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March 2, 2020
Crank to Dye from Becca's Crazy Projects

What seems like forever ago I bought entirely too much Knit Picks Bare Fingering weight yarn to dye. I still haven't managed to get through it all. I decided it was time to use the circular sock knitting machine to make some blanks to dye. This is a great way to create gradient colorways.
Step one was to take those hanks of yarn and wind them for easy knitting. I used my Stanwood ball winder. If you're unhappy with your small plastic ball winder, this is a great upgrade option.
I used the 72 slot cylinder on my ...

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February 17, 2020
Squiggle and Stripe from Becca's Crazy Projects

It took me almost as long to mend in the ends than it took me to finish knitting this shawl. I wasn't too sure about the lumpy shape of the finished piece before blocking.
I really like the squiggle effect. But all those color changes! Four different colors make for beatufule work and lots of ends.
Like usual, I went with wet blocking to get a dramatic shape. This helped get rid of the lumpy bits and brought out the squiggles. It also made the shawl a shawl shape and size. I was concerned it wouldn't be big ...

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February 2, 2020
Sometimes You Rip from Becca's Crazy Projects

I was looking for a new crochet pattern and discovered a fun cowl design on Ravelry call Kruska. I caked up some yarn and grabbed my hooks.
This won't be a small project, so I also grabbed my big project back to hold it all.
I was having some difficulty with the new stitches, so I did something I almost never do: I worked a swatch. It took some practice to get the stitches right, but this looks like the pattern, so I'm going to assume it's right.
This pattern taught me a new cast on, which ...

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January 15, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm almost done with the Squiggle and Stripe by Stephen West. Yarn is Knit Picks Hawthorne.
This is my carry-along knit project. A simple asymmetrical shawl made with big yarn and big needles. I didn't use a pattern as this is a simple shawl design. Basically, increase one at the beginning of every right-side row, decrease one at end of right-side row, increase one at the end of every wrong-side row, slipping the last stitch with yarn in back at end of every row.
I ordered and received my new labels from Dutch Label Shop. These are perfect ...

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November 4, 2019
All Things Yarn from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since the last yarn flavored post, I've cranked a pair of socks using my new 72 slot cylinder. 
I've started on another shawl using the fun colors of Mandala yarn from Lion Brand. This one is still a work in progress. 
And I started working on a design to make a stunning shawl, assuming I can sort out the math required. This is just my stitch counting sample. Assuming I manage to make it work, it will be much more colorful and exciting than this early stage appears.

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Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet ...

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October 14, 2019
Peacock Petals Finish! from Becca's Crazy Projects

The last rounds of this beautiful shawl were slow going. Peacock Petals Shawl pattern is free. 
When it was done I put it over my exercise ball so I could get a feel for the resulting fabric. 
I knew it was going to be a monster to block, but wet blocking was the best choice to get that lace to open up.
Here it is blocked. This is why I love wet blocking knit and crochet projects. It lets the lace shine.
This one is all about looks because it is too light and lacy to offer any warmth. 
It ...

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October 11, 2019
Crocheting Along from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've almost finished my Peacock Petals Shawl. Once I get it blocked I'll share it in full.
I needed a new project, so I grabbed this cake made with several balls of Knit Picks Chroma worsted. 
I got hooking using a free pattern on Ravelry called Raspberry Croissant Shawl
I've been working on it for a few nights and I really like how it's turning out. I'm not even close to done with this one and I'm already thinking about my next. That's short-attention-span crafting!

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