Friday, July 30, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
With summertime happening outside the window, everything which had become high maintainance is on it's own, it's either growing, flourishing or it isn't at this point. I've done all I can, and mother nature can take the point. I've not done much crocheting and so I've set about working on another pillow cushion cover, like the previous one in pattern, but different color. This one will be done in Taupe, and I think the flip side will be bone.
I feel a wee bit grouchy today, and so some nice hook time will slow my roll a bit, and settle me down hopefully. Trying to do to much isn't good, and not doing enough isn't either, today I am having a difficult time finding center....so I will crochet. It is my gentle friend and will keep me company for a few hours.
I've got a few things left in the dehydrator which I've pulled for drying, and adding to the soap base when it arrives. It's cloudy and cooler today, more to my liking.
Enjoy your day....
Friday, July 16, 2021
I've finished up the granny ripple, and have yet begun with the thread, but rather picked up the yarn and am making another round pillow cover. Eventually I will work up the square and rectangle one also. Throwing in some thread in the middle somewhere...
I ordered some beeswax locally, it arrived yesterday and next week I'll make up some candles. I've got a few non yarn things going on.....what? Oh yes I do play with other things once in a while, the candles are one, I'm toying around with making soap.. the melt and pour goats milk. Not going to mess with the lye, it is already worked out in the melt and pour. I've ordered a wine making kit, and that should just about do it, for now...plenty to keep me busy. .
The Chocolate Cherry Sunflower head, ready for harvest. Letting this dry out for seeds.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
......my next crochet adventure. The granny ripple for my son is done as far as the length. I've got some ends to shore up where the yarns were joined. Once that is done, I'll pop an edging on there and call it an off the hook. Next is going to be thread, Something in thread it has been a long time it seems since I have worked with the thread and the tiny hook. It will be a nice break, 3 afghans later. I'm ready for something small, I go back and forth.
This is a doily I designed, it's called Wildwood Rose....
Pattern is for sale.
Friday, July 2, 2021
If you work with yarn, then you know of what I speak.(
The dreaded tangle.
I won this one! Four days. I almost gave up several times, but as long I can make progress, I keep going. It helps strengthen my patience, and while I don't want to do this all the time, it does relax me and I find it very calming, and mindless busy work.
Anything worth doing is worth doing right,
I've only had one time where I had to throw the yarn away. I contacted the company, and they sent me what was lost plus some extra with apologies. It happens.
These two look a little rough, not today because I'm tired of looking at it. But tomorrow I will shape up the balls. That is why I never pull from a skein and begin a project. Always round them up first.
So now I can can work the granny ripple. Just not today :)
I've put off posting, for not two much progress has been made on the granny ripple, it's a slow go. I've run into a yarn snag from the skein, while trying to roll it into a ball, and it's a frightful mess. I have 2 ball winding and a gaggle in the middle of tangled lovely. It will I hope finish up today, this is day 3 with it.
I picked up some more yarn that I needed to finish it up. And it has been dreadfully hot/humid, and now witthe the weight of the fabric, and the warmth it provides, I work on sparingly. I've come up with an idea or two I want to begin, with thread, using the irish crochet roses I made.
So....have a lovely 4th of July if you celebrate it where you live. It is the birthday of my country, and I share my birthday with her.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
I was moving the hook early in the day today, and moving about smartly in between. Crochet is thinking time for me. Especially when it is a repetative pattern which I've got down pat. I just move the hook and my mind wanders about as it pleases. Sometimes I think things which I need to do, othertimes, it's off wondering in the past, recalling sometimes things which I havn't thought about in years and years. Making restitutions for wrongs, and giving thanks for good which has come to me.
It is very cathartic.
It is my friend. It's been with me for years. Thick and thin. I don't do tv, havn't in years, and the radio isn't on much anymore either...I shut out and off the unecessary clap trap and noise. I just don't care.
