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March 24, 2017
FINISHED: A Crochet Blanket from Samelia's Mum

"I've been to cities that never close down... from New York, to Rio and Old London Town... but no matter how far, or how wide I roam, I still call Australia home."

Okay, well no, I haven't been to New York or Rio but I have been to Old London Town (well the airport anyways). 

I've heard this song by Peter Allen, over and over and over and over this past couple of weeks. My son auditioned for the school production and decided that this was the song we wanted to perform.

He practised and practised and ...

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March 23, 2017
Crochet Takeover from Creating Chaos

As you may have gathered, I have rediscovered crochet and am currently in the process of making a temperature blanket.  As this is a year-long project I wanted something to do in the meantime so those lovely people from Wool Warehouse have sent me some goodies.  Okay, I did part with some money before they sent the parcel.

My plan is to make a bag following a pattern from Attic24's blog.   If you crochet too and have never visited this lovely blog I thoroughly recommend you to do so without delay.  You'll find it here - Attic24.

The bag ...

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March 22, 2017
Philippians 2:23 Another Crochet Project! To Do Tuesday from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 2:23

Did you notice something?  Paul is waiting to send Timothy until he sees how "things" go with him - to see if he will live or die. (Remember, that is the decision he is waiting for while writing this letter.) He needs Timothy at his side right now.
Paul is taking care of himself by keeping Timothy with him until he knows his own future.  Self-care.  That's wisdom.

I've been struggling with that lately! It's really not surprising!  I'm finally feeling more and more normal after chemotherapy!  (The effects of this ...

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March 20, 2017
Slow Stitching Sunday. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello Everyone!
This week has been filled with friends, family and grandbabies, so my crafting time has been minimal.  And I'm good with that.  My grandbabies will soon want to hang out with friends instead of me, so I'll take what time I can with them. Friends and family time has been wonderful.  

Slow Stitching Sunday.
have been crocheting a bit. My goal is to attach 2 - 3 hexagons to my afghan every week.  

I use a portable tray to set up
my supplies.  That way I can crochet
inside or outside.  

It's exciting to see ...

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March 17, 2017
Be part of our upcoming Wonderland display! from The Village Haberdashery

Calling all Knitters and Crocheters!

To celebrate the arrival of the much anticipated Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel (coming so soon!) we are planning a big Alice in Wonderland themed display for our West Hampstead shop and we need your help!
Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

We would love you to get your knitting needles and crochet hooks out and stitch us some tea party treats! We are looking for miniature cakes, biscuits, cookies, and tea cups, juice bottles…. you get the idea!

Crochet Cake Sachets Inseparable Cake

The only criteria is that they should be no bigger than 4 inches by 4 inches. Pick ...

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March 14, 2017
Philippians 2:19. Hexagon Afghan Progress! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 2:19

As Paul begins to discuss his future, he talks about sending Timothy to them. Obviously he expected Timothy to return as he staed that he expected to be cheered when he received news about them.  

Hearing news about those we love is so special!  I can feel Paul's eagerness for news about his beloved Philippians!

I used to send cards or little notes to my loved ones all the time.  Now, for some reason, the osteoarthritis hurts when I hold a pen and write more so then when sewing/crocheting.  

This held me ...

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March 13, 2017
Crochet Baby Gifts from Pieced Brain

One of the young ladies at my trusted UPS store just had a baby girl. For a change, I decided to crochet some gifts for her baby. Crocheting or knitting gifts for babies is one of my favorite things to do. In fact, it was one of my favorite gifts to receive for my own babies. I have kept all the beautiful items they got, as well as the baby afghans I made for each of them. I guess I need to write another post to show them to you!

The gray is not showing correctly on the photo above ...

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The Eggcellent Blog Post from knot what it seams

By Teayl.

It is heading towards Easter, there is an abundance of ovoid shaped chocolates in the shops and people are getting ready to symbolically celebrate the sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a child I often wondered what chocolate Easter eggs had to do with my family’s yearly celebration Passover. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I discovered that sadly chocolate had nothing to do with it and that the pertinent symbol was the egg itself. A symbol of new beginnings. We celebrate and are reminded that Easter is about a ...

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March 12, 2017
Stash Report And Borders from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric in this week. I finished the rug for another 3.75 yards out. If you missed the picture in the last post, here it is again.

Now I’m adding borers to the Safehouse quilt. It’s another project that has taken forever, and I just want it done.

The border fabric came off the charity table. It’s a very long not-so-wide piece, which means the borders are on the straight of grain. I’ve never cut borders like that before. Many pattern instructions say to do it that way, and now I understand why. They are ...

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March 11, 2017
A Finish And No Way To Talk About It from Quilt Paint Create

I finished the rug this week, which had me doing a serious happy dance.

