Work ~ in ~ Progress WednesdayΒ 

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Thanks for visiting! 

Before Wednesday turns into Thursday I wanna show you real quick what I’m working on these days. 😊

Here’s the reason why I’m so late…


Yesterday I finished this stole….and not a moment too soon I might add. See… 😜


I guess you can say that the ‘Crochet Goddess’ smiled fondly upon me. πŸ˜‡ 

Well, that was yesterday. Today…not so much. πŸ˜•

I spent a good chunk of the day adding a ruffle border to the stole. That was a lot more time consuming than I anticipated. That thing is biiiiig! 😳

So….after picking up stitches (a lot of stitches!) with the ruffle yarn, knitting one round, starting to bind off…I noticed that the stole is now quite wavy. Not the desired effect. Meh πŸ˜”

🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 ⬅️ My immediate future πŸ˜›

Oh well, not the first time, and probably not the last. 

I’m pretty sure that I know where I went wrong….more about that -hopefully- tomorrow. 

🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼

There are two more projects in progress right now. 

This one…


I’m not sure where it’s going…I just wanted to see how the fuzzy yarn looks as a piece, not just as a border. It’s kinda cute, don’t you think? There is an idea trying to form in my mind….let’s see if it leads to something. 

And then there is, of course, the never ending story of the cardigan. 😏

After I finished the back with the funky yarn, the maroon seams really didn’t fit the picture anymore. So I undid them, and redid them in funky 😁

See what you think 

Before 


After 


It’s definitely more ‘me’ now. I love crazy colors, and sorta mismatched clothes. 😍

Did you ever rework a piece numerous times? Please tell me that -eventually – I’ll be done! πŸ˜‰

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Playing ‘Yarn Chicken’ and winning πŸ€£

Boom! πŸ’₯ And that’s how it’s done….well, this time 😜


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 I’m quite happy that I won this round of                 ‘Yarn Chicken’ πŸ˜ƒ Sometimes it’s the little things, right? 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

My blogger friend Mrs. Craft posted 5 Rules for playing Yarn Chicken a couple of weeks ago…that’s where I learned that the battle against the end of the skein has a name. πŸ˜‹

As you can gather, the ‘Purple-icious Triangle Scarf’ is almost finished! 😁 There will be a surprise finish 😏 More on that tomorrow in the ‘Work~in~Progress’ Post. 

(Hint: think Ruffle πŸ˜‰) 

Thanks for visiting 😍 I hope you’ll peek in tomorrow! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday – Lemonpeel and MossΒ 

…..nope, not a new Smoothie recipe – really the names of two beautiful crochet stitches. πŸ˜‹

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I’m glad you could visit! 

Today’s stitches are not just beautiful, but also very easy…even for beginners. 

The first one – the ‘Lemonpeel’ stitch only uses two basic stitches. Single- and Double Crochet. 

So grab some yarn and a matching hook and crochet along. 😊

– Chain an even number of stitches for the foundation chain. 

– Row 1 Chain 1, sc in the second chain from the hook, dc in the next stitch. *sc in the next stitch, dc in the one after that* . Repeat to the end of the row. 

– Row 2 Chain 1, turn your work. Sc in the very first stitch, dc into the next. Repeat alternating sc and dc to the end of the row. 

Repeat Row 2 until your piece is the desired size. 

It’ll look like this…

The second stitch is the Moss Stitch. This one is moving fast to the top of my list of favorites! 😍

Ready? Let’s go…

– Chain an even number of stitches for the foundation chain. 

Row 1  Skip the first 3 chain stitches, and sc into the fourth. *Ch 1, skip the next stitch, sc into the next* Repeat to the end of the row, ending with a sc in the last chain. 

Row 2  Ch 2, turn your work. Sc in the first chain space of the previous row. Ch1, sc in chain space and so on. Last stitch should be a sc into ch space. 

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached the desired length. 

There, wasn’t that easy. πŸ€— You wanna know what it looks like? 

I love it worked with a ‘self-patterned’ yarn 


Pretty nifty, eh? 😎

Do you think you’ll give these stitches a try? What will you make? Let me know …because I’m quite nosy by nature 😜

Now I leave you alone so you have time to practice! 😁

I hope to see you soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 Join your Granny Squares and Crochet some Lollipops 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for popping by to see the progress on the Granny Square Cardi πŸ€—

Here’s the reason why I’m so late today….

  The Lollipops πŸ˜€

I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute.