I focus on my creativity, and the peace which producing with my hands allows me. Crochet is very forgiving, and easy to pick up and start again. It travels easy and is light.Requires only a hook, and yarn.
It is amazing how different you feel when your mind is free and clear. I hope you have a creative friend which you feel helps you to slow down, and enjoy the simple joys.
Something once again in thread is coming soon. I have a snood to finish up. I am sending this to a friend I've never met, who brings me joy on her You Tube channel. It's been in my pretties box, and has been waiting for just the right home. I love making these little cottage potholders.
Peace & Blessings.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
I've just sat down after getting somethings done around the house today, and feel confident that I've made a dent in my to do list. So now...it's hook time.
I'm still working on the afghan for my son, I've a ways to go, and am in no particular hurry. I just couldn't get the pattern or colors right, I've started it several times and just settled on this 2 row repeat of colors, with 1 row of varigated which carries all the colors throughout.
It's a flaw I have, one of many, but if I am working on something not with my color wheelhouse, I have a very difficult time. I like this ok enough, and perhaps it will look better when it is longer. But, more to the point, and what is most important, is that my son likes it, he gave me a compliment on it today, which was a relief, because I wasn't so sure.
So, I am off for several moments of crochet bliss before whatever takes me away from it next.
Enjoy your day.....
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Sometimes, you just go with the flow. Sometimes I just don't know what I want to be working on, and othertimes I know exactly what I want to do. I had wanted to do another pillow for the couch, I have a square form, and even purchased some Caron Simply Soft Taupe yarn, which I cannot find in my local JoAnn fabrics, anywhay...I am making another granny ripple afghan. Our oldest son wants to set out on his own and we are accumulating and getting that sorted out. He wanted me to make him an afghan.
Why of course I will, any opportunity to have something on the hook, and a project to work on does my heart good. I love my crochet.
I've not been inspired as of late to work with the thread as I anticipated. This will be my 3rd afghan this year, one other granny, and then the round Harvest Field one. I'm surprised myself that I'm taking this on now, but you go where the yarn takes you.
No picture yet of the 2nd one, I just started it.
Here is the link for the Harvest Fields Afghan posting.
Monday, June 7, 2021
Things ( yarn) have gotten out of hand. So some tidying up is in order. I have no room/place/cubby for a craft anything here. So I have to be very careful about what I accumulate. I keep my yarn in the Amish Tinker box, and when it get's to full out it goes. Some of the yarn I've a while, there are various sizes of balls, not enough to full projects, they have been bagged up and will be going to the Charity shoppe. A few full skeins also, things I bought "intending" to make something, didn't like the yarn or the colorway for the imagined project. I have 2 full bags of stash.
I feel better about it, as I get older I don't like to have alot of things lying around taking up space which I is prime space. I have a few skeins in their to make my son a blanket/afghan. When that is all done, there will be much less yarn. Thread another matter. It takes a while to use up all that thread, and I'm in yarn mode currently. Eventually that tide will shift.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
I've been moving my hook, and have completed the round petal pillow. I believe I will make one more. But first I have a square and rectangle one to finish. All in good time.
The pattern was easy enough, with a repeat so it works up very quickly, and I like the finished product very much with the texture and shell pattern ( which is my favorite) . I found a round pillow form at JoAnn's and picked it up avoiding unnecessary browsing and buying. I do purchase patterns on occasion, I don't do it very often, and if I can find the pattern for free, and sometimes you can.
I didn't have enough yarn to do the entire pillow in the same color, but it works out fine, I think all the colors will work, and I can flip the pillow. I took almost a whole ball of Caron Simply Soft, half of it is Heatherwood Green, which I really like, and the other gray. So I used up some stash too!
This is the Heatherwood Green side
This is the med gray color, trimmed with the Heatherwood Gray
This was a nice easy pattern, and it really makes a nice pillow cover.
Monday, May 24, 2021
The ripple afghan is completed. Off my hook! :)
I'm still working on pillow cushions, I made one up with log cabin variation, but it just didn't work for me in the colors, put it off to the side for now.
