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

I've been cranking up socks for the holidays. This is one of the sock trains I made last week. Four socks knit one-right-after-the-other. 
Two pair ready for finishing. 
I love these little stacks of socks. 
Monday I knit a single after work. 
Thursday it found its partner. 

I won't be adding more socks to my Etsy shop until 2021. I still have a few pairs ready to ship so order soon to get them by the holidays. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (@beccascrazyprojects) and my Etsy shop Becca's Crazy Projects to get updates on ...

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November 21, 2020
Crochet Giant Granny Square Throw Progress from Quilting Stories

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

Crochet Giant Granny Square

At the begining of this new lockdown I started searching my stash of yarns with the aim of creating a new multicolor giant granny square blanket.

I picked up all the colored yarns I found for needles or crochet number 4, keeping the brown, grey and beige for another project. 

Here I used the brand Fonty quality Ambiance 100 % superwash Woll superfine SW.

This is a very simple and pleasant project. It is never boring as you change colors. I love playing with varigated colors when I work on a project, that is quilting or knitting. 

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November 2, 2020
Fiber Projects from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still making progress on my mosaic crochet blanket. It isn't fast but I really like how it is working up. I learned this design by watching a YouTube by Tinna. You can find her on Ravelry. From there you will find her patterns and links to her videos. Totally worth your time if you want to learn about mosaic crochet. 
I finished a row on my Tunisian crochet shawl. Pattern is Ard-Ri, available on Ravelry. 
This is a project that has been set aside and I think I'll try to get back to it this week ...

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October 28, 2020
random bits . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Can I tell you something?  Since I changed my comments to 'comment moderation, always' I sometimes forget to publish them to my blog.  Am I the only one?!?  Please tell me I'm not! LOL!

My son sent me this photo on Monday evening . . .
Frightening, no?  The tallest building (the Mazda Building) is where his company's suite of offices is.  He's been working remotely since March, so he's not there.  But they did have a group that was working onsite, and they were evacuated. I'm so glad they moved to Murrieta; before they made the move ...

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October 20, 2020
An October Post. from Sunburnt Quilts

I realised October was getting away from me and if I didn’t post now I would miss it completely. I have been working away on lots of bits and pieces, but only one was a finish.

I am steadily getting the blocks done for the Sue Spargo quilt, Homegrown.

Lots more to go but a start has been made. At this stage I am putting down all the applique, then will return to complete the embroidery.

Next I have the first four blocks of another quilt from the book, Whimsical Wool Applique.

There are twelve blocks in this quilt ...

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October 19, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

I saw a fund video on YouTube from Bigger Bolder Baking and wanted to give it a try. These are hand-held apple pies made from mostly scratch (purchased pie dough). They are Devine when warmed in the microwave, broken into thirds, and served with a scoop of ice cream. 
Aunt Betty made another delivery. 
I will never manage to sew with all this fabric.
This time there was some yarn, too. I have so many ideas for this yarn. I'll be busy all winter. 
I worked on my Tunisian crochet shawl after dinner on Saturday while watching television. Even ...

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October 16, 2020
Etsy Shop Update from Becca's Crazy Projects

I did a big shop update a couple weeks ago and plenty of great things are still available. Socks and knitting project backs for that hand-knitter in your circle. 
This one is one of my favorites. 
These are lightweight, soft bags that close with a zipper. Wrist strap for easy carrying. 
There are also some great quilted bags. 
These have a little more substance and so great.  
I have three or four of these that are always drifting around with a new project inside. 
They aren't really bigger on the inside but I can dream.

Check out socks in ...

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September 27, 2020
The Wool Theme Continues. from Sunburnt Quilts

I may as well make the most of working with wool while the temps stay low. Spring has given us some lovely days but it is not getting hot anytime soon.

I have added to my baby gift supply with a couple of sleeping rabbits.

The design is by Twins Knitting Patterns, the same designer as the monkey in the previous post. Great patterns to use and easy to follow.

I think I have enough of these done for the moment.

I have finished the first panel of the Wendy Williams quilt called Over The Hill. Each panel is made ...

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September 25, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This pair was made using the leftovers from a couple of Knit Picks Duos. Both gradients paired nicely with some Uneek Fingering I used to make myself a pair of socks last year. These are just wonderful!
This pair used some different purple yarns from Knit Picks. I really like how these came out. 
So no one thinks I save all the matching socks for myself, here is a pair I knit last week using Knit Picks Static (the same fingering base as Stroll). These were a fun surprise and I'm glad I gave the yarn a try. I ...

