Weekly Chronicle 😎

Hello, hello, hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Happy Friday! It’s the 13th 😳 How do you feel about that? A lot of salt tossing or just another day? 😁

It’s so good to be back here in the blogging world 😊 It’s been a while for me πŸ˜• If there’s such a thing as ‘Bloggers Block’ I had it. I wrote a few posts in my mind, even started writing some down…but it was all a bit ‘meh’. 

But…that was then, this is now. So here we are – I can’t promise that it won’t be ‘meh’…but I’ll do my best! πŸ€“

I must have been distant…I even skipped ‘Your Weekend Chuckle’ 😱 That’s unacceptable! So…to hold you over ’til tomorrow – here’s one 


I think she’s ready for the weekend! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

All of last week I was pretty busy preparing for the annual ‘AppleFest’ in Weston, Missouri    (that little town is home to my store). 

AppleFest is awesome 😍 Weston’s Mainstreet is a beautiful, historic setting for fabulous artist booths, delicious food, and local bands. Thousands of people come every year to celebrate the 🍏 Apple 🍎 season with us! 

Remember last time I told you the Ponchos are finished? (Probably not…’cause you have a life 😜…but I really did!) Well, turns out I was bragging a bit. I left out the fact that I still had to weave in ends 😣 Ends…I strongly dislike those dang things. It took me one whole day to weave them in…ugh. But- I did get it done, and they made their first appearance at the shop on Saturday 

They fit right in, don’t you think? πŸ’œ

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My Fall-Arrangements were a big hit last year, so I brought some of them 

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This week’s WIP is another *Gypsy*Cardi* – it’s taking a bit longer than expected, because I wanna do an unconventional color-mix, without hurting anyone’s eyes πŸ˜‹ So there’s a bit of trial and error, sometimes I won’t know that that doesn’t work until the square/triangle is done. 

For example… I thought ‘Purple is just what this cardi needs’  Yeah, turns out – it doesn’t πŸ˜… See

So…new color search πŸ€” I like this one much better 😊 What do you think? Please ignore the purple…that’ll be gone as soon as I’m finished here. 

I’m still not sure…maybe I need a break from it?! πŸ˜‰

Oh yeah…fabulous news (for me anyway 😁) I finally got a yarn winder! And it’s so awesome! Because I work a lot, well…almost exclusively, with the yarn cakes – but not ‘crochet it as it comes’, more like ‘Now I need the third color in’ πŸ˜‰ So I had a big yarn mess at all times. Not anymore! πŸ˜ƒ And my little winder comes in handy when a skein falls apart too. Like so 

   

And bipety-bopetty-boo – it looks like this 


Pretty fabulous, isn’t it?! 😍

I do believe that’s all for now. I hope it wasn’t to ‘meh’ 😊 It’s good to be back in the saddle again! 

I’ll see you tomorrow with ‘Your Weekend Chuckle’. Promise! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

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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 Guide 

Magic (adjustable) Ring: Form a loop with your first color, pull yarn through (from the skein), ch1

 

Corner: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1

Pattern 

Form one Magic Ring, into the ring work *3dc, 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: 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: 

You can start the border anywhere. Insert your hook 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 Squares 

Insert your hook into the corner ch1 space, and pull the yarn through (contrasting color). Ch1

Dc 1, continue following my picture/written tutorial you can find here

 

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. 

Insert your hook anywhere along the neckline. 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’. 

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 Tassels 

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. 😍

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 A Pinwheel, Hydrangeas, and two scarves 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• It’s always fabulous to see you here! 

I have a few projects on various hooks these days 😎 

If you saw yesterday’s post you already know a little bit about the Hydrangea blossoms, and how a little spark of an idea, a hook and some yarn turned into these…

Part of the idea was to turn them – and many more like it – into a Boho purse. Yesterday I wasn’t sure how to accomplish that. —-> see yesterday’s post for the ways I considered. 😊

Well, now I’m one step closer – this is how it’s gonna be 

  I’ll sew them onto a felted wool-sweater, and add a handle

What do you think? Looks like it’s gonna be fabulous, doesn’t it? πŸ€“

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It’s a bit difficult to think of scarfs and wraps right now – but nevertheless, I persisted! πŸ˜‹

I have two to show ya….

1.

