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August 16, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This week I spent some time cranking socks.
On Monday, I cranked these wild socks with some yarn I picked up during the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May. It's so much fun seeing how different yarns knit up. I paired it with some highlighter yellow for the toes.
On Tuesday I put together this cart for told hold my yarn.
I'll fill all those levels with yarn shortly.
I even worked on my next pair of hybrid socks.
Wednesday I cranked these socks using Knit Picks Felici in the colorway called Time Traveler.

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August 12, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I promise, the blog will not become all socks, all the time. Even if it feels like it right now. Sitting down to learn a new skill takes time and dedication. You won't get good at something doing 15 minutes of it once a month. You have to practice consistently to get good at something. Crafting is like that, too. I've focused a great deal on the machine sock knitting, and I think I've learned the basics well enough to somewhat reliably get a sock when I try to make one. Not all the time, but most ...

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August 9, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

All aboard the sock train!

When I'm trying to accomplish something I roll from one sock right into the next. This is what I call a sock train. Knit a sock, add some waste yarn, knit another socks, add some more waste yarn, repeat. This way I really only have to set up to knit once. From there I can just keep adding to the train. This was my Saturday afternoon sock train. It looks like four socks, but there were only two good ones in there. The other two were wound back up and are ready to be ...

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August 7, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I knit this pair last week. One on Tuesday, and the other one Wednesday. So many socks waiting to be finished.
I managed to finish sewing up the toes on a couple pairs from last week. This pair with the contrast heels and toes came out great!
Then, I tried to knit some socks and it just kept not working. I don't know if it was the yarn, or the tension, or what. But I used all three set-up bonnets and made a big mess. 
In the end, not one single socks. All of it ripped and wound up ...

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August 5, 2019
Hybrid Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know I'm sock obsessed. It's summer. I don't want to go outside. I don't want to sweat. I would rather sit in the air conditioning and knit socks. At least I'll be ready for gift giving this winter.

I've been working on these hybrid socks (partially machine knit and finished by hand) for a couple weeks now. 
I managed to finish the heels over the weekend. They fit as well as hand-knit socks made with afterthought heels. A fine project if you like take-along projects.
I even started another pair of hybrid socks ...

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August 2, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Contrast heels and toes

During the learning process I've avoided some steps just so I can be confident with straightforward sock knitting. This means I focused on setup and consistent tension. Then I focused on technique, meaning being able to consistently knit heels and toes on the machine. Now that I have those things master to the point I'm not ripping back every-other sock, I can play with changing yarn along the way. This was my first go at a contrast heel. I totally messed up the toe and had to rip all the way back. I joke ...

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July 31, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

So many socks! As I work through the learning process, I'm getting more proficient at heels and toes. You have no idea how many times I've watched some of these instructional videos. This was my second pair on Saturday. 
Update: I finished the toes and started working on the afterthought heels of my hybrid socks. I promise I'll stop cranking long enough to share some tools.

2019 sock knitting count:
  • Cranked socks: 2 pair (one still needs the toes closed up)
  • Hybrid socks: almost 1 pair (partially cranked and partially hand-knit)
  • Hand knit socks: 1 pair

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July 29, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I don't usually have much time during the week to work on projects. Between work, dinner, family time, and sleep there isn't much time during the week to practice on my knitting machine. This week I squeezed in a solitary turned heel. I was overly proud of it even if it is destined to be ripped back and put into a different project. 
Later in the week I decided to try again. This tangled mess is what happened to the toe. I don't recall what went awry, only that it did. That ball winder of mine is ...

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July 26, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

My first pair of cranked socks are almost done.

Because I wanted to have something to show for my first week with my sock knitting machine, I grabbed a single 50 gram ball of Knit Picks Felici and got cranking.
I decided to go with hand-finished heels and toes but wanted to give the hung hem a go. I put in waste yarn for the afterthought heels (that's what the strange red strand is all about).
I picked up for the toes and got knitting.
I knit in the car.
And I knit waiting for dinner.
I almost finished ...

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July 24, 2019
Circular Sock Knitting - Cast-on Bonnet from Becca's Crazy Projects

Getting started with sock knitting: Cast-on bonnet

I wanted to make a cast-on bonnet for my Erlbacher Gearhart circular sock knitting machine. This is a great first project that will teach loads of skills.

With this first project I learned:
  • how to attach the set up bonnet, 
  • knit onto waste yarn, 
  • adjust tension to avoid dropped stitches, 
  • switch to project yarn, 
  • again adjust tension, 
  • transfer stitches for the picot edge, 
  • pick up and hang a hem without dropping stitches, 
  • transfer stitches and pull needles to switch to the mock 1x1 rib, 
  • bind off with a crochet chain,
  • how to set ...

