I Think There’s Something Wrong With The Pattern!? πŸ˜³

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

About two weeks ago I ordered yarn recommended for beautiful wrap I found in a pattern book. You might remember…well, probably not, since you have a life outside of my blog 😜

So I ordered the yarn, waited around patiently. Last Friday it finally came, and since a Friday night is made for exciting things 😁 I sat down and started crocheting a ‘Lacy Wrap’.

I was almost done when the crochet hook slipped out of my hand – yep, I fell asleep, woke up hunched over, inches away from the wrap. I could’ve put my eye out πŸ˜†

I finished it the next day…and that’s when I got suspicious – I think there’s something wrong with the pattern. Take a look…

This is the picture in the book

Here is my wrap…

I followed the pattern faithfully, the finished wrap is the size stated on the pattern…but, is it just me or does it look like the book-version is about twice the size? 🧐

I’m very sure that I’ll have to play with the pattern for the next wrap.

I have about 3/4 of the second skein left. So making it bigger won’t be a problem. Still annoying, don’t you think? Do you find that a lot of patterns are not quite right? Or do I just have bad luck when it comes to ‘pattern picking’? πŸ˜‹

Alright…that’s all for now 😊 Time to play with hook and yarn!

I hope you have a fabulous Saturday night! I’ll be back tomorrow for the ‘ Fantastic Bake-Along’ with Scones! Yummy! πŸ˜ƒ I hope you can join me!

Until then πŸ’•

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WIPs and A New Stitch πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope this finds you well and happy! 😊

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

So the last thing anyone wants to think about is…scarves! 😁

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 😬 But… I learned a new stitch, and that I can tell you more about. πŸ˜‰

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! 😍 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?! 😁

Let me show you…

You start with 3 chain.

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain (right to left – my arrow is backwards πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ 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? πŸ™‚

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! πŸ˜†

So while the yarn is ‘turtleing’ 🐒 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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‹

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

No, I didn’t pass out πŸ˜‰ 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. 😁

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

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! πŸ˜ƒ

Until next time πŸ’• Take good care of yourself 😍

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

Be Cool 😎 A Summertime Chilly~Cowl Pattern

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Well, Summer is here, there’s no doubt about it! The forecast shows more 90s across the board. So we’re thinking up all kinds of ways to stay cool…one of them is this ‘Chilly Cowl’. 😊

It’s made of ‘Kitchen Cotton’, and works up real quick.

The idea is to soak it in (really!) cold water, put it on and stay cool while gardening, biking, walking, hiking, etc.

Here are some I made…

Hubby claimed the skinny navy/pink one when he mowed last week, and is a fan! πŸ˜ƒ

He said it made a world of difference.

Now I don’t wanna waste any more of your time I’ll give you the pattern real quick so you too can be cool during your outside-time. 😎

For the skinny cowl you’ll need:

Home Cotton (Sugar ‘n Cream* for example) – appr. 50-g (100yards)

Hook: H (5mm) or I (5.5mm) or J (5.75mm)

Stitches:

Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc),

V-stitch: (dc, ch, dc) in designated stitch

Pattern:

Ch 95.

Turn.

Row 1:

Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (first ‘stitch’)

Hdc across length of chain.

Join with a slipstitch to 2nd ch of first ‘stitch’ (be careful not to twist)

Row 2:

Ch 4, 1 dc in base of ch4.

*Skip 2 stitches. 1dc, 1ch, 1dc in 3rd stitch.

Repeat from * all around.

With 2ch left, slipstitch to 3rd ch on 1st stitch.

Row 3:

Ch4, 1dc in base of ch4.

*1dc, 1ch, 1dc in space between 2 ‘Vs’ of previous row.

Continue from * in round.

Row 4 (and following to desired width)

Repeat Row 3

When you reach your desired width work 2 finishing rows as follows:

Ch2, hdc (ch1) of first ‘V’. *Hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc in (ch1) of next ‘V’. Repeat from * all around.

Slipstitch to 2nd ch of first ‘stitch’.

Ch1, sc in every stitch around.

Slipstitch to join. Fasten off.

And you’re done! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

I hope this pattern is easy to follow! If you have any questions, please let me know! 😊

This Cowl was one of the projects at our recent workshop

The ladies loved it and didn’t hesitate to model 😍

I sure hope you will show off your cowls, and let me know if it works for you! 😊

Take good care of yourself! Stay cool 😎

WIP – Wednesday ~ Summer’s Here πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope everything is well at your end of the Interwebs πŸ˜‰

(Sorry, I’m watching ‘Monk’, and he just said it – that made me laugh so I had to use it in a sentence πŸ˜†)

Alrighty…where were we? Oh right – the current WIPs.

I’ve been busy planning next week’s workshop – so there is not too much to report 😁

I’m still working on the Purses. The ‘Agate Slice’ purse is almost finished.

Front and back are done, so is the strip that will keep everything together and give it some width. Then lining and handles and I have something to show off 😍

A few weeks ago I came across a Facebook add for a yarn sale. Well, put ‘yarn’ and ‘sale’ in one sentence and I’m there. Oh boy, was it a Sale! 😁

I found Bamboo yarn for an unbelievable price! Yeah, I had to buy bundles of 10…but at $2 a skein I didn’t hesitate! 😍

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

The sock-knitters among you probably spotted the sock yarn right away. 😁 Yep, same company, and also an amazing deal.

