❄️A ❄️ Picture ❄️ Perfect ❄️ Morning β„️

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

For days now the weather guy has warned us of the ‘Winter storm’ headed this way.

Well, when I took the dogs out last night, there wasn’t much of anything…even the grass still peeked through a light dusting. But when I went outside this morning, everything had changed. I was greeted by this view…

The owl is wearing a hat…

…and our ‘Welcome’ bear a mask – I wonder what he’s up to πŸ˜‹

The neighborhood kids got busy πŸ˜ƒ

For me there are not many things more beautiful than a snow-covered Pine Tree

I don’t think Pearl, the cat, cares 😁

The Wisteria branches are a work of art 😍

Now I shut up, and let you enjoy the scenery 😊

(There’s nothing wrong with your eyes – it was early, and still somewhat dark-ish πŸ™‚)

I hope you enjoyed the stroll through our Winter Wonderland πŸ’œ

I wish you a wonderful weekend! πŸ’•

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A Creative Weekend

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

After the hectic holidays I treated myself to a wonderful creative weekend.

I had a few things to finish…like this Pixie πŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Scoodie

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I had a few rows to crochet on the scarf part, and then I made the PomPoms.
Now, I have to say, even if you’re not a fan of the LionBrand Homespun Yarn, you have to admit that it makes awesome PomPoms 😊

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If you wanna love the yarn, but are struggling with it, check out Robin’s post on her blog Imperial Crochet.  She made a beautiful hat/scarf set out of said yarn, and has a few tips on how to work with it.

Next was my Boho Vest (yes, my Christmas Decorations are still up  πŸ˜)

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Fun fact: Since I splurged on some handspun yarn from the ‘Lake of the Ozarks’ region  (4 skeins to be exact) this vest may very well be now the most expensive piece of clothing in my closet πŸ™ˆ Who’d a thunk it?
I really, really like it though – so it was worth it.

Since I started wearing more vests to spruce up some boring sweaters, I decided to make another (more economic πŸ˜† ) one.
If you look closer, the bottom part (the Ozark yarn) is knitted, and the rows are vertical.
I basically knitted 3 panels, and picked up stitches on the longer side.
I actually like to do it this way…no more math to figure out the stitch count. I just knit/crochet up until it’s the right length, or width in that case.
I hope this makes sense!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing for the new one, except I will make the strip long enough for the back and both front panels…no seams to close 😎
This time I’m doing the ‘Basketweave Stitch’ – my first time! And I love it…I can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

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Have you done anything in this stitch? If you haven’t and would like to know more, please let me know – I always love to help 😍

And – since I feel my String Painting definitely needs improving, I dabbled a bit in paint.
My hat’s off to the kids that did this in Elementary School! There is – at least for me – a steep learning curve. Like making sure that all the excess paint is stripped off the string, and ‘don’t apply to much pressure’!

If you like to see more…don’t go anywhere 😁 I took a few pictures of the process

Squirt some paint in a glass dish or on a plate, and dip your string in the paint until it’s covered all around. Take of the excess paint (I held up the doubled up string, and with thumb and forefinger of the other hand grabbed it, squeezed, and pulled up)

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Lay out the strings

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Cover it – I like to cover it with another piece of drawing paper (that way you’ll have two images πŸ˜ƒ) and a book. Apply some pressure, gather the strings at the bottom, and voilΓ‘

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Not bad…but I will keep practicing 😊

Well, that was it for me πŸ€“ Did you have a wonderful weekend, doing things you love?
I sure hope so!

Until next time πŸ’•

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The (scary) New Journal

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I’m not sure if ‘scary’ is the right word. Maybe ‘intimidating’…either way – the possibility of this beauty being ruined by “mistakes”, or a leaky pen does instill a sense of fear in me! πŸ™ˆ

Do you know what I mean?

I’ve thrown away quite a few pretty (empty, never saw a pen) planners at the end of the year, because I was afraid to mess it up!

The same thing was about to happen with my new journal. I saw it, loved it, brought it home, admired it from afar. πŸ€“

Isn’t it beautiful? πŸ₯°

But what good is a lovely journal when it’s not being used? And, after all, the creative life is messy, so why not the book telling about the journey!

So I decided – renegade that I am πŸ˜‰ – to make the first page messy…even use paint 😲 And after that, what else could go wrong!

I always wanted to try ‘string painting’. It makes lovely pictures, and doesn’t look too hard. As a matter of fact, I heard from quite a few people that they did this in Elementary school.

