{On the Edge}

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I revisited an old project yesterday. {Continuing the theme of trying to get everything off my want-to-do list before baby arrives.} You Go Girl has a darling tutorial for crocheting trim onto your pillowcases. It adds kind of an old-school whimsy to pillows. Reminds you of grandma’s house. I attempted this project about 4 years ago, but did not like the yarn I used or the end result, so I pulled it out. The pillowcase needed something, so I pulled out some yarn from my stash and gave the project a second go.
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My crochet skills have improved over the last 4 years, so the single and double crochets were easy for me. (You can always google those stitches if you need extra help!) I still think my yarn is a bit big…I might try it with a lace or fingering weight next time. And I would have loved to have had a matching blue or bright color to make the edge pop…but that’s ok. Stash is free and handy.
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I enjoyed my “new” pillowcase last night with a bit of pillow mist (I will blog directions on making that soon!) and my latest read–Blue Bike. It’s a good read!
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Let the pillowcase obsession continue!!

Makings Update

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Another video blog this week! Videos are just so much more personal and up-close. :) Enjoy!

Granola Recipe. (I forgot to mention that the recipe also has brown sugar and cinnamon in it!)

Crockpot Yogurt.

Daily Bread. (Uses whey from yogurt.)

Crochet Buckets

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I am first a knitter.  I have always wanted to crochet.  For some reason crochet just didn’t click with my brain for the longest time.  And then I got it!  I can’t tell you what it was…the time was just right.  Or, 3x the charm…  All that to say, don’t give up on crochet! It is pretty inexpensive to start, crochet hook+ yarn, and it is a great hobby to take on the go.  Plus, if you learn basic crochet, you can make adorable buckets like this one!

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I love this project for so many reasons!  Once you know the “formula” for making one of these, you have complete control on the size of it–width and height.  You can also do some really cute things with the binding top and label.  I can see using these in any room of my house.  Or fill it full of sweet goodness and gift it to a friend!

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If crochet is new to you or you are a bit rusty, one of my biggest pieces of advice is to use online resources.  I can’t tell you how many times I have watched online videos!   Get busy googling if you get stuck!  One step at a time.

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Click here for your easy Crochet Bucket PDF.  There are soooo many things you could do with the pattern–check them out and then tell me what you do!

Check out the pattern to learn how to make easy fabric labels too!

Winter Warmth.

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Just rippling along on these cold days!

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Aviatrix

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I have made two of the sweetest baby hats in the last month.  It is called Aviatrix Baby Hat and is FREE on Ravelry.  It is a fun fast knit and has the perfect amount of vintage baby feel to it.

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The yarn I used is Amy Butler’s Belle Organic Aran in the colorway slate.   I LOVE Amy Butler yarns.  They are a bit spendy but the feel and stitch definition is fantastic!

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Aviatrix has a lot of short rows in the knitting, which is not hard at all, but I did learn that I needed to pick up and knit my turns after the first hat.  You can see a video tutorial on that here.  It’s really not hard, and makes a huge difference on the finished hat.

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I added the flower for some girly cuteness.  It’s from my friend Sarah’s  Floral Headwrap Pattern.    (Which is another awesome vintage feeling crochet pattern for adults!)

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Time to pop this pretty in the mail!

Pinterest

Found some really fun ideas over at Pinterest this morning.  Too much to make, too little time!  I love all the inspiration!

On my Sewing Board:

Sweet little clutches.

Homemade clutches. (free instructions and pattern) cute!

The ever darling owls.

horribly cute!  love it.

On my Craft Ideas Board:

Photos in old pie tins.

Old pie pans as photo frames.

On my Quilts Board:

Cool quilting/love the colors.

By Sew Kind of Wonderful

This makes me smile–reminds me of sunshine.

Flea Market Fancy quilt, free pattern from Denyse Schmidt.

On my Crochet and Knitty Goodness Board:

I need a girl!

