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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Road Trip Eye Candy

It’s road trippin’ time!  I just love a good road trip❤️❤️.  My DH and I are going up to help my #1 son move to school.  It’s what parents do, right?  

I love driving through Arizona and Utah in August.  The weather is a little cooler and the rains have come.  It is picturesque at every turn.


My favorite part is the view of the Grand Canyon from the Highway 89.  The land is cracked for miles and miles.   

It is GRAND indeed!   I like to stop for a minute and drink in the beauty and majesty.  

And as if that isn’t enough, the other side of the highway is nestled into these tall, smooth, red rocks.  If only I were a rock climber like my son! 

I know, I know,  we are all gaining spiritual weight with so much beauty, but wait, the dessert is still to come!


Lake Powell is just a little bit further down the road!  Can you believe it?!  I am truly happy today.  

Of course a happy road trip would not be complete unless I had some fun hand work to keep my hands busy.

I am on the last few blocks of my Stardust Melodies Afghan.  I will definitely have them all done by the end of the trip.  Oh yea!!



Driving in the car also teaches new techniques because necessity is the mother of invention.


I forgot my stitch markers at home, so I have learned that a hair clip  works GREAT!  In fact it is easier to use because as the name implies, it just clips on.  How cool is that?  Its TOTALLY TIPSTER:)!


Road trips really help me get caught up on projects. But best of all, I get to sit by my cute husband and enjoy his company.  SWEET!!❤️


I hope all of your life roads are leading to happy places filled with people you love:).  

Thank you joining me on my road trip today!

Granny Star Potholders Pattern and Tutorial

I love buying yarn and fabric on a trip and then coming home and stitching  something up to always remind me of the fun times we had on our adventures.  Maybe you do too!

I bought this bright and crazy “Hippie” yarn at Mendels on Haight Street in San Francisco.  I love the groovy colors!   For my memory project,  I designed a set of  easy, fun potholders.   Here is the pattern if you would like to stitch up a set of your own .


Granny Square PotholdersPattern designed by Tracy @It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Materials Needed:

  • 2 skeins of worsted weight coordinating yarn  (cotton makes the best yarn for Potholders, but I don’t mind a some what toasted yarn pot holder, so I am using acrylic)
  • Size G or 4.5mm hook
  • Large eyed yarn needle
  • Scissors 
  • 8 stitch markers 

These instructions have you change colors at the end of  Round 4 but you can change the colors on as many rounds as you like. Just use the same technique 

Instructions:

Make two squares for each pot holder.

Start by making a magic circle.

Round 1 – Working in magic circle, Ch 3, counts as first dc, 2 dc, ch 2, *3 dc, ch2, repeat from* 2 more times, close your magic circle, join with a sl stitch to the 3rd chain of the beg. Ch3. 

  You now have 4 cluster stitches and 4 ch2 corners.

Round 2 – Ch3, counts as first dc, dc in next 2 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, 

*dc in next 3 st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch2 sp, repeat from * 2 more times, join with a sl st to the 3rd ch of the beg. ch3.  You now have 7dc on each side

Round 3 – Ch3, dc in next 4st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, *dc in next 7st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in next 2st, join with a sl st to the 3rd ch of the beg. ch3. You now have 11dc on each side

Round 4 – Ch3, dc in next 6st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, *dc in next 11st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in next 4st, Change color– to change color, cut the main color leaving a 6″ tail, insert your hook into the the 3rd ch of the beg ch3, pull the new color through and PUL the hanging yarns tight on the back (You now have 15dc on each side)

Round 5- Ch3, dc in next 8st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, *dc in next 15st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in next 6st, join with a sl st to the 3rd ch of the beg. ch3. (You now have 19dc on each side)

Round 6– Ch3, dc in next 10st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, *dc in next 19st, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch 2 sp, repeat from * 2 more times, dc in next 8st, join with a sl st to the 3rd ch of the beg. ch3, cut yarn leaving a 6″ tail and pull through to finish. (You should have 23dc on each side)


On the back side of the square, thread a yarn tail into a large eyed needle and weave the tail in by sewing up a few stitches and back down a few stitches two or three times. Cut the thread close to the square. Weave in all of the yarn tails.

Optional flower:  Make one for each pot holder

Round 1 – Make a magic circle. Ch 1, does not count as a st, 16sc in the circle, join to the first sc. Close the magic circle by pulling on the back thread.  


Round 2- ch6, counts as dc and 3ch, *sk next st, dc, ch3, repeat around., join with a sl sr to the 3rd ch of beg ch st. You will have 8 posts and 8 ch3 spaces.

Round 3- sl st into ch3 sp, ch1, *(sc, dc, 2trc, dc, sc) in ch 3 sp, sk next post dc st, repeat from * around. Join with a sl st and fasten off  leaving a 24″ tail. You will have 8 petals.  

