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August 16, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week I spent some time cranking socks.
On Monday, I cranked these wild socks with some yarn I picked up during the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May. It's so much fun seeing how different yarns knit up. I paired it with some highlighter yellow for the toes.
On Tuesday I put together this cart for told hold my yarn.
I'll fill all those levels with yarn shortly.
I even worked on my next pair of hybrid socks.
Wednesday I cranked these socks using Knit Picks Felici in the colorway called Time Traveler.

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August 15, 2019
How to Make a Duct Tape Pouch from Patchwork Posse

How to make a duct tape pouch in a hexagon shape! So cute and simple. Great kids crafts for anytime of year. Band closure keeps all the stuff tucked inside.

Today we are going to talk about Hexagons . I’ve for some reason picked up an obsession with it…and I love it!  

I am kind of a puzzle girl and love shapes and different ways to use them.  

This pouch is perfect to stuff with your ipod, lipgloss, breath mints., or some quick cash.

Let’s talk about how to make a Hexagon Duct Tape Pouch

You’ll first ...

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How to Make a Duct Tape Pouch from Patchwork Posse

How to make a duct tape pouch in a hexagon shape! So cute and simple. Great kids crafts for anytime of year. Band closure keeps all the stuff tucked inside.

Today we are going to talk about Hexagons . I’ve for some reason picked up an obsession with it…and I love it!  

I am kind of a puzzle girl and love shapes and different ways to use them.  

This pouch is perfect to stuff with your ipod, lipgloss, breath mints., or some quick cash.

Let’s talk about how to make a Hexagon Duct Tape Pouch

You’ll first ...

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August 12, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I promise, the blog will not become all socks, all the time. Even if it feels like it right now. Sitting down to learn a new skill takes time and dedication. You won't get good at something doing 15 minutes of it once a month. You have to practice consistently to get good at something. Crafting is like that, too. I've focused a great deal on the machine sock knitting, and I think I've learned the basics well enough to somewhat reliably get a sock when I try to make one. Not all the time, but most ...

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August 9, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

All aboard the sock train!

When I'm trying to accomplish something I roll from one sock right into the next. This is what I call a sock train. Knit a sock, add some waste yarn, knit another socks, add some more waste yarn, repeat. This way I really only have to set up to knit once. From there I can just keep adding to the train. This was my Saturday afternoon sock train. It looks like four socks, but there were only two good ones in there. The other two were wound back up and are ready to be ...

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August 7, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I knit this pair last week. One on Tuesday, and the other one Wednesday. So many socks waiting to be finished.
I managed to finish sewing up the toes on a couple pairs from last week. This pair with the contrast heels and toes came out great!
Then, I tried to knit some socks and it just kept not working. I don't know if it was the yarn, or the tension, or what. But I used all three set-up bonnets and made a big mess. 
In the end, not one single socks. All of it ripped and wound up ...

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August 5, 2019
Hybrid Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know I'm sock obsessed. It's summer. I don't want to go outside. I don't want to sweat. I would rather sit in the air conditioning and knit socks. At least I'll be ready for gift giving this winter.

I've been working on these hybrid socks (partially machine knit and finished by hand) for a couple weeks now. 
I managed to finish the heels over the weekend. They fit as well as hand-knit socks made with afterthought heels. A fine project if you like take-along projects.
I even started another pair of hybrid socks ...

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August 2, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Contrast heels and toes

During the learning process I've avoided some steps just so I can be confident with straightforward sock knitting. This means I focused on setup and consistent tension. Then I focused on technique, meaning being able to consistently knit heels and toes on the machine. Now that I have those things master to the point I'm not ripping back every-other sock, I can play with changing yarn along the way. This was my first go at a contrast heel. I totally messed up the toe and had to rip all the way back. I joke ...

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July 31, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

So many socks! As I work through the learning process, I'm getting more proficient at heels and toes. You have no idea how many times I've watched some of these instructional videos. This was my second pair on Saturday. 
Update: I finished the toes and started working on the afterthought heels of my hybrid socks. I promise I'll stop cranking long enough to share some tools.

2019 sock knitting count:
  • Cranked socks: 2 pair (one still needs the toes closed up)
  • Hybrid socks: almost 1 pair (partially cranked and partially hand-knit)
  • Hand knit socks: 1 pair

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July 29, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I don't usually have much time during the week to work on projects. Between work, dinner, family time, and sleep there isn't much time during the week to practice on my knitting machine. This week I squeezed in a solitary turned heel. I was overly proud of it even if it is destined to be ripped back and put into a different project. 
Later in the week I decided to try again. This tangled mess is what happened to the toe. I don't recall what went awry, only that it did. That ball winder of mine is ...

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July 26, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

My first pair of cranked socks are almost done.

Because I wanted to have something to show for my first week with my sock knitting machine, I grabbed a single 50 gram ball of Knit Picks Felici and got cranking.
I decided to go with hand-finished heels and toes but wanted to give the hung hem a go. I put in waste yarn for the afterthought heels (that's what the strange red strand is all about).
I picked up for the toes and got knitting.
I knit in the car.
And I knit waiting for dinner.
I almost finished ...

