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December 10, 2014
Gift Sewing from Alamosa Quilter

'Tis the season for gift making. I've been making ornaments and dishrags.

Well, the ornaments were made last weekend. I started on the dishrags in September when I was still working at my LQS as something to do during the brief lulls in the going out of business sale. Initially, there was no time to do anything other than store business. After a couple of weeks there would be little windows of time during the afternoon when I had nothing to do. There is only so much shelf straightening I can handle, so I started bringing my crochet hook ...

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Red and Pink Sweet Girl Sweater from France Nadeau

This is my second Sweet Girl Sweater. I used Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic and a 4.5 mm hook. This yarn is very, very soft. So soft that it is a real pleasure to crochet with it. The first Sweet Girl … Continue reading

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Free pattern! Elisalex’s crochet snowflakes from The Village Haberdashery

On the last Wednesday of every month, Elisalex de Castro Peake (yes, the co-founder of By Hand London!) teaches a crochet class in our West Hampstead shop. The project changes from month to month and it’s always beginner-friendly. We just ran her snowflake class for the second year in a row and it was so popular, we wanted to share the pattern with you!



You can use this pattern with virtually any white yarn (thicker yarn =  bigger snowflakes). Some we like are Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in Drift, Spud & Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream and MillaMia Naturally ...

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December 4, 2014
December A Lovely Year Of Finishes And Short List from Quilt Paint Create

With all the holiday tasks this month I decided to keep the list short.
My ALYoF goal is to make a small sample of a rug pattern I found in an old magazine when I cleaned out mom’s house. I’ll keep it small enough to use as a hotpad or to put under my Christmas cactus pot. My goal is to figure out if I like the technique enough to make a decent size rug with it.
Now on to the Short List.
Retro Charm remains on the list. It feels like I’ll be quilting this top ...

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December 3, 2014
Yarn Along 12/3/14 from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I've been planning to knit "the little dudes" some slippers and trying to figure out how to make the pattern I use look like Thomas the train. The boys love their trains. Then I came across this pattern on Ravelry.  

They are cute, not knitted but crochet, which is fine cause I know how.  In my stash there is all the colors needed.  I haven't started them yet, just found the pattern but sure
hope they turn out as cute as the ones in the picture.

What I have been listening to is book ...

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November 30, 2014
Making, making, making from Stitch and Yarn

Since my return from Mexico, it's taken me a little while to get my head around the fact that I don't have to go to work each day. I get a grin from ear to ear when someone asks me whether I had to go back after long service leave – it's such a wonderful thing to be out of there.

I certainly haven't been sitting idle – in fact I'm not sure I'm very good at doing that – and I'm realising that if this working-from-home thing is going to be permanent, then in the ...

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November 29, 2014
20th Century Comfort Room from daintytime ~ Sherri Lynn Wood

It's an interior space that speaks about the confinement of imagination. Installed at the Headlands Center for the Arts, 1998. Continue reading

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November 28, 2014
Thanksgiving Crochet from PJ Quilts

After a wonderful day of feasting with family and friends, it sure it's nice to set back in the easy chair and do a little crochet. I'm working on a scarf to go with mitts and boot cuffs.

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November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving! from Gefilte Quilt

Seems like only last year that Thanksgiving and Chanukah were the same holiday! Here's a quilt I made for both!
Blogged here. You still have time to make one for Chanukah!

(Crocheted turkey pattern is free, here. Scroll to the bottom.)

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November 21, 2014
Handmade Christmas Decorations Blog Hop from Pieced Brain

[Another blog hop and giveaway info at end of this post!]

Handmade Christmas Decorations Blog Hop!

I was invited by the folks at Stitch Craft Create to participate in the Handmade Christmas Decorations Blog Hop, and I am so glad I said Yes! They publish such wonderful craft books, and have a page with craft eBook downloads, very convenient for when you want to make a last minute gift and need fresh ideas immediately.

I chose to crochet a Christmas decoration, so they sent me Crochet your Christmas Baubles eBook (oh, the photographs! the ideas!):

There were many tempting projects as you can see from ...

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Missing In Action from The Craft Divas

It’s been a while since I have posted and it is time for me to get back to The Craft Divas mission to share our love of crafting, fiber art, and artistic expression with those who share our passion and also anyone who wants to listen.

