Monday, July 28, 2014

Introducing the Lucky Wristlet

Introducing the Lucky Wristlet!
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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Tutorial: Make a Ribbon Strap for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a  Ribbon Strap for the Lucky Wristlet.
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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tutorial: Crochet a Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for crocheting my Lucky Wristlet pattern.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wristlet Pattern Coming

I've been finishing up the photo shoots for all the wristlet tutorials I need to do to accompany the pattern release.
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Valentine's Day Crochet

It's that time of year again!  For any of you that like to do schmoopy things around Valentine's Day, my Crochet Heart Scarf is a quick project that is also cute!
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Baby Blanket with 100% More Baby

BABY!
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Another Water Crochet Swatch

I've been working at it and working at it!
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Water Blanket Swatches

I'm still working to discover a water-like stitch pattern for the water blanket.  I pulled out my CD of Japanese Patterns to see if there was any inspiration to be had.  Well, of course there was!
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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Picking a Baby Blanket Size

The blanket is done!  I've been promised photos of little Baby P on the blanket, once he arrives.  I'll post those as soon as I get them.  I will also be getting photos of the blanket in the nursery with all the linens, wall decals, etc in place.  I can't wait to see it in it's new home.
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Monday, October 07, 2013

Baby Blanket Edging


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Half-way Through The Baby Blanket

Sorry for the crap cell phone photo, but this is just a quick update.
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Friday, September 06, 2013

Pepperonio's Baby Blanket - The Details

If you read my blog regularly, you know I end up writing world's longest posts a lot of the time.  In fact, I showed the almost-a-papa yesterday's post and he said, "Is all of that one post?  Why is it so long?"  I can't help it.  I get talking to you and I find that I have so much to say.
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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Pepperonio's Baby Blanket

I'm so excited about this project!  Here's the story ...  I have a co-worker whose Italian grandmother crochets everyone in the family a blanket.  Get born = blanket.  Get married = blanket.  You get the idea.  My co-worker's wife is pregnant.  When he told Grandma about the forthcoming bundle of joy, she was happy, but apologized that she wouldn't be able to make a blanket for the baby because her hands just can't do it anymore.
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Water Crochet

I want to make a blanket for Andrew.  He needs a new blanket and I love the idea of him sleeping under something I made.  I proposed the idea that I'd make something that looks like some of his water photos.
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Friday, January 25, 2013

Crochet Heart Scarf


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oh My God, You Killed Pikachu


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Starling Handbag Pattern Now Available in Italian

I can now offer the Starling Handbag pattern in Italian.  The translation was completed by crafteemom (crafteemom on ravelry), who volunteered her time.  I've updated the Starling Handbag Ravelry page and my free downloads page to include the new version.
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Cowl Designs

I'm making a cowl for a friend and I have been messing around to come up with a design.  I really did try to find a pattern to follow, but every time I picked a pattern, I changed it a little ... or a lot.  Eventually I just did my own thing.  Surprise!
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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Perrin's Starling - Part 6: Finished!

You've seen me making this purse along the way, so there's not much to say now except ... hooray!  We had an unbelievably nice day last Sunday when I took these photos.  I felt like I was getting sunburned!  It was 75 degrees out.  Insanity for around here.
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 6: Actual Steek

... and then it was time to steek the real sweater!
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 5: Swatching the Steek and Ribbing

I wanted to steek the front edges of my sweater to allow me to cut off the myriad of ends the stripes left.  I was a little worried though, so I swatched the whole thing.  As hilarious as it sounds, at times like this, I feel like a master painter making a detail practice painting ...  it's the same kind of thing, right?  Practice makes perfect. ;)
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Crochet Heart Scarf - Free Pattern

You may have already seen this over on CRAFT Magazine's site, but just in case you didn't, I designed a crochet pattern for them ... this cute crochet heart scarf.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Perrin's Starling - Part 3: Starting the Lining

I have a little progress to report on Perrin's Starling ... and a little is better than nothing.  Baby steps, baby steps.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Perrin's Starling - Part 1: Blocking a Starling Handbag

