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What is on my hook and the annual Craft and Gab Girls Weekend

Now that I have finished the Sweet Haus Cal – Sunday Shawl I wanted tos hare with you what I have been crocheting.  

I am finishing up the Demelza Blanket. I have not posted much on this as it is a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom and I know she follows my blog so no spoilers here.  LOL!!

I am also working on the Hygge Shawl which is a CAL sponsored by Sheepjes.  I oredered my kit from Wool Wherehouse and it came packed so nicely in this box.

You can see my work peeking through.  This shawl has a lot of emboidery and is something I have not attempted before.  Here is a better look at my work so far.

I love the vibrant colors and the different techniques.  I am a week behind on this CAL as I have been preparing for the Annual Craft and Gab that my Mom and I attend each year with a group of wonderful ladies.  We gab alot so I try not to take anything that gets to involeved so I don’t lose count of my stiches.

Our group rents out a wonderful bed and breakfast in the local mountains and enoy stitching, socializing and of course there is wine!  We leave this Friday and will return on Sunday.  I am looking forward to this little retreat.

The project I will be taking with me are – my Little Box of Crochet.  

I was so excited when the box arrived that is was hard not to dive in right away.  Look how cute these little mug cozies are.  Of course there was a beautiful stitch marker and hand painted brooch in the box as well.  

They really do a wonderful job with their boxes and it is truly exciting for me when the box arrives at my haus.

The other project I will be taking is my granny square sweater.  The front and back are complete and the squares have been sewn together, but I am not happy with the sleeves.  You may recall I posted about it here. I will open the sleeves and hopefully finish the sweater.

I am also working on this cat house for my sister’s cat Mila.

I was happy to meet Mila when I visited my sister in Germany last year.  I know she will enoy hiding out in here.  I have chosen a medium grey tshirt yarn which is crocheting up so soft.

I have one more project in the works and that is my very first graphaghan.  This will be a blanket for my sister’s birthday – so again no photos – so as not to apoil the surprise for her.  I promise to post photos of the Demelza and the graphaghan once the presents have been presented

Until next time – happy crafting!!


The Finished Sunday Shawl

Isn’t it beautiful.  I love how the colors pop against the grey back ground.  We have been having some rainy weather so I have been getting use out of my shawl already.  

I wish you could feel how soft this yarn is.  I definitely made the right yarn choice.  If you like this pattern, you can purchase it on Ravelry here.  I want to thank Tracey from It’s A T-Sweets Day for crocheting yet another project with me.

Until next time, my shawl and I say Auf Wiedersehen.  Can’t wait for you to stop back by and see what I am creating next!


Sunday Shawl CAL Complete!

I have finished the shawl and am in love with the vibrant colors of the border.  I was worried the shawl may have ended up a bit small but it is the perfect size.  The yarn is so soft and feels incredible next to the skin – no scratchiness at all.  

I live in So. California so we don’t  have to many really cold days, and this shawl will be the perfect transitional ward rope piece.  It can be worn like a scarf – drapped around your neck, or as a shawl, softly draped over your shoulders.  

Here is a photo of the shawl on my blocking mats so you get a better idea of the size.  

Stay tuned for next week when I post photos of the shawl off the mat and on my shoulders.  Can’t wait to show you!!!

Be sure to check out Tracey’s blog at It’s A T-Sweets Day who took this journey with me and also crocheted the Sunday Shawl.  This is our thirs project together. 

See you next week for the big unveil!



Sweet Haus CAL – Sunday Shawl, Making Progress

Tracey of It’s A T-Sweets Day and I are making real progress on our shawls.  I must say that the beginning of the shawl took me a bit to get the hang of.  Maybe because I missed the part of the insructions that said to crochet in the space between the stiches.  So after one round of ripping out the stiches, I am finally working on the trim.



I love how vibrant the colors look next to the neutral grey.  I also like that the pattern rows are different stiches and give it a unique style.


I still have many more colors to add to the trim and am excited to be able to show you my completed shawl next week, before the blocking begins.  Until then, be sure to stop by Tracey’s to check her progress!

Thanks for stopping by my Haus.


Sew Long To Summer Blog Tour 2016: Sweater Dress/Tunic

I would like to thank Melissa of Mahlica Designs for hosting this Blog Tour.  I has been so much fun and it was great getting to visit all the other bloggers who participated in the event – 25 in total!

As I was trying to decide which item would help me say “So Long” to Summer and easily transition into Fall  I immediately thought of the styles of Lotta Jansdotter.  I purchased her book Everyday Style last year but had not made anything as yet.  Recently my mother cleaned out her fabric stash and I inherited a wonderful wine colored sweater fabric that I knew would be perfect for the Tunic featured in the book.

I gathered my supplies and set to work.

If you have traced a pattern from pattern sheets before you know that this can take a bit of time.  Make sure you transfer any markings or notations that the pattern pieces may have to your tracings as well.  Be sure to label your pieces, i.e. front, back, front yoke, etc.,  as this too will aide when you are assembling your garment.

I was very pleased to see that the Tunic had darts.  This helps to keep the tunic from looking to  much like a sack and gives it a more fitted look.  Below you can see my dart markings and then how they look once sewn.

Once the darts were completed, I sewed the shoulder seams together.  The Tunic has a yoke neck.  The yoke front is sewn to the yoke back and then the entire yoke is sewn into the tunic matching the shoulder seams.  The process looked like this:

If pay close attention to the seam allowances you should not have any trouble matching up the shoulder seams.  This is how the yoke looked inside the tunic.  I topstitched around the entire yoke – not close to the neckline, but around the outer edge.  This gives the neckline a nice finish.  I think my label adds a nice touch as well.


