A Christmas Gift with Grinda

I finished my Grinda Shawl. Yea!! It really didnt take too long at all. I started back at the end of September and have only worked on it every now and then. Here it is finished and ready for my mother for Christmas!

Isn’t it lovely? I know she is going to be so happy with it. I really liked how it looked from beginning to end, but the blocking of any crocheted project really adds the finishing touch.

As you can see the lace to the left has not been blocked and the nice, straight, and airy lace to the right has been blocked. Just a quick shot of steam is all takes. Just make sure you don’t touch your iron to the actual threads.

Isn’t it funny what different lighting does to color? The first two pictures were taken in the afternoon while this final photo shoot was taken in the morning. The top two are more accurate as far as color goes.

Oh well, A deep plum is beautiful too! I hope you can see the hearts in the bottom row of the shawl. These will be a reminder that my mother is well loved by me and so many others.

I think the edging really finishes the edge nicely. I may try to add this to another project someday. It is easy an beautiful!

I was so happy to show my husband this delicate shawl. I held it up and asked what he thought. He said he loved it and then added, “Aren’t you going to make one for my mom too?” Sooo….

Here I go with Grinda Shawl #2! Lol:)

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog today. I hope your day or evening is SWEET!

Grinda Shawl Parts 2 and 3

I have really been enjoying crocheting this delicate shawl. It is filled with advanced beginner stitches that stitch up in no time.

I like the contrast of the front loop raised stitch and the lacey stitch of the body. It separates each section and adds a bit of interest to the eye and touch.

I am using a Scheepjes Whirl Cake that I bought on Etsy. The color is in these lovely plum tones called “Tasty Nom Nom #789”. I like how gradually the color changes into a delicate ombré effect.

The pattern for this shawl is called the Grinda shawl designed by Tatsiana @Lila Bjorn Crochet, and it is free! Yea! I always love that word, don’t you?:). Tatsiana is so talented. I love all of her designs❤️

It is quite easy to follow the pattern. It has written instructions and a stitch map for each section. I use the stitch map. I find it easier to just look and stitch instead of read and stitch.

I’m excited to start part 4 of my Grinda Shawl. It is the final section before the lace edging. It’s almost done…well, these next few rows are longer and take quite a few more stitches to finish. It may still take a while:)

Oh well, I enjoy the therapy of stitching in the evenings while watching a show with my cute husband. By the way, we are watching “Ozark” and are addicted! Thank you Tierney for the recommendation:). We watch with a program called Vid Angel to clean it up to our tolerance.

This beautiful shawl is going to be a Christmas gift for my mother. She will not be able to see it very well because she has macular degeneration, but she will love the texture.

I am enjoying this project so much, that I might make another shawl for my mother-in-law as well!

Thank you so much for dropping by today. Please feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you:)

I hope you are having a totally SWEET day!

Back To The Hook with Grinda!

I love to crochet and have been sadly missing my crochet time. I have been so busy with quilting and life that I have not picked up a crochet hook in months. Well, I am happy to report that I am stitching again. Yea!!

When I saw this beautiful Grinda MAL shawl designed by Tatsiana @Lila Bjorn Crochet, I knew I had to make one, or two.

I have not crocheted anything for my mother in a very long time. I thought I would make a Shawl for her for Christmas. I ordered my Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlette yarn on Etsy. It is just the perfect color for her. I know she will love it:)

The pattern is free and is written in 5 parts. It did not take me too long to stitch up part # 1. I always find the first few inches of any crochet project to be the trickiest.

I like the lacey stitch and softness of the cotton blend yarn. I am getting used to using such thin yarn. It has been a while since I have had to manage a string yarn.

I’m excited to watch as the color blends to pink on part 2:)

I think each part will be divided by this raised ridge stitch. Isn’t it pretty?:)

Here is my completed part 1 of the Grinda MAL Shawl. I am going to absolutely love this!

I hope you are having a wonderful day filled with a creative project or two. Life is so so SWEET!

Until next time,

Persian Tiles

I am happy, happy, happy to say that I have made some substantial progress on my Persian Tile Afghan. SWEET!! Just look at these beauties:)

The last time I posted about these I had finished the petals and was on to the laborious job of weaving in the tails.

Now when I say laborious, I really do mean that this was a JOB! There were hundreds and hundreds of those pesky pieces of yarn to weave in one at a time!

Ugh! Each block looked like this! Oh well, they are done now and I can happily say that the train is moving again:)

The next round was this earthy brown that looked like it could stop right there. But of course it didn’t.

I had another round of burnt orange to add. I think they look so nice.

And any of you who have followed me for a while know that I absolutely LOVE a neat stack of blocks. They just make me feel like I have accomplished something wonderful .

And believe me, with this one I have! Now, are any of you like me and jump ahead with one or two blocks just to see what it is going to look like?

I started with my next round with red.

But I just couldn’t help myself and then added the white to one of my blocks as well just for fun:)😊

I’m definitely on my way, but I don’t think there is any way in the world I am going to be able to make this into a bed spread. It would look so pretty though…..oh we’ll see!