Now that I'm done with the Fennec Fox, I've picked my new featured craft project, Perrin's Starling Handbag.  I got to know Perrin through my site.  Instantly, I could tell she was the kind of direct, open, and passionate person that I get along with.   I just love Perrin. :)
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Peacock Sweater - Done Done Done

The peacock sweater is finally done done done!
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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Blocking the Peacock Sweater

It's been three years and a month since I started fantasizing about making a sweater from this yarn in this stitch pattern.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Clown Sweater Construction Details

Get ready to learn more information about the construction of a mini clown sweater than any one human should know.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 6



Episode 6 - Finishing touches: three rows of single crochet at the top of the bag and attaching the granny straps.  Click through to the post to get more info and links to helpful tutorials.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 5



Episode 5 - Row 4 of a half hex motif when you join it to the tote.  Click through to the post to get more info and a crochet chart.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 4



Episode 4 - The first three rows of a half hex motif.  Click through to the post to get more info and a crochet chart.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 3



Episode 3 - How to join a corner hex.  Click through to the post to get more info and a crochet chart.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Decreases Up Close

There were some great questions in the comments of yesterday's post, so I thought I'd give you all some more info about the decreases and some close ups.
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Monday, March 07, 2011

You'll Want To Sit Down First

I reworked the Peacock Sweater bust decreases. Again.
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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 2



Episode 2 - How to crochet row 4 of a hex motif and how to join as you go. Click through to the post to get more info and some crochet charts.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Picked Up The Peacock Sweater

Oh, man. I just checked and I haven't worked on the Peacock Sweater since last September.  And if you knew the whole truth about how many times I've made and remade and remade this sweater, you wouldn't blame me one bit.
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Friday, February 18, 2011

The Hex Tote Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 1



Episode 1 - The first three rows of a hex motif. Make 26 to start The Hex Tote.  Click through to the post to get more info and a crochet chart.
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Saturday, January 01, 2011

How To Make Granny Straps

These are the straps I designed for the secret hex bag.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blocking The Tunisian Crochet Purse

My train ride to Korallin's house was an hour each way, which was awesome for crocheting.  I finished up the purse body for my tunisian purse.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Secret Hex Bag Project

I've been teasing you with photos of this secret project forever-and-a-day, and now it can finally be revealed ...
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Knitted & Crocheted Chair Covers

When I saw the photo of the color stripes in my first post about the knitted chair covers, I noticed something that really got under my skin: accidental red-white-blue.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crochet Handles

These crochet handles are for a secret project, so I can't say much about them except, "Scrumptous!"
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Patons Grace Wash Test

When I bought this yarn, I was in love with the color, and I told myself that it was no big deal that it was hand wash only.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Peacock Sweater Version 3.2

So I dialed down the puffy sleeves by starting with fewer motifs at the top of the shoulder and increasing as I work subsequent rows.
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Peacock Sweater Version 3.1

I've been feeling super focused and sort of hermit-y the last couple of weeks.  I've restarted the peacock sweater several times since the last post.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Micro-Mini Sweater

Not really a micro-mini sweater (nor a micro mini kilt ... of plaid).  Peacock Sweater 2.0 is looking rad.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

... In Which I Learn The Value Of Blocking

I've completely frogged the peacock sweater and started all over again.  Meaning, for the five-bazillionth time.  And somehow, I'm as excited as I was the first time.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Starling Handbag Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 5



Episode 5 covers handles of the Starling Handbag.

Here is the foundation single crochet bridge tutorial.

When you're done I have a tutorial for sewing a fabric lining and sewing that lining into your bag.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Starling Handbag Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 4



Episode 4 covers side rows of the Starling Handbag.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Starling Handbag Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 3



Episode 3 covers the bottom row3 and beyond of the Starling Handbag. Be thankful I hadn't lined up any jokes for this one. ;)
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Starling Handbag Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 2



Episode 2 covers the bottom row 2 of the Starling Handbag.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Starling Handbag Video Crochet-A-Long - Episode 1



Episode 1 covers the foundation row and the first row of the Starling Handbag.

