WIP ~ Wednesday – A Flowery Blanket πŸŒΈ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I only have one WIP to write about…that doesn’t mean there’s only one floating around 😁 but this one is taking the #1 spot right now. It’s a blanket for our grandbaby, due in January 😍

The blanket is called ‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ πŸŒΈπŸ’•πŸŒΈ named after the wee one, and because flowers and an abundance of colors are the perfect way to say ‘ Welcome to the world, Baby Girl’ 😊

Here’s the beginning of the ‘Patch’…

As I was stitching I had an idea! I’m gonna make this a ‘Crochet Along’ πŸ˜ƒ

What do you think?

I’ve been taking notes, and Part I should be up and ready for you by the weekend.

I hope you all crochet along, and help me welcome Georgia Mae to this beautiful world!

I’ll be back soon…and looking for ya 😁

Until then 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!

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.

WIP – Wednesday ~ Summer’s Here πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope everything is well at your end of the Interwebs πŸ˜‰

(Sorry, I’m watching ‘Monk’, and he just said it – that made me laugh so I had to use it in a sentence πŸ˜†)

Alrighty…where were we? Oh right – the current WIPs.

I’ve been busy planning next week’s workshop – so there is not too much to report 😁

I’m still working on the Purses. The ‘Agate Slice’ purse is almost finished.

Front and back are done, so is the strip that will keep everything together and give it some width. Then lining and handles and I have something to show off 😍

A few weeks ago I came across a Facebook add for a yarn sale. Well, put ‘yarn’ and ‘sale’ in one sentence and I’m there. Oh boy, was it a Sale! 😁

I found Bamboo yarn for an unbelievable price! Yeah, I had to buy bundles of 10…but at $2 a skein I didn’t hesitate! 😍

Isn’t it gorgeous?!

The sock-knitters among you probably spotted the sock yarn right away. 😁 Yep, same company, and also an amazing deal.

I’m very happy with the quality of both! I’m working with both yarns right now – they’re coming together in a colorful Summer-Tunic

What do you think? A nice cami underneath, and I’m set for the hot weather 😎

The first strip for the back is already done

The only problem I’m foreseeing now is the ‘weaving-in-of-the-Bamboo-yarn-ends’. It’s quite slippery, and I’m worried that it won’t stay where I put it. Any tips? I would be so grateful! πŸ™‚

If you’re interested in checking out the company (no affiliation, just a friendly tip 😊) here’s the link to the Yarn Zone

I just checked, and the ‘Bag Deals’ are still available. πŸ˜ƒ

The planning for the workshop ‘A Day of Crochet‘ is coming along nicely.

People are signing up, projects are done – there will be a ‘Granny Square’ lesson, crochet flowers, and a ‘Chilly Cowl’ – that’s a Summer cotton cowl. Before wearing you soak it in cold water, and it will keep you cool for hours. 😎

Chilly Cowl

Granny Square & Flower – for a 2-in-1 Dishcloth/Scrubby

I hope everyone will have a fun crochet-day 😍

Have you been to a Yarn-Retreat? Do you have any tips/advice for me? What did you expect when signing up? I would love it if you would share your experience! 😌

Until then πŸ’•

Bags, Bags, Bags – The Finishing Touch

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

My name is Tina…and I’m a procrastinator 😁 aka ‘non-finisher’ of projects!

*I crochet everything to the point of fastening off, then set it aside, and start something new. Repeat from *

But last week, as I was eyeing the ever growing pile of (mostly) bags, I gave myself a mental kick in the bum.

The daunting task…weaving in ends 😣

Oh well – it needs to be done.

And, as you can imagine, there were a lot of them!

This is just the final batch… I had thrown away quite a few already before I remembered to take a picture! 😊

Eventually that was done…yay Party πŸŽ‰… now the linings.

Out came the sewing machine

And now they’re done! πŸ’ͺ🏻

I still have two that are a little further away from being finished…they’re next. 😁

The bag-making process had to be put on the back burner, because I got a custom order for a feather headdress! Yes, you read that right…a lovely lady ordered a Native American inspired Headdress 😳 She is so sweet, and already has quite a few of my creations (Jewelry, Ponchos, Dreamcatcher) so I really wanted to do this for her.

I did tell her up front that this was completely new to me, and I didn’t make any promises! But she had a lot of confidence in me, and cheered me on from the sidelines! πŸ™‚

Well, long story short – I did it! And she is over the moon happy! πŸ˜€ What more could I ask for?! 😍

If you wanna see for yourself…here it is

The creative process was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the challenge! 😊

Now back to the bags!

