You’re going to the craft store?! Sure I’ll go for the ride.


My sister needed paper and stuff for her scrapbooking. She was on her way to the craft stores and asked me to come “to keep her company”. I’m sure she knew that we’d only be chatting in the car because … well, there’s YARN in those stores. amount of yarn should be.jpg


I did limit myself to the yarn that was on sale and only purchased for one project. The yarn I was strong enough to put back was for a Mystery Crochet-a-long and as it turns out…wasn’t on sale. I wasn’t spending $45 USD on a project that I didn’t even know if I wanted the end product.

Now I have yarn for two cardigans and two amigurumi. The ragdoll bunny is working up quickly so I think I’ll take some time to work a swatch to check gauge for the two cardigans. You know…just to make sure I have the right hook and yarn. 😉yarn lie

I know I promised I wouldn’t work on new projects until my Sidewalk Shawl was finished. And it is. Kind of. I just have to weave the ends and make the tassels. I put that aside because when I tried it on I couldn’t figure out how they got it to look like that in the photo. It’s ok. I’m going to buy a dress specifically to go with the soft grey to wear for my nephew’s graduation. So I have to add the tassels 🙂

Oh well, such is a yarn artists life 🙂 What #WIPs do you have?




February’s Yarn and Tea ~ More tea than yarn ;)

Yes, We’re well into March and I’m just getting around to sharing what I did in February.

You’d think since I have such a short update that I would have finished this post earlier but… I think the winter blahs have caught me this year. My mind hasn’t been on blogging nor have my hands been very busy with crochet. I am looking forward to spring; to summer; to be out in the sun. I’m looking forward to our camping trips. Even picked up this new mug for those trips!

new mug for LavendarLadi

I managed to finish just one wee little project this month. A friend wanted a wine glass lanyard. It was a fun, very quick project. Now to just set a time to meet with her so she can enjoy it! 😉 Feb projects at Crochet Stitches n Butterfly Kisses (3)

On Pinterest I’ve been distracted with cardigan, wrap and sweater Feb projects at Crochet Stitches n Butterfly Kisses (2)projects. I really want to try making one this year. Last month I wanted to make a sweater from the Caron Cakes that I purchased a few months ago but… I need at least one more ball and my local store doesn’t have this colour. Once I couldn’t find it I lost the “oomph” and set the yarn aside.

Several nights I wanted to crochet but also wanted to watch a movie or t.v. show. The sidewalk shawl needs a bit too much of my attention for me to watch a show and crochet so…


Ever since I’ve discovered C2C it’s been my go-to stitch for ‘busy-hands’ projects. I love that I can just crochet without paying too close of attention.

I’m not sure if this is going to be a small blanket or a shawl yet. We’ll have to see where the yarn takes me!

Then there’s the project that I promised to make for a friend [for next Christmas] but it’s a different type of amigurumi and the designer suggests making one of her other projects first. She suggests this so that we’re not following ‘different’ techniques which using a challenging yarn. I haven’t picked up a hook for this one yet but I did buy the yarn!

The Bernet Pipsqueak yarn is very soft and very fuzzy. It will make an adorable snowman. But first… I’m going to make a ragdoll bunny 😉 I picked up the yarn when my daughter was home for her Spring Break and Family Day.  Next week is our March Break so I’ll start on the bunny as soon as I finish the Sidewalk Shawl.

I feel like I’ve been working on this project forever! I’m pleased with how it is working up. To spite the counting and frogn’ I’ve had to do!

I’ve decided that I will have to find a dress to go with this shawl when I attend my nephew’s graduation in June. However, to that, I must finish it! I’m off to brew another pot of tea, sit in the warmth of the sun that is coming through my window and crochet!

What was on your hook in February?

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Yarn Resource:

I’ve been distracted from blogging (I’ll post February’s Yarn & Tea soon!) but I just had to share this find immediately!! ~ LavendarLadi

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I found this wonderful resource today! It’s awesome when you’re following yarn art blogs (and Pinterest) from around the world! You can translate that beautiful pattern AND find a yarn available where you live!



January 2018 … Yarn & Tea

When I realize that another month had flown by I initially thought to myself “It was a quiet crafting month.” Well as I gathered photos I see that it wasn’t. Time does fly when you’re having fun 😉

If you’ve read any of my post from the last few months you may have noticed that I’ve fallen in love with the waffle stitch. It’s so quick and easy yet has a beautiful and dramatic effect. The baby blanket that I finally finished was fabulous and sooo soft. In case I haven’t said it enough I really enjoyed making this one!!

love this waffle pattern @LavendarLadi Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses (1)

I wanted to put an edge on it that complimented the geometric this waffle pattern @LavendarLadi Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses (2) I’m not a 100% happy with this one but I had to finish the blanket before baby arrived!



