 

So far so good. 😁 My lovely friend Michele agreed to model the piece. There we discovered that it can be worn two ways….with a V-neck or a straight neck. 

 

Doesn’t she look fabulous? 😍

Well, that’s where I am right now. Now blocking, more fringes, and some decorative stitching and it should be done. And now you know why we call it the ‘Puzzle Poncho’! πŸ˜‹

I’m so happy that it’s now something wearable 😁 I’ll show you the finished piece asap! 

Until then πŸ’• Take care & ‘Happy Sunday’ 🌞

~Tina xoxo 

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Work-in-Progress-Wednesday ~ Something Went Terribly Wrong πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in! 

Today I wanted to show you a finished poncho…it’s been a ‘w-i-p’ for almost 2 years! 😳 I just knitted a few rows here and there- not really looking at the overall progress as I went on. Well, guess what? I should have! 🀣 

The pattern is really quite simple…I’ve made ponchos in that particular manner before. You knit 2 panels, sew them together…et voila. 

 

 But, of course, the panels have to be exact rectangles. See where I’m going with this? Because of using different yarns, and not really paying attention- don’t try that at home πŸ˜‹- my rectangles are more of a trapeze shape. See…


Now it’s back to the drawing board. I do have the beginning of an idea…let’s see what comes of that. If it works you’ll be the first to know! πŸ€—

Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

Fighting Mosquitoes One Plant At A Time

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in!

If you were with me last year you might remember this one. For all my new friends, here’s a ‘rerun’ πŸ™‚

Can you believe it’s almost May? That means it’s finally time to tend to the flowerbeds.
Right now I’m taking a break from weed-pulling Β ….ugh….all that rain and the humidity really made them flourish. πŸ˜– I do leave the pretty ones with the flowers, Β but sorry ‘Creeping Charlie’ you gotta go.

Then it’s off to buy the flowers! Yay! Do you get overwhelmed at the nursery/garden center? I sure do – my flowerbed is not all that big, so I can’t get that many, and I can never decide which ones of the pretties to take home.

But ~ this year it’s going to be easy! See, I’m very allergic to mosquito bites. Those little suckers leave me severely swollen and itchy. So I was very glad when I came across this nifty chart that lists all the plants mosquitoes hate! Ha! Got them now! 😜

I will plant them all around the patio, and in pots around and on the table. I do wish I could cover myself in all these plants…just to be on the safe side. That is of course not possible, but it gave me an idea for a fun sketch πŸ˜‹
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Don’t you wish? Then all you need is have someone throw a net Β over you to keep the bees away! 🐝

I will plant everything this week…hopefully it’s successful.

(Update- last year we had a lot less mosquitoes, I’m hoping it was due to the plants , and we’ll be bite-free again this year! 😊

Going now to pull some more weeds! 😝

Oh, wait…..I just found this helpful hint

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Do you have any experience with this? If so, please let us know!

I hope you found these tips and tricks helpful πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo

*I’m in no way affiliated with the product mentioned in this post πŸ™‚

 

A little Friday Funny…

…for all my crochet- and knitting-friends 😘 


Hehehe πŸ˜‚

Have a great ‘yarn-y’ weekend! 

See you soon πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

The First Steps On The New (Creative) Path πŸ’•

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back! 

Yesterday I told you how I found a new direction in the creative ‘jungle’ 😊 With so many beautiful things and techniques…it took a while- but, I did it and here I am knitting and crocheting (again…after many, many years!) 😍

The first full project I started with the making of a Yarnball. They’re perfect if you want to knit/crochet a multi-yarn, multi-color ‘anything’. πŸ™‚


Just pick all the yarns you would like to use, and connect them. I found a nifty -and ‘invisible’ way to do that . Let me show ya…


What the pictures don’t tell you is (I didn’t know how to photograph that 🀣) – between step 3 and 4, grab the tails and pull them carefully in opposite directions. That closes the loops, and smoothes things out.

