WIPs and A New Stitch ๐Ÿค“

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• I hope this finds you well and happy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Over here we’re experiencing ‘August in June’ ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒž It’s hot…blazing hot! And to make matters worse, the humidity is at like 80%! Ugh ๐Ÿ˜‘

So the last thing anyone wants to think about is…scarves! ๐Ÿ˜

That was until a friend of mine got this awesome book called ‘Lacy Wraps’ *

It has some wonderful patterns inside. I picked 2, and got right to it.

Since it’s a paid pattern I’m fairly certain that I can’t share it here ๐Ÿ˜ฌ But… I learned a new stitch, and that I can tell you more about. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In all my years of crocheting I’ve never even heard of the ‘Linked Double Crochet’ stitch (ldc). And it seems like I really missed out. It’s well on it’s way to become my favorite stitch! ๐Ÿ˜ It creates a wonderful texture, with the height of a double crochet, but without the holes. And it’s pretty simple to stitch. Sounds awesome, right?! ๐Ÿ˜

Let me show you…

You start with 3 chain.

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain (right to left – my arrow is backwards ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Sorry)

Yarn over, pull through.

**Insert your hook into the vertical bar (marked in green) right to left, yarn over, pull through.

Now you’ve linked your stitch to the starting chain.

You have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Repeat from ** to the end of the row.

You do want to see that line running through the middle of the stitch!

Isn’t it pretty? ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the first ‘Lacy Wrap’ – it incorporates the ldc stitch quite nicely

Next on the list is the wrap from the book’s title page. I absolutely love that one. I ordered the yarn in three different colorways… I can hardly wait to hold it! ๐Ÿ˜†

So while the yarn is ‘turtleing’ ๐Ÿข it’s way here I’m keeping busy with an Owl Wallhanging – I don’t think I’ve shown you this one yet

I’m very happy with it…it just needs one more stabilizing bamboo rod on the right. I’m hoping it’ll keep it from getting longer and longer ๐Ÿ˜‰ The mandala is already more like an oval than a circle. I better hurry!

When sitting under the Owl got too warm, I did a few rows on my ‘ Stashbuster Sweater’. That one is coming along…

The Grannies are going to be part of the sleeves. Another puzzle…that’s what I dooo ๐Ÿ˜‹

I lost a few hours of my day after I glanced at my yarn basket

No, I didn’t pass out ๐Ÿ˜‰ I decided I needed to detangle and put my winder to good use. See, I had just reached down for the next color, and never really paid attention to the thing by my feet. ๐Ÿ˜

But it’s all nice and neat now…probably not for long…so I’ll enjoy it while I can. ๐Ÿค“

That’s all for today. Keep your fingers crossed that my new yarn shows up today! It’s been in the are since Tuesday – so hopefully today’s the day! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Until next time ๐Ÿ’• Take good care of yourself ๐Ÿ˜

* I’m not affiliated with any companies/products mentioned here.


More โ€˜Last-Minuteโ€™ (handmade) Gifts ๐ŸŽ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Here are a few more ideas for that special someone that deserves a handmade gift ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. A Dreamcatcher

Last year I posted the story behind the lovely origins of Dreamcatchers ๐Ÿ˜Š

I believe they make wonderful gifts, and you can make one in just an hour or two.

I found this awesome pictorial on Pinterest

The writing is a tad small – but the pictures explain the process really well. I hope you think so too. ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you wanna safe time, and not worry about wrapping the ring – a Grapevine wreath makes a great frame for the ‘web’

I made some of these, and they were loved all around. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

2. Mesh Grocery Bags

I love these reusable bags. They easily fit into your purse, and unfold in a snap to hold all your groceries. No more plastic!

(Photo taken from the ‘Knit-O-Matic Website)

You can find an easy to follow (written) tutorial here

3. Gift card/Money/Jewelry Holder

I made a few of these little pouches this year. They’re a pretty way to present small gifts.

And they are so easy -and fast – to make.

Here’s how…

Ch 12; dc in 4th ch from hook, skip 1 chain, 3 Dc in next 3 chain, skip 1 chain, dc in last chain. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Attach a new color in the space between last dc, and the 3dc cluster. Ch3, 2dc, ch1, *3dc, ch1. Repeat from * 2 more times = 4 clusters

Now you will work on the ‘underside’ of the starting chain.

