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September 28, 2016
Planetary Future Depends on Sewing Political Pillows, Bags, etc. from Gefilte Quilt

I get anxious around election time, mainly because I feel that the planet is at stake. And I'm hardly alone in my fears. This year, I support the reality-based candidate, but worry that the other guy is gaining. To ease the terror, my friends and I usually do some phone banking, and some candidate crafts.

Artisanal politics are a whole lot more fun than any other kind, and we donate all the profits to our candidates's campaigns. In 2012 we raised close to $600!

This election season, the Democrats are blessed with a logo that is, like the ...

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September 27, 2016
WIP Wednesday #254 @ TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

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September 22, 2016
A colorful doily using variegated yarn from Made To Treasure

This blog was overflowing with doily post for long time...

This year i took a deliberate effort to stay away from doilies,
 because i wanted to learn to crochet using yarn...

I was whipping up a lot of cushions using the yarn, 
while i practice different crochet stitches...

Thats when Vikkie of By Hooks 4U started to post doilies made of Alize Miss Batik 

I couldn't find that exact yarn/thread here, 

but got the Alize Diva, it is 4 ply yarn,  it is thin
 not like no.10 but, it felt thinner and softer than the Anchor knitting ...

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September 21, 2016
Wordless Wed...Cool Knit & Crochet for Cooler Weather from CollectInTexas Gal

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September 20, 2016
My National Sewing Month...Not Sewn Stitching from CollectInTexas Gal

September and National Sewing Month is more than half over and I have not touched my SEWING MACHINE...not once!   I have, however, made good use of one of my SEWING BOXES and the contents including needles, thread, thread heaven, clips and scissors.

Does that count?

It should, in my way of thinking.  After all, yarn is thread and stitching seams with a blunt tapestry needle is sewing.  Right?  Then there are the clips I always use instead of pins.  Yeah, it counts as sewing.

Since I made a big deal out of September being National Sewing Month with a ...

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September 14, 2016
Crochet Hat/Scarf from Pieced Brain

Although I was on vacation in San Diego, CA, last week, I had to work on some type of craft, or I would have gone mad. I did some embroidery (will show it soon) but made a run to the yarn shop after I received the book "Celtic Cable Crochet" by Bonnie Barker for review.

Oh... the patterns are sooooooooo beautiful! I am in love with the cardigans, shawls, cowls... All instructions are very straight forward and easy to follow. The last chapter has step-by-step photographs of the foundation stitches used throughout the book, which helped me a lot.

I ...

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September 13, 2016
WIP Wednesday #252 @ TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

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Happy Onam from Made To Treasure

Made to Treasure wishes all our family and friends around the world a

Happy Onam

A crochet floor rug inspired by the onam pookalam made of t-shirt yarn for the occasion of Onam

It is almost 30" diameter...and i need to finish it off with an anti slip  sheet under it...

We will be traveling during the onam days, so i thought of making a scheduled post for onam..

Until next time...

Have a beautiful festive season...nima

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September 12, 2016
The One With Baby Bags And Pink Elephants from knot what it seams

I’m thinking that the last post needs a bit of explanation.

My friend has a baby bag. It was really cute, and doubled as a change mat, a baby seat cover and what ever else you might need covered before you put your little munchkin down. The whole idea seemed so simple, something that I could make easy as ABC.

There should be death knolls ringing somewhere because I was DEAD WRONG.

In my head it was a rectangle about yay wide by yay long. Made that. Too small.

P9090262.JPGStared mournfully at it for awhile, then went to bed ...

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September 5, 2016
Monday Making from Love Laugh Quilt

There's a lot of MAKING going on this week at my house
Even though I'm SITTING around quite a bit
with a broken foot!

It's not THAT bad.

I crochet, sew or knit
while someone ELSE does the dishes!!!

The above afghan is a work in progress 
using a NEW TO ME stitch called the spike stitch.
I found instructions on youtube....
My "GO TO" source these days.
It's so much easier to watch instructions
than to READ and try to figure it out.

Why am I making another afghan when I have so many??
If ...

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September 4, 2016
Acorns of all shapes and sizes from Shadows of the Blue Ridge

Late summer is always a fun creative time for me. My dear friend, M, has a birthday in August and I always have the best time making things for her. She and I both share a love for autumn so this year I thought I'd use the icon of all things fall-ish, the acorn, as inspiration.

Acorns of all shapes & sizes
Acorns of all shapes and sizes :o)

It all started when I happened across the super cute acorn patchwork pillow pattern by Bridgette of The Family Hearth. This is a great pattern for using up scraps of low volume fabric! I love the ...

