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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 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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November 22, 2019
How to Knit for Beginners- FREE video from Crafty Gemini

So many of you have told me you have wanted to learn how to knit over the years and have had nothing but unsuccessful attempts. Hopefully, my video tutorial will help get you on your way to knitting your first project!

In this Video #3 of my Knitting for Beginners tutorial series I show you how to make a slip knit, cast on and knit the knit stitch in both English and Continental styles. There are dozens of ways to knit and there is no right or wrong way. Try out the two ways I show you in this free ...

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November 13, 2019
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

We took a short trip up to New England to visit with family and friends in advance of the holiday season. We got to catch up and share food with our friends and family. I say short trip, because we were only gone four days, but it meant hours and hours of driving. I worked on this crochet shawl along the way. 
There was also coffee.
This shawl is based on the  Cakes Two to Tango shawl. But, when you get to about 30 repeats (60 rows) you begin to work back and forth on the bias. It results in ...

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November 4, 2019
All Things Yarn from Becca's Crazy Projects

Since the last yarn flavored post, I've cranked a pair of socks using my new 72 slot cylinder. 
I've started on another shawl using the fun colors of Mandala yarn from Lion Brand. This one is still a work in progress. 
And I started working on a design to make a stunning shawl, assuming I can sort out the math required. This is just my stitch counting sample. Assuming I manage to make it work, it will be much more colorful and exciting than this early stage appears.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet ...

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November 2, 2019
Antique Post Office Desks from Quilts + Color

These are the two post office desks I have in my studio. They are the perfect place to store and display my yarn,

This is the one I acquired very recently. It is a standing desk while the other one is a sitting desk. I am guessing since this one is smaller it came from a smaller community. I love them both.

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October 14, 2019
Peacock Petals Finish! from Becca's Crazy Projects

The last rounds of this beautiful shawl were slow going. Peacock Petals Shawl pattern is free. 
When it was done I put it over my exercise ball so I could get a feel for the resulting fabric. 
I knew it was going to be a monster to block, but wet blocking was the best choice to get that lace to open up.
Here it is blocked. This is why I love wet blocking knit and crochet projects. It lets the lace shine.
This one is all about looks because it is too light and lacy to offer any warmth. 
It ...

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October 11, 2019
Crocheting Along from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've almost finished my Peacock Petals Shawl. Once I get it blocked I'll share it in full.
I needed a new project, so I grabbed this cake made with several balls of Knit Picks Chroma worsted. 
I got hooking using a free pattern on Ravelry called Raspberry Croissant Shawl
I've been working on it for a few nights and I really like how it's turning out. I'm not even close to done with this one and I'm already thinking about my next. That's short-attention-span crafting!

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September 5, 2019
I Came, I Taught, I Had So Much Fun! from Eric the Quilter

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I had so much fun teaching at The Weavers Guild of Minnesota! In fact, this picture is from one of the students in the class. She took the scrap yarn I had from work and turned it into this beautiful yarn! This was from a student named Angela, and she really ran with the idea of working with the scraps to make some gorgeous new yarn! Reclaiming factory waste wasn’t the only class I taught! There was making a scarf from scrap fabric as well! I had so much fun; I can’t wait to come back next year ...

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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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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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May 7, 2016
Festival fun . . . from Gilly Makes

Well, it's been a while . . .  That was a much longer than anticipated, and actually quite unintentional break.  It's not that I've not been making or doing, there's really been quite a bit of that going on, but just that my bloggy mojo seemed to disappear for a while.  It seems today however, that it's back - so if you're still out there, let's catch up shall we?

Picking up where I left off . . .  way back in March, the highlight was very definitely a short but oh-so-sweet daytrip up north to bonnie Scotland and the ...

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March 7, 2016
Another first: Weaving . . . from Gilly Makes

I'd been wanting to learn to weave for ages, then last year when we were across the pond in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Canada and visiting a delightful little shop called Wabi Sabi, their range of knitters and rigid heddle looms intruiged me.
   I was further inspired by all their fabulous creations on display, to the degree that I seriously considered the possibilty of buying a loom right there and then (the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar to the UK pound was very favourable).  But the logistics of schlepping it back on the plane stopped me, so ...

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August 1, 2015
Knitting a Hat from Sew Paint It

I finished something I knitted.  This is the second time this has ever happened.  Someone is wearing it!  This is the first time this has ever happened!
I only started this hat on Monday, and I used the free pattern here.

 I bought some wool and circular needles on Monday.  The needles were 60cm long.  I cast on and started knitting and then the needles fell apart so I decided to use double pointed needles.  I love them.  I like that your item can be any size on them.  There is always the worry that stitches will fall off though ...

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May 26, 2015
My Color Affection from Marelize Ries

This past month I have kept my hands busy with this Color Affection Shawl.  As I was in the process of the knit, I was unsure of my color selection but once it was completed, I quickly changed my mind.  Here is a few pictures showing off this striped beauty!

...I am already thinking of making another!

For more info about MY color affection, click HERE.

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