Download the Starling Handbag crochet pattern for free.

Learn foundation single crochet (video and photo tutorial).

Here are all of the Starling Crochet-A-Long videos.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anyone that Know English and Thai?

... and knows how to crochet?  I have a sweet reader that has a question about the Starling Handbag pattern.  Let me know if you can help. :)
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Monday, June 07, 2010

More Thread Crochet

Now that I have more time to craft,  I've got thread crochet on the brain.  Friday night as I was falling asleep I got a novel idea for overskirt construction.  I was unbelievably comfortable and it was unbelievably late, but I *still* got up and made a note because I didn't want to forget!
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Say, "Sleeeeve"

In the War between Blogging and Crafting, Crafting has been kicking Blogging's ass.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alice Merlino, FSC Ph.D

When I posed Adventures in Neckdom, I asked if anyone knew a standard way to join an fsc chain to another piece of crochet because my connector row was just sorta floating out there.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Total Crochet Badassery

Most of the time, I want to be a nurturing, encouraging craft blogger.  I want to present things in a way that demystifies the process.  I want you to think that you can do any of the things that I do here (and you can!  really!).  I hope this comes across here, on my blog.  I hope you see I'm a person, just like you.

Except for the next few moments ...
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Peacock Sweater - Planning The Pattern

I decided to use the 4.5mm hook for the peacock sweater.  That's also the size I use to make my Starling Handbags. It seems I have a preference for the 4.5mm hook.  Maybe it's my lucky hook?
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Peacock Sweater

There are a million-and-one crafty things I want to be doing RIGHT THIS MINUTE, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about, planning, and starting another project:  the Peacock Sweater.
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Monday, September 07, 2009

Lion!

Here's my little lion from Super-Cute Crochet.  Amigurumi is so quick and fun.  An easy way to use tiny amounts of yarn.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

FSC - Are You Curling?

When I was first learning foundation single crochet (fsc), I found that I made the chain part of the stitch very tightly.  This is because I wasn't pushing my hook through the loops all the way; I was just using the tip.  When the chain part is tight, your fsc row will start to curve in on itself.
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Friday, June 05, 2009

Tutorial: Foundation Single Crochet - Supplement

This is a supplement to the original foundation single crochet tutorial.  Here I show you how to make a foundation single crochet bridge in the middle of your work.  I first used this when making the Icelandic Turtleneck for the arm holes.  I also use it to make the handles on my handbags.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Crochet Pattern - Update 2

I'm so excited that you are so excited about the pattern!  I have 114 un-replied-to comments waiting patiently in my inbox.  I have the best of intentions to reply to them ... although I'm not sure I'll get to it soon.  You guys have the best ideas and the best suggestions!
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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Flower Purse Closure

I've been wanting to add a closure of some sort to my flower bag because when I set it down, it opens up wide.
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Thursday, April 09, 2009

What's In A Name?

The response has been overwhelming.  I'll be starting with the handbag pattern.  I've already started on the pattern testing, as some details need to be worked out before I can start writing the pattern.  One of those details is the name of the handbag.

What should I name the handbag pattern?
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tutorial: Foundation Single Crochet

This foundation single crochet tutorial is broken down by each teeny-tiny step.  When I first attempted to learn this technique from a magazine, I had pretty good illustrations to go by, but I was still totally confused by the whole thing.  It took me 3 or 4 tries over a couple of months to even feel confident that I was doing this correctly.
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Foundation Single Crochet Samples

I'm preparing to write a foundation single crochet tutorial for the blog.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with foundation single crochet, it's the act of creating a row of chain and single crochet all at once to use as a foundation for more rows.  It replaces the initial chain that starts most projects.
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Friday, March 06, 2009

Vintage Japanese Craft Book - Post 5

About the joined-motif projects in the book.
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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Vintage Japanese Craft Book - Post 4

Some of the ugly, goofy, and easily-make-funnable projects in the book.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Vintage Japanese Craft Book - Post 3

Handbags handbags handbags!
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Peacocky Square

I couldn't resist whipping up one of the peacock-like squares I mentioned in last post.  Front on the left, back on the right.
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Monday, March 02, 2009

Vintage Japanese Craft Book - Post 2

I highlight some little-used techniques that I found in the book.
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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Vintage Japanese Craft Book - Post 1

Mimi found this Japanese craft book (or maybe it's a magazine?) from 1966.  She gave it to Diane when she was in Portland.  Mimi told Diane that she thought that either Diane or I would really love it.  Diane sent it to me.