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September 2, 2016
A Review of a Creative New Book And a Giveaway from Quilt Shop Gal

Let’s Go Camping!  Crochet Your Own Adventure, by Kate Bruning and published by Martingale, is an amazing new book packed with creativity.



You can crochet the camping trip of a lifetime with adorable, miniature projects that will delight adults and kids alike. You’ll find all the camping gear you need for hours of creative play, including sleeping bags, backpacks, frying pans, picnic baskets, and much more. These easy-to-follow instructions plus your favorite yarn are all you need to create cute and collectible cabins, tents, boats, mountains, and trees for your dream campsite!


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September 1, 2016
Starting September w/ 'Made In Texas' Stuff from CollectInTexas Gal

Of course this stuff is made in Texas!  Who else but a Texan spends the August Dog Days of Summer covered up in YARN?  What sane person knits at the speed of light to make 'Neck Warmers' edged in FUR with the AC on Hi-Freeze?'s ME...OverDoneSue! 

Then there is this.....taking time to market these HOT Items to folks who will still be wearing flip flops, tank tops, and cutoffs while walking around with their personal fans.  Really???  Neck Warmers, Sue!!!!  Here's the's FOOTBALL SEASON in Texas.  I think these will be ...

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August 30, 2016
Get R Done's @Quilters Depot! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

We have three opportunities for you to get out of the house and get stuff done!

Tonight, Tuesday is Piecemakers (FREE)

Wednesday is UFO (FREE unless we order out)

Thursday is Knit/Crochet Klub (FREE)

Friday is UFO (FREE unless we order out)

You know you want to get stuff done.  You want to stay cool.  Want to get away from the kids who have not gone back to school yet.  Want to have fun.  All reasons to get down to our events this week!

remember the one with the most stash wins!


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August 29, 2016
Winding Down August from CollectInTexas Gal

Some years here on CollectInTexas Gal...there were so few posts posted that Winding Down August was more like Never Mind August.  And, although this August is not a post record setting August, it ranks right up there with enough to merit a winding down...or maybe it's just me that needs some winding down time.  After all, I have been winding, unwinding and rewinding lots of yarn for this months projects...which I am now ready to reveal....
Cowl Collars I am 'Gearing Up' for September!!!!

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Monday making without a party from Love Laugh Quilt

I'm making this week.... But the party will have to wait.
Trying to add a linky party while camping is a bit tricky!
Too tricky for this girl!

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August 27, 2016
Am I Blue? from Bits and Pieces

There's a lot of blue going on around here.

There's more denim rag circles.

And then with the French General added.

I love that combination, the red, grey, and tan of the French General against the blue denim. But yikes, that quilt project seems to be one I can only work on in small doses! (It's so heavy and hard to maneuver once I'm joining rows).

Plus some more crochet.

Dishcloths. Because, why not?

And a little coffee mug cozy and coaster. (I've got no excuse).

A couple of new GO! dies showed up at ...

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August 24, 2016
Textured crochet - 5 from Made To Treasure

I was caught by the textured crochet bug during the start of this year..
When i got some beautiful yarns by Alize Gold, 
i decided to try and explore more of crochet...

So I'm back again with a textured crochet post...

This time i used those variegated yarn to try basketweave crochet stitch...

wow...i loved the beautiful texture of the basketweave ....

 I'm sure the Alize cotton gold batik yarn also played an important role,
 in bringing up the beauty of the stitch...

I didn't refer to any particular pattern, 
even though many beautiful patterns and works ...

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August 22, 2016
I LOVE THIS YARN! from CollectInTexas Gal

I do love THIS yarn...especially for a new accessory design I'm working on that a softer yarn seems to work!  Although it is a 4ply acrylic yarn, it  feels, knits and crochets more like a merino-bamboo blend...with better body.

 As you can probably guess, I have a yarn stash that can only be described as an accumulation beyond life expectancy.  Still...I did not have all the colors in THIS yarn needed for my new design line of knitted and crocheted wearables.
Yes, I said both knitted and crocheted.

You know of course, I am ...

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August 21, 2016
Scrapbuster Sunday – Scrap Rugs! from Heart Desire Creations

Scrap Crochet Rug (Large)

My great scrap adventure continues. Actually, it’s more like a great video game that I think I am losing! A huge amount of scraps went into this project (I first posted about this project here) and it was fun and easy. A scrap crocheted rug! I cut strips of scraps, 1 1/2″ wide, choosing my longest scraps. I then chain pieced them together. I did several batches. I have seen that some press the strips in half – hah! Not going to happen. Some roll the “fabric yarn” into a ball. Double Hah! Not going to happen. By making ...

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