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A baby update

Baby blanket, that is. (Gotcha, didn’t I?) I stopped in to a local thrift shop a couple weeks back. While I did not find what I was looking for, a shelf full of craft supplies caught my attention. Among the jumble was a bag containing a large piece of crocheted […]

I got my new year off right…

…in terms of stitching. Just not in terms of blogging. 🙂 Before another month goes by, here’s one of the projects I’ve been busy with in the past few weeks: my take on Morale Fiber’s Scrappy Granny Shawl pattern. Actually, that finish ended up being a cliffhanger ending followed by […]

One out, one in

I guess I got a little reckless while washing my favorite paring knife. I didn’t realize I’d sliced the edge of this dishcloth until it had already unraveled back pretty severely in both directions. I’d gotten more than a year out of it, so I can’t be too sorry. A […]

Ready for the Boardwalk

A few days ago I posted some pictures of projects I’d been working on during the last few weeks. What I didn’t say much about was this finish: the Boardwalk Bag, the pattern for the autumn crochet-along at Moogly. Ta-da! The shape and size of my finished bag are true […]

Emerald bath robe

Here’s my latest finish: a short-length, short-sleeve bathrobe. It’s awfully simple to look at, but this finish feels like a big victory. Hmm, let me count the ways! 1) Both the fabric and the pattern were free. The pattern came from one of Tillie’s books. I suppose you might call […]

FO Friday: red hot hot pads

Well, look at that! It just so happens that not only is it Friday, but I have both a newly finished project and a little time to post about it. How karmic. And how exceedingly rare. These hot pads are perfectly utilitarian, and the improvised pattern is about as simple […]

A year of…

2014 was a great craft year for me. I made dozens of things, from a big afghan that took almost 11 months to finish to baby headbands that went so fast, I tossed off 2 or 3 a night. I made items practical and items whimsical. I used the cheapest […]

A (partial) wardrobe overhaul

Back in April, I learned about Me-Made May 2014. I loved the concept but did not sign up. I knew that, with everything already on my calendar at the time, I couldn’t hope to finish any new craft challenge that month, no matter how humble a goal I set. But […]

Ooo, hot pot!

I’ve needed some new potholders for an embarrassingly long time. This project was long overdue! Turns out, I had fun and made a pair for myself and a pair for someone else, too.         For the first pair, simple flower appliques stitched on a heavy twill: And […]

Fight to the finish

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be done with this project! It’s finished just in time for Easter, and the color and style should be perfect for the weather (fingers crossed the sudden cold snap tonight doesn’t hold out through the weekend). But I tell you what, […]

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