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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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 😍

The Rainbow ~ Cupcake πŸŒˆ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• And here – as promised – are the instructions for the ‘Cupcake’  Dishcloth/Potholder/Kitchen Deco πŸ˜ƒ

I did manage to remember the basics – so ‘re-creating’ it was easy- peasy 😬

Here’s what you need:

~ Cotton yarn in pink (A), cream or tan (B), Rainbow (C), variegated (D)

~ a little bit of red and green yarn 

Got it? Okay…here we go 

Rows 1 – 24, are crocheted in Tunesian Stitch 

All even numbered rows are stitched in ‘their’ color, as they appear. When you get to the color transfer (2 different color loops on the hook) always cast-off with the ‘new’ color.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, 

Ch 29

Rows 1 – 4 Tunesian Stitch in A

Row 5 – 6 st (7 loops) in A, 15 st in B, 7 st in A

Row 7 Repeat Row 5

Row 9 – 5st (6 loops) in A, 17 st in B, 6 st in A

Row 11 Repeat Row 9

Row 13 – 4 st (5 loops) in A, 19 st in B, 5 st in A

Row 15 Repeat Row 13

Row 17 – 3 st (4 loops) in A, 21 st in B, 4 st in A

Row 19 Repeat Row 17

Row 21 Stitch 2 bars together (2 loops on hook) in A, 23 st in B, 2 tog, 1 st in B

Row 23 1 st (2 loops) in A, 23 st in B, 2 st in A

Fasten off all yarn after Row 24

Make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first two stitches made in B using the Rainbow Yarn (C) 


Make one ‘Bobble Stitch’ 

πŸ’₯A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.πŸ’₯
*Skip two spaces, make one Bobble Stitch. Repeat from * until you have 8 Bobble Stitches. Fasten off. 

With thevariegated yarn (D) make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first 2 Bobbles, follows by 2dc in the same space. 

*3 dc in next space. Repeat from * until you have 7 clusters. Ch1. Turn. 

3 dc in first space. Repeat = 6 clusters.

Repeat for each row until you have a row with 3 clusters. 

Ch 1. Turn. 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc in first space. 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc in second space. Fasten off. 

With your red yarn crochet a ’10 stitch Bobble Stitch’ into the space between the two clusters. 

Ch1 in red, continue in green – 12 ch. Slipstitch into the red Ch1 at the base of the green. Fasten off. 

The bottom edge is probably a bit ‘roll-y’ 😁 That’s an easy fix (when blocking is not your thing) 

Simply crochet 1 row in crab-stitch across the bottom. 


It’s pretty, and takes care of the roll. 😎

Done! πŸ˜€


What you’re holding now makes a great Dishcloth or Kitchen Deco. If you wanna use it as a potholder or trivet, I would suggest to make two cupcakes and layer them by crocheting them together, or join them with a simple mattress stitch. 

What do you think? Will you be making one or two? 😁 I’d love to hear from you! 

Any questions about the pattern? Please don’t hesitate to ask…I’m just a quick message away. πŸ’œ

WIP ~ Wednesday – Something Old, Something New…but nothing Blue πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for peeking in πŸ˜ƒ

For this week’s WIP Wednesday I had a nice a list of projects πŸ€“ 

But – as it happens so often- the best laid out plans are ruined by…well, life. πŸ™ƒ 

I spent a lot of time frogging πŸ˜• and cleaning up flood waters. Ugh 

My little store flooded during the night, from Monday into Tuesday. Thankfully it was just rainwater. Two years ago the water came from the side facing the parking lot, so – once the foot of water cleared out- we had about 2″ of sticky mud to deal with. 😫 I had a lot of friends and lovely customers lending a helping hand…that made things much better, easier to deal with. 😍

Anyway…this time it was only 1″ of water…and no mud! Yay! πŸ˜€ Again…wonderful friends helped, and now we’re waiting for the rugs to dry out back. Until then everything inside is topsy-turvy and still a bit damp. 

See…

   
Okay…now let’s talk (and look at) wip projects – ’cause that’s why you’re here 😊

1. The Granny Square Cardigan 


I decided I wanna re-do the sleeves. Right now they’re too tight and stiff – they don’t really go with the flow of the cardigan. I should get to that asap, since it looks like I’m gonna need it soon. πŸπŸŽƒπŸ

2. The Poncho 

That’s turning into the never-ending project πŸ˜• I still have to attach most of the fringe. Again…time is of the essence. If I don’t finish this thing soon, it’ll never get done. It’s been waaay too long already.


3. The ‘Cupcake’ Something 😜

This turned into the problem child of the week. You wouldn’t think so, because it’s so small, but this thing kept me occupied all weekend 😫 I should’ve just frogged it, and forget about it…but I had to make it work! Do you know that feeling? 

It started with an idea, didn’t seem too hard. A delicious cupcake, a nice background to be used as kitchen-Deco, or – with cotton yarn, a dishcloth or potholder (layered). 