If any of you are interested in crocheting your own blanket It is called Persian Tiles by Jane Crowfoot.

Until next time,

Sandy the Sea Dragon

I was so honored to be asked by Emma of Emma Craft Projects to test her new pattern for Sandy the Sea Dragon,

Isn’t she so ADORABLE?! Emma is an amazing designer!

When Emma asked me to make my version of Sandy, I knew right away what yarn I would use.

I had these fun goldfish colored yarn skeins left over from my son‘s Afghan I made a few years back. They have been waiting for a cute project like this for quite a while now!

The pattern is written in a large font with plenty of pictures. I enjoyed crocheting all of the fun little pieces.

It only took me a few nights of crochet time to finish my little Sandy. I especially like her multi colored crest and flippy tail fins❤️❤️.

She is just so cute!

Thank you so much Emma for letting me test your new pattern! For any of you who may be interested in stitching up your own Sandy the Sea Dragon, Emma is going to be making the pattern available on Ravelry. You can contact her for the details. I’m sure she would love to hear from you!

I am off to the kitchen now to bake up my Mary Berry Gingersnaps for the Fantastic Bake Along tomorrow. SWEET!

Until then,

Crocheted Persian Tiles

I have been working on a beautiful crocheted blanket for quite a while now. It is called Persian Tiles by Jane Crowfoot. I don’t know why I haven’t blogged about it until now. Maybe I am a bit embarrassed by my need to have so many projects going at the same time. Yes, that’s definitely it!

Oh well, here we go on the magic carpet ride:)

I have a vision of crocheting over 100 of these blocks to make a spread for my bed, but with how slow they are going, I doubt if that goal is going to be reached. I started with the initial 16 that the pattern called for.

The little center circles are so cute and went together so quickly. But hey, they are only about 2″ wide. They better have gone quick!

Next, I added the pineapple base to the circles.

I felt the wheels turning and was sure that this blanket would be done by Christmas.

I am sure you can see where this is going. The next few rounds were getting a bit larger so it took a bit more time, but really no problems.

Aren’t they looking pretty? Yep, back in July I was sure this blanket would be done by Christmas. Then came the petals. Those darn petals!

Here is a picture I took back in July or August.

And here I am FINALLY finishing my 16th block of petals in January!!

I know that I have definitely not only worked on this blanket. In fact, it has sat by my bed patiently waiting as I have appliquéd, embroidered, and crocheted other projects that either needed to get done or just sparked my need for change a bit more than the repetition of this petal stitch.

But the petal stitches are done and I have spent two evenings weaving so many threads that I can’t count them. I am ready for the next few rounds to finish the block. At least they won’t be the start and stop, clip and restart of these dreaded petals!

I don’t know, 100 of these? It might be a 10 year project! Lol:)

Focus Tracy! Focus!

P. S. – Here is a picture of what Janie’s original looks like. Of course I did not take this picture:). Can you see why I just HAD to make one of my own?

The Best of 2017

Hello! How was your Christmas? It has been such a fun and busy Christmas at my house. I have had a houseful of family and friends. Nothing says Christmas more than lots of good food and family:)

But now that there is a moment to breathe and think, I am happy to reflect back on a year full of creating. It has been a wonderful year!

It was hard to choose my favorite posts from this past year, but after thinking about it for a while, I have decided that the best projects must be the ones that have enabled me to connect with and make new friends.

The Top Five:

1. Long Time Gone QALI enjoyed quilting along with Angie @Gnome Angel and many other online friends. We all stretched our sewing and color combining skills as we made this Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell together. My FAVORITE part was quilting along with my friend, Cindy. It was fun to compare our finished quilts:)

2. The Splendid SamplerAfter a full year and a half of two blocks a week, I finally finished my Splendid Sampler! I was introduced to so many talented designers and made 20,000 plus Splendette friends:). I loved watching and being inspired by their beautiful blocks and quilts. There was a hole in my sewing table when these blocks were sewn together as well as a small hole in my heart as I left the group behind.

3. Fantastic Bake AlongThis year, I started a monthly Fantastic Bake Along Group. We all Bake a recipe selected by someone in the group and then share our results later in the week. Talk about yummy fun!! We have made pizza, homemade bread, quiche, and more. I have truly LOVED baking along with such SWEET people❤️❤️ The group is open to anyone and everyone. We would love to have you join along:)

4. Stardust Melodies I enjoyed crocheting and singing along with Polly Plum on her Stardust Melodies Afghan. Each block worked up fairly easily in an evening. It was like finishing new blanket twice a week:). It was fun to read about how excited everyone was as we waited for the next block to come out.

5. I Wish You a Merry QAL And last, but not least, is my beautiful I Wish You a Merry QAL quilt. I think I have made the most new friends with this fun Christmas quilt. I have connected with the designers who are all fairly new to blogging. I must admit I wish I could have been part of their group. They did such a good job!

There you have it, my top five of 2017. Some of you who follow me may be asking, “Tracy, why haven’t you included Delilah, or Down the Rabbit Hole?” Well, while I have connected with many new friends with these beauties, they aren’t finished yet. They will have to wait for next year.