But first…all the Squares and Triangles are finished. Time to join everything together. You might remember that I had joined some already  – just to see where I was going with this. 😊 There are different ways to sew/crochet them together. I didn’t want them to be attached to closely, so I chose this ….


It’s easy to do…take a look πŸ‘€ 

Start with 2 squares, and crochet one double-crochet into one corner. Yo, 3 dc into the corner of another square. 


Come back to the first square and place 3 dc into the second square. 


I found that this is the best way to hold the two pieces 


Keep going back and forth until the last square. Work 1dc into it. 


Alright…now that all the pieces are joined I noticed that there was a gap in the back! 😳 The pieces didn’t fit as perfectly as I thought. 

I forgot to take a picture….here’s one from the first attempt to fill it in. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it?! 😝


I didn’t just want to fill it in with the yarn color on either side. So I tried Granny Squares in the contrast color ⬆️ Meh….nah 

Then I tried bigger blocks to place in the middle and go from there 

  
Well, that looked waaaaay better in my head 🀣 

Next….


Hmmm…. Getting closer – I love the yarn, love the mandala….just not on the cardi. 

Show of hands – who knew that, eventually, I’d add something oddly mismatched, wild and colorful? 😝 You were right! Here we go 


And there are the Lollipops πŸ˜‚


Because just a square of outrageous yarn just wouldn’t do! πŸ˜‰

That’s where I am so far. I was really hoping I could show you the finished cardi today….but the Design-Goddess had other ideas. 😊 Hopefully next week. 

So…what do you think? Too much? Not enough? 😁 See, I’m almost tempted to add some more of this yarn – I love this yarn…can you tell? 😜 – somewhere else. 

Have you ever made anything that went so completely ‘out of the box’? 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday β˜€οΈ The Catherine WheelΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice to see you! Thanks for visiting today! β˜€οΈ

It’s a glorious sunny Sunday, so I’m on my way outside to read a bit, crochet some – I started a ‘cotton’ project, not so hot on the hands 😜 

But first this…

Today I wanna show you how to crochet the beautiful ‘Catherine Wheel’. 

The instructions tell you to ‘7 dc tog dec’. If you’re a beginner, and don’t really know what to do here (or you do, but can’t quite remember) here’s a ‘how-to’ …

Crochet to the place where you wanna use this stitch 


Work 1 dc. In the same stitch work 6 more, without finishing them all the way. By that I mean – start the dc (3 loops on the hook)


but pull the yarn through 2 loops only one time…that adds 1 loop to the hook. 

After you worked 7 dc – you will have 8 loops on the hook, hook the yarn over and pull through all 8 loops 


Done! πŸ˜€ Now you’re ready for the ‘Catherine Wheel‘ 

⚑️Pictures are at the end of the written tutorial ⚑️

Start with a foundation chain of a multiple of 8 stitches, plus 2

Row 1 Sc 2nd ch from hook and next chain. *skip 2 chains, put 7 dc into next chain. Skip 2 chains, 1 sc into each of the next three stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches left over should be 1 sc into each. Fasten off yarn. Turn.

Row 2 Fasten on new colour. Ch 3, 3 dc tog dec, ch 3. 1 sc into next 3 stitches. *Ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into next three stitches. Repeat * Across. Final semi circle is ch 2, 4 dc tog dec, ch 1. Turn.
Row 3 Ch 3, 3 dc into same stitch where the Ch 3 started, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches on the row below. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 1/4 circle is 4 dc into the middle of the Catherine Wheel. Fasten off.

Row 4 Fasten on new colour. Ch 1, sc into the next 2 sc. *ch 2, 7 dc tog dec, ch 3, 1 sc into each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat * across. Final two stitches are 1 sc into each. Turn.

Row 5 Ch 1, 1 sc into the same stitch and the next stitch. *7 dc into middle of the next Catherine Wheel Stitch, 1 sc into next 3 sc stitches from the row below. Repeat * across. Final 2 stitches are 1 sc into each.

Repeat rows 2 – 5 over and over until you get to the desired length of project you want.

  Row 1
At first everything will look a bit wonky, but don’t worry, it’ll straighten itself out at the end. 😊

 Row 2
 Row 3

 Row 4


Row 5 

It is so pretty, isn’t it. 

