πŸ’₯WIP πŸ’₯ Wednesday πŸ’₯

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Happy Hump-Day …well, I hope you had a happy one πŸ€“ I’m almost too late (again) with my WIP post. I have to stop starting a project in the morning – so I have something to show you – and then not finish ’til it’s done 😜

The idea for this brand-new project came to me last night while I was making dinner. I was browning meat, and walked away with ‘Grease Splatter Freckles’ on my hand and wrist…that happens a lot πŸ˜•

My oven mitt is so bulky that I can’t really get a good grip on my spatula. That got me thinking of this…

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I love Folk-Art – so, of course- it had to be the house πŸ˜ƒ All that’s left now are the outlines of the windows and the door. 

I tried it tonight…and it does work πŸ˜ƒ

Of course I forgot to take a dinner picture – so I took one while making some scrambled eggs for the dogs 😁


Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea 😊

It can also be a “hideaway” for your dish soap, oil – or vinegar bottle, etc 😏


What do you think? Is this anything you would use? Please let me know πŸ€“

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Now that autumn is right around the corner I’m always on the lookout for more Sweater/Poncho/Scarf Yarn. So I was thrilled to find this here in our Walmart*


It is 100% Acrylic πŸ˜• Not necessarily my favorite…but it’s supersoft and comes in really nice color combos 

I bought two each of my favorite colors – not an easy decision let me tell you πŸ˜‹ and started the first poncho panel. I’m using the Granny Square stitch, so it went pretty fast. One ball is enough for one panel. πŸ˜ƒ I did play some ‘Yarn Chicken’ ….and lost 


Oh well, I wasn’t too thrilled anyway when the turquoise/blue turned into green – not the best color/combo (in my opinion) πŸ˜‰

See… πŸ˜‘


These are the latest projects. You already know all the other ones…and I’m afraid there’s not much happening in that department πŸ˜…

Since it’s going on 8 – I’ll let you get back to what you were doing 😊 Bye for now 


Take care πŸ’•


*I’m not affiliated with the store /product mentioned here 

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The Rainbow ~ Cupcake πŸŒˆ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• And here – as promised – are the instructions for the ‘Cupcake’  Dishcloth/Potholder/Kitchen Deco πŸ˜ƒ

I did manage to remember the basics – so ‘re-creating’ it was easy- peasy 😬

Here’s what you need:

~ Cotton yarn in pink (A), cream or tan (B), Rainbow (C), variegated (D)

~ a little bit of red and green yarn 

Got it? Okay…here we go 

Rows 1 – 24, are crocheted in Tunesian Stitch 

All even numbered rows are stitched in ‘their’ color, as they appear. When you get to the color transfer (2 different color loops on the hook) always cast-off with the ‘new’ color.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, sc = single crochet, hdc = half double crochet, dc = double crochet, 

Ch 29

Rows 1 – 4 Tunesian Stitch in A

Row 5 – 6 st (7 loops) in A, 15 st in B, 7 st in A

Row 7 Repeat Row 5

Row 9 – 5st (6 loops) in A, 17 st in B, 6 st in A

Row 11 Repeat Row 9

Row 13 – 4 st (5 loops) in A, 19 st in B, 5 st in A

Row 15 Repeat Row 13

Row 17 – 3 st (4 loops) in A, 21 st in B, 4 st in A

Row 19 Repeat Row 17

Row 21 Stitch 2 bars together (2 loops on hook) in A, 23 st in B, 2 tog, 1 st in B

Row 23 1 st (2 loops) in A, 23 st in B, 2 st in A

Fasten off all yarn after Row 24

Make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first two stitches made in B using the Rainbow Yarn (C) 


Make one ‘Bobble Stitch’ 

πŸ’₯A Bobble Stitch = 5dctog (5 double-crochet together) – yo, 1dc, yo, insert hook into designated stitch, yo, pull through stitch, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, repeat until you have 6 loops on your hook. Yo, pull yarn through all 6 loops. Chain 1.πŸ’₯
*Skip two spaces, make one Bobble Stitch. Repeat from * until you have 8 Bobble Stitches. Fasten off. 

With thevariegated yarn (D) make a standing dc (or ch3) in the space between the first 2 Bobbles, follows by 2dc in the same space. 

*3 dc in next space. Repeat from * until you have 7 clusters. Ch1. Turn. 

