The Stubborn Granny Square – Problem solved πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

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 πŸ˜‹

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. πŸ˜•

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. 😊

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

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 😜

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. 😁

So I put the two together. My daughter just raised one skeptical eyebrow 😏 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. 😁

But see what happened…it worked! πŸ˜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. 😊

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! πŸ˜†

So I’m still on the fence about it.

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

Sending Smiles πŸ™‚ Hugs πŸ€— and Love πŸ’• your way.

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In the Spotlight – The (finished!) Puzzle Poncho πŸŽ‰πŸ˜ƒπŸŽ†

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Would you please raise your glass…

and help me celebrate the completion of the Puzzle Poncho! 😍

…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 😜

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! 😁

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. 😊 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. 😁

Until then πŸ’•

WiPs β€˜n Things

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I really dropped the ‘blogging-ball’ last month. πŸ™ƒ So one of the things I have to change – not calling it a resolution … ’cause they tend to come here to die 😜 – is getting back into the rhythm, writing more, visiting with you! I did miss you all! 😍

It’s already the 6th, so I am getting a late start, but we can call this a Trial Month, I guess 😁

It’s ok… I read it on the Internets, so it’s the truth!πŸ˜‚

Besides the usual holiday craziness last month, there were a few things that kept me busy, leading to falling behind in some endeavors, put things on the back burner.

One of the ‘distractions’ was a custom order for a poncho and a hat

The lovely lady that gave Feronia a new home, contacted me and ordered another Poncho and a Tassel Hat…this time in all black 😳 You know me… I love my things crazy and colorful. So it was definitely a challenge. A few times I had to fight the notion to put a pink stitch in. Just one…right here πŸ˜‚

But – I fought it, and it was worth the struggle. She looooved it! 😍

In between all the Christmas ‘duties’, presents, and planned projects, the son of dear friends of ours and his wife welcomed a baby boy into their midst…a little early. But he was close to 8 pounds – so he was ready to meet the world 😍 We think he wanted to see the Christmas tree 😁 and his ‘ Granny Square Blanket’ 😍

Then this one here took a lot of my time… The Puzzle Poncho 😊

If you remember – probably not, since you have a life…so let me jog your memory – it started as a Cowl.While I was working on that, and really liking it, my mind wandered to the possibilities of all things fabulous that would look great in this color combo.

I decided on another puzzle piece…’cause I really enjoy making small pieces and putting them together.

After it took shape I worked on it like a woman possessed 😁

And it’s done! 😊

Well, almost – the neckline will be an Infinity Scarf…it’ll look like a loose turtleneck, and the dreaded ends. Still gotta weave in some ends. 😫 I’ve woven in a ton already. Every time I think I’m done I discover another cluster.

It sure is a crazy piece…I can’t wait to wear it out and about! πŸ™ƒ

Also…some ‘ Bohemian Queen’ cowls are close to being finished. Miss Katherine (⬆️ the one with the hat) is giving you a sneak peek 😊

That’s all the news from the hook and drawing board. I’m looking forward to showing you the finished pieces, and some new WIPs that are – for now – just floating around in my head. 😍

Have a wonderful weekend πŸ€—

More β€˜Last-Minute’ (handmade) Gifts πŸŽ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Here are a few more ideas for that special someone that deserves a handmade gift πŸ˜‰

1. A Dreamcatcher

Last year I posted the story behind the lovely origins of Dreamcatchers 😊

I believe they make wonderful gifts, and you can make one in just an hour or two.

I found this awesome pictorial on Pinterest

The writing is a tad small – but the pictures explain the process really well. I hope you think so too. 😊

If you wanna safe time, and not worry about wrapping the ring – a Grapevine wreath makes a great frame for the ‘web’

I made some of these, and they were loved all around. πŸ˜ƒ

2. Mesh Grocery Bags

I love these reusable bags. They easily fit into your purse, and unfold in a snap to hold all your groceries. No more plastic!

(Photo taken from the ‘Knit-O-Matic Website)

You can find an easy to follow (written) tutorial here

3. Gift card/Money/Jewelry Holder

I made a few of these little pouches this year. They’re a pretty way to present small gifts.

And they are so easy -and fast – to make.

Here’s how…

Ch 12; dc in 4th ch from hook, skip 1 chain, 3 Dc in next 3 chain, skip 1 chain, dc in last chain. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Attach a new color in the space between last dc, and the 3dc cluster. Ch3, 2dc, ch1, *3dc, ch1. Repeat from * 2 more times = 4 clusters

Now you will work on the ‘underside’ of the starting chain.

3 dc in ch1 space, ch1; *3dc, ch1 in 3ch space; repeat from * 3 times = 4 clusters. Join with a slipstitch. Fasten off.

Attach a new color in the first ch space of the rounded end. Ch2, 2dc, ch1, 3dc in same space; ch1, 3 dc in next ch1 space; (ch1, 3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space.

Ch1, 3 dc in next two ch1 spaces.

Ch1, (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next ch1 space. Ch 1, 3dc in next ch1 space, ch1. (3dc, ch1, 3dc) in next space.

(Ch1, 3dc) in next two spaces. Join with a slipstitch, and fasten off.

Stitch or crochet 3 sides together…et voilΓ‘…you’re done.

Are you all set for Christmas now? I’ll look around…maybe I’ll find some superfast gifts 😁

If I do I will share them with you tomorrow! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

WIP ~ Wednesday β˜€οΈ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•  

Remember him? 😜


So…Happy Hump Day to you! 😍

Honestly, I really don’t have a lot to show you today…but – nevertheless – here I am 😎

This here is done I think and is only included because I might add fringe in between the ‘Lollipops’…but then again…maybe not. What do you think?


….aaaand another ‘Gypsy Cardigan’ – I love this color combo (not like the pesky yellow/grey that doesn’t wanna play nice with other colors πŸ˜‰) 

That’s all for this week’s WIPs…can you believe it’s only two 😳 And one is barely one. 

Well, I do have/wanna make more Cupcake Dishcloths…they’re selling like…eh, cupcakes at the shop. 😁

I also have Part IV of the CAL – I’ll bring you that tomorrow. 😊

Take care! πŸ’œ Enjoy your evening 😍

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’•

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’–img_2860-1

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

Β 

Corner: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1

PatternΒ 
Work into the ring – ch3, 2dc, ch3, Β *3dc, ch3 – repeat from * twice. 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 (corner) 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:Β 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:Β 
Y
, 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 SquaresΒ 
I
rc=”https://kristabellaweston.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/img_2845.jpg” class=”alignnone wp-image-4825″ height=”1936″ alt=”” width=”1936″> Dc 1, continue following myΒ picture/written tutorial you can findΒ here
&

g src=”https://kristabellaweston.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/img_2846.jpg” class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-4828″ height=”360″ title=”” alt=”” width=”360″>Β  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.
In
ue 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’.Β 

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 TasselsΒ 

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. 😍

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