Pretty Poncho II


Hello, friends! It was a busy weekend.
Two fundraiser dinners and a splendid pizza-making effort, also a fundraiser. 🙂

Monday came quickly.

And yet, I am feeling quite rested now, because what should come after all that but a massively media driven, entirely overestimated, piddled out to next to nothing– snowstorm.

And we had two days off!

I completed my to-do list like a good girl, then took to my comfy crochet spot and picked up my hook. Oh, the bliss. ❤

I haven't much for pictures, but I'll share a peek.


The pretty poncho is so close to finished! Waiting for the glue in the pompoms to dry…so I can properly trim and attach them. I made my own pompom maker out of cardboard after watching a video. YouTube is entirely handy that way.


To see the first part of poncho construction, go here:

Then I whipped up a sweet dress and matching hat for an order. I’ll be sharing the hat pattern for free in an upcoming blog– and a picture, it was too dark here by the time I finished:


My blog post with the pattern for dress and flower is here:

And finally, I am embarking on an adventure long overdue — the hooded fox cowl. Making a poncho, actually, for the car seat. My nephew is in need of such a contraption. 🙂

My own design, after perusing a few pictures. More on that in an upcoming post as well.


Made with lots of love, this one is…
Now to bed! Back to work in the morning!

My heart is hopeful for some lovely, long hours of crochet this coming weekend as well.
Though I do have tax paperwork that needs tending, boo. Perhaps I shall manage both! I usually do. 🙂

Happy hooking!


Oh, Nativity


Hello and Happy…!

I know that I promised you a mini-stocking this week.

But I gave them all away and forgot to take a picture. My hope is to make more, and do a cute photo shoot– but it IS Christmas week and I will have to see how the time goes.

In the meantime, my husband and I ran away to our favorite BnB (bed and breakfast) this week for a little RnR (rest and relaxation). 🙂  I have found that a short get-away significantly increases my enjoyment of the holiday season and finds me much more peaceful during the inevitable stress and family squabbles.

We had a fabulous twenty-four hours, and capped it off with a little antique-ing, browsing several local shops and enjoying the time spent.

And I found something so marvelous! I entreated my sweet husband to capture it on film so I could share it with you. Well, digital, anyway, since he has a smart phone…

The most fabulous crochet nativity! And in such colorful thread…I love nativities, and every year I browse patterns and consider making one. I haven’t found the time yet, but one of these years…


I had him take several close-ups so that I can reverse-engineer the patterns. I love Mary’s braids!


I think the angel is my favorite. I love angels.


A detailed close-up of the angel halo and wing. A simple wagon wheel and shell.


And the sweet babe, wrapped in a solid granny square, on a double granny cushion.


Not crochet-related, I also had him capture the lovely embroidery on this old lampshade. I often add a bit of sewing detail to my projects.


And last but not least, the special project I have been working on instead of making more mini-stockings– a last-minute request for a one-of-a-kind Christmas dress for a real-live little angel.


I used this Bernat pattern as a base

but worsted-weight yarn (Caron Sparkle) and an H hook (5mm). Since the pattern called for an E hook and sport-weight yarn, it ended up coming out as a size 18-24 months when I followed the instructions for the 6 month size. Perfect!

For the trim (hem and sleeves), I used the edging found here:


I also made the flower pattern listed in the blog above for the accent rose. I gave it a Christmas-y twist by chaining 2 or 3 stitches mid-petal (3hdc, ch-2, 3hdc) for example. This made the petals a bit pointy, more like a poinsettia.


I can’t wait to see pictures of her in it! I love making dresses.

May you have a blessed Christmas, and be surrounded by love, regardless of circumstances. I am grateful for the Babe that came.


Until then, happy hooking!

Oh Dear and Aha!


I’m having one of those moments.

A bit sheepish and disgruntled.

I just had the most marvelous idea…about a project, of course…but the beauty of sheer simplicity means I have wasted dozens of hours crocheting work I will now proceed to rip out.

I can do it.

