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Let’s Talk Crafty Christmas…Part 2

Friday, March 7th, 2014 | crochet, FO's, Holiday, scarf, stash busting, Tunisian, yarn | No Comments

Angelique’s present this year was a challenge for me, but I learned a lot. It is my very first Tunisian crochet project (well, completed project anyway).

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This was an interesting experiment.

The pattern is Ziggurat, designed by my friend Alexis.

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It’s mostly tunisian mesh with a section of striping.

The colors scream “Angelique”…and this will look great with that new shawl pin she bought at Stitches West.

This was actually a great beginner tunisian crochet pattern, although I really wish there were more online resources for Tunisian crochet in general. It seemed like finding tutorials for different stitches was difficult for me. Maybe at some point I might have to spring for a stitch/pattern book or something. I haven’t yet because it feels like all of the tunisian projects I see pictures of on the internet would be popular for an age range much higher than mine. This pattern, however, had a more modern feel to it.

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The last of the Christmas presents…?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | blah blah blah, crochet, FO's, Holiday, macgyver, stash busting, yarn | No Comments

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I had more Christmas items to share, but I haven’t heard back to see if everyone got them. I know, for sure, that two of them were opened and the folks that saw them really liked them! As a matter of fact, my cousin saw the one I sent my Goddaughter and she was super jealous!

I am taking a chance that folks WON’T see this particular blog just in case they haven’t opened their presents yet. Yes, I know it’s mid January…

I didn’t have a pattern for these, because really, who needs one? These are so easy, beginner crocheters can do it!

It’s basically a rectangle that will fit around a standard head, plus a little extra for overlap. Buttonholes? No problem! With yarn doubled on a larger hook, double crochet really makes it’s own buttonholes!

Quick and easy!

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Some tools are multi-purpose.

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 | blah blah blah, crochet, macgyver, Miscellaneous | No Comments

 

My folks are in town for a few months. They’re what you might call “Snowbirds”.

This means I get to enjoy the awesomeness that is my mom’s cooking, but I don’t have to worry about an air mattress taking up valuable living room space because they are staying at the Holiday Inn. This means I won’t have to wait until March to block my knits! Woohoo!

Not that I could share them with you yet anyway. We’re still in Crafty Christmas mode and with the date of the gift exchange being pushed to February (at Stitches West), I am going to need the floor space at some point.

But I digress…

Now that my parents are here, we get to spend lots of quality time around the dining room table, which is something we don’t usually get to enjoy. Why is this, you ask? Because I am one busy mom! Unfortunately, most days I don’t have a lot of time to cook. I get off work, pick up the kids, take them to their various after school thingies…by the time we get home, it’s nearly bedtime. Everything feels rushed. Now that Grandma and Grandpa are here, we get home cooked meals that are done by the time I get home with the kids. We get to sit around the table and tell stories.

Recently we were having dinner and talking about crafting. While the kids were talking about their Rainbow/Crazy/Whateveryoucallthoserubberband Looms, I made a comment about how they seem to prefer using my crochet hooks over using the hooks that are included in the kits. My mom then mentioned that she she probably still has her crochet hooks somewhere, well, the ones my dad didn’t take. Huh? Why would my dad need crochet hooks?

My dad is a former employee of Michigan Bell/Ameritech/AT&T. Nearly all of his adult life he spent working as a Cable Splicing Technician. He was one of those guys who climbed poles and worked in manholes and made sure you had phone service despite the heavy rain or ice. He would tell us stories about working overtime when there was a bad storm, or about all the weird stuff that he would see when he had to venture into Detroit. He brought home his truck when we lost power at home so we could plug the fridge into the generator (and would become part of a story I consider infamous in our family).

He sat there and told us how he would ask to use my mom’s crochet hooks for work. He said he would use them for pulling wires in tight spaces. Hopefully he wasn’t pulling anything with an electrical current…’cause I suspect that most of the crocheters in my family have a preference for metal hooks. We are also a clumsy lot.

I am guessing he must be the person I get my MacGyvering skills from.

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The closest thing I get to snow…

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 | At the office, crafts, crochet, FO's, Holiday, Pattern, stash busting, yarn | No Comments

This year, I wanted to give gifts to EVERYONE! That is not an easy feat when you already have a ton of crafting to do. Small projects are ideal.

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Presents for my coworkers.

I decided to crochet snowflakes to attach to packages and that people could use as ornaments. The most popular were the bright neon yellow ones that my kids started calling “pee pee snowflakes”. I made those limited edition.

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My neon yellow snowflake!

They were a hit!

If you feel like crocheting some, you can find the pattern here!

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T’was the week before Christmas…

Friday, December 20th, 2013 | blah blah blah, cowl, crochet, Holiday, KIP, knitting, UFO's, WIP | No Comments

I’m crafting in every spare moment of the day. I mean this…no joke. I eat, sleep, and breathe Christmas yarn goodness. I’m pretty tired, but I am no where near being done.

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I knit at sporting events…

As if I wasn’t putting enough pressure on myself, I got the teacher’s gifts completed and sent off… without taking photos of the finished projects. Doh!

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I knit at brunch with my non-knitter friends…despite their teasing.

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I’m a lean, mean, craftin’ machine!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | blah blah blah, cowl, crafts, crochet, Holiday, knitting, stash busting | No Comments
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I had said this represented half of the yarn I need for the holidays…but I was wrong. It’s only about a third.

I am rocketing through my holiday crafting like nobody’s business! I am making gifts for just about everyone this year. I made sure that I set clear deadlines for myself so I will know when certain things need to be done. First things first…teacher gifts!

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A Casu Cowl for one of the school teachers and snowflakes for the teachers at daycare.

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Sitting outside knitting another teacher cowl. This time it’s the Honey Cowl…which looks great in variegated yarn.

I am eager to clear out the stash. Stitches is coming up and I need to make room for more yarn! The majority of the crafting this Christmas is coming from stash…and when I say majority…I mean pretty much exclusively (cough cough withtheexceptionoftwoskeins cough cough). This means NO YARN SHOPPING. Can you believe it? Yeah…I can’t either.

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Friday Night Crochet Discussion…

A few weeks back, Ash said she needed some crochet help and I decided to record it.

Here is basic explanation of shaping a crochet bowl.

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Trying something new…

I’ve been a busy bee! Between the new job and the new knit group, I haven’t had much time to get stuff done. However, I’ve decided that, if I have a free moment, I should get down to business on making things for Christmas.

Luckily, I took Lexi’s Tunisian Crochet class at CogKNITive again this year. I seriously needed the refresher! I had started a baby blanket way back for Blanketeers, but promptly forgot what I was doing and had stowed it in the back of my minivan.

Lexi had been wearing something she designed in tunisian crochet, and it was lovely. I bought her pattern and now I am practicing. Of course I can’t give you too many details…because, well, Christmas.

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This decided it didn’t want to be for it’s intended recipient, so I started a new one.

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CFR 2013 – I made it!

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This is what I did today.

The moral of the story is, had I not lucked out and found that Malabrigo Sock in the color I was looking for, I would have seriously lost my mind trying to track down one skein. I HAD to have it.

Here is the pattern I’m working on. (I’ve modded it)

This is the restaurant I was talking about.

Here is a link to Twist in Manhattan Beach. The folks there are super nice and didn’t think I was at all crazy for driving there from Burbank for one skein of yarn.

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