Oh, Christmas Tree πŸŽ„πŸŽΆπŸŽΆ ~ Build Your Own Little Forest

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

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? πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

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 voilΓ‘

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! πŸ’•

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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FiPs, WiPs, and a Tip πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks so much for stopping by, even though you must have felt a bit abandoned over the last few weeks. ☺️

I’ve been quite busy with hook and yarn, and that’s what today’s post is about.

FiPs…I’m pretty certain that that’s not a ‘thing’ 😁 It just sounds so nice in the title. I decided – for the sake of a pretty headline – that it will stand for ‘Finished Projects’.

And here they are…

The ‘Blue Skies’ Slouchy Hat

The ‘Falling Leaves’ Infinity Scarf (one of my personal favorites) 😊 If you like a closer look – it is now (with more pictures) in my brandnew Etsy Shop And a ‘ Newsboy/Cabbie’ Hat- Bear seemed to like it…even if he looks a bit grouchy πŸ˜‰

The WiPs The Puzzle Poncho is coming along

The ‘Flower Meadow’ has been a bit neglected lately – but it moved toward the top of the list

New is another ‘Puzzle’ – I just don’t seem to be able to move away from them 😏

A few weeks ago I bought these gorgeous Caron cakes

They’re so pretty and beautifully soft…they are going to be something luscious for me! 😁

First I thought ‘Poncho’ – then I decided that I would much rather have a fabulous, funky sweater. With different stitches and shapes. This is what I have so far

One side and the start of the sleeve

I don’t know what happened here πŸ˜• I followed the instructions, double checked every stitch, and number…but it’s quite ‘ruffly’. I do love it though, so it can go to the bottom of the sweater, and be a quirky finish that just hangs about – probably surrounded by fringes. πŸ€“

I see some trial-and-error frogging in my future, but hopefully it’ll -eventually- turn into something pretty. 😍

That’s all for ‘WiPs in pictures’. I do have to make some smaller things for the store – like hats, headbands, dishcloths…but I don’t have anything to show there yet. 😊

A Tip for my Crochet Friends

Hopefully it’ll help you win every game of ‘Yarn Chicken’ 😁

Oh…one more thing – please join me in a ‘Dance of Joy’

I had my first crochet sales last week πŸ˜ƒ

These pretties found a new home…

Yes…’Feronia’ went to live with someone else. My daughter’s first question was “Was the lady worthy?” πŸ˜‚ And I can wholeheartedly say ‘Yes’! πŸ’•

This hat went home with her too

And ‘ Purple Delight’ is now warming the neck of a lovely friend of mine 😍

So…that’s all the news for today ☺️

I hope to see you again soon πŸ’•

*I am not affiliated with the product/brand mentioned here.

Cozy & Colorful – An Adjustable Headband – The Pattern πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Have you done your TGIF Happy Dance yet? πŸ’ƒπŸ» Go ahead…I’ll wait

Done? Great ” πŸ˜ƒ 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 πŸ€“

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 72

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. β˜ƒοΈ

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 πŸ€—

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

I hope to see you then! πŸ’•

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

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• 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 😊 and if you were, you might like a little reminder  πŸ˜Š 

How would you like to combine a Nature Walk 


with a crafty activity afterwards? 😍
Sound good? Well then…keep reading πŸ€“

But first – this 

    She’s just so cute…you’ll probably see her a lot here 😊

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 😁

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

    

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 πŸ˜‹

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

~a glass vase

 ~Potpourri

 ~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 😍

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

For hubby’s man-cave 🎱

This one sits in the powder room πŸ™‚

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

This one here is my favorite 😍

And of course…one more for the studio πŸ’œ

I hope I triggered your creativity….let me know which arrangement is your favorite/ you decided on making for yourself ☺️

Sending Love ❀️ Smiles πŸ™‚ and Hugs πŸ€— your way! 

An Oversized Poncho ~ The Pattern πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the pattern you’ve been waiting for…well, some of you anyway 😁

Feronia πŸ’– and

Persephone πŸ’š Ready? Let’s do this! πŸ™‚

You will need:

– 5 Red Lion Brand ‘Mandala’ cakes ~ 5 because I noticed that some of the colors don’t run as long in some cakes as in others…so you will need to dig into the 5th one to supplement

Hook Size G (4.25mm)

Stitch GuideΒ 
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p with your first color, pull yarn through (from the skein), ch1

Β Corner: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1

PatternΒ 
F
3ch – repeat from * 3 times. Join with a slipstitch to the first dc. You will have a square. Pull the middle string to close the hole.

Round 2: Ch 1, turn, *3dc, 3ch, 3dc in ch3 sp. Ch1. Repeat from * 3 times. Slipstitch with the second color to the first dc. Ch 1, turn.

Round 3: *3dc in ch1 sp, ch1, Corner into ch3 sp. Repeat 3-times from * Join with a slipstitch. Ch1. Turn.

Round 4 and all following rounds:Β 3dc, separated by 1 ch into all ch1 spaces. Corners in the ch3 spaces, changing colors every 2 rounds.

Feronia has 20 rounds, Persephone has 18 rounds.

After the desired amount of rounds fasten off.

Border:Β 
Y
ook between 2 dc, and pull the yarn (new color) through. Ch1, 1dc in same space. Work the length of the square with 1dc in each 1ch space, 1dc between each cluster dc (not in the loops of the dc in the previous row).

Corner: Ch1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1 into ch3 space

Work around the square. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Work 2 more rounds the same way, in different colors.