I will forgive myself and move on…

I mentioned in this post

I was planning to rework this afghan


And then tonight, sorting pictures, I realized that THIS photo (below) looks exactly like the blanket I was making in my head.


Instead of adding rounds of granny color


All I needed to do was single crochet the strips together.



I shall do so directly.

Let the holiday season begin.

Please feel free to chime in your opinion as to colored granny stripes or no…


I have the most fabulous mini-stocking ornament pattern to share with you next week.

On a personal note: my beloved grandmother passed away last week and we will be celebrating her life with family and friends tomorrow. I thank you for your thoughts and prayers.



The Perfect All Hallows’ Eve



Hello and Happy…Halloween!

The weather is just miserable for trick-or-treating,

and just perfect for crochet!

The moment I am done with this post you will find me snuggled under a pile of blankets with hook in hand. 🙂

And, adding happiness to happiness…

I have a new CAMERA!!! Sqeeeeeeeeeee…

I have despaired of ever hearing back from the tablet repair shop (the third shop I’ve tried, mind you). That optimistic estimate of two days turned into a call a week later– us to them, not the other way around!– only to hear, “Oh, we haven’t started on it yet, still waiting for a cable,” WHAT?!?

So I capitulated to my need to record precious family moments and shelled out the cash for an inexpensive digital model. Sigh of relief. The blog continues.

Even more happy news: we got to see our precious twins this week! Well, the children did. They stopped by to visit while I was at work, but the children were home from school and, oh, happy reunions all around.

Their daddy was here to request a repair job on a hat they had. Not my work, I always sew my ends in TIGHT (well, except for that rainbow daisy afghan but I learned my lesson on that one, now didn’t I?)


I easily saw where it had come apart, but could I re-crochet the loops or was it a sewing job? I did manage to hook and loop it back together, hurrah! They will be so pleased.

It is the most darling owl hat. I use this pattern when I make them:

Fun with the new camera: I just love this shot I caught of my V-Stitch, playing with settings on my new camera. COLOR.


Updates on a few projects hanging around the house…oh, bliss!

  1. The African Queen

With just a few rounds to go, I have decided to scrap this design and rework it as hexagons instead of strips. I don’t like it as it is, and I don’t think the intended recipient will either. Stay tuned for a colorful mass of hexies, reworked…

See more of her story here:


Some fun options for making your own hexagons and African flower motifs:


2) The South Bay Shawlette in gorgeous fall colors

I am in a bit of Unforgettable frenzy…I made a special trip to the city a few weeks ago and bought a dozen skeins of color I can’t get in town: Stained Glass, Echo, Sunrise and Polo.

This is Sunrise, with a J hook:


Pattern here:


Just gorgeous.

3) Priscilla Hewitt’s Polka Dot Stockings

My third daughter picked her colors for these…I have hopes of making one for each family member, but after two evenings of trying to assemble them, my hopes are rather dashed that I will be able to complete even one. I need to google this…the toe just isn’t quite right and the directions on assembly are little or no help.


Pattern here, let me know if you figure it out:


4) And the owl hat, all fixed up!

Isn’t it precious?

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Happy Halloween! I am off to crochet. 😀



The Lovely African Flower Afghan, part III


Hello, hello and happy…yes, well, it isn’t even close to Friday, in fact, it’s the Wednesday after next.

I’m beginning to find my sea legs at our lovely little pre-kindergarten.

The teaching absolutely delights me and I thrill to their little sea of faces gazing up at me, hanging on every word.

We are having so much fun.

The home life– meals, clean clothes, nurturing the children– has not suffered nearly as I had feared.


Though I am pretty tired! At least during the week.

I’ve bounced back quickly on weekends now that the first few days are past.

I have had exactly ZERO energy to crochet. I was afraid of this. The good news is, I went a bit crazy at summer’s end and made piles of projects, photographed them, and will continue to dole those out week by week on the blog until my cro-jo (crochet motivation) returns.


Not the first time I’ve had a dry spell, and likely not the last.

