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April 21, 2019
Fabric Shopping (and Food Eating) in Paris: Happy Accidents from Gefilte Quilt

We were in Paris for five days in early April, where my husband had to work and I could be a tourist. We came back two days before the Notre Dame fire, which I reflected on here. I also visited the St. Ouen flea market, chronicled here

I made no plans to visit fabric stores - with so little time, I figured I'd have to focus on major tourist sites. Plus, I already have waaaay too much fabric at home. 

But that's not how it worked out. 

The first place I found fabric completely by accident was in the ...

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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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April 8, 2019
Mossy Crochet Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this simple, asymmetric shawl for a few weeks. It was perfect for when riding in the car.

This is yarn from Aunt Betty. I didn't have much, so I mixed a couple colors. 
This is a super-simple double crochet design with some double crochet/chain one edging for a little visual interest. This is pre-blocking. 
And here it is after washing and blocking. The shortest edge is around 36", the longest is about 70" long, making for a nice size. 
See how that edging opens up? A great finish! I see more asymmetric crochet ...

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April 3, 2019
Comfy Orange Shawl Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

A couple weeks ago I shared my progress on my Comfy Orange Shawl. I had some time to work on it over the last weekend and managed to finish. Well, unless you think it isn't finished until the blocking.

I used up a bunch of orange yarn I received from Aunt Betty. The majority of the yarn is Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in the color "carrot". 
The textured yarns are from Dancing Leaf Farms called Biggie.
The finished shawl is big, and cuddly, and heavy!
Now I need to find it a home. This was a great project to ...

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April 2, 2019
A Cotton Crochet finish. from Sunburnt Quilts

Back in November I was working on a crochet blanket which contained a variety of blocks. I was distracted when one of the colourways really appealed to me as a possibility for a full blanket.

So of course I went off on a tangent and made a block to try it out.

The more it grew the more I liked it.

You can see where it is going now.

I completed the twenty five blocks, stitched it together and added the simple border.

The pattern is from a Patons book, Colourful Crochet – number 108. It is simply called Mandala Motif ...

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March 20, 2019
Comfy Orange Shawl from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have an amazing collection of yarn. My Aunt Betty has gifted me with fabric an yarn over the years. If you have never heard of Aunt Betty, check out this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty.
I've been trying to find the perfect project for what seems a never-ending supply of orange. I don't have a problem with orange. I like it along with the other colors. It's just that there seems to be so much of it. I've cast on with it a few times, and started out crocheting, too. 
Until I ...

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March 18, 2019
Crochet Socks Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I shared my progress on a pair of crochet socks.

I'm back to update my slow progress. After my first failed attempt at shaping the back of the heel, I tried again. Then, I turned my first crochet heel. This isn't the first one, that one turned out to be a little off-center, so this is actually my second attempt. Learning is a process. A process that I enjoy almost as much as I enjoy creating.
I've worked the heel and the decreases and I'm off to working the instep. I'm not sure ...

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March 15, 2019
Crochet Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been meaning to try my hand at crochet socks for a long time. When Rohn Strong shared his socks patterns in an issue of Simply Crochet I had to race out and pick up a copy. Sadly, it takes several weeks for UK magazines to make their way across the Atlantic. I did manage to get my copy, though. I grabbed some sock yarn from Knit Picks and my Clover hook and got started.
This is what happens when you fail to follow the instructions. You end up thinking you have made progress but have to rip back ...

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March 4, 2019
Indecision Crochet from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since my last knit and crochet projects, I've been waving in the creative winds of indecision. I've started a few things. Like this amazing double-crochet foundation. Totally a great technique for your crochet tool bag. It hasn't become anything more, though.
I used some scrap yarn to make this motif from the book Crochet Motifs. The directions and charts are great if you want to learn to make motifs. I'm trying to figure out how best to incorporate something like this into a shawl project. That is so very much a work in progress. 
I also ...