Isn’t that amazing? See…no seam, no knot! πŸ˜ƒ And you can start your project without worrying about color change, or sewing up the tails later πŸ˜‰


Of course you can just knot the different yarns together….apparently that’s the thing for Fall 2017! Like this sweater from the ‘Paul & Joe’ collection…

I’m still on the fence with that one 😁
So my yarnball is finished, and I started a crocheting a shawl. I wanna incorporate various stitches in it – I started with a ‘Broomstick Stitch’, triple crochet, and a few rows of  ‘Checkerboard Stitch’. 


I’m writing down the pattern as I go…..so if we like the result I can share it with you all. πŸ€— 
That’s all for today! I hope you’re enjoying a great day! πŸ’β˜€οΈπŸŒΌ

Until next time πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

A New (Creative) Path

Hello my lovely friends   πŸ’•   How sweet of you to peek in!

It’s been quite a while since I wrote to you last   😟   Let me tell you the reason why.
I had a little ‘soul-searching’ to do. If you remember, last time I told about my studio makeover, which also included de-stashing my jewelry making supplies. For years jewelry making excited me, made me happy. Well, that kinda stopped a few months back….and de-stashing only confirmed that nagging feeling that I was at the end of that path. I wasn’t inspired by my beads, the spark of excitement thinking of the possibilities was gone. I knew I have to change directions. But – where to? For a (long) while I felt kinda lost in the creative jungle. So many things to explore, so many pretty things to make – but nothing really grabbed me like the jewelry making did in the beginning.
Then it happened. During the clean-up/reorganizing/make-over of my studio I unearthed a basket full of yarn. I used to knit and crochet quite a lot many, many moons ago. But, even though I didn’t do a lot of needlework anymore, pretty, gorgeous yarn kept catching my attention, had to come home with me….hence the stash.
While fingering the yarn, sorting through the crochet hooks, and knitting needles, the spark of excitement was back!   πŸ˜ƒ  The seed was planted…crocheting, knitting – maybe even take it one step further and design a few fun pieces.
Then a few things happened
~ a friend of mine introduced me to ‘Ravelry’ -oh my…that site is a paradise for yarn-, crochet-, and knitting enthusiasts!
~browsing in the library I found a new book series* (in the cozy mystery section – my second home   😍) and the heroine is a crochet-designer    πŸ˜³    Wait? What? Pretty awesome, right?!
~while digging in the hall-closet for a jacket I remembered having, but hadn’t seen all winter, I found a box with scarves and hats I made over the years. And I remembered the satisfaction of finishing a piece of wearable ‘anything’ with just a hook or needles and a ball of yarn.

So here I was, watching these puzzle pieces come together – and who am I to question the signs from the universe! Right? 😊

So…besides composing this post in my mind, somewhat committing to this new path, I started down the new road by sketching ideas, crocheting some test pieces, and brainstorming with the help of a fiber artist/friend.

Here is what I have so far…

1. A crochet cardi – Granny Squares and double/triple crochet

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The yarn for the Granny Squares I found in my stash – the matching colors I found in a wonderful local yarn store.

2. This is more of a recycle, upcycle, ‘make wearable’     project.
Last weekend I found this cardigan in a Thrift Store. It’s a bit scary…take a look

 

Yikes! Right?    Very ’80s, Bill Cosby Show.
I do love a lot about this – the patterns, the colors, the material (100% fine cotton), the fact that it’s made in Australia – I can’t make friends with the idea that it’s supposed to be worn as is.
I sat down with my friend, the fiber artist and also the owner of the above-mentioned yarn store, and brainstormed. We came up with the idea of making it a shawl or a poncho…tone it down by removing the sleeves and maybe the border. I took it home, and gave it even more thought. Here’s what I came up with

 

I think without the sleeves and border and the side insert in crochet mesh, it might actually be wearable. We’ll see.

Are you still here? Thank you for that! πŸ€—

I actually have one more piece, but I’ve taken up enough of your time for one night, so I’ll save that one for tomorrow. 😌

*Oh, one more thing ….if you’re interested in the book series I mentioned- it’s called ‘Annie’s Mysteries Unraveled’. The series is about one lady, the crochet designer, but each book is written by a different writer. I’ve read three books so far and am not disappointed. 