Speaking of next year, I am so excited to begin the MYSTERY QALnext week on January 1st! Cindy @In a Stitch Quilting and I are trying this new approach to a QAL and would LOVE to have you join us!

Thank you for dropping by today. I am excited to be linking up with Meadow Mist‘s Linky Party. I’m headed over to check out what all the other bloggers have done this year:)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

Brenna’s Fingerless Gloves

A cute friend of mine went on a trip to France last month and was so SWEET to think of me and bring me back a skein of beautiful pink Adriafil yarn.  She is just the best!!!

I wish I would have thought to take a lovely picture of the yarn before I started crocheting, but I was already started late at night and remembered to take the picture right where I was. The lighting isn’t perfect, but you get it, right?


When she gave me this yarn, I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.  About a month or so ago, Brenna, from Crochet 539, posted that she had designed a pair of fingerless gloves that looked perfect for Arizona cool, but not too cold, mornings.

I got out my hook and crocheted away.  I only had one or two questions with the instructions, but I managed to crochet up a glove that looked pretty much like Brenna’s. I made a few errors but seemed to be able to fix them as I went.  The main problem was that the one small skein of yarn only made up one glove.  Oh no!

Well, I never let a hitch in the road stop me:). Since I couldn’t just run over to France and buy another skein of yarn, I looked through my stash and found a green that I think made the gloves even better than if they would have been if they were the same color.


Don’t they look great?!  I added a little ruffle stitch to the top that wasn’t in the pattern, but I think they look pretty much like Brenna’s:)

But pictures can be a bit deceiving.  Because I used two different yarns and the weight was different,  they are two different sizes! Lol :)!


I knew they were different weights when I started so I tried to adjust by decreasing the starting stitches which made the green glove skinnier.  I also decreased the number of rounds and tried to compare and measure as I went, but the green still ended up longer.  No one is perfect and especially not me!


But when I put them on, I really don’t think you can tell that they are two different sizes.  And I think that adding that pink stripe to the green glove really ties them both together.  All in all, they are a hit!  I really like them:)❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for a fun pattern Brenna!  It is a super SWEET day!

Stardust Melodies Finished!

I am so happy to say that I have finally finished my Stardust Melodies Afghan.  Yea! :).   It turned out even nicer than I thought it would.  I just love it when that happens!


Here are all of my beautiful blocks stacked and ready to be sewn together.  I love looking at neatly piled blocks.  Don’t you?


Then it was on to sewing them together.   That took longer than I thought would because I laid them out on the floor and had to go back and forth changing colors to match the block.  Then I had to weave in the tails as well.


It was no problem, it just took longer than I thought it would.   Next was the border.  I am absolutely in love with it!


The border is this gorgeous textured finishing touch for this afghan.  Before it was added I felt the blocks kind of fought against themselves with each trying to be the star of the show.   The border calmed them all down and unified them.


Isn’t it great how that happens?!   Here are a few more shots of my finished blanket—

It makes me want to snuggle up in a soft chair and read a book or write a blog post 🙂


I am going to fold this blanket and wrap it up to give to some dear SWEET friends for Christmas.  I am excited to give it to them❤️

Thank you for following along on my Stardust Melodies crochet journey.   If you are interested in making this beautiful afghan,  you can get the free pattern on Polly Plum’s everytrickonthehook.   I paid for the larger option offered on ravelry.com

This is my second finish for the Q4FAL. I’m on my way:)

It is definitely a SWEET day at my house today!

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A T-Sweet Hodgepodge of a Scarf

Hello! Hello! And good Monday morning to you:).  My good friend is going on a cruise to Alaska next week.  I want to give her a little treat to wish her a happy trip.  Do you remember the scarf I won from Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge a few weeks back?  You can read about it here.  

I love mine so much that I thought my friend would like one too❤️.   I looked through my yarn stash and found a soft Baby Bee yarn skein in the color “Grape Jelly”.   SWEET!


I only needed the one skein to make this beautiful version of my Oh So Lucky Scarf.   I made a 7 square Granny scarf that was the perfect length:)


Each of the squares needed 8 rounds to make an approximate 8″ square.  Because Baby thread is so small, I had to use a small needle as well.  My bamboo needles don’t have sizes on them.  I would guess mine was about an E needle.


Granny squares are so fast and easy to make. It didn’t take me long to stitch up a cute scarf.  I enjoyed watching “Anne with an E” as I stitched away:). What a fun afternoon!


I rolled it up into a pretty “grape jelly” roll.   And added a blue bow.


Isn’t it cute?  I ran it over to my friend before she left.  She LOVED it!  (I knew she would). 😊

I have put together a pattern with the fun picot edging if you are interested in making a cute scarf for yourself or someone you love.  
Here it is– 

Pattern written by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

How to make a magic circle


I hope you give this pattern a try.  It is quick, easy, and oh so pretty.  Basically it is a Hodgepodge of SWEETness!❤️❤️ 

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