A Bug, Β Two Hats, and Three Squares πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• 

Word of advice….if you’re squeamish – scroll by the first picture real fast 😝 

Okay – you have been warned πŸ˜‰

A Bug 

This weird, but somehow very fascinating, creature was hanging out by our front door yesterday 😳


I had never seen one in ‘real life’ …just photos. They really do look like sticks, especially since this one had a leaf stuck to it. 😁 Just the feelers – moving frantically- gave it away. 

Two Hats 

I love Pixie Hats 😍 So this week I gathered up my courage, and finally gave it a try…

First I made a Toddler size one…using an easy pattern from Two Little C’s

The yarn is ‘Fruity Stripes’ from Red Heart’. Not usually my choice for wearable accessories/clothing, but I love the colors. And like my daughter pointed out…’It definitely is water-repellent’ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

For the second one I wanted to use a yarn from my stash – Lion Brand ‘Landscapes Tropics’

It is an acrylic yarn, but looks and feels like wool (without the scratchy-ness πŸ˜‰) and it’s machine washable. 

I knew I didn’t have enough for the pattern, so I started at the band, and worked my way up. I decreased as I saw fit…and am proud to report that it worked on the first try. 

If I ever manage that again 😊 there will be a written pattern. 

Three Squares 

Two, three weeks ago I started on a new ‘Gypsy Cardigan’. I always use the ‘Mandala Cakes’. It was a struggle from the beginning, because the colors/lengths didn’t match from one cake to the next. But somehow I made it work. πŸ˜„ So I had matching squares

On to the contrasting triangles. Ha – you’d think ‘yellow and grey…pretty neutral colors. Easy peasy’. Well, no! Not true πŸ˜– Nothing seemed to work

No green-ish, no purple, no teal…I now have enough triangles to make a separate cardigan πŸ˜‚

I took everything apart, and thought ‘I’ll make a shawl’. A quick border, seams – done! 

Nope πŸ˜• Colors look ok…but there’s a lot of puckering going on 

I’m beginning to think that these squares don’t wanna be anything …except maybe a pillow in a ’70s german living room 😜


See it there…on the right…on top of the couch. πŸ˜‚

I’m not giving up though. Something will come to me. 😁

Alrighty – that’s all for today 😊 Oh, one more thing…I’d like to send you into the weekend with a little chuckle 


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Have a fabulous Friday πŸ’• 

I’m sending Love ❀️ Smiles πŸ˜ƒ and Hugs πŸ€— your way, and hope to see you tomorrow for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’s Chili/Chocolate Bread’! 

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Weekly Chronicle 😎

Hello, hello, hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Happy Friday! It’s the 13th 😳 How do you feel about that? A lot of salt tossing or just another day? 😁

It’s so good to be back here in the blogging world 😊 It’s been a while for me πŸ˜• If there’s such a thing as ‘Bloggers Block’ I had it. I wrote a few posts in my mind, even started writing some down…but it was all a bit ‘meh’. 

But…that was then, this is now. So here we are – I can’t promise that it won’t be ‘meh’…but I’ll do my best! πŸ€“

I must have been distant…I even skipped ‘Your Weekend Chuckle’ 😱 That’s unacceptable! So…to hold you over ’til tomorrow – here’s one 


I think she’s ready for the weekend! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

All of last week I was pretty busy preparing for the annual ‘AppleFest’ in Weston, Missouri    (that little town is home to my store). 

AppleFest is awesome 😍 Weston’s Mainstreet is a beautiful, historic setting for fabulous artist booths, delicious food, and local bands. Thousands of people come every year to celebrate the 🍏 Apple 🍎 season with us! 

Remember last time I told you the Ponchos are finished? (Probably not…’cause you have a life 😜…but I really did!) Well, turns out I was bragging a bit. I left out the fact that I still had to weave in ends 😣 Ends…I strongly dislike those dang things. It took me one whole day to weave them in…ugh. But- I did get it done, and they made their first appearance at the shop on Saturday 

They fit right in, don’t you think? πŸ’œ

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My Fall-Arrangements were a big hit last year, so I brought some of them 

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This week’s WIP is another *Gypsy*Cardi* – it’s taking a bit longer than expected, because I wanna do an unconventional color-mix, without hurting anyone’s eyes πŸ˜‹ So there’s a bit of trial and error, sometimes I won’t know that that doesn’t work until the square/triangle is done. 

