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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!!


CAL Update

In the spirit of updating, I will give you a brief update on my addiction to CALs.

Peacock Tail Bag –  Complete!


This was such a fun project and I am using the bag already.  I added the lining, an inner pocket for keys or cell phone, and a snap clasp.  Here is a photo of the lining. Very pleased with the outcome.


Demelza Blanket Cal – We are currently in week 3.  I have completed all three parts and am eagerly awaiting the next pattern part release.  Below is a photo of my squares so far.  My Mom has chosen this blanket and now it means even more since I am crocheting it for her.


Carousel Blanket By Sue Pinner – this is so fun to make.  I can almost feel myself on the Carousel.  I am through the first two parts and am waiting on part three.  My daughter has selected this blanket.  It is so fitting for her – very whimsical just as she is.


The Sunshine Owl CAL – I don’t believe I have posted about this one yet.  Here is a photo of the finished CAL.


My colors are a bit different as I am using this as a stash buster project.  I also purchased a Caron Cake and am using that in the mix as well.  Here are my colors so far.  As I am a lover of all things Owl – this one is for me!


Mandal Madness –


Alas, this one has been shelved as I have gotten a bit carried away with all the other CALs.  I will finish the Mandala along with these before moving on to other projects such as The Lover of My Soul CAL.

The yarn for the Lover of My Soul came all the way from South Africa and boy was it worth the wait.  It is beautiful.  I will finish the CALs I currently have underway before tackling that one. For now it will remain on my project list along with the Kaboom Cal, I want that Bag, Sophie’s Universe, and so many more.

WIP Update

It has been some time since I have given a WIP update.  Perhaps this is due to the fact that I have been crocheting so much – I haven’t had the time.  Well now is the time and here is a brief recap.

My Coffee Table Rug – which was my on the go project -until all the rosettes were completed, has been sewn together and all ends woven in.  What a job that was!  I first blogged about it here.  All that is left to do is to block it and then place it in its forever home under my coffee table.  Here is the unblocked photo.


Mystery Project Update – You guessed it Tracy – it is a rag rug.  I made it out of potholder loops that I looped together and then crocheted.  I first blogged about it here and here. It is now 53 inches in diameter, but I would like it a bit larger.  I needed more potholder loops and they have arrived.  Once this last batch is worked in I will block it and place it under my informal dining table.


Granny Square Sweater – designed by Lion Brand

This sweater became my on the go project once the rosette rug was done.  I have completed most of the squares but still have 6 more that need the black row completed.  Then I will sew them together and add the bands along the top of the front and back, and crochet the sleeves.  This has been such a fun project.  I love the color combos that came together – I made this completely from my stash.


Now that most of my on the go projects are near completion, I have a new one in the works.  This one is my September Little Box Of Crochet project.  It is a Frieda Kahlo cameo.  One of my coworkers has already expressed an interest in purchasing the finished cameo.  I don’t know – she looks kind of unique.  Not sure I will be able to part with her. The photo below is not my creation – it is from the Little Box of Crochet Website.  I have only begun mine and will post a photo once complete.


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

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Since I have been gluten free I need to be careful to make sure that any spice packages I buy do not contain gluten.  I know that McCormick has a Gluten Free Taco Seasoning  – but hey – why not make it yourself.

Years ago I purchased a book called the The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. I think that Amy put out a newsletter call the Tightwad Gazette with helpful tips on being frugal and this book is a compilation of all those newsletters.  I really have gotten a ton of helpful tips and a few laughs as well.

This taco recipe is from her book.

6  teaspoons of Chili Powder

4 1/2 teaspoons of Cumin

5 teaspoons of Paprika

3 teaspoons of Onion Powder

2 1/2 teaspoons of Garlic Powder

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoons of Cayenne Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.  This homemade mix is twice as strong as the store-bought one, so only add half as much.


Peacock Tail Bag CAL Starts Today!

I am so excited to start work on this project.  I chose the pastel colors for my bag and ordered the kit from Wool Warehouse.  The kit came with everything you need to make the bag, including the strap and clasps.  

If you are interested in crocheting along, you can read about the CAL here.  The nice thing about CALs is that even though it is nice to crochet with a group you can go at your own pace, or as with the Mandala, even crochet after the CAL has ended.  

Anyone else want to join? The very talented Tracy from  Its A T-Sweets Day has ordered her yarn and will crochet along with me.  So excited to be crocheting with her on another project.

Mandala Madness – part 6

This is a current photo of my Mandala.  I try to crochet one part each night especially since I am going to be participating in 2 more crochet alongs using this same technique. (crochet overlay)

Be sure to stop by and visit Tracy from Its a T-Sweets Day.  She is the reason I started the Mandala and she is a couple of parts ahead of me.  Her Mandala is absolutely gorgeous.  She is using a different color scheme and though we are using the same pattern they look different due to the color combinations.

Here is a peak at the colors for part 7.

First Day Of Kindergarten August 15 2016

My granddaughter started school yesterday!  She was so excited. She came home and said I love my teacher!  A good sign for sure.

In Germany children are given a Schultuete to celebrate this milestone.  The schultuete is a cone that is filled with school supplies and goodies.  These are readily available for purchase in Germany but not so much in California.  I had to put my creative “Oma” (Grandma) juices to work.  Here are some photos of the end result and her reaction to the loot she received.