I did see a lovely and very simple pillow cover for a round pillow.
A few things to note about patterns. Sometimes when you download patterns, you will never really know what you're going to get as far as the pattern goes. I spent $2.99 for the pattern and worked up 12 round of it last night, it works up fast.A typo which I was able to work through, if you are new to the crochet world this may have tripped you up, I am well seasoned, no big deal. Another thing, patterns not designed in USA, for example UK, have different hook sizes then ours and "usually" the pattern will refer to US vs UK size hooks. And terminology two different animals between US & UK. For example in US DC double crochet, in the UK it is refered to TC treble crochet.
Most patterns will have these differences indicated with the pattern instructions. This one also had a stitch I had not ever heard of. But of course I had, for in the US it is a different name. A stitch which at first I did not like, until I got the hang of it. There is a front version and a back version of the stitch, and what it is designed to do is create a recess or depth, add dimension and definition to the stitches which surround
In the pattern it is referred to as RTRF relief treble front, here is the USA, it is known FPDC. There are many tutorials for this stitch onlin. You are working around the post of previous rows dc, it's how you insert the hook which gives it the textured look. I didn't used to like this stitch, but when I made that feather afghan (above) I got pretty good at it, and can see how the application works and gives texture.
Monday, May 17, 2021
So, I have some of these squares I made up. I think about 10 or so. I had them up for sale in my former Etsy shoppe, didn't sell. So I must make something out of them don't I? Not another afghan, no uh uh!
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
on the old hook. Unusual for me, as I am a one trick pony usually. The afgan I'm working on is almost completed, maybe another 10 rows. I think I am out of the cream color. I have the hair snood to complete, it is done crochet wise, but the elastic part is tripping me up.. I am using elastic thread and see how that goes. I have some elastic head bands, they seem a little tight, it's like the 3 bears trying to find the right chair. And I started a new yarn project for some couch pillows.
I'm not in the designing mode at the moment, usually some things will pop in when I am working on something else. But I need to finish up at least one of the projects.
While I like the colorways used in the above links, I'm using what I have. I'm trying to incorporate some colors I have ( which don't) match, to bring things together. We'll see. 😏 I had bought some yarn for a pillow cover, I was going to make a tapestry gingham pillow cover, and so I bought 3 different yarns in the gray color way, one dark, one medium, and one light. It just didn't seem to work for me, and then I saw this pattern.
Log Cabin Variation Pillow
Pretty isn't it? I like the cream/ivory colors. Not what I had on hand. And I don't buy yarn to just have it, I must be making something with it. I was committed with the grays and I'll use what I have.
What are you working on?
Have a beautiful week.
Monday, May 3, 2021
Thread this time. I'm taking a rest from the ripple, it's almost done for the most part.
This is what I've begun last night, it is going very quickly. I want to design my own, and wanted to see how a completed one should look.
Internet Photo Credit
the pattern can be found
I really like the look of the snoods. They have a long history. It is a flattering and lovely way to keep hair tidy and out of the way. I have fairly long hair now, and it is usually in braids or I have it up in some way. I don't like hair hanging about loosely. Maybe it will catch on again. I've not ever seen anybody around where I live with one...I suppose there are places like Amish for example, they where their hair up and have a covering, not as extreme as this.Usually a cloth.
I'm from a time zone where as young girls we took care of our hair, it was brushed, and pampered, we put it up, or wore it down with some type of a style to it. Long time ago now. So this is right up my alley, it may not be for everybody. They wear these at historical fairs where they re create in period costumes, something which I would have loved to do had I known.
Well, anyway....have a great week!
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
Taking a break from the afghan granny ripple, it's coming along. I decided to challenge myself and come up with a pattern. Using some stash yarn I fashioned up a table runner. This is a totally customizable pattern, you make it to fit what you need. It all starts at the different foundation chain, which is a nice little feature which provides a lovely little scallopy edging.
