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May 28, 2018
Lazy weekend with cake and crochet from Samelia's Mum

When the urge to crochet is strong, you just have to go with it. Crochet: Moss Stitch Shawl It was a glorious weekend with absolutely no plans. Hubby was on stand-by for work and ended up getting called out to do a bunch of domestic flights which meant that it was just me and the kids.  On Saturday, my sister and nephews came over for a visit. It had been a while since we'd chatted and it

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May 26, 2018
Crochet Granny Stripe Blanket {FINISH} from Samelia's Mum

It's a 'tadah' day. My crochet granny stripe blanket is finished. Yay! I have absolutely enjoyed working on this blanket and am extra happy that it's finished in time for the cooler weather. I tell ya, we're never short of a blanket or quilt around here.  The original pattern for this blanket is over on Attic 24, but I added a few extra rows as I still had lots of yarn - it's always

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May 21, 2018
CROCHET: Granny Stripe Blanket {progress} from Samelia's Mum

Crochet: Granny Stripe Blanket Crochet: Granny Stripe Blanket It's been a little while since I stopped in here at my little blog. After a fast and furious five weeks of travelling, I've enjoyed a quite wonderful week at home. Even though I've had a cold and a cough that doesn't seem to want to go away, just being home, around my own things, has been perfect. Travelling is exciting

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May 17, 2018
Another shawl! from Creating Chaos

I've recently completed another Maid of Honour Shawl, this time for my sister as a birthday present.  Now that it's been delivered, I can blog about it.

Once again I have used Scheepjes Whirl, this time in Rosewater Cocktail.  She said she liked bright colours and bright colours is what she got.  



The Maid of Honour pattern was designed by Buttonnose Crochet and this is the third one I have made but I love it so much and the combination of Scheepjes Whirl and the graduated colours makes it a joy to make.


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May 15, 2018
Little baskets from Little Box from Creating Chaos

Although I haven't mentioned Little Box of Crochet recently I am still subscribing but haven't been inspired by the last couple of boxes.

However, the April box did inspire and I quickly made these two little baskets, designed by @atergcrochet.


The first one (the one at the back) came out quite loose so I went down a hook size for the second one which came out much better.

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May 9, 2018
Maryland Sheep and Wool 2018 from Becca's Crazy Projects

After looking at my post for the 2017 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival I realize how much restraint I showed this year when it came to shopping. I'll get to the yarn in a bit. I want to share a few of the sights of the show.

The last couple years we have camped at Ramblin' Pines beginning on Friday evening and departing on Sunday morning. This makes for an early start for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. This year, I was in line before 8 am . By the time the gate opened, the line was probably 3-4 times longer ...

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May 7, 2018
Crochet Afghan from Pieced Brain


I got the book Homespun Comfort Afghans published by Leisure Arts for review and could not wait to begin an afghan because all the 7 patterns are so beautiful! I also liked that the projects feature one of my all-time favorite yarns: Lion Brand Homespun. As I turned the pages, the million dollar question was: which one should I make?

Photograph by Jason Masters for Leisure Arts. Used with permission.
I chose the Snuggly Wrap on page 20 and headed to Joann Stores. The Lion Brand yarns were on sale so I did the happy dance and grabbed the number ...

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May 6, 2018
Loving this weather from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I wish the weather would stay like this all year long, I don't believe I would get bored at all.
Yesterday I did take the pictures of my handy work outside. What I had potted up. 
Last Friday while helping with Master Gardener's I was at a event for Arbor Day that the Cherokee Nation had put on and some of the booths were giving out native trees. So I picked out ones we do not have here on our place.

  
Picked out some Shortleaf Pines and Chinkapin Oaks, they are the ones in the coffee containers, needed ...

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May 4, 2018
Small Fans Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

In an attempt to post something quickly last week, I learned, again, how much I dislike drafting posts on my tablet. I'm not sure what it is, but it is so much more twitchy than my desktop, so here I am, completely rewriting that post so it won't look horrible and might have more than three words.

I wanted to try out the Small Fans Shawl. I thought I might like it in this fine ombre yarn I received from Aunt Betty. I decided I really liked the work but hated the yarn. I'm sure it is ...

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May 2, 2018
Crochet Inspiration from Samelia's Mum

Some of my favourite feeds on Instagram are of the yarn variety. Crochet to be exact. Whether they focus on making rainbow coloured blankets, Amigurumi, shawls or just share lots of pictures of stacked balls of yarn, I love to look at them... and get a little bit inspired along the way. Today, I thought I'd share a few of my favourites - perhaps they're new to you and you might like to check

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April 28, 2018
Surprises & A Great Retreat! from Heart Desire Creations

Last week was the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat and it was a blast! There was so much sewing going on, but that is truly the least of it. The sharing, assistance, laughing and teaching moments were all such treasures. The generous spirit of all who attended was just amazingly wonderful. How lucky am I to bring these quilters back together each year!

And there were surprises! Beverly made these darling heart appliqued bags for everyone and a few extras for the wonderful employees of the inn where we stay. She also made  cute little butterflies (mine, unfortunately, is camera shy ...

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April 26, 2018
New Project from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I know...
I need a new project like I need a hole in my head, as the saying goes.

