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August 23, 2019
Charity Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last weekend I dropped I off some kid quilts at Annapolis Quilts for Kids and grabbed more quilts to get quilting. Even simple quilts can have a big impact. 
The simple meander is a great way to get back into the swing of quilting. 

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Here is the EpochConverter for 2019.

2019 Charity Quilt Count: 44

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August 21, 2019
Peacock Petals Crochet from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up this yarn on a whim at the local A.C. Moore. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I wanted to give it a try. 
I found the Peacock Petals Shawl and thought it was a good match. This is a free pattern that packs a punch. The first few rows are nothing fancy. They are lacy, though. Using this fine cotton yarn is going to make this a light and breezy shawl. 
I made it through the fist section without too much trouble. I think I'm better at reading ...

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August 19, 2019
Machine Embroidery Snap Tabs from Becca's Crazy Projects

This weekend I had a terrible time managing to crank out a sock. Those of you who are here for all the other crazy projects I guess this is good news. For me, it was cranking five socks to have one suitable sock. I did manage to kitchener some of the toes on socks from last week, so I was productive. 
I decided to take a break from socks to stitch up a snap tab for a friend. 
The design is from String Theory Fabric Art. They have so many amazing and geeky designs.
I know a Star Wars person ...

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August 18, 2019
Not Knowing from The Quilt Quine

One of the really hard things about living with my daughter’s Anorexia is the not knowing what will happen day to day, each week, months or even years ahead. I had to make the enormously difficult decision to cancel a planned teaching trip to Bernina India because  in January she could be at the same stage, in hospital or hopefully maybe in recovery but there is just no way of knowing. 

I have to confess that I am finding it difficult not to be “busy”, trying to fit as many multiple projects and thoughts into 24 hours as I ...

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Baby Tag Blankies – and Tutorial from Heart Desire Creations

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Recently I was asked to make several baby tag blankies – some in pink and some in blue. This really is such an easy project and a great gift idea.

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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 14, 2019
Crochet Madness from Becca's Crazy Projects

I had to make another Cakes Two to Tango shawl. This time with this monochromatic cake and one with a little more oomph.
Getting started it had contrast, but not much punch. 
The shift from color to color was fun, though. 
The resulting fabric for this one is just so scrumptious. 
Then, when I got to the end, the colors really started popping. 
When I make something like this I always wonder how it would have come out if the colors had shifted the other way. 
Overall, a great finished project.

Find the pattern on Ravelry: Cakes Two to Tango ...

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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 11, 2019
Try to Act Normal from The Quilt Quine

Life is far from normal at present – it is challenging trying to not make everything about my daughter’s struggle with Anorexia. We are attending medical appointments at least twice a week in a desperate attempt to keep her out of hospital. Normally an ill child should be getting well in hospital but in the case of this illness that could be the worst thing. It could mean being sent to a secure unit away from home with limited family visits and fed forcibly under sedation without taking into account my daughter’s strict vegan diet. 

We had to attend ...

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Cutting & July Wrap-up from Heart Desire Creations

A small retreat awaits me come Labor Day so I wanted to do some prep.  Most of my Works in Progress are not travel worthy – they are at the point that there’s too much thinking or I’m just not motivated to work on them. Interesting how when I begin my projects I’m SO excited and then, WHAM! Somewhere along the line I lose that enthusiasm. Fortunately, I tend to regain it later, sometimes even years later and manage to complete the project!

I recently purchased a kit on clearance and knew it was perfect for retreat. It ...

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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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REVEAL and Do you need more Christmas? from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I didn't do a Fireside Chat this week, but i will have one for next Monday night. Occasionally I have to change the night or skip a week due to my schedule. I have family in right now visiting so I'm with them.
Let me tell you what is coming up this week so you don't miss out
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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 28, 2019
Last Border, Round Robin from Heart Desire Creations

Finally!! This Round Robin project has been around forever! There was only one border remaining for me to do but I just couldn’t decide. At first I was so sure it was to be yellow.  I even sewed one strip on only to see it wasn’t the right one. Not much unsewing, so that was okay. Lots of auditioning and finally decided on a black and white print. I was also determined to use something from my stash!

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I didn’t like all one plain border – just didn’t seem to go with all the other rounds that ...

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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 23, 2019
Free Merry Mini Sew Along Block #4, it's my day! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Time for block #4 of our Christmas in July sew along, and it's my block!!

If you’re joining me for the first time visiting for the Mini Quilt Christmas Quilt Along, I'm so excited you are here! I'm Pat, and I’ve been quilting 'online' since 1999!  I write quilt books, do videos and tutorials, host sew alongs, design fabric for Benartex, and share it all with my worldwide online neighborhood of quilters. Find out more about my sew alongs HERE and join my online neighborhood HERE

Block #4 is my favorite.. shhh.. don't tell ...

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