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July 20, 2014
Crochet Basics: Slip Knot & Chain Stitch from Crafty Gemini

The next video in my new How to Crochet Video Series is now live!  In this tutorial I show you how I like to hold the crochet hook and yarn and my suggestions on how you can get comfortable with this. Keep in mind everyone crochets a little differently and you need to work out what works best for you, feels comfortable and still gets the job done.  No matter what anyone tells you, there is no right or wrong way to hold your project.  Do what works for you... and have fun!

I will also teach you a foolproof ...

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Restful Crochet from Wedding Dress Blue

This afghan has been a work in progress for a while. With all the resting I am doing these days, I was able to finish it up.


I love the pattern and the colors. You can find the tutorial HERE and enjoy making one yourself.  The tutorial is clear and easy to follow and resize for your own purposes.

It doesn’t have a home yet, but I am sure the right occassion will come along.

ps–My thanks again for all the kind words and suggestions for recovery. I am getting better. Slowly. But trying hard to be patient ...

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July 19, 2014
Craftsy's Creative Escape Flash Sale from Crafty Gemini


{Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means if you place an order from the included links I will earn some $$.  Thanks for your support!}

Craftsy is having another fun sale and this time select online classes are up to 50% off! It's a flash sale so it ends tomorrow, Sunday, July 20th at 11:59pm MT. 

Click here to view the complete list of classes on sale!

If you've been eyeing a class or two this is the perfect time to snag it up!  There over 150 classes on sale! The subject areas include things like ...

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July 18, 2014
FNSI. . . . Friday Night Stitch In! from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Wendy opened up the sign-ups for this months FNSI over here . . . .and I have been busy so I was almost too late for the game!

But, it is Friday night & I have a project that I need to get done by the end of next week so that I can enter it into our local county fair.

I don't have any pictures of it yet. . . . and it is not quilting ---- it is my 1st love, CROCHET.

The pattern is one that I have done a couple of times. . . . .and the piece I am working on now came about because ...

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Knitted and Crocheted Dress Tops from France Nadeau

Lately, I have been seeing many pictures of dresses made with crocheted or knitted tops and fabrics bottoms. I do not want to copy those pictures here in my post but if you go to my Pinterest “crochet et tricot” … Continue reading

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July 17, 2014
Craziness! from twiddletails

A couple of weeks ago, I found a whole collection of vintage crochet patterns at a yard sale. I'm slowly listing them in my Etsy vintage store because there's no way I can keep them all, but they are SO inspiring!

Yesterday I hopped on over to Michael's and aquired a skein of really, really, thin crochet thread.  Actually, it is size 10, which is nowhere near the thinnest there is, but it's quite intimidating.
I also bought a set of 6 really skinny crochet hooks and, unbelievably, the correct size is not among them. I ...

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July 16, 2014
How to Crochet Video Tutorials from Crafty Gemini

video tutorials on how to crochet

Random fact: I've been crocheting since I was nine years old! I learned from an older Cuban lady who used to volunteer in my after school program. Once I had the basics down my mother later taught me how to crochet in the round and other fun stuff. Surprisingly enough I've never done a tutorial on anything crochet related. It's probably because I don't spend as much time crocheting as I do on sewing and quilting. I crochet here and there when I have some down time which is NOT very often.  Lately, though, I've ...

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For My Little Cubs from Pippa Patchwork

My adventures in motherhood continue. Every day (and even night!) with these boys gets better and better. We have a pretty solid routine; they’ve naturally synched with each other, and I’ve in turn synched up with them. Honestly, two babies is not as crazy difficult as I had expected… not yet anyway (knock on wood). And even though it is busy, having a degree of predictability makes everything easier. Most of the day is devoted to eating, some reading and playtime, and napping, during which I try to keep up with the basic laundry-dishes-clean-house aspects of life, and ...

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WIP Wednesday – Cuteness Overload (long post) from Pieced With Love


Last week I was busy introducing myself for the 2014 New Bloggers Blog Hop, so I skipped WIP Wednesday, but this week Im back. A little bit more to show this week, if you dont mind.

I have a question, maybe there are some cross stitchers out there. I drafted a cross stitch design, also found some programs, to do it with. But I would need a program, that can save my chart as a .jpg or .pdf and until now I havent found one. So maybe you could recommend me one please.


Our Little Miss Ida is already 9 ...

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July 7, 2014
Yea for Crochet! from Monkey's on the Porch

That’s right, I said it. Yea for crochet. With the two littles in the house I don’t really get a chance to quilt. So, I spend some of my time doing crochet. Just because I can. Now, the Small Blonde has decided that he would like to learn how to crochet as well. To that end, today we went shopping and bought him his very own hook. He also decided that he wanted to get yarn in the colors of his favorite football team.