Weave the magic circle tail thread into the back of the flower.

Thread the long 24″ tail thread onto your needle. Place your flower in the center of your granny square.  Sew a small st in the valley and the tip of each petal to attach the flower to the square. Weave the remaining thread into the back to finish off.
Constructing Your Pot Holder– 

Block your squares by pinning the squares the same size and steam with an iron. DO NOT PRESS OR TOUCH THE IRON TO THE YARN!   You want it to look fresh and pretty for gift giving or for a photo shoot:)

Put the put holders together with the back sides together. Place one square at a diagonal and the other straight like a square.–place a stitch marker in the 6th dc from the corner of each square and connect them in the “valley” of the star. Place a stitch marker in all of the valleys. There will be 8 markers holding your two blocks together.

–with the color of your choice, attach your yarn in any stitch marker stitch. Place your hook through both the top square and bottom square stitches and pull a loop through. Be sure to leave a 6″ tail on the back to weave in at the end.

–ch1, sc in the same valley st, *sc in next 5st, 3sc in the corner chain, sc in the marked stitch going through BOTH squares, sc in the next 5st of the BOTTOM square, 3sc in the corner chain sp, sc in next 5 st, sc in in the next marked st going through both squares, repeat from * around, join with a slip st to the beg sc and fasten off leaving a 6″ tail. Weave in your tails.


Finished!   Far out and Groovy!!  But if you use soft, light colors the words, Fresh and SWEET, might be more appropriate:)


Here are the fronts of my two pot holders.


And here are the backs.  I absolutely LOVE them!  I am sure I will get years of use out of them.  And each time I use them, I will have happy memories of my trip to San Francisco!


I hope you will give this pattern a try.  If you do, please let me know how it goes;).  Until next time!!

Pin Cushion Macaroons

I have been having so much fun crocheting these yummy Pin Cushion Macaroons for Kelleysdiy blogiversary give away.  They are just so cute!!  

The pattern is free from Lila Bjorn’s Crochet World.  She makes the most beautiful designs:) 

These little Macaroons are so quick and easy to whip up!  

I went to my stash and grabbed some happy brights.  

I had to wind the blue hank into a cake.  I really should do that when I bring yarn home…but I usually don’t.


The rounds were a mixture of regular stitch crochet and overlay crochet.   I just love the texture of  overlay crochet:)


The Macaroon is filled with a soft stuffing and stitched up tight.  The finish is so cute!  

I’m excited to give this away to some lucky winner:).  It is the perfect throw in your bag cushion.   It is light, squishy, and SWEET on the eyes:)!

I hope you have a super day!!

Stardust Melodies – Adventures in Crochet Texture

Good morning!  I am excited to finally have a moment to share my progress on my Stardust Melodies blocks. They are all so textured and beautiful 🙂


One of the things I really like about this CAL is that each block is a mini afghan in and of itself.  


I can easily finish one in an evening of sewing or a short road trip with my DH.


I am using yarn that has been in my stash for way too long.  I’m glad to have a project where I can use it up without the need of matching perfectly:)


Most of the blocks are quite easy to just jump right in and crochet away.


Don’t they look fantastic?! — But one block in particular took a little more patience.


This one filled with “x”s was an adventure in stitch and frog, stitch and frog until I finally got it!


I have also learned that scratchier yarn is better than soft, silky yarn on this project.


This block is super soft, but very flimsy, and the pattern kind of gets lost.  I don’t know if I will make another with this yarn or not.  I definitely need the lighter block color….we’ll see:)


Here are my blocks neatly blocked and stacked.  Yum! Yum!  They are so SWEET!!


And this is my current block that will be done tonight.   It may be my favorite yet:)  And now there are only 12 more to go!

If any of you are interested in joining along in this crochet texture adventure, you can join in here.

Thank you for stopping by:). I hope you have a great day filled with all kinds of creative adventures!

Stardust Melodies and a New BABY!!

I have been happily crocheting along on this adventure in textures CAL.  Each block is so unique and pretty!  I love how  all of these different shades of purples look together:)

This past week I made three different blocks.  The first was this deep purple block.  I find that I am looking at the crochet map more than reading the instructions round by round.  I like that Polly gives the option for both.  She also has video tutorials if needed:)

The next was a fun basket weave block.  It worked up really quickly once I got the hang of the pattern.

Isn’t it great?  

For my final block this week I chose a fun magenta colored yarn.  Most of these yarns are leftovers from previous projects.  Some of them have been in the drawer for years now.   I’m glad to be using them!

This is a really fun CAL and not hard at all. If you have done a bit of crocheting in the past,  it is a breeze.  You can join along here if you are interested in the patterns.  Some of these are free on her blog while others are in an ebook available on her Ravelry page.

