A Creative Weekend

Hello my lovely friends 💕

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

I had a few things to finish…like this Pixie 🧚🏼‍♀️ 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  😁)

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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 🙈 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 😆 ) 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 😃) and a book. Apply some pressure, gather the strings at the bottom, and voilá

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Not bad…but I will keep practicing 😊

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

Until next time 💕

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‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ~ Crochet Along – Part II

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Did you finish your Carnation Square from Part I of this Crochet Along?

Yes? Great!  😃 Now let’s build on that, and see the ‘Flower Patch’ grow.

Get out your carnation, and yarn, and let’s do the next 5 rounds! Happy Crocheting! 😍

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Pattern Notes:

Bobble Stitch: *Yarn over. Insert hook in next stitch/space, pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the previous dc. Repeat twice from *. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.

Round 11:
Attach yarn to any corner of your carnation square. Ch2. Yarn over. Pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the chain. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.
Ch 3. Work one Bobble Stitch in same corner space. Ch 1.
Work one Bobble Stitch/each in every following [Ch1] space and between the Dcs of the previous row.
Work [1 Bobble, ch 3, 1 Bobble] in every corner space.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 12:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch3. Dc 2 in same space.
Dc 1 in each space and on top of each Bobble.
Work [dc 2, ch 3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 13:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc in same space. Ch 3. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc 1 on top of the next 2 dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles of Row 11.
*Sc 1 on top of the next dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles.
Repeat from * , working [2sc, ch 3, 2sc] in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

Round 14:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch 3. Dc 2 in same space.
*Skip on sc of previous row. Dc 1 in next stitch. Dc 1 in stitch skipped.
Repeat from *, working [dc 2, ch3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slipstitch to top of beginning ch.

Round 15:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc in every space between dcs in previous row.
Work 3 sc in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

That’s it for Part II. At this point you might wanna consider weaving in your ends.
I know, I know….ugh  😝 But you will thank me later! 😊

I hope you’re enjoying your growing blanket. Part III and IV will bring you more Flower-Squares. 🌺🌸🌼

Until next time 💕

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Playing With Yarn & Colors ~ A Freeform Collage

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Are you enjoying the brilliant colors Mother Nature uses to paint the trees around us this time of year?

Every morning, while walking the dogs, I see more and more patches of reds and yellows pop up 😍

And some wonderful people have been sharing their Fall pictures on Facebook

Glorious…isn’t it?! I wanna jump right in! Don’t you? 😁

Seeing all these photos sparked an idea = Freeform Collage!

I’ve been trying my hand at Freeform Crochet Scrumbles, and am loving it!

So I got all my Fall-Color yarn out and went to town…no plan, just a picture in my mind.

Luckily I had the perfect yarn in my stash. 😃

Like this one here – Fall colors in a skein…

And this beautiful handspun wool

And of course many more, but these two really stand out. 🙂

And inch by inch it grew

Glorious Autumn – A Freeform Collage

It’s so much fun to play with the colors and different stitches.

Please watch for updates, and see the lake, sky, and more trees appear 😊💕🍁

Do you think Freeform is for you? You should try it sometime – once in a while it’s good to let the crazy child inside you create 🙃

Have fun! 💕

Amigurumi – Galore 🌺🐙🦄

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Amigurumi is something I’m very intrigued by, but also find a bit intimidating – so I haven’t tried it yet. 🤓 I do enjoy looking at the creations though 😊 and today I wanna share the cuties of the ‘Crochet Creature World’ 😍

~ This one caught my eye on Pinterest

It took some digging, but I finally found the pattern here (Link to Etsy; paid pattern)

~ The ‘Fish in a Jar’ is perfect for a kid’s room 🙂

The pattern is free on Ravelry – you can find it Here 😍

~ ‘Wiley the Wisp‘ from Emma Crafts Design <—– Link to the Free Pattern on Emma’s wonderful and inspiring blog 😃

Isn’t he cute? 😍

~ This little Army of Hedgehogs is so adorable 😍

You will find the pattern (written and video) right Here

~ The Sleepy Fox will be loved by everyone 😊

Awwww 😍 I learned that he can be woken up with a kiss 😁

Learn how to make your own right Here (Free Pattern)

~ Melman, the cuddly Hippo stole my heart 💜 The longer you look at him the more you love him! 😊

Bring him to life by following this Link 😍 (free pattern)

A few weeks ago I found this Amigurumi kit at our Aldi store

My ultimate (Amigurumi) goal is a large dragon 😁 so I will start with the iddy biddy one from this kit, and work my way up 🤓

Do you crochet little critters? I’d love to hear about your experience, and, of course, see the final cutie

Thanks for stopping by 😃 💕 I hope you enjoyed this post and found a new project right here!

A Few (handmade) Last-Minute Gifts 🎁

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Are you still frantically looking for another gift idea? Wanna make something? 😁

I found a few lovely things that can be made in just a few short hours.

How about a warm & cozy

1.) Infinity Scarf

I made this one in appr. 3 hours (and I’m not super fast 😜)

You need

4 skeins of a super bulky yarn (#6) – I used ‘Lionbrand Hometown USA’*

1 crochet hook L (8mm)

Special StitchV-st = (Dc, ch1, Dc) in indicated st or space

Setup Row: Ch 22, V-stitch in 5th ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch; repeat from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, dc in last ch. Turn

Pattern row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *V-st in second dc of first 3-dc group, 3 dc in ch-1 space of next V-Stitch; rep from * to end, Dc in 2nd ch from turning chain. Turn.

