Category Archives: crochet

Happy Mother’s Day – the big Demelza Blanket Reveal

My passion for overlay crochet started with the Mandala Madness.  It blossomed as I crocheted the Peacock Tail Bag, but became an obsession with the Demelza CAL.  When the yarn kit for the Demelza CAL arrived I knew right away it would be created for my Mom.  Her favorite color has always been yellow and the color yellow in this blanket can be seen throughout.  I could hardly resist the temptation to give it to her, but I maintained patience and waited until Sunday.

She was so excited to open the box..


She knew I had made the blanket for her and had seen some of the squares here and there.  I quit posting on the blog as the blanket started to take shape so as not to spoil the surprise.  I am glad I did as the look on her face was priceless.

We have been having some cooler weather here in So. Cal so I am hopeful she will be getting a bit of use from it now.  I love you Mom!


Idyllwild California – Craft and Gab Trip 2017 (aka: Stitch and Bitch)

I am back from my weekend getaway to the Creekstone Inn in Idyllwild California.  This is the 9th year for this Craft and Gab retreat.  My Mom and I have gone for the past 5 years.  At first we had more crafters, now more gabbers, but great ladies and great fun always!  

We are a group of around 12-15 ladies and rent out the entire bed and breakfast.  Each room comes with its own bathroom and has a different theme.  My Mom and I have been staying in the Fall Theme room which is beautiful.  There is a full kitchen and we share in the meal prep and clean up.

We usually hang out in the common area where there are multiple couches and a fire place.  This year the weather was warm and we never needed the fire place.  Here are some photos of us crafting, gabbing, reading or just hanging out.

Here is a selfie of Mom and I!

I worked on my Little Box of Crochet.  It was the perfect craft to take as everythong you need is included in the box.  I put the mug cozy to the test right away. Isn’t it lovely?

This weekend was also my Birthday. My Mom treated me to a fabulous lunch and the retreat ladies sang Happy Birthday and presented me a very large chocolate cake. (Thank you Joe’d for the cake – so sorry you couldn’t make it.  You were missed!) Being the tricky bunch that they are, the candles kept relighting themselves.  This old girl was running out of breath and finally just snuffed them out with my fingers – ha ha! I also received the best smelling soap I think I have ever smelled from 2 very special ladies. (Thank you Teddi and Ashley)

It was a wonderful getaway! We are all looking forward to next year!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time –


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.


Sweet-Haus CAL Sunday Shawl Begins!!!!

The time has arrived to start the Sunday Shawl and as with most things – they are more fun when you can make the journey together with a fellow crocheter.  I am so happy to have connected with Tracey of Its A T-Sweets Day.  She is so creative and her blog is such a treat to visit.  

We started our journey with the Mandala, followed by the Peacock Bag and now here we are hosting the Sunday Shawl as our 3rd Sweet-Haus project together  and have our eye on so many more projects to do.

Tracey has elected to use Burnt Orange as her base color and has posted photos of the start of her shawl on her blog.  Please visit her by clicking here.  

I elected to stick with the colors shown above and have started in the grey.  The yarn is so soft, I wish you could feel it.  I cant wait to wrap myself in its warmth.  Here is the beginning of my shawl.

It will definitly require blocking, but you get the general idea.  The pattern started with a magic loop at the center top of this photo.  Several triple crochet stiches were crocheted in here along with a V stich.  The following rows are made up of 2 half double crochet rows and one row of triple crochet stiches.  Stitches are increased at the beginning and end of each row and the V stich is maintained throughout and becomes the tip of the piece you see here.  The other unique feature to this pattern is that the stiches are crocheted in the gap between the stiches and not actually into the stiches from the previous row.  Overall it is a very easy pattern and flows nicely.

Stay tuned for next weeks post where the fun really begins as I add the colorful edging!

SweetHaus CAL #3 – Sunday Shawl

Tracy of Its A T-Sweets Day Blog and I have had so much fun crocheting together that we decided to work on our third CAL together.  Our first CAL was the Manadala Madness – didn’t it turn out lovely!


The making of our Mandala was how we connected.  We then went on to make the Peacock Tail Bag which was our 2nd CAL together.

peacock-bagBe sure to visit Tracy’s blog to see her wonderful creations.

We are so excited to begin our 3rd CAL which starts on January 29, 2017.  The pattern is by The Little Bee and can be purchased at her Ravelry Store here.  The Pippen Crochet Club is the designated Facebook group for this CAL and a post with details can be found here.

Tracy and I have decided to go at our own pace and will be starting our CAL on February 6.  This will give you plenty of time to get your supplies together.  I ordered my yarn from Wool Warehouse and am using Merino Soft Yarn by Scheepjes. 

I fell in love with the photo for this shawl and decided to try and stay with the light grey as the main color and the bright accent colors for the borders.  (in my photo my main color looks more tan than grey, but it is a beautiful light grey color.)

 Tracy has chosen lovely colors and is using burnt orange as the main color.  You can view her post about our CAL by visiting her at Its’s A T-Sweets Day

I am super excited to start this shawl and we would love for you to join us!!!!


It Is Finished!

18 sections, 111 rows, almost 1,000 stitches in the final round and multiple variations in stitches but I can finally say my Mandala is complete! 

I have never attempted anything like this before.  I was drawn to the colors and stitch variations. Some of the rows were so complex I had to watch the instructional videos recorded by Helen of Its All In A Nutshell.  

I learned so much about crochet and the overlay technique.  I am so happy with the results.  I am thankful for Tracy of Its A T-Sweets Day who was on this journey with me and has completed hers as well.  Pop over to her blog and take a peek at her Mandala which is beautiful.

Of course after all this work – I put my label on it!


Do You Sign Your Work?

A while back I ordered labels to add to clothing that I have sewn.  Then I knit a sweater for my Father and wanted a label so he could hang it if he wanted, but also so he would be reminded of me.  That is when it struck me…I should attach such labels to all my creations.  The photo above is the Owl Blanket I just finished.  I stiched the label to one of the underside corners.  I think it gives it a bit of a designer look.  There are so many online sites to order labels from.  Once these are used up I will definitly purchase more.

So the question remains…Do you sign your work?  You most definitely should!