This installment talks about the front and back cover and the diagrams.
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Flower Purse - Update 17

I've been sorta avoiding this post ... because I just don't know what to say.  Well I guess there's one thing to say ...

I'm done!
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Flower Purse - Update 14

The part that had me worried in regard to the purse lining were the pleats.  As I showed you in my test pleat post, putting all the slack in one big pleat really constricts the opening.  Using what I learned from the test pleats, I decided to do four sets of sort-of-evenly-spaced pleats.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Flower Purse - Update 13

I've been avoiding the lining because I didn't feel like I was ready to tackle it.  Yesterday I decided to just jump in and I got so much done that I'm going to have to split it up into several posts this week.  I'm getting close to finishing it, but there's still much to do.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tutorial: Seamless Single Crochet, Even Better

This way to do seamless single crochet is way-better than my original single crochet tutorial, especially if you're doing color changes.  Why?  Because it's simpler, the color changes are cleaner looking, and there are no complicated stitch depths involved. I posted a comparison of the two techniques if you'd like to see the differences.   Even a newbie will be able to follow this tutorial.
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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Flower Purse - Update 12

I've been playing around with the lining.  The fabric I'm going to be using is patterned, so I'm going to need a cream outer layer and the patterned inner layer.  I don't want the patterns showing through in between the flowers.  For messing around, I've made a test lining from a crappy old sheet that I keep around just for this purpose.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 11

I was *this close* to "finishing up the folding over and sewing of the handles" and something started bothering me.  The cord was making the right and left edge bow out more than I liked.  See it on the left?  I didn't want my purse to gape open like that.  I want it to lay closed more flatly, like on the right.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tutorial: Weaving In the Last End

I encountered this technique in Creepy Cute Crochet and the Flower Purse is my first opportunity to use it.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 10

OK, I'm to the part in this project where I normally set it aside and never finish it.  Not because I don't want to, or I'm bored of it, but because the tasks ahead require thoughtfulness and chunks of time for execution.  The crochet part is easy because I can fit that in 3 minutes at a time.  But finishing the handles and sewing the lining is a whole other story.
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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 9.5

I probably should have just tacked this onto yesterdays post ... which is why I'm calling it update 9.5.  I was just being a little lazy. ;)
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 9

The first part of the handles that are crocheted are the bit across the long sides of the purse rectangle.  Those 9 flowers' petals get gathered as you single crochet through multiple petals at a time.
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 8

I am done weaving in ends!  Thank goodness that they can look like crap on the inside (because the bag will be lined) because that took a lot of the pressure off.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 7

Still just weaving in the bazillion ends.  I've been resisting the urge to calculate how many ends there are.  I think it's best that I don't know.  Ever.
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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 6

We've got handles!  We don't, however, have sunlight, so the picture is kinda crap.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 5

OK, even though this post is late (meaning, not on Saturday) the pictures were actually taken on Saturday.  So, look  at the photo ... yes, you see that right ... I'm all done with the flowers and connectors!  Yay!!!!
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 4

This week didn't offer much craft time, but I did manage to fix my little misalignment.  I also finished up all the flower motifs.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 3

As I was spreading out the flowers to take this picture, I noticed that they weren't lining up correctly at the bottom right ... and then I noticed the bottom left  ... oh, no ...
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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 2

No mere case of gigantism is going to dissuade me from making worlds most adorable purse.
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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Flower Purse - Update 1

