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November 27, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been cranking up socks for the holidays. This is one of the sock trains I made last week. Four socks knit one-right-after-the-other. 
Two pair ready for finishing. 
I love these little stacks of socks. 
Monday I knit a single after work. 
Thursday it found its partner. 

I won't be adding more socks to my Etsy shop until 2021. I still have a few pairs ready to ship so order soon to get them by the holidays. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@beccascrazyprojects) and my Etsy shop Becca's Crazy Projects to get updates on ...

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October 28, 2020
Halloween Masks from Becca's Crazy Projects

 And you thought the mask sewing was over with. 

Darling Husband has said more than once he wanted a mask that had more coverage than the fitted masks I made a couple months ago. I made a sample last month and he has already lost it. It was time to make some more. I pulled out some fun Halloween prints and got cutting. These are made using one of the 3D patterns out there. I used the adult size from this Martelli Notions YouTube. I don't use the Martelli system but they include the sizes on the video. I ...

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October 26, 2020
Creative Clutter from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since Aunt Betty dropped off al this fabric I have been a little stressed about my creative space. Too much fabric and not enough room for creativity. 
Bags of yarn, stacks of fabric everywhere!
This little bookshelf wasn't doing anything so I brought it upstairs and made room for it. 
I filled that little shelf rather quickly with fabrics I really like and think I will use. Other fabric was stacked up and put back into the trash bags in which it came. I can see when there is more fabric than I can possibly ever use. I really ...

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October 21, 2020
Wardrobe Wednesday from Becca's Crazy Projects

Welcome to another Wardrobe Wednesday! Another wearable sewing project brought to you by Aunt Betty. 
My goal on Saturday was to make this pile of cut knit fabric into a finished garment. 
It seems I am limited when it comes to green thread. I often mix and match with the looper thread, considering the leading needle (left-most needle) as the most important when it comes to colors. 
Sadly, by the end of the day on Saturday this is how far I managed to get. Any time I have to switch my serger from overlock to coverstitch I slow down. It ...

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October 16, 2020
Etsy Shop Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

I did a big shop update a couple weeks ago and plenty of great things are still available. Socks and knitting project backs for that hand-knitter in your circle. 
This one is one of my favorites. 
These are lightweight, soft bags that close with a zipper. Wrist strap for easy carrying. 
There are also some great quilted bags. 
These have a little more substance and so great.  
I have three or four of these that are always drifting around with a new project inside. 
They aren't really bigger on the inside but I can dream.

Check out socks in ...

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October 14, 2020
Wardrobe Wednesday from Becca's Crazy Projects

There was supposed to be another fun garment sewing project here today. Sadly, there is only a partial post. 

The best part about buying pdf patterns is the instant gratification of getting that pattern in your inbox or downloading it. The not so great part of that is printing and assembling that pattern. This is another Ellie & Mac pattern. I love that designers now make patterns with layers so you can print only the size you need. Granted, this means if you want another size you have to print it again but that time is about the same as tracing ...

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October 7, 2020
Wardrobe Wednesday from Becca's Crazy Projects

I may have an unnatural relationship with this raglan pattern (link below). This time paired a fun stripe with a navy solid. 
This time I added side seam pockets. Half the fun of making your own clothes is adding details you really like. I like pockets. Pockets big enough for my hands. Pockets big enough to hold my mobile phone. You know, appropriately sized pockets. If you don't know about pocket inequality, you should do some reading. This article from Medium is a good place to start. It just scratches the surface. I'm sure you could find more ...

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October 2, 2020
Going Home Sweater from Becca's Crazy Projects

I stacked up some of my glorious loot from Aunt Betty so I could settle on something. 
I pulled this cute little print and a coordinating solid. 
The pattern is the Going Home Sweater by Ellie & Mac
I want to tell you I love this pattern but I don't. I love the quality of the pattern and the directions. What I don't love is that neckline. I'm not one to show off and I wear t-shirts with a crew neck almost every day. Yes, every day. For work. This neckline just didn't suit my comfort zone ...

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September 30, 2020
Aunt Betty Strikes Again from Becca's Crazy Projects

In case you haven't heard of Aunt Betty, you should check out my tagged blog posts on the matter. If you want a quick primer, you should check out this Professor Pincushion video which explains it all. 
Over the last couple weeks a friend of mine has been cleaning up her sewing room. Partly to clear the clutter and partly to make room to work. Some of that decluttering went to the thrift store and some came to me. I am like an overzealous fosterer when it comes to fabric. I love it so much I can't say ...

