WIPs and A New Stitch πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope this finds you well and happy! 😊

Over here we’re experiencing ‘August in June’ 🌞🌞🌞 It’s hot…blazing hot! And to make matters worse, the humidity is at like 80%! Ugh πŸ˜‘

So the last thing anyone wants to think about is…scarves! 😁

That was until a friend of mine got this awesome book called ‘Lacy Wraps’ *

It has some wonderful patterns inside. I picked 2, and got right to it.

Since it’s a paid pattern I’m fairly certain that I can’t share it here 😬 But… I learned a new stitch, and that I can tell you more about. πŸ˜‰

In all my years of crocheting I’ve never even heard of the ‘Linked Double Crochet’ stitch (ldc). And it seems like I really missed out. It’s well on it’s way to become my favorite stitch! 😍 It creates a wonderful texture, with the height of a double crochet, but without the holes. And it’s pretty simple to stitch. Sounds awesome, right?! 😁

Let me show you…

You start with 3 chain.

Insert your hook into the 2nd chain (right to left – my arrow is backwards πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Sorry)

Yarn over, pull through.

**Insert your hook into the vertical bar (marked in green) right to left, yarn over, pull through.

Now you’ve linked your stitch to the starting chain.

You have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Repeat from ** to the end of the row.

You do want to see that line running through the middle of the stitch!

Isn’t it pretty? πŸ™‚

Here is the first ‘Lacy Wrap’ – it incorporates the ldc stitch quite nicely

Next on the list is the wrap from the book’s title page. I absolutely love that one. I ordered the yarn in three different colorways… I can hardly wait to hold it! πŸ˜†

So while the yarn is ‘turtleing’ 🐒 it’s way here I’m keeping busy with an Owl Wallhanging – I don’t think I’ve shown you this one yet

I’m very happy with it…it just needs one more stabilizing bamboo rod on the right. I’m hoping it’ll keep it from getting longer and longer πŸ˜‰ The mandala is already more like an oval than a circle. I better hurry!

When sitting under the Owl got too warm, I did a few rows on my ‘ Stashbuster Sweater’. That one is coming along…

The Grannies are going to be part of the sleeves. Another puzzle…that’s what I dooo πŸ˜‹

I lost a few hours of my day after I glanced at my yarn basket

No, I didn’t pass out πŸ˜‰ I decided I needed to detangle and put my winder to good use. See, I had just reached down for the next color, and never really paid attention to the thing by my feet. 😁

But it’s all nice and neat now…probably not for long…so I’ll enjoy it while I can. πŸ€“

That’s all for today. Keep your fingers crossed that my new yarn shows up today! It’s been in the are since Tuesday – so hopefully today’s the day! πŸ˜ƒ

Until next time πŸ’• Take good care of yourself 😍

* I’m not affiliated with any companies/products mentioned here.

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WIP – Wednesday ~ Summer’s Here πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope everything is well at your end of the Interwebs πŸ˜‰

(Sorry, I’m watching ‘Monk’, and he just said it – that made me laugh so I had to use it in a sentence πŸ˜†)

Alrighty…where were we? Oh right – the current WIPs.

I’ve been busy planning next week’s workshop – so there is not too much to report 😁

I’m still working on the Purses. The ‘Agate Slice’ purse is almost finished.

Front and back are done, so is the strip that will keep everything together and give it some width. Then lining and handles and I have something to show off 😍

A few weeks ago I came across a Facebook add for a yarn sale. Well, put ‘yarn’ and ‘sale’ in one sentence and I’m there. Oh boy, was it a Sale! 😁

I found Bamboo yarn for an unbelievable price! Yeah, I had to buy bundles of 10…but at $2 a skein I didn’t hesitate! 😍

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

The sock-knitters among you probably spotted the sock yarn right away. 😁 Yep, same company, and also an amazing deal.

I’m very happy with the quality of both! I’m working with both yarns right now – they’re coming together in a colorful Summer-Tunic

What do you think? A nice cami underneath, and I’m set for the hot weather 😎

The first strip for the back is already done

The only problem I’m foreseeing now is the ‘weaving-in-of-the-Bamboo-yarn-ends’. It’s quite slippery, and I’m worried that it won’t stay where I put it. Any tips? I would be so grateful! πŸ™‚

If you’re interested in checking out the company (no affiliation, just a friendly tip 😊) here’s the link to the Yarn Zone

I just checked, and the ‘Bag Deals’ are still available. πŸ˜ƒ

The planning for the workshop ‘A Day of Crochet‘ is coming along nicely.

People are signing up, projects are done – there will be a ‘Granny Square’ lesson, crochet flowers, and a ‘Chilly Cowl’ – that’s a Summer cotton cowl. Before wearing you soak it in cold water, and it will keep you cool for hours. 😎

Chilly Cowl

Granny Square & Flower – for a 2-in-1 Dishcloth/Scrubby

I hope everyone will have a fun crochet-day 😍

Have you been to a Yarn-Retreat? Do you have any tips/advice for me? What did you expect when signing up? I would love it if you would share your experience! 😌

Until then πŸ’•

Amigurumi – Galore πŸŒΊπŸ™πŸ¦„

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Amigurumi is something I’m very intrigued by, but also find a bit intimidating – so I haven’t tried it yet. πŸ€“ I do enjoy looking at the creations though 😊 and today I wanna share the cuties of the ‘Crochet Creature World’ 😍

~ This one caught my eye on Pinterest

It took some digging, but I finally found the pattern here (Link to Etsy; paid pattern)

~ The ‘Fish in a Jar’ is perfect for a kid’s room πŸ™‚

The pattern is free on Ravelry – you can find it Here 😍

~ ‘Wiley the Wisp‘ from Emma Crafts Design <—– Link to the Free Pattern on Emma’s wonderful and inspiring blog πŸ˜ƒ

Isn’t he cute? 😍

~ This little Army of Hedgehogs is so adorable 😍

You will find the pattern (written and video) right Here

~ The Sleepy Fox will be loved by everyone 😊

Awwww 😍 I learned that he can be woken up with a kiss 😁

Learn how to make your own right Here (Free Pattern)

~ Melman, the cuddly Hippo stole my heart πŸ’œ The longer you look at him the more you love him! 😊

Bring him to life by following this Link 😍 (free pattern)

A few weeks ago I found this Amigurumi kit at our Aldi store

My ultimate (Amigurumi) goal is a large dragon 😁 so I will start with the iddy biddy one from this kit, and work my way up πŸ€“

Do you crochet little critters? I’d love to hear about your experience, and, of course, see the final cutie

Thanks for stopping by πŸ˜ƒ πŸ’• I hope you enjoyed this post and found a new project right here!

Yarn ~ Bomb Your Kitchen

Hello my lovely friendsΒ Β Β πŸ’• I don’t know about you, but with all the dreary weather outside my window, I’m in desperate need of something, anything, everything colorful inside! πŸŒ·πŸŒˆπŸ’

Let’s start in the kitchen!

~~~This Flower Power Valance makes looking out the window so much more pleasant

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~~~Did someone say Cupcakes? 😁 These towels are adorable, and an absolutely guilt-free treat!

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~~~More Cupcakes! Doing dishes will be a little more fun with these delicious Cupcake Dishcloths

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~~~Or how about these Tunesian Circle Potholders/Dishcloths
I’ve made a few of these. They stitch up quick, and hold up very well – even with daily use 😊

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~~~This ‘Granny-go-round Toaster Cover is so cute, it made it to the top of my ‘future projects’ list 😍

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~~~Got tea? Well, than you definitely need a Teapot Cozy – preferably one sporting a cute Vintage Camper πŸ•

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~~~A Rag RugΒ Β brightens up any room, and makes great use for otherwise ‘useless’ garments 😎

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Now…watch out…smooth segue way ahead πŸ˜†

With all this awesome new stuff in your kitchen you wanna make something for yourself, right?!

Vintage Pattern Wiki recently released over 83.000 free vintage patterns. πŸ˜ƒ

With just one click you can admire fashions dating back to the 1920s  😍 Even if you don’t sew, it’s worth a peek. It is a fascinating look at the history of fashion.

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I hope you enjoyed this little collection! Now let’s wield the hook, and/or dust off the sewing machine. Have fun! 😘

Thanks for stopping in! πŸ’• Let me know you were here 😊

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WIP ~ Wednesday πŸŒž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I actually have a few WIPs – caught on camera before they are finished 😁

1. There’s the scarf – in a new (for me) pattern

It’s a far cry from the colorway on the label…

…but still pretty and it leaves a lot of grey background for embellishments 😁

Oh… I was gonna discard this photo at first – but it made me smile 😊

2. Aaaand another scarf

I’m not sure…have you seen this one?

It’s an ‘ Infinity Scarf’ – half V-Stitch, half braids, gussied up with a crochet cord and a tassel.

Well – I made another one

This one needs to be sewn, wrapped , and tasseled up 😊

3. Purses – I might have found my niche in the Crochet World 😍 I looooove making purses!

You’ve seen this one

That one is now heading to the Etsy store πŸ˜ƒ

Then I have one in Fall colors

It just needs a lining…then it’s following it’s mate to the shop 🀩

Remember the ‘Agate slices’?

Well…. I think they would make a pretty fabulous handbag

Don’t you think? 😊

And last…the very beginning of a (possibly) Beach Bag

See, from my Jewelry making days I had all this Hempcord laying around

It is pretty stiff, so it was useless for Jewelry…but it will make a great bag πŸ˜ƒ

Because of the stiffness it’ll be slow growing, it’s kinda hard on the wrist.

But – we’ll get there eventually 😎

That was all from here πŸ™‚ How many projects are you working on right now? No fibbing…time to fess up πŸ˜…

Have a wonderful rest of the week 😘

Thanks for peeking in πŸ’•

The Bobble – Stitch Purse: A Problem and it’s Solution πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It has been a minute, hasn’t it? I hope you’re doing well, stayed out of trouble…with St. Patrick’s Day still in the rearview mirror and all 😜 However, if you have any Shenanigans to report I’d love to hear about it 😁

I have nothing of the sort…so I’ll jump right into telling you about the ‘Bobble-Stitch Purse’ and it’s Shenanigans πŸ˜‰

It started out well enough 😊

Just the regular process.

Make the bottom. Pick a color – in this case a light grey – and since I love the Bobbles I usually start with that. Next row – more Bobbles…Pink this time.

And I liked it so much that I wanted a whole purse in these two colors, and nothing but Bobbles.

Like I said….It started out well enough 😍

I kept going until it was the size I wanted.

And this is where we’re getting to the problem part. I held it up…oh, boy πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Not cool! I don’t think that’s a look that’s gonna catch on anytime soon. 😜

I figure I need more chain when I join the rows (experiment in process 😊)

What to do? I really didn’t want to frog the whole thing.

So I decided to take out the bottom, thinking that is what (mostly) holds it in this awkward shape. I carefully undid the ‘seam row’, catching the grey stitches with a knitting needle

Nope πŸ˜• That wasn’t it.

So I undid the knitted stitches, and tried to undo the Bobbles…the grey ones sticking out at the bottom.

For future reference – one cannot undo Bobbles from the bottom up. Not gonna happen!

So I had these half-undone stitches sitting there, mocking me 🀨

*At this point I stopped taking pictures πŸ™ˆ

I had one more idea, and if that didn’t work…frogging it is! 😞

If I turn everything around, the stick-y-out part could be the flap.

And that’s what I did.

I added a few more rows to the flap, finished the edge with silk ribbon, threaded ribbon through the half-undone Bobbles, added the strap…et voilΓ 

It’s not perfect, so it won’t be in the store…but I have a new purse, and learned a few things along the way! 😁

Did you ever have to change course halfway through a project? Did you keep going, or did you frog it all? I’d love to hear about it! 😊

I hope to see you tomorrow for WIP Wednesday… I do have a few things to show you! 😁

Until then πŸ’•

What’s New You Ask? Okay, I’ll tell ya

Hello my lovely friends

I’ve been planning this post – okay, some might call it procrastinating – for a while now. Mostly because I was afraid that I start rambling…so I tried to get it perfect in my head.
Then I realized that this is not getting anybody anywhere.

So, without further ado…here are the News

My Vision Board

I’ve been hearing, reading a lot about Vision Boards lately. That made me think about where I wanna be one, two, five years from now.
And while I don’t have a physical board with pictures taped all over it – I do know now what I want my (creative, professional [???]) future to be.

Well – I love working with yarn, I do love to inspire and be inspired by the beautiful work of others, I love to teach and learn. So on top of my ‘Vision Board’ it would say…

I would like to will own a pretty house, preferably by the ocean…a big lake will do, and turn it into a yarn-, book-, coffee-shop!Β 

Something like this…

 

It would have comfy chairs and sofas, shelves with books and yarn, where people could sit and read, and crochet or knit, all the while surrounded by air infused with a pleasant coffee fragrance. And we would have the occasional yarn-retreat – with a whole weekend dedicated to pretty yarns, patterns, and friendship!

Can you see it?

My lovely friend Michele can…so much so that she agreed to be my partner in crime this wonderful adventure.

But – every journey starts with the first step.

We started a Facebook group, Colorful (Yarn) Creations, Inspiration, and YOU – maybe you’d like to join us?

We started a weekly Crochet Group in town – if you’re in the area…maybe you’d like to peek in

 

 

And – we’re planning our first yarn retreat! EEEK! It’s still very much in the planning stages, but we’re getting there.

Here’s what we know so far:

~ It’s going to be a free one – since neither one of us has done anything like this before, and we don’t even know if we’re good at it.
I’m thinking reading the ‘Betty Hechtman – Yarn Retreat’ books is not really a great reference.

~ It’ll be a one day retreat – a Saturday in May

~We do know where we want to hold it…but still gotta talk to the landlady

~We’ll do one project – a small crossbody purse. Now we gotta plan out the afternoon

That’s all we have for now – I will keep you updated!

Projects

I did get some crocheting done…

 

 

Another Idea

Since I got a nifty camera for Christmas I’ve been waiting for Mother Nature to do something pretty so I can capture it!

Then I was thinking – I would love to see photographs taken by all of you.

So what I would like to do is start a ‘Photograph –something‘ – I don’t know what to call it. It’s not a challenge or a contest…maybe ‘A hunt for images’?

The way I see it is that – for the first one – I would post five keywords, and photos, then you would go out and capture images (following the prompts) and post them for all of us to see.
I could collect ideas from all of you, and every 2, 3 weeks post a new ‘Prompt Post’
What do you think?

I think it would be a fun project that would bring us all a little closer together, get to know each other.

I’ll leave you now to think on thatΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β  hoping I wasn’t too ‘rambly’

I look forward to hearing from you!

Until then

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