On Your Hook, Ready, Set, Crochet ~ Happy Hippie Handkerchief Top

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Show and Tell Time! ๐Ÿ˜ I just finished the last picot on this top, and have to share.

When I saw this lovely top on Pinterest, I knew I had to have one. Luckily the link lead somewhere…to the free pattern on Ravelry

I looked through my yarn stash, but the perfect yarn didn’t jump out at me. So I put it on the back burner.
But when I received a yarn order a few days later, the perfect yarn for the top was in it.
Honestly, that was a lucky coincidence…I had only put it in my cart to get free shipping. ๐Ÿ˜†

The picture on the website did not do it justice. It’s a beautiful, silky yarn in very vibrant colors. Simply gorgeous.

I pulled up the pattern, and realized real quick that it doesn’t really work with my choice of yarn.ย  It has some wool in it, so I was afraid that the rows of close crochet stitches would make the top too heavy and warm.


Change of plans. I found this diagram at inspirations-tricot-crochet on Blogspot.
It’s an awesome blog with tons of crochet- and knitting patterns and tips.

That worked. The loose mesh is perfect for an airy, flowy summer top.

Take a look…


I did make a few more changes…

To make it fit better, I lengthened the seams joining the squares by 1″.

I shortened the shoulder straps. The suggested 8″ (plus they stretched quite a bit) simply didn’t work on me. The top looked like a high-waisted skirt with suspenders ๐Ÿ˜œ
So I made them 4″ long. Plus I crocheted them separately (lengthwise, to avoid the stretch) and sewed them on.
I worked it in the linked double-crochet stitch. 2 rows were enough for the required width.


Then I wove in the ends…not too many, yay!…and thought I was done.
I really wanted to be done, because – truth be told – it seemed a bit of a chore at times.
Since I have the attention span of a gnat, working with the same yarn, the same color, on rows that get longer with every round…there was a lot of sighing and eye-rolling going on. ๐Ÿ™„

But – turns out I wasn’t done. ๐Ÿ™ˆ I looked at it, and looked at it, and looked at it some more…and finally decided it needs a picot edge. I worked the picot around all the edges – neck, arms, and bottom hem.
Now I really love it! ๐Ÿ˜

I hope this inspired you to make one for yourself. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Let me know what you think! I’m looking forward to your comments ๐Ÿ’•

Beautiful Night Sky โœจ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Yesterday I came across this post from the local weatherman…announcing a -somewhat- rare occurrence

Of course I had to go out and see. Luckily it was a clear night, and so I was able to capture

The Moon, Saturn…and a Fairy ๐Ÿ˜Š

A few days prior I found this image that shows the planet – (and other known object-) sizes in relation to one another

To look at Saturn in comparison to the Moon – the itty bitty moon – and then go back to how they appeared in the sky…I don’t know what to say.

I can’t even imagine the distance between us and this planet.


While we’re gazing up at the sky…here are two more pictures from the nights before.

This was last Friday…we thought for sure we’d get some rain. Didn’t happen, but the clouds were pretty impressive.

Something pretty cool happened here, in the clouds, in the distance. Constant lightning! It was quite a show. ๐Ÿ˜ Sadly, by the time I got my camera the clouds had moved on.

Still a pretty picture though ๐Ÿ˜

Do you like to observe the moon, the vast universe above us?

I am very fascinated by it all, and do sit outside at night looking up, admiring the beauty of the night sky. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good night ๐ŸŒ™ It’s almost time for the full moon. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy World Emoji Day ๐Ÿ˜†

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that I can’t let this day go by without giving it a special salute ๐ŸŽ†

I really can’t pick just one favorite. And the day I switched from Android to Apple*

was a happy one!


Do you have a favorite one? ๐ŸคชOne you use all the time? ๐Ÿค“Or can you do without? ๐Ÿ™

Now go and sprinkle some Emoji love ๐Ÿ’•

Your Weekend Chuckle ๐Ÿ˜ธ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope you’re enjoying a fabulous weekend!

Everything is good here ๐Ÿ˜ We actually had some rain yesterday ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป I even got to see a puddle ๐Ÿ˜

It was a glorious sight…

All it took was a trip to the car wash, and planning a BBQ…or maybe it was the rain dance, performed by my friend Carole. It was a masterful performance – right after she walked into some bag worms hanging from her tree ๐Ÿ˜†

Ready to share a few more laughs? Alrighty…๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I can see that…๐Ÿ˜œ


One of these days I’m gonna try this ๐Ÿคฃ



and that!


