Crochet Painting, Tulips, and โ€˜The Never-Ending Ruffleโ€™ – WIP Wednesday ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงถ๐ŸŒท

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

While it’s been a couple of turbulent weeks (weather wise) I’ve been calmly wielding my crochet hook…thanks to the ‘Great British Baking Show’ – yes,I’m addicted ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I have to admit though, that when they announce ‘5 more minutes’, and the music gets faster…so does my crochet hook ๐Ÿ˜… Not so calm then!

So I’ve been building my inventory for the Fall-/Winter Craft Shows – but I leave that for another post.

Today I wanna show you my current two WIPs – huh, only 2 ๐Ÿ˜ณ, somehow that seems wrong, but nevertheless here we are with 2. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This here is my second ‘Crochet Painting’ – I named it “Let’s go for a walk”

I hope you’re able to recognize something ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I’m quite pleased with the tree

The first one I made still needs blocking and framing (don’t know yet what I’m gonna do about that since it’s quite large)

Do you see the sunset? ๐Ÿ˜Š

The second WIP – a multicolored shawl, that came out a bit bigger than planned (it’s about 60″ wide) – is almost done…if I can ever finish the ruffle-border.

Not an easy task, since it’s 3 treble-crochet per stitch ๐Ÿ™ƒ All around ๐Ÿ˜…

Since it’s a happy Springtime shawl – I had to include some tulips ๐ŸŒท

Aren’t they adorable? ๐Ÿ˜

If you have a project in mind that is missing some tulips – here’s how you make them ๐Ÿ˜

Crochet – Tulips

Number of stitches: Multiple of 3, +1

Row 1 – Attach the green yarn to the end of a row. Ch 3. Yo. Skip 1 stitch, 1 dc in next stitch.

Ch3. 1 dc in same stitch. Yo. *skip 2 stitches, 1dc in next stitch. Ch3, 1 dc in same stitch.

Repeat from * until there are 2 stitches left. Dc in last stitch. Fasten off.

Row 2 – Attach new (flower) color to the top of the last dc. Ch3. *Work 5 dc in the ch-3 space. Remove hook. Insert hook into the top 2 loops of the first dc of the ‘group’

Pick up the working loop and pull through. Ta-da – Tulip made ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Ch 3. Repeat from * until all the spaces are filled. Dc in top ch of beginning ch.

Fasten off.

Row 3 – Attach new color. Ch2. Work row in dc, by working 3 hdc in the ch-3 space, and 1 hdc in the first sc on top of the tulip

And there you have it. A beautiful row of happy tulips. ๐Ÿ˜

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

Now I’m off – gotta see what the bakers in the tent are up to…and (hopefully) finish those ruffles! ๐Ÿ˜„

Take good care of yourself! Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

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A Creative Weekend

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

After the hectic holidays I treated myself to a wonderful creative weekend.

I had a few things to finish…like this Pixie ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Scoodie

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I had a few rows to crochet on the scarf part, and then I made the PomPoms.
Now, I have to say, even if you’re not a fan of the LionBrand Homespun Yarn, you have to admit that it makes awesome PomPoms ๐Ÿ˜Š

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If you wanna love the yarn, but are struggling with it, check out Robin’s post on her blog Imperial Crochet.  She made a beautiful hat/scarf set out of said yarn, and has a few tips on how to work with it.

Next was my Boho Vest (yes, my Christmas Decorations are still up  ๐Ÿ˜)

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Fun fact: Since I splurged on some handspun yarn from the ‘Lake of the Ozarks’ region  (4 skeins to be exact) this vest may very well be now the most expensive piece of clothing in my closet ๐Ÿ™ˆ Who’d a thunk it?
I really, really like it though – so it was worth it.