But I couldn't resist.
I had been seeing photos on Instagram and blogs from the Netherlands and surrounding countries. I was so drawn to it...No control.

It's a Mystery Hexagon quilt called Winterse Hexjes from Anne Liefs who has a quiltshop in the Netherlands.

She started the mystery at the beginning of this year but you can still sign up like I did a couple weeks ago



This was week 1 and 2


Week 3 and 4 

Now ...

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April 20, 2018
CROCHET: Infinity Scarf from Samelia's Mum

We're away on holiday in England right now, so crafting is quite limited. I brought over a little bit of embroidery and the beginnings of a crochet blanket which I'm slowly making for a new baby due later this year.  Like all crafters, I don't seem to have a problem with starting new projects. After a visit to a teeny little yarn store in a town called Battle (near Hastings) I came away with a

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Floral crochet.... from Made To Treasure

When many parts of the world started to enjoy spring, 
this part of the world is getting ready for scorching summer heat...

Just before the flowers in our garden fades away...
i finished my crochet floral runner which i started in 2016..


This is a floral afghan pattern from Lion brand...

I just fell in love with the flower motifs and finished it into a 36" x 13" center piece...

This is made of  Anchor knitting cotton, my favorite thread for crochet..

I starched a bit using spray starch while blocking to make it a bit sturdy ...

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April 16, 2018
Total Relaxed Day from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I decided this morning that it was going to be a day of as little housework as possible, just the basic. Also no cooking....
total leftover and clean out the frig day.

It was a cold, blustery day. Sun came out but still didn't make much of a difference.
Stayed inside, lots of piecework, sitting around. Probably too much sitting around but it will warm up and it is going to be a busy week ahead.


On the list for today was to add grey around this diamond


Done 

I also dug out the Vintage Garden top that is ...

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April 15, 2018
Bramble Stitch Scarf (knitting) from France Nadeau

Bramble Stitch Scarf (knitting) - francenadeau.comThank you for visiting! francenadeau.com Follow my blog with Bloglovin Web site Craftsy Pattern Store Spoonflower Shop Pinterest Google+ Instagram House Keychains - pattern available in my Crafsty Pattern Store - francenadeau.comDaily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.comThank you for visiting! francenadeau.com Follow my blog with Bloglovin Web site Craftsy Pattern Store Spoonflower Shop Pinterest Google+ Instagram House Keychains - pattern available in my Crafsty Pattern Store - francenadeau.comDaily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.comThank you for visiting! francenadeau.com Follow my blog with Bloglovin Web site Craftsy Pattern Store Spoonflower Shop Pinterest Google+ Instagram House Keychains - pattern available in my Crafsty Pattern Store - francenadeau.comDaily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.com

Knitted with alpaca/synthetic yarn, in a shinny red that was very hard to photograph. Border finished with crochet hook. Pattern by Patons Yarns: Patons Colorwul Bramble Stitch Scarf.

Bramble Stitch Scarf (knitting) - francenadeau.com

Thank you for visiting! francenadeau.com Follow my blog with Bloglovin Web site Craftsy Pattern Store Spoonflower Shop Pinterest Google+ Instagram House Keychains - pattern available in my Crafsty Pattern Store - francenadeau.comDaily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.comThank you for visiting! francenadeau.com Follow my blog with Bloglovin Web site Craftsy Pattern Store Spoonflower Shop Pinterest Google+ Instagram House Keychains - pattern available in my Crafsty Pattern Store - francenadeau.comDaily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.com

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April 6, 2018
Thank Goodness it's Friday from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I have had computer issues for a few years now, nothing major just that I've had to power my laptop by battery and not through direct power. Like my last Dell the power source jack would not stay connected. 



So I purchase extra battery and charger, that way I had a battery to use. Nice in theory but it has it's glitches.  The battery use life could be maybe a couple hours, sometimes shorter, depending on the task I'm doing. I could and was living with that...... But


The last straw is that Windows want to continually ...

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March 30, 2018
OMG (One Monthly Goal) -- Fail or No Fail? from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

My goal for March was to get the felted wool table runner that has been languishing for about 20 years done.


There was some forward motion on that front.


Here is what it looked like at the beginning of the month:



And here is where it stands today. 




So, technically my OMG was a fail.


However, I have not been idle for the month!


I quilted and bound a quilt top (Turning Twenty pattern in 1930's repros) as a gift to a banker friend that is having her first baby.  Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of it ...

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March 29, 2018
Q. When is portable, no longer portable? from Samelia's Mum

I have a question for you today and I'd love to hear your thoughts. When is a project 'too big' to be considered portable?  Is it when it doesn't fit in your handbag any longer?  Or when it's too big to carry around and work on comfortably? I'm currently working on my crochet granny stripe blanket. I'm probably around 1/4 of the way through making this blanket, so it's getting quite large

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Yeah a Finish and Newbie from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm



Yeah A Finish



 In my last post I mentioned that crocheted blanket 
I started about 3 weeks ago and my goal was to use up all the small leftover balls of yarn I had, and boy do/did have.


Unfortunately it didn't take all the balls I had in this plastic container.


Did use over half of them tho.
Looks like I'll need make another.  Well I started another one this morning. I took it with me to the doctors office because mom had an appointment today. 


  The crochet blanket goes very fast.


It was made with two ...

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