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’•

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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’•

The Bobble – Stitch Purse: A Problem and it’s Solution πŸ˜Š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It has been a minute, hasn’t it? I hope you’re doing well, stayed out of trouble…with St. Patrick’s Day still in the rearview mirror and all 😜 However, if you have any Shenanigans to report I’d love to hear about it 😁

I have nothing of the sort…so I’ll jump right into telling you about the ‘Bobble-Stitch Purse’ and it’s Shenanigans πŸ˜‰

It started out well enough 😊

Just the regular process.

Make the bottom. Pick a color – in this case a light grey – and since I love the Bobbles I usually start with that. Next row – more Bobbles…Pink this time.

And I liked it so much that I wanted a whole purse in these two colors, and nothing but Bobbles.

Like I said….It started out well enough 😍

I kept going until it was the size I wanted.

And this is where we’re getting to the problem part. I held it up…oh, boy πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Not cool! I don’t think that’s a look that’s gonna catch on anytime soon. 😜

I figure I need more chain when I join the rows (experiment in process 😊)

What to do? I really didn’t want to frog the whole thing.

So I decided to take out the bottom, thinking that is what (mostly) holds it in this awkward shape. I carefully undid the ‘seam row’, catching the grey stitches with a knitting needle

Nope πŸ˜• That wasn’t it.

So I undid the knitted stitches, and tried to undo the Bobbles…the grey ones sticking out at the bottom.

For future reference – one cannot undo Bobbles from the bottom up. Not gonna happen!

So I had these half-undone stitches sitting there, mocking me 🀨

*At this point I stopped taking pictures πŸ™ˆ

I had one more idea, and if that didn’t work…frogging it is! 😞

If I turn everything around, the stick-y-out part could be the flap.

And that’s what I did.

I added a few more rows to the flap, finished the edge with silk ribbon, threaded ribbon through the half-undone Bobbles, added the strap…et voilΓ 

It’s not perfect, so it won’t be in the store…but I have a new purse, and learned a few things along the way! 😁

Did you ever have to change course halfway through a project? Did you keep going, or did you frog it all? I’d love to hear about it! 😊

I hope to see you tomorrow for WIP Wednesday… I do have a few things to show you! 😁

Until then πŸ’•

In the Spotlight – The (finished!) Puzzle Poncho πŸŽ‰πŸ˜ƒπŸŽ†

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Would you please raise your glass…

and help me celebrate the completion of the Puzzle Poncho! 😍

…with cozy (attached) Infinity Scarf

Some details…

The ends are all tucked away…finally! It happened again this morning – just when I thought I got them all, I discovered another cluster. But now, about an hour and a half later, I reeaaaly got them all (I checked all around, inside and out) twice 😜

I will bask in the feeling of satisfaction for a bit. But, as we all know, there is no rest for the wicked – I do have a few WIPs to tend to. One is near completion, let’s talk about that tomorrow! 😁

A little hint – I finally figured out what to do with the ‘They-don’t-match-anything’ yellow/grey Granny Squares

Thanks to the advice from the lovely Brenna from the wonderful blog Crochet 539 – she had told me to set it aside, and wait for a flash of inspiration. 😊 I did just that, and I am quite pleased with the result.

I hope you will join me tomorrow for some WIP talk, and some random ramblings. 😁

Until then πŸ’•

WiPs β€˜n Things

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I really dropped the ‘blogging-ball’ last month. πŸ™ƒ So one of the things I have to change – not calling it a resolution … ’cause they tend to come here to die 😜 – is getting back into the rhythm, writing more, visiting with you! I did miss you all! 😍

It’s already the 6th, so I am getting a late start, but we can call this a Trial Month, I guess 😁

It’s ok… I read it on the Internets, so it’s the truth!πŸ˜‚

Besides the usual holiday craziness last month, there were a few things that kept me busy, leading to falling behind in some endeavors, put things on the back burner.

One of the ‘distractions’ was a custom order for a poncho and a hat

The lovely lady that gave Feronia a new home, contacted me and ordered another Poncho and a Tassel Hat…this time in all black 😳 You know me… I love my things crazy and colorful. So it was definitely a challenge. A few times I had to fight the notion to put a pink stitch in. Just one…right here πŸ˜‚

But – I fought it, and it was worth the struggle. She looooved it! 😍

In between all the Christmas ‘duties’, presents, and planned projects, the son of dear friends of ours and his wife welcomed a baby boy into their midst…a little early. But he was close to 8 pounds – so he was ready to meet the world 😍 We think he wanted to see the Christmas tree 😁 and his ‘ Granny Square Blanket’ 😍

Then this one here took a lot of my time… The Puzzle Poncho 😊

If you remember – probably not, since you have a life…so let me jog your memory – it started as a Cowl.While I was working on that, and really liking it, my mind wandered to the possibilities of all things fabulous that would look great in this color combo.

I decided on another puzzle piece…’cause I really enjoy making small pieces and putting them together.