 Inspired by my ‘New Stitch Sunday’ post 😍

2. 

And this one is pretty much done….I just have to secure the “yarn tails”.  πŸ˜•


I love how this one turned out. The cool thing is, it kinda designed itself while I was crocheting. Every time I got to the end of a segment, I remembered a certain yarn from my stash….and wouldn’t you know it – it was always the perfect one. πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ’œ See little Eddie hanging out under the couch? Right in the path of the AC flow. Smart dog! 😍

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Speaking of Yarn-Tails. Don’t you hate the dreaded little things that always seem to double the time it takes to finish a project! 😣 

The stack of Flower-Squares is growing….maybe I should sew in some tails now…before I make more?! When do you deal with them? As you go or at the end? 


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And then….the “Yarnspiration” Crochet Along 😍 I started that this morning, so there’s not much to show you yet 


It’ll be a ‘Pinwheel Blanket’ – so far I’m pretty happy with it. πŸ˜€

I’d like to tell you more about it….the difficult color choice πŸ˜‰ my ‘brain fart’ moment πŸ˜‚            How about we do that tomorrow? And then we can also look at the pattern together! πŸ€—

Alrighty! It’s a date! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

As always I’m looking forward to chatting with you! πŸ’œ Tag…you’re it! 😁

Thanks for visiting! I’ll see ya tomorrow! 

Until then πŸ’•

The Pixie Scoodie ~ A Free Pattern πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Great to see you! Thanks for visiting!

You’re probably enjoying a beautiful summer 🌞 Not ready to think about Fall 🍁 and Winter ⛄️, right? Well, good news! If you love this Scoodie, and plan to make one for yourself  – you still have some time. It really doesn’t take that long to make.

All you need is
~ 2 skeins of your favorite yarn (for hook size I/5.25mm)
~ 1 skein of a contrasting color (same weight)

Ready? Let’s go….

Crochet 8 simple Granny Squares (if you’re a Granny-Square-Newbie and have questions  – I’m just a quick message away  πŸ˜ )

Join the squares using this pretty stitch ~ the Granny Stitch 

There – the scarf is already done  πŸ˜€ Well, somewhat – we still gotta hide the dang tails. 😝

While you block the scarf

…you can start on the hood. Now’s the time for the contrast color. I did 3 rows in the ‘scarf yarn’, then one row in the contrast color.
Work 12 rounds of a Granny Square, then crochet 7 more rows on 3 sides only.
Time to block ….

I pinned everything together to get a visual – and I must say I do like it


What do you think?

Okay – now I go and stitch it together….I’ll be right back.

Alrighty…here I am! 😁 Are you still here? Awesome! 😍

Here’s what you do next…fold the hood in half, longer sides together. Join 2 shorter sides with the ‘Granny Stitch’.

    

Match the middle of the hood to the middle of the scarf. Secure. On one side of the hood count 9 squares in, and crochet it to the scarf using the same stitch. Count 9 squares in on the other side, mark it, and work to your marker. 

Place single crochet stitches on the ‘raw’ edges of the hood, from the scarf join out. When you get to the end, chain 100. Work back, placing 2sc into 1 chain. That gives you a pretty twisty tie. Repeat on the other side.

Cute, eh? 😎

Here you see why I didn’t attach the hood all the way across. When you wear it with the hood down, it folds over nicely, and you don’t have to deal with any potential bulk. πŸ˜„

I had to improvise a ‘model’ πŸ˜‹ It’s a dressform with a vase for a head 🀣 I’m the worst at selfies πŸ™ˆ So this was the only way to show you what it looks like. Well…not really…you won’t look like a killer monk from an old movie 😬 It actually fits quite nicely. 😊


What do you think? Will you make a Scoodie? πŸ˜€

Wow…. I just realized that tomorrow is July 1st 😳 My planner tells me that there are some nice things coming your way! πŸ€“ I hope you will join me for some (or all) of them. 😍

Have a splendid weekend! 🌞

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Throwback ~ Thursday – From the (Knitting) Days of YoreΒ 

Does the title remind you of anything? Hint: Rachel on ‘Friends’ 😏 Yes? No? 😁

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope you’re having a fabulous day! 