Repeat pattern row until your scarf is (at least) 57″

Sew the short ends together, and weave in the ends (Sorry 😉)

When making an Infinity Scarf I always twist the scarf once –

I think that gives it a nice ‘knotted’ effect when worn. 😊

2.) A Headband

This adjustable Headband really only takes about 2 hours.

It fits any size head, because it ties in the back 😊

You can find the pattern here

3.) Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

I found these gorgeous boot cuffs on Pinterest – and the link actually led somewhere 😜

It brought me here – to Dabbles and Babbles – a website full of wonderful ideas 😃

Here are the boot cuffs

(Photo taken from website)

A little hint – when you click on the link, one of the first things you see is an offer to buy an ‘ad free’ version of the pattern. If you keep scrolling you’ll get to the pattern though – with a few ads here and there 😉

I hope this was/is of some help. If you need more ideas, please stop by again tomorrow… I have a few more things to show you. 😁

Until then 💕

*I’m not affiliated with any brand/company mentioned here.

Oh, Christmas Tree 🎄🎶🎶 ~ Build Your Own Little Forest

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Do you still have a flat surface in your house that’s in need of some Christmas Deco? How about some fast & easy Christmas trees? 🎄🎄🎄

All you need is Styrofoam cones (I found mine at Walmart), yarn, and pins.

A little elf is not necessary…she just wants to say ‘Hi’ 😁

The type of yarn is not really important (it shouldn’t be too thin though). A medium weight yarn you want to work into a chain ⬆️ . Fuzzy yarn works great as is, and so does artisan-handspun wool.

You need appr. 9 feet of chain/yarn.

Start by wrapping your chain/yarn around the base of the cone (no glue necessary – the styrofoam does a nice job of ‘gripping’ the material).

So, wrap around, and -about every 2″ -secure the chain/yarn with the pins

You don’t need to secure it on each wrap. 3, r pins every few rows is sufficient. If you see a gap between the rows, just push them together before you add the pin.

Round and round you go…all the way to the top. One more pin…et voilá

Now you can decorate with ribbon, more pins, and a topper. For that I took the silver cap off a miniature ornament, and pushed it into the styrofoam.

Oh…with the artisan spun yarn (no need to crochet a chain 😁) it would look like this

That will be pretty, don’t you think? 😍

Here are a few more trees I made …

This would make a great Christmas craft for the kids! Maybe a nice gift for Grandma, Auntie, their Teacher… 😊

I hope you feel inspired, and will make your own little Forest. ☺️

Please let me know what you think, what you created! 💕

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Cozy & Colorful – An Adjustable Headband – The Pattern 😊

Hello my lovely friends 💕 Have you done your TGIF Happy Dance yet? 💃🏻 Go ahead…I’ll wait

Done? Great ” 😃 Now you can sit and make yourself a cozy headband for the frosty (shopping) days ahead. 😁

You may have seen it here last week…if not- here it is

What do you think? You like? Well, then get your hook and yarn, and let’s get started 🤓

You will need

Material: ~ 1 skein medium weight (4) yarn – I used Red Heart for this project, because it’s warm, and soft. And it shows the stitches off beautifully.

~ 2 Hooks – H (5mm) and I/9 (5.5mm)

Stitches: – Chain, dc, hdc, sc, frontpost dc (fpdc), backpost dc (bpdc)

Details : Fpdc – yo, insert hook from right to left behind the dc post in the previous row, finish dc as usual.

Bpdc – yo, from behind your work insert hook from right to left over the dc post in the previous row, finish dc as usual

PicotEdging – *slipstitch in sc in previous row, slipstitch in next sc, ch3, slipstitch in 1st ch. Repeat from * across row

Alrighty…now let’s put all this ⬆️ to good use 😊

Headband: With the I/9 (5.5mm) hook ch 68

Row 1: Switch to your H (5mm) hook. Dc in 3rd ch from hook, and in each following ch. Ch 2. Turn.

Row 2: Fpdc in 2nd dc from hook. Bpdc in next stitch. Alternate fpdc and bpdc to the end of the row. Ch2, turn.

Row 3, 4, 5 – repeat Row 2, mirroring the stitches from the previous rows (fpdc on fpdc, bpdc

on bpdc)

Tapered Ends: When you’re done with Row 5, ch1 and work 10hdc across the short side of your headband. Ch1. Turn. *Sc 2together. Sc in each of the following stitches. Sc last 2 together. Ch 1. Turn.

Repeat from * until there is one stitch left.

Don’t fasten off! Ch 70, turn, slipstitch in each ch. Fasten off.

Attach yarn to opposite end, and repeat the instruction for the tapered ends.

When you finish that part, you don’t have to fasten off. Continue on following the instructions for the ‘Picot Edging’ on one side. Then you either work across the tie-back to finish it in one round, or fasten off, reattach yarn on the other side, and finish the ‘Picots’ there.

Now you’re basically ready to weather the storm. ☃️

If you want to attach the flower – pretty isn’t it? 😊 just click here . Liliia at ‘Mangotree Crafts’ has written an easy pattern for this gorgeous 6-petal flower.

Now sew it on, and tell ’em to bring on the snow ⛄️❄️⛄️

They also make great stocking stuffers, and Teacher’s gifts. 😊

If you love them, and are running out of time – ’cause the holidays are always sneaking up at lightning speed ⚡️ I do have a few in my Etsy Shop 😊 Then you can just click and give 🎁

That’s all for today my lovelies 🤗

This weekend is the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’! 😍 You do wanna stop by for a delicious Apple Pie recipe 🍎

I hope to see you then! 💕

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