3 dc in first space. Repeat = 6 clusters.

Repeat for each row until you have a row with 3 clusters. 

Ch 1. Turn. 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc in first space. 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc in second space. Fasten off. 

With your red yarn crochet a ’10 stitch Bobble Stitch’ into the space between the two clusters. 

Ch1 in red, continue in green – 12 ch. Slipstitch into the red Ch1 at the base of the green. Fasten off. 

The bottom edge is probably a bit ‘roll-y’ 😁 That’s an easy fix (when blocking is not your thing) 

Simply crochet 1 row in crab-stitch across the bottom. 


It’s pretty, and takes care of the roll. 😎

Done! πŸ˜€


What you’re holding now makes a great Dishcloth or Kitchen Deco. If you wanna use it as a potholder or trivet, I would suggest to make two cupcakes and layer them by crocheting them together, or join them with a simple mattress stitch. 

What do you think? Will you be making one or two? 😁 I’d love to hear from you! 

Any questions about the pattern? Please don’t hesitate to ask…I’m just a quick message away. πŸ’œ

WIP ~ Wednesday – Something Old, Something New…but nothing Blue πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for peeking in πŸ˜ƒ

For this week’s WIP Wednesday I had a nice a list of projects πŸ€“ 

But – as it happens so often- the best laid out plans are ruined by…well, life. πŸ™ƒ 

I spent a lot of time frogging πŸ˜• and cleaning up flood waters. Ugh 

My little store flooded during the night, from Monday into Tuesday. Thankfully it was just rainwater. Two years ago the water came from the side facing the parking lot, so – once the foot of water cleared out- we had about 2″ of sticky mud to deal with. 😫 I had a lot of friends and lovely customers lending a helping hand…that made things much better, easier to deal with. 😍

Anyway…this time it was only 1″ of water…and no mud! Yay! πŸ˜€ Again…wonderful friends helped, and now we’re waiting for the rugs to dry out back. Until then everything inside is topsy-turvy and still a bit damp. 

See…

   
Okay…now let’s talk (and look at) wip projects – ’cause that’s why you’re here 😊

1. The Granny Square Cardigan 


I decided I wanna re-do the sleeves. Right now they’re too tight and stiff – they don’t really go with the flow of the cardigan. I should get to that asap, since it looks like I’m gonna need it soon. πŸπŸŽƒπŸ

2. The Poncho 

That’s turning into the never-ending project πŸ˜• I still have to attach most of the fringe. Again…time is of the essence. If I don’t finish this thing soon, it’ll never get done. It’s been waaay too long already.


3. The ‘Cupcake’ Something 😜

This turned into the problem child of the week. You wouldn’t think so, because it’s so small, but this thing kept me occupied all weekend 😫 I should’ve just frogged it, and forget about it…but I had to make it work! Do you know that feeling? 

It started with an idea, didn’t seem too hard. A delicious cupcake, a nice background to be used as kitchen-Deco, or – with cotton yarn, a dishcloth or potholder (layered). 

So I picked the yarn, and went to work. Tunesian stitch…one of my favorites πŸ˜€ 

Bing..bang..boom – done! Or so I thought…when I pinned it to block it…I was like ‘oh, no, no, no, no’ 😳


It probably has something to do with recent events, but I knew I would not want it like this in my house. πŸ˜”

So – frogging. First only the ‘icing’ and the turquoise top-half. I redid the ‘icing’, without a background, that looked weird, so I played with that….not great 

  Pfffft πŸ˜–
I was tired of frogging, so I started over. Still more trial and error than it’s worth. The edges didn’t cooperate, the angles were all wrong….but I think I got it now. 


I might make another one, ’cause I do really like it and it’s really not that hard 😜…I’ll write it down and share it with you.

4. The Blanket 

One more thing – real quick πŸ€“

I want to make a blanket for the colder months ahead. I picked a supercute pattern, pretty yarn, and started (between ‘Cupcake’ disasters) 😁

  Cute, right? πŸ’œ
It’s a simple pattern, a bit time consuming because the rows of the triangles involved are stitched separately. Yep…one by one. Lots of ends to weave in. πŸ˜‰ After that, the border is just Granny Square stitches all around. Let’s just say, a ‘ch1’, between dc clusters would not be a waste of time or yarn. πŸ˜• The thing was all wavy, not even blocking could safe it. So…you guessed it – more frogging. I tried to take the triangles off in one piece, because, hey, that was a lot of work. πŸ˜‚


I kept the middle square, and now I’ll make a Patchwork Blanket with various yarns. I’m working on some ‘Magic Yarnballs’ to bring in some crazy patches. 