If you want to check out my other blocks, you can find them here:

Stardust Melodies Block #1

I hope you have a SWEET day!

PS– for those of you who have been following me and know that I have been anxiously looking forward to my two grandsons coming this month and next,  my daughter had her baby on Sunday!!!  He is perfectly beautiful and mother is doing well.  My buttons are bursting with joy over him:)!!

How to Back Loop and Front Loop Stitch 

I like to have hand work to do at night.  Since I have finished my baby afghans, I am ready to start another needlework project.   I have noticed that a few of you are joining Polly’s Stardust Melodies CAL @ Every Trick on the Hook.  I love all of the textures she is introducing, so I will definitely be joining in:)

I have a lot of purple yarn just lying around in my stash that I want to get rid of, so purple it is!  I think this afghan is the perfect project for all of these  lone skiens of yarn.  I may need to add more to these, but I don’t want them to match, so that makes it easy!  

The only tricky part of this square is learning the techniques of back loop only stitching BLO, and front loop double crochet FLDC in the previous row.  

Here is how to Back loop Stitch:

  • A regular stitchgoes under the v of a stitch, but a back loop stitch only uses the top part of the v.  I have pointed the arrow to the stitch on the top picture.
  • Place your needle in the center of the v and stitch as usual.  Easy!

By stitching this way, a line of stitches is left on the front.

Here is the Front Loop Double Crochet stitch:

  1. Wrap the yarn around your needle and identify the front stitch that you will be going around.  The arrow in this picture shows the horizontal bar that was left from last rounds back loop stitch,
  2. Place your needle under and through this stitch 
  3. Wrap the thread around your needle.
  4. Work off as a normal double crochet.

Once you get the hang of it, it is so fun to crochet this way.  It adds texture and interest to the finished piece.  It also holds my interest longer.  

Am I the only one who tends to get the doldrums about midway through a project?  This CAL should help solve that problem by making it easy to finish one small afghan square at a time:) 

Here is my first small finished afghan –the Bequine square.  

I just love all of the texture and the directional pattern:). Don’t you?  It sure would be SWEET to have you join along!  

Baby Blessing Set Done

I am expecting two grandsons in just a few weeks. One will be here at the end of this month and one will be here in June.  I have been busily crocheting and sewing away trying to get everything ready.  I can happily say that I am now done:).  Yea!!

I am very pleased with how the afghan turned out. (One family already has a blessing afghan) The cute little holes are just perfect for little fingers to poke through. 

I didn’t have a pattern.  I just alternated rows of  1 row dc and and 1 row 3dc in same st, skip 2 sc,repeat. It was very fast.  After the Tunisian blankets, I was happy for fast:)

I also tackled two boy blessing outfits.  Oh my, oh my, they turned out cute!    I searched online for a ready made outfit that I liked , but I couldn’t find one.  So I searched for patterns.  It took hours, but I finally found a vintage pattern that looked just right.  

It arrived in a tattered envelope, but the pattern was all intact, Butterick 5758.  I redesigned it a little by sewing the shorts and shirt together to eliminate gaps and bulk at the waist.   Isn’t it ADORABLE?!


I was going to make a matching bow tie, but it seemed to detract from the outfit.  I guess I’ll wait and ask the mother’s what they want.  

Sewing from a vintage pattern was a little tricky because the instructions were not as clear as modern patterns, but it was still a fun adventure:). I’m glad I did it..


I am so ready to meet these two SWEET little boys.  They have already stolen my heart, before I have even met them!  

What to do on a Caribbean Cruise

I  had the best week last week:). I was able to spend some time cruising with my son and daughter in law in celebration of their graduations.  Yea!

Our ship left from Galveston, TX.  I like road trips, so we left a couple days early and drove there.  We stopped at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch along the way.  It was majorly beautiful!

They even have the small jet they call Airforce Half that he used to travel in!  It’s not very big inside.

We wish we had more time to spend there.  If you ever get an opportunity to go here, definitely plan a full morning or afternoon.  

The actual cruise was so fun:). We went to Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel.   Each place was simply beautiful.   We went on the Royal Caribbean Liberty Ship.  

Here is what we did, just in case you ever decide to go and need some ideas of what there is to do:

  • Be sure to go to Diamonds International at all of the ports. There are one or two or three at each of them,   If you go up to any worker and say you would like a charm, they will give you one and a free bracelet!   Each store has a different charm.  It is a fun treasure hunt:)

Roatan, Honduras–   We went to West Bay and hired a boat to take us to see dolphins, starfish, and snorkeling on the coral reef,

  • Dolphins— definitely pass on this unless you pay to get in and actually swim with them.  Our boat just puttered around the outside.  –lame:(
  • Starfish— also a bomb.  Don’t waste your time here.  There is just a bunch of sea grass and sand.  No, no , no!
  • Coral Reef–Snorkeling.  Oh my, oh my, Yes! Yes!   I have been diving in many many places and the clarity of water, the formation of coral, the colors and closeness to the top of the water is spectacular. All you need here is just a snorkel and fins and the beautiful Roatan water.  This is GREAT!!:)

Belize— We prearranged a tour with Major Tom who was the originator of cave tubing and many other tourism sites in Belize. I highly recommend contacting him online and having him organize your shore excursions.   He makes things happen and is so nice!

