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November 21, 2014
Handmade Christmas Decorations Blog Hop from Pieced Brain

[Another blog hop and giveaway info at end of this post!]

Handmade Christmas Decorations Blog Hop!

I was invited by the folks at Stitch Craft Create to participate in the Handmade Christmas Decorations Blog Hop, and I am so glad I said Yes! They publish such wonderful craft books, and have a page with craft eBook downloads, very convenient for when you want to make a last minute gift and need fresh ideas immediately.

I chose to crochet a Christmas decoration, so they sent me Crochet your Christmas Baubles eBook (oh, the photographs! the ideas!):

There were many tempting projects as you can see from ...

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Missing In Action from The Craft Divas

It’s been a while since I have posted and it is time for me to get back to The Craft Divas mission to share our love of crafting, fiber art, and artistic expression with those who share our passion and also anyone who wants to listen.

I want to thank my partner in craft for holding down the fort here. Work has been crazy and I have been doing remodeling in my home. So I have not had much opportunity to quilt, craft, knit or crochet. I have been keeping my head above water by doing enough to meet ...

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November 19, 2014
Crochet Christmas Stocking // A Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends! Today I am over at The Sewing Rabbit with a Christmas tutorial – A Crochet Christmas Stocking!…

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Little Houses from France Nadeau

Little houses made of yarn. There is a town house: a country house: and a house by the sea (right below a cliff): I was having so much fun while creating those little houses that I decided to add snow. … Continue reading

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November 17, 2014
Ripple Love from Lilabelle Lane

I took advantage of our cooler weather over the weekend to finish off my Ripple Blanket


Three trips around and it was done, 8 weeks after I started it :o)
When I first learnt to crochet I knew I wanted to make a ripple blanket
so it now feels so good to have accomplished that task and to also have it be
my first big blanket.

It's BIG.  Here it is on a Single Bed and below on a Queen for size reference.

I nearly didn't add the border but so glad that I did.
The pattern for ...

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November 16, 2014
Making, making, making from Stitch and Yarn

Since my return from Mexico, it's taken me a little while to get my head around the fact that I don't have to go to work each day. I get a grin from ear to ear when someone asks me whether I had to go back after long service leave – it's such a wonderful thing to be out of there.

I certainly haven't been sitting idle – in fact I'm not sure I'm very good at doing that – and I'm realising that if this working-from-home thing is going to be permanent, then in the ...

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November 15, 2014
A Cowl for Granny from Scraps of My Life

Hello, hello!

Recently I made this cowl and really loved the whole crocheting process and how the final project turned out - quick, easy and a beautiful result.  I mean, what could be better?  So I decided I should make a few for Christmas gifts.

There's this wool shop near my work that I've always been meaning to go into and look around.  Unfortunately, as I work ridiculously late into the evening most nights, they're never open when I pass by.  However, I finally found some time to pop in and I found this super yummy wool calling ...

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November 14, 2014
Crochet Hat Video Tutorial- Lion Brand Yarn from Crafty Gemini

{If you're reading this in your email click on the picture or post title so you can view the full blog post, links and video. The links and video don't work in the email. Thanks!}

This cooler weather really has me cranking out some quick & cozy little projects!  I recently posted my video tutorial on the 45-minute cowl and that was a huge success! So many of you really enjoyed that project. I'm so glad to hear it! If you want to check it out click HERE.  Up next is this slouchy hat called the Metropolitan Ave ...

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November 10, 2014
Little Boy Blue from Hanging On by a Needle and Thread

I love knitting and crocheting baby things!  They are usually easy and fast to finish, plus it's always good to have a few extra on hand for when you need a quick baby gift!

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November 3, 2014
More Eye Candy from International Quilt Market/Festival from Inside Quilters Newsletter

As promised, I’m going to show you more photos from International Quilt Festival in Houston. I got to see the displays but the winners had not been announced yet. So if I got photos of prizewinners, it was a happy accident. I’ll share those photos first.

036 More Eye Candy from International Quilt Market/Festival

Gift of Appreciation by Kyoko Yamauchi of Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan

Gift of Appreciation was the winner of the World of Beauty Award sponsored by International Quilt Festival. Techniques listed are hand piecing, applique, trapunto and quilting.

029 More Eye Candy from International Quilt Market/Festival

Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, Maine

Margaret Solomon Gunn ...