3 dc in ch1 space, ch1; *3dc, ch1 in 3ch space; repeat from * 3 times = 4 clusters. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Attach a new color in the first ch space of the rounded end. Ch2, 2dc, ch1, 3dc in same space; ch1, 3 dc in next ch1 space; (ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space.

Ch1, 3 dc in next two ch1 spaces.

Ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space. Ch 1, 3dc in next ch1 space, ch1. (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next space.

(Ch1, 3dc) in next two spaces. Join with a slipstitch, and fasten off.

Stitch or crochet 3 sides together…et voilรก…you’re done.

Are you all set for Christmas now? I’ll look around…maybe I’ll find some superfast gifts ๐Ÿ˜

If I do I will share them with you tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Your ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Advent ๐Ÿ•ฏ Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ ~ Day 14

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Today I’d like to show you my inside ‘Winter Wonderland’ ๐Ÿ˜Š

Last year I decided to forgo the traditional Christmas tree, and set up a group of smaller trees instead. And I must say, I’m quite fond of my wee forest ๐Ÿ˜

How do you decorate for the holidays? I would love to hear about your traditions. ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ•ฏ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ

Have a lovely evening! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Your ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ Advent ๐Ÿ•ฏ Calendar ๐ŸŽ„ ~ Day 5

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Let’s peek behind Door # 5 ๐Ÿšช

๐Ÿ˜ The gorgeous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York

Amazing! Isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ’•

Are your Christmas decorations up yet? I will put mine up tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š The weather has turned wintery โ›„๏ธ That’s always the signal to get a move on!

I hope you have a fabulous day! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Pine Cone Arrangements ~ Bringing Autumn Gatherings Into Your Home ๐Ÿ

Hello my lovely friends  ๐Ÿ’• A big part of this might sound familiar to some of you – I did post this idea last year – but a lot of you weren’t here then ๐Ÿ˜Š and if you were, you might like a little reminder  ๐Ÿ˜Š 

How would you like to combine a Nature Walk 

with a crafty activity afterwards? ๐Ÿ˜
Sound good? Well then…keep reading ๐Ÿค“

But first – this 

    She’s just so cute…you’ll probably see her a lot here ๐Ÿ˜Š

Alright…let’s get walking and crafting 

I start with collecting pine cones on my morning walk  – these beauties are along the way, and greet me every day with a lovely scent 

So if you see two women crawling around under the pine trees…with 3 dogs watching…that’s my friend Carole and me collecting pine cones ๐Ÿ˜

Once home I clean them in a water/vinegar mixture – gotta get rid of the bugs ๐Ÿ˜–


After their ‘bath’ you wanna bake them in the oven at 200 degrees…for about an hour to get rid of the bugs that learned to breathe under water ๐Ÿ˜‹

While they bake you can gather the rest of the necessary things. Here’s what you need …

~a glass vase


 ~decorative glass gems 

~1. Start by filling the vase with the gems – about 2″ high.

~2. Then add the pine cones and the Potpourri in layers.

I started with some Potpourri, set a pine cone on top – against the side of the vase, added more Potpourri, a cone on the other side, and so on.

~3. When you work your layers, make sure you have 2 or 3 pine cones left over – sticking out at the top they’ll give your arrangement the pretty ‘fall-y’ touch.

There…isn’t that pretty ๐Ÿ˜

I’ve used the glass cylinders for a few different arrangements 

For hubby’s man-cave ๐ŸŽฑ

This one sits in the powder room ๐Ÿ™‚

My ‘Mickey Mouse’ cactus watches me create new patterns ๐Ÿ˜€

This one here is my favorite ๐Ÿ˜

And of course…one more for the studio ๐Ÿ’œ

I hope I triggered your creativity….let me know which arrangement is your favorite/ you decided on making for yourself โ˜บ๏ธ

Sending Love โค๏ธ Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ and Hugs ๐Ÿค— your way! 

Small ~ Project ~ Sunday – A Yard Sale Find Extraordinaireย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How nice of you to make time for me on this wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ˜

No crochet news today – but what I wanna show you instead is pretty nifty. ๐Ÿ˜

On Saturday I spend a few hours thrifting. And at one yard sale I spotted an amazing vintage embroidery ๐Ÿ’œ 

Here are some details 

Beautiful, isn’t it?!

