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 😍

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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’– 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 
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p with your first color, pull yarn through (from the skein), ch1

Β Corner: 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1

PatternΒ 
F
3ch – repeat from * 3 times. 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. 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
ook between 2 dc, and pull the yarn (new color) through. Ch1, 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 
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l the yarn through (contrasting color). Ch1

Dc 1, continue following myΒ picture/written tutorial you can findΒ here
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es.wordpress.com/2017/10/img_2846.jpg”>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
Pull the yarn through. Ch 1, dc 1 in same space. Continue 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. 😍

Done, Done, and Done! πŸ˜Ž

Hello and ‘Happy October’ my lovely friends! 😍

How is it October already? 😳 What happened to September? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

It seems like I blinked twice, and…poof….it was over. That can’t be good πŸ™ƒ

Even though I had the feeling that I was really busy…it seems like not much got done. So many ideas are still bouncing around in my head, and not much going on here on this blog of mine either πŸ˜•

Oh well…new month, sleeves are rolled up – watch out world! 😁

I did finish a few projects though πŸ€“ Well, except the ends…those darn things still have to be taken care of. 😞

Here is – finally- 

1. The ‘Granny Square Cardigan’ 😁 

The new sleeves are longer, and have a ‘thumb hole’ – it’s a bit cozier that way 😁


2. Feronia & Persephone – the oversized Ponchos 

This ⬆️ is Persephone – named after the Goddess of Spring. She was forced to live in the Underworld, but allowed to visit her Mother Demeter once a year. During that time the trees were budding, flowers and crops started to grow. I thought the colors perfectly reflect her journey from the darkness to the light,  and the beauty of the world turning green again. 🌺

This is Feronia ⬇️  You already know all about her. 😊

I am going to write out the pattern for the Ponchos – as a matter of fact I’ll start right now. 😁

I hope to finish it tonight…if not you’ll see it first thing tomorrow morning! 

Here’s to a fabulous and productive October! 🍾πŸ₯‚ Cheers! 

Thanks for visiting πŸ’• I hope you stop in again soon! 

Blankets, Blooms, and Other Random ThingsΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

First of all…Happy Monday! 😎

It may not be perfect 


…but at least you’re not that guy 😜

Now I wanna show you a few pictures, and tell you about my weekend 😊

Saturday was our ‘Citywide Yardsale Day’ πŸ˜ƒ There were a lot of little flags on the yard sale map…it looked promising. 

My daughter is accessorising her new house, so she was in. 😁 We took off bright and early, and were not disappointed! 

Do you know the easiest, fastest (and cheapest πŸ˜‰) way to get your hands on a ‘Granny Square’ blanket? 

You find a person that doesn’t care about any of that, and sells you one for $ 2 (two) 😜


Talk about a lucky find! She also sold me the other one in the picture for $2 😍 

I asked her if she knew anything about them, but all she could tell me was that she found them in an old trunk she discovered in the basement of the foreclosed home she bought “as is”. 

They were a bit dusty, but 2 cycles in the wash (last one with Lysol – you never know πŸ˜‰) and the colors pop again. πŸ™‚

As we were out and about we stopped at a State Park with an amazing view over the Missouri River into Missouri…I think our little corner of the world is quite pretty 😎


Back home I washed my treasures, and as I hung them out to dry I noticed that some of my flowers gathered some strength for summer’s last ‘Hurrah’ 


The blanket in the background ⬆️ is another Yard Sale beauty 😁

     
Sometimes when my brain seems to be on overload….in Lorelai Gilmore fashion ‘Monkey, Monkey, Underpants’ πŸ˜† …. I like to sit outside, and just watch the bees, the flowers, and the clouds 😊

 
Other people get Angels….I get Daffy Duck πŸ˜†


Aaaaand…..poof….the weekend was over – but that’s ok. 😁 Every new week brings new possibilities and ideas and ways to make new memories. 😊

I hope you have an amazing week, and am sending you Love, Hugs, and Smiles πŸ’•

Baking, Books, and a Few Random Things

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• I hope you’re having a great Monday! πŸ˜ƒ  No…I’m not being sarcastic – I really mean it.

But – just in case you need a little pick-me-up…here’s a little penguin doing the splits

Feel better? 😍 Ready for some shenanigans? πŸ˜‰

Here we go…

   1. This past weekend Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day hosted another ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. πŸ˜ƒ
This month’s recipe was generously shared by Kate @ Life, Tea and Everything
She made some scrumptious cookies from a recipe her beloved Grandma used to spoil her loved ones.

I did not participate this month, because cookies in the house result in my eating every single one, which results in pants not fitting (true story!  πŸ˜œ ) which results in having to buy new pants…which I hate.  So I just enjoyed dreaming about the deliciousness, while reading the recipe  πŸ€” I hope you will make some, and let me know how you liked them.

Here’s the wonderful recipe

 Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.

Thanks again to Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day  for hosting this great event every month. If you like to join

Tami @ Tanglewood Knots

Kate@ Life, Tea and Everything

Brenna @ Crochet539

and other great bloggers in the Bake-Along just go to Tracy’s page, let her know, and she’ll include you in her list of bakers. I’m looking forward to future Bake-Alongs and hope you will join us.

