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March 18, 2019
Crochet Socks Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my progress on a pair of crochet socks.

I'm back to update my slow progress. After my first failed attempt at shaping the back of the heel, I tried again. Then, I turned my first crochet heel. This isn't the first one, that one turned out to be a little off-center, so this is actually my second attempt. Learning is a process. A process that I enjoy almost as much as I enjoy creating.
I've worked the heel and the decreases and I'm off to working the instep. I'm not sure ...

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March 16, 2019
Tracing, Quilting & Crochet from Quilts....etc.

A good part of yesterday was spent tracing out applique designs on tracing paper so that I could place those drawings on my quilt border on the design wall and see what kind of room I have and if anything will need to be changed.  A couple minor changes were made – but if you […]

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March 15, 2019
Crochet Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been meaning to try my hand at crochet socks for a long time. When Rohn Strong shared his socks patterns in an issue of Simply Crochet I had to race out and pick up a copy. Sadly, it takes several weeks for UK magazines to make their way across the Atlantic. I did manage to get my copy, though. I grabbed some sock yarn from Knit Picks and my Clover hook and got started.
This is what happens when you fail to follow the instructions. You end up thinking you have made progress but have to rip back ...

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March 11, 2019
Binding Done from Quilts....etc.

Retro Airship Propellers has the binding done and is soaking and soaking in the wash – hot water – and it looks like one of the scrappy reds wants to be a problem child – first time red blotches here and there – lets hope it improves with each soak!  I’ll let you all know […]

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March 4, 2019
Indecision Crochet from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since my last knit and crochet projects, I've been waving in the creative winds of indecision. I've started a few things. Like this amazing double-crochet foundation. Totally a great technique for your crochet tool bag. It hasn't become anything more, though.
I used some scrap yarn to make this motif from the book Crochet Motifs. The directions and charts are great if you want to learn to make motifs. I'm trying to figure out how best to incorporate something like this into a shawl project. That is so very much a work in progress. 
I also ...

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Retro Airship Propellers–Off The Frame from Quilts....etc.

I can not believe how fast I quilted this queen size quilt – I don’t have a measurement off hand but it is something like 100 x 100 inches – 7 1/2 weeks and I am done hand quilting it.  It took 107 hours – I worked on it 78 evenings so that comes out […]

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March 2, 2019
Propellers Nearing An End from Quilts....etc.

Two or three more sessions on this quilt and it will be ready to be moved off the frame!  This quilt has moved quickly and has entertained me for the winter.  I started the hand quilting December 13th and it has a little more than 100 hours of quilting in it thus far.  This is […]

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February 28, 2019
Flannel Hexies from Quilts....etc.

No name for this one right now – it will come to me as it grows.  I spent a bit of time pressing flannel yesterday getting the fabric ready for the Accuquilt die that I have for one inch (sides) hexies.  I cut one first to make sure I was happy with the fold over […]

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February 27, 2019
Virus Poncho in Wizard from Becca's Crazy Projects

I couldn't resist giving this Mandala yarn a try. I decided it might look great as a virus poncho.
I carried it around for weeks. Working on it in the car or while waiting for appointments or for dinner. 
Even when it was little I thought it was pretty awesome. 
More work in the car. 
Until it was a finished object. I used two cakes of yarn for this project. 
I'm glad I gave this yarn a try. It isn't anything fancy, but if you like acrylic for wash-ability, it might be for you. And the colors ...

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February 21, 2019
190 Strips from Quilts....etc.

I sure hope I cut enough strips – if I did the math right I did.  LOL and now of course I find out my accuquilt cutting mat should arrive today faster than expected  – well I will be sewing now today!  So I am glad I didn’t wait.  All stacked up All those neutral […]

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February 20, 2019
Strips, Strips and More Strips from Quilts....etc.

I was busy off and on all morning yesterday and again in the late afternoon cutting neutral strips for the final border of Good Fortune.  Right now I have 135 cut and I need about 180-190 I think if my math is right LOL.  As I get to the ends of the fabric I see […]

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February 19, 2019
2.5 inch Strips from Quilts....etc.

Yesterday I got a lot of neutral fabric pressed so I could start to get 2.5 inch strips cut so I could start my final border for the Good Fortune quilt and wouldn’t you know it I hadn’t check my long cutting mat for the accuquilt die in a long time and it was shredded […]

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February 16, 2019
RSC19–Yellow for February from Quilts....etc.

Slow to get started on my yellow blocks for So Scrappy’s RSC19 challenge – I got 3 red blocks made last month for that color choice and late yesterday afternoon thought I would get busy on a block to link up before I made supper. I am continuing the same style of blocks throughout the […]

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February 13, 2019
Quilts What Else from Quilts....etc.

It was so nice to have the sun shining yesterday.  I got the Good Fortune quilt out first thing to work on all morning – I knew I would be busy in the afternoon out and I really wanted to make a start on getting those red/white borders off and try to fix this quilt.  […]

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February 11, 2019
Crochet: Dragon Scale Gloves from Becca's Crazy Projects

A crafty friend of mine shared a desire to make a pair of Dragon Scale Fingerless Mitts. I decided to try my hand at a pair as well. I grabbed a some fun self-striping yarn. This is Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. It is a light worsted, so it worked up great! 
There are loads of tutorials on YouTube to make some version of these mitts. I used this tutorial to learn the stitch. I thought it was a clever way to use simple double crochet stitches to make something different. 
I had just enough of this colorway of yarn to ...

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Thank God For My Cancer Diagnosis. Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Sunday Stats from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Thank God For My Cancer Diagnosis

Yes, you read correctly:  Thank God for my cancer diagnosis.  There's a verse that I remember when I am confused about my journey:  Isaiah 55:8-9.  When life hits, this is my go-to verse, my anchor.  Life has hit.  Dad has been diagnosed with METS (metastatic cancer).  He has advanced stage prostate cancer that metastasized to his bones.  In November 2018 his CT scan was clear, now it's not.  
We are very close - his role throughout my life has been both mother and father.  I thank God that I have been down ...

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Licorice allsorts blanket from Granny Maud's Girl

I have almost knitted up all the 4 kilograms of Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 10 ply yarn I bought in 2014 when I seriously miscalculated how much I would need for the wedding blanket. Hurrah!

In late 2017, I started crocheting a Catherine wheel blanket that would use up the bulk of the remaining yarn. A little tired of the sight of the same two shades of grey and one of blue that I had been knitting with for so long, I added two 200-gram balls of purple (out of character for me, I know) and one of cream (I ...

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February 9, 2019
A Little More Progress from Quilts....etc.

Not much progress on the quilting front but I get done with a little bit every evening.  The propellers from Thursday night I have not worked on Good Fortune for a couple days and have one more red/white border to do before I figure out the size for the half square triangles that go on […]

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February 5, 2019
a vintage cardie, musings on luck, and the blessings of good radio from block-a-day

Midday has struck … and moved on, and I’ve only just hopped out of bed.  Oh dear!  But it was so lovely and something that happens very rarely round here.  And there are a whole bunch of reasons why sitting in bed with the fan whirring in front of me, crochet in my hands, Pakkun beside me, and morning coffees delivered by Julian, was the perfectly right thing to do this morning.

Noah is away … so no driving him to town first thing.  Julian was away yesterday and I worked an evening, so yesterday was one of those super busy ...

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February 4, 2019
The Featherweight from Quilts....etc.

What would we do without these magical little machines.  It is always so nice when you can fix them yourselves and not have to get them serviced!  yesterday I decided to sew some of the red/neutrals together for Good Fortune – I have one border pinned to the wall I need to measure before I […]

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