After I brought my treasure home I hunted for a frame…I always buy them at thrift stores – just in case. And yesterday was such a case ๐Ÿ˜†

It was already stretched on a piece of cardboard…and wouldn’t you know, I had a frame that fit perfectly! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Happy Dance! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

The frame is  was not very pretty, but is in great shape 

     Very ‘blah’ ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
Time for some chalk paint and wax…ta-da 

I applied the paint, with a wide, flat brush, yesterday…let it dry overnight (even though it doesn’t take that long – an hour or two is plenty). Then I applied a thin layer of wax in a few spots (not all over ’cause all I had is a dark brown). Done!  ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป

A few staples in the back – the frame didn’t have any of those metal bendy thingies. ๐Ÿค“

And here she is 

I’m very happy with it ๐Ÿ˜ It seems like it was meant to be….the perfect fit and the color paint I had is actually a color in the embroidery. 

Now I’m sitting here admiring my lovely ‘new’ wall art โ˜บ๏ธ

Did you ever have a spontaneous project that worked out on the first try?  (Psst – doesn’t happen all that often around here ๐Ÿ˜†)

Thanks for dropping by and reading all the way down to here ๐Ÿค—


The Rainbow ~ Cupcake ๐ŸŒˆ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• And here – as promised – are the instructions for the ‘Cupcake’  Dishcloth/Potholder/Kitchen Deco ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I did manage to remember the basics – so ‘re-creating’ it was easy- peasy ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Here’s what you need:

~ Cotton yarn in pink (A), cream or tan (B), Rainbow (C), variegated (D)

~ a little bit of red and green yarn 

Got it? Okay…here we go 

Rows 1 – 24, are crocheted in Tunesian Stitch 

All even numbered rows are stitched in ‘their’ color, as they appear. When you get to the color transfer (2 different color loops on the hook) always cast-off with the ‘new’ color.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, 

Ch 29

Rows 1 – 4 Tunesian Stitch in A

Row 5 – 6 st (7 loops) in A, 15 st in B, 7 st in A

Row 7 Repeat Row 5

Row 9 – 5st (6 loops) in A, 17 st in B, 6 st in A

Row 11 Repeat Row 9

Row 13 – 4 st (5 loops) in A, 19 st in B, 5 st in A

Row 15 Repeat Row 13

Row 17 – 3 st (4 loops) in A, 21 st in B, 4 st in A

Row 19 Repeat Row 17

Row 21 Stitch 2 bars together (2 loops on hook) in A, 23 st in B, 2 tog, 1 st in B

Row 23 1 st (2 loops) in A, 23 st in B, 2 st in A

Fasten off all yarn after Row 24

Make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first two stitches made in B using the Rainbow Yarn (C) 

Make one ‘Bobble Stitch’ 

๐Ÿ’ฅA Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.๐Ÿ’ฅ
*Skip two spaces, make one Bobble Stitch. Repeat from * until you have 8 Bobble Stitches. Fasten off. 

With thevariegated yarn (D) make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first 2 Bobbles, follows by 2dc in the same space. 

*3 dc in next space. Repeat from * until you have 7 clusters. Ch1. Turn. 

3 dc in first space. Repeat = 6 clusters.

Repeat for each row until you have a row with 3 clusters. 

Ch 1. Turn. 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc in first space. 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc in second space. Fasten off. 

With your red yarn crochet a ’10 stitch Bobble Stitch’ into the space between the two clusters. 

Ch1 in red, continue in green – 12 ch. Slipstitch into the red Ch1 at the base of the green. Fasten off. 

The bottom edge is probably a bit ‘roll-y’ ๐Ÿ˜ That’s an easy fix (when blocking is not your thing) 

Simply crochet 1 row in crab-stitch across the bottom. 

It’s pretty, and takes care of the roll. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Done! ๐Ÿ˜€

What you’re holding now makes a great Dishcloth or Kitchen Deco. If you wanna use it as a potholder or trivet, I would suggest to make two cupcakes and layer them by crocheting them together, or join them with a simple mattress stitch. 

What do you think? Will you be making one or two? ๐Ÿ˜ I’d love to hear from you! 

Any questions about the pattern? Please don’t hesitate to ask…I’m just a quick message away. ๐Ÿ’œ

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