We went cave tubing  and visited the Mayan ruins.

  • Cave Tubing–  I absolutely love, LOVE this excursion.  We hiked for about 25-30min through the beautiful jungle.  We bought a coconut to drink on the way, but we wish we would not have.  It was awkward to carry the coconut, the tube, and hike.  It was definitely not necessary.  —  The cave was AMAZING with brief moments of illuminating jungle views shining through the darkness. BEAUTIFUL!!  
    Here is a picture from Major Tom’s website
  • Altun-Ha Mayan Ruins—  The ruins are on the opposite side of the city from the caves. It is a long, windy, bumpy ride, but so so worth it.  Major Tom bought us a delicious lunch of chicken and rice to eat in the van along the way.  Yum!  Although, a white tee shirt, greasy chicken, and a bumpy road don’t make the best of combinations, lol:). — The first view of the ruins is somewhat spirtual.  They are large and grand. We had a wonderful time here. We were able to climb to the top of the largest ruin.  It was spectacular!

Cozumel, Mexico—  

  • There is a lot of very good shopping right off of the ship.  The prices were better here than out of the port area. 
  • The main thing to do here is dive and snorkel. I have been here numerous times and have yet to find that great dive spot.   I know they must be there because I have heard others talk about them.  I just haven’t found them.   Next time I go, I am going to rent a 4wheeler and go to the other side of the island and go to the Chakunaab area.  I hear there is great water over there…..if you go there, let me know.  Plus, the drive should be fun:)
  • We walked the Main Street and found a cozy little tide pool area to explore.   It was relaxing, beautiful, and free!  There is something to be said for that right?

Activities on the Ship– The Liberty of the Sea is not Royal Caribbean’s largest boat but it isn’t the smallest either.  It is like a floating city with over 4,000 people aboard!  I like the openness of the ship.   It doesn’t feel tight or claustrophobic.

There are so many things to do on this ship.

  • Rock climbing is always a fun thing to do on the ocean!
  • How about knee boarding on the waves?
  • And I had to use my cake decorating skills at the cupcake decorating class:)!
  • There is also golf, multiple huge slides, kids water park, ice skating, pools, entertainment, and lots and lots of food!  I must say though, I much prefer Carnival cruise line food.  The dinner food was excellent, but the lunch selection here is  all cafeteria style, and very much the same every day.  So if food is your thing, go Carnival.   But the Royal boat itself is much better:)
  • And of course, any road trip or cruise would not be complete without some crochet or hand work:)!   I brought along white yarn to crochet up a baby blessing afghan for my new grandson:)

I’m not using a pattern here. It is just alternating rows of 1 dc in each stitch – row 2 skip two sc, 3dc in next st.    Looking good!

We had a fantastic time.  I just love spending time with my dear, SWEET family.    Now I am home and starting that diet!!!


Tunisian Baby Blankets Done!

I have absolutely loved working on these baby boy blankets. They are both so soft and cuddly:). The last time I posted about these, I was finished with the blue and white one and starting on the gray and variegated one. 

I used a 14″ afghan double ended afghan hook with a knit end stopper on one end to keep the stitches from going off of the opposite end.If you are interested in the Tunisian crochet stitch I used, it can be found here.  It is a simple stitch, but is rather slow. One row is over and back on the hook.

It does take a while, but I love the “magic” of the different colors from one side to the other:)  Can you see how one side is the variegated and the other is more gray?

I ad-libbed a fun border on this gray one as well.  It was done in variegated thread. 

Border— Two rows around of a sc with 3 sc in each corner.  One row of 3dc in one stitch, skip 2sc, 3dc around with a 3dc,ch2,3dc in each corner.  And a last row of sc around 3dc in each corner ch sp.

I love how variegated thread creates a pooling of color all on its own.  It’s also “magic”!

I used a Bernat Baby coordinated blue and gray thread for this beautiful blanket.  My daughter in law picked the colors.  She likes gray and is going to be decorating with an elephant theme.  Cute!

Here are a few more fun shots:)

These blankets are a labor of love for my two new grandsons that are due in May and June.  Now I am off to sewing blessing outfits, a few new diapers, and one more crochet white blessing blanket.   

I know what the month of May looks like:)!!! Babies and baby stuff, yea!!:)