So I got out some glass dishes for the paint, cut some cotton string, Latex gloves…and I was set.

Conquering the fear…baby steps πŸ˜„

I might be a bit rebellious, but still wasn’t about to try a new technique in this book.

Out came my spiral notebook with drawing-paper. Here we go…

Not impressive, but not terrible either 😌

It came out good enough that I wanna try it in the pretty book…and I did. And not just that, I wrote in it, πŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ sprayed the page with glue, 😬 and sprinkled glitter – of course, what else – over the whole page! Done 😊

And that’s the first page. Ready to be followed by new ideas, more art, bits and pieces of my creative life! 😍

Do you keep a journal? Do you find the first step scary, or do you jump right in? I’m looking forward to hearing/reading about your experience. πŸ’•

Looking back…and forward πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•
I hope this finds you well! Did you have a nice holiday season? πŸŽ„β›„οΈ
I wish you a very happy and successful 2019! May it be as fabulous as you are 😍

You may have noticed that I took a little break on here.
Note to self: Don’t do that again! πŸ™ˆ It’s really hard to find the way back – even though I enjoy it immensely. Finding a perfect re-starting point…well, didn’t happen.
So I’m just gonna tell/show you what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. 😁

I did a few craft shows – here’s a picture of the very last one. It was at my friend Donna’s house. She makes the most amazing canned goods, and was so sweet to host a ‘Maker’s Market’ at her house. 😊

 

In between shows I was busy creating new pretties for the next one.

 In December we had some friends over for a wonderful ‘Holiday Party’. πŸ˜πŸŽ„πŸ₯³
I made a German/Hungarian Beef Stew.  Judging by the empty bowls… it was delicious.🀩

 

One of my goals for the coming year is to take my camera with me more, and show you some pictures from around here. We’re off to a great beginning – here are my two favorites from the first outing.

Sycamores  – I love them! 😍

 

Some em….pretty things (if you know what they’re called, please let me know) 😊

 

I made my first felted hat!
At this point hubby really doubted that I knew what I was doing πŸ˜‚

But – it turned out well  πŸ˜ƒ More on that later.

 Oh…one more blogging goal….I wanna learn (and share) about all the amazing art out there. I’m thinking a ‘Weekly Gallery’  πŸž What are your thoughts on that?

Before you leave – here’s the first hat of 2019. It’s a Pixie πŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Hat to symbolize the hope for a magical new year 🀩

 Alright my friends – this was it in a nutshell. It’s good to be back! πŸ€—
I hope to see you again soon. πŸ’•

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Happy Birthday, November Babies πŸŽπŸ₯‚πŸΎ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• and ‘Huzzah’ to all you wonderful November ~ Babies! πŸ˜ƒ

Let me be among the first to wish you a fabulous, glorious, sparkling Birthday! πŸ₯‚

Your Birthday month is an amazing one…

And you are just as awesome…

The Chrysanthemum is the beautiful flower for this month

The glittering Citrine is your Birthstone

You are in very good company 😊 Other November Babies are – to name a few-

David Schwimmer, K.D. Lang, Emma Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Young,

Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus

Now go dance, skip, be happy, enjoy the company of your loved ones – let them celebrate the amazing Birthday – Baby that is YOU! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸŽπŸŽ‚

I’m sending you best wishes and hope that all your dreams come true! πŸ’œ

Will You Take A Walk With Me? πŸ˜ŽπŸπŸŒ³

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Lansing, KS is not your typical pretty ‘Small-Town-America’. But in the Fall it turns into a canvas for Mother Nature most beautiful work. 😍

It’s a sunny, crisp morning, so I took my camera with me on my daily walk.

Here are some pictures of the delightful sights I’m lucky enough to see every day 😊

Straight out the door stands this beauty

These pictures speak for themselves

There’s a little frost on the ground

As the sun went higher, more and more colors came to life

The little creek was really flowing after the rains two weeks ago. Now…not so much

Sunshine and a little green fairy πŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

This one made me chuckle πŸ˜„

I hope you enjoyed our little stroll 🍁

Do you have a lot of Fall colors in your neck of the woods? Let me know…I’d love to hear/see what’s outside your door! πŸ’•

Grannies, But Not Your Granny’s Sweater ~Pattern for the (almost) Teen

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

A few days ago I published the pattern for my ‘Grannies, but not your Granny’s’ Sweater.


