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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 12, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I grabbed this blue and green Felici by Knit Picks to make a pair of socks for a friend (this color has been discontinued). I realized the colors match my Frolic Mystery Quilt.
This is the first pair of socks I made on my circular sock knitting machine. 
See how well they match! Well, they don't match each other but they match the quilt. I think perfectly matching socks are terribly overrated.
I even made a label for the socks. Because sometimes labels matter.

If you are interested in having sock yarn knit into a tube to knit hybrid ...

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February 10, 2020
So Many Sharpies from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have been using the super-classy gallon-size ZipLock bag to hold a bunch of Sharpies. I know it isn't fancy, but it works. I wanted to get something to hold all those markers and make it easy to see what colors I had. Fishing around in that plastic bag wasn't conducive to creativity, so I ended up dumping them all out onto my desk and that wasn't much better. 
I did some poking around on Amazon until I found one that was well reviewed and would suit my needs. The Marbrasse Wooden Desk Organizer (affiliate link) was ...

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February 3, 2020
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

Remember this? 
I decided to try another poncho using this yarn. Yarn is Knit Picks Swish. This tonal is no longer available, but they do sell dozens of colors of this superwash wool. 
This is the linen, or moss, stitch. I love the resulting fabric. It's quick to work with worsted yarn. 
This is a work in progress. I'm not sure how far I'll get, or if I'll add another color at some point.

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

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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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Winter Survival Stuff Here at the Wooden House from Canadian Needle Nana

Lately our footsteps from all the days before are visible like small ruts in the snow. Melting and freezing enshrined them, then more snow has softened their look.  We pass the pond every day and I always think of the turtles and frogs marooned in their mud heaven far beneath the frozen snow covered surface. Most likely the same turtles I held in my hands last summer.

Keeping warm is important to me. I suffer from cold toes and fingers...the first parts to feel frozen, sometimes even when I am not particularly cold if you know what I mean ...

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January 27, 2020
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been enjoying simple crochet projects for quite a while. I had a single cake of Lion Brand Mandala yarn and needed a quick to work project. I grabbed my hook and got stitching.
The goal is for a semicircular shawl shape. I didn't have a pattern, so I am kind of winging it with this one. The stitch is the linen (or moss) stitch. Nothing more complicated than a single crochet and a chain one. 
The magic of the shape is increases concentrated every fourth row. I think the shape is working out better than I had ...

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January 20, 2020
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working with the moss stitch, or linen stitch, depending on where you learn it, for several months now. I've made more than a few Cakes Two to Tango shawls. I've even modified the pattern a little to make a stole shape with the same design. This time, I wanted to make a poncho. I started with the single crochet cast on, worked a few rows, then switched from one cake to the other every row. 
The result was this fun striping effect. I liked it enough to work to the end of my first cake ...

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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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January 3, 2020
asianartandquilts from Asianartandquilt's Blog

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December 30, 2019
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week we were treated to a visit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I didn't take very many photos. These little green frogs were much more brilliant than this photo implies. 
The jellyfish were spectacular!
Really spectacular. The sharks were pretty cool, too. 
On Christmas Day, we shared food with friends and played Machi Koro. It might look like I'm winning but of the many games we played I didn't win a single one. Definitely on my list to play again. 
I started a new crochet project. This is an experiment, created with no pattern. We ...

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December 27, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

On Christmas Eve I decided I needed a couple pairs of socks to gift on Christmas day. I grabbed some of my Felici from Knit Picks and got cranking.
I used a ball of solid for the cuffs, heels, and toes on both pairs of socks.
Here is the sock train. One long piece of work joined by waste yarn.
After I pulled out the joining yarn, you can see the socks ready for toe grafting. I spent some time closing the toes with the kitchener stitch and had socks to gift by lunch time.

2019 sock knitting count:
  • Cranked ...

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December 25, 2019
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working through this project during those little moments of waiting. Using the linen stitch to create a triangle shawl is super easy and with a large hook and yarn it is a somewhat quick project.
Want to see more of this project? I shared the start of this project earlier this month
I think I know someone that will like this fall-colored shawl.

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

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December 23, 2019
Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

As usual, I have more knitting projects in progress than any sane person should. This is one of those easy to carry projects. Only a few balls of yarn and big needles to make a simple scarf or small shawl.
I've been working on this fun shawl from Stephen West's latest shawl book. It might be the smallest shawl in the book, but it isn't the quickest.
I picked up this fun sock yarn by Into the Whirled at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Yesterday I finally wound it into a cake so I can make ...

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December 13, 2019
Friday the Thirteenth from Nestlings By Robin

Are you superstitious?
I guess we all are in some ways
but this date doesn't bother me.

It was an all around lovely 
day with my husband.
We did some Christmas shopping,
ate at a new-to-us restaurant
in Dunedin, The Hono.
It is a Hawaiian themed restaurant 
and the food was delicious!!!
The pork was pull apart moist 
and the spicy sauce did not disappoint.
We picked up a few groceries
and headed home where I 
proceeded to work on a few of
those Christmas gifts that are
still in parts.
I know none of you have 
that problem ...

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December 4, 2019
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have been in a sort of creative slump. I'm having difficulty getting motivated to embark on some new sewing adventure. That doesn't mean I'm not creating, I don't think that is possible. I just haven't found a new project I'm really excited about. 

I did finish my Helix Hat. It isn't shaped like the pattern because I wasn't paying attention when I read the pattern. It was a good project, though, and I will likely make another.
Sometimes I think my motivational block is caused by some of the clutter in ...

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December 2, 2019
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

When we went to New England a few weeks ago I saw this yarn in a discount shop.
With that price tag, how could I refuse?
This past weekend I wound it into cakes.
There were three pieces tied with knots. which made the caking a little easier. I did a burn test, and the majority of the fiber is natural, though I'm not sure what it is. It ended up being over 500 grams of fiber. I have no idea how much yardage that is, but it should be enough for a shawl.
I decided to make a ...

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November 29, 2019
Thankful Too On This Special Thanksgiving Thursday from Canadian Needle Nana

A big Happy Thanksgiving to my American pals! Enjoy every minute whether with family and friends or quietly with just yourselves. Hope the eating is great and please be sure to tell me all about it later.

Hubby got his annual Advent calendar from daughter...chocolate of course.

 He is a tiny bit Grinchish when it comes to Christmas and he has a wife whose family are quite the opposite.  He goes along. I have littler grandson spending his PA day with us tomorrow to help me with our Christmas decorating. This is year 3 he has done that with ...

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November 27, 2019
My shopping trip from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

If the economy were to rely on me to stay strong, that wouldn't happen. I'm not a big shopper. Not on-line, not in person. And the number of marketing e-mails that get blasted to us EACH and EVERY day is totally insane. I don't subscribe to many, but the few that I do? It's become a daily (if not more frequent) barrage of Black Friday madness. STOP!!!!  I know where you are if I need you.

However, from time to time, I do venture out with money in hand to buy something. The weather has been ...

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November 25, 2019
Knitting Up Leftovers from Becca's Crazy Projects

I learned about the Helix Hat pattern on Instagram. Someone had made one and I was intrigued. I needed an easy to take along project and hats always fit the bill. I cast on and got stitching. 
I grabbed some of my leftovers and just kept going. This is a very scrappy project. Perfect for using up those worsted weight leftovers. I failed to follow the instructions so my hat is going to be much pointier than the pattern intended, but I'm going to keep going with it. As my son would say "One's head can never be ...

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