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March 4, 2015
Crochet Cowl Pattern from Patchwork Posse

how to crochet a cowl tutorial

The weather around here has been so crazy. Warmer than usual but the evenings and mornings are pretty chilly. I have this thing for scarfs and cowls. This crochet cowl is really simple. You crochet in a circle and use an extra large needle so the stitches are big and kind of stretchy. You can decide […]

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A Cowl for Mum from Scraps of My Life

Hello, hello!

You may recall that I made a cowl for Granny as a Christmas gift.  I was so pleased with the choice of wool I used that I wanted to make another for my mum as a Christmas gift.  I decided on a pretty blue wool and a lime green chunky accent button, then got crocheting.

One afternoon of work later and I had a finished Christmas gift (always a good feeling).  Here's a little detail shot of the button and stitching.

Not sure if it was her sort of 'thing' but at least it was an enjoyable ...

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March 2, 2015
The Crochet Lite from Scraps of My Life


Have you seen these?

The Crochet Lite

Aren't they gorgeous?  Just looking at them makes me feel a bit like a bug drawn to the blue light of a bug zapper...

But the even better part?  My friend Ingrid bought me three for a Christmas gift!

Now that's my kind of light saber!

They are pretty awesome, I must say.  I've been crocheting with them the last two months now and I love them.  The LED light extends along the whole length of the clear plastic hook and intensifies at the hooked end.  They are fabulous ...

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February 24, 2015
Furls Yarn Bowl Review & Giveaway!! from Hooks, Needles and Brushes

Hey Everyone,

First, I would like to apologize this giveaway was scheduled to start last Wednesday however as I was traveling to visit my family and trying to schedule this giveaway it won't let me add the rafflecopter link to enter the giveaway from airport and then I just got busy with family :)

OK, so let's talk about our today's fact I was given the opportunity to review this beautiful women bowl and also one winner can get their hands on it how...keep reading.

Every once in a while I invest my money in ...

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February 22, 2015
My First Amigurumi from Scraps of My Life

Hi, there, welcome back!

If you follow my blog at all, you may vaguely recall that back in September 2014 I learned to crochet.  From those first simple crocheted squares, I made several mug cosies, cowls (mine and Granny's) and some simple dish clothes for stocking stuffers.  I also had a go at crocheting a wine bottle tote but found it a bit too challenging at the time so decided to revisit that pattern at a later date once I'd had a little more experience under my belt.

However, if you want to do any of the really ...

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February 19, 2015
Pink Knitted Pouches from France Nadeau

Two little pouches made of pink baby yarn. Soft yarn that glides smoothly on the needles. Each pouch is basically one rectangle that is folded in two. I used cross-stitch patterns to make the hearts and rosebuds. After having joined the … Continue reading

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February 18, 2015
WIP Wednesday from Seaside Stitches

 Oh, my goodness. I finished a boat load of stuff this past week. I blame the snow! 

This morning, I finished the binding on The Cool Side of the Rainbow.

Yesterday, I sewed the button on my Marine Mom tote.

Monday, I quilted and bound the Selvage Log Cabin.

I needed a break, so I crocheted this adorable blue elephant on Sunday night.

 On Saturday, I made myself a tray table ironing board.

I finished the Friendship Star on Thursday night. I've been enjoying hand stitching bindings at night while I watch TV.

I also finished a secret little ...

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How to Read a Crochet Grid from Patchwork Posse

how to use a crochet grid

If you are just beginning crochet– the charts and patterns can be a bit tricky and overwhelming.  I really love using crochet patterns that show it in a diagram or crochet grid style.  They are easy to read once you understand a few of the terms. I find that I might have to read and […]

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What Took You So Long? from madebychrissied

A while ago I shared this crocheted blanket with you

during the making of which my pup Thatcher (Tatty to her friends) ate my bamboo crochet hooks several times

but I got there in the end and gifted the blanket to my eldest son

much to Tatty's disappointment.  

So just like any good puppy dog Mum I promised to make her her very own identical crochet blanket and set to it straight away almost finishing it in less than a week but didn't.  The blanket than sat in a knitting bag for the next year and the next ...

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February 17, 2015
Just in case you were wondering from Monkey's on the Porch

what I was up to these days….

I’ve been working very hard to finish up some projects that I can do with the two small ones around. So for now that means crochet.  That’s okay though because I have also squeezed in some cutting time while the smallest one naps.  Which means that I have one of the wedding quilts completely cut out and ready to go. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to even get a block or two done before retreat.  After all, anything could happen right?  Really the best news on that front is ...

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February 16, 2015
How to Crochet- Flattering Cowl Video Tutorial & Giveaway from Crafty Gemini


This is a beginner crochet project, I swear! It may not look like it but it is! The yarn is textured and variegated. It does all the work for you. I’ve created a step-by-step video tutorial for you to follow along with too. You can do it!