For example… I thought ‘Purple is just what this cardi needs’  Yeah, turns out – it doesn’t πŸ˜… See

So…new color search πŸ€” I like this one much better 😊 What do you think? Please ignore the purple…that’ll be gone as soon as I’m finished here. 

I’m still not sure…maybe I need a break from it?! πŸ˜‰

Oh yeah…fabulous news (for me anyway 😁) I finally got a yarn winder! And it’s so awesome! Because I work a lot, well…almost exclusively, with the yarn cakes – but not ‘crochet it as it comes’, more like ‘Now I need the third color in’ πŸ˜‰ So I had a big yarn mess at all times. Not anymore! πŸ˜ƒ And my little winder comes in handy when a skein falls apart too. Like so 

   

And bipety-bopetty-boo – it looks like this 


Pretty fabulous, isn’t it?! 😍

I do believe that’s all for now. I hope it wasn’t to ‘meh’ 😊 It’s good to be back in the saddle again! 

I’ll see you tomorrow with ‘Your Weekend Chuckle’. Promise! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

Done, Done, and Done! πŸ˜Ž

Hello and ‘Happy October’ my lovely friends! 😍

How is it October already? 😳 What happened to September? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

It seems like I blinked twice, and…poof….it was over. That can’t be good πŸ™ƒ

Even though I had the feeling that I was really busy…it seems like not much got done. So many ideas are still bouncing around in my head, and not much going on here on this blog of mine either πŸ˜•

Oh well…new month, sleeves are rolled up – watch out world! 😁

I did finish a few projects though πŸ€“ Well, except the ends…those darn things still have to be taken care of. 😞

Here is – finally- 

1. The ‘Granny Square Cardigan’ 😁 

The new sleeves are longer, and have a ‘thumb hole’ – it’s a bit cozier that way 😁


2. Feronia & Persephone – the oversized Ponchos 

This ⬆️ is Persephone – named after the Goddess of Spring. She was forced to live in the Underworld, but allowed to visit her Mother Demeter once a year. During that time the trees were budding, flowers and crops started to grow. I thought the colors perfectly reflect her journey from the darkness to the light,  and the beauty of the world turning green again. 🌺

This is Feronia ⬇️  You already know all about her. 😊

I am going to write out the pattern for the Ponchos – as a matter of fact I’ll start right now. 😁

I hope to finish it tonight…if not you’ll see it first thing tomorrow morning! 

Here’s to a fabulous and productive October! 🍾πŸ₯‚ Cheers! 

Thanks for visiting πŸ’• I hope you stop in again soon! 

Baking, Books, and a Few Random Things

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• I hope you’re having a great Monday! πŸ˜ƒ  No…I’m not being sarcastic – I really mean it.

But – just in case you need a little pick-me-up…here’s a little penguin doing the splits

Feel better? 😍 Ready for some shenanigans? πŸ˜‰

Here we go…

   1. This past weekend Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day hosted another ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. πŸ˜ƒ
This month’s recipe was generously shared by Kate @ Life, Tea and Everything
She made some scrumptious cookies from a recipe her beloved Grandma used to spoil her loved ones.

I did not participate this month, because cookies in the house result in my eating every single one, which results in pants not fitting (true story!  πŸ˜œ ) which results in having to buy new pants…which I hate.  So I just enjoyed dreaming about the deliciousness, while reading the recipe  πŸ€” I hope you will make some, and let me know how you liked them.

Here’s the wonderful recipe

 Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.

Thanks again to Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day  for hosting this great event every month. If you like to join

Tami @ Tanglewood Knots

Kate@ Life, Tea and Everything

Brenna @ Crochet539

and other great bloggers in the Bake-Along just go to Tracy’s page, let her know, and she’ll include you in her list of bakers. I’m looking forward to future Bake-Alongs and hope you will join us.

