Work ~ in ~ Progress WednesdayΒ 

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Thanks for visiting! 

Before Wednesday turns into Thursday I wanna show you real quick what I’m working on these days. 😊

Here’s the reason why I’m so late…


Yesterday I finished this stole….and not a moment too soon I might add. See… 😜


I guess you can say that the ‘Crochet Goddess’ smiled fondly upon me. πŸ˜‡ 

Well, that was yesterday. Today…not so much. πŸ˜•

I spent a good chunk of the day adding a ruffle border to the stole. That was a lot more time consuming than I anticipated. That thing is biiiiig! 😳

So….after picking up stitches (a lot of stitches!) with the ruffle yarn, knitting one round, starting to bind off…I noticed that the stole is now quite wavy. Not the desired effect. Meh πŸ˜”

🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 ⬅️ My immediate future πŸ˜›

Oh well, not the first time, and probably not the last. 

I’m pretty sure that I know where I went wrong….more about that -hopefully- tomorrow. 

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There are two more projects in progress right now. 

This one…


I’m not sure where it’s going…I just wanted to see how the fuzzy yarn looks as a piece, not just as a border. It’s kinda cute, don’t you think? There is an idea trying to form in my mind….let’s see if it leads to something. 

And then there is, of course, the never ending story of the cardigan. 😏

After I finished the back with the funky yarn, the maroon seams really didn’t fit the picture anymore. So I undid them, and redid them in funky 😁

See what you think 

Before 


After 


It’s definitely more ‘me’ now. I love crazy colors, and sorta mismatched clothes. 😍

Did you ever rework a piece numerous times? Please tell me that -eventually – I’ll be done! πŸ˜‰

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Playing ‘Yarn Chicken’ and winning πŸ€£

Boom! πŸ’₯ And that’s how it’s done….well, this time 😜


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 I’m quite happy that I won this round of                 ‘Yarn Chicken’ πŸ˜ƒ Sometimes it’s the little things, right? 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

My blogger friend Mrs. Craft posted 5 Rules for playing Yarn Chicken a couple of weeks ago…that’s where I learned that the battle against the end of the skein has a name. πŸ˜‹

As you can gather, the ‘Purple-icious Triangle Scarf’ is almost finished! 😁 There will be a surprise finish 😏 More on that tomorrow in the ‘Work~in~Progress’ Post. 

(Hint: think Ruffle πŸ˜‰) 

Thanks for visiting 😍 I hope you’ll peek in tomorrow! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ MomentΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for coming back! 

For today’s Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment I picked some beautiful wearable art by Beverly Ash Gilbert. 

Her motto is ‘Color feeds the soul’, and this shows through in all her felted creations. 😍

On her website http://www.beverlyashgilbert.com/gallery/galleryoffiberart.html she says 
“My goal is to inspire you with fun new ways to use color

Whether your passion is making and appreciating art or

Beautifying your business and home in small or large ways 

Color Feeds the Soul”

Here are 2 examples of her work ….

         
Stunning, aren’t they? πŸ’•

I don’t know Beverly personally, but I feel that I’ll get to know one of her creations up close and personal very soon. 😁

I hope you enjoyed today’s pick. πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 


Work ~in~Progress Wedne……eh, Thursday πŸ€“

Hello and ‘Happy June’ my lovely friends πŸ’• Thank you for peeking in on WiP Wednesday…one day late. πŸ˜‹

First…can I please get a ‘WootWoot’ and a ‘Hooray’?  πŸŽ‰ The sleeve is done! I actually figured it out. Took me long enough. 😝 

I lost count, but there must have been 6, 7, 8 tries! πŸ™„ Meaning, 6, 7, 8completely finished sleeves…only to be frogged! 😫 

But, that’s all behind us,  and now we can admire 

The Sleeve 


I tried double crochet, granny pattern…it just wouldn’t fit right. It was way to big and bulky. 

So after 2 tries I decided to undo the mock lacing, and then came – you guessed it – more frogging. 😏 Now they’re about half the size …much better. πŸ˜€

Next try was a failure…of course πŸ˜‹ While the triangle was ok by itself, adding the length of a sleeve made it too, yep, bulky. More frogging. 

The next idea was a ‘inserted’ sleeve. I picked up 16″ in stitches about 1″ up the inside of the triangle, and started with a double crochet stitch. So far, so good. 

The ‘fitting’ showed that I had been too generous with the decreases. Rrrrip the stitches went. But at least I knew now that I was on the right track, because I really liked the way it looked. 