The next day we got hit by 60-mile an hour winds and a pole went down up the road. We lost cable/internet for the next 24 hours. I am grateful the pole didn’t close our part of the road and even more grateful we didn’t lose power.

I’ve had a lot of questions on the rug and plan to post a tutorial sometime in the near future. It ended up being a hybrid of three different rug patterns. That way I included ...

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March 6, 2017
Come Learn to Crochet or Knit Socks! from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

Knitting/Crochet: Learn to Make Socks!:  

Learn how easy it is to knit socks…..or crochet them!  Yes, you can crochet socks!  Both techniques will be taught.  A basic sock is being taught.  Have a harder one you have found bring it along.  The supplies for the simple sock are the same except for needles!  You need 2 skeins of 1.75oz sock yarn or 1 skein of 3.5oz sock yarn, yarn needle, stitch markers.  Crocheting? Bring a Size D Hook.  Knitting? Set of five Double Pointed Needles Size 2!  Level: 200. 

When: Thursdays, March 9th and 16th @5 ...

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March 4, 2017
March Short List from Quilt Paint Create

February was a wash for me. I didn’t finish anything.
I have much better hopes for March. I did make progress on the February list items that should lead to March finishes.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Art Quilt Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I adjust the categories as needed to add new interests and drop things that no longer appeal.
· Something old – The Quilt Addicts Anonymous BOM from 2016 is UFO #5 that was chosen for March’s Get It Done ...

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February temperatures all done from Creating Chaos

I've finished February on my Temperature Blanket and as you can see the temperature increased enough on a few days (13 - 16 deg C) to get some green rows.

Looking ahead at the higher temperatures on my chart I'm beginning to wonder whether I will use some of the colours I've bought so will have to decide whether to adjust the bands.  Think I needed to have a discussion with my daughter as she is using the same chart.

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March 3, 2017
Crochet Experiment: Dragonfly Wing from Becca's Crazy Projects

Remember when I shared this project? that was before I found a giant knot part-way through the ball of yarn. Now, if it had been a simple knot that kept the ombre color-change going I would have just kept right on crocheting. Sadly, that isn't what happened. That knot took me from the darkest color (near the top of this piece) to the lightest color in the ombre- not even seen in this sample. This is Shawl in a Ball from Lion Brand Yarn. I was sad, but I did learn an important lesson: always re-wind your ombre yarn ...

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March 2, 2017
A milestone! from Cats in the Quiltoriium

The wreath is pieced. Now I must carefully turn under and baste the edges.....

And here is the finished colorpooling scarf. Just needs a fringe.

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February 28, 2017
Lac Rose Scarf from Liz Makes Crafts

I don't crochet that much, but I try to get out my hooks once in awhile, just so I don't forget how! I recently completed Lac Rose, a lacy crochet scarf by Katya Novikova. The pattern is super easy, and I deliberately used a bigger hook and smaller yarn than called for for an even more open look.

I'm really happy with this scarf. I like my scarves pretty long, about 7 feet, so that when I wrap them around my neck once, they still dangle at thigh-length. The crochet lace look is a very different style ...

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WIP Wednesday #276 @ TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

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February 24, 2017
Philippians 2:14 Part 1. Surgery Update. Mason Jar Cosy. Speaking of Mason Jar Meals.... from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 2:14

in his usual style of writing in absolutes 
made this act of character development clear:  

Do Everything
Grumbling or Arguing.

Grumble: to mutter in discontent; 
the act of complaining in a low voice

Even as I write about this verse, 
I find myself wanting to grumble!



My first thoughts 
are how I've grumbled about 
the little acts that irritate me.  
They are too meaningless to even list.  

Then I recall that, 
after teacher staff meetings or 
when new demands were announced, 
we would grumble.....
and ...

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Temperature Blanket - January Completed from Creating Chaos

Very pleased with the progress I'm making with my Temperature Blanket as I was late starting.  January is now finished and as you can see from the photo, it is very blue!  I'll be glad when the temperatures rise a bit and I can get on to some different colours.

Looking so closely at the temperatures (I'm using the highest recorded for Bournemouth each day) you get a bit obsessed and how much they change.  Also looking back on January I was surprised to see we started the month on 10 deg C although it did drop ...

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February 22, 2017
Comfort. A Finished Scarf. from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Just a note:

My posts will be short and minus the Philippians Bible Study for a while.  I'm recovering from cataract surgery and I'm finding the computer is hard on my eye!  

I'm trying my surgery sunglasses and they seem to be helping!  :)

I'm blessed to be recovering in the comfort of my home and oh so loving family and friends!


Isn't is so humbling how the Lord 
cares for us, 
loves us each individually 
with all our quirks and faults.  

He rejoices over us, 
He provides for ...

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