So I picked the yarn, and went to work. Tunesian stitch…one of my favorites πŸ˜€ 

Bing..bang..boom – done! Or so I thought…when I pinned it to block it…I was like ‘oh, no, no, no, no’ 😳


It probably has something to do with recent events, but I knew I would not want it like this in my house. πŸ˜”

So – frogging. First only the ‘icing’ and the turquoise top-half. I redid the ‘icing’, without a background, that looked weird, so I played with that….not great 

  Pfffft πŸ˜–
I was tired of frogging, so I started over. Still more trial and error than it’s worth. The edges didn’t cooperate, the angles were all wrong….but I think I got it now. 


I might make another one, ’cause I do really like it and it’s really not that hard 😜…I’ll write it down and share it with you.

4. The Blanket 

One more thing – real quick πŸ€“

I want to make a blanket for the colder months ahead. I picked a supercute pattern, pretty yarn, and started (between ‘Cupcake’ disasters) 😁

  Cute, right? πŸ’œ
It’s a simple pattern, a bit time consuming because the rows of the triangles involved are stitched separately. Yep…one by one. Lots of ends to weave in. πŸ˜‰ After that, the border is just Granny Square stitches all around. Let’s just say, a ‘ch1’, between dc clusters would not be a waste of time or yarn. πŸ˜• The thing was all wavy, not even blocking could safe it. So…you guessed it – more frogging. I tried to take the triangles off in one piece, because, hey, that was a lot of work. πŸ˜‚


I kept the middle square, and now I’ll make a Patchwork Blanket with various yarns. I’m working on some ‘Magic Yarnballs’ to bring in some crazy patches. 


So…that was my week 😁 I trust that yours was better! πŸ€— 

I hope I wasn’t too whine-y. ☺️ Let’s raise our glasses and drink to a more successful tomorrow 🍾πŸ₯‚

Do you have stories of never-ending crochet disasters? Let’s hear them! πŸ™‚

Now it’s almost bedtime ☺️ I’ll be back tomorrow with some pretty pictures (hint ~ fairies and glitter, and trees, and a little surprise….I hope you’re ready 😝)

Until then πŸ’•

Hodgepodge Giveaway ~ Last Call πŸ”” Ding πŸ”” Ding πŸ”” Ding

Update: Sorry, this Giveaway has ended. Winners names are drawn. But watch this space…there will be more Giveaways in the future! πŸ˜ƒ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Have you entered the Giveaway yet? Yes? Awesome…but you know you can enter again 😁 Right here, right now! Just leave a little comment, or a πŸ¦„ or 🌈 or πŸ¦‰ – well, you get the idea πŸ˜‰ If you haven’t entered yet…hurry and proceed as described above. 😊 

Go ahead…..don’t be shy…you know you want to 😜

‘But is it worth your time?’ you ask? Well, see for yourself – here are the gifts…
A crocheted Dishcloth and Scrubby 

A Stretch Bracelet and Earrings 


A felted FlowerPin and Earrings 


Now do your thing 😁 and I’ll tell you tomorrow if/what you won 😎

Looking forward to hearing from you! 

Until then πŸ’•

Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn, worsted, medium (4) – (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

It’s a fabulous day πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Welcome back!

The weatherman promised us a perfect Friday 🌞 And – for a change – he was right πŸ˜‰

We woke up to temperatures in the 50s…no humidity πŸ™†πŸ» Yay! 

So we walked the dogs for a good hour. πŸ™‚ And then – because they’re not the fastest walkers…everything is too interesting, everyone is a friend πŸ™‚ – then we walked a beautiful trail nearby. Just trees, bushes, wildflowers 


We passed a cornfield 


 It’s a bit blurry – but you can see how tall the corn is 😁
Once home my daughter stopped by for breakfast before she left town for a weekend on the water.  Not as fancy as it sounds …it’s a raft on a Missouri River πŸ˜… but I’m sure she’ll have a ton of fun. 

After I waved my goodbyes, I grabbed my yarn and hook 


This little idea for a ‘Teapot Cozy’ has been flitting around in my head for a few days now, and I had to see if it can be done. Well, guess what…it can be done 😁


Now I have to recreate it 😳 ’cause every cozy needs a front and a back. πŸ˜‹

Once that’s accomplished…this time around I’ll make sure to write down every step 😏 – you will find the pattern right here for ‘Small Project Sunday’. 

But first I’ll watch an episode of ‘Monk’ – one of my favorites πŸ€“

I hope you’re having a fabulous day too! 🌞🌻🌾 

Thanks for visiting and reading. πŸ€— I hope* you enjoyed everything. 

I’ll be back tomorrow with your ‘Weekend Chuckle’ 😁

Until then πŸ’•


* I really don’t like to repeat a word in two consecutive sentences. I did get out my Thesaurus to find an alternative ☹️ Nothing! That reminded me of my favorite meme though 


πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Still cracks me up! 

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