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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 20, 2014
Queen’s-Crown Crochet-Border Shawl from France Nadeau

I used a 100% polyester recycled thread for which a 4 US (3.5 mm) crochet is recommended. I suggest using a smooth thread because a small 2 mm crochet is used for this project. Choosing a wool that easily separate … Continue reading

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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 10, 2014
Alpaca Fingerless Gloves from France Nadeau

Two summers ago, on a vacation in the gorgeous Charlevoix area (province of Québec, Canada), I visited an alpaca farm and, of course, bought some yarn. This hand-dyed turquoise yarn was chosen by my youngest son and, as he expressed his wish … Continue reading

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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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sharing the crochet from block-a-day

molly makes pattern basket of colour

Each time we visit the Bega Valley it feels like we are yet another step closer to our dream of moving back to the east coast.  We always spend some time checking out the realestate – driving around houses by the sea, bumping down dirt roads looking at land. Some of the houses are instantly checked off the list.  But the land – oh I can always imagine great things for the land :-)

One piece we looked at these holidays was the perfect distance from the town and hospital – many huge and beautiful gum trees, hills worthy of the Sound of Music ...

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October 5, 2014
Unhinged by Pumpkins, from Fabric Scraps or Crochet from Gefilte Quilt

They're orange! They've got delicious roastable seeds! Their guts smell like my childhood! Did I mention that they're orange? 

Let's name it: Pumpkin Madness.

Halloween is upon us, and has been since August, according to my supermarket, but these fabric pumpkins are so easy and quick to make that you can wait another 26 1/2 days to start. 
Look familiar? I posted how-to's last year, in this post.
26 1/2 days is also more than enough time to learn how to crochet and then make these:
Of course, the crocheted kind don't ...

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September 29, 2014
hoppity-hoppity from block-a-day

Well!  You’ll need to settle down with a lovely cup of something to read this one!  The lovely and creative Rebecca of Needle and Spindle asked me to participate in this little bloggity hop, where we get to ramble on about the whole creative process as it fits into our lives.  It’s taken me hours to collect all these thoughts and put them down in some kind of order, but I do hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did thinking about it, and perhaps it will add a little light to the creative chaos that ...

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September 26, 2014
Hooked on Crochet! from Scraps of My Life

I'm so excited!

Around New Years this year, my friend Ingrid and I decided that we wanted to learn to crochet.  Our plan was to learn from her mum, Birgitta.  Well, it's now September and neither of us had really done much about learning to crochet.  A couple of weeks ago, Ingrid had her mum show her the basics, then while out in the shops, we came across some cheap crochet hooks and I picked up one and a ball of yarn.  There is sat for about the last two weeks.

Well, I finally picked up hook and ...

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September 18, 2014
Popcorn and Lace Cushion from Lilabelle Lane

"Popcorn and Lace Cushion"

I actually made this one last weekend, it's just taken me all week to get on the Computer to Blog it!
It still needs 3 buttons on the back and a smaller insert but I am really happy with how it turned out.

If you are intersted

Popcorn & Lace Pillow Pattern

I found the pattern over HERE 

This first block only took me 2.5 hours!
You must remember that I am still a beginner when it comes to crochet.
The second one took only 45 mins.

"Coastal Ripple"

My Yarn for my Coastal Ripple has arrived. Maybe this ...

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September 17, 2014
Before i take a break… from Made To Treasure

After Christmas sewing spree during last year, I'm opening my sewing machine only few days back.

My mind was kind of blank and was always day dreaming while in my sewing room.

I tried to whip up few small projects to practice …i almost forgot how to sew a straight line.

Yesterday when i realized I'm going to miss my sewing room for next few weeks, i got the lost mojo back for few hours

and….I made it…

lined zipper pouch 

…believe me..not one….

lined pouches

and not 2…

zipper pouches

..made four pouches …

I pieced and finished it at a shot from ...

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September 16, 2014
all over the place from block-a-day


I’m very unsettled at the moment.  You may have noticed.

Each day, I bounce from room to room, from project to project.  I hit upon something that takes my fancy for several hours – throw myself into it – it’s delightful – I’m delighted – I’m going to do marvellous things with it.  Then, the next morning, I’m back to bouncing.

Feverishly filling in a giant crossword book I found.  Spending waaaaaaay to long playing mahjong on the computer.

The one upside to this state, is that slowly, bit by bit, each room is getting a good shaking out ...

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September 13, 2014
A crochet Finish from Lilabelle Lane

 African Flowers 
I have a Finished blanket.
My 2nd crochet blanket project is all finished and
I am so pleased with how it has turned out.

I decided that I wanted a soft lacy looking edge.
Not bad for a beginner and no pattern for the edge :)

I am super pleased with myself as that means that I am actually keeping to my own promise of not starting another Crochet project until one is finished.  But what now?
No crochet project on the go?
No there isn't but that's OK as this is my next project.

A much ...

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September 11, 2014
Crochet Washcloth Video Tutorial & Yarn Giveaway! from Crafty Gemini

I'm back with a new crochet video tutorial and a yarn giveaway! Thanks to our generous friends at Lion Brand Yarns two lucky winners will each win three skeins of Kitchen Cotton 100% cotton yarn- the perfect warn for this washcloth project! Giveaway details are below. {For the exact colors you'll win watch my video!}

If you are a newbie to crochet you are in for a treat because I took my sweet time filming this tutorial to make sure I covered all the bases. I think you will appreciate it!

This is a great beginner project and ...

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the sort of gardening we’re good at from block-a-day

new leaves by my side basket of yarn under dog

Since there’s nary a green finger between us – I’m hoping they’ll grow when we turn our hands to gardening our own land – our best “gardening” is enjoyed in other ways.  With wool, and cotton, and needles, and hooks, and books, and bikes, and tools, and paper, and pencils, and good food, and lovely company.

So, when a magnificent spring day burst forth, that’s just what we did :-)

julian raleigh buds

Out we went, soaking up that sun and warmth.

rabbits lunch

hat crochet sticking out from my chair basket with flowers

And when, at last, the air cooled and the sun dropped, we celebrated the day and the lovely “gardening” we ...

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September 9, 2014
It's tea time . . . from Gilly Makes


Blue skies & bright warm sunshine,
lovely friends,
delicious little sandwiches,
an array of yummy scrummy cream scones,  gooey profiteroles
homemade elderflower cordial,
and an impromptu crochet workshop,

in a beautiful garden.

Can you think of a lovelier way to spend a day ?

 Oh, and there were chickens . . .

Linking up today with Chantille Fleur for Tea Party Tuesday.

'til next time,

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Crocheting, Frogging and Crocheting Again. from I Can Quilt Knit Crochet

     So I told you about the simple crochet scarf I started making this weekend with the pretty Palette yarn in Mist.  I was using two strands of yarn, but I realized I still had a third ball of this yarn to use and I wanted to use all the this Palette yarn on this scarf so I can use it all up.  That third ball of yarn plagued me all day Sunday.  I knew what I had to do, I just had to convince myself that frogging my almost finished scarf would be a good thing.  It was a good ...

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