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September 23, 2020
Mosaic Crochet from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this mosaic crochet blanket for a couple weeks. It might look a little wonky but blocking will fix that. 
The fabric is very nice and has a nice weight to it. This is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. I'm just changing colors a I come to the end of a ball of yarn. It's so nice to not have to think about it too much.

If you want to check out mosaic crochet I recommend watching some of Tinna's videos on YouTube. She is very patient and has so much to ...

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September 18, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

What it looks like when I'm knitting monster socks. The little ball of yarn on the left is the alternate yarn. The little hank on the right (just above the number 225) is the main yarn. I switch back and forth between the yarns every two rows of plain knitting.  
The heels and toes are knit with only the main yarn. This is to ensure I can keep good tension while knitting the short rows for the heel and toe. 
No two are the same! I love these more than I should admit. Want to check out the socks ...

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September 16, 2020
Knit Picks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I swear the people that wrote the new Blogger drafting tool had no idea how the old one really worked. So many features I relied on are now gone. Thanks for the "upgrade"

Last weekend I received my latest order from Knit Picks. I should stay away from their website because there are so many good things. 
This small box was packed with delightful yarn. 
Stroll Tweed was on sale and I have a soft spot for sales. This yarn is as soft as the rest of the Stroll line and perfect for socks, mittens, and gloves. 
Then there was ...

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

What's going on here? The purple is my setup bonnet (used to load onto the needles to start the work), yellow is my waste yarn (usually a cheap acrylic of the same weight as the sock), and the black is the cuff of a monster sock. The hung hem is quick and easy and makes a great cuff. I make the cuffs on both socks in a monster sock pair the same so you can tell which one goes with which, not that it really matters with monster socks. 
Those tails will be trimmed when I finish the sock ...

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September 10, 2020
Keeping Busy. from Sunburnt Quilts

Welcome Spring. It has been lovely to get outside in the sunshine over the last week. But there has still been plenty of time to fit in some stitching, too.

Three of these little friends have been put together. I tuck these away for gifts. They are an easy project to have on hand.

I have managed to finish blocks 6 and 7 from Dancing Chickens and Flying Pigs. Past the half way mark now! I am starting to think about how to put these blocks together. I can follow the pattern but I am also thinking of other alternatives ...

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September 4, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last Sunday I attempted to knit a sock to pair with one I had knit earlier in the week. I made it to the toe and realized I had made an error. This little collection of re-wound balls shows how that sock ended up. Sometimes I get more out of my yarn than a single use. 
On my next attempt I managed to finish that second sock. I love these scrappy monster socks.

If you would like a pair of socks machine knit just for you, stop by my Etsy shop and send me a note. I'm sure we ...

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August 31, 2020
Dotted Rays Finish from Becca's Crazy Projects

I estimate the bind-off for this shawl was 450+ stitches. It wasn't quick but it is always satisfying to finish a knit project. 
Here it is before blocking. 
I love wet blocking to open up lace and create a little drama. 
See how those double-yarn-overs open up!
I love this shawl for its simplicity while knitting and the impact it makes as a finished object. 
My guess is this is about 250 grams and a good size. 
Now I all I need is some cooler weather so I can wear it. Details, including the pattern and yarn source can ...

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August 28, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is where my alternate ball of yarn rests while I work the heel on a monster sock. This little epiphany has really helped me knit the heel faster and more accurately. This is possible because the yarn guide for the mini mast has slots for the entire yarn path.
What makes a pair of monster socks a pair? Usually the only thing that matches is the cuff. Otherwise, they are made with one to two row stripes of scraps of Knit Picks Felici in whatever color I happen to grab. No two socks are alike.
Sunday mornings, after we ...

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August 23, 2020
Wool And More Wool. from Sunburnt Quilts

Working with wool is a delight in Winter. It always feels cosy and warm.

First up is another knitted finish. This is a cardigan for our granddaughter.

This is made with a wool from Bendigo.

I sent a photo through to her when it was finished and had a selection of buttons grouped by colour next to it. The idea was for her to select which colour she would like. I should have thought about how the mind of a 5yo works because her reply was one of each colour.

Not a problem. That works for me so that is ...

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August 21, 2020
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I post my fresh-off-the-machine socks with the waste yarn still on the toe I often get asked interesting questions like "I'm so confused!

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August 17, 2020
Odds and Ends from Becca's Crazy Projects

I finished these fun socks made with a couple leftovers from other socks. These were made of leftover semi-solid black from the middle of a ball of Knit Picks Duos, colorway Rocket Ship. I didn't know if I had enough for the sock but it worked out great with two row stripes of each color. The other is a speckle leftover from an Into the Whirled, colorway Captain Tight Pants. These came out so much better than I could have hoped and I love them.
I worked on my Ard-ri shawl some more. The fabric for this one is ...

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