I've started the flower purse from this book.  I'm using the smallest hook I dare with the worsted weight cotton, and it appears that the purse is going to be GIANT sized.  Since there's no people in the pictures in the book, I just made up in my head that the purse was smallish.  FAIL.
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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Japanese Crochet Purse Book

The Japanese crochet book I posted about has just about everyone flipping out to get it. And you really should, because it's awesome!
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Back To Icelandic Turtleneck

So, I scrapped the peacock cardigan and dived back into the Icelandic Turtleneck.  The pattern has me all excited again.  I guess I just needed a little break from it.
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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Progress Leading To An End

OK, so I thought I could make a rectangle and put a button or something where my hand is and have the front just sort of  hang open, but that totally won't work and these pictures show you why.  In the side view, you can see that the front points of the rectangle point down and look stretched out .  The vertical lines of the pattern bend around from the back in an unflattering way:  along my back, they curve from top to bottom (looks good), but in the front they point down and back as if being wrapped around a bulging barrel (not so good).
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mmmm, Tastes Like Peacock

I got curious about crocheting the peacock pattern seamlessly.  It was actually much easier than I thought it would be.  I kept going and going and it kept being easy.  And now ... I have a fancy beginning for a water bottle holder. Ha!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Interweave Crochet Summer 2008

I'm so excited to tell you about the article I wrote for Interweave Crochet's Summer Issue!  They have a reoccurring column called "Crochet Around Town" that focuses on the crafty/crochet/fun spots in a certain city.  In the last issue the illustrious Vickie Howell wrote a great piece about Austin.   I almost exploded when Interweave emailed me and asked me to write a tour of crafty Philadelphia.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Crafting In The Spaces

In the space between putting on my shoes and leaving to see a movie this flower got attached to this bag.
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Suck Them And You Can Spit In Six Colors

The title of this post is a quote from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  It came up in a search for 'rainbow' and it totally cracked me up.

The rainbow blanket is done and quickly getting buried under other projects on my ironing board, as many of you noticed from the last post. :)
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Crochet Foundation Stitches

The Icelandic Turtleneck starts with a row of Foundation Double Crochet.  I had no idea what they were the first time I read the pattern, and it almost made me not want to make it.  Then I read about them in a crochet book by Doris Chan.  She seemed really excited about them.  Then I saw an article about them in the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Crochet.

And now that I finally figured them out, I'm totally a convert!
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Neopolitan Blanket

All I could think about when I was making this blanket was the Neopolitan Coconut candies I would get as a child at the Pick-A-Mix station at the grocery store.  They are heaven!  I also liked the Jelly Nougats which look totally gross to me now.  Anyway, crocheting this blanket made me CRAVE candy.

The blanket is made of worsted weight cotton and is alternating rows of single and double crochet.  The single crochet gives some structure to the blanket and the double crochet makes it cuddly.

The top and bottom edge have an edging of *dc ch dc ch dc* all in one stitch and then a sc on either side.  The right and left edges are just single crochet.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Black & Pink Handbag

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UPDATE:  The Starling Handbag crochet pattern for the purse above is now available on the free downloads page.  Yay!
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This blog-reader found me when she was Googling something (I didn't think to ask what), and emailed me to see if I would make her a handbag.  She was very specific.  She wanted Barb's handbag with black, pink, and white replacing the blues and ecru.  She even verified the dimensions, the presence of pockets, etc.  She is a detail-oriented woman after my own heart.

The resulting handbag is adorable.  I had to buy new fabric for the lining (HAD to ... really).  I couldn't decide between getting this print in white on black or black on white - so, I bought them both!  I used the black for the lining and the white for the pocket.

At first I didn't know why I loved this fabric so much, but when I got home I realized that it totally reminded me of the wonderful Japanese designs in Japanese Patterns book.


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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Anticraft Project Three

I was really excited that a crochet project of mine was included in the Anticraft  book.  I designed this lined crochet tote bag so it would be a canvas on which you could add your own personalized design.  I submitted two designs for the book.

