Crochet Painting, Tulips, and β€˜The Never-Ending Ruffle’ – WIP Wednesday πŸ˜ŠπŸ§ΆπŸŒ·

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

While it’s been a couple of turbulent weeks (weather wise) I’ve been calmly wielding my crochet hook…thanks to the ‘Great British Baking Show’ – yes,I’m addicted πŸ™ˆ

I have to admit though, that when they announce ‘5 more minutes’, and the music gets faster…so does my crochet hook πŸ˜… Not so calm then!

So I’ve been building my inventory for the Fall-/Winter Craft Shows – but I leave that for another post.

Today I wanna show you my current two WIPs – huh, only 2 😳, somehow that seems wrong, but nevertheless here we are with 2. πŸ˜‰

This here is my second ‘Crochet Painting’ – I named it “Let’s go for a walk”

I hope you’re able to recognize something 😬

I’m quite pleased with the tree

The first one I made still needs blocking and framing (don’t know yet what I’m gonna do about that since it’s quite large)

Do you see the sunset? 😊

The second WIP – a multicolored shawl, that came out a bit bigger than planned (it’s about 60″ wide) – is almost done…if I can ever finish the ruffle-border.

Not an easy task, since it’s 3 treble-crochet per stitch πŸ™ƒ All around πŸ˜…

Since it’s a happy Springtime shawl – I had to include some tulips 🌷

Aren’t they adorable? 😍

If you have a project in mind that is missing some tulips – here’s how you make them 😁

Crochet – Tulips

Number of stitches: Multiple of 3, +1

Row 1 – Attach the green yarn to the end of a row. Ch 3. Yo. Skip 1 stitch, 1 dc in next stitch.

Ch3. 1 dc in same stitch. Yo. *skip 2 stitches, 1dc in next stitch. Ch3, 1 dc in same stitch.

Repeat from * until there are 2 stitches left. Dc in last stitch. Fasten off.

Row 2 – Attach new (flower) color to the top of the last dc. Ch3. *Work 5 dc in the ch-3 space. Remove hook. Insert hook into the top 2 loops of the first dc of the ‘group’

Pick up the working loop and pull through. Ta-da – Tulip made πŸ˜ƒ

Ch 3. Repeat from * until all the spaces are filled. Dc in top ch of beginning ch.

Fasten off.

Row 3 – Attach new color. Ch2. Work row in dc, by working 3 hdc in the ch-3 space, and 1 hdc in the first sc on top of the tulip

And there you have it. A beautiful row of happy tulips. 😍

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Now I’m off – gotta see what the bakers in the tent are up to…and (hopefully) finish those ruffles! πŸ˜„

Take good care of yourself! Until next time πŸ’•

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Playing With Yarn & Colors ~ A Freeform Collage

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Are you enjoying the brilliant colors Mother Nature uses to paint the trees around us this time of year?

Every morning, while walking the dogs, I see more and more patches of reds and yellows pop up 😍

And some wonderful people have been sharing their Fall pictures on Facebook

Glorious…isn’t it?! I wanna jump right in! Don’t you? 😁

Seeing all these photos sparked an idea = Freeform Collage!

I’ve been trying my hand at Freeform Crochet Scrumbles, and am loving it!

So I got all my Fall-Color yarn out and went to town…no plan, just a picture in my mind.

Luckily I had the perfect yarn in my stash. πŸ˜ƒ

Like this one here – Fall colors in a skein…

And this beautiful handspun wool

And of course many more, but these two really stand out. πŸ™‚

And inch by inch it grew

Glorious Autumn – A Freeform Collage

It’s so much fun to play with the colors and different stitches.

Please watch for updates, and see the lake, sky, and more trees appear πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ

Do you think Freeform is for you? You should try it sometime – once in a while it’s good to let the crazy child inside you create πŸ™ƒ

Have fun! πŸ’•

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.

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’•

Your πŸŽ…πŸΌ Advent πŸ•― Calendar πŸŒ²

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Do you have an Advent Calendar? It’s a german tradition, and I’m happy to see that it really caught on here in the States over the last few years. πŸ˜ƒ

I had one since I was knee high to a grasshopper, and remember being so excited every morning to open that little door. A piece of chocolate before school…gasp…unheard of the rest of the year πŸ˜†

Of course my daughter had the ‘chocolate behind the little door’ one since she can walk. When she was 8 or 9 we got fancy. πŸ‘ΈπŸ» In a magazine I found a pattern for a crochet/quilted wall hanging/Advent Calendar. The middle is a crochet Santa, the border is quilted. 24 buttons hold little bags with treats. This year is the first year that it’s not hanging in my house. But…she found a nice spot for it in her new home 😍

So…are you ready to take a peek behind the first door?

