WIP Wednesday #1

As an avid blog lurker for the last several years, I’d see a lot of acronyms and not really know what they meant. I saw “WIP” a lot on the crochet blogs and was very confused… until one day it hit me and everything made sense. (It’s Work in Progress for those unaware like me!)

I thought it would be fun to start a series highlighting my in progress stuff. I’m the kinds of girl who gets bored easily. So I like to have a few projects on the go at all times! Here’s what I’m working on now.

Fiber Art

This isn’t a crochet project exactly, but when I saw this wall hanging on A Beautiful Mess a couple of weeks ago I knew I wanted to try it out!

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Image Credit: A Beautiful Mess

I followed Elsie’s instructions and here’s where I’m at so far.

Kitchen Sets

Have you ever used a crocheted kitchen scrubby? I got a couple from my grandmother at Christmas and I love them. My husband – who does most of our dishes – also loves them. So I started making my own recently. I’m going to work on the pattern for these over the next week so you can make some too. Here’s what I was working on this weekend.


Mermaid Tail

I got a custom order this week for a mermaid tail for a sweet four year old. For the first time I added a yarn with a sparkle to this little tail and it looks so cute! I worked on this since I took this picture last night so I’m a lot closer to having it finished today. (Check out my snapchat [andshelaughs] for up to the minute progress!)

What it will look like when it’s done!

What are you working on?

This or That

img_0778I’ve struggled to get regular blog posts out. Mostly because I’m having a hard time coming up with regular crochet only content. With a full time job it’s tricky to do enough crochet work to have time to also photograph it and write about it.

So while I’ll continue to do crochet content and DIY content… I think it’s important for you to get to know me too!

Here are my answers to some questions I recently asked someone I met online:

Coffee or Tea? Tea
Spring or Fall? Fall… although spring is a close second
Sweet or Salty? Salty
Beach or Pool? Pool
Pizza or Burgers? Pizza
Road trip or Jet set? Jet set
Wine or Beer? Wine
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram… although Snapchat is getting close
Movie or TV Show? TV Show
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Roses or Tulips? Tulips
Online shopping or Mall shopping? Mall
Etsy or Amazon? Etsy
I was inspired by Sarah at Venus Trapped in Mars post called Blank over Blank.
Any of these things stand out to you?

CAL Alternative Ending

As you’ve seen on a previous post, I’ve been doing the 2016 Moogly Crochet Along (CAL). The last square to be released was called May Flowers and was designed by Sara at Posh Pooch Designs.

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Original design by Posh Pooch Designs

I love the little flower that’s at the centre of the square but as I started the granny square part I didn’t love all the holes. So I got a little creative. Here’s my version of the square:

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Here are the directions for the changes that I made. For the main instructions and notions needed you’ll have to visit the original pattern.

Special Stitches

Deep V Stitch – fpdc into stitch two rows below (See pattern for direction as to which stitch), ch 1, fpdc into same stitch

Please see original pattern (link above) for rows 1-5 This will give you the flower and one row of main colour.

Row 6: Ch3, 2dc, ch2, 3dc in the 1st ch 2 1st ch 2 space (1st corner), *3dc in next 5 spaces, 3dc, ch2, 3dc in next ch2 space* repeat from * to * 2 more times, 3dc in next 5 spaces, then join to the top of ch 3, finish off. (4 corners, and 5 3dc on each side)

Row 7: Attach next colour in ch2 space of any corner, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc) *sc, ch 2, sc in corner space, sc in each stitch across* repeat for each side, then join to the first sc, finish off (23 sc on each side)

Row 8: Attach main colour in ch 2 space of any corner, ch3 (counts as first dc) 2dc, ch2, 3dc in corner space, *dc in next 3st, Deep V stitch into 5th dc from corner in row 6, dc in next 3, deep V stitch 11th dc from corner in row 6 (there should be 5 dc from row 6 between last Deep V and this one), dc in next 3, Deep V stitch in 17th dc from corner in row 6, dc in next 3, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc in corner space* repeat from * to * for each side, at last corner join to top of first ch3, finish off (3 deep V and 18 dc on each side)

Row 9: Attach next colour in ch2 space of any corner, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc) *sc, ch 2, sc in corner space, sc in next 6 stitches, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 6* repeat for each side, then join to the first sc, finish off (29 sc on each side)

Row 10 : Attach main colour in ch 2 space of any corner, ch3 (counts as first dc) 2dc, ch2, 3dc in corner space, *dc in next 3st, Deep V stitch into 5th dc from corner in row 8, dc in next 3, deep V stitch in 2nd dc after Deep V in row 8 , dc in next 3, Deep V stitch in in 2nd dc after next Deep V in row 8, dc in next 3, Deep V stitch in in 2nd dc after next Deep V in row 8, dc in next 3, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc in corner space* repeat from * to * for each side, at last corner join to top of first ch3, finish off (4 deep V and 21 dc on each side)

Row 11: Attach next colour in ch2 space of any corner, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc) *sc, ch 2, sc in corner space, sc in next 6 stitches, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 6* repeat for each side, then join to the first sc, finish off (35 sc on each side)

Row 12 : Attach main colour in ch 2 space of any corner, ch3 (counts as first dc) 2dc, ch2, 3dc in corner space, *dc in next 3st, Deep V stitch into 5th dc from corner in row10, dc in next 3, deep V stitch in 2nd dc after Deep V in row 10, dc in next 3, Deep V stitch in in 2nd dc after next Deep V in row 10, dc in next 3, Deep V stitch in in 2nd dc after next Deep V in row 10, dc in next 3, Deep V stitch in in 2nd dc after next Deep V in row 10, dc in next 3, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc in corner space* repeat from * to * for each side, at last corner join to top of first ch3, finish off (5 deep V and 24 dc on each side)

Row 11: Attach next colour in ch2 space of any corner, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc) *sc, ch 2, sc in corner space, sc in next 6 stitches, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 3, 3sc in deep V space, sc in next 6* repeat for each side, then join to the first sc, finish off (41 sc on each side)

This is the most intricate pattern I’ve ever written up so I’m open to feedback or corrections!

Happy crocheting!