The "I [Skull] Trouble Tote" is actually mentioned in the promotional blurb, which totally set me on fire when I noticed.  I included a chart for the whole alphabet with this design so that the saying could be personalized,  Everyone has something important to say on their tote, right? :)

The second design is the Apothecary Tote.  I was inspired by Victorian apothecary medicine bottles.  When I was adding this design to the tote using my graph paper chart, I miscounted the spaces and had to redo it 4 or 5 times.  It was driving me nuts!  But I really loved how it turned out.


While writing up the crochet instructions for the tote, I realized how hard it is to actually explain in words how I do the seamless crochet technique.  Supplementing this pattern is a lot of the reason I put my seamless crochet tutorial on the web.

I also plan on posting a tutorial showing how I hand sew my linings into my crochet bags.  Several people have asked about it, and it would be a good supplement for the book, as well.

I'm compelled to write tutorials because I HATE it when I get the instructions for a project and they blithely say things like "sew the lining into the tote."  HOW?!  It seriously drives me nuts when they give no hint or clue about the techniques they actually used to do it.  I don't want to be a part of THAT problem. :)
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Friday, October 19, 2007

Wristlets

Here is a bird wristlet in blue.  I usually use bright colors on the birds, because natural colors would look a little blah on the ecru yarn.  It was nice to make a little sparrow for Dawn.

And the ubiquitous inside shot.

This wristlet is for Elizabeth of Crafts of Destiny to give to a friend of hers who loves to play dominoes.  Her birthday was in July, so I decided to put seven spots on it.

Here is a close up of the top.  For both of these wristlets, I squared off the corners when I sewed in the lining. I really like how it looks ... although I like the loose, foldy look, too. Do you have a preference?
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Set Sail

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UPDATE:  The Starling Handbag crochet pattern for the purse above is now available on the free downloads page.  Yay!
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This handbag is ready to travel to it's final destination.  I added some leaves to the tulip label and whipped up a new one for Germany.  I love the little beer stein on the Germany label - it even has a hinged lid.  Just in time for Oktoberfest!

Here you can see the world map fabric Elizabeth picked out for the lining.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Daisies

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UPDATE:  The Starling Handbag crochet pattern for the purse above is now available on the free downloads page.  Yay!
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This special request handbag is for Marietta's sister.  Her only requirement was that it include at least one daisy.

I futzed around with daisy ideas before settling on these simple felt ones.  Crochet daisies just weren't "daisy enough" for me.  If you're interested in making your own felt daisies my daisy tutorial is available exclusively on Whip Up.

Whip Up's theme for this month is Simple Crafts. These daisies certainly fit that bill.  Whip Up is looking for article and tutorial submissions. Check out their submission guidelines.  Maybe there is something you could write up for them.

Once I figured out the daisies, I knew they'd only look right to me on a blue handbag ... daisies against the bright blue summer sky.  I put two daisies on each side of the bag.

I didn't think I'd have the right lining fabric in my stash ... but when I looked I rediscovered this great print.  How perfect is it?!
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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Handbag For Barb

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UPDATE:  The Starling Handbag crochet pattern for the purse above is now available on the free downloads page.  Yay!
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I made this handbag for a previous co-worker.  She noticed that I made myself a handbag, and saw me crocheting all the time, so she asked if I'd make her one, too.  She took me out to lunch a million-and-one times in exchange - which was fine with me. :)

As you can see, I based the stripe and dash pattern on the fabric I chose as a lining.  I love the blues in the fabric.  I just happened to have just enough teal yarn left over from another project to use for this handbag.  Yay for stash-using.

I have a thing for stripes in a big way.  It's totally accidental.  I never think about it, I'm just drawn to them.  Years ago a friend pointed out that over half the shirts hanging in my closet had horizontal stripes on them ... I'd never noticed.