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July 22, 2019
Awaiting Fullfillment from Becca's Crazy Projects

After returning from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I decided I wanted a circular sock knitting machine. I wanted one enough to do some internet research, choose Erlbacker Gearhart to manufacture my machine, and lay down the substantial amount of money required to buy a reproduction machine manufactured in the United States. What I wasn't expecting, in this Amazon-will-have-that-to-your-door-tomorrow world, was the long lead time. Once I started investigating the lead time, I learned most people were saying 8-10 weeks. Then, when I started asking people in circular sock knitting groups when they had ordered their machines -- and ...

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July 1, 2019
Custom Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

Darling Husband asked for some patches for a live action role-playing game he was participating in on Saturday. He found the art and I worked up the design in my embroidery design software.
Using materials I had on-hand, I stitched the design onto white felt. Since he would be handing these out to the other members of his faction at the game, I covered the stitching with fusible interfacing and used hot glue to attach the pin backs.
I sewed patches onto his coveralls and matching t-shirt. Little details like this can make gamers happy. 
Then, I just had to ...

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May 22, 2019
Maker Bracelet from Becca's Crazy Projects

During one of the great Designs by Little Bee sales I picked up a blank bracelet design in a stack of sizes.

I had a little bit of time on Sunday, so I designed a label and got stitching. I didn't put a bunch of planning into this one. I grabbed a piece of vinyl I had on my cutting table, picked a contrasting thread color already on the machine, and started stitching.
Machine embroiderers can pick up their own copy of the Blank ITH Bracelet Set. The KAM snaps and tool like is at the bottom of the ...

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May 15, 2019
Machine Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

Some days you need an easy finish.

This is one of the many fun snaptab machine embroidery designs from Designs by Little Bee. A friend requested this little Shiba Inu snaptab and I finally got around to stitching it out. Such a cutie!

Tools and Supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Fiskars 4-inch Curved Craft Scissors
Dritz Large Seam Ripper (because sometimes there are mistakes)
Magna-Glide bobbins
KAM snaps

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February 18, 2019
Embroidered Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have a few machine embroidery designs from Disorderly Threads. Occasionally, they announce a discount on new designs through their Disorderly Threads Facebook page. The Octopus design was one I couldn't resist.
This design is an in-the-hoop machine embroidery design. These are great for people that want to do machine embroidery and sew small projects but aren't so great at the sewing part. All the steps, including adding the lining is done completely on the embroidery machine. My bag-making skills are fine, but it is nice to use the embroidery machine to work on something while I'm ...

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January 23, 2019
Knitting, Embroidery, Mending, and Games from Becca's Crazy Projects

I don't have a focused post for today. So, we'll go over a bunch of things I've been working on or doing over the last week. 
I've been working on this knitting project this year. I started with the Dotted Rays pattern by Stephen West, but I'm seriously considering making it into a poncho, or infinity scarf. That idea is very nebulous, though. I'll share how it turns out if I figure out how to do it. 
I embroidered a pair of hand towels for friends. The dragons might look a little funny because ...

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November 21, 2018
Machine Embroidery Disasters from Becca's Crazy Projects

To be clear, these are not disasters. These are just little moments when crafting goes slightly sideways. You should expect them, and not let them bother you too much.

Even the best tools you can afford sometimes don't work out the way you want. This is the back of one of the many snap tab projects I've been working on. This is what happens when the machine decides the proper thread path isn't the way to go. This was a simple fix, once I realized I had a problem. Remember, if you every have this sort of ...

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November 16, 2018
Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Monday I shared my post about embroidering these felt place mats.

I got busy with the machine embroidery and stitched out a couple more. 
I think this one is going to work with me.
I'll hang it on my office door so everyone knows my opinion on the holidays. 
Here is the full set. Two red and two green. I think we'll hang them in the windows after Thanksgiving.

Machine embroidery designs by Urban Threads Embroidery.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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November 14, 2018
Snap Tab Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been stitching up more than a few snap tab designs. This fun little floppy disk design is from Designs by Little Bee. See those little curved craft scissors? I bought those to make applique easier and I'm so glad I did. Each of those little labels is a piece of felt appliqued onto the tab. I am really pleased with the finish.
I made a couple more large hand sanitizer holders with the baseball design. I like how this one finishes up. The one with the teal outline is what happens when you trust your embroidery machine ...

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November 12, 2018
Embroidering the Holidays from Becca's Crazy Projects

The last time we were at Target we saw these felt place mats. Darling Husband thought they would make great holiday decorations with the addition of some seasonal embroidery. I pulled up my collection of designs from Urban Threads Embroidery and got stitching.
I will be stitching out several designs, with no two being the same. When you collect designs you want to use them all.
These designs are big and take what seems like forever to stitch out. The results are great, though. I have two more to embroider.

Tools (affiliate links):
Magna-Glide bobbins
Fiskars Curved Craft Scissors

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