A Creative Weekend

Hello my lovely friends 💕

After the hectic holidays I treated myself to a wonderful creative weekend.

I had a few things to finish…like this Pixie 🧚🏼‍♀️ Scoodie

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I had a few rows to crochet on the scarf part, and then I made the PomPoms.
Now, I have to say, even if you’re not a fan of the LionBrand Homespun Yarn, you have to admit that it makes awesome PomPoms 😊

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If you wanna love the yarn, but are struggling with it, check out Robin’s post on her blog Imperial Crochet.  She made a beautiful hat/scarf set out of said yarn, and has a few tips on how to work with it.

Next was my Boho Vest (yes, my Christmas Decorations are still up  😁)

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Fun fact: Since I splurged on some handspun yarn from the ‘Lake of the Ozarks’ region  (4 skeins to be exact) this vest may very well be now the most expensive piece of clothing in my closet 🙈 Who’d a thunk it?
I really, really like it though – so it was worth it.

Since I started wearing more vests to spruce up some boring sweaters, I decided to make another (more economic 😆 ) one.
If you look closer, the bottom part (the Ozark yarn) is knitted, and the rows are vertical.
I basically knitted 3 panels, and picked up stitches on the longer side.
I actually like to do it this way…no more math to figure out the stitch count. I just knit/crochet up until it’s the right length, or width in that case.
I hope this makes sense!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing for the new one, except I will make the strip long enough for the back and both front panels…no seams to close 😎
This time I’m doing the ‘Basketweave Stitch’ – my first time! And I love it…I can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

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Have you done anything in this stitch? If you haven’t and would like to know more, please let me know – I always love to help 😍

And – since I feel my String Painting definitely needs improving, I dabbled a bit in paint.
My hat’s off to the kids that did this in Elementary School! There is – at least for me – a steep learning curve. Like making sure that all the excess paint is stripped off the string, and ‘don’t apply to much pressure’!

If you like to see more…don’t go anywhere 😁 I took a few pictures of the process

Squirt some paint in a glass dish or on a plate, and dip your string in the paint until it’s covered all around. Take of the excess paint (I held up the doubled up string, and with thumb and forefinger of the other hand grabbed it, squeezed, and pulled up)

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Lay out the strings

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Cover it – I like to cover it with another piece of drawing paper (that way you’ll have two images 😃) and a book. Apply some pressure, gather the strings at the bottom, and voilá

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Not bad…but I will keep practicing 😊

Well, that was it for me 🤓 Did you have a wonderful weekend, doing things you love?
I sure hope so!

Until next time 💕

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‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ~ Introduction and Part I

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Welcome to ‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ Crochet Along – named after the wee one, and because flowers and an abundance of colors are the perfect way to say
‘Welcome to the world, Baby Girl’ 💖🌺💖

Meet Georgia Mae 😍

Now let’s get crocheting! 😃

This blanket is worked from the inside out.
It is a great project for the intermediate beginner. I do incorporate a lot of different stitches, but will guide you through every step, and if you have any questions I’m always ready to answer. Don’t be afraid to ask. 😊

Materials
Yarn –  Weight 3 (Light) in various colors
Hook H8/5.00mm

Pattern Notes:
Rd = Round
Ch
= chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slipstitch
dc tog = double crochet together = Yarn over, insert hook in stitch. Pull through. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over. Insert hook in same stitch. Pull through. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * for the number of stitches indicated, and finish by pulling the yarn through all loops at once.

Pattern:
Part I is a beautiful Carnation – Square ~  the flower of the month of January.
For this square you need 3 different colors. A = flower, B + C = Leaves and Frame

Make a magic ring (or ch5 and close to a ring with a sl st)
Round 1
Ch1. Work 10sc into the ring. Sl st to the ch1 at the beginning of round.
Round 2
*Ch2. Sl st in next stitch – back loop only! Repeat from * around.
Sl st to beginning ch2. (10 loops)
Round 3
Sl st to the front loop of 1st sc of Rd 1. Ch2. Hdc 2 in same stitch.
Hdc 3 in every sc (front loop).
Sl st to top of Ch2. (10 [3hdc] groups.
Round 4
*Ch2, sl st in same stitch. Repeat from * all around.
Fasten off.
Round 5
Attach color A to any to any loop of Round II.
Ch3. Dc 2 in same loop. *Dc 1 in next loop. Dc3 in next loop.
Repeat from * (20 dc)
Sl st to top of Ch3.
Round 6
*Ch3. Sl st into next st.
Repeat from * (20 loops)
Fasten off.
Round 7
Attach yarn B to any loop of Round VI.
[Ch3, 2 dc tog Ch1. 3 dc tog. Ch1. 3 dc tog] in same loop. Corner made.
*Ch2. Skip 1 loop. 2 dc in next 2 loops.
Ch2. Skip 1 loop.
[3 dc tog, 3 ch, 3 dc tog, 3 ch, 3 dc tog] in next loop. Repeat from *
Sl st to top of ch3 at beg of round.
Fasten off.


Round 8
Attach color C to a ch2 space (before a corner)
Ch3. Dc 1 in same space.
*Ch2. Dc 3 in next space (between 2 petals)
Ch3. Dc 3 in next space.
Ch2. Dc 2 in next space.
Ch1. Dc in space between 2dc of previous row.
Ch1. Dc 2 in next space.
Repeat from *
Sl st to top of ch3 at beg of round.
Fasten off.


Round 9
Attach color A to any ch2 space before a corner.
Ch2. Hdc 1 in same space.
*Ch2. [Hdc 3, ch3, hdc3] in corner space.
Ch2. Hdc 2 in next space.
Ch2. Hdc 1 in next space.
Ch1. Hdc 1 in next space.
Ch2. Hdc 2 in next space.
Repeat from *
Sl st to top of ch2 at beg of round.
Fasten off.

Curly Qs
Attach color B to any open loop of Round VI.
Ch12. Sc3 in 2nd ch from hook, and each following sc, working down the chain.
Sl st into loop.
Fasten off.
Repeat in all other open loops (8 Curly Qs)

Weave in the ends (Trust me! You do want to do this now   )

From now on I will post a few rows at a time every week.
I do realize you have a life and other WIPS, so we’ll go at a slow, steady pace.

Update: Part II is now ready for you. You can find it here

I hope you decide to crochet-along. Let me know, and show me pictures! Please! 😇 I am looking forward to seeing lots of Carnations!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m just a quick message away.

Have a lovely weekend! 💕

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Granny~Stitch~Oversize~Project~Bag – A Free Pattern 🌻

Hello my lovely friends! 💕

Today I wanna show you my new Project-Bag…and tell you all about the making thereof. 😊
I wrote the pattern for it, and hope that (and the pictures) will inspire you to make your own.

Alright – here we go!

What you need:

2 skeins worsted weigh yarn – 5oz./each, 285 yards (you’ll just need a bit off of the 2nd skein)
Crochet Hook, Size I/9 – 5.5mm
1 Pair Purse-Handles
Fabric for Lining

Pattern Notes:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
Ch3 at beginning of round counts as the first stitch.

Pattern:

Front:

Round 1:
Ch 22.
Dc 2 in 4th ch from hook.
*Ch2. Skip 2 ch, dc in next 3ch.
Repeat twice from *
Ch2.
In last ch place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch, 3dc] – Corner
Ch2.
Continue on the other side of the starting chain with *3dc, 2ch. Repeat twice from *
In 3rd ch (starting point) place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc, 3ch]

Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 2:

Ch3.
Turn. (†)Place [2dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2. [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in next space.
Ch2, 3dc in next space – 4 times.
Ch2.
*Place [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in corner space.
Ch 2.
Repeat from * for other corner.
Continue on with 3dc, 2ch – 4 times.
Slipstitch to 3rd ch of first stitch.

Round 3 and all following rows:

Ch3. Turn.
Repeat from(
†) in Round 2.
All corner spaces are made by working [3dc, 3ch, 3dc] in the corner space of the previous row.
All in-between spaces are worked by placing 3dc (separated by 2ch) in the spaces of the previous row.

Please note: The [3dc, 2ch] clusters between the corners increase by 1 in every round)

Work 9 rounds. Fasten off.

Make 2 (Front and Back)

Sides:

Make 4 Granny Squares (4 rounds each)

Bottom:

Ch 18 (or as many ch you need to acquire the width of the ‘Sides Granny Square) + 2
Work in rows of  ‘Linked Double Crochet‘ until you’ve reached the length of the front/back panels. Fasten off.

Assembly

For the Sides stitch or crochet together: 2 Granny Squares/each

Stitch or crochet the 2 Granny Square panels to either (short) side of the front and back panel.

Pin the bottom in place and stitch or crochet around.

Weave in all the ends.

To give it a ‘cleaner, finished’ look, I added 5 rows of linked, double crochet around the top edge.

Lining:

You don’t have to be a seamstress to make the lining – I certainly am not – basic sewing skills will do. But a sewing machine helps.

Fold your fabric in half, and place the assembled bag on top.
Cut around the bag, leaving a 1/2″ – 1″seam allowance all around.


Fold over both top edges (appr. 1/4″) and iron or pin in place. (Remember to fold it toward the ‘back’ of the fabric, since you want the ‘pretty’ side to show inside your bag)

Fire up your sewing machine and stitch the top seam in place.
Stitch close one side of the lining.

*If you want to add an inside pocket, you want to do that now.

Now – to make sure that the lining fits perfectly inside your bag – pin it to the inside of the bag.

When you get to the opening, mark the spot where the two sides meet.

Take out some pins (enough to pull out the lining and fit under the foot of your sewing machine). Close that side.

*Inside Pocket (optional)

Cut a rectangle from your fabric. Fold over the top, and stitch in place.
Attach the remaining three sides to the lining. You can make separate compartments by sewing one or two quick lines.

Handles

Measure the bottom of the handles, and the width of the front of your bag. Mark the middle portion with pins to make sure your handle sits in the center.
(My front is 19″, the handle is 9″. So I marked 5″ in)

Crochet the handles in place.

I noticed that my bag – if not stuffed full of goodies – sagged a bit at the sides.
I folded in the sides (much better), and added some ties to keep it in place.

Ties

Chain 100.
Attach the chain to the middle of the Granny Square on the side with a slipstitch.
Chain 100. Fasten off. Thread both ends through the top stitch of the side seam.

Repeat on the other side.

Aaaaaaaand …… you’re done!

Do you love your new bag?

If, at any point, you felt like I over-explained things, please do not take offense! 😌
I’ve been ‘burnt’ by many faulty patterns…so now I might be overdoing it
, trying to avoid any mistakes.
If you do notice any mistakes anyway, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to
tell me/ask. I’m just one quick comment away. 😊

Please let me know what you think! Will you be making one?

One more picture…the first bag I made was a ‘Stashbuster’. That one is mine 😁

Take good care of yourself! 💕 See you next time!

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On Your Hook, Ready, Set, Crochet ~ Happy Hippie Handkerchief Top

Hello my lovely friends 💕

Show and Tell Time! 😁 I just finished the last picot on this top, and have to share.

When I saw this lovely top on Pinterest, I knew I had to have one. Luckily the link lead somewhere…to the free pattern on Ravelry

I looked through my yarn stash, but the perfect yarn didn’t jump out at me. So I put it on the back burner.
But when I received a yarn order a few days later, the perfect yarn for the top was in it.
Honestly, that was a lucky coincidence…I had only put it in my cart to get free shipping. 😆

The picture on the website did not do it justice. It’s a beautiful, silky yarn in very vibrant colors. Simply gorgeous.

I pulled up the pattern, and realized real quick that it doesn’t really work with my choice of yarn.  It has some wool in it, so I was afraid that the rows of close crochet stitches would make the top too heavy and warm.

See…

Change of plans. I found this diagram at inspirations-tricot-crochet on Blogspot.
It’s an awesome blog with tons of crochet- and knitting patterns and tips.

That worked. The loose mesh is perfect for an airy, flowy summer top.

Take a look…

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I did make a few more changes…

To make it fit better, I lengthened the seams joining the squares by 1″.

I shortened the shoulder straps. The suggested 8″ (plus they stretched quite a bit) simply didn’t work on me. The top looked like a high-waisted skirt with suspenders 😜
So I made them 4″ long. Plus I crocheted them separately (lengthwise, to avoid the stretch) and sewed them on.
I worked it in the linked double-crochet stitch. 2 rows were enough for the required width.

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Then I wove in the ends…not too many, yay!…and thought I was done.
I really wanted to be done, because – truth be told – it seemed a bit of a chore at times.
Since I have the attention span of a gnat, working with the same yarn, the same color, on rows that get longer with every round…there was a lot of sighing and eye-rolling going on. 🙄

But – turns out I wasn’t done. 🙈 I looked at it, and looked at it, and looked at it some more…and finally decided it needs a picot edge. I worked the picot around all the edges – neck, arms, and bottom hem.
Now I really love it! 😍

I hope this inspired you to make one for yourself. 😃

Let me know what you think! I’m looking forward to your comments 💕

WIPs and A New Stitch 🤓

Hello my lovely friends 💕 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 😑

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. 😉

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 🤦🏻‍♀️ 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? 🙂

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! 😆

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 😉 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 😋

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

No, I didn’t pass out 😉 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. 🤓

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! 😃

Until next time 💕 Take good care of yourself 😍

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

WIP ~ Wednesday 🌞

Hello my lovely friends 💕

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 😃

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 😃

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 🙂 How many projects are you working on right now? No fibbing…time to fess up 😅

Have a wonderful rest of the week 😘

Thanks for peeking in 💕

The Bobble – Stitch Purse: A Problem and it’s Solution 😊

Hello my lovely friends 💕

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 😉

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 🤦🏻‍♀️

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 😕 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 🙈

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 voilà

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 💕

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