After hearing from a few wonderful mothers/Grandmas that want to crochet the sweater for their offspring, I went back to the drawing board. I rewrote the pattern for (Child)Size 10/12, because that was the most requested.

The measurement charts for kids clothes vary vastly. I studied a few, and then went with the average measurements for that age. I do hope that they’ll work for all of you.

Shoulder-to-Hem: 22″
Sleeve (Underarm to wrist): 16
Upper Arm Circumference :
11″
Hips: 30″

For more step-by-step pictures please go to the original pattern. You can find it here.

Happy Crocheting! 😍

Grannies, not your Granny’s Sweater

It’s not quite finished yet, but I’m certain that everything fits together as it should 😊

Pattern Notes:

Fpdc = front-post dc – Yarn over. Insert hook, from front to back between the first and second dc of the previous row, and then from back to front between the second and third dc. Yarn over. Pull around the post of the stitch (3 loops on hook). Finish dc as usual.

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Bpdc = back-post dc – Yarn over. Insert hook, from back to front between the first and second dc of previous row, then from front to back between the second and third dc. Yarn over. Pull through around the post of the stitch (3 loops). Finish dc as usual.

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You will need:

Worsted and/or medium (4) yarn – appr. 400g/16 oz.

Hook – Size J10/6.00mm

4 buttons

Tapestry needle

Pattern

Front:
Ch 54

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc across ch. Ch3. Turn.

Row 2: Fpdc (see Pattern Notes) around second dc.

Bpdc (see Pattern Notes) around third dc. Alternate stitches to the end of the row.

Ch 3. Turn.

Row 3 & 4: Repeat Row 2 – working the stitches as they appear (work a fpdc around the ‘raised’ stitch,Β  a bpdc around the ‘shallow’ stitch)

Change color (optional)

Row 5: Dc in every stitch. At the end of the row, ch 4. Turn.

Row 6: *Skip one dc. Dc in top of next stitch. Ch1. Repeat from * . End with dc in last stitch. Ch 3. Turn.

Row 7 and following rows: Repeat Rows 5 & 6 until your piece measures 15″ (changing colors according to your desired pattern).

Fasten off.

Make 4 Granny Squares – 2 rounds/each.
Crochet/sew 2 together. Repeat for the other 2.
Mark the middle of your finished front panel.
Crochet/sew the short side of one strip to the right side of the mark.
Crochet/sew the other strip to the left side.

Top-Side Panel

Attach new yarn to one outside corner of your front panel.
Crochet the panel pattern until you reach the height of the Granny Square.

Repeat on the other side.

Close the seams.

Shoulder:
Make 2 Granny Squares – 2 rounds/each.
Attach your yarn to one corner, ch3, dc 1 in same space, dc in each space across (7dc+ch). Fasten off.
Repeat for the other Square.

Crochet/sew a square to the front panel, lining the added row of dc up with the inside edge of the top-side panel.
Repeat on the other side.

You will have about an inch open on each side.

Sleeves:

Make 12 Granny Squares -2 rounds/each –Β  for each sleeve.

If you have multicolored squares, play around, and see which pattern is most to your liking.

Granny Square Join:

Make 3 strips with 4 squares/each.
Lay 2 squares on top of each other.
Attach Yarn to one corner. Ch 3.
Work 3dc in the corner of the second square.
Work 3 dc in the 2nd space of the first square. Repeat, going back and forth between the squares.
Work 1 dc in last space.

Attach the middle strip to the Shoulder Granny Square as described above.

Sew the strips together.

Sleeve Cuff:
Attach yarn to one corner of a Granny Square. Sc to the other end. Dc 3. Work theΒ linked double-crochet stitch for 3 rows. Fasten off.

Back:
Ch 54

Work in the same pattern as the front until you reach the full height of the front panel (incl. Granny Squares and side panels) = appr. 22″

Fasten off.

Finishing:

Following this diagram, close the side seams (crochet or sew),Β  the armhole- & sleeve seams.

Close the sleeve seams using the Granny-Square join stitch described above – dc for the top 2 squares (closest to the neckline), hdc for 1 square, sc for the last square.

Fasten off.

Neckline:
Sc all around the neckline, including in-between the front Granny Squares.

Sew on buttons. Make corresponding chain-loops.

Weave in the ends, and you can present your lovely handiwork to the young lady close to your heart! 😍

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, and have fun crocheting the sweater! 😊

Please let me know how it went πŸ™‚

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always just a quick message away!

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