Joining of the SquaresΒ 
I
l the yarn through (contrasting color). Ch1

Dc 1, continue following myΒ picture/written tutorial you can findΒ here
&

es.wordpress.com/2017/10/img_2846.jpg”>Β  Join the Squares according to this

Now you’ll notice that the neck hole is a bit big ☺️

You can fix that by adding more Border rows.
In
Pull the yarn through. Ch 1, dc 1 in same space. Continue on to 2 stitches before the point of the ‘V‘. There you have to crochet 5 together as follows:

Insert your hook into the next stitch. Yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops.

Repeat for the next 3 stitches = 5 loops

Continue with the Border stich to the next ‘V’.Β 

5 dc together. Continue with the Border Stich. Join with a slipstitch.

Add more border rows to achieve the desired size.

Feronia has 6 extra rows; Persephone has 4 extra rows.

The Picot Edging is a beautiful finishing touch 😍

Picots: Insert your hook between 2dc. Pull yarn through. Yo, pull through. 1sc.

*1 slipstitch in next space. Ch 3, slipstitch into the first ch. 1 sc. Repeat from * Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Drawstring and TasselsΒ 

Crochet a long chain. Thread it through the last Border row.

Cut 20 pieces of yarn (appr. 7″) Fold in half, and position them onto one end of your chain.

Secure by stitching through the loops of the chain.

Wrap a length of yarn around, near the top.

Secure the end.

You’re done! πŸ˜ƒ Well, except for the pesky ends…but let’s not think about that now. 😜

I hope you’re happy with this pattern. If you get stuck, have questions – please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m just a quick message away πŸ€—

Let me know how you’re getting along. I would love to hear from you. 😍

Done, Done, and Done! πŸ˜Ž

Hello and ‘Happy October’ my lovely friends! 😍

How is it October already? 😳 What happened to September? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

It seems like I blinked twice, and…poof….it was over. That can’t be good πŸ™ƒ

Even though I had the feeling that I was really busy…it seems like not much got done. So many ideas are still bouncing around in my head, and not much going on here on this blog of mine either πŸ˜•

Oh well…new month, sleeves are rolled up – watch out world! 😁

I did finish a few projects though πŸ€“ Well, except the ends…those darn things still have to be taken care of. 😞

Here is – finally- 

1. The ‘Granny Square Cardigan’ 😁 

The new sleeves are longer, and have a ‘thumb hole’ – it’s a bit cozier that way 😁


2. Feronia & Persephone – the oversized Ponchos 

This ⬆️ is Persephone – named after the Goddess of Spring. She was forced to live in the Underworld, but allowed to visit her Mother Demeter once a year. During that time the trees were budding, flowers and crops started to grow. I thought the colors perfectly reflect her journey from the darkness to the light,  and the beauty of the world turning green again. 🌺

This is Feronia ⬇️  You already know all about her. 😊

I am going to write out the pattern for the Ponchos – as a matter of fact I’ll start right now. 😁

I hope to finish it tonight…if not you’ll see it first thing tomorrow morning! 

Here’s to a fabulous and productive October! 🍾πŸ₯‚ Cheers! 

Thanks for visiting πŸ’• I hope you stop in again soon! 

WIP ~ Wednesday – 2 Ponchos, a Cardigan, and a QuestionΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Told ya I’d have something to show you today 😁 I’m a bit late…but at least it’s still Wednesday πŸ˜‰ I spent the day with my daughter – she had a -rare- day off, and I took advantage of that. 😍

So here’s what I got today…

1. Remember The Granny Square Cardigan? It was almost finished, just needed the ends woven in, when I decided I didn’t like the sleeves. They were very stiff – and looked it – and a tad too tight. Well, I finally got around to making new ones…well one πŸ˜‹ But I like it so much better that the second one won’t be too far behind. 

But look for yourself…

I’d say it’s a good match. 😊

First I wanted to add some surface crochet ( tested it with a length of chain stitches)

…but I decided against it. πŸ€“

2. Poncho ‘Feronia’ 


Feronia is the name of an Autumn Goddess. Her festival, the Feroniae, was held on November 13th when the first fruits of the harvest were offered to her to ensure a bountiful crop the following year. 
The colors remind me of Fall…so this Poncho really deserves the name. Don’t you think? πŸ™‚

3. Poncho ‘Maia’ – you saw this one last week. I decided to go with the flowers, and am now crocheting more of them for the other side. 

The lovely Tami from Tanglewood Knots noticed that the green looks like the foliage of the flowers 😍 So the mismatched green spot is good for something πŸ˜‰

This one got it’s name from ‘Maia‘, a greek Spring Goddess. And since the colors and flowers are very ‘spring-y’ it’s only fitting. 😊

4. The Flower Blanket 


Still making flowers for this one – actually I do have a bit more done than what it shows here…but the light is fading so I can’t get a good photo πŸ˜•

Now to the ‘question‘ part  πŸ˜

Let me start by saying that I have the sneaking suspicion that I will be crocheting for a long time to come, and I can’t possibly wear/store everything I’m making πŸ€“ And I know many of you are working hard at creating beautiful things. 

So my question is – Do you have an online store? If yes – where? Etsy? Shopify? Somewhere else? Any suggestions, recommendations, tips? Anything you got is greatly appreciated! Thank you! πŸ€—

Alrighty…dinner time! 😁 Thanks for stopping in and reading aaaaallll the way down to here πŸ™‚

I hope to see you again soon! 

Until then πŸ’• 


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