I'm rolling this one out this week on Ravelry & Etsy, getting the pattern written and taking a few pictures are yet to be done.
The Garden Trellis Tabletop Runner ( PDF)
On the magazine front, I did submit a design and havn't heard a word which is not unusual. But I think by now I would have if they were interested. I'll try again sometime. In the meantime, I'll make up some things and post them on Ravelry and Etsy.
Have a fabulous week!
Thursday, April 15, 2021
and patiently waiting for another design idea. For the life of me I can understand how some people have 4 or 5 things going. I really struggle for ideas. When I do fetch one, getting it to the hook from my head is not so easy.
The afghan is halfway completed, I think I'm on the 4th skein of yarn. I submitted a pattern I've been working on for over 1 year to a crochet magazine one month ago now, I suppose that by now I've not been chosen to be in the next issue. I'm going to re work the pattern a bit, and then I'll sell the pattern on Ravelry and my Etsy shoppe. On my sample I used a # 3 weight Premier DK, and while it was not as thick and worsted #4, I felt it was still just to bulky.
I don't want to make it out of thread, and so I'm searching around to see what else would work. Any ideas? Would be appreciated. I've been crocheting for years and years, but I don't have alot of experience in working with the yarns in between the thread and #4.
I reintroduced a new item to my Etsy shoppe, and will be adding some things over time.
Any of you work with thread?
This is out now, I picked mine up last week at the grocery store. If you do work with thread, remember all the great thread magazines that used to come out or by subscription. Have a wonderful week, we'll talk again soon.
Until then, I'll keep tinkering...
Friday, April 9, 2021
Sounds possible, although we are headed in to warmer weather arn't we? Oh well what does it matter, moving the hook is a good time no matter what you are creating. I found 3 new skeins while I was cleaning out my Amish yarn basket, it's a varigated yarn. I had gone through some stitch books, and didn't find just the right pattern.
I remembered that I had years ago on my other blog, gotten a pattern from somewhere for the Granny Ripple Afghan, I think I made 4 or 5 of them at the time. I even made one for our pooch Spanky. I was grannying all over the place. I dug out the pattern out of my notebook, and that is what I've settled on. With varigated yarn you lose something in the pattern if you get something kind of fancy or detailed, this is perfect.
The first 2 rows set up the entire pattern, and I got confused then as now, once you hit the 3rd row it is a repeat that row until you are done.
The ones below I changed up the yarn every few rows, the 1st one lived over my couch.
I emptied quite a bit out of the basket during the tidy. Off it will go, to live elsewhere and be on somebody elses hook making beautiful and lovely. Yarn isn't meant to be hoarded, it should be used. So now I have some breathing room in my basket.
Let's see what else? oh the yarn, I didn't tell you what it was did I?
Pretty yarn, jewel tones..should make a pretty project, I think this time with a bigger hook, give my eyes a rest, until I come up with another design.I'm about 6" in on this one, with this yarn, there isn't as much pronounced ripple, and I'm trying to decide if I should insert a row of a solid color in once every few rows?
I got to hand it Hobby Lobby, I love the names they choose for their yarn and threads. That would be a fun job, picking names for the yarns. Like my very favorite now d/c colorway Rosebud...love that name and the yarn was lovely.
I have a off white/cream which I attempted to interject, I'm not all in on that. Because it is varigate you lose some of your ripple within the afghan. I'm not that far in at this point that I can't frog some of this and put another color ( which I don't have) or just leave it as it is. I am making this for my husband.
Well, I did some frogging, back to the 7th row, added the cream color, I had a jumbo skein of Hobby Lobby Big Secret. It will help in two ways, I can get a few more rows of the varigated in, and I can use up more stash yarn. I bought the yarn for a project it didn't work out to well. So it won't be wasted.
Until next time....
Monday, April 5, 2021
It's snowing today, April 1st...not a joke. It's a good day for doing inside things, and a yarn basket tidy is way overdue.