Introducing ‘Clementine’ – she’s my little Christmas elf. Every year around this time she makes an appearance πŸ’• Well, she looked around, and wanted to take selfies with her favorite scarf ‘Falling Leaves’. After a few failed attempts she let me help. 😁

Have a beautiful December! πŸŒ²πŸ•―πŸ€ΆπŸ»

I hope you stop by tomorrow to open door # 2 ☺️

Crochet ~ Along Part IIIΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Here it is – the (overdue) Part III of the ‘Wallhanging CAL’ 

Have you been waiting for it? I’m so sorry that it took me ’til now to tell you how to go on. πŸ˜• Next time this happens (which I hope is never!) just yell holler at me. 😊

So let’s hop on the CAL train πŸš‚ ⬅️ Ha… how cute is this? 

Row 11 – The Tapestry Stitch 

This one is really easy. πŸ˜ƒ It’s a great way to use and showcase the beautiful (and valuable) handspun yarn in your stash without breaking the bank. 😍

Besides the handspun yarn I used some frizzy yarn (pick a thin yarn or you won’t be able to see the underlying one)


Now just work a row of double crochet stitches across, while guiding the spun yarn, and enclosing it in each dc.

Of course I forgot to take pictures…so I recreated the stitch on another piece (which has nothing to do with the CAL πŸ™‚)

Make a loop in the first stitch, position the spun yarn across your piece. For the first dc make sure that the yarn you work with is behind the stationary yarn. Yo, insert hook into the next stitch, finish your dc as usual.

Work all stitches very loosely because 1. the yarn is very thin, and 2. you don’t wanna ‘choke’ your pretty handspun yarn. πŸ€“

Row 12 Dc in black 

Row 13 – 18 – The Star Stitch 

Each Star stitch row really consists of two rows, the ‘Star’ base and a row of hdc stitches. I used 3 different colors, but it’s also very beautiful in one color….that’s completely up to you of course 😁

I found a great photo tutorial at ‘The Spruce’. She’s doing such a great job explaining this stitch that I, instead of copying her, just give you the link to her page. If you’ve never done this stitch or need a refresher ‘course’, click here πŸ˜ I hope you don’t mind! 😍

Row 19 Dc in black 

Row 20 Tapestry stitch – same colors as Row 11

Row 21 Dc in black 

Row 22 Change color to turquoise. Ch3, *skip 2 stitches, Dc 3 in next stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the row. 1 dc in last stitch. 

There…that’s it for Part III. You have my word that you’ll have the next part in front of you next week. πŸ€“

If you missed the beginning, here is 

Part I 

and 

Part II 

Have you started yet? Let me know how far along you are already. 😊 Or do you plan to but get constantly interrupted? πŸ˜‹ What to do? 

She’s ⬇️ got it right 🀣


Thanks for visiting and reading πŸ’• 

Ohhh…tomorrow is WIP Wednesday and I finally have something to show ya 😎

I hope you will be back to take a peek πŸ’œ

Small ~ Project ~ Sunday – A Yard Sale Find ExtraordinaireΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice of you to make time for me on this wonderful weekend 😍

No crochet news today – but what I wanna show you instead is pretty nifty. 😁

On Saturday I spend a few hours thrifting. And at one yard sale I spotted an amazing vintage embroidery πŸ’œ 

Here are some details 


Beautiful, isn’t it?!

After I brought my treasure home I hunted for a frame…I always buy them at thrift stores – just in case. And yesterday was such a case πŸ˜†

It was already stretched on a piece of cardboard…and wouldn’t you know, I had a frame that fit perfectly! πŸ˜ƒ Happy Dance! πŸ’ƒπŸ»

The frame is  was not very pretty, but is in great shape 

     Very ‘blah’ 😟
Time for some chalk paint and wax…ta-da 


I applied the paint, with a wide, flat brush, yesterday…let it dry overnight (even though it doesn’t take that long – an hour or two is plenty). Then I applied a thin layer of wax in a few spots (not all over ’cause all I had is a dark brown). Done!  πŸ™†πŸ»

A few staples in the back – the frame didn’t have any of those metal bendy thingies. πŸ€“

And here she is 


I’m very happy with it 😍 It seems like it was meant to be….the perfect fit and the color paint I had is actually a color in the embroidery. 

Now I’m sitting here admiring my lovely ‘new’ wall art ☺️

Did you ever have a spontaneous project that worked out on the first try?  (Psst – doesn’t happen all that often around here πŸ˜†)

Thanks for dropping by and reading all the way down to here πŸ€—

 

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