     2. Books – Lately I’m having a really hard time finding books that grab (and hold) my interest. Especially new books in series I used to love are, more often than not, sleep aides. πŸ˜• Did you notice that too? Or am I becoming ornery? πŸ€“

A few weeks ago I did find a new (to me) series that I love. I read book 1 – 3 in less than 2 weeks. On some nights they kept me up longer than is good for me. πŸ˜› 

If you’re interested – the series is called ‘The Southern Ghost Hunter Series‘* by Angie Fox. If you don’t mind spooky, ghostly appearances you should give it a try. ☺️ The characters are very likable, the ghosts not too terribly scary, and it’s set in the beautiful South. 

I held off on book 4 only because I found a book by one of my favorite authors at a booksale. Somehow it had slipped through my radar…I hadn’t read it yet.

 Aaaaaaand …. I didn’t finish it. I’m not going to name author or title – but, oh boy, what a doozy. Repeating paragraphs – once or twice I thought I had lost my page because the same sentences kept appearing 😳 and booooring. 😴

I didn’t even skip to the end to find out who the killer was…’cause I’m convinced the ‘victim’ didn’t actually die. He faked his death to get out of this story. πŸ˜‰

Now off to some ghost hunting…Book 4 is waiting. 😁

    3.  ‘Feronia’ the Poncho is (almost) finished 😍 

I got a little carried away crocheting the squares, so it’s a bit too long…see 

 I’m horrible at ‘Selfie-taking’ πŸ˜† but you get the idea 

I actually had to add a wide border to the neckline so it wouldn’t slide down, and pool by my feet πŸ˜›

Then I added ‘Picots’ to the neckline and bottom edge – Thank you, Tracy, for the idea πŸ’•

 
…a drawstring….just in case πŸ˜‰ – and tassels 

Now I just gotta weave in the ends 😐 and I’m done! 

    4. I started another Poncho – this time I’m keeping the squares smaller. As soon as that one is done, and actual Poncho length, I’ll write out the pattern and share it with you. πŸ€—

   5. I did do some baking yesterday. Usually I bake a raisin bread on Sundays…for a quick breakfast during the week. We did get a little tired of it, so I thought something different is in order. From time to time I like to experiment in the kitchen – so- inspired by my favorite chocolate- I made a Chili/Chocolate Chip bread. 😁 

And it’s awesome (if I may say so myself…but hubby thinks so too πŸ˜‹) You don’t taste the Chili at first, just the chocolate, but it leaves kind of a pepper-y aftertaste. 

I will share the recipe within the next few days. πŸ€“

   6. I mentioned yesterday that I’m going shopping – for more yarn 😜 It was quite a successful trip 


And that is all for today 😊 Thank you so much for visiting and reading all the way down to here 😘

I’m sending you Love, Hugs, and Smiles πŸ’•

* I am not affiliated with the author/publisher/product mentioned here ☺️ I just really like the books and the yarn. 

WIP ~ Wednesday – 2 Ponchos, a Cardigan, and a QuestionΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Told ya I’d have something to show you today 😁 I’m a bit late…but at least it’s still Wednesday πŸ˜‰ I spent the day with my daughter – she had a -rare- day off, and I took advantage of that. 😍

So here’s what I got today…

1. Remember The Granny Square Cardigan? It was almost finished, just needed the ends woven in, when I decided I didn’t like the sleeves. They were very stiff – and looked it – and a tad too tight. Well, I finally got around to making new ones…well one πŸ˜‹ But I like it so much better that the second one won’t be too far behind. 

But look for yourself…

I’d say it’s a good match. 😊

First I wanted to add some surface crochet ( tested it with a length of chain stitches)

…but I decided against it. πŸ€“

2. Poncho ‘Feronia’ 


Feronia is the name of an Autumn Goddess. Her festival, the Feroniae, was held on November 13th when the first fruits of the harvest were offered to her to ensure a bountiful crop the following year. 
The colors remind me of Fall…so this Poncho really deserves the name. Don’t you think? πŸ™‚

3. Poncho ‘Maia’ – you saw this one last week. I decided to go with the flowers, and am now crocheting more of them for the other side. 

