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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‘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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‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ~ Introduction and Part I

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Welcome to ‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ Crochet Along – named after the wee one, and because flowers and an abundance of colors are the perfect way to say
‘Welcome to the world, Baby Girl’ ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’–

Meet Georgia Mae ๐Ÿ˜

Now let’s get crocheting! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This blanket is worked from the inside out.
It is a great project for the intermediate beginner. I do incorporate a lot of different stitches, but will guide you through every step, and if you have any questions I’m always ready to answer. Don’t be afraid to ask. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Materials
Yarn –  Weight 3 (Light) in various colors
Hook H8/5.00mm

Pattern Notes:
Rd = Round
Ch
= chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slipstitch
dc tog = double crochet together = Yarn over, insert hook in stitch. Pull through. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over. Insert hook in same stitch. Pull through. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * for the number of stitches indicated, and finish by pulling the yarn through all loops at once.

Pattern:
Part I is a beautiful Carnation – Square ~  the flower of the month of January.
For this square you need 3 different colors. A = flower, B + C = Leaves and Frame

Make a magic ring (or ch5 and close to a ring with a sl st)
Round 1
Ch1. Work 10sc into the ring. Sl st to the ch1 at the beginning of round.
Round 2
*Ch2. Sl st in next stitch – back loop only! Repeat from * around.
Sl st to beginning ch2. (10 loops)
Round 3
Sl st to the front loop of 1st sc of Rd 1. Ch2. Hdc 2 in same stitch.
Hdc 3 in every sc (front loop).
Sl st to top of Ch2. (10 [3hdc] groups.
Round 4
*Ch2, sl st in same stitch. Repeat from * all around.
Fasten off.
Round 5
Attach color A to any to any loop of Round II.
Ch3. Dc 2 in same loop. *Dc 1 in next loop. Dc3 in next loop.
Repeat from * (20 dc)
Sl st to top of Ch3.
Round 6
*Ch3. Sl st into next st.
Repeat from * (20 loops)
Fasten off.
Round 7
Attach yarn B to any loop of Round VI.
[Ch3, 2 dc tog Ch1. 3 dc tog. Ch1. 3 dc tog] in same loop. Corner made.
*Ch2. Skip 1 loop. 2 dc in next 2 loops.
Ch2. Skip 1 loop.
[3 dc tog, 3 ch, 3 dc tog, 3 ch, 3 dc tog] in next loop. Repeat from *
Sl st to top of ch3 at beg of round.
Fasten off.


Round 8
Attach color C to a ch2 space (before a corner)
Ch3. Dc 1 in same space.
*Ch2. Dc 3 in next space (between 2 petals)
Ch3. Dc 3 in next space.
Ch2. Dc 2 in next space.
Ch1. Dc in space between 2dc of previous row.
Ch1. Dc 2 in next space.
Repeat from *
Sl st to top of ch3 at beg of round.
Fasten off.


Round 9
Attach color A to any ch2 space before a corner.
Ch2. Hdc 1 in same space.
*Ch2. [Hdc 3, ch3, hdc3] in corner space.
Ch2. Hdc 2 in next space.
Ch2. Hdc 1 in next space.
Ch1. Hdc 1 in next space.
Ch2. Hdc 2 in next space.
Repeat from *
Sl st to top of ch2 at beg of round.
Fasten off.

Curly Qs
Attach color B to any open loop of Round VI.
Ch12. Sc3 in 2nd ch from hook, and each following sc, working down the chain.
Sl st into loop.
Fasten off.
Repeat in all other open loops (8 Curly Qs)

Weave in the ends (Trust me! You do want to do this now   )

From now on I will post a few rows at a time every week.
I do realize you have a life and other WIPS, so we’ll go at a slow, steady pace.

Update: Part II is now ready for you. You can find it here

I hope you decide to crochet-along. Let me know, and show me pictures! Please! ๐Ÿ˜‡ I am looking forward to seeing lots of Carnations!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m just a quick message away.

Have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ’•

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Like A Butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

You’re probably wondering about the title of this post ๐Ÿค”

Let me explain…that’s how I feel these days – like a butterfly flitting from task to task. Somehow I can’t sit still for any length of time. I’m always thinking about things I wanna/gotta do. And it’s never the one thing I’m doing right then and there. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Do you know what I mean? Do you have times like that?

Things that did get done

-I did clean up baskets in my ‘Yarn-Room’. But only because the new winder called me in there. ๐Ÿ˜

-I did go on a few walks this week. My friend Carole and I are taking advantage of the glorious weather – morning temperatures in the 40s is quite a change from last week, but we’re enjoying the sunshine that comes with it, and the fact that we’re not damp after one mile ๐Ÿ˜

-Some yard work – The ‘Rose of Sharon’ bush that was out of control is no more. Normally I don’t like cutting down Flora that’s healthy and growing. But this bush didn’t seem to be doing too well. It was still green and growing, but the leaves were very small, and the buds wouldn’t open to all their glory. So the clippers came out…this is what’s left

It’s hard to believe that, just a few years ago, this was a spindly, little twig with a few short roots.

The trim should give it new life…we’ll see next year. ๐Ÿ˜Š

While I was outside with my camera I noticed the sun hitting this beauty just right

Doesn’t it look like it’s glowing? ๐Ÿ˜

We have the first red leaves in the yard! The Maple ‘volunteer’ in the flower pot wants to be the first one to announce that ‘Fall is here’ ๐Ÿ

The dogs enjoyed the time we spent outside ๐Ÿ’•

-Carpet steps are (finally) clean ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Ever since we moved in I’ve had this problem with dingy steps, well – just the edges. Because our Lorelai (the white one โฌ†๏ธ) is very low to the ground, so her belly gets a bit dirty walking around outside. It doesn’t help that she loves to lay down in the grass, pull herself forward, all around the yard ๐Ÿ˜†

Then she comes in, cleaning her belly on the steps ๐Ÿ˜

I’ve tried every commercial product under the sun…nothing would get these edges clean. But now – thank you, Pinterest! – they’re clean…and it’s not the different lighting ๐Ÿ˜†

before

It’s a miracle! I’ll tell you what did it…

3/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

2 teaspoons baking soda

1squirt of Dawn

Mix it well, dab, then scrub, onto the stain. Done!

Happy Tina here! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

-Crocheting

By the end of every day I kick back in front of the TV and add rows to ‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ๐Ÿ˜ Yes, the plan to make it a Crochet-Along is still solid. I’m taking pattern-notes, and hope to have Part I up by this weekend!

-I guess now I can add this blog-post to my list of things done ๐Ÿ˜

I hope you are enjoying a sunny, creative, and beautiful day! ๐Ÿ’•

30+ Hot Weather Crochet/Knitting Projects ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Well…it’s hot! There are no ifs and buts about it!

And unless you live in parts of the Southern Hemisphere you’re probably looking at your yarn stash with a tear in your eye, willing the weather man to come up with some clouds or – dare we hope – a ‘cold’ front! ๐Ÿ˜Š

But fret no more! Dry your tears, pick a project โฌ‡๏ธ that won’t cover your lap, legs, toes, pick up your hook/needles and start your Hot Weather Project ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Maybe you’re already thinking about Christmas Gifts! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How about a cute Tea-Cozy? I love the hedgehog ๐Ÿ˜„

25 free Knit and Crochet Tea-Cozy Patterns by diyhowto.org

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Speaking of Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

Crochet Elf Hats for the entire family following this easy & awesome Pattern from B.Hooked Crochet

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Or maybe you or someone you love needs a new project/market bag?

11 Summertime Crochet Bags and Totes – find the patterns for these beauties right here

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And of course there’s always Amigurumi ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Doesn’t get smaller than that!

You can find all the patterns here ๐Ÿ˜

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My absolute favorite – the Granny Square – is the perfect project for sweltering days!

You can compile a stash now, then join them when it gets cold.

If you’ve never made one, or need a refresher course…help is one click away ๐Ÿ˜Š

Or get out your kitchen cotton, and make a larger one = Dishcloth! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Add a Scrubby-Yarn Flower – no more digging for an elusive Scrubby-pad with wet, soapy fingers. ๐Ÿ˜

There….that should keep you busy for a while! Let me know what you’re making ๐Ÿ˜

Enjoy your day! Stay cool! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Sunshine, Flowers, and a Tiny Spider ๐ŸŒž

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Summer Sunday Afternoon ๐Ÿ˜ Are you relaxing with a book, a project, or are you just enjoying the lazy hours this time of the week brings? ๐Ÿ˜Š

For me it’s a combination of all three. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Before I settled in, I walked around our flowery garden, and snapped some pretty pictures.

As I’m sorting through the photos I realize I should have paid better attention to the little labels in my flower pots upon purchase. ๐Ÿ˜• I know some names of the more popular plants…but others escape me. So you’re not gonna learn anything today ๐Ÿ˜‰ just enjoy!

The first thing I noticed when I stepped outside was a little spider busily running back and forth, weaving a beautiful web. It was not easy capturing the web…but I got some pretty sunshine-y pictures while trying ๐ŸŒž

And then I got it…see her in the bottom right corner? ๐Ÿ•ธ

The Wisteria is on her second bloom this year ๐Ÿ˜

I can’t get enough of the Hydrangea ๐Ÿ’•

Snapdragons have always been one of my favorites ๐Ÿ˜Š

I love to pinch their little cheeks ๐Ÿ˜†

The ‘Rose of Sharon’ bushes are just now starting to bloom

So is the Hibiscus

Here are some ‘what were they called again?’ ๐Ÿ˜

Just as I turned to go inside I glanced at the little field of clover, and decided to give them a spot in the limelight ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this little trip into my world ๐Ÿ˜

I’m wishing you a fabulous Sunday afternoon! ๐Ÿ’•

Happy โ€˜Youโ€™ Day ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‘‘

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Did you have a fabulous day? Whether it was spent with the kiddos, your Mom, your fur-babies or all of the above…I hope you enjoyed being celebrated, got spoiled, and remember today as a very special ‘You’ Day! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’œ

I had a lovely time at breakfast with hubby and our daughter ๐Ÿ˜Š

Planted some of the flower-gifts

My new Hibiscus had a wonderful surprise for me this morning ๐Ÿ˜

Isn’t she gorgeous? ๐Ÿ˜

Enjoy the rest of your special day … ’cause tomorrow it’s back to this ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m sending Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚ Love ๐Ÿ’• and Hugs ๐Ÿค— your way!

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