I've said it once or twice before, it is not my nature to hoard yarn, crochet thread or anything else. I don't have shelves of yarn all crammed in color coded somewhere in my home. I have one simple place I put both my yarn and thread. All the yarn/thread I own is in this container, a simple lovely basket made by a simple Amish person/family. It stands about 3-4' tall. I am surrounded by almost every ball or skein I own, I have a few MIA's which are probably in my travel bag.
When it is full, I don't buy anymore period. I don't buy more shelves, boxes, tubs or buckets.
I just make something..a novel concept.
I have over the past few months used up a couple of thread skeins, and so on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, picked up a few from the vast selection of lovely #10 crochet threat. I don't have room for many or the lid on my container won't close. So I chose just three, Antique,Coin, and Sweet Pea. The colors are rich and deep, they remind me of Victorian colors, right up my alley.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
I've been working the small hook and some thread from the stash, I didn't use the entire ball, but it's not sitting in my basket with no home either. So I'm very excited about now having 2 designs, something I've wanted to do for a while, we'll see how it goes, I hope there will be more. I've gained some experience and knowledge, it is about the journey.
Wildwood Rose Doily
You can view the doily, and purchase the pattern if so desired at my
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Crochet is happening here, slowly, but it's happening. Not working on a pattern already fashioned up by someone else, but rather moving the hook and writing things down, and hopefully at the appointed time I will have a design and a pattern.
This ever happen to you? You start out with an idea, and it evolves over and over again and you wind up with something else. I suppose it does, because crafting something from our own creativity is ever changing and expanding isn't it? I'm learning that too. It is a great learning curve and the journey is fun as I don't know what the finished project will be.
It's coming along pretty good so far, and I intend to put it on my Ravelry page, here's the link Tinkeringwithyarn
If you are on Ravelry please do let me know. I just started over there and am looking for more folks to contact with and talk crochet, that is what it is all about isn't it? I am not on social media, with the exception of my blogs. That is enough. I've found that it way to time consuming when I could be doing something more valuable. So if you are like me, let's connect about crochet on a more limited basis. I don't need to know what you've had for lunch, lets talk crochet.
I've added a new crochet link up here on my blog for the Underground Crafter. Stop and visit Marie, she has alot of information to share. ( link on the side bar).
Friday, March 26, 2021
A few years ago, I crocheted some thread crochet Easter Eggs, they came out so pretty, I have plenty of thread available, and I just purchased some more plastic eggs at JoAnn's. I don't also see them, and happen to be at the right place at the right time. They fashion up so easily, and I have plenty of colors...I'll keep you updated on those..
I just finished tying them and putting them on the Twig Tree
Monday, March 22, 2021
I'm way new to this party.
I said that I am a novice designer, meaning...I am a want to be. I am however finally working on something and have submitted it for a review to a magazine.
I have a really hard time taking my minds eye design to the hook.
I am curious about those who design, where do they get their inspirations and how they get from the minds eye onto the hook. And writing patterns?
On the design which is still on my hook, I tried to write the pattern down as I went, and it kept changing and I had pages and pages of writing....set that down and try to come back to it. Then I decided all I want to do is crochet, and I'll figure it out later, I'll remember won't I?
Not so much...there's a happy medium in the mix here.
If you've designed something I'd like to hear how you combine the two things, moving the hook with writing the pattern.
I'm almost finished with the design, and then...I'll revisit the pattern writing.
Until then, I'm having fun moving my hook and tinkering around.
Well, one evening I set the crochet aside, the piece is completed now. Looked over the notes I did have written, and broke down the entire garment and wrote the pattern best I could. I like to have details when I write a pattern, explanations etc, I suppose there are some folks who like it otherwise.
What say you? When you are making from a pattern do you like it short and sweet? Or are you ok with explanations and data to help you if you get stuck?
If you've gotten the free pattern for the Darlin Dress up, I'd really like to see what you fashion up with your hook, thanks.
Keep in touch, I'd love to hear from you.