There are Angels Among Us

I have been the recipient of so many kind thoughts and acts of service these past few weeks. My heart is full with gratitude because of the prayers and sweet notes given by my family and friends like you.

This graphic is from My Computer is My Canvas. I love all of her designs!

I was especially surprised to receive a package in the mail from my online friend Tina @ Kristabella’s Hodgepodge. I must admit that tears came to my eyes as I opened the package and read her sweet Get Well note and beautifully crocheted bag.

I filled my new crocheted pouch with handkerchiefs and mints. It is the perfect size for my Sunday bag. I will have SWEET thoughts of her each time a tear comes to my eye at church. ❤️

I am happy to be in a world with so many wonderful people in it. I know that there are bad and crude people too, especially if you listen to the news and media. But my experience is that most people are good and trying the best they can.

Even in New York City, when I broke my wrist, there were such kind people who came running to my help. Some stayed nearby to make sure I was going to be alright. I felt their care and concern.

Yes, there are angels all around us. It makes me want to try harder to serve, and think of others more.

Thank you all so very much! My heart is very full❤️

P.S.– My wrist is getting better everyday. I will have a cast for another 7 weeks, but I have use of my thumb now so I can really sew again! Yea!

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?

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!❤️❤️ 

If you like this scarf and free pattern, please click the FOLLOW button to get more free SWEET patterns and ideas😊👍🏻


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!!

It’s a So Lucky Scarf!

I just LOVE my happy new Lucky Scarf!   I don’t win contests very often, in fact, I never win so this is a true happy day:). 

I entered Linda’s @ kellysdiy one year blogaversary and won a prize!  I am the Lucky winner of this beautiful scarf made by the marvelous Tina over at Kristabella’s Hodgepodge:). 


My package came in and I opened it with happy anticipation.  Inside was this beautiful pink and gray granny square Lucky Scarf!   It smelled so soft and SWEET.  I don’t know what kind of perfume Tina sprayed my scarf with, but I need some!


Just look at the perfect stitching.  Isn’t it just gorgeous?!    I really can’t wait for the cooler months of winter to get here so I can wear it.  


Even in August in Arizona it looks so very, very cute!  Thank you so much Tina:).   It is a very SWEET day indeed!