Summer is Here! 

So you know what that means … beach! 

I was surfing again for more ideas for a beach cover-up, but I’m falling back to the ones that I found last year.  I usually go on a pattern obsession, until I get tired of the pattern, or I make a really nice piece from the pattern. Then it’s on to the next. ūüė¨

One thing I said I would do for this summer is a long skirt. So when I got the Ice yarn, I started on this. 

I was going to make another top, with the gradually changing colours. Then I changed my mind and decided the colour changes would look better on a skirt. 

So now, the waist (the white part) is about two inches wider than my waist, but I could always fix that with a drawstring or garter waist. 

And as usual, it started with a pattern, but now I’m just winging it with a combination of stitches. Looking like it’s getting narrower, so hoping that it will stretch after wet blocking it – wait, is that for the weaving projects? Either way, it’s going to be soaked and blocked after it’s done, so it can kind of fit me ūüėĎ

So that’s the project for the summer. I should be finishing this up soon, and will actually get to use it before summer is over. And I’m already looking for the next project  … maybe another beach top? ūüėĄ

What are you working on for the summer? 

Snowflakes on the Beach

Hope everybody had a safe Fourth of July.

We hit the beach early, thinking that it would be crowded because it was one of those hazy, hot and humid days. ¬†There was a good crowd, but not as much as we thought. ¬†And so I settled down with my cappuccino, book, iPad (to check on the Wimbledon scores or watch a game or two), and my projects in my new bag – the one I won from the Haiti Crochet Project. ¬†It’s roomy, lightweight and sturdy. ¬†Check out the Etsy shop and help the women of Haiti.

Inside the bag is a new project that I wanted to start.  Crocheted snowflakes, for the tree this year.

I thought that maybe it was time to hang crocheted snowflakes on the Christmas tree this year, for something different. ¬†I bought the book about two months ago, when there was a sale (Mother’s Day, I think). ¬†I got the RH Fashion Thread – I think that it will twinkle nicely when the lights hit the flakes. ¬†I’ll probably make a few with fine thread as well – my son said that snowflakes are supposed to be white, so I should make them in white. I’m thinking about a hundred flakes will be enough for the trees?¬†

So, as we packed up this morning, I pulled out a ball of thread and the hook from the closet. ¬†It wasn’t until I got to the beach and settled down that I found out that it was the wrong size hook. ¬†aarrghhh It was two sizes too small.

I went ahead and crocheted, anyway.  A little slow-going at the beginning, and picots galore.  I made these first four in just over an hour.  

The finished flakes sort of looked like the picture in the book. ¬†I’ll block it later – oh my, I just realized that I’m going to have a lot of flakes to block! oh-kaaayyy …..

At the end of the day, I only managed to finish one more flake.  Five down, 95 to go.

Knitting at the Beach

Back at the beach again.
I decided to pick up the project that I had started but didn’t get anywhere with it.

So now it’s knit two rows, two rows ribbed (knit two, purl two). Repeat until I run out of yarn.
So far it’s looking okay.


Okay, time for lunch. Then uninterrupted time under the umbrella.