I have to admit I usually steer clear of textured yarns because they can make it more difficult to see my crochet stitches. I decided to take on the challenge and try out Lion Brand Yarn’s Homespun Thick & Quick. I’m so glad I gave it a go. It’s awesome ...

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Blue Elephant from Seaside Stitches

This sweet little elephant is waiting to be named by Julia when she comes home next weekend. It was supposed to be a surprise, but I'm really bad at keeping secrets. I texted her a pic last night!

 This is my first attempt at amigurumi. I haven't even picked up a crochet hook in over a year. This is a free pattern from Lion Brand, but you'll need to sign up for a free account first. Here's the link on my Pinterest board. The pattern calls for two colors, but I only had one.

She only ...

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February 12, 2015
Ripple Blanket v1.0 and v2.0 from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've been sick for the last week so I decided to make a start on my crochet ripple blanket. I bought the wool with the intention of joining the Down Under Australia Crotchet Along which is due to start on 1 March, but I made a sneaky start last week while I was under the weather (sick).

I've crotcheted a lot in my past, so I thought this blanket would be easy enough. My first mistake came when I misread the pattern and cast on 231 stitches instead of 213. I think I only figured that out yesterday ...

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crafting on the road from Ellyn's Place

What do you do when you're away from home for an extended period of time and have lots of down time on your hands as you wait on answers (and hide from the snow?). Well, if you're me, you find some crafty projects and get busy. And you take all of your pictures with your iPhone because, well, your camera is back at home! 

Two more hats have been crocheted for the hat collection at home (actually three. hmmm that third hat didn't make the photo shoot I guess!)
And then my sis requested a hat for ...

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February 11, 2015
Crochet Coffee Cozy from Patchwork Posse

crochet mug sleeve tutorial

It’s still chilly around here and my all time favorite thing to do is cuddle up on the couch with a quilt (of course) and a hot cup of tea or hot cocoa. I’m a big fan of all that. What I’m not a big fan of?…the cup cooling off way earlier than I was […]

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February 10, 2015
A few WIPs and a finished cushion cover from patchworkdelights

Hello lovely people who read my blog (and thank you for doing so, I do appreciate it).

Well I think from now on you are always going to see a bit of crochet on my page, because now I am making my son, the younger one, a afghan blanket all of his own.  He loves the first one I made and is often found walking around with it wrapped around him on the weekend (mornings).  I want his one to be big enough to fit his single bed so I have a fair few grannies to make, last count I ...

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February 5, 2015
What...15 Minutes? from 501 Quilt Blocks

A few years ago, Kate of Life in Pieces ran a '15 Minute Challenge'. There were many times when just having to report each week inspired me to do something creative each day. I've gotten out of the habit so I think I'll challenge myself. I probably won't post every day but my goal is to post at least once a week. Maybe these baby steps will help me to get back into my creative groove.

Here's my first '15 Minutes' project. Hide all the joins on this afghan I crocheted last fall. My daughter gave ...

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Time for today . . . from Gilly Makes

Today's plans postponed so some unexpected free time this morning.  What's a gal to do ?

Play with the happy mail that just arrived and do some swatching in preparation for the start of the Orza Coast Tangled Yarn KAL next week ?

Or maybe sew a new bed for the two most-adorable-pups-in-the-world ?

Or snuggle up on the sofa with the above-mentioned pups and work on my current hooky project ?

Or I could just continue with The Great Craft Room Tidy Up ?

OR . . .

. . . if I step swiftly away from the PC and just get stuck in, perhaps I could manage ...

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February 4, 2015
Keeping Out of Trouble from KT Quilts 4 Fun

The Camel ear warmer and scarf set above is made of soft acrylic yarn for easy care and durability.  The pretty stitch I used made it almost double thick as well as adding great texture.

This scarf is proving to be difficult to part with.  The 100% wool got softer the more I worked with it!

I just love super bulky yarn, and this roving worked up beautifully

It's also my favorite style.  The ends are sewn together, leaving it long enough to double up for a snug neck warmer.

Leave it single, and you can keep your ears ...

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February 1, 2015
Crafty Tuesday and some hats.... from Ellyn's Place

Crafty Tuesday happened a week early this month. There were four of us celebrating January or February birthdays which made it extra fun! There was pizza, salad and cupcakes. and quite a few yarn crafts at the table this month.

I've been making hats to donate to kids in our community who need them. This one came out pretty cute...
 But not all of the patterns I've tried have been successes.....
I think I might just keep this headband one for myself....
because I'm heading somewhere cold this week.... stay tuned!

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