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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.

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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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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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