Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Crochet Fashion at CGOA

 This year I attended my first CGOA conference and I had a fantastic time. It was a great experience that I highly recommend to anyone thinking about doing it. You meet so many people, learn a variety of techniques and get inspired to create more. And the best place to show your crochet wear is a CGOA conference.  It's wonderful because you hear people saying is "That's pretty", "I like that", or "Is that your design?" as you're saying the same thing.

 On my first day I wore:
The Wetherell Pullover by Robyn Chachula, Crochet! Autumn 2016.  For this pattern, I used a Linen/Tencel yarn from Newton's Yarn Country.

My second outfit was the Bruges Lace Tunic by Ellen Gormely,
which was made with Tahki Cotton Classic.

was made with Clea Cotton thread. This outfit received the most attention.  
The best part was meeting Myra Wood and sharing it with her.

The last event of the conference was the banquet and 
with a simple black dress I wore my Elvia Shawl.
it's a design of mine and you can find the pattern in the August issue of Crochet World.  


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Farm Market Totes and Garden

We Our farmers market will start up this weekend. So to prepare I have design a set of market totes.  This new pattern uses four balls of worsted weight cotton yarn.  
The bags are two different size one is 16 inches in diameter and the other is 13 inches in diameter.

 This pattern will use up all four balls so be sure to check your gauge.  It is also a great design for using scrap yarn from leftover projects.  You can find the pattern here.

Also this year we started our first garden...
We are growing zucchini, celery, brussel sprouts, brocoli, strawberries, tomatoes, basil, and peppers

Happy Birthday to our dog Toni (aka Puppyzilla) she is one year old. 


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two New Patterns

to choose from.  Today I am listing two new patterns on Raverly, the first is ...

Lace Flower Coaster is available for free

The second is a lovely cowl pattern....

introducing, Pearl Cowl available for $3 here


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sorell Cowl - New Pattern

Introducing the Sorell Cowl....
Another pattern using only one skein of yarn 
in the luxuriously bold Freia Handpaints...

This particular colorway is Vamp.  

The Sorell Cowl is available on ravelry and my etsy shop...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Petula Cowl - A New Pattern

Introducing this new pattern...

Sometimes it is nice to splurge on a fabulous luxury yarn like Madelinetosh.  And supposing you can only afford to buy one, this is a perfect pattern.  Using one skein of Tosh Dk, you can create this super soft lacy cowl.  Click the link to buy it from my shop.  It is also available on ravelry.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Field Trip Friday

Today is Orla's first day of spring break, 2017.  We got in the car....
and off we went to the Kintting Room in Fond du Lac.  It is an easy 35 minutes from our house.  It is a wonderful shop.  It is very inviting with tables to sit and try out yarns and browse patterns.  They have a vast variety of yarns from Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, Blue Skies, to Tahki Cotton Classic, Plymouth Encore, Universal Yarns, Berocco and so many more.  

They even have a rainbow selection of Perle #8 cotton of which I bought 3 and some other yarn for a design idea.....

So if you are driving through on HWY 41, you will have to stop for some stitching at the Knitting Room on Main St.  Also,  if you are weaver, spinner or a fan of Brown Sheep yarns, the Woolgathers across the street will be your second stop.  


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Another Work in Progress

As Winter is technically over and Spring has sprung,  I am working on this 
Houndstooth Cowl, by Moon Eldridge Interweave Crochet Winter 2016  

Our Spring is filled with chilly days making this coat a perfect, stylish must have.

To make this coat I did have to buy new yarn though I would have loved to spend the money on the yarn used in the pattern,  my frugal mind won over choosing a yarn with a biggest bang for buck. I am using LionBrand Pound of Love in grey and navy. Last night I finished the back...
This pattern is made in 8 pieces then stitched together.  One piece done, seven more to go... starting the pocket linings today....

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday -the end details

Are the type of person that gets it all done at once or do you set it in a pile with other items waiting for finishing?

