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 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’•

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.

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’•

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’•

A Few (handmade) Last-Minute Gifts πŸŽ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Are you still frantically looking for another gift idea? Wanna make something? 😁

I found a few lovely things that can be made in just a few short hours.

How about a warm & cozy

1.) Infinity Scarf

I made this one in appr. 3 hours (and I’m not super fast 😜)

You need

4 skeins of a super bulky yarn (#6) – I used ‘Lionbrand Hometown USA’*

1 crochet hook L (8mm)

Special StitchV-st = (Dc, ch1, Dc) in indicated st or space

Setup Row: Ch 22, V-stitch in 5th ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch; repeat from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, dc in last ch. Turn

Pattern row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *V-st in second dc of first 3-dc group, 3 dc in ch-1 space of next V-Stitch; rep from * to end, Dc in 2nd ch from turning chain. Turn.

Repeat pattern row until your scarf is (at least) 57″

Sew the short ends together, and weave in the ends (Sorry πŸ˜‰)

When making an Infinity Scarf I always twist the scarf once –

I think that gives it a nice ‘knotted’ effect when worn. 😊

2.) A Headband

This adjustable Headband really only takes about 2 hours.

It fits any size head, because it ties in the back 😊

You can find the pattern here

3.) Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

I found these gorgeous boot cuffs on Pinterest – and the link actually led somewhere 😜

It brought me here – to Dabbles and Babbles – a website full of wonderful ideas πŸ˜ƒ

Here are the boot cuffs

(Photo taken from website)

A little hint – when you click on the link, one of the first things you see is an offer to buy an ‘ad free’ version of the pattern. If you keep scrolling you’ll get to the pattern though – with a few ads here and there πŸ˜‰

I hope this was/is of some help. If you need more ideas, please stop by again tomorrow… I have a few more things to show you. 😁

Until then πŸ’•

*I’m not affiliated with any brand/company mentioned here.

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