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September 25, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This pair was made using the leftovers from a couple of Knit Picks Duos. Both gradients paired nicely with some Uneek Fingering I used to make myself a pair of socks last year. These are just wonderful!
This pair used some different purple yarns from Knit Picks. I really like how these came out. 
So no one thinks I save all the matching socks for myself, here is a pair I knit last week using Knit Picks Static (the same fingering base as Stroll). These were a fun surprise and I'm glad I gave the yarn a try. I ...

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September 21, 2020
Postage Stamp Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I heard Mary (@mary_thecuriousquilter) was hosting a charm square swap I jumped in with both feet and my considerable collection of 2.5" squares of fabric. I've had some really good luck and some really bad luck with swaps in the past. I went into this one with high hopes and I was not disappointed. 

The first step, for me, was sorting through my collection of 2.5" squares. I have been cutting these little pieces of fun for quite a while now. This is what the collection looked like before I started sorting.

This is what it ...

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September 18, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

What it looks like when I'm knitting monster socks. The little ball of yarn on the left is the alternate yarn. The little hank on the right (just above the number 225) is the main yarn. I switch back and forth between the yarns every two rows of plain knitting.  
The heels and toes are knit with only the main yarn. This is to ensure I can keep good tension while knitting the short rows for the heel and toe. 
No two are the same! I love these more than I should admit. Want to check out the socks ...

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September 16, 2020
Knit Picks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I swear the people that wrote the new Blogger drafting tool had no idea how the old one really worked. So many features I relied on are now gone. Thanks for the "upgrade"

Last weekend I received my latest order from Knit Picks. I should stay away from their website because there are so many good things. 
This small box was packed with delightful yarn. 
Stroll Tweed was on sale and I have a soft spot for sales. This yarn is as soft as the rest of the Stroll line and perfect for socks, mittens, and gloves. 
Then there was ...

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September 11, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

What's going on here? The purple is my setup bonnet (used to load onto the needles to start the work), yellow is my waste yarn (usually a cheap acrylic of the same weight as the sock), and the black is the cuff of a monster sock. The hung hem is quick and easy and makes a great cuff. I make the cuffs on both socks in a monster sock pair the same so you can tell which one goes with which, not that it really matters with monster socks. 
Those tails will be trimmed when I finish the sock ...

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September 7, 2020
The Bird Dress from Becca's Crazy Projects

I follow Cal Patch on Instagram and her sewing adventures are always a pleasure. Last week she shared her version of the Bird Dress and I was intrigued.

I've been collecting worn t-shirts for a while so this was the perfect project because it is designed to use those tees to make a color-blocked garment. Sadly, I took only one progress shot, this one before I attached the pockets to the front.
I made this using two black, two blue, and one maroon tee.
One of those had some words on the front that are now on the back ...

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September 4, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Sunday I attempted to knit a sock to pair with one I had knit earlier in the week. I made it to the toe and realized I had made an error. This little collection of re-wound balls shows how that sock ended up. Sometimes I get more out of my yarn than a single use. 
On my next attempt I managed to finish that second sock. I love these scrappy monster socks.

If you would like a pair of socks machine knit just for you, stop by my Etsy shop and send me a note. I'm sure we ...

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August 31, 2020
Dotted Rays Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I estimate the bind-off for this shawl was 450+ stitches. It wasn't quick but it is always satisfying to finish a knit project. 
Here it is before blocking. 
I love wet blocking to open up lace and create a little drama. 
See how those double-yarn-overs open up!
I love this shawl for its simplicity while knitting and the impact it makes as a finished object. 
My guess is this is about 250 grams and a good size. 
Now I all I need is some cooler weather so I can wear it. Details, including the pattern and yarn source can ...

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August 28, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is where my alternate ball of yarn rests while I work the heel on a monster sock. This little epiphany has really helped me knit the heel faster and more accurately. This is possible because the yarn guide for the mini mast has slots for the entire yarn path.
What makes a pair of monster socks a pair? Usually the only thing that matches is the cuff. Otherwise, they are made with one to two row stripes of scraps of Knit Picks Felici in whatever color I happen to grab. No two socks are alike.
Sunday mornings, after we ...

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August 24, 2020
Sunshine Crossbody Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

A friend mentioned the Sunshine Crossbody Pouch pattern from Bagstock Designs and I decided to give it a go. This is a free pattern with detailed instructions with color photos. You can also find a handful of step-by-step video tutorials on YouTube if you search for "sunshine crossbody pouch". I looked through my collection of vinyl, fat quarters from Spoonflower, and zips to come up with the perfect combination. This fabric Cephalopods world is still available on Spoonflower. 
On Friday I cut out all the pieces. Fabric, interfacing, vinyl, all ready to go. I buy my zippers from Zipit Zippers ...

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August 21, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I post my fresh-off-the-machine socks with the waste yarn still on the toe I often get asked interesting questions like "I'm so confused!

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