The Purple-y Oversized Ruffle ShawlΒ 

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

Are you ready for the big reveal? πŸ˜‰

Alright….here she is 


In this picture ⬆️  the colors are almost ‘true to life’ ….in this one ⬇️ not so much, but you’ll be able to see better how it looks like when worn. 😊


It is quite big, isn’t it? 

Now I will tell you how you would go about if you wanted to make one for yourself. πŸ™‚

You will need 

– 5 skeins ‘Caron Simply Soft’ in your favorite color 

– 4 skeins Ruffle Yarn (I used ‘Red Heart’ Sashay with Sequins)

Hook Size I (5.25mm) That’s slightly bigger than recommended, but I wanted the shawl to be loosely crocheted, and flowy) 

– Needle and Thread 

Start with the Caron Yarn, and crochet a half ‘Granny Square’. 

I found these wonderful directions on Ravelry. So instead of copying her, I’ll give you the link to the page of Renate Kirkpatrick. *

And now crochet until you used up all 5 skeins. 😁 To avoid the dreaded ‘sewing in of yarn ends’ I use the ‘Russian Join’


For me the end was nerve racking! Why? Take a look…


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 And the yarn is discontinued! Double Whammy! Oh well, it all worked out fine! 😎

Alright….time to add the ruffle. I used one round of double crochet. Yep, that’s really it. πŸ€“  

Start anywhere. Insert your hook through one space of the ruffle yarn, about 2″ from the beginning. Pick up 2 loops of the last row on the shawl, and work a double crochet – always skip a space of the ruffle yarn. That way your border will be nice and full, and the shawl not wavy and puckering. 

And now keep going. Skip a space, yarn over, pick up 2 loops, and work a double crochet, like you do with any other yarn. 



When you get to the end of a skein, stop 2″ before the end, and pick up with a new skein (about 2″ in). Aaaaand keep going. Work 3 dc in every corner stitch, to ensure the corner will lie nice and flat.

This actually took a wee bit longer than anticipated, but it’s worth it in the end. 😍

Once you worked your way around the shawl …well done! High five βœ‹… take the loop off the hook, take your needle and thread, pick up the loop, and secure it with a few stitches. 


Always insert the needle into the yarn. 

Fold over the end of the ruffle yarn and stitch in place. Repeat on the other side, then join both edges together, using a Satin Stitch. Here also …into the yarn 


There, you can hardly tell it’s there….right?! πŸ˜€


Trim the frayed edges (not too close to the seam!)

You’re done! Now, all you gotta do is wait for a cool night so you can show her off! 😊

I hope this is easy to follow! πŸ™‚ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message or mention it in the comments. I’m always right here. 😘

* If you can’t get to the pattern because you are not a member of Ravelry, and don’t wanna be, let me know I will post the instructions for the ‘Half Granny Square’. πŸ€—

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Drop me a line or two if you get the chance. I always love hearing from you! 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’₯ I am in no way affiliated with the companies, people, and website mentioned here. 

Work ~ in ~ Progress WednesdayΒ 

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Thanks for visiting! 

Before Wednesday turns into Thursday I wanna show you real quick what I’m working on these days. 😊

Here’s the reason why I’m so late…


Yesterday I finished this stole….and not a moment too soon I might add. See… 😜


I guess you can say that the ‘Crochet Goddess’ smiled fondly upon me. πŸ˜‡ 

Well, that was yesterday. Today…not so much. πŸ˜•

I spent a good chunk of the day adding a ruffle border to the stole. That was a lot more time consuming than I anticipated. That thing is biiiiig! 😳

So….after picking up stitches (a lot of stitches!) with the ruffle yarn, knitting one round, starting to bind off…I noticed that the stole is now quite wavy. Not the desired effect. Meh πŸ˜”

🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 ⬅️ My immediate future πŸ˜›

Oh well, not the first time, and probably not the last. 

I’m pretty sure that I know where I went wrong….more about that -hopefully- tomorrow. 

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There are two more projects in progress right now. 

This one…


I’m not sure where it’s going…I just wanted to see how the fuzzy yarn looks as a piece, not just as a border. It’s kinda cute, don’t you think? There is an idea trying to form in my mind….let’s see if it leads to something. 

And then there is, of course, the never ending story of the cardigan. 😏

After I finished the back with the funky yarn, the maroon seams really didn’t fit the picture anymore. So I undid them, and redid them in funky 😁

See what you think 

Before 


After 


It’s definitely more ‘me’ now. I love crazy colors, and sorta mismatched clothes. 😍

Did you ever rework a piece numerous times? Please tell me that -eventually – I’ll be done! πŸ˜‰

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 Join your Granny Squares and Crochet some Lollipops 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for popping by to see the progress on the Granny Square Cardi πŸ€—

Here’s the reason why I’m so late today….

  The Lollipops πŸ˜€

I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute.

But first…all the Squares and Triangles are finished. Time to join everything together. You might remember that I had joined some already  – just to see where I was going with this. 😊 There are different ways to sew/crochet them together. I didn’t want them to be attached to closely, so I chose this ….


It’s easy to do…take a look πŸ‘€ 

Start with 2 squares, and crochet one double-crochet into one corner. Yo, 3 dc into the corner of another square. 