I want to thank my partner in craft for holding down the fort here. Work has been crazy and I have been doing remodeling in my home. So I have not had much opportunity to quilt, craft, knit or crochet. I have been keeping my head above water by doing enough to meet ...

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November 19, 2014
Crochet Christmas Stocking // A Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends! Today I am over at The Sewing Rabbit with a Christmas tutorial – A Crochet Christmas Stocking!…

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November 17, 2014
Ripple Love from Lilabelle Lane

I took advantage of our cooler weather over the weekend to finish off my Ripple Blanket


Three trips around and it was done, 8 weeks after I started it :o)
When I first learnt to crochet I knew I wanted to make a ripple blanket
so it now feels so good to have accomplished that task and to also have it be
my first big blanket.

It's BIG.  Here it is on a Single Bed and below on a Queen for size reference.

I nearly didn't add the border but so glad that I did.
The pattern for ...

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November 15, 2014
A Cowl for Granny from Scraps of My Life

Hello, hello!

Recently I made this cowl and really loved the whole crocheting process and how the final project turned out - quick, easy and a beautiful result.  I mean, what could be better?  So I decided I should make a few for Christmas gifts.

There's this wool shop near my work that I've always been meaning to go into and look around.  Unfortunately, as I work ridiculously late into the evening most nights, they're never open when I pass by.  However, I finally found some time to pop in and I found this super yummy wool calling ...

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November 14, 2014
Crochet Hat Video Tutorial- Lion Brand Yarn from Crafty Gemini


{If you’re reading this in your email click on the picture or post title so you can view the full blog post, links and video. The links and video don’t work in the email. Thanks!}

This cooler weather really has me cranking out some quick & cozy little projects!  I recently posted my video tutorial on the 45-minute cowl and that was a huge success! So many of you really enjoyed that project. I’m so glad to hear it! If you want to check it out click HERE.  Up next is this slouchy hat called the Metropolitan Ave ...

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November 10, 2014
Little Boy Blue from Hanging On by a Needle and Thread

I love knitting and crocheting baby things!  They are usually easy and fast to finish, plus it's always good to have a few extra on hand for when you need a quick baby gift!

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October 31, 2014
More Yarny Things from The Crooked Banana Quilts

On my hiatus from sewing, I found myself spending a lot more time with my yarn stash. I'm trying to get a jump on some Christmas presents, so you'll excuse me if I don't say who these items will be for ;)

First up, some nice, simple pot holders. In my kitchen, these ones are my favorite. My quilted ones just don't insulate as well as the two layers of cotton yarn, even though I added both cotton batting and Insulbrite to the middle. Ah well. At least those ones are still pretty, right? These will be ...

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Crocheted Cowl from Scraps of My Life

Hi, there - welcome back!

So having dipped my toe into the world of crochet, I've been itching for a new project - something still at the easy/beginner level but with a bit more spectacular result than the mug cosy (cute as they are).  Scarves are always a pretty safe project but I found something that took the boring scarf up a notch: the cowl.

During my quilt guild's exhibition, I bought some beautiful blue and turquoise wool from one of the vendors and decided it was destined to become a lovely autumn cowl.  Paired with a chunky hot ...

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October 30, 2014
Crochet away from Seams Sew Creative

I've been on a crochet kick lately, sometimes its nice to sit and do something that takes little to no effort for your brain to accomplish. For me that is crochet.

I learned how to crochet when I was around 7 or 8 years old, and that skill started a long line of crochet dresses for my Barbie dolls, crochet blankets for my model horses, and crochet blankets and rugs for our doll house.

Looking back I wish I had kept some of those pieces I was so proud of as a child, just to see them from the ...

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October 27, 2014
Finishing Things Up from Sew What's Cooking

Lately I’ve been spending time trying to get things caught up as well.  And it has been so nice to be back at my machine!  I’ve also been doing some hand stitching as well which I have really enjoyed.  So, today I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve been up to.  What are you working on this week?

Some of my hand stitching.


First, I got caught up & finally mailed out some bee blocks.  I have a few more to tackle this week!  This first one I ended up having to make twice as ...

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