The lovely Tami from Tanglewood Knots noticed that the green looks like the foliage of the flowers 😍 So the mismatched green spot is good for something πŸ˜‰

This one got it’s name from ‘Maia‘, a greek Spring Goddess. And since the colors and flowers are very ‘spring-y’ it’s only fitting. 😊

4. The Flower Blanket 


Still making flowers for this one – actually I do have a bit more done than what it shows here…but the light is fading so I can’t get a good photo πŸ˜•

Now to the ‘question‘ part  πŸ˜

Let me start by saying that I have the sneaking suspicion that I will be crocheting for a long time to come, and I can’t possibly wear/store everything I’m making πŸ€“ And I know many of you are working hard at creating beautiful things. 

So my question is – Do you have an online store? If yes – where? Etsy? Shopify? Somewhere else? Any suggestions, recommendations, tips? Anything you got is greatly appreciated! Thank you! πŸ€—

Alrighty…dinner time! 😁 Thanks for stopping in and reading aaaaallll the way down to here πŸ™‚

I hope to see you again soon! 

Until then πŸ’• 


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

A Few Random Things Β πŸ˜ŽπŸ¦„πŸŒ» – and a WIPΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• The Holiday week is coming to an end, and with it our ‘stay-cation’. Meh πŸ˜• We really enjoyed the last few days…Yep – hubby had a few days off πŸ˜ƒ and we checked off a few things on my ‘gotta-wanna-see-this’ list! 😎

You already know about the beautiful park that took me only 10 years to discover 😜 I guess it’s safe to assume that I’m no descendant of Lewis & Clark 😬

On Monday we went to the KC Zoo. It was a very hot and humid day, so we didn’t visit ‘Africa’ – which makes up about half of the terrain – but it still took us almost three hours to walk through the other half. 

I know that you know what animals look like – so I won’t bore you with any pictures. πŸ˜‰

Well maybe a few nifty ones… 

That’s how hot it was – the Dromedary seeking shelter in the shade 

I bet he thought we had some treats for him 😊


These two were playing Catch on the ropes πŸ™‚


The ‘Poison Dart’ frogs are quite pretty, but awfully poisonous 😳 I just read that the poison of one frog can kill 20.000 mice….eeek 


Well….you know πŸ˜‹


Then we went home, fired up the grill and enjoyed a fabulously delicious dinner with the kids 😍

The next day brought us wonderful chilly Fall-like temperatures….so we ventured out again. This time to a nearby Sunflower farm. 40 glorious acres of sunflowers 😍 It is truly spectacular! But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself…


Amazing, isn’t it?! πŸ˜ƒ


Her smile ⬆️ is so much prettier than mine ⬇️

The bees and butterflies love it there 😎


Nothing special going on today…yet 😁 We just got back from walking our ‘Angel Falls Trail’


This is a picture I took in the spring….everything is much greener now of course 😊

So – maybe – I will have a little time for my WIPs today πŸ˜ƒ 

I finished this poncho last week 


I used the ‘Lion Brand Mandala’* yarn. It comes in beautiful, inspiring color combinations ….I wanna try them all, right now 😜

Now I’m not a big fan of the green rectangle in the middle – so I made some flowers….


to cover up most of it. Like so 

I think that’ll work 😊 What are your thoughts on this? 

If you like the flowers, you might like the fact that I wrote a how-to for them a while back 😁 and you can find it here πŸ˜ƒ

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So now we’re sitting on the patio with coffee and cake πŸ€— enjoying the sunshine, the buzzing of the bees, and the lovely flowers πŸ’œ

Oh…look what I just spotted…the last of the summer roses


They’re so beautiful…and very fragrant 😍

They reminded me of a lovely thought written by 

George Eliot 

Roses

You love the roses – so do I. I wish

The sky would rain down roses, as they rain

From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?

Then all the valley would be pink and white

And soft to tread on. They would fall as light

As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be

Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

Fun Fact: George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Anne Evans. She was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels are known for their realism and psychological insight. [wikipedia]
Thanks for visiting and reading aaaalll the way down to here 😁 I feel like I was a bit all over the place today….I hope you enjoyed it anyway. πŸ€—


*I am not affiliated with the ‘Lion Brand’ Yarn Company 

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