So…that was my week 😁 I trust that yours was better! πŸ€— 

I hope I wasn’t too whine-y. ☺️ Let’s raise our glasses and drink to a more successful tomorrow 🍾πŸ₯‚

Do you have stories of never-ending crochet disasters? Let’s hear them! πŸ™‚

Now it’s almost bedtime ☺️ I’ll be back tomorrow with some pretty pictures (hint ~ fairies and glitter, and trees, and a little surprise….I hope you’re ready 😝)

Until then πŸ’•

Small ~ Project ~ …day – A Vintage Camper Tea Cozy

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

In case you’re wondering about the in the title – this was supposed to be the Sunday post. But since the finishing touches on the project took a little longer than expected, and a Sunday – on a regular basis – has only 2 hours, 15 minutes in it, I’m late. πŸ˜•

So here we are – the ‘Small ~ Project ~ Sunday’ post on a Monday afternoon, finally finished and you can get ready for a new project….

This cozy is stitched entirely in Tunesian Stitch.

You’ll need 5 skeins of Cotton Yarn, worsted, medium (4) – (5 colors) ~ green (A), coral (B), mint green (C),
yellow (D), cream (E)

Hook Size 5mm (H)

Chain 45 in A

Rows 1 – 11 in A

Row 12 (cast off) in B

Rows 13 + 14 in B

Row 15 ~ 9 stitches in B (10 loops), 25 st in C, 10 st in B

Row 16 ~ cast off according to color sequence – When you get to the color transition while casting off (2 different color loops on the hook) always join the loops with the new color.

Row 17
8 cast on (9 loops) in B, 27 cast on in C, 9 cast on in B
Row 18 – and every even numbered row ~
repeat Row 16
Row 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in C, 8 cast on in B
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 29 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
7 cast on (8 loops) in B, 19 cast on in D, 8 cast on in E, 2 cast on in D, 8 cast on in B
Row 43 (Starting the Decrease)
work first cast on, work second and third together, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B,
27 cast on in D,
6 cast on in B, 7th + 8th cast on together, 1 cast on in B (8 loops)
Row 45
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 25 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 47
1 cast on, second + third tog, 5 cast on (8 loops) in B, 23 cast on in D,
6 cast on, 7th + 8th tog, 1 cast on in B
Row 49, 51, 53
Continue to work in color B, and decrease at the beginning and end of the row as above.


This picture was the ‘first edition’ πŸ˜‰ The decrease is a bit wonky – I figured out how to do it right eventually, and the tire is on the wrong side 😜….fixed as well.

Second Panel
As the first panel, but in Rows 31 – 41 work in a second ‘window’ by casting on
4 in D, 10 in E, 1 in D, 10 in E, 4 in D
The beginning and end of the rows in B is the same.


Wheels
Work 12 dc into a magic ring, then 2dc each into every space between the dcs

Finishing touches
Crochet 2 rows of ‘Star Stitch’ to one panel


connect the two panels with a slipstitch.
Outline the door, the windows, and the door with ‘Surface crochet’.
Stitch on the wheels.
To straighten the bottom edge (it was a bit curly) I attached a length of handspun wool to it, using the Tapestry Stitch


Done, done and done!!!! Woohoo!!!

A little note at the end
If you feel that I ‘overexplained’ things… I wanna apologize. I’ve encountered so many patterns that were very hard to ‘get’, that I had a hard time figuring out, and didn’t get right until I’ve tried multiple times, and then still had the feeling that I was ‘winging’ it. So I might have went overboard with my explanation – I really hope you don’t mind. πŸ€—

If you need more pictures, please let me know. I’m a visual person so I understand.

So, what do you think?  Do you like this little project? Will you be making one? Maybe as a Christmas present? 🎁
Please let me know! I am a curious one – I need to know everything things. πŸ˜‹

I hope you will join me next time! 😍

Until then πŸ’•

It’s a fabulous day πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Welcome back!