The sleeves are set in and then the sleeve seam and side seams are completed at the same time, sewing down the entire length.  I had decided to make this tunic with 3/4 length sleeves so I sewed a very narrow sleeve hem first, then inserted the sleeve to the garment and closed the sleeve and side seams.


A little bit of gathering around the top part of the sleeve will ease in the placement of the sleeve to the garment and help it to fit nicely.  Once the side seams were sewn I made the hem.  I did the hemming on the machine as it adds to the casual feel of the knit dress and compliments the stitching around the yoke neckline.

I am very pleased with the way the Tunic looks and fits. I am definitely going to make more of these in a variety of fabrics.  For now, here is a glimpse of how I will be wearing my Tunic to say Sew Long to Summer!  Hope you enjoyed this post.

Sew Long To Summer 2016 Blog Tour – Day 4

We are drawing close to the end of our Blog Tour with tomorrow being the last day.  I hope you have visited some of the talented bloggers that have participated.  Here are the teaser pictures of todays bloggers.  Click on the links below to see more details about what they have to show you.

Lulu & Celeste, Diane Cullum of Two Chicklets, Adventures With Bubba and Bug, Wining Wife, The Pumpkin Room, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari Sews

Don’t forget to checkout our sponsors as well! Here is the link to my post with the discount codes.

Be sure to tune in again tomorrow as I will be one of the featured bloggers!

Sew Long To Summer 2016 Blog Tour – Day 3

I have been having so much fun on this blog tour.  Just take a look at what these talented bloggers are showing us today.

Please click on their links below to read more about their fantastic creations!

AppleGreen Cottage, mahlicadesigns, Kaleidothought, PrettiModesti, Olive Ashby, Sewing Bee Fabrics

Day 2 of the Sew Long To Summer 2016 Blog Tour

I hope you have had fun visiting my fellow bloggers as we tour through our transitions to fall.  Here is a teaser of what they have to offer today!


Here are the links to use when visiting their sites:
mahlicadesigns, Musings of a Seamstress, Rainy Day Sewing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte, Anne-Mari Sews

Fall Poncho Tutorial

Cooler weather has not yet hit us in Southern California, but when it does I thought this would make a nice transition piece.


About 2 1/2 yards of stretch fabric (knit, fleece or sweatshirt type fabrics)

Below is a photo of my fabric and my inspiration photo.

I began by folding the fabric in half to form a large square.  At this point you can hold it up to see if you like the length, width, etc.  I found mine to be a bit to long and looked to frumpy.  I ended up cuttung about 10 inches off the length from the front and back. My finished measurements were 22 1/2 inches in length. (measured from the neck to the front or back)

Since my fabric does not ravel I decided to make a decorative edge around the entire square.  This is what the button on my sewing machine looks like for the zig zag stitch I used.

I folded the edge over to the wrong side of fabric and made a 5/8 inch seam all the way around.  At this point it should look like a giant square – with a decorative edge of course!  Here is what the process of my stitching looked like.

The next thing is to determine how wide yiuwant the neck to be and to make sure it is centered.  I folded the square in half (imageine you are looking at the front or back of your poncho now).  Then fold it over – left side over right side to determine the center.  Once you have found the center place a pin there and open your square.  You shoukd once again be looking at the front or back of the poncho.  Next measure out from each side of the pin the width of your desired neck opening. If you wanted a 12 inch opening, you would measure 6 inches from the center pin towards each side – again placing a pin.  You should now have 3 pins, one marking the center of the neck opening and two that mark the end.  Should look like this:

Carefully cut this slit open.  Again, my fabric does not ravel or fray so I could have left it as is, but I decided to make a small rolled edge using a foot that came with my Pfaff. It would be perfectly fine as is however.

I wanted wear my poncho different ways; with a scarf, with a wide neck opening, or flipping it around so it almost looks like a V-neck.  Here are some photos with different views.


Fun Scarf Tutorial

I am participating in my second sew along.  The theme for this one is destination.  My album for the sew along is Destination-Inspiration.  Each season as the catalogs come in the mail, I look through them and clip photos to put in my idea book.  I found a cute scarf and thought I would try to recreate this myself.  I need 8 items for my sew along by December 15.  This will be my first item.  Enjoy and I hope you sew along!

It is always a good project when you can work with what you have on hand.  I had about 1 1/2 yards of 60 wide fabric on hand and several yards of pom pom trim.  I find that fabric that looks good from both sides works best for scarves. Mine is a light gauzy cotton fabric.  The color and pattern reminds me of snowflake crystals and that wierd blue hue that happens in winter when it is not quite light and there is snow on the ground.  

I layed the fabric out and cut it in a sort of rectangle – I know there is a geometric term for the shape but I will just show you my drawing below.  These are the measurements I cut my fabric too.  In the upper  right hand corner you can see my inspiration photo.

Once my piece was cut to the desired length and width I finished the edges.  I use the same Pfaff machine that my grandmother bought for me in 1987.  It is my only sewing machine and I love it!  I know some of you have sergers and that makes the process easier but I have this special foot 

that makes a nice rolled edge like this:

I sewed this edge around the entire scarf.  Next I sewed on the pom pom trim.  I only sewed it along the top and bottom of my scarf as I was affraid it would get to bulky otherwise.  The beauty of this is that you can add as much trim as you like or leave it off entirely.  

I love it and it was a really quick sewing project.  Would make a nice Christmas or Birthday gift as well.