One more thing, then you can carry on 😘

Spring is finally here! 🌷🌷🌷

The temperatures are climbing, the grass is green! 😎 The trees are lagging behind a bit, but that’s understandable…we still had frost last weekend!

I spotted these beauties in the yard this morning 😍

Now I may have to burn my winter clothes 😜 I’ve been wearing them for 6 months, so I’m reeeaaalllyyy tired of everything!

Oh, sorry, I have one more – as you could probably guess…my back is all better! πŸ˜ƒ Thank you all for the great tips to speed up the healing process. 😍 My lower back is still a bit tight. When I bend forward at the waist my left knee comes up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But that’s not painful, and will get better with regular stretching. 😊

Now back to the bags 😁

I hope you have a wonderful, fabulous, sunny weekend! πŸ’•

WIP Wednesday….sorta 😊

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope you’re all doing fabulous!

I am limping behind schedule…literally. I did something to my back (I’m thinking sciatic nerve) so I’m constantly reminded that I do have nerves and muscles (!!!) in my back.

I wish I had some sort of impressive story to go with this…like training for a marathon, or bench pressing 300 pounds 😁 But nooooo – it happened while I was….sitting! 😳

Seriously – I was perfectly fine…did my laundry, the dishwasher thing, sat in my crochet chair, and 20 minutes later I couldn’t get up. How stupid is that? πŸ™„

So I try to stand and walk around and do stretches for most of my days…very tiring, I tell ya!

And all my favorite activities are done while sitting….reading, blogging, crocheting. Double Whammy πŸ˜‘

So I don’t have a whole lot to show you.

Let’s see…

Thankfully I was able to make a custom-order Dreamcatcher (I make those standing anyway)

It is loved, and now lives in a grey/red/white bedroom. 😊

Walking around the house got boring fast, so on a good day I took a trip to Walmart, which is (thankfully) right around the corner, ’cause we really needed food! 😁

There I fell in love with this fabric

Isn’t it adorable? 😍

I had no idea what to do with it, but I bought 2 yards anyway.

Of course my thoughts went immediately to ‘purse-lining’ – for a Black, White, with a bit of Red and Green Purse πŸ˜‰

Since things can’t be too simple, I cut the black and white yarn in short lengths, knotted them together – not as much fun as you’d think 😜 but at least it can be done while standing! – and crocheted a row here and there. ‘Cause, as bad as getting from sitting to standing hurts…once in a while one has to sit 😁

So, here’s what I have so far

And, yes…this is the outside. No weaving in ends! Yay! πŸ˜†

That’s all I got this week! I hope you’re doing better creative- and otherwise! I’m so behind in my blog-reading (see above) 😒 and therefore completely out of the loop.

I hope to be back regularly soon…I miss you all! πŸ’•

WIP ~ Wednesday πŸŒž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I actually have a few WIPs – caught on camera before they are finished 😁

1. There’s the scarf – in a new (for me) pattern

It’s a far cry from the colorway on the label…

…but still pretty and it leaves a lot of grey background for embellishments 😁

Oh… I was gonna discard this photo at first – but it made me smile 😊

2. Aaaand another scarf

I’m not sure…have you seen this one?

It’s an ‘ Infinity Scarf’ – half V-Stitch, half braids, gussied up with a crochet cord and a tassel.

Well – I made another one

This one needs to be sewn, wrapped , and tasseled up 😊

3. Purses – I might have found my niche in the Crochet World 😍 I looooove making purses!

You’ve seen this one

That one is now heading to the Etsy store πŸ˜ƒ

Then I have one in Fall colors

It just needs a lining…then it’s following it’s mate to the shop 🀩

Remember the ‘Agate slices’?

Well…. I think they would make a pretty fabulous handbag

Don’t you think? 😊

And last…the very beginning of a (possibly) Beach Bag

See, from my Jewelry making days I had all this Hempcord laying around

It is pretty stiff, so it was useless for Jewelry…but it will make a great bag πŸ˜ƒ

Because of the stiffness it’ll be slow growing, it’s kinda hard on the wrist.

But – we’ll get there eventually 😎

That was all from here πŸ™‚ How many projects are you working on right now? No fibbing…time to fess up πŸ˜…

Have a wonderful rest of the week 😘

Thanks for peeking in πŸ’•

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