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.

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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 😎

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’•

Just a quick note πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Me again… I just wanna share the most cutest pattern with you 😁

I usually don’t buy patterns – Most of the time I can figure out something buy looking at it, and trial and error. πŸ˜‰

But this here I saw, went to Etsy, and clicked on ‘Add to cart’ 😊

How adorable are these?! 😍

If you’re as taken with them as I am…The Etsy store is ‘Inventorium’ —–> here’s the Link
(
liation – I just love them 😁)

Have a beautiful rest of your day πŸ’•

The Stubborn Granny Square – Problem solved πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Now – as promised – I’m gonna show you what I did with the yellow/grey Granny Squares that didn’t wanna play well with others πŸ˜‹

The plan was to make another Granny Square Cardigan

or a Granny Square Poncho. But no matter what color I tried, nothing would match the yellow/grey. πŸ˜•

See what I mean?

On the post in which I was whining about my predicament, the wonderful Brenna @ Crochet 539 advised me to set them aside, and wait for inspiration. So I did. 😊

Then, a few days ago, I received a yarn order, and in it was a fabulous, delicious yarn – Red Heart’s ‘Unforgettable’ in ‘ Sunrise’ 😍

As I was fingering it, my mind went to the squares, tucked away in the Granny-Square-Pile…yes there is such a thing in my house 😜

And I thought, well, if I can’t match it, I gotta go the crazy route, and do the unconventional, the unexpected. And you know how I love to go down that road. 😁

So I put the two together. My daughter just raised one skeptical eyebrow 😏 but didn’t say anything. I didn’t hate it, so I started the square. If it were an absolute no-no, like the other ones, I could always add it to the pile. 😁

But see what happened…it worked! πŸ˜ƒ At least I think so! What do you think? Yay or Nay?

I did add the black to make the transition more pleasant, and I love how it now looks a bit like stained glass. 😊

Because I like the yarn so much, I made a matching Infinity Scarf

As it happens so often, I do wanna keep it. But, if I constantly do that my Etsy store will have nothing but dust bunnies and tumbleweed in it! πŸ˜†

So I’m still on the fence about it.

I’d love to hear what you think! 😍 Please let me know…I’m looking forward to it – I think πŸ˜‰

Sending Smiles πŸ™‚ Hugs πŸ€— and Love πŸ’• your way.

WiPs β€˜n Things

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I really dropped the ‘blogging-ball’ last month. πŸ™ƒ So one of the things I have to change – not calling it a resolution … ’cause they tend to come here to die 😜 – is getting back into the rhythm, writing more, visiting with you! I did miss you all! 😍

It’s already the 6th, so I am getting a late start, but we can call this a Trial Month, I guess 😁

It’s ok… I read it on the Internets, so it’s the truth!πŸ˜‚

Besides the usual holiday craziness last month, there were a few things that kept me busy, leading to falling behind in some endeavors, put things on the back burner.

One of the ‘distractions’ was a custom order for a poncho and a hat

The lovely lady that gave Feronia a new home, contacted me and ordered another Poncho and a Tassel Hat…this time in all black 😳 You know me… I love my things crazy and colorful. So it was definitely a challenge. A few times I had to fight the notion to put a pink stitch in. Just one…right here πŸ˜‚

But – I fought it, and it was worth the struggle. She looooved it! 😍

In between all the Christmas ‘duties’, presents, and planned projects, the son of dear friends of ours and his wife welcomed a baby boy into their midst…a little early. But he was close to 8 pounds – so he was ready to meet the world 😍 We think he wanted to see the Christmas tree 😁 and his ‘ Granny Square Blanket’ 😍

Then this one here took a lot of my time… The Puzzle Poncho 😊

If you remember – probably not, since you have a life…so let me jog your memory – it started as a Cowl.While I was working on that, and really liking it, my mind wandered to the possibilities of all things fabulous that would look great in this color combo.

I decided on another puzzle piece…’cause I really enjoy making small pieces and putting them together.

After it took shape I worked on it like a woman possessed 😁

And it’s done! 😊

Well, almost – the neckline will be an Infinity Scarf…it’ll look like a loose turtleneck, and the dreaded ends. Still gotta weave in some ends. 😫 I’ve woven in a ton already. Every time I think I’m done I discover another cluster.

It sure is a crazy piece…I can’t wait to wear it out and about! πŸ™ƒ

Also…some ‘ Bohemian Queen’ cowls are close to being finished. Miss Katherine (⬆️ the one with the hat) is giving you a sneak peek 😊

That’s all the news from the hook and drawing board. I’m looking forward to showing you the finished pieces, and some new WIPs that are – for now – just floating around in my head. 😍

Have a wonderful weekend πŸ€—

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