Since I started wearing more vests to spruce up some boring sweaters, I decided to make another (more economic ๐Ÿ˜† ) one.
If you look closer, the bottom part (the Ozark yarn) is knitted, and the rows are vertical.
I basically knitted 3 panels, and picked up stitches on the longer side.
I actually like to do it this way…no more math to figure out the stitch count. I just knit/crochet up until it’s the right length, or width in that case.
I hope this makes sense!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing for the new one, except I will make the strip long enough for the back and both front panels…no seams to close ๐Ÿ˜Ž
This time I’m doing the ‘Basketweave Stitch’ – my first time! And I love it…I can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

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Have you done anything in this stitch? If you haven’t and would like to know more, please let me know – I always love to help ๐Ÿ˜

And – since I feel my String Painting definitely needs improving, I dabbled a bit in paint.
My hat’s off to the kids that did this in Elementary School! There is – at least for me – a steep learning curve. Like making sure that all the excess paint is stripped off the string, and ‘don’t apply to much pressure’!

If you like to see more…don’t go anywhere ๐Ÿ˜ I took a few pictures of the process

Squirt some paint in a glass dish or on a plate, and dip your string in the paint until it’s covered all around. Take of the excess paint (I held up the doubled up string, and with thumb and forefinger of the other hand grabbed it, squeezed, and pulled up)

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Lay out the strings

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Cover it – I like to cover it with another piece of drawing paper (that way you’ll have two images ๐Ÿ˜ƒ) and a book. Apply some pressure, gather the strings at the bottom, and voilรก

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Not bad…but I will keep practicing ๐Ÿ˜Š

Well, that was it for me ๐Ÿค“ Did you have a wonderful weekend, doing things you love?
I sure hope so!

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

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‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ~ Crochet Along – Part II

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Did you finish your Carnation Square from Part I of this Crochet Along?

Yes? Great!  ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Now let’s build on that, and see the ‘Flower Patch’ grow.

Get out your carnation, and yarn, and let’s do the next 5 rounds! Happy Crocheting! ๐Ÿ˜

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Pattern Notes:

Bobble Stitch: *Yarn over. Insert hook in next stitch/space, pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the previous dc. Repeat twice from *. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.

Round 11:
Attach yarn to any corner of your carnation square. Ch2. Yarn over. Pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the chain. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.
Ch 3. Work one Bobble Stitch in same corner space. Ch 1.
Work one Bobble Stitch/each in every following [Ch1] space and between the Dcs of the previous row.
Work [1 Bobble, ch 3, 1 Bobble] in every corner space.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 12:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch3. Dc 2 in same space.
Dc 1 in each space and on top of each Bobble.
Work [dc 2, ch 3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 13:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc in same space. Ch 3. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc 1 on top of the next 2 dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles of Row 11.
*Sc 1 on top of the next dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles.
Repeat from * , working [2sc, ch 3, 2sc] in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

Round 14:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch 3. Dc 2 in same space.
*Skip on sc of previous row. Dc 1 in next stitch. Dc 1 in stitch skipped.
Repeat from *, working [dc 2, ch3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slipstitch to top of beginning ch.

Round 15:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc in every space between dcs in previous row.
Work 3 sc in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

That’s it for Part II. At this point you might wanna consider weaving in your ends.
I know, I know….ugh  ๐Ÿ˜ But you will thank me later! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you’re enjoying your growing blanket. Part III and IV will bring you more Flower-Squares. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

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Amigurumi – Galore ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆ„

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Amigurumi is something I’m very intrigued by, but also find a bit intimidating – so I haven’t tried it yet. ๐Ÿค“ I do enjoy looking at the creations though ๐Ÿ˜Š and today I wanna share the cuties of the ‘Crochet Creature World’ ๐Ÿ˜

~ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

The pattern is free on Ravelry – you can find it Here ๐Ÿ˜

~ ‘Wiley the Wisp‘ from Emma Crafts Design <—– Link to the Free Pattern on Emma’s wonderful and inspiring blog ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Isn’t he cute? ๐Ÿ˜

~ This little Army of Hedgehogs is so adorable ๐Ÿ˜

You will find the pattern (written and video) right Here

~ The Sleepy Fox will be loved by everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š

Awwww ๐Ÿ˜ I learned that he can be woken up with a kiss ๐Ÿ˜

Learn how to make your own right Here (Free Pattern)

~ Melman, the cuddly Hippo stole my heart ๐Ÿ’œ The longer you look at him the more you love him! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bring him to life by following this Link ๐Ÿ˜ (free pattern)

A few weeks ago I found this Amigurumi kit at our Aldi store

My ultimate (Amigurumi) goal is a large dragon ๐Ÿ˜ so I will start with the iddy biddy one from this kit, and work my way up ๐Ÿค“

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

Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ’• I hope you enjoyed this post and found a new project right here!