Next try I got it right. It ended just where I wanted it to, 5″ above the wrist. I wanted a longer cuff to show of the beautiful Tunesian Stitch πŸ’œ 

What happened next is hard to believe. Cuff done, I draped everything over my arm and shoulder….the cuff was wrong side out. 😫 And it can’t be worn another way because of the triangle/sleeve overlap. Rrrrrip, extra attention to the way everything lays….and….ta-da….DONE! Happy dance and 🍾πŸ₯‚

 Because I wrote down what I was doing every step of the long way, I now have to identify and decipher the correct notes for the final, successful, version for the second sleeve… and maybe a crochet along for everybody. What do you think? Would you be interested in something like that? 😊

Now I have to admit… I was pretty close to unraveling myself a few times…pun intended 🀣

To keep from going bonkers – and maybe set the whole thing on fire – I worked on two other, simpler pieces. 

First….a super soft Camo scarf in – my current favorite – Tunesian Stitch 

Second…a triangle scarf in the Granny Square pattern. I love this yarn, and hope that it’ll be around for a long time 😍

Somehow I really want some blackberry ice cream now! 😎

Now I’ll go and tackle my notes, and then the second sleeve. πŸ™ƒ

What are you working on right now? Did you ever have that many problems with a piece? I really am looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ€—

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Get Hooked on Finger Crochet πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice of you to peek in! 

As you know I was laid up last week. 🀧 Even though I had the TV (Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel saved the days 😊) and slept a lot, I was getting restless after a few hours. I get real fidgety when my hands have nothing to do. πŸ™ƒ But because of the aforementioned napping knitting needles or crochet hooks were out of the question. I didn’t wanna add injury to my list of ailments. πŸ€•

So I grabbed a skein of chunky yarn, conveniently stored within arms reach in a basket under the coffee table, and started to finger crochet. And I must say it’s fabulous πŸ˜€

It does take some practice. Well, if you know the basics it gets real easy after 3, 4 rows. 

To make a scarf  ~ ch 11, and place your first sc in the 10th ch. At the end of the row *ch 1, turn, and sc in the second stitch 


finish the row, placing a sc in each stitch, making sure you pick up both top loops- otherwise your scarf gets too ‘holey’. 😊 Repeat from * until you reach the desired length. 

I used ‘Bernat Blanket’ yarn – it’s chunky, very soft and comes in lots of pretty colors and also multicolored. I love this yarn in fall colors 


If you can get your hands on artisan yarn you should definitely try that. The result is simply gorgeous 😍


Am I right, or am I right? πŸ˜‹

This is a great way to be creative on the go – no needles or hooks to worry about. Just grab a ball of yarn and run. 😁

It’s also a nice activity for kids. Since they don’t have to worry about holding the hook the right way, they get to concentrate on the stitches and that way pick up the basics of crocheting without any frustrating mishaps or hand cramps. 😁

When you decide to try this fun and fast way of making something pretty, please let me know and don’t forget to share your pictures. 😘

I’m going back to hook and yarn so I can show you some progress tomorrow for ‘Work in Progress’ Wednesday. 

I hope to see you here tomorrow πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

⚑️I’m not affiliated with any company mentioned here.

The First Steps On The New (Creative) Path πŸ’•

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back! 

Yesterday I told you how I found a new direction in the creative ‘jungle’ 😊 With so many beautiful things and techniques…it took a while- but, I did it and here I am knitting and crocheting (again…after many, many years!) 😍

The first full project I started with the making of a Yarnball. They’re perfect if you want to knit/crochet a multi-yarn, multi-color ‘anything’. πŸ™‚


Just pick all the yarns you would like to use, and connect them. I found a nifty -and ‘invisible’ way to do that . Let me show ya…


What the pictures don’t tell you is (I didn’t know how to photograph that 🀣) – between step 3 and 4, grab the tails and pull them carefully in opposite directions. That closes the loops, and smoothes things out.

Isn’t that amazing? See…no seam, no knot! πŸ˜ƒ And you can start your project without worrying about color change, or sewing up the tails later πŸ˜‰


Of course you can just knot the different yarns together….apparently that’s the thing for Fall 2017! Like this sweater from the ‘Paul & Joe’ collection…

I’m still on the fence with that one 😁
So my yarnball is finished, and I started a crocheting a shawl. I wanna incorporate various stitches in it – I started with a ‘Broomstick Stitch’, triple crochet, and a few rows of  ‘Checkerboard Stitch’. 


I’m writing down the pattern as I go…..so if we like the result I can share it with you all. πŸ€— 
That’s all for today! I hope you’re enjoying a great day! πŸ’β˜€οΈπŸŒΌ

Until next time πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

WELCOME!

Hello and ‘Welcome’ to my blog! Thanks for stopping in, reading. I hope you enjoy my pictures, thoughts, and writings ~ it’s going to be a fun ride!

Since we’reΒ lucky enough here in Kansas to enjoy spring~like weather from now until … well, at least for 10 days, then we’ll see … I brought out the sewing machine and made some nice and cool cotton ‘Infinity Scarves’. They embellish every outfit, keep the (sometimes) cool breeze from chilling you to the bone, are reversible, and – of course – machine washable!

The pictured scarf and other ones like it, can be found at ‘Kristabella’ in Weston, MO, and in my online store

https://scottsmarketplace.com/shop/kristabella/