Sewing ventures

Key Fobs

So many new things going on here at ANC Bags.

This year, I am introducing fabric key fobs. These are super cute key rings fabric wristlets. I love making them so much and have a whole range of them coming up in different fabrics.

Get them soon before your favorite fabrics are sold out.

 

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Let’s bring in a little color into our lives.

Have a great crafty weekend.

 

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Moved to Australia!

Hello there beautiful people,

We have been planning this move from the States to Australia for about 6 months and it has finally happened. I am so excited to explore the yarn and colors here. I did come here from one winter to the next but that is the best season to wear all of knitted things, and, of course, I am really excited to be with my husband here.

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The day I landed, I was jet-lagged and I dragged my husband out of the house early in the morning for a run and many days since, it has been so great. Bird watching and taking in the new culture.

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The fun is now about to begin, I am going to start going to yarn shops here and get my store going again. Any Australian folks out there who can help me out with handmade goods selling website that are more popular than etsy? Also any preferred yarn brands you would recommend for the two categories: for indulgence or economical. Any input is appreciated.

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During the long flight, I have been working on my gryffindor scarf. I will definitely post once it gets done. Here are some of the birds spotted during out runs and outing in the last week. Parrots and Parakeets flying around just like that in the cold. So beautiful to see them flying around free.

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I never imagined that I would be coming to a third continent in the near future but here I am and loving every bit of it.

Hope to meet with some Australian knitters and crocheters soon..

 

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Color selection tips and tricks

I dont think that I am very good at choosing colors for my blankets but I do spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect ones together be it stripes, hexagons to squares blankets. I usually badger my best friend or my husband into telling me which ones look good.

I also use sites like design-seeds (if you haven’t been to designs-seeds yet, I highly recommend it. I could spend hours looking at the colors) to get an idea of related colors that look good together. Of course, we don’t get yarn in all possible colors all the time so I compare these colors to yarn color cards. Most acrylic yarns have a good selection of colors and there are a number of ways you can visualize them before actually starting to crochet/knit.

  1. Color pencils – the good old color pencils to draw what you have in mind for this product and modify the hues to see what looks better.2.  Paint/photoshop – I use photoshop/paint most of the time to put the images of the yarn together and see which ones compliment each other.

3. Yarn pegs-  Attic24 has devised it awesome technique for color organization using Yarn pegs. Turns out I am super lazy and haven’t gotten around to making these yet.

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Although these let you see which colors go together you don’t really know what your blanket is going to look like if you were to randomize the colors. These are some of the websites I go to for visualization:

  1. Random stripe generator: for this, you just have to choose your colors and width of the stripe and you are set.

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2. Random Granny square generator : for this, you have to select the individual colors and the number of colors in each granny square.

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There are some places you can find complimentary colors and contrasting colors that go together but that hasn’t always worked out for me.

Finally here are some of the color combinations that are commonly used together especially in beddings and nursery (I dont think it is limited to babies, I LOVE BRIGHT COLORS too)

I usually go for a dominant color and use at least two shades to highlight it followed by a slight contrast. My go to colors are:

Green for shades of pink

Yellow for shades of blue.

There can be hundreds of these combinations. Try some out for yourself and see what you are comfortable with.

The following chart gives you a four color; five color, and ; six color combinations for a blanket.

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Here are some of the examples of these combinations I have used before:

  1. Purple, off-white and orange
  2. Blues/Aquas, off-white and yellow
  3. Pinks, white and green (I have used this combination a bunch of times)
  4. Pinks, white and blue

Hope you enjoy creating more colorful things. Have a great weekend.

 

Crocheted items

Solid square blanket no. 5

Hello beautiful people,

I had a busy week and have been working on multiple projects the past couple weeks. A custom order for the pixel blanket that I last worked on came by and I couldn’t wait to get started on it. I kept everything aside to work on that. and it has come together beautifully. I really hope she likes it.

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For this blanket I used three shades of blue, two shades of grey, and white. I am not a random color arrangement person so I used Word to come up with the placement of colors just like the last blanket and got to work. The pattern and joining technique (join as you go) for this blanket is the same as the last pixel blanket (Solid Squares No. 4).

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Materials:

Caron simply soft acrylic yarn in the colors

Ocean, Blue Mint, Robin’s Egg, White, Grey heather and Charcoal heather.

This blanket is slightly bigger than the previous one.  28X34”

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Please let me know what you think. Hope you have a great weekend ahead. Be colorful.