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February 27, 2019
Virus Poncho in Wizard from Becca's Crazy Projects

I couldn't resist giving this Mandala yarn a try. I decided it might look great as a virus poncho.
I carried it around for weeks. Working on it in the car or while waiting for appointments or for dinner. 
Even when it was little I thought it was pretty awesome. 
More work in the car. 
Until it was a finished object. I used two cakes of yarn for this project. 
I'm glad I gave this yarn a try. It isn't anything fancy, but if you like acrylic for wash-ability, it might be for you. And the colors ...

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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 11, 2019
Crochet: Dragon Scale Gloves from Becca's Crazy Projects

A crafty friend of mine shared a desire to make a pair of Dragon Scale Fingerless Mitts. I decided to try my hand at a pair as well. I grabbed a some fun self-striping yarn. This is Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. It is a light worsted, so it worked up great! 
There are loads of tutorials on YouTube to make some version of these mitts. I used this tutorial to learn the stitch. I thought it was a clever way to use simple double crochet stitches to make something different. 
I had just enough of this colorway of yarn to ...

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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 15, 2018
Christmas Red Pendant ( jewelry making) from France Nadeau

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December 7, 2018
Quickie Crochet Headband Video Tutorial from Crafty Gemini

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I’m kicking off another 12 Days of Last Minute DIY Gifts Video Series today with a quick & easy yarn project! That means that starting today I will post one FREE video tutorial on a quick project you can whip up just in time for holiday gift giving!

My daughter and I enjoy wearing headbands all the time!  I think mostly because we both love rockin’ pops of color in pretty much everything we wear!

If you have any left over balls of yarn from other projects this is a fast way to use it up.

You can watch the ...

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November 27, 2018
A Very Woolly Post. from Sunburnt Quilts

Lots of photos today and all are wool related.

I have completed the central panel of my wool applique piece. I am now completing the pieced stars that make up the border. The photos show the whole piece and then in smaller sections.

The pattern is by Wendy Williams and is called Flocks By Night. I have used a lot of Sue Spargo techniques to embellish the trees and houses. Each tree has a star, but those will not be added until after quilting.

Hopefully next time I show this piece it will have star borders and will be quilted ...

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November 26, 2018
La Droguerie from Quilting Stories

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A little trip to Paris last week. And for me, going to Paris means visiting and shopping at La Droguerie, my favorite haberdasher's shop. They have their own production and dyeing of great quality yarns. In this wonderful shop you can find quilting fabrics, Liberty fabrics, all sorts of threads, buttons, beads, ribbons... as well as catalogues with their great patterns for children or adults.

I remember when this shop was created in 1975, I was one of their first customer and so happy to find cashmere yarn, out of which I knitted a sweater for the one who ...

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November 7, 2018
Break Out the Pom Poms! Eye Candy from a (Mostly) Knitting Show from Gefilte Quilt

Stressed out by the upcoming election? Here's some eye candy from a fabulous yarn show, to distract you while waiting in line to vote, and/or awaiting election results. What could be more enticing than this?
From The Yarn Guys booth
Or these: 
Or this: (It's a wall of beads from Bead Biz, of Guilford, CT): 
The nice thing about beads sold at yarn shows, I discovered, is that the holes are relatively large - one could conceivably attach them to quilts by machine. 
Or this joyously geeky tableau at the Dizzy Blonde Studios booth (creative hair color was ...

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October 31, 2018
Vertices Unite and Knitting Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

The first time I tried to knit Vertices Unite didn't work out very well. I think that was because of my choice of yarn. This time, I grabbed a bunch of superwash worsted (Knit Picks Swish) that Aunt Betty left me. This is great yarn.
I didn't pick the colors before I started. I mostly grabbed what I thought would work for each section. This is the somewhat lumpy shawl before washing. 
While this blocking might look extreme, it isn't. Very minimal pulling and pinning but the shape is still pretty awesome. For the record, I still ...

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October 28, 2018
Dye Lots Studio from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

It's official, I am a business woman! I have opened my Etsy Store and have had my first few sales. I know it takes time to develop a following, but I am so excited about this new chapter in my life. I wake up every morning with a new idea in my head for a way to dye yarn or a new color combination. I have ideas for collections and color stories, too.

I love the label and logo that my sister helped me create.

Here are a few of my most recently dyed yarns. I really think they ...

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