Today I’d like to share the joining on my lovely African flower afghan. Like the majority of my projects, here I go winging it again. I’ve had some miscalculations, but mostly managed to get it right the first time on this project, always a good ting!


I’m edging each set of seven hexagons with two rounds of complimentary colors.


Joining as I go, of course, you know how I dislike sewing. 🙂


The brighter, more contrasting the yarn, the better!


The aqua is my favorite of all the colors. I love how it looks with the salmon (officially called strawberry on the label, but I never saw a strawberry that color in my life…)


I love the rainbow zig-zags!


And my little dear-heart, who has started tap dance this fall with a wonderful studio…showing off her precious new (to us) shoes!


May you have a lovely week!

We’ll chat again soon. 🙂


The Lovely African Flower Afghan, part II



Hello and happy weekend to you!

Week two of my fabulous new job complete and I am ready for some crochet time! ❤

I showed you the start of my pretty flower blanket last time (if you missed it, see here: )

Piles of lovely flowers:


Adding the contrasting edge…and the beginnings of a layout design…


I mulled over the possible hexagon pattern design for several weeks before choosing a simple granny hexie. Transitioning from the African flower motif to a circle, square or hexie for joining is NOT easy and I have been foiled before. Often, pattern options look nice on paper but do not lie flat or come out evenly.


I must have a join-as-you-go motif, too, as my patience is severely limited in the sewing department.


I am quite pleased with the result, a modified hexie granny of my own design, easy-to-count stitches and easy joining.


My family appreciates it when I develop crochet projects that do not make me crabby over excessive stitch-counting or joining. 🙂


All laid out on a big sheet on the floor, no two colors adjacent. Not an easy task! This part is a bit like quilting…you lay it out, then have to keep track of your pattern pieces as you join.


I stacked mine in order and laid the vertical pile in a box.

Easy to know which was next! The one in front.



It was an ugly box, or I would have taken a photo. 🙂

The joining is all finished now, and I am working on the borders. More next time!



In family news, I took my little butterfly to the park this morning for our local festival. ❤


It is a gorgeous day.


That, and my computer misbehaving caused a bit of a posting delay, sigh.

I shan’t complain, the dryer died this week and my husband fixed it for $4.33.

For a family of six, a working dryer is no small miracle.

So we are counting our blessings. All of them.

See you next week!


Protea or Osteospermum? The Lovey African Flower


Hello and happy holiday weekend!

I am rested up form my first exciting week of my new adventure and ready to post! See more about that here:

And, well, you probably know I love flowers…the colors, that shapes, the incredible beauty and detail…

The crochet African flower is one of my favorite patterns. So may options! Moogly has a dozen fun patterns collected here:

And if you haven’t seen Heidi Bears ADORABLE amigurumi designs…check those out on ravelry here:

Plotting my blog, I was curious. Is the design based on a REAL African flower? The answer seems to be no, but I enjoyed the search! Here is a lovely osteospermum:

And then the African national flower protea, also called sugar-bush:

So pretty! But not much like the crochet pattern.

The African flower pattern lends itself very well to scrap-ghans, using leftover bits to make dozens of flowers. Here’s my first gathering of Caron Simply Soft extras out of my bins.There is little I love more than rummaging through my piles of yarn to make new color combinations. Color makes me happy.


I like charts better, so I downloaded a handful of those and chose a hexie pattern, to start. If you are in need of a written pattern, here is a good one:


Such pretty little flowers, and they work up quickly.


Now, how to join?


Another day, another gathering of colorful half and three-quarter skeins…to make MORE!


Ooo, found a bit of yellow! That will brighten things up a bit.


I plan to join them with a pretty white…some sort of lacy border…and edging motif.


Crochet flowers make me happy.


More next time! The blanket is nearly finished, but I must pace myself now that I am a working girl. 🙂

This hooker will settle in with her stash and crochet a quiet holiday afternoon away…after I finish my lessons…I hope!

May you have a lovely Monday. ❤