WIP ~ Wednesday ๐ŸŒž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Today I actually have a few WIPs – caught on camera before they are finished ๐Ÿ˜

1. There’s the scarf – in a new (for me) pattern

It’s a far cry from the colorway on the label…

…but still pretty and it leaves a lot of grey background for embellishments ๐Ÿ˜

Oh… I was gonna discard this photo at first – but it made me smile ๐Ÿ˜Š

2. Aaaand another scarf

I’m not sure…have you seen this one?

It’s an ‘ Infinity Scarf’ – half V-Stitch, half braids, gussied up with a crochet cord and a tassel.

Well – I made another one

This one needs to be sewn, wrapped , and tasseled up ๐Ÿ˜Š

3. Purses – I might have found my niche in the Crochet World ๐Ÿ˜ I looooove making purses!

You’ve seen this one

That one is now heading to the Etsy store ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Then I have one in Fall colors

It just needs a lining…then it’s following it’s mate to the shop ๐Ÿคฉ

Remember the ‘Agate slices’?

Well…. I think they would make a pretty fabulous handbag

Don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜Š

And last…the very beginning of a (possibly) Beach Bag

See, from my Jewelry making days I had all this Hempcord laying around

It is pretty stiff, so it was useless for Jewelry…but it will make a great bag ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Because of the stiffness it’ll be slow growing, it’s kinda hard on the wrist.

But – we’ll get there eventually ๐Ÿ˜Ž

That was all from here ๐Ÿ™‚ How many projects are you working on right now? No fibbing…time to fess up ๐Ÿ˜…

Have a wonderful rest of the week ๐Ÿ˜˜

Thanks for peeking in ๐Ÿ’•

The Stubborn Granny Square – Problem solved ๐Ÿ˜

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

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 ๐Ÿ˜‹

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. ๐Ÿ˜•

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Then, a few days ago, I received a yarn order, and in it was a fabulous, delicious yarn – Red Heart’s ‘Unforgettable’ in ‘ Sunrise’ ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜œ

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. ๐Ÿ˜

So I put the two together. My daughter just raised one skeptical eyebrow ๐Ÿ˜ 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. ๐Ÿ˜

But see what happened…it worked! ๐Ÿ˜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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜†

So I’m still on the fence about it.

I’d love to hear what you think! ๐Ÿ˜ Please let me know…I’m looking forward to it – I think ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sending Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs ๐Ÿค— and Love ๐Ÿ’• your way.

In the Spotlight – The (finished!) Puzzle Poncho ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ†

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Would you please raise your glass…

and help me celebrate the completion of the Puzzle Poncho! ๐Ÿ˜

…with cozy (attached) Infinity Scarf

Some details…

The ends are all tucked away…finally! It happened again this morning – just when I thought I got them all, I discovered another cluster. But now, about an hour and a half later, I reeaaaly got them all (I checked all around, inside and out) twice ๐Ÿ˜œ

I will bask in the feeling of satisfaction for a bit. But, as we all know, there is no rest for the wicked – I do have a few WIPs to tend to. One is near completion, let’s talk about that tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜

A little hint – I finally figured out what to do with the ‘They-don’t-match-anything’ yellow/grey Granny Squares

Thanks to the advice from the lovely Brenna from the wonderful blog Crochet 539 – she had told me to set it aside, and wait for a flash of inspiration. ๐Ÿ˜Š I did just that, and I am quite pleased with the result.

I hope you will join me tomorrow for some WIP talk, and some random ramblings. ๐Ÿ˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

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