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July 22, 2019
Awaiting Fullfillment from Becca's Crazy Projects

After returning from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I decided I wanted a circular sock knitting machine. I wanted one enough to do some internet research, choose Erlbacker Gearhart to manufacture my machine, and lay down the substantial amount of money required to buy a reproduction machine manufactured in the United States. What I wasn't expecting, in this Amazon-will-have-that-to-your-door-tomorrow world, was the long lead time. Once I started investigating the lead time, I learned most people were saying 8-10 weeks. Then, when I started asking people in circular sock knitting groups when they had ordered their machines -- and ...

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July 19, 2019
Crazy About Yarn from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Monday I shared my Awaiting Fulfillment Socks. Today, I'm going to share the sock yarn I bought to be ready for that sock knitting machine.

I discovered that Knit Picks was offering their Summer 2019 Felici at 20% off. How could I not invest in the new collection of striping yarns? I added two of those to my shopping cart, then started adding Stroll Sock in solids for contrast heels and toes. I think Knit Picks changes their Felici colors once or twice a year, so if you see one you like you should pick up a couple ...

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July 15, 2019
Awaiting Fulfillment Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

On May 6th, after returning from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I decided I wanted a circular sock knitting machine. I wanted one enough to do serious internet research, select my machine, and lay down the substantial amount of money required to buy a high-precision machine. What I wasn't expecting -- in this Amazon-will-have-that-to-your-door-tomorrow world -- was the long lead time. I'll talk about that experience when my circular sock knitting machine ships and arrives at my door. Until then, I decided I would hand knit some socks with the same stitch count as the cylinder I ordered so ...

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May 29, 2019
Toe Up Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

For some crazy reason I was compelled to start knitting a pair of socks. I wanted to try a toe up version so I did some poking around and found the Trusty Toe Up Socks pattern (free) over on Ravelry from Tanis Fiber Arts.

Casting on for a toe up sock is always an adventure. I was on YouTube for a little while until I could get my stitches cast on correctly. As for going toe-up, I'm not afraid to Kitchener, and even have the directions printed up for my travel knitting kit, but I wanted to try something ...

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April 29, 2019
Painting Rocks, Making Dragons, and Other Stuff from Bayou Quilts

Annie's last letter mentioned that she was painting some Kindness Rocks.  I remember reading about the project, and since I have a pile of rocks that need to be hauled off AND Bryce Eleanor was coming on Saturday, I washed some and brought them inside.  Would she be interested, I wondered, in painting some?  

We ended up painting several and distributed three around the neighborhood on a late evening walk.  The rest she has taken home to place in her neighborhood.  


But then she wanted to play with clay...


dragon in progress

Dragon is now wrapped securely in plastic ...

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Fabric Shopping (and Food Eating) in Paris: Happy Accidents from Gefilte Quilt

We were in Paris for five days in early April, where my husband had to work and I could be a tourist. We came back two days before the Notre Dame fire, which I reflected on here. I also visited the St. Ouen flea market, chronicled here

I made no plans to visit fabric stores - with so little time, I figured I'd have to focus on major tourist sites. Plus, I already have waaaay too much fabric at home. 

But that's not how it worked out. 

The first place I accidentally found fabric was in the department store ...

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April 23, 2019
How to Use the Cricut Bright Pad from Patchwork Posse

The Cricut Bright Pad is the best quilting supply when it comes to tracing embroidery or transferring designs.  It’s simple to set up, great for traveling if needed and the perfect size for any project you are working on. 

Bright Pad~ This crazy pad is full of light…that helps you transfer images, helps with tracing and pulling those little pieces away from the cut materials as well.

Place your paper or fabric on top, turn it on and the cut lines are illuminated as well as the template if you are tracing.

Check out the Bright Pad here ...

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March 21, 2019
In Progress : Grandmother’s Flower Garden English Paper Piecing from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

A slow but a moving one for sure.

I have made some progress on grandmother’s flower garden

It just crossed my mind that this might be done when I am a grandmother myself. Haha. 

I don’t mind the slow progress, I love the process itself already.

That’s the fun thing about crafting or quilting. The process itself is already worth the effort.

I shall be updating from time to time to make a record on the progress of this quilt. 

So here are some progress photos for today:

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

 

This is the project I ...

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January 30, 2019
Fleece Vest from Becca's Crazy Projects

I ran across a free pattern on Purl Soho for a quilted wool vest. I've been playing with the idea of  quilting one up with some fancy quilting, but then I got the crazy idea to make one using two layers of fleece.

Thankfully, I had enough fleece in my collection I could get one cut and stitched up. I used about 1 yard of the colorful print and the same amount of solid black.
The edges are bound with a narrow strip of fleece held in place with a nice cover stitch finish. It isn't perfect, but ...

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