Definitely a possibility ๐Ÿ˜†


I hope you found a few chuckles here today ๐Ÿ˜Š

Have a wonderful ‘rest of your weekend’ ๐Ÿ˜

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

Off to the Farmers Market with your New Bag you go ~ A Crochet Pattern ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•This is the time of year where the Farmers Markets are in full bloom ๐Ÿ˜ Do you visit your local one? If you do, you probably appreciate a bag that fits in your purse, but will – if need be – expand to hold all the treasures you find. Well, get your hook ready and start crocheting…you’ll have one in just an hour or two ๐Ÿ˜Here’s what you need…1 skein (11.9 oz/601 yards) ‘craftsmart’ yarn (Michaels**) – makes 2 bags or 3 skeins (2 oz./56g each) ‘Kitchen’ Cottonor RedHeart Super Saver ** – appr. 300 yards (pictured here)Crochet hook Size I/9 (5.5mm)Note:Do not join rounds. Place a stitchmarker in the first stitch to mark the beginning of each round.’increase‘ = 2sc in one stitch Pattern: Make a magic ring. Round 1: 6 sc in center of ring Round 2: 2sc in each stitch – 12 scRound 3: *increase, sc, repeat from * – 18scRound 4: *increase, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * – 24scRound 5: *increase, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * – 30scRound 6: *increase, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * – 36scRound 7: *increase, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * – 42scRound 8: *increase, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * – 48scRound 9: *increase, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * – 54scRound 10: *increase, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * – 60scRound 11: *increase, sc in next 9 stitches, repeat from * – 66scRound 12: *increase, sc in next 10 stitches, repeat from * – 72scRound 13: *increase, sc in next 11 stitches, repeat from * – 78scRound 14: *increase, sc in next 12 stitches, repeat from * – 84scRound 15: *increase, sc in next 13 stitches, repeat from * – 90scRound 16: *increase, sc in next 14 stitches, repeat from * – 96scAt this point the base measures about 4″ (middle center to outer edge)Now we get to the body of the bag.Round 1: *Ch5. Skip 2sc, sc in 3rd stitch. Repeat from * all around.When you get to the end of the round, chain 5, skip the last 2 stitches, sc 1 in 3rd chain of the first loop of the previous round.Repeat Round 1 until desired height (don’t forget to move your stitchmarker every few rounds ๐Ÿ˜Š)When you reach the desired height (mine is 18″ from middle center of the base to the top) work a row of sc. Round 1: *3sc in 2., 3., and 4. chain of the loop. Ch2. Repeat from* all around.Round 2: sc all around Round 3 (Handles): Ch 70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch (be careful not to twist the chain!) Sc in next 50 stitches. Ch70, skip 28sc, sc in next stitch. Sc to start of first handle.Round 4, 5, 6: Sc in every stitch/chain, (except the sc between the handles)Note: If you get around the chain, and continue on, be careful to ‘stay the course’. You do not want to find that you happily crocheted in the space between the straps of the same handle ๐Ÿ˜ Experience has shown that it can happen! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Especially if the chain twisted despite the care with which one keeps it straight.Fasten off…you’re done. And only a few ends to weave in! ๐Ÿ˜ƒI’ve made a few in the different yarns.Red Heart **craftsmart** yarn in rose/yellow Peaches & Creme ** Kitchen Cotton This one is my favorite…it reminds me of Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’ ๐Ÿ˜Oh – a quick note before you leave …I realize that I have the tendency to overexplain things. Please don’t be offended! I’ve just encountered one too many patterns that left me scratching my head, wasting a lot of time ‘trying to figure it out’ ๐Ÿ˜• and I try to avoid that when I write my patterns. Nevertheless…If you do notice any mistakes please let me know.Happy crocheting (and shopping!) ๐Ÿ˜ I’m looking forward to seeing your bag! Have a fabulous, glorious, wonderful weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Ž** I’m not affiliated with any products mentioned here.