After it took shape I worked on it like a woman possessed 😁

And it’s done! 😊

Well, almost – the neckline will be an Infinity Scarf…it’ll look like a loose turtleneck, and the dreaded ends. Still gotta weave in some ends. 😫 I’ve woven in a ton already. Every time I think I’m done I discover another cluster.

It sure is a crazy piece…I can’t wait to wear it out and about! πŸ™ƒ

Also…some ‘ Bohemian Queen’ cowls are close to being finished. Miss Katherine (⬆️ the one with the hat) is giving you a sneak peek 😊

That’s all the news from the hook and drawing board. I’m looking forward to showing you the finished pieces, and some new WIPs that are – for now – just floating around in my head. 😍

Have a wonderful weekend πŸ€—

A Few (handmade) Last-Minute Gifts πŸŽ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Are you still frantically looking for another gift idea? Wanna make something? 😁

I found a few lovely things that can be made in just a few short hours.

How about a warm & cozy

1.) Infinity Scarf

I made this one in appr. 3 hours (and I’m not super fast 😜)

You need

4 skeins of a super bulky yarn (#6) – I used ‘Lionbrand Hometown USA’*

1 crochet hook L (8mm)

Special StitchV-st = (Dc, ch1, Dc) in indicated st or space

Setup Row: Ch 22, V-stitch in 5th ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch; repeat from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, dc in last ch. Turn

Pattern row: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *V-st in second dc of first 3-dc group, 3 dc in ch-1 space of next V-Stitch; rep from * to end, Dc in 2nd ch from turning chain. Turn.

Repeat pattern row until your scarf is (at least) 57″

Sew the short ends together, and weave in the ends (Sorry πŸ˜‰)

When making an Infinity Scarf I always twist the scarf once –

I think that gives it a nice ‘knotted’ effect when worn. 😊

2.) A Headband

This adjustable Headband really only takes about 2 hours.

It fits any size head, because it ties in the back 😊

You can find the pattern here

3.) Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

I found these gorgeous boot cuffs on Pinterest – and the link actually led somewhere 😜

It brought me here – to Dabbles and Babbles – a website full of wonderful ideas πŸ˜ƒ

Here are the boot cuffs

(Photo taken from website)

A little hint – when you click on the link, one of the first things you see is an offer to buy an ‘ad free’ version of the pattern. If you keep scrolling you’ll get to the pattern though – with a few ads here and there πŸ˜‰

I hope this was/is of some help. If you need more ideas, please stop by again tomorrow… I have a few more things to show you. 😁

Until then πŸ’•

*I’m not affiliated with any brand/company mentioned here.

FiPs, WiPs, and a Tip πŸ€“

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks so much for stopping by, even though you must have felt a bit abandoned over the last few weeks. ☺️

I’ve been quite busy with hook and yarn, and that’s what today’s post is about.

FiPs…I’m pretty certain that that’s not a ‘thing’ 😁 It just sounds so nice in the title. I decided – for the sake of a pretty headline – that it will stand for ‘Finished Projects’.

And here they are…

The ‘Blue Skies’ Slouchy Hat

The ‘Falling Leaves’ Infinity Scarf (one of my personal favorites) 😊 If you like a closer look – it is now (with more pictures) in my brandnew Etsy Shop And a ‘ Newsboy/Cabbie’ Hat- Bear seemed to like it…even if he looks a bit grouchy πŸ˜‰

The WiPs The Puzzle Poncho is coming along

The ‘Flower Meadow’ has been a bit neglected lately – but it moved toward the top of the list

New is another ‘Puzzle’ – I just don’t seem to be able to move away from them 😏

A few weeks ago I bought these gorgeous Caron cakes

They’re so pretty and beautifully soft…they are going to be something luscious for me! 😁

First I thought ‘Poncho’ – then I decided that I would much rather have a fabulous, funky sweater. With different stitches and shapes. This is what I have so far

One side and the start of the sleeve

I don’t know what happened here πŸ˜• I followed the instructions, double checked every stitch, and number…but it’s quite ‘ruffly’. I do love it though, so it can go to the bottom of the sweater, and be a quirky finish that just hangs about – probably surrounded by fringes. πŸ€“

I see some trial-and-error frogging in my future, but hopefully it’ll -eventually- turn into something pretty. 😍

That’s all for ‘WiPs in pictures’. I do have to make some smaller things for the store – like hats, headbands, dishcloths…but I don’t have anything to show there yet. 😊

A Tip for my Crochet Friends

Hopefully it’ll help you win every game of ‘Yarn Chicken’ 😁

Oh…one more thing – please join me in a ‘Dance of Joy’

I had my first crochet sales last week πŸ˜ƒ

These pretties found a new home…

Yes…’Feronia’ went to live with someone else. My daughter’s first question was “Was the lady worthy?” πŸ˜‚ And I can wholeheartedly say ‘Yes’! πŸ’•

This hat went home with her too

And ‘ Purple Delight’ is now warming the neck of a lovely friend of mine 😍

So…that’s all the news for today ☺️

I hope to see you again soon πŸ’•

*I am not affiliated with the product/brand mentioned here.

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