Looking back…and forward πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•
I hope this finds you well! Did you have a nice holiday season? πŸŽ„β›„οΈ
I wish you a very happy and successful 2019! May it be as fabulous as you are 😍

You may have noticed that I took a little break on here.
Note to self: Don’t do that again! πŸ™ˆ It’s really hard to find the way back – even though I enjoy it immensely. Finding a perfect re-starting point…well, didn’t happen.
So I’m just gonna tell/show you what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. 😁

I did a few craft shows – here’s a picture of the very last one. It was at my friend Donna’s house. She makes the most amazing canned goods, and was so sweet to host a ‘Maker’s Market’ at her house. 😊

 

In between shows I was busy creating new pretties for the next one.

 In December we had some friends over for a wonderful ‘Holiday Party’. πŸ˜πŸŽ„πŸ₯³
I made a German/Hungarian Beef Stew.  Judging by the empty bowls… it was delicious.🀩

 

One of my goals for the coming year is to take my camera with me more, and show you some pictures from around here. We’re off to a great beginning – here are my two favorites from the first outing.

Sycamores  – I love them! 😍

 

Some em….pretty things (if you know what they’re called, please let me know) 😊

 

I made my first felted hat!
At this point hubby really doubted that I knew what I was doing πŸ˜‚

But – it turned out well  πŸ˜ƒ More on that later.

 Oh…one more blogging goal….I wanna learn (and share) about all the amazing art out there. I’m thinking a ‘Weekly Gallery’  πŸž What are your thoughts on that?

Before you leave – here’s the first hat of 2019. It’s a Pixie πŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Hat to symbolize the hope for a magical new year 🀩

 Alright my friends – this was it in a nutshell. It’s good to be back! πŸ€—
I hope to see you again soon. πŸ’•

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WIP ~ Wednesday πŸ™ˆ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It’s time for a WIP Wednesday. I really needed to get them organized and – finally- finished…and published, so they can taunt me until they’re done πŸ˜‰

Most of them are that…finished that is…they just need a little more attention, aka ends woven in, and then some more ends woven in 😬

Or, like in this case…

…braids secured, and joined to form an infinity scarf. Really not that much work! πŸ˜‹

Well, what have we here?

A cozy ‘Fairy Collar’, with the ends still dangling about πŸ€“

Or the Capelet 😍 Just needs to have – you guessed it – the ends woven in.

Gee, you’d think I don’t like that particular part of crocheting the pretty things πŸ€ͺ

But I did finish a few things lately.

The Boho-Sweater 😊

And because I like it so much, it is pretty easy to make, and I can never find sweaters I like in stores…I’m making another one…

It’s almost hat season – yay, yay, yay πŸ˜€

I love Cloche-Hats πŸ’– so I made a few

And last but not least…my Freeform project. I’m looking to fill a large frame with different Scrumbles…and maybe, while doing that, gain enough experience for a future workshop 😊

Wow…this is a lot more than I thought I’d have. πŸ™ˆ Thank you for reading/looking all the way to here! 😍

I have to know, do you have projects laying around that are aaalllmmost finished, that need just a little more of your time, but that task is not so appealing, so you rather start something new instead? 😁

Please say ‘Yes’, and let me know! πŸ’• I’m looking forward to your comments!

Last Week At A Glance πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Funny story…funny, weird – you decide 😁

Two, three nights ago I dreamt about this very post. I dreamt the title, that I wrote it, the pictures were there. It was so vivid, that I honestly thought it was done.

And I was a little bit sad 😒 that no one liked it!

So today, while scrolling through all your wonderful posts, I wondered where my ‘Glance at last week’ disappeared to.

Well, you know the end of that story. πŸ˜†

So…without further ado – here it is (I hope πŸ˜‰)

Monday…

I finished writing the pattern for my next workshop. It’ll be a ‘Lacy Scarf’. I decided to introduce three different stitches that make a gorgeous lace pattern.

See…

Tuesday…

Michele (my partner in crime) and I met to set the date and talk about the details. We agreed on everything, so that was done fast 😁 and we got to enjoy our lunch while visiting with our friend Lili 😍

We forgot to take a picture…so I give you this. Just pretend it’s us πŸ˜†

Wednesday…

I decided I need new sneakers. That’s easier said than done…ugh! I must’ve tried on every pair in the store. A big shoutout to my friend Carole – she was very patient. 😊

Just as I was about to give up, I spotted a pair -in my size!!! – at the bottom of the clearance shelf. And they fit, and are very comfy! Score! 😎

One question remains though…why do all ‘Asics’ in 3 different sizes (6.5, 7, 7.5) fit the exact same way? Just a tad too small πŸ˜• It’s quite puzzling.

Then, of course…Lunch! πŸ˜† Good thing I only eat salads 😜

Thursday…

Just an ordinary day πŸ™‚ Dog walking, ‘breaking in the sneakers’ speed walking, and – no, not lunch 😁 – grocery shopping.

I finished the picot edging on the last sample scarf while watching the latest ‘ Garage Sale Mystery’. Those are so much fun! Do you watch?

The workshop flyer! I almost forgot to tell you about the flyer.

Here it is…

We have a few places in mind where we could distribute them…wish us luck 😊

Friday…

Started as a pretty normal day…until the kitchen sink clogged up. ☹️ Without warning- it just didn’t wanna anymore. Pffft

And nothing worked. We plunged, and poked the clog with wire. I even bent a wire hanger out of shape…nothing. Snake wouldn’t fit. Drano didn’t do diddlysquat.

Just as we were about to call someone, hubby poked it again…and there it went. Whatever it was – it’s gone.

I did get a little bit of crocheting done. I started to look into Freeform Crochet 😍

It is so much fun. Pretty perfect for yours truly! 😁 Last years Puzzle Poncho had a few elements in it, now I did a sampler of different Scrumbles

Very promising! Don’t you think?

Saturday…

…is Farmers Market Day! Michele has a table at one close by. She sells her son’s wonderful artisan breads, and had the great idea to make a little display for our workshop.

Looks great! Doesn’t it? I would wanna sign up 😁

Sunday…

After a yummy lunch at the Casino Buffet, hubby went to poker and I played with Freeform Designs 😍

I’m really loving it! ☺️

That’s all! Overall a pretty good week I’d say. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

I’m sending you Smiles πŸ™‚ Hugs πŸ€— and Love πŸ’— for a wonderful week!

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.

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.

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