Adorable!

I love a chunky rug.

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If I wasn’t excited before to find our new house, I totally am now!!  So many things I want to make for my future nest.  I’ll be busy once we find our special place.  The search continues!

Progress

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This last weekend I spent some good quality time with my knitting needles.  (Dang those dishes that are still sitting dirty by the sink!)  Here’s my progress on my Wurm hat.  You can see the stripping of the dusty pink and light mustard.  I kind of like how it makes it look like there are two layers to the hat.

This is the inside of the hat, but you can see the mustard better.  It might sort of be reversible…

And here’s another yarn project.  Birds of a Feather.  (Free pattern.)  I thought it might be fun to make these for the kids for Easter.  I debated doing this knitted version or the crochet one.  Went with crochet since I thought it would be faster.  This guy didn’t take me too long at all.

And his backside.

All single crochet stitch so no need to be an expert–google a video if you need to.  I’m going to make a red, blue, yellow and pink one before I’m done.  The hubby just rolls his eyes and tries to control his comments about the state of the kitchen.  He’s a good man.

A few Christmas handmades

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I wasn’t kidding when I said I was going to make a few Gathered Clutches, Felted Duffers, and World’s Best Potholders for Christmas gifts.  Many a female in the family got something like what you see below.   The Duffers (slippers) are great because you can make them a rough size and then the recipient can always wash them to snug them up to their size.  I had fun using vintage buttons I had on hand…who knows, those could be real diamonds!  :)    (Tomorrow I will show you some special hand knits I made for Tony, and the things I made Elias!)

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Mystery Gift #1

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Going to a family Christmas party!  That means I have to finish up the gift I am bringing.  (Because I am required to finish gifts just hours before they need to be ready…I must like the rush…no I don’t.)

Here our some of the “World’s Best Potholder.”  Really they are.  I tried to think up some original motifs–other than the flower the pattern shows–and came up with a coffee cup/steam, and a pot/steam.  Tell me you can make out what they are!  :)

 

 

I also made another darling clutch.  I think I would keep this one if I could!  It is darling!!  Gray/bikes/smidge of pink.  yeah, I like it.

 

So here’s mystery gift #1 that we have to bring for the exchange.  Tony is in charge of mystery gift #2.  It’s good.  Just not as good.  :)

Silly Girl.

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I started a new crazy project.  I so don’t need this project!!  I should be working on new quilt patterns, or perhaps some Christmas gifts…like 8 weeks away Christmas!   That’s what I get for looking at other people’s blogs!  I was inspired by Lucy over at Attic 24 and decided to ripple along with her.  This is a crochet project and I am using a size G hook and Valley Supperwash DK from Webs.   Yes, that’s right, I’m crocheting a blanket.  Dumb.  But hopefully totally worth it!

The pattern is very easy and involves mostly a double crochet.  I consider myself a beginner at crochet and with Lucy’s in depth pattern/pictures, I picked it up very easily.

Lucy uses fantastically bright colors and I wanted to try and go outside my comfort zone with similar colors.  So far, my first 3 rows are very inside my comfort zone….  ha!  I guess I wanted to get the project off to a good start.  I have 15 different colors, so somewhere in there something will stretch me.  Blues/greens/gray/red/orange/cream/purples.

I actually started this project with different yarn, but after the first row decided that the yarn was too scratchy.  uggg.  I really wanted a soft squishy blanket to cuddle up with my boys under, so I decided to start over with something else.  They say if you don’t like it now, you aren’t going to like it in 10 rows.  So I quickly cast that itchy yarn aside.  Since I needed thirty 50g balls, wowza!, I had to pick carefully so I didn’t have to take out a loan.  Valley Superwash DK was the winner and I really like it.  Plus I got a discount!  I’m all for supporting your local yarn shops, but if they don’t have what you are looking for Webs is a great option!

If you would like to ripple along, the pattern is found here.  Thanks Lucy!