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October 31, 2014
More Yarny Things from The Crooked Banana Quilts

On my hiatus from sewing, I found myself spending a lot more time with my yarn stash. I'm trying to get a jump on some Christmas presents, so you'll excuse me if I don't say who these items will be for ;)

First up, some nice, simple pot holders. In my kitchen, these ones are my favorite. My quilted ones just don't insulate as well as the two layers of cotton yarn, even though I added both cotton batting and Insulbrite to the middle. Ah well. At least those ones are still pretty, right? These will be ...

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Crocheted Cowl from Scraps of My Life

Hi, there - welcome back!

So having dipped my toe into the world of crochet, I've been itching for a new project - something still at the easy/beginner level but with a bit more spectacular result than the mug cosy (cute as they are).  Scarves are always a pretty safe project but I found something that took the boring scarf up a notch: the cowl.

During my quilt guild's exhibition, I bought some beautiful blue and turquoise wool from one of the vendors and decided it was destined to become a lovely autumn cowl.  Paired with a chunky hot ...

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October 30, 2014
Crochet away from Seams Sew Creative

I've been on a crochet kick lately, sometimes its nice to sit and do something that takes little to no effort for your brain to accomplish. For me that is crochet.

I learned how to crochet when I was around 7 or 8 years old, and that skill started a long line of crochet dresses for my Barbie dolls, crochet blankets for my model horses, and crochet blankets and rugs for our doll house.

Looking back I wish I had kept some of those pieces I was so proud of as a child, just to see them from the ...

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October 27, 2014
Finishing Things Up from Sew What's Cooking

Lately I’ve been spending time trying to get things caught up as well.  And it has been so nice to be back at my machine!  I’ve also been doing some hand stitching as well which I have really enjoyed.  So, today I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve been up to.  What are you working on this week?

Some of my hand stitching.


First, I got caught up & finally mailed out some bee blocks.  I have a few more to tackle this week!  This first one I ended up having to make twice as ...

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October 23, 2014
The holiday project . . . from Gilly Makes

Things were a bit busy around here with just one day in between getting home from The Knitting & Stitching show in London, and getting on a plane heading for Venice, but being a fairly seasoned traveller, I knew it wouldn't take me long to get the suitcases sorted.    What I hadn't thought about however, was what to take along as my holiday project.  Now, I don't know about you, but in my world, a holiday crafty project is de riguer .  Like other travellers and their American Express cards, I just don't leave home without it. 

So ...

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October 19, 2014
Just in Time from Shadows of the Blue Ridge

{Way} back when I was in college I majored in business administration. This major required classes in economics, and I have to say they were probably my least favorite classes. It has surprised me, in my adult life, how much economics really does apply...and not just to money, but to many different aspects of life. 

One economic principle is that of "Just in Time." In college we were applying that to inventory and the laws of supply and demand...not stock piling inventory, but purchasing it just in time to be used. Boring to a young college co-ed, but ...

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October 15, 2014
45-Minute Crochet Cowl Tutorial & Giveaway from Crafty Gemini

Now that cooler weather is upon us it's the perfect time to whip up something to keep yourself (and others!) toasty! This 45-minute cowl is just the ticket to a practical, fun and quickie crochet project. The best part is that the yarn does all the work for you! I mean, seriously... how gorgeous is this yarn?!

 No surprise it's called "AMAZING!" Seriously. That's the name of the yarn: Amazing yarn by Lion Brand Yarns. So much texture and color variation in just one skein. And speaking of one skein, did I mention that's all you ...

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October 7, 2014
KNIT ONE, PURL ONE from That's Sew Kerry

Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful......

Goodness hasn't it suddenly got so cold??!! Well it has down here in Surrey, I am currently sporting 3 pairs of socks and tights under my jeggings! So it seemed a perfect time to inform you all of the lovely creations I have added to my Etsy store for you to buy, all hand made by the very talented and wonderfully lovely Margaret Dickenson.

There are a wide variety of garments available for both boys and girls of varying ages and sizes. There is something to suit every occasion, many of the garments ...

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Strictly from patchworkdelights

Any one else watching Strictly Come Dancing this year?

I have to say it's one of my favourite "reality" shows, that and Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!  I must say the standard is very high this year, that chap from Eastenders is some dancer!

I took up my Granny Squares on Saturday night and got crocheting.  I have about 40 grannies done, but still need a load more to make it a worthwhile sized blanket.  At the moment it would barely cover my six year old.  The beauty of this is though that I can take it up ...

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October 6, 2014
Extended Granny Squares from Selvage Blog

Here's a great idea for crochet fans: make a row of granny squares, then extend them in both directions. If you know how to crochet granny squares, you can see how easy this is. Clever!

Visit the source for this colorful baby blanket at Buscand Comienzos.

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