I Miss Puddles โ˜”๏ธ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•I’ve always loved rainy days! The sound of rain against the window, the racing clouds, the smell of the air and wet asphalt. ๐Ÿ˜Š How about you? Do you feel the same or are you more of a ‘heat and sunshine’ person? Since it’s been a while since I got to enjoy the beautiful moisture from above, I took to the web, and found this… ๐Ÿ˜ƒRainyMood.com – It is an app, but this website gives you a preview ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโ˜”๏ธA (somewhat) Heart-shaped puddle I captured last year After a rainstorm last fall…don’t you love the tree reflection in the water? ๐Ÿ˜This is from a couple of years ago…during my ‘drawing phase’. See, rain-themed ๐Ÿ˜Maybe I’ll go now and try a rain dance! ๐Ÿ˜†I wish you a fabulous weekend, and hope you get to do things you love! ๐Ÿ’•

30+ Hot Weather Crochet/Knitting Projects ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Well…it’s hot! There are no ifs and buts about it!

And unless you live in parts of the Southern Hemisphere you’re probably looking at your yarn stash with a tear in your eye, willing the weather man to come up with some clouds or – dare we hope – a ‘cold’ front! ๐Ÿ˜Š

But fret no more! Dry your tears, pick a project โฌ‡๏ธ that won’t cover your lap, legs, toes, pick up your hook/needles and start your Hot Weather Project ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Maybe you’re already thinking about Christmas Gifts! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How about a cute Tea-Cozy? I love the hedgehog ๐Ÿ˜„

25 free Knit and Crochet Tea-Cozy Patterns by diyhowto.org


Speaking of Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

Crochet Elf Hats for the entire family following this easy & awesome Pattern from B.Hooked Crochet


Or maybe you or someone you love needs a new project/market bag?

11 Summertime Crochet Bags and Totes – find the patterns for these beauties right here


And of course there’s always Amigurumi ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Doesn’t get smaller than that!

You can find all the patterns here ๐Ÿ˜


My absolute favorite – the Granny Square – is the perfect project for sweltering days!

You can compile a stash now, then join them when it gets cold.

If you’ve never made one, or need a refresher course…help is one click away ๐Ÿ˜Š

Or get out your kitchen cotton, and make a larger one = Dishcloth! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Add a Scrubby-Yarn Flower – no more digging for an elusive Scrubby-pad with wet, soapy fingers. ๐Ÿ˜

There….that should keep you busy for a while! Let me know what you’re making ๐Ÿ˜

Enjoy your day! Stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Fantastic Bake – Along: Scones

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Laaaast weekend was the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’ – and I missed it. ๐Ÿ˜•

It’s so terribly hot and humid here that the stove/oven is merely decoration right now.

We’re eating take out or sandwiches, the Birthday cake was store bought, and the delicious Maple Scones have to wait till later.

But…just because I didn’t bake them shouldn’t mean that you can’t! ๐Ÿ˜

Don’t they look mouth-watering?

All you have to do is hop over to Tracy’s amazing blog It’s A T-Sweets Day

There you find more scrumptious pictures, the link to the recipe, and a list of bakers that didn’t let the heat bother them and made these fabulous treats nonetheless. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you enjoy this deliciousness! I’m looking forward to hearing about your results!

Happy Baking! ๐Ÿ’•

Happy Birthday, July ~ Babies ๐ŸŒบ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Is your Birthday coming up this month? Then let me be among the first ones to wish you all the best on this joyous occasion! ๐Ÿ˜Š

There are only good things to say about you! ๐Ÿ˜

See…I told ya! ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Your Birth-Stone is the Ruby

Isn’t that a wonderful sentiment?


I found another beautiful poem, written just for you…

Your Birthday Flower is the Water Lily , which symbolizes ‘Purity of Heart’ ๐Ÿ˜

So here is – exclusively for you – a ‘stroll’ past Monet’s Water Lilies โค๏ธ

You are in fabulous company! Here are some other July Babies…

Liv Tyler ๐ŸŒบ Neil Simon ๐ŸŽญ Kevin Bacon ๐ŸŒผ Tom Hanks ๐ŸŒธ Sofia Vergara ๐ŸŒน

Kristen Bell ๐ŸŒผ Sandra Bullock ๐ŸŒบ J.K. Rowling’s Birthday is on the 31st, and Harry Potter got his letter from Hogwarts on his birthday on July 31st ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

And last but not least – Olivia deHaviland turns 102 on July 1st โค๏ธ

Alrighty…now put on your crown, and let the world know it’s your Birthday so everyone can take appropriate action! ๐Ÿ˜

Have a wonderful, fabulous, glorious Birthday! Enjoy the celebrations with friends and family, the cake, the dinners, the lunches, the gifts! You deserve every bit of it! ๐Ÿ˜

I’m sending Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ Love ๐Ÿ’• and Hugs ๐Ÿค— your way!