The weatherman promised us a perfect Friday 🌞 And – for a change – he was right πŸ˜‰

We woke up to temperatures in the 50s…no humidity πŸ™†πŸ» Yay! 

So we walked the dogs for a good hour. πŸ™‚ And then – because they’re not the fastest walkers…everything is too interesting, everyone is a friend πŸ™‚ – then we walked a beautiful trail nearby. Just trees, bushes, wildflowers 


We passed a cornfield 


 It’s a bit blurry – but you can see how tall the corn is 😁
Once home my daughter stopped by for breakfast before she left town for a weekend on the water.  Not as fancy as it sounds …it’s a raft on a Missouri River πŸ˜… but I’m sure she’ll have a ton of fun. 

After I waved my goodbyes, I grabbed my yarn and hook 


This little idea for a ‘Teapot Cozy’ has been flitting around in my head for a few days now, and I had to see if it can be done. Well, guess what…it can be done 😁


Now I have to recreate it 😳 ’cause every cozy needs a front and a back. πŸ˜‹

Once that’s accomplished…this time around I’ll make sure to write down every step 😏 – you will find the pattern right here for ‘Small Project Sunday’. 

But first I’ll watch an episode of ‘Monk’ – one of my favorites πŸ€“

I hope you’re having a fabulous day too! 🌞🌻🌾 

Thanks for visiting and reading. πŸ€— I hope* you enjoyed everything. 

I’ll be back tomorrow with your ‘Weekend Chuckle’ 😁

Until then πŸ’•


* I really don’t like to repeat a word in two consecutive sentences. I did get out my Thesaurus to find an alternative ☹️ Nothing! That reminded me of my favorite meme though 


πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Still cracks me up! 

Small Β ~ Project ~ Sunday 🌺 Cute coasters πŸΊ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Welcome back! 

It’s a lazy Sunday πŸ€“ And this morning’s forecast was right…

‘Cause that’s what I’ve been doing! 😊 I’ve made some cute coasters, and I’ll show you how you can whip up some yourself in an afternoon. πŸ˜ƒ 


I’ve used a different type yarn for each one – I can’t see a difference. I used a crochet hook    Size H/5mm.

In case you’re interested:

Purple = Caron, 1 pound ; Yellow = Red Heart ; Green = Peaches and Creme 

I’ve made “Smoothies” and a “Beerglass”. The basic form is the same. 

Ch 18, and work 32 rows in the ‘Tunesian Stitch’ πŸ’₯ If you need a little reminder how to work that one …just click here for the how-to πŸ€“

The Beer – Glass 🍺

Connect your border yarn to the top right corner of your rectangle.  Ch 2, hdc across the top to the top left corner.  Ch1, slipstitch into the first stitch of the longer side. Slipstitch your way down, working into the top loop only. At the bottom left corner, ch 1, hdc into the first space. Hdc across. At the corner, hdc into last space, ch1, slipstitch into the same space. Ch 1. Continue with the slipstitch to the last loop (first stitch of the top row). Ch 2. Hdc in same space. 




If you’re doing the ‘Smoothie’ coaster – ch1. Hdc across, working the spaces between the dc, not the top loops. Fasten off. 

For the “Beerglass” you’ll now crochet ….

The “Foam” : 

Skip 3 stitches, *5dc – 1 ch – 5 dc in 4th stitch (shell)* . Skip 3 st, 1sc, Skip 3 st, repeat from * to *; Sc in last stitch.  Ch 1. Turn. 7 slipstitch on each dc of previous row. 5 treble crochet in sc of previous row. Skip 3dc, slipstitch in each following dc. End row with 1 slipstitch. 

The “Handle”: 
The handle is a continuation of the ‘foam’. 

Ch 20. Count 5 stitches from the bottom and connect with a slipstitch in the 6th. Work 1set of ‘Tunesian Stitch’. Slipstitch to the coaster-border. Fasten off, block. 

They do wanna curl a bit…so it’s best to get them wet, wet 😬 and block overnight – and don’t forget the ScotchGuard! 😝

What do you think? Will you be making some? I think they’ll be a cute surprise at the next cookout – maybe even a take-home gift?! 😎

I’m working on Part II of the ‘Crochet Along’ and try my best to present it to you tomorrow 😍 

Until then πŸ’•

I’m not affiliated with any product mentioned here! 

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 

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