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August 16, 2017
Little Boxes of Challenges from Creating Chaos

I mentioned last month that I've signed up for a Little Box of Crochet each month but I seem to have forgotten to post the results.

The first month saw the challenge of tapestry crochet - a bit like cross stitch but with crochet stitches and from my vast experience with cross stitch, it's much more difficult with crochet stitches.

The first piece was a small tag, just to get the hang of it.   My first mistake was not reading the instructions!   This resulted in me working back to front which brought challenges when reading the chart but I ...

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August 15, 2017
CROCHET: Rainbow Corner to Corner Blanket from Samelia's Mum

Rainbow C2C Crochet Blanket by Anorina Morris (sameliasmum.com)



Rainbow C2C Crochet Blanket by Anorina Morris (sameliasmum.com)


My scrappy rainbow crochet blanket is finished. Hip hip hooray!!

The blanket was a gift and has gone to its new home - I hope it gets lots of couch snuggling before the cool weather is over for the year.

It’s a corner to corner blanket otherwise known as C2C. It’s a very simple blanket to make and grows quite quickly. Each colour is made up of 2 rounds. Or is it rows? I’m still not sure of the “crochet” lingo and as the name suggests, it starts at the corner and is worked diagonally. The corner colours ...

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Baby blanket from Susan P Blog

I enjoy having a small ‘something’ to do when I watch television when the light is not that good to do anything else, and when I saw this blanket on a FB group last week I thought it was perfect. Nothing complicated, just straightforward stitches and rows. The first baby blanket I am crocheting!

baby blanket

 


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August 14, 2017
Classic Crochet Shawls from Pieced Brain


My collection of yarn and crochet hooks keeps growing. I have crochet hooks that belonged to grandmothers long gone, metal ones I began crocheting with, others I purchased in the US. If the desire to crochet strikes when I am traveling and I have no supplies, I run to the nearest craft store, get what I need, and the fun starts. I also love that I have the electronic version in my laptop of books with projects I want to try. Armed with a pattern, yarn, and hook I nestle on the couch in my hotel room and enter a ...

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August 13, 2017
Seaside Blanket (crochet) weeks 12 and 13 from France Nadeau

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Free tutorials by Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog (Seaside Winter Blanket CAL). I’m using Caron Simply Soft and a 3 mm crochet hook.

Downtown House - pattern at francenadeau.com

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Butterfly Garden fabric design - francenadeau.com

Downtown Houses - blocks 1-8 in my Craftsy Pattern Store

Daily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.com

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August 9, 2017
the madeline cardie from block-a-day

cast off

After two weeks of knitting with this glorious dark blue wool – I think of it as black watch tartan wool – I finally found a decent background for it last night as I sat casting off my Madeline Cardigan (original name “Practically” by the very talented Kelly Herdrich) – named after Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmanns of course – can’t you just see all those little girls in two straight lines wearing this very cardigan as they march the streets of Paris! –  wrapped in this lovely vintage Laconia blanket.  Oooooh but our little cottage is sooooo cold at night – being metal and all ...

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August 6, 2017
Fruit Salad from knot what it seams

Taking a break from writing about the wanderer bracelet journey I decided to crochet a series of small key chain items. It began with a single slice of fruit and pretty soon there was a whole fruit salad.

 

Watermelon

I started with watermelon slice, crocheting a pink circle, a light pink ring around it and a green edge for the rind. Filled with a pinch of hobby-fill. Black stitches for the seeds.

Banana

Using a variegated yellow thread I crochet length ways along the banana, through back loops to achieve a ridged surface to the banana. Brown thread on the ...

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Saturday's Song. Slow Stitching. Stash Report. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Saturday's Song
This week I have been so stressed out!  My cyclical oncology follow up appointment was supposed to be this month.  With  all the new diagnosis, metastasis and recurrences around me,  I postponed all my tests and labs because I was afraid.

And then I heard this song.

Is there something


that has you frozen with fear
as well?

I hope this song blesses you!

Slow Stitching
I have enjoyed hand sewing the binding on this baby quilt.  I'm also reminded as to why I hire my daughter to bind my quilts....hurting hands!  But, oh!  How ...

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August 2, 2017
Primary Colors and Other Projects from Quilts....etc.

The new quilt for the libraries raffle will be called “Primary Colors” and I was busy yesterday cutting (not done) and beginning to chain stitch pieces together.  I chained pieced these on Monday night. And more last night These I planned on working on last night but somehow I never got to them and they […]

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August 1, 2017
Last Dance Update from Creating Chaos

The next four sets of squares for my Last Dance on the Beach blanket are complete and these have been some of my favourites so far.


This one has little bird like footprints - love it!


This was my first time of working corner to corner and I will definitely be doing this again.


Love learning how to make bobbles.


This is also a favourite and so quick to do too.

My main reason for doing this blanket was to learn new stitches and it has certainly fulfilled that.


