‘Hodgepodge ~ Giveaway’ πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you! Thank you! Thank you all for being here! 😍

Because of YOU my little blog has reached a milestone – the big (for me 😁) πŸ’―!!! 

And if that’s not a great reason for gifts I don’t know what is! πŸ˜ƒ

So I’ve made a few things for three lucky πŸ˜‰ winners. Since it’s a ‘Hodgepodge‘ Blog and – Giveaway I revisited my craft supplies from days gone by, and made earrings, a bracelet, a felted flower pin ….and of course something crocheted. 

Now you probably wanna see some pictures 😏 ‘kay…here they are 

One of you will win a cotton dishcloth, and a scrubby πŸ™‚


Ugh….the Scrubby looks a bit wonky – but it’s not, I promise ☺️ See…


Then there’s this..Leather/Gemstone Earrings and a Turtle/Peace sign Stretch Bracelet


And last but not least – a felted Flower Pin and Gemstone Earrings 


All you have to do is leave a comment here, and I’ll put your name in the hat. Literally 😁 

No, really – piece of paper, name, hat 😎 

I hope you like my little selection 😊 Good luck πŸ€

Oh…psst…just between you, me, and the fence post – I will post little reminders over the next week, and every comment on these posts gets you another entry 😘

The drawing is next Sunday. I will try to get my lovely daughter to do the honors and draw 3 names out of the 🎩

Now I let you get back to what you were doing! 😁

I’ll be back tomorrow, and hope you will too! πŸ€—

Until then πŸ’•

Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on inΒ B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B,Β and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

It’s a fabulous day πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Welcome back!

The weatherman promised us a perfect Friday 🌞 And – for a change – he was right πŸ˜‰

We woke up to temperatures in the 50s…no humidity πŸ™†πŸ» Yay! 

So we walked the dogs for a good hour. πŸ™‚ And then – because they’re not the fastest walkers…everything is too interesting, everyone is a friend πŸ™‚ – then we walked a beautiful trail nearby. Just trees, bushes, wildflowers 


We passed a cornfield 


 It’s a bit blurry – but you can see how tall the corn is 😁
Once home my daughter stopped by for breakfast before she left town for a weekend on the water.  Not as fancy as it sounds …it’s a raft on a Missouri River πŸ˜… but I’m sure she’ll have a ton of fun. 

After I waved my goodbyes, I grabbed my yarn and hook 


This little idea for a ‘Teapot Cozy’ has been flitting around in my head for a few days now, and I had to see if it can be done. Well, guess what…it can be done 😁


Now I have to recreate it 😳 ’cause every cozy needs a front and a back. πŸ˜‹

Once that’s accomplished…this time around I’ll make sure to write down every step 😏 – you will find the pattern right here for ‘Small Project Sunday’. 

But first I’ll watch an episode of ‘Monk’ – one of my favorites πŸ€“

I hope you’re having a fabulous day too! 🌞🌻🌾 

Thanks for visiting and reading. πŸ€— I hope* you enjoyed everything. 

I’ll be back tomorrow with your ‘Weekend Chuckle’ 😁

Until then πŸ’•


* I really don’t like to repeat a word in two consecutive sentences. I did get out my Thesaurus to find an alternative ☹️ Nothing! That reminded me of my favorite meme though 


πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Still cracks me up! 

‘Bohemian Oasis’ ~ The Crochet-Along Part II

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Show of hands    πŸ™‹πŸ»   Who has started this project? Are your squares done and joined?
If not – no worries, this will keep. 😊

Once they’re joined you want to continue with a few rows of Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.
This stitch is a double crochet, worked into the spaces between the stitches of the former row, instead of the loops at the top.

I picked black as a separating color between the sections, because it serves as a ‘frame’ for each section. It separates colors you normally wouldn’t put next to each other, and makes them ‘go together’. And – I think – it adds a bit of a ‘dramatic’ flair to the piece. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Note: If you take a closer look at the picture you’ll see that I stitched the first and last dc of every row in black as well. You can save yourself that hassle    πŸ˜   My thought was to give the piece an instant border, in case you don’t want to add one at the end. Oooops 😳  it’ll definitely needs a separately stitched border.

Ready? Alright – here we go….

Row 1:
Attach your yarn to the corner space of the first square and work a dc.
One dc between the next 2 dc of the previous row. *One dc between the next 2 dc.
2 dc in ch1 space of the previous row. Continue from * to the last corner space. Place 1dc in that space.
2dc between the top 2 vertical stitches of the join, 2 dc in the space next to it.
Repeat for all squares and join rows.

Row 2 & 3
Attach a new color, and ch3. Work both rows in the Offset-Filet-Net Stitch.

Row 4
With black yarn work one row of Offset-Filet-Net Stitches.

Row 5  – The Bobble Stitch



A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, through 2 loops, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.