I didn't make a label for this handbag because I never told Barb about my craft blog.  In fact, I never told anyone at that job about it.  Is that weird?  Do any of you not-tell certain people about your craft-blog-self?
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Monday, July 30, 2007

Tutorial: Crochet Beaded Bracelet

This easy-to-crochet bracelet is perfect for summer fun. The cotton thread is washable so you can wear it through all your outdoor adventures.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Nautical Handbag

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UPDATE:  The Starling Handbag crochet pattern for the purse above is now available on the free downloads page.  Yay!
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Elizabeth, a wonderful web-friend, who blogs at Crafts of Destiny contacted me months ago (March, actually) because she wanted a handbag for her Mom's birthday in June.  She gave me a couple themes to choose from and asked me if I would like to design something.  The nautical theme captured my imagination right away.  After doing some google searches, I discovered that nautical flags actually stand for letters.  Part of me thought it'd be really cool to spell something out in nautical flags - like a secret message for sailors.  Another part of me thought I was out of my mind.  When I emailed Elizabeth about the idea, it was exactly what she already had in mind - perfect!

The flags spell "Margaret," which is Elizabeth's Mom's name.  I cross-stitched on 22count Hardanger (I didn't make the smallest possible X, but I liked the tighter weave of the 22-count fabric).  Originally, I wanted to use metallic gold where the light blue is, but the metallic floss was a bitch to use.  It pulled funny, broke apart, and was generally finicky.  It also didn't look as cool as I thought it would as the ground for the flags.

I made a simple felt square key chain to match.  Anchors are a great nautical image, and it was fun stitching this little one.

Now that I've become familiar with nautical flags, I'm seeing them everywhere.  Even though I only know the letters m-a-r-g-e-t, I can figure out words sometimes.  Last time we drove to the shore*, I realized the flags flying across the roof of the Atlantic City Convention Center spelled "Atlantic City."  I'm so smart! ;)

*In South Jersey (or the southern part of New Jersey, as everyone else would say), the beach is not the beach, it's the shore.  You even see this on the highway signs when driving south out of  New York.  There are all sorts of exits for "Shore Points,"  meaning cities along the coast.  I've lived a lot of different places in this country, and I always enjoy learning the colloquial language of an area.  It helps me feel at home.


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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Second Wristlet

I've been focused on finishing up projects before the Philadelphia Film Festival starts on Thursday.  This year we're seeing more films than ever before, so there won't be much of anything going on* until after the 17th.
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Friday, February 23, 2007

Dreamy

This handbag, for Bethany of Bitter Betty, started as a dream. I awoke one morning with the image of a cream and black striped bag floating in my head. It'd been months since I decided to make her a handbag, and I'd been waiting for the perfect inspiration.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Crochet Wristlet

Ester emailed me in November and asked if I would make a wristlet for her.  Of course!  Luckily, I knew how crazy my schedule would be, so I warned her it would be done after the new year.  See, I'm right on time.
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tutorial: Paper Clip Stitch Markers

I've decided to embrace my inner cheapskate and add to my paper clip stitch marker stash.  For all you thrifty chicks who want some inexpensive, colorful stitch markers, here's how I make them ...
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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Large and Medium Bags

The tiny bird bag is all grown up. I've been crocheting up a storm.  The large bag is 13" across at the top, 7.5" high to the bottom of the handles, and 3.5" deep across the flat bottom.  The medium bag is 11.5" across at the top, 6" high to the bottom of the handles, and 3" deep across the flat bottom.  I'm working on a small version right now. They'll be like a set of Russian nesting dolls.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Seamless Crochet Purse

This purse has been in the works since I finished the clutch.   I've been on a mission to design a better purse. Now that I've finally finished it there are so many things I want to talk about.
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Friday, May 19, 2006

Crocheted Clutch

See that owl? It was part of a necklace I bought on the sidewalk last weekend. It's a three-piece articulated owl that I just couldn't pass up, even though it's way too big to wear as a necklace.
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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Winter Cuddles on the Couch

We moved into this apartment last January. It has high ceilings and huge windows on all of the walls. All winter we sat shivering on the couch watching movies as we felt cold air emanating from the windows. Sometimes we would even drag our feather comforter into the living room. I decided that it was time to make a blanket for myself.
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