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September 4, 2019
Peacock Petals Crochet from Becca's Crazy Projects

The rows seem to take so long to complete, now.
This one was just after I finished row 51. I love how this is working up. The color changes are coming quickly, now.

Free pattern: Peacock Petals Shawl

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet Hook Set (10 hooks)

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August 28, 2019
Peacock Petals Crochet from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared the slow progress on the Peacock Petals Shawl
I continue to work on it a little each afternoon. I love watching the slow color shift and the lacy stitches forming. This is at row 40. A little over half way. Right now the edge is a little ruffly, but I'm sure blocking will settle it out. This is a project where blocking will play a vital role in getting the lacy to really sing.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet Hook Set (10 hooks)

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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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May 15, 2019
I Don't Like This Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I made another shawl and I'm not at all happy with it. Except for the colors, which are gorgeous. And the pattern, which I'll definitely be following again.

This is going to be more of a yarn review than a post about a finished project.  Yarn Bee Wildstreak comes in gorgeous colors, but it's loosely spun and I had to focus on every stitch to keep the tips of my needles from going through the yarn. The second of three skeins had multiple knots and stretches where the fiber wasn't twisted at all.

I need to ...

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April 17, 2019
Crochet Faster! from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up this fun yarn last year at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. We're quickly approaching the next Sheep and Wool Festival, so I figured I should get hooking. This is a free pattern on Ravelry (linked below). You can read about what I picked up during the 2018 Sheep and Wool Festival.
They yarn is from yarnhygge. It is a very nice fingering with such fun color. 
I don't know if I'll finish in time for the Sheep and Wool Festival (first weekend in May) but I'm going to give it a go ...

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March 24, 2019
Ethereal Knitted Shawl from Monas Creativity

I knitted this shawl a year ago, but put it away, cause it looked way too small. Somebody told me to block it out. Yesterday, struggling with a cold, I tried and it turned out much better! A great knitting project for summer-time, recomended!
«Ethereal»free pattern by Laksmi Juneja.

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March 7, 2019
Aziz Pattern Has Been Released from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Ambah O’Brien has now released the pattern for Aziz. There is a discount code on the pattern page, good through March 17, but always check to be sure it’s still valid. You may remember that I test knit this design. This is a very easy pattern and requires minimal attention while knitting it. You can...

The post Aziz Pattern Has Been Released appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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February 25, 2019
Another Dotted Rays from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started another Dotted Rays early in the year. I've been working on it during those times while I'm waiting, or riding in the car. These little bits of time are rarely wasted.
This one is pretty small as it uses less than 150 grams of sport and DK weight yarn. More of a shawlette than a shawl. The solid is a DK from Knit Picks. The multi is a Knit Picks sport weight yarn I dyed last June.
As usual, I decided a nice wet-blocking would open it up and give it some character.
See, it just ...

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February 12, 2019
The Current Project from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Most of yesterday I worked on the second test knit I’m doing for Ambah O’Brien. You may remember that it’s a three color project. These were the yarns that I finally decided to use before I started knitting. Yesterday I got to the spot where I would use the third color, which would have been...

The post The Current Project appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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January 8, 2019
Keeping busy over Christmas and New Year from Creating Chaos

The few weeks before Christmas found me with nothing to do so I found some wool I had bought a few months ago and made myself another virus shawl.  It was once again a quick and easy make and filled in an empty slot!

As I have mentioned many times, I am not one to sit and do nothing!   This is even at times like Christmas and the New Year when there are other things going on - if I am sitting, I have to be doing something!

Thankfully Little Box of Crochet and Craftpod both came to my rescue with ...

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January 4, 2019
Close to You Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is not my first go at the Close to You shawl. I made one last year, too.

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever. I decided I wanted to repeat the edge as the bind-off, so it has been slow going. I miscalculated the amount of yarn I would need to finish the edging, so I had to add in another yarn to finish it up. I even ended up playing yarn chicken a second time. I had about two yards of the black leftover, so I was cutting it pretty close.
Bound off ...

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December 12, 2018
Neutral Hug Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Remember the Hobby Lobby Incident? I've used up four more skeins of yarn from that pile. 

Yarn: Yarn Bee, Alpine Authentic (Neutral)  

I used the cast on and increases from the Gramma's Hug pattern, but left out the lace bits and ended it with a wide border of k2p2 ribbing. Ribbing at the bottom of shawls may be my new favorite thing.