So far, we are still working on how to hold the hook and yarn ...

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My Sunday and Stitching from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

 It has been a perfect day to relax and enjoy some piecework. The temps are in the 90's with humidity to go along with it so its been an inside day.
Was doing some sewing on the machine for awhile earlier but I'll show that tomorrow.
Then some appliqueing, something I haven't done much of for sometime. 

Have 12 blocks completed out of 42

Here is my stack of ones that need to be stitched down.
I like to press my edges under and then use glue to attach the pieces to the background. Its water solvable ...

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July 3, 2014
A Crochet Market Bag from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

source Lion Brand Yarns

I had made a bag like this a couple years ago but had given it to my daughter so I do not have completed one to show.
Like I had posted yesterday for Plastic Free July here is a pattern for a crochet market bag.

I'm using Peaches and Cream cotton yarn and a free pattern off of Ravelry.
Just started it this afternoon and it's a quick one to work up. Could go quicker if it was not for the carpal tunnel in my right hand and crocheting is harder than knitting for ...

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July 2, 2014
WIP Wednesday – So many finishes (long post) from Pieced With Love


Yesterday was another happy mail day, but not fabric this time. My wool arrived to finish my “Kira” the kangaroo doll and do a few of the other laylala dolls.

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Caravan Paper Piecing –- I started my next paper piecing project 2 days ago, and nearly finished all tiny bits, but then I had to stop coz I got a major headache and I just had to lay down. But tomorrow I had a sewing day over at a lovely friends house. Im impressed we even found time to sew with all 6 kids together, but they behaved really well ...

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June 30, 2014
on monday morning before I leave for a late from block-a-day

crumpled sofas

:: the sofas are crumpled with quilts … speaking of the cold but cosy nights we are having as we move past the winter solstice and once more towards the sun

crochet basket

new version

:: so many corners filled with so many projects … a little dabbling in last summer’s crocheted cotton throw, and turning a doily pattern, written for fine mercerised cotton, into something so much chunkier and more colourful – plans for something silly and wonderful!

blue sky

:: the back door opens to the first blue sky in days … look at our funny winter trees – the oak still dressed in its autumn leaves, the flower buds already ...

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June 25, 2014
WIP Wednesday – Little Progress from Pieced With Love


My Aurifil order from Massdrop arrived last week and made me totally happy to have now more every day colors for my quilting.

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Little Miss Ida Charlotte, seems to love Aurifil too, she grabbed them all the whole time and got really mad, when they fell on the floor.

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Churn Dash Pillow Case - Since a few weeks I really want to do something with a churn dash and I asked hubby what he wants me to sew with my new bundles, he didnt thought long about it and just said, he wants some cool pillow cases – I just gave ...

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June 20, 2014
Bunny new books and a something on the needles ...... from Handmade Past

my little crochet bunny, almost finished, i just have to make the eyes...

a new book, de kunst van het bakken.... yammie, i am going to make a pie tonight, so if i succeed you will see the result soon....

a litle poem

knitting.... a shawl i make it in my favourite colour pink, in my favourite pattern, gerstekorrel, and i double knit it to make it even softer, just because of the warm feeling....

and an other cook book, but such a lovely one, the pictures inside are so delightful, i just felt in love with it... 

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June 18, 2014
Crochet with Habu Fine Merino from Itchin to get Stitchin

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June 17, 2014
Enormous and inspiring – Textile art from the web from Stitch and Yarn

There are two projects I've come across this week that are so massive in their undertaking that I just have to share them. The first one was a yarnbomb my Dad shared on Facebook! Not that he took part, but he did go and visit it and then send me the pics. It's the Holbrook yellow submarine yarnbomb – the largest yarnbomb in Australia to date.

Holbrook is a small town of about 1,200 people that's 80km south of the town I grew up in. It was the last town to be bypassed as part of the ...

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June 15, 2014
Helle's Crocheted Coral Garden Hat! from Selvage Blog

This crocheted coral garden hat was made by Helle Jorgensen of Gooseflesh in Australia. She loves to witness the expressions of surprise people have when they first see it. Isn't this amazing? Go Helle!

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June 14, 2014
Summer handwork {sewing & crochet} from Shadows of the Blue Ridge

Something about summer just makes me want to do handwork. Whether it's sewing or crochet it's just so relaxing to have a portable project to take outside. Last week I reached into my unfinished projects and pulled out my English paper pieced Lone Star and got started with adding the background fabric. I knew it wouldn't take me very long to get it done, and in fact it's almost finished. I'm getting ready to take a trip and have been searching for something to take with me for some down time. So...I guess I ...

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