So you are crocheting along and you come to the end of the project, all that is left… weaving in the ends, adding handles, buttons and blocking.  Do you stick with it and finish it or do you move onto the next project leaving ends undone?  That is the question I am asking myself today.   It varies sometimes I work on a project from beginning to completely finish it. Much like this pullover that I made with leftover yarn from another project.
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You can find this pattern, Rose Shell by Lorna Miser in the Spring 2016 issue of Love of Crochet. I made it with Bernat Baby, sport wt. yarn.

Then sometimes a project is added to a growing pile of things waiting for finishing.  I made this purse, all the ends are woven in, still waiting for handles to be sewn on.
This pattern is Memphis Bag by Kristin Omdahl from her book, The Finer Edge. I used Sinfonia (sport wt. cotton) and Wool-free Lace from Premier Yarns.

So in an effort to work on my finishing progress, I will sit down and sew them on.  


Friday, March 10, 2017

Finished Object Friday

Introducing this lovely finished object...

It is a Tunisian design by Christina Adorjan, titled Schmetterwurm.  It is a free pattern on ravelry.

In my stable of stash I had the right amount of yarn.  I used two colors of Premier Yarns, Cotton Fair a lovely cotton acrylic blend and an F cable hook.  

Being left-handed I sometimes wonder how a pattern will work up and if  or how it will be different.  The only difference is my short rows are on the left side verses the right.  

If you were looking for a quick pattern, this one is perfect.  This shawl works up quickly, I started it Sunday morning and by Tuesday afternoon is was on my blocking board.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Oldest WIP

Are you on Instagram?  If so join me (gwengoods) in the #Yarnmadness challenge or the #YarnLove challenge for March.  It is so much fun sharing pictures and creating new friends.

  Todays post is oldest wip.  Currently I have several works in progress, but this one is the oldest....
I have worked up a few fresh rows and hopefully will have a finished project to share soon. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017


Fibreshare sign ups are open until 11:59 est on March 4th.  

Fibreshare is fun! You get to meet new crafty people  like yourself.
You put together a fun fiber package and mail it to a new friend.  You receive a wonderful fiber package in return, what's not to love!  


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Another Work in Progress

Well it is March and that means it is NatCroMo (National Crochet Month)
Hop on over to for the first day events.

We are starting March with new snow...
As it is still winter for a number of days we can expect snow.  The things I love about snow are that it looks pretty, it brightens a cloudy day, and it has to be warm enough to snow meaning it is not frigid cold. (I loathe frigid, negative windchill temps!)  

For this wip Wednesday, I am working on the second sleeve of the Easy Mesh Pullover (free pattern) from Lion Brand...

All you need is one skein of Pound of Love, the body is worked in one piece then add the sleeve and sew into sweater, easy peasy.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WIP -Wednesday

 Something I really focused on last year was trying to bust my stash. And continues to be a and one of my goals this year.  So far I have finished a couple of things and this is my latest stash buster…

Using one skein of Noro Sekku.  This beautiful but discontinued yarn is a lace wt, blend of cotton, wool, nylon and silk. Using an H hook I am working up, The Starry Night Shawl by Sheryl Thies. This pattern is made with a fingering wt, and an I hook. It is an experiment, we will see how it turns out..

Looking pretty good.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Out with the Old Onto the New

 As 2016 came to a close, my last big project was making snowflakes to give as gifts to friends, coworker, teachers and family.  

This year,  I made about 50 snowflakes, and the pattern is Boreas from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio.  It is a quick snowflake to make with only two rounds.  
 Each snowflake takes me about 10 minutes to crochet, and then stiffening and pinning takes about another 5-10 minutes.  Today on the treadmill I was working on ...
a few more as ran out and need a few more. 
 Our winters are plenty long enough to enjoy a pretty snowflake.   
For  2017, I will have to set my number higher maybe about 75.