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November 10, 2018
Project Completed and Started from Creating Chaos

This week has seen projects completed and new ones begun and I seem to have fallen into a routine where I've worked on stitching in the afternoons and crochet in the evening.

I've been working for some weeks on a shawl for someone special but I won't say anymore about that as they still have to receive it.

Once again I have used Scheepjes Swirl which seems to be my 'go to' yarn when it comes to shawls as I just love the way the colours change. 

This shawl was designed by Lisa Cook and is called ...

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November 2, 2018
Weinig steken op een langere rondbreinaald breien.... from Quilts Van Kippetje en Meer

Omdat je nou eenmaal niet voor ieder project een andere rondbreinaald koopt,

kwam ik dit videobestand tegen van Dol op Wol.

Heel duidelijk is hier uitgelegd wat je moet doen als je weinig steken hebt op een langere rondbreinaald die je normaal zou kiezen voor méér steken. En waarvan ik er een paar in mijn bezit heb maar die duidelijk te lang zijn voor het aantal steken wat ik op het oog heb voor een shawl.

Ik zocht op dit filmpje omdat ik wilde rondbreien en meerdere kleuren en draden wil gebruiken. Eén verloopbol en één contrastkleur. Maar ben zelf ...

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September 13, 2018
Halfway Home Shawl from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Can we all just agree that taking flattering pictures of large shawls, especially asymmetrical ones, is difficult? This one has fantastic texture and looks much better in real life. 

The pattern is Halfway Home and it's free on the Universal Yarns website. There's a simple lace panel that you can knit from memory once you're past the increases that form the shawl's point and the rest is garter stitch. 

I could happily knit a lot more of these mostly garter stitch shawls. They're perfect for working on in the evening while the family watches television ...

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August 29, 2018
Travel Knitting: Holey Chevrons from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I did some traveling for work.

Like usual, I prepared a project to start at the airport while waiting for my departure flight. I paired some fingering yarn I dyed a couple months ago with Stephen West's Holey Chevrons pattern.
From such humble beginnings. This is how many shawls begin, just a simple garter tab. The pattern is designed to be done in alternating stripes, but I wanted to use my long color-change yarn. Easy enough change. 
I made pretty good progress waiting for my departure flight. 
By the time I had reached my destination I was ...

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August 13, 2018
Marled Dotted Rays Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this shawl for what seems like forever (it wasn't forever). On Sunday morning I made it to the bind-off. The pattern is Dotted Rays from Stephen West. I knit it using two strands of fingering held together (more info on the yarn at the bottom of the post). This meant it knit up pretty quickly on size 8 needles. I also blended the colors together like in the Marled Magic Shawl
During the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild meeting I continued working on the bind off. I was pretty pleased when I made it to ...

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July 30, 2018
Two Little Boxes of Crochet from Creating Chaos

When the June Little Box of Crochet arrived it included two lovely patterns from Coastal Crochet, one of my favourites on Instagram.  One was a lovely nautical shawl plus a bonus pattern for crochet pebbles, something I've been meaning to have a go at for some time.

I already had the May box waiting to be done but I'm afraid the shawl and pebbles won out over a crochet cup and saucer!

 Really enjoyed making this as it was my first experience of Filet Crochet.  Just love the anchor design plus the little anchor charm hanging at the ...

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June 8, 2018
Knitting Dotted Rays from Becca's Crazy Projects

I started this shawl when I went to the 2018 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. You can find the pattern in Stephen West's book WESTKNITS BESTKNITS NUMBER 1 - SHAWLS. I picked up my copy of the book at a local yarn shop and it included a code to receive all the patterns in digital format on Ravelry. You can also find it as a single pattern on Ravelry. I love Dotted Rays. Let me tell you a a knitting story (with pictures).
I knit at breakfast.
I knit in the afternoon.
I knit in the car.
I knit in the ...

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May 28, 2018
Lazy weekend with cake and crochet from Samelia's Mum

When the urge to crochet is strong, you just have to go with it. Crochet: Moss Stitch Shawl It was a glorious weekend with absolutely no plans. Hubby was on stand-by for work and ended up getting called out to do a bunch of domestic flights which meant that it was just me and the kids.  On Saturday, my sister and nephews came over for a visit. It had been a while since we'd chatted and it

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