I’m very happy with the quality of both! I’m working with both yarns right now – they’re coming together in a colorful Summer-Tunic

What do you think? A nice cami underneath, and I’m set for the hot weather 😎

The first strip for the back is already done

The only problem I’m foreseeing now is the ‘weaving-in-of-the-Bamboo-yarn-ends’. It’s quite slippery, and I’m worried that it won’t stay where I put it. Any tips? I would be so grateful! πŸ™‚

If you’re interested in checking out the company (no affiliation, just a friendly tip 😊) here’s the link to the Yarn Zone

I just checked, and the ‘Bag Deals’ are still available. πŸ˜ƒ

The planning for the workshop ‘A Day of Crochet‘ is coming along nicely.

People are signing up, projects are done – there will be a ‘Granny Square’ lesson, crochet flowers, and a ‘Chilly Cowl’ – that’s a Summer cotton cowl. Before wearing you soak it in cold water, and it will keep you cool for hours. 😎

Chilly Cowl

Granny Square & Flower – for a 2-in-1 Dishcloth/Scrubby

I hope everyone will have a fun crochet-day 😍

Have you been to a Yarn-Retreat? Do you have any tips/advice for me? What did you expect when signing up? I would love it if you would share your experience! 😌

Until then πŸ’•

Amigurumi – Galore πŸŒΊπŸ™πŸ¦„

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Amigurumi is something I’m very intrigued by, but also find a bit intimidating – so I haven’t tried it yet. πŸ€“ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜ƒ

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 πŸ’œ 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 πŸ€“

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

Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜ƒ πŸ’• I hope you enjoyed this post and found a new project right here!

Bags, Bags, Bags – The Finishing Touch

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

My name is Tina…and I’m a procrastinator 😁 aka ‘non-finisher’ of projects!

*I crochet everything to the point of fastening off, then set it aside, and start something new. Repeat from *

But last week, as I was eyeing the ever growing pile of (mostly) bags, I gave myself a mental kick in the bum.

The daunting task…weaving in ends 😣

Oh well – it needs to be done.

And, as you can imagine, there were a lot of them!

This is just the final batch… I had thrown away quite a few already before I remembered to take a picture! 😊

Eventually that was done…yay Party πŸŽ‰… now the linings.

Out came the sewing machine

And now they’re done! πŸ’ͺ🏻

I still have two that are a little further away from being finished…they’re next. 😁

The bag-making process had to be put on the back burner, because I got a custom order for a feather headdress! Yes, you read that right…a lovely lady ordered a Native American inspired Headdress 😳 She is so sweet, and already has quite a few of my creations (Jewelry, Ponchos, Dreamcatcher) so I really wanted to do this for her.

I did tell her up front that this was completely new to me, and I didn’t make any promises! But she had a lot of confidence in me, and cheered me on from the sidelines! πŸ™‚

Well, long story short – I did it! And she is over the moon happy! πŸ˜€ What more could I ask for?! 😍

If you wanna see for yourself…here it is

The creative process was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the challenge! 😊

Now back to the bags!

One more thing, then you can carry on 😘

Spring is finally here! 🌷🌷🌷

The temperatures are climbing, the grass is green! 😎 The trees are lagging behind a bit, but that’s understandable…we still had frost last weekend!

I spotted these beauties in the yard this morning 😍

Now I may have to burn my winter clothes 😜 I’ve been wearing them for 6 months, so I’m reeeaaalllyyy tired of everything!

Oh, sorry, I have one more – as you could probably guess…my back is all better! πŸ˜ƒ Thank you all for the great tips to speed up the healing process. 😍 My lower back is still a bit tight. When I bend forward at the waist my left knee comes up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But that’s not painful, and will get better with regular stretching. 😊

Now back to the bags 😁

I hope you have a wonderful, fabulous, sunny weekend! πŸ’•

Yarn ~ Bomb Your Kitchen

Hello my lovely friendsΒ Β Β πŸ’• I don’t know about you, but with all the dreary weather outside my window, I’m in desperate need of something, anything, everything colorful inside! πŸŒ·πŸŒˆπŸ’

Let’s start in the kitchen!

~~~This Flower Power Valance makes looking out the window so much more pleasant

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~~~Did someone say Cupcakes? 😁 These towels are adorable, and an absolutely guilt-free treat!

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~~~More Cupcakes! Doing dishes will be a little more fun with these delicious Cupcake Dishcloths

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~~~Or how about these Tunesian Circle Potholders/Dishcloths
I’ve made a few of these. They stitch up quick, and hold up very well – even with daily use 😊

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~~~This ‘Granny-go-round Toaster Cover is so cute, it made it to the top of my ‘future projects’ list 😍

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~~~Got tea? Well, than you definitely need a Teapot Cozy – preferably one sporting a cute Vintage Camper πŸ•

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~~~A Rag RugΒ Β brightens up any room, and makes great use for otherwise ‘useless’ garments 😎

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Now…watch out…smooth segue way ahead πŸ˜†

With all this awesome new stuff in your kitchen you wanna make something for yourself, right?!

Vintage Pattern Wiki recently released over 83.000 free vintage patterns. πŸ˜ƒ

With just one click you can admire fashions dating back to the 1920s  😍 Even if you don’t sew, it’s worth a peek. It is a fascinating look at the history of fashion.

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I hope you enjoyed this little collection! Now let’s wield the hook, and/or dust off the sewing machine. Have fun! 😘

Thanks for stopping in! πŸ’• Let me know you were here 😊

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