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Ugg boots and a hat from Susan P Blog

I am so chuffed with the little copycat Ugg Boots and the little hat I finished today – isn’t this just delightful?

ugg boots


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July 31, 2017
The One Where Great Fun Was Had from knot what it seams

Last week, my Partner-In-Craft, a friend who graciously offered to model for us and myself braved the possibly of rain and a cold wind (oh, the things we suffer for our craft!) and headed outside to take photos for updating the Etsy store.Pot mitt tree

 

Now, we are serious, responsible adults who maturely recognise the fact that the photos we use on Etsy has a big impact on our branding and sales and should be imbued with the utmost importance. So with gravity and minute attention to detail… we had a lot of fun.

 

 

 

 

Tea anyone?

 

There were pot mitt ninja wars, draping over ...

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July 30, 2017
Boomer Gloom and Doom from CollectInTexas Gal

I thought I was done with knitting.  So done that much of my collection of 'fancy knitting yarns' are now for sale in my shop along with a good many knitting books and magazines.  I made the decision to 'NotKnit' when realizing I am better and faster at crochet.  To further justify giving up knitting and selling off  knitting stuff, I was patting myself on the back for downsizing the 'YarnArama' stash, emptying several shelves of books and magazines, and saving myself from 'Boomer Gloom and Doom'.

I am here to tell you that 'Boomer Gloom and Doom' is a ...

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Seaside Blanket (crochet) – week 11 from France Nadeau

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Free tutorials by Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog (Seaside Winter Blanket CAL). I’m using Caron Simply Soft and a 3 mm crochet hook.

Downtown House - pattern at francenadeau.com

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Web site Craftsy Pattern Store Spoonflower Shop Pinterest Google+ Instagram

Butterfly Garden fabric design - francenadeau.com

Downtown Houses - blocks 1-8 in my Craftsy Pattern Store

Daily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.com

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July 28, 2017
Little pink set from Susan P Blog

My finished project this week. It is for a newborn baby girl and soooo tiny. Struggled with the little dress as I keep on miscounting or doing something wrong. Started al over about three times before I decided it was ok

pink set

I still can’t read patterns but YouTube is excellent. I made the dress, booties and diaper cover using video tutorials by different contributors


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July 27, 2017
Philippians 4:5. . Prayer Shawl. Orange Peel Quilting. To Do Tuesday. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:5
Scripture

Observation

So, Paul is saying, be free from harshness, sternness or violence toward all.  I wonder if he is thinking of the two women who were quarreling?  

Application
Oh my!  In a past life I was so harsh and stern!  All that ugliness in me was simply a survival tool to hide the hurt and pain.  My attitude was, "I will hurt you before you hurt me."  
I can still fall back into that state, but not very often indeed!  It's a miracle of God that my spirit is now more gentle.  Praise Him for ...

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July 24, 2017
Project Planning and Choosing the Right Yarn by Yarn in the City from The Village Haberdashery

The lovely Allison and Rachel from Yarn in the City have been writing some yarn-focused blog posts for us to help inspire you with your knitting and crochet projects. We get so many question in the shop about what yarn to use for certain projects so the ladies have created this post to answer all those queries…Take it away, ladies! 

Yarn in the City

One of the things that we love about hosting our yarn-y events is introducing makers to the amazing world of yarn! There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a knitter or crocheter’s eyes widen at the creative possibilities ...

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The One Where I Attempt To Unravel The Mysteries Of Wool (Or Yarn) from knot what it seams

I like wool. A lot. But many, many a time I have been left staring at the computer screen only knowing that I wanted really thin wool, but maybe I really need yarn? And do I want fingering or sock? And what’s Aran? And why have they named wool after the monkey in Nintendo??

Stop. Breathe. It’s okay.

So for any others out there who also have trouble differencing between their lace weight yarn and Aran wool, we no longer need to scratch our heads in confusion! Because I finally got on Google and did my best to ...

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July 23, 2017
Seaside Blanket (crochet) – weeks 9 and 10 from France Nadeau

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Free tutorials by Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog (Seaside Winter Blanket CAL). I’m using Caron Simply Soft and a 3 mm crochet hook.

Downtown House - pattern at francenadeau.com

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Web site Craftsy Pattern Store Spoonflower Shop Pinterest Google+ Instagram

Downtown Houses - blocks 1-8 in my Craftsy Pattern Store

Daily Cooking at Amazon - francenadeau.com

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July 19, 2017
Philippians 4:3. Patrick's Strength. To Do Tuesday from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 4:3
Scripture
Observation
Paul is asking a mystery companion to assist in the reconciliation of these two ladies.  
Application
I wonder....if I was one of these two women, what would I do?  How would I feel after hearing Paul's plea?  

In a church we attended when my kids were teens, there was a time of contention between myself and anther person.  The conflict was regarding our kids.....

At that time, the mama bear in me was roaring to fight and defend my kids....

To this day I stiffen at how the whole situation was handled by ...

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