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

I was in the mood to crank out some socks. This is a shot of the cast-on bonnet loaded up and starting with the waste yarn. 
This is another fun hand dyed from Into the Whirled that I picked up at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year. 
The colorway (on the right) is "Radioactive" and I couldn't leave it there because I love purple and green together. 
Here is the turned toe with the waste yarn started for the cast-off. 
The stripes on this yarn are just delightful! I still have to finish the Kitchener on one ...

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

Last Saturday I wasn't in the mood for quilting. I was in the mood to crank some socks. I grabbed some Knit Picks Felici and Stroll and got cranking.
I didn't get far before I found this knot. There may have been some choice words at that point. I cut the yarn, switched back to scrap yarn, and started another hung hem. This is often what I do when I make a mistake. I just skip past it. I can wind that yarn back up later. I wanted to make socks!
There was a small miscalculation when I ...

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February 26, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns ...

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February 24, 2020
Vintage Four-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is what my cutting table looks like most of the time. I move on to the next project and leave a pile of leftovers to put away later. This slows down some of my creativity, but not enough to keep me from doing it again. I had a bunch of strips and squares leftover from my Star Storm Quilt. I decided to trim down some of those leftovers to make some simple four-patch in four-patch blocks.
First, I made a bunch of smaller (4.5" by 4.5") 4-patch units.
Then I joined some to make bigger blocks (8 ...

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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 5, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

A couple weeks ago I shared Part 1 of my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.
I've been making good progress on the many units that make up this quilt. First, I worked through the corner blocks.
Then, the side blocks.
I was finally filling in units and it was starting to look like a quilt.
This past weekend I managed to finish all the blocks. Now, I move on to the sashing. I don't make many quilts with sashing because it always seems like so much work. Great results, though.

Tools and supplies ...

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January 22, 2020
Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 1
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville hosts a mystery quilt that begins the day after Thanksgiving in the United States.

Frolic began on Black Friday in 2019. I wasn't excited about the mystery quilt this time. I did buy some fabric, but I didn't have the interest to actually play along with the mystery. This isn't the fault of the designer, just a general feeling of not wanting to make a quilt without knowing where I was going. I waited until after the reveal to settle on my colors.
I picked up the black and the gray ...

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January 13, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 5, the finale.

I used the trimmings from the backing to make the binding. I did have to add a short strip to make it work. 
I always accordion fold my binding. This makes it easy to store and easy to use without getting twisted like it does if it is coiled. 
Bound and hanging sleeve attached. It might be overly big as a wall hanging but that's what I intend on doing with it.

Read more about this quilt and the techniques used in these previous posts:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Tools and ...

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January 8, 2020
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4 - Quilting

It has been a while since I updated you on this fun quilt. This post will have loads of photos as I tried to capture the quilting as I went. I pieced the backing for this quilt. The backing doesn't even really matter since my plan is to hang this quilt once it is done.
I used a matching pale blue for the background quilting. I tried to capture shapes you might see underwater. Waves. 
Seaweed and underwater currents. 
Green to accentuate the tail fin. 
Echoes and echoes. 
Fish scales. 
I try to match my top ...

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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 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 16, 2019
Fabric Shopping from Becca's Crazy Projects

Disclaimer: This post was prepared for publication on Friday the 13th. It seems I failed to actually set it to post. Therefore, this year I'm short a post and this one is a little late. Hopefully I'll do better in the new year.

Every year I vow to buy less fabric than I use. This might be the first year I accomplished that lofty goal.

The day after Thanksgiving, I ventured out to Spring Water Designs to shop their sale. I picked up some great fabrics. A couple were in the holiday prints (on sale) and the others ...

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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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November 11, 2019
So Many Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

After getting the 72 slot cylinder for my circular sock knitting machine I have been working on holiday gifts. The 64 slot is perfect for socks for my small, narrow feet, but I know so many people with human-sized feet. This is the pair of monster socks I knit up. It's nice to use up those little odds and ends leftover from making matching socks. 
There was some coffee along the way, too. 
I even finished up this tiny sock knit on the machine. This sock is worked bck and forth on about 24 stitches and is seamed up ...

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October 30, 2019
Flower Garden from Becca's Crazy Projects

This beauty of a quilt was created by a new quilter. This is the second quilt I've quilted for her. You can see the first one in this blog post from April
She chose the fabrics and design.
She also picked out the thread and the quilting motif. 
I quilted this beauty in an afternoon. 
Now I will box it up and send it back to her. I hope she loves the results as much as I do.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary ...

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October 28, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I cranked up this pair using Uneek Sock by Urth Yarns. I purchased this yarn locally from Cloverhill Yarn Shop in Catonsville, MD. I loved the many colorways of Uneek Sock so I picked one with purple and that was it. The colors are amazing. I still need to kitchener the toes closed but these are going to be great!
I finally caved in and bought the 72 needle cylinder for my circular sock machine. It's been on my mind for a while. I ordered it, marked the needle positions and loaded it up. The machine was ...

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October 23, 2019
Modern Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Michael Miller Fabrics donated some fabric to the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild to help with our charitable quilt-making. I picked up a bundle of fabric at the last meeting and I finally pulled it out to come up with a plan.
This border print is super cute and deserved to be highlighted. I did some measuring and decided on a layout. I worked up a design in Electric Quilt, pulled fabrics from my collection to make up the top, and got cutting.
I'm not sure how modern this quilt is. It uses traditional blocks, but modern fabrics.
Here is ...

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October 21, 2019
Cranked Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time for another sock update.

I've been meaning to add to my sock machine workbench for a while now. I finally picked up the right materials and fashioned a panel to put on the workbench. This was a precut piece of lumber from the local home improvement warehouse. I had the 1x3 stock leftover from another project. I clued the small stock onto the back of the board, clamping until dry. This piece won't be moved about very often, so adding another physical fastener (such as nails or screws) wasn't necessary. 
Then I adjusted my workbench (Black ...

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October 16, 2019
Fall Cleaning from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been looking at the front of the travel trailer and thinking how shabby it looks. I convinced Darling Husband to try out an outdoor cleaner
So much better! Although, now it is the end of the season and it is unlikely we'll be hitting the road anytime soon. At least it looks nice in the drive.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Mr. Clean Outdoor Cleaner
Lynx Levelers 10-pack

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October 9, 2019
Vinyl Project Pouch from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild had their annual retreat this past weekend. I didn't have the time to attend but I did join in through social media. One of the prompts was to make the retreat project: a vinyl project pouch using a free pattern available on Moda Bake Shop designed by Kristine of Center Street Quilts. I'm in mood for things of the season, so I grabbed my box of Halloween fabrics to see what I could come up with. 
I had some leftover 3.5" squares of Alexander Henry Ghastlies fabric. I cut some contrast and ...

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