     2. Books – Lately I’m having a really hard time finding books that grab (and hold) my interest. Especially new books in series I used to love are, more often than not, sleep aides. πŸ˜• Did you notice that too? Or am I becoming ornery? πŸ€“

A few weeks ago I did find a new (to me) series that I love. I read book 1 – 3 in less than 2 weeks. On some nights they kept me up longer than is good for me. πŸ˜› 

If you’re interested – the series is called ‘The Southern Ghost Hunter Series‘* by Angie Fox. If you don’t mind spooky, ghostly appearances you should give it a try. ☺️ The characters are very likable, the ghosts not too terribly scary, and it’s set in the beautiful South. 

I held off on book 4 only because I found a book by one of my favorite authors at a booksale. Somehow it had slipped through my radar…I hadn’t read it yet.

 Aaaaaaand …. I didn’t finish it. I’m not going to name author or title – but, oh boy, what a doozy. Repeating paragraphs – once or twice I thought I had lost my page because the same sentences kept appearing 😳 and booooring. 😴

I didn’t even skip to the end to find out who the killer was…’cause I’m convinced the ‘victim’ didn’t actually die. He faked his death to get out of this story. πŸ˜‰

Now off to some ghost hunting…Book 4 is waiting. 😁

    3.  ‘Feronia’ the Poncho is (almost) finished 😍 

I got a little carried away crocheting the squares, so it’s a bit too long…see 

 I’m horrible at ‘Selfie-taking’ πŸ˜† but you get the idea 

I actually had to add a wide border to the neckline so it wouldn’t slide down, and pool by my feet πŸ˜›

Then I added ‘Picots’ to the neckline and bottom edge – Thank you, Tracy, for the idea πŸ’•

 
…a drawstring….just in case πŸ˜‰ – and tassels 

Now I just gotta weave in the ends 😐 and I’m done! 

    4. I started another Poncho – this time I’m keeping the squares smaller. As soon as that one is done, and actual Poncho length, I’ll write out the pattern and share it with you. πŸ€—

   5. I did do some baking yesterday. Usually I bake a raisin bread on Sundays…for a quick breakfast during the week. We did get a little tired of it, so I thought something different is in order. From time to time I like to experiment in the kitchen – so- inspired by my favorite chocolate- I made a Chili/Chocolate Chip bread. 😁 

And it’s awesome (if I may say so myself…but hubby thinks so too πŸ˜‹) You don’t taste the Chili at first, just the chocolate, but it leaves kind of a pepper-y aftertaste. 

I will share the recipe within the next few days. πŸ€“

   6. I mentioned yesterday that I’m going shopping – for more yarn 😜 It was quite a successful trip 


And that is all for today 😊 Thank you so much for visiting and reading all the way down to here 😘

I’m sending you Love, Hugs, and Smiles πŸ’•

* I am not affiliated with the author/publisher/product mentioned here ☺️ I just really like the books and the yarn. 

WIP ~ Wednesday – 2 Ponchos, a Cardigan, and a QuestionΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Told ya I’d have something to show you today 😁 I’m a bit late…but at least it’s still Wednesday πŸ˜‰ I spent the day with my daughter – she had a -rare- day off, and I took advantage of that. 😍

So here’s what I got today…

1. Remember The Granny Square Cardigan? It was almost finished, just needed the ends woven in, when I decided I didn’t like the sleeves. They were very stiff – and looked it – and a tad too tight. Well, I finally got around to making new ones…well one πŸ˜‹ But I like it so much better that the second one won’t be too far behind. 

But look for yourself…

I’d say it’s a good match. 😊

First I wanted to add some surface crochet ( tested it with a length of chain stitches)

…but I decided against it. πŸ€“

2. Poncho ‘Feronia’ 


Feronia is the name of an Autumn Goddess. Her festival, the Feroniae, was held on November 13th when the first fruits of the harvest were offered to her to ensure a bountiful crop the following year. 
The colors remind me of Fall…so this Poncho really deserves the name. Don’t you think? πŸ™‚

3. Poncho ‘Maia’ – you saw this one last week. I decided to go with the flowers, and am now crocheting more of them for the other side. 

The lovely Tami from Tanglewood Knots noticed that the green looks like the foliage of the flowers 😍 So the mismatched green spot is good for something πŸ˜‰

This one got it’s name from ‘Maia‘, a greek Spring Goddess. And since the colors and flowers are very ‘spring-y’ it’s only fitting. 😊

4. The Flower Blanket 


Still making flowers for this one – actually I do have a bit more done than what it shows here…but the light is fading so I can’t get a good photo πŸ˜•

Now to the ‘question‘ part  πŸ˜

Let me start by saying that I have the sneaking suspicion that I will be crocheting for a long time to come, and I can’t possibly wear/store everything I’m making πŸ€“ And I know many of you are working hard at creating beautiful things. 

So my question is – Do you have an online store? If yes – where? Etsy? Shopify? Somewhere else? Any suggestions, recommendations, tips? Anything you got is greatly appreciated! Thank you! πŸ€—

Alrighty…dinner time! 😁 Thanks for stopping in and reading aaaaallll the way down to here πŸ™‚

I hope to see you again soon! 

Until then πŸ’• 


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