Today I was digging through some bins with summer clothes (about time, right?! 😝) and guess what I found? Yep…a  summer sweater I knitted many, many moons ago. 😊 Can’t tell you where it was hiding until now 😏 I probably never dug deep enough in the recent past. 

Anyway…here it is 


It’s a real nice, light BouclΓ© yarn  – perfect for not-so-hot days πŸ˜€ And it held up pretty well. 

Do you still have pieces around that you made a long time ago? I’d love to see/ hear about them! ☺️

Well, it’s getting late so I’ll let you get some rest. 😁

I hope you stop by tomorrow for the free ‘Pixie Scoodie’ Pattern. 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~In~Progress Wednesday – A Pixie Scoodie πŸ’«

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• How fabulous to see you! 😍

This week I’m working on something new …. a Granny-Square-Pixie-Scoodie πŸ˜€

I had a skein of yarn sitting here – I wish I could remember the color…since I don’t… it’s blue/dark blue/black/tan/cream  – from here on let’s refer to it as ‘the yarn‘ 😝

  Blocking the squares 

One skein is always good for a scarf. But – you know me – it had to be something ‘Granny Square’ of course. I crocheted six squares…and ran out of yarn. And let me tell you, six squares are not enough for a scarf. So I started digging through my stash, found a bit of a different yarn     (2 shades of blue). I combined that with a speckled white for two more squares. Now we’re in business. 😎 

While I was crocheting my mind wandered, and came up with an attached hood! How fun…right?! πŸ˜€

I dug through an almost forgotten stash of yarn ( in the bedroom, in a wicker basket, in a corner 😏) And what do you know…more blue! Man, for not liking blue I sure have a lot sitting around πŸ˜‹ Anyhoo – more blue right next to this pretty pink. It’s like the basket was designing for me. 

 The Hood 
 The Scarf 

I pinned it all together, so you get an idea where I’m going with this 


It has potential 😊 Don’t you think? 

Once it’s all put together in a pretty way, and I can be sure that it looks and fits right, I shall write out the pattern. 

It won’t be ’til Friday though, since tomorrow I’ll be busy with Birthday Stuff πŸ˜πŸŒΊπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸ°πŸŽŠπŸ¦πŸŽˆπŸ»πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸŽ

Oh, one more thing…I’m participating in a “Giveaway” my blogger friend Kelley is hosting over on her Blog

My contribution will be a Granny Square Scarf….here’s the beginning 😍


If you haven’t yet, you should check out her blog. She’ll have a lot of cool prizes for her Anniversary Event…on top of great diy projects and crafts. ☺️

Alright my dears ~ that’ll be all for today. Be good 😊 Take care ….I’ll see you on Friday! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A ~ Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment 🌺 Granny Squares Rock πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Great to see you again! πŸ˜€

As you probably know by now…I have a thing for Granny Squares. It was a slow growing love, but now I design everything around those beauties. πŸ˜€

And it turns out – there are a lot of us.

I researched them a bit, and found the first mention of (then called) Patchwork Squares in a publication from the late 1800s πŸ€“ The book is called “Victorian crochet by weldon and company published in 1895”. It is wildly speculated that women used every and any scrap of yarn to make a warm blanket, and came up with this pretty pattern…probably long before 1895. πŸ˜‰ I could not find any info why they’re called ‘Granny Squares’ though. If you know, please tell us! 😊

Now let’s take a look at what’s out there in the Patchwork department…

I do like this dress 😏


These are cute…

         
       

Sir Paul rocks the ‘Granny Square’ 😜

Now, dresses, skirts, tops I can see myself wearing, but the pants are not for me πŸ™ƒ

       
What about you? Would you rock the pants? If you just uttered a giddy ‘Yes’ … Alright! πŸ˜€ I do admire the wild and crazy you! 😁

While those  β¬†οΈ  are a touch and go, for these here ⬇️ I only have a firm ‘No’ 😳

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    The top maybe, but the shorts (panties?) are a ‘Nope’! 

But that’s just me…. 😊 Again, if you love it… Go and rock it! πŸ€—
These are the most notable outfits I could fine. I’m sure there are a lot more out there. If you find/made a spectacular piece- I’d love to see it! πŸ˜ƒ

Thank you for visiting! πŸ’œ I hope you enjoyed your stay! 

Come back soon! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’₯ All images I found on Pinterest. Source (if available) are by the photos. 

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