This is the first one in the series 

I’m looking forward to sharing this new path with you. Let’s have fun on this journey into the needlework-world! I’ll do my best to make it entertaining.

I hope you join me next time πŸ’•

Until then

~Tina xoxo

~I am in no way affiliated with the author(s) or publisher of the mentioned books. 

 

 

 

 

A few things that happened this week πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in! 

How’s everything in your little corner of the world? All is good over here. It’s April in Kansas…that means a lot of rain β˜”οΈ Yesterday we had a little lake forming in the back yard. For about an hour we were ‘Beachpeople’ 😁 It also means that the poor dogs are missing out on their walks….but they’re still tired! πŸ˜† Here’s Lorelai in her favorite chair 😍

 
I had to keep really busy, or I would have joined her 😝

~1. So I gave my studio a (much needed) make-over/clean-up/destashing! 

I only have one before picture….and that’s enough for you to get an idea why I said ‘much needed’ πŸ˜‹ It’s from my sewing table turned catch all for fabric, works in progress, books, yarn etc. Well, brace yourself…..here it is 

   EEEEEK! Right? 😱
Well, it’s much better now! See…

 Hard to believe it’s the same corner, huh? 😁
I also cleaned up my other work table – the one I used mainly for my jewelry. After a lot of destashing, trashbag filling, and rearranging, the rest of the room looks like this…

 My work table 

       

     
I did paint the frame (used to be gold-ish), and the little bookshelf, well the box said ‘Microwave Cart’ if I remember correctly…it is quite a few years old πŸ˜‰(used to be fake-oak laminate). I can really recommend painting old, outdated pieces. Just slap some chalk paint on it, sand in places, wax it- done! It’s really quite simple, and the transformation is amazing! 

~2. Now I had room to do something creative – I needed more felted pins for the store….so that’s what was Number one on the to-do list. See, experience has shown, that when my workspace is too organized I can’t create. So I make a list of a few things that need to be done. 😊 If you wanna see how to make these pins….look no further! There’s a post for that πŸ˜€



~3. Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary last week. And because he’s a pretty great guy I baked him his favorite cookies. It’s a german cookie called ‘Nussecken’, Nutty Corners- and they’re absolutely fabulous! If you wanna make some, I translated the recipe for you. 😍

~4. Yesterday started a new ‘100 Day Project’ on Instagram @elleluna. I hope to make it all the way through…last year I gave up after 2, 3 weeks πŸ˜• I had gotten a bit too ambitious, and chose ‘100 Days of Fashion’ drawn in colored pencil. Being new to drawing, and the fact that the models had to have great hair – and arms and legs for that matter 😝- I fell behind over one weekend, never got caught up, and eventually gave up. Here are some pictures from last year…

This year’s theme – for me….you can pick whatever theme, medium you like- is ‘100 Days of Folk Art’. I love Folk Art, ever since I discovered ‘Karen Gerard’s’ paintings on Pinterest. My creative mind kicked in….I got out my oil- and acrylic paints, and started painting. Ha– that did not work out well! πŸ˜† After a few days of working on this I had to admit that it looks more like a Kindergarten project than anything I had intended. Wanna see? Okay….here it is πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ


See what I mean? 😏 I didn’t wanna give up completely, so, for the challenge, I switched to colored pencils. That seems to be working out a little bit better! Have a look…

 
There is definitely room for improvement, but I do have 100..well now 98..days to get better. 😎

~5. As you probably gathered from my talking about ‘destashing’, I’m on the brink of giving up jewelry making, and trying something else. I’ve been mulling this over in my mind for quite some time now, and I do believe I’m finally on to something! πŸ˜€ No, not painting! That might be a bit delusional. πŸ˜‚ Let me think on it a bit longer….when I have a solid plan you’ll be the first to know! 😍

Alrighty, that’s it for now. Thank you soooo much for sticking with me through my musings! πŸ’œ

Oooohhhhh – one more thing. I’ll finally get to see ‘Garth Brooks’ in concert! Eeeeeeekkkk! That has been a dream of mine ever since the days of  our ‘Friends in low places’ 🀠 

So….Now I’m really done! 

I hope to see you soon! πŸ’•

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo