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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Be Cool 😎 A Summertime Chilly~Cowl Pattern

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Well, Summer is here, there’s no doubt about it! The forecast shows more 90s across the board. So we’re thinking up all kinds of ways to stay cool…one of them is this ‘Chilly Cowl’. 😊

It’s made of ‘Kitchen Cotton’, and works up real quick.

The idea is to soak it in (really!) cold water, put it on and stay cool while gardening, biking, walking, hiking, etc.

Here are some I made…

Hubby claimed the skinny navy/pink one when he mowed last week, and is a fan! πŸ˜ƒ

He said it made a world of difference.

Now I don’t wanna waste any more of your time I’ll give you the pattern real quick so you too can be cool during your outside-time. 😎

For the skinny cowl you’ll need:

Home Cotton (Sugar ‘n Cream* for example) – appr. 50-g (100yards)

Hook: H (5mm) or I (5.5mm) or J (5.75mm)

Stitches:

Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc),

V-stitch: (dc, ch, dc) in designated stitch

Pattern:

Ch 95.

Turn.

Row 1:

Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (first ‘stitch’)

Hdc across length of chain.

Join with a slipstitch to 2nd ch of first ‘stitch’ (be careful not to twist)

Row 2:

Ch 4, 1 dc in base of ch4.

*Skip 2 stitches. 1dc, 1ch, 1dc in 3rd stitch.

Repeat from * all around.

With 2ch left, slipstitch to 3rd ch on 1st stitch.

Row 3:

Ch4, 1dc in base of ch4.

*1dc, 1ch, 1dc in space between 2 ‘Vs’ of previous row.

Continue from * in round.

Row 4 (and following to desired width)

Repeat Row 3

When you reach your desired width work 2 finishing rows as follows:

Ch2, hdc (ch1) of first ‘V’. *Hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc in (ch1) of next ‘V’. Repeat from * all around.

Slipstitch to 2nd ch of first ‘stitch’.

Ch1, sc in every stitch around.

Slipstitch to join. Fasten off.

And you’re done! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

I hope this pattern is easy to follow! If you have any questions, please let me know! 😊

This Cowl was one of the projects at our recent workshop

The ladies loved it and didn’t hesitate to model 😍

I sure hope you will show off your cowls, and let me know if it works for you! 😊

Take good care of yourself! Stay cool 😎

Wondering What I’ve Been Up To? πŸ˜

Keep reading and you’ll find out 😊

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It feels like it’s been forever that I ‘talked’ to you. See – I’m going through an ‘obsessive’ crochet phase. I get that once in a while.

I thought about you and this little blog of mine often. I outline posts in my head, grab the iPad…then one glance toward the yarn – and that’s all she wrote. Or in this case – didn’t write. πŸ˜‰

But maybe the fact that you’re actually reading something I wrote is a sign that the phase is ending. 😊

Now back to why you’re here…you wanna know what I’ve been up to. Here you go

I made a few hats

I shall call them ‘Never get lost in a snowstorm again’ 😜

I found a great pattern on Pinterest – How to size and crochet the perfect hat/beanie.

It’s a written pattern, and really easy to follow. If you want to make a hat or two…take a look

It doesn’t get easier than that. 😍

The only thing I changed, I added the ribbed edge using alternating fpdc/bpdc to give them a tighter fit. 😊

A scarf and another hat

For this scarf I recreated one of my jewelry designs The two ends wrap around the neck, then get tucked through a loop behind the flower. That way you can wear it tight for extra warmth, or, if that gives you a ‘choking’ feeling, loose for looks. 😊I do plan to write the pattern over the weekend, so you will see it within the next few days. Pinky swear 😘The matching hat

My New Purse

I really love how this one came out 😊 And it’s so much fun to make…I see a few more of them in our future 😁

A Puzzle Sweater

I made a little progress on this sweater. I took the pieces that were joined together apart, and started over. There is an idea behind the madness 😜 You’ll see!

I’m currently working on a Puzzle Poncho for a constantly shivering friend. That poor girl is always cold, and since we are expecting another arctic blast 😩 she needs something warm and yarny asap. 😊 By next time I’ll have a picture…hopefully of her wearing it! 😍

Oh….one more thing! Last weekend was the Fantastic Bake-Along, hosted by Tracy on her blog It’s a T-Sweets Day

On the menu this weekend were ‘Mary Berry Gingersnaps’. Rebecca was kind enough to share her amazing (sounding) recipe. Rebecca is the author of a fabulous blog – Twinklehook

If you don’t know them – you should hop on over to their blogs. Tracy and Rebecca are both awesome and inspiring crafters and wonderful friends! 😍

I did not ‘bake along’ this week πŸ˜• I knew if I baked those cookies, and have them in the house, then any chance of wearing my jeans, which I accidentally shrunk in the wash πŸ˜‰, any chance of wearing them in the near future would just be gone.

So I lived vicariously through the success stories of all the other bakers – while gnawing on a carrot πŸ₯•

Now I’ll go back to wielding the crochet hook so my lovely friend will be cold no more πŸ˜ƒ

Have a lovely weekend!

I’m sending you Smiles πŸ™‚ Hugs πŸ€— and Love 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.

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.

FiPs, WiPs, and a Tip πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks so much for stopping by, even though you must have felt a bit abandoned over the last few weeks. ☺️

I’ve been quite busy with hook and yarn, and that’s what today’s post is about.

FiPs…I’m pretty certain that that’s not a ‘thing’ 😁 It just sounds so nice in the title. I decided – for the sake of a pretty headline – that it will stand for ‘Finished Projects’.

And here they are…

The ‘Blue Skies’ Slouchy Hat

The ‘Falling Leaves’ Infinity Scarf (one of my personal favorites) 😊 If you like a closer look – it is now (with more pictures) in my brandnew Etsy Shop And a ‘ Newsboy/Cabbie’ Hat- Bear seemed to like it…even if he looks a bit grouchy πŸ˜‰

The WiPs The Puzzle Poncho is coming along

The ‘Flower Meadow’ has been a bit neglected lately – but it moved toward the top of the list

New is another ‘Puzzle’ – I just don’t seem to be able to move away from them 😏

A few weeks ago I bought these gorgeous Caron cakes

They’re so pretty and beautifully soft…they are going to be something luscious for me! 😁

First I thought ‘Poncho’ – then I decided that I would much rather have a fabulous, funky sweater. With different stitches and shapes. This is what I have so far

One side and the start of the sleeve

I don’t know what happened here πŸ˜• I followed the instructions, double checked every stitch, and number…but it’s quite ‘ruffly’. I do love it though, so it can go to the bottom of the sweater, and be a quirky finish that just hangs about – probably surrounded by fringes. πŸ€“

I see some trial-and-error frogging in my future, but hopefully it’ll -eventually- turn into something pretty. 😍

That’s all for ‘WiPs in pictures’. I do have to make some smaller things for the store – like hats, headbands, dishcloths…but I don’t have anything to show there yet. 😊

A Tip for my Crochet Friends

Hopefully it’ll help you win every game of ‘Yarn Chicken’ 😁

Oh…one more thing – please join me in a ‘Dance of Joy’

I had my first crochet sales last week πŸ˜ƒ

These pretties found a new home…

Yes…’Feronia’ went to live with someone else. My daughter’s first question was “Was the lady worthy?” πŸ˜‚ And I can wholeheartedly say ‘Yes’! πŸ’•

This hat went home with her too

And ‘ Purple Delight’ is now warming the neck of a lovely friend of mine 😍

So…that’s all the news for today ☺️

I hope to see you again soon πŸ’•

*I am not affiliated with the product/brand mentioned here.

πŸ¦‹ WIP πŸ¦‹ Wednesday πŸ¦‹

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Is it just me or is time marching along way too fast? It seems like we just carved the pumpkins πŸŽƒ….or at least played with the idea and looked at carved pumpkins 😜 And now here we are…way into November, and 45 days away from Christmas 😬

So I’ll get to today’s subject…before I waste any more of your time ☺️

Last month I made this Lollipop Cowl…


It was fun to make, and everyone seemed to be quite taken with it 😊 so I decided to make another one 

 Purple is the worst color to photograph πŸ˜•

In my search for the perfect buttons, I came across these beauties by ‘Lauren Birch’ 

But the cats and the Lollipops were too much – even for me πŸ˜‰

So I decided to lose the Lollipops, and will add simple fringe instead. Pictures coming soon. πŸ™‚

The next Lollipop Cowl was not meant to be either πŸ™ƒ

It started well enough…


…but then boring Monday Night Football happened. My mind started wandering designing – and another Puzzle Poncho was born. Apparently I do like to piece things together πŸ€“

So I made more pieces 


Then it looked like this 


One more piece…

….for this 


Now it’s getting somewhere…it needs something though πŸ€” I’ll let you know what, once I figure it out. 

In other news – I just opened an Etsy shop πŸ˜ƒ I’ve been putting it off and putting it off…but today was the day. This is the very first listing …


I’ve been making these adjustable headbands. My daughter already claimed one – let’s hope that many more will follow her example. πŸ˜†

Alrighty…that’s all…I’ll let you get back to what you were doing. 😊

Take good care of yourself πŸ’•

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