Here a few things I learned during the practice runs πŸ˜‰

1. Make sure there are 8 loops on the hook when you stitch the ‘7dc tog dec’ 😁

2. Always skip the ch3 from the previous row….the first (few) tries I didn’t, and, well, was not happy πŸ˜– until the πŸ’‘-moment 😜


3. Sometimes you’ll think you can’t fit the 7dc into one stitch…keep going, you can 😊

I think that’s it πŸ˜€ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! 😍 I’m always just one message away! 

Let me know what you’ll be making using this gorgeous stitch. I think I’ll use it to fill a little gap on the back of my ‘Granny Square Cardi’. ☺️

Take care! Have fun! I hope to see you next time!

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 A (small) Miracle πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you so much for peeking in! 

Are you curious about the small miracle? Okay…I’ll get right to it πŸ€“

The second sleeve of the ‘Granny Square Cardi’ is finished πŸ™†πŸ» and it looks exactly like the first one!!!!! A miracle, right?! πŸ˜€ I can hardly believe it myself! But, nevertheless….there it is 

I have to admit, this is the second attempt. The first time I didn’t pick up enough stitches and was short three. And, believe it or not, that made a big difference! πŸ˜‹

This took a little longer than needed, because I was procrastinating….worried that it wouldn’t come out as wanted, that I couldn’t recreate the first sleeve. But once I reassured myself that nothing is permanent….hey, I did become an expert in frogging 🀣 …. it became easier to start. 

So this is what I have so far 

Already recognizable, right? 😍

From here on out it’s just Granny Squares and -Triangles, joining them together, and a fancy border (just a vision right now…I’ll reveal it once it’s finished 😁) Pretty smooth sailing from here on out. Oh geez, I hope I didn’t jinx it now! 😳

Oh….real quick. While I was dilly-dallying, waiting for the courage to start the second sleeve, I worked a bit on the ‘Triangle Scarf’ 

I’m now on the 4th skein…it needs a few more inches – and a fancy border. 😏

Now it’s back to hook and yarn, so I can show some more progress next week. πŸ€—

I do hope you join me again next time! 

Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

Work ~in~Progress Wedne……eh, Thursday πŸ€“

Hello and ‘Happy June’ my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you for peeking in on WiP Wednesday…one day late. πŸ˜‹

First…can I please get a ‘WootWoot’ and a ‘Hooray’?  πŸŽ‰ The sleeve is done! I actually figured it out. Took me long enough. 😝 

I lost count, but there must have been 6, 7, 8 tries! πŸ™„ Meaning, 6, 7, 8completely finished sleeves…only to be frogged! 😫 

But, that’s all behind us,  and now we can admire 

The Sleeve 


I tried double crochet, granny pattern…it just wouldn’t fit right. It was way to big and bulky. 

So after 2 tries I decided to undo the mock lacing, and then came – you guessed it – more frogging. 😏 Now they’re about half the size …much better. πŸ˜€

Next try was a failure…of course πŸ˜‹ While the triangle was ok by itself, adding the length of a sleeve made it too, yep, bulky. More frogging. 

The next idea was a ‘inserted’ sleeve. I picked up 16″ in stitches about 1″ up the inside of the triangle, and started with a double crochet stitch. So far, so good. 

The ‘fitting’ showed that I had been too generous with the decreases. Rrrrip the stitches went. But at least I knew now that I was on the right track, because I really liked the way it looked. 

Next try I got it right. It ended just where I wanted it to, 5″ above the wrist. I wanted a longer cuff to show of the beautiful Tunesian Stitch πŸ’œ 

What happened next is hard to believe. Cuff done, I draped everything over my arm and shoulder….the cuff was wrong side out. 😫 And it can’t be worn another way because of the triangle/sleeve overlap. Rrrrrip, extra attention to the way everything lays….and….ta-da….DONE! Happy dance and 🍾πŸ₯‚

 Because I wrote down what I was doing every step of the long way, I now have to identify and decipher the correct notes for the final, successful, version for the second sleeve… and maybe a crochet along for everybody. What do you think? Would you be interested in something like that? 😊

Now I have to admit… I was pretty close to unraveling myself a few times…pun intended 🀣

To keep from going bonkers – and maybe set the whole thing on fire – I worked on two other, simpler pieces. 

First….a super soft Camo scarf in – my current favorite – Tunesian Stitch 

Second…a triangle scarf in the Granny Square pattern. I love this yarn, and hope that it’ll be around for a long time 😍

Somehow I really want some blackberry ice cream now! 😎

Now I’ll go and tackle my notes, and then the second sleeve. πŸ™ƒ

What are you working on right now? Did you ever have that many problems with a piece? I really am looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ€—

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo