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. 

🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼

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 

Playing ‘Yarn Chicken’ and winning πŸ€£

Boom! πŸ’₯ And that’s how it’s done….well, this time 😜


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 I’m quite happy that I won this round of                 ‘Yarn Chicken’ πŸ˜ƒ Sometimes it’s the little things, right? 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

My blogger friend Mrs. Craft posted 5 Rules for playing Yarn Chicken a couple of weeks ago…that’s where I learned that the battle against the end of the skein has a name. πŸ˜‹

As you can gather, the ‘Purple-icious Triangle Scarf’ is almost finished! 😁 There will be a surprise finish 😏 More on that tomorrow in the ‘Work~in~Progress’ Post. 

(Hint: think Ruffle πŸ˜‰) 

Thanks for visiting 😍 I hope you’ll peek in tomorrow! 

Until then 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 Wednesday 🌺 A (small) Miracle πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you so much for peeking in! 

Are you curious about the small miracle? Okay…I’ll get right to it πŸ€“

The second sleeve of the ‘Granny Square Cardi’ is finished πŸ™†πŸ» and it looks exactly like the first one!!!!! A miracle, right?! πŸ˜€ I can hardly believe it myself! But, nevertheless….there it is 

I have to admit, this is the second attempt. The first time I didn’t pick up enough stitches and was short three. And, believe it or not, that made a big difference! πŸ˜‹

This took a little longer than needed, because I was procrastinating….worried that it wouldn’t come out as wanted, that I couldn’t recreate the first sleeve. But once I reassured myself that nothing is permanent….hey, I did become an expert in frogging 🀣 …. it became easier to start. 

So this is what I have so far 

Already recognizable, right? 😍

From here on out it’s just Granny Squares and -Triangles, joining them together, and a fancy border (just a vision right now…I’ll reveal it once it’s finished 😁) Pretty smooth sailing from here on out. Oh geez, I hope I didn’t jinx it now! 😳

Oh….real quick. While I was dilly-dallying, waiting for the courage to start the second sleeve, I worked a bit on the ‘Triangle Scarf’ 

I’m now on the 4th skein…it needs a few more inches – and a fancy border. 😏

Now it’s back to hook and yarn, so I can show some more progress next week. πŸ€—

I do hope you join me again next time! 

Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

Work ~in~Progress Wedne……eh, Thursday πŸ€“

Hello and ‘Happy June’ my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you for peeking in on WiP Wednesday…one day late. πŸ˜‹

First…can I please get a ‘WootWoot’ and a ‘Hooray’?  πŸŽ‰ The sleeve is done! I actually figured it out. Took me long enough. 😝 

I lost count, but there must have been 6, 7, 8 tries! πŸ™„ Meaning, 6, 7, 8completely finished sleeves…only to be frogged! 😫 

But, that’s all behind us,  and now we can admire 

The Sleeve 


I tried double crochet, granny pattern…it just wouldn’t fit right. It was way to big and bulky. 

So after 2 tries I decided to undo the mock lacing, and then came – you guessed it – more frogging. 😏 Now they’re about half the size …much better. πŸ˜€

Next try was a failure…of course πŸ˜‹ While the triangle was ok by itself, adding the length of a sleeve made it too, yep, bulky. More frogging. 

The next idea was a ‘inserted’ sleeve. I picked up 16″ in stitches about 1″ up the inside of the triangle, and started with a double crochet stitch. So far, so good. 

The ‘fitting’ showed that I had been too generous with the decreases. Rrrrip the stitches went. But at least I knew now that I was on the right track, because I really liked the way it looked. 

Next try I got it right. It ended just where I wanted it to, 5″ above the wrist. I wanted a longer cuff to show of the beautiful Tunesian Stitch πŸ’œ 

What happened next is hard to believe. Cuff done, I draped everything over my arm and shoulder….the cuff was wrong side out. 😫 And it can’t be worn another way because of the triangle/sleeve overlap. Rrrrrip, extra attention to the way everything lays….and….ta-da….DONE! Happy dance and 🍾πŸ₯‚

 Because I wrote down what I was doing every step of the long way, I now have to identify and decipher the correct notes for the final, successful, version for the second sleeve… and maybe a crochet along for everybody. What do you think? Would you be interested in something like that? 😊

Now I have to admit… I was pretty close to unraveling myself a few times…pun intended 🀣

To keep from going bonkers – and maybe set the whole thing on fire – I worked on two other, simpler pieces. 

First….a super soft Camo scarf in – my current favorite – Tunesian Stitch 

Second…a triangle scarf in the Granny Square pattern. I love this yarn, and hope that it’ll be around for a long time 😍

Somehow I really want some blackberry ice cream now! 😎

Now I’ll go and tackle my notes, and then the second sleeve. πŸ™ƒ

What are you working on right now? Did you ever have that many problems with a piece? I really am looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ€—

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

The Little Bag ~ Crochet and Go πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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

Do you need a little crossbody bag? For just the bare necessities, like phone, keys, lipstick? 😊

Then I’d like to invite you to a quick and easy crochet-along! πŸ˜€

I need mine for the daily walks I take with my dogs. In cooler temperatures there is no lack of ‘storage room’….I only buy jackets with big pockets. 😁 But now that it’s getting warmer out there I found myself in a bit of a pickle. Pants pockets just won’t do it. 

Sound familiar? Well, then grab some yarn and a crochet hook, and let’s do this! πŸ€“

1. Start by crocheting 2 ‘Granny Squares’. 

*A little tip – since you’re making a bag that’s gotta be somewhat sturdy, you wanna use a smaller size hook than the instructions recommend 

The upper border is a few rows of ‘Tunisian’ (Afghan) Stitch. 

That stitch is new to me, but once you get in the rhythm, it’s a very pretty and fast stitch…maybe my favorite right now. 😍 

Plus I finally know what this ‘Hook on steroids’ is for! πŸ˜‚ It was in a bundle of knitting needles I picked up at a Thrift Store, and I’ve been wondering about it since. 


I’ve practiced working with it, and I must say it’s a bit hard on the wrist. So, if the stitch count allows just use a regular plain hook. 😊

2. Okay….back to the ‘Tunesian Stitch‘. Pick up stitches on one side of your square. 

*When you come to the space, pick up the one stitch to the left and right, but place only one stitch into the space….oh, gee – I hope this makes sense. If not, please let me know! 😊



3. Turn your work around, insert your hook into the 2nd stitch from the hook…yarn over, pull backwards and leave the loop on the hook = 2 loops. Repeat to the end of the row. 


Don’t forget the very last one! πŸ€“

4.  Now…don’t turn your work! 

Pull the yarn through the first loop, like a chain stitch 


…then pull the yarn through 2 loops – the ‘active’ and the next one. 


Keep going, combining 2 loops until there’s only one left. 



5. Now place your hook under the second vertical bar, hook and pull the yarn through. 


Leave the loop on the hook and continue on like before. The last stitch goes into the very last vertical bar.


And again….yarn through first loop, then continuously through 2. 

There you perfected the ‘Tunesian (Afghan) stitch. πŸ€—

If you – at any point- have problems, questions because the instructions are not clear, please leave me a comment or send me a message. I wasted a lot of time, because the first few patterns I came across were not very clear. On a happy note…. I might have created a new stitch πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

See…

But here’s what it’s supposed to look like 

6. Now it’s time to stitch the two pieces together. There I can recommend 2 ways. Each one is fast and easy

First one is crocheted….


Just go around three sides, picking up both loops of the stitch, and working a single crochet. 

For the second method you’ll need a large tapestry needle, ’cause we’re gonna sew. πŸ˜‹

This is my favorite way to go because the seams lay nice and flat.


Just thread the needle, pick up the second chain stitch of the corner square, pull the thread taut, insert your needle into the top loop of the stitch below, and keep going. Remember….only one loop, and always work from right to left. 😊

7. Almost done 😁 

Work a crabstitch around the top to even out the edge (Granny Square edges can be a bit messy…or is it just me? πŸ™ˆ)


8. Now the strap. Again I have two suggestions 

The first one is the fast shortcut 😏 Another bonus is the comfort. If you’re not too keen on wearing wooly stuff on your skin in the middle of summer 🌞 just sew 2 rings into the seam and you can attach the strap from another purse as needed.


Or, if you like it all wooly, crochet the strap right onto the purse 


I picked up six ‘vertical bars’ ( just like you did before) and started working the tunesian stitch. 


Keep going until you reach your desired length, crochet it in place…..and you’re 

DONE! πŸ˜€ What do you think? Like it? 😍 

If you make one please share your pictures with us πŸ˜€

And again, if you have any questions anywhere during your project, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m just one message away! πŸ€“

I hope you come back for *New~Stitch~Sunday’ 😎

Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

Work ~ in ~ Progress – Wednesday 🌸 Update on the Granny Square CardiΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you so much for peeking in today! 

I’ve made a little progress on the Granny Square Cardigan πŸ˜€ ….the – partial – construction has begun. There’s still a lot of Granny Squares and – Triangles to be made, but now I have an idea where I’m going…that the ‘blueprint’ actually makes sense in real life! πŸ€“


I did make a change though – it was just a bit too much yellow for my taste. Especially since it’s not a bright lemon-y yellow, but a very pale one. My thought was ‘why not go to the other end of the spectrum…lavender’ 😁 So….back to the store for….green! 🀣 Silly me thought I found the perfect match to the peacock yarn (the finished square was safely at home 😝). I get it home….yeah – not a good match. At all πŸ˜– Lavender it is.

 *Thanks to hubby for driving me through a torrential downpour back to the yarn store 😘

Now, without further ado…here’s where I am so far 


I do need your input here….with or without the lavender on the sleeve? I’m not sure which version I like better – the pointy half sleeve, or the sorta long, wide sleeve. Any thoughts really are appreciated πŸ€—


Thanks for looking, and- maybe – thinking about it! 😊

I’m looking forward to your comments!

 I hope to see you next time! πŸ™‹πŸ»

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

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