Come back to the first square and place 3 dc into the second square. 


I found that this is the best way to hold the two pieces 


Keep going back and forth until the last square. Work 1dc into it. 


Alright…now that all the pieces are joined I noticed that there was a gap in the back! 😳 The pieces didn’t fit as perfectly as I thought. 

I forgot to take a picture….here’s one from the first attempt to fill it in. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it?! 😝


I didn’t just want to fill it in with the yarn color on either side. So I tried Granny Squares in the contrast color ⬆️ Meh….nah 

Then I tried bigger blocks to place in the middle and go from there 

  
Well, that looked waaaaay better in my head 🀣 

Next….


Hmmm…. Getting closer – I love the yarn, love the mandala….just not on the cardi. 

Show of hands – who knew that, eventually, I’d add something oddly mismatched, wild and colorful? 😝 You were right! Here we go 


And there are the Lollipops πŸ˜‚


Because just a square of outrageous yarn just wouldn’t do! πŸ˜‰

That’s where I am so far. I was really hoping I could show you the finished cardi today….but the Design-Goddess had other ideas. 😊 Hopefully next week. 

So…what do you think? Too much? Not enough? 😁 See, I’m almost tempted to add some more of this yarn – I love this yarn…can you tell? 😜 – somewhere else. 

Have you ever made anything that went so completely ‘out of the box’? 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work-in-Progress ~ WednesdayΒ 

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in! 

Today I wanna show you -real quick – what I’m creating these days. 😊 

I’m still attaching fringes to the Puzzle Poncho 


But that gets old – yeah, okay, boring πŸ˜‹ ) after a while so I needed another project to go to.  ‘Caron Simply Soft-Peacock Feathers’ …to the rescue! πŸ˜ƒ 

Last week I found this pretty yarn….on sale! 😏 I grabbed the last few skeins off the shelf, even though I had not even an inkling of an idea what it should be. 🀣 I’m sure you’ve been there, done that! πŸ˜‰ 

Since I love Granny Squares, and the ‘Paints’ line is perfect for them it was not too hard to come up with a design. I thought, sweater, big square and crochet mesh for the front, Granny Triangles and mesh for the sleeves. I drew a quick sketch…

 -sorry it’s so pale…πŸ˜•

….and started on the square. Easy peasy. Now the Granny Square halves were a little more complicated. I found, and tried, a few instructions on Ravelry, but none gave me a straight bottom edge. Until I came across the perfect one from Renate Kirkpatrick ….it’s pretty simple. See…

 This image is from Renate’s Ravelry page. 

Smooth sailing from here on out. All the full- and half squares are finished. 

While crocheting I kept picturing my sweater idea, and liked it less and less. Once finished, I laid everything out – on a cardi that was right there- and found that it’s a definite ‘No’ on the big square on the front. 

 Don’t you agree? πŸ˜•

Back to the drawing board. Since I wear more cardigans than sweaters, the decision was easy.  A cardigan with the squares wrapped front to back, the sleeves stay as planned. 

The layout looks promising… 

 

Please imagine the yellow mesh all around the triangles. 

It does have potential, don’t you think? 😊 You know what I just realized? It’s another ‘Puzzle Project’ 🀣

I hope you can join me for the big reveal! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

Until then 😍 Be good & take care 

~ Tina xoxo 

*I am not affiliated with any product/person mentioned here. 

Mosquito-repellant Plants

Well, hello ~ good to see you here! Thanks for stopping by! 😊
Can you believe it’s almost May? That means it’s finally time to tend to the flowerbeds.
I do have a lot of weeds to pull (except the ones with little flowers on them – they will stay…much to the chagrin of my husband  πŸ˜‹).
Then it’s off to buy the flowers! Yay! Do you get overwhelmed at the nursery/garden center? I sure do – my flowerbed is not all that big, so I can’t get that many, and I can never decide which ones of the pretties to take home.

But ~ this year it’s going to be easy! See, I’m very allergic to mosquito bites. Those little suckers leave me all swollen and itchy. So I was very glad when I came across this nifty chart that lists all the plants mosquitoes hate! Ha! Got them now! πŸ˜„

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I will plant them all around the patio, and in pots to place in places where there is no flowerbed and on the table. I do wish I could cover myself in all these plants…just to be on the safe side.
That is, of course, not possible, but that thought gave me an idea for a new drawing!
Let me explain why …. last week I started a ‘100 day challenge’ on Instagram, along with many other artists. We’re supposed to pick a medium, and post a new creation every day. Well, so far I’ve made it… the challenge is young 😊    But I’m having a lot of fun with it, so I’m hopeful!
Since I love making jewelry every day, I decided to do something different, something challenging, and nothing  is more challenging for me than drawing, believe me!
But I found this great book (Fashion Design for Beginners) that is very helpful. So I set to it. (If you wanna see, my Instagram handle is  ‘kristabella_weston) 😬

Anyway – long story short – here’s my fantasy for a mosquito free summer


Don’t you wish? Then all I’d need is a net thrown over me to keep the bees away! 🐝

I will plant everything this week – I’ll let you know if it works!
Going now to pull some weeds! 

Ta Ta for now! 😘
~Tina xoxo