Start this row by attaching a new yarn color.
1 hdc in first stitch, 1 hdc in 2nd stitch *1 Bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row. End with 2hdc

Row 6
2sc, *sc in eye of bobble, 3 sc, repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row  7
4 sc, *1 bobble (in the middle one of the 3sc of the previous row) 3sc. Repeat from *
End row with 4sc

Row 8
Repeat Row 6

Row 9
Repeat Row 5

Row 10
black dc across

I’m gonna stop this right now and  let you catch up πŸ€“

I really, really hope that this makes sense to you – if not, just holler. I’m just a quick message away! πŸ“¬

Now have fun with your yarn and hook    πŸ˜ƒ   Play with your colors    πŸŒˆ This is a great stashbuster, isn’t it?! 😁

Next time we’ll use the Tapestry Stitch and the Star Stitch – that’s a great one….you’ll love it. Wanna see? Okay…here it is


Other than this…there’s not much going on here. Kind of a boring slow week 😜
So I’ll let you go now. Take good care of yourself. πŸ’œ

Thanks for stopping by! 😍

I hope to hear from you soon – let me know how far you’ve gotten with your ‘Bohemian Oasis’

Until then πŸ’•


 

So about Yesterday…😏

It sure was a bit of a frazzled one! 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

If you saw yesterday’s ‘Monday’ post – you know I was full of energy, ready to tackle the new week! πŸ‘ΈπŸ»

And it started well enough – I took a nice walk in beautiful weather (morning temps in the 60s 😎) with a friend and our dogs. 

Checked cleaning the bathroom off of my to-do list βœ… Apropos – did you know that Dawn in warm water, followed by a little Squeegee action leaves your mirrors and windows sparkling? Try it sometime…it’s great. πŸ™‚

As I stood there, admiring my handiwork, the universe was like ‘Oh, so you think you’re on top of things, eh? Not so fast!’ 😳

Plan was cleaning βœ…, crocheting, and blogging about the crocheting. 

Well, guess what? Didn’t happen. πŸ˜• I picked up the ‘crochet-along’ ….got nothing. Looked at various yarns thinking maybe I start something new….nope. Crickets! 

Alright then – I just take my Granny Squares, they need to be joined together. That’s when I lost my ability to think logically. It was 9th grade Mathclass all over again. Remember the ‘Pythagorean Triple’? It’s sooooo simple, but it took me weeks to finally get it. No idea why…’cause it really is simple. Anyway – I want to join the squares on-point. Easy enough, right?! Ha – you would think so (and you’d be right πŸ˜‹). I laid them out, joined three or four together…and had a regular corner. Ugh πŸ˜‘ I’m embarrassed to say, it took a few tries…and then – Hallelujah! – it worked! See…


I don’t wanna jinx it, but I think I got it now 😝 

Did that ever happen to you? That you know it’s doable, other people are doing it – but it just won’t come together? Please tell me it happens to other people too! πŸ˜”

By then it was late afternoon, dinner went well 😏

I checked my blog-view numbers…there’s a good chance I’m slightly obsessed with them 😁 

See…my goal here is to up my numbers every month. And I have been since I set that goal in January 😍 So I check it…666 😳 Now, I’m not superstitious – I heard that’s bad luck 😏 – and I love the fact that I upped my number from last month by 240 πŸ™†πŸ» and I truly appreciate each and every view….but one more would’ve been nice 😜 Goals!!! 

There were small positives though…🌈

– Did I mention my sparkling bathroom πŸ˜›

– I had a lovely sit-down and chat with my daughter πŸ’•

– I won almost $100 at the casino last night πŸ€‘ ⬅️ I’ve always wanted to use that one!

– I finally found a good…no, great book! πŸ€“ After the duds I picked up over the last few months, I thought I had read all the good ones 😊

Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you a great week full of inspiration, success and love ❀️ 

The next part of the crochet-along will be here tomorrow πŸ˜ƒ

I hope you’ll be back for that 😍 And don’t forget to tell me about your ‘brainfog’ moments! Please! I neeeeeed to hear them. πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 

Until then πŸ’•

Small Β ~ Project ~ Sunday 🌺 Cute coasters πŸΊ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back! 

It’s a lazy Sunday πŸ€“ And this morning’s forecast was right…

‘Cause that’s what I’ve been doing! 😊 I’ve made some cute coasters, and I’ll show you how you can whip up some yourself in an afternoon. πŸ˜ƒ 


I’ve used a different type yarn for each one – I can’t see a difference. I used a crochet hook    Size H/5mm.

In case you’re interested:

Purple = Caron, 1 pound ; Yellow = Red Heart ; Green = Peaches and Creme 

I’ve made “Smoothies” and a “Beerglass”. The basic form is the same. 

Ch 18, and work 32 rows in the ‘Tunesian Stitch’ πŸ’₯ If you need a little reminder how to work that one …just click here for the how-to πŸ€“

The Beer – Glass 🍺

Connect your border yarn to the top right corner of your rectangle.  Ch 2, hdc across the top to the top left corner.  Ch1, slipstitch into the first stitch of the longer side. Slipstitch your way down, working into the top loop only. At the bottom left corner, ch 1, hdc into the first space. Hdc across. At the corner, hdc into last space, ch1, slipstitch into the same space. Ch 1. Continue with the slipstitch to the last loop (first stitch of the top row). Ch 2. Hdc in same space. 




If you’re doing the ‘Smoothie’ coaster – ch1. Hdc across, working the spaces between the dc, not the top loops. Fasten off. 

For the “Beerglass” you’ll now crochet ….

The “Foam” : 

Skip 3 stitches, *5dc – 1 ch – 5 dc in 4th stitch (shell)* . Skip 3 st, 1sc, Skip 3 st, repeat from * to *; Sc in last stitch.  Ch 1. Turn. 7 slipstitch on each dc of previous row. 5 treble crochet in sc of previous row. Skip 3dc, slipstitch in each following dc. End row with 1 slipstitch. 

The “Handle”: 
The handle is a continuation of the ‘foam’. 

Ch 20. Count 5 stitches from the bottom and connect with a slipstitch in the 6th. Work 1set of ‘Tunesian Stitch’. Slipstitch to the coaster-border. Fasten off, block. 

They do wanna curl a bit…so it’s best to get them wet, wet 😬 and block overnight – and don’t forget the ScotchGuard! 😝

What do you think? Will you be making some? I think they’ll be a cute surprise at the next cookout – maybe even a take-home gift?! 😎

I’m working on Part II of the ‘Crochet Along’ and try my best to present it to you tomorrow 😍 

Until then πŸ’•

I’m not affiliated with any product mentioned here! 

And So it Begins ~ ‘Bohemian Oasis’ Β – A Boho Crochet-Along πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Are you ready for a new Crochet-Along? 😊 I’m so excited, and hope that you’ll have fun! πŸ˜ƒ

Since it’s not a ‘Mystery CAL’ I can tell you…we’re making a cozy blanket. An oasis for your living room – something to snuggle under in the colder months to come. It’s hard to imagine right now that I ever want to sit under a blanket, but it’s coming! πŸ˜‰

I will give you a few tips on how to change it into a shawl, a larger blanket, or even a Wallhanging. 😁

But now…without further ado….here’s Part 1

(Please be patient with me 😊 this is my very first (own) crochet along…so if I stumble a bit, or am not clear on anything – give me a nudge πŸ€— I think together we can make this a fabulous experience πŸ’œ)


It’s actually 32″ wide but in the full picture you couldn’t see the detail. 😁

There was a lot of trial and error…translation – frogging πŸ˜„ But I ironed out the problems, and so far I’m pretty happy with it. 

So today I’m going to show you how to crochet the ‘Flower Grannies’. They are your foundation. 

There are 5, for a total width of 32″ (including the connection crochet) We’ll work a 3″ border around everything at the end for a total of 38″. 

If you want to make a larger blanket just add more squares. I picked stitches that work with any number of foundation stitches. πŸ€“

But first…the ‘Flower Granny’ 

Abbreviations:

htc = half treble crochet 

tc = treble crochet 

dc2tog = yo, insert hook in designated stitch, pull yarn through, yo, through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into same stitch, pull through. Yo, pull through 2loops, yo, pull through remaining 3 loops.

1. Start with a Magic Ring. Ch3, yo, dc in the base of the chain. *Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Fasten off 

 

*Yo, dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog . Repeat from *four times = 6 petals. Close ring with a slipstitch. Fasten off

2. Connect your second color. Ch 3, dc in ch1 space at the base of the chain. Ch1, dc2tog in same space. Ch1. Work *dc2tog, ch1, dc2tog groups in each ch1 space. 

  I marked the placements with pins 

Connect with a slipstitch. 

3. Ch3, turn your work around, 2dc into space at the base of the chain. Ch 1. *Work 3dc into every ch1 space of the previous row 

= 12 groups of 3. Connect with a slipstitch. Fasten off. 



4. Connect your third color. Ch3, 2dc in space at the base of your chain. Ch 1, 3 dc into next ch1 space. Ch1 – now you’ll work the corner. 2 htr, 1tc, ch3, 1 tc, 2 hdc. *Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space. Ch1, crochet the corner. Repeat from *. End with a corner. Connect with a slipstitch, and fasten off. 

Done! 😍 Isn’t that a nice weekend project? 

Then you want to connect them πŸ˜€ I picked this join stitch because it goes perfect with anything Granny Square, plus it aids in keeping the project ‘flowy’ 😌 

I posted a tutorial for this join stitch a few weeks ago…you can find it here πŸ™‚

I honestly hope you like the project I picked for us πŸ€— Please holler if you have any questions or concerns! I’m always just a quick message away 😘

Let me know what you think about this project! Will you join in? πŸ’œ That would be pretty awesome! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few ‘Weekend Chuckles’…I did find some good ones! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Until then πŸ’•

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