I had planned to make my co-worker some lightsabers to go with her Star Wars themed nursery but I just couldn’t get them to work. I wanted to give her more than just a blanket so I found this adorable baby hat for her. I used Red Heart So Soft. While the yarn was a bit of a pain to work with I adore the silky softness, perfect for a little Jedi’s head. 😉Hat for Baby @ Croceht Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

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After Christmas and into the beginning of January I had time to work on some scarves and a hat for me. Last Fall while shopping the yarn sale for Christmas projects this yarn called to me. The colour of this one reminds me of popcorn; white with a hint of butter. And OH MY it’s soft creamy silky velvety… like have a cloud wrapped around my shoulders.


so soft @ Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

so soft @ Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

So Soft set @LavendarLadi Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

You’ve seen that Meme? “Finds the softest yarn but no project/person is worthy!”

We’ll this scarf and hat are for me because I’m worth it. It’s my “Way-to-go-Me” to celebrate my 75lbs weight loss! (the last 2lbs came off over the Christmas holidays!)


OH Did I share with you? For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get two yarn bowls and a yarn ‘bag’. While I adore my new ceramic one (My Aunt didn’t tell me where she purchased it.) My new wooden one is so very special. My hubby found a wooden bowl then carved the heart into it.

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I did decide to start again with the Sidewalk Shawl. I bought a new hook (the bamboo one above) and didn’t want to risk the shawl looking as if I’d used two different hooks.

I am enjoying the challenge of a more detailed pattern however it is definitely not a project to work on while watching (listening) to t.v.  I made a couple scarves because they’re quick and easy. Turns out the month that I thought I’d be resting my hook, I made three scarves, three hats (forgot to take a picture of the one I made for my mother-in-law) finished a baby blanket and started a shawl.

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Cake Scarf @ Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses (2)

Looking ahead… I saw somewhere a program that will scan your photo then tell you what colours are in it. I’m thinking of doing this with my ‘icy’ photos to start a blanket. Earlier in the month when we were still very very cold. I had to venture down by Niagara Falls to snap some photos. The mist creates layers and layers of ice that sparkle. It’s my favourite time to visit The Falls.

Icy at Niagara Falls Canada @LavendarLadi (1).jpg

Icy at Niagara Falls Canada @LavendarLadi (1).jpeg

LOL like most of you I never have just one #WIP  What was on your hook this month? Please take a moment to link here so that I can enjoy your work! 🙂

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Gifts for your Crochet Yarn Artist

20160203_093202.jpgWith Valentines Day fast approaching I thought I’d help you out. Candy and chocolate are nice but they spend more time on our hips than our lips. Jewellery is always good. 😉  Stuffed toys are cute we tend to think…”I could crochet one just like that!” Which brings me to some suggestions.

So what gifts would be great when your love adores crochet? Allow me to make a suggestion or two. (Fellow yarn artists..please feel free to add to these suggestions!)

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This is a hobby that you need more than one of various items. The most obvious is yarn. We always need (yes NEED) more yarn.

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A bit of advice. Most projects need at least two balls of the same colour (and brand) of yarn so please gift at least two. Another important reason to give multiples is in many cases the yarn is dyed in batches (called lots) so the exact shade varies slightly by lot. So if they have to go back to the store to buy a second ball they may not get a matching dye lot!

I’m sure you know we prefer to work with soft yarn. But please do not be tempted to buy the ‘specialty’ yarn. It’s often difficult to work with and/or is appropriate for very few projects.



For example… Bunny Tail yarn is cute but I have no idea what to do with it!

Now you’ve picked a couple balls of soft yarn… What do you buy with it? A new crochet hook is a good start. Look on the back of the package of yarn to find out what size.

hook size for the yarn

Most stores have one or two types of hooks. Perhaps you’ve noticed which your yarn artist prefers?P_20180114_125209_vHDR_On

Maybe they’re like me and enjoy a variety.

There’s no “best” hook. It’s all preference. Just start with selecting the correct size (see above).

Your yarn artist now has enough to make a project. But there are a few other items that make the process more fun (and easier)


Scissors, measuring tape


stitch markers, darning needle


bobby pins – mark the line in a crochet pattern

A cute pair of scissors, a measuring tape, a darning needle and stitch markers are the little things that make each project go smoother!

And while we’re making things smoother…

Jagged nails and rough skin catch on yarn. When you’re working with the beautiful soft yarn you want your hands soft too.


The added bonus of gifting these items to you yarn artist is they will make you soft, homemade, full of love pieces.

“When you show others love, you are shown, love. When you give love, you receive love.”
― Donald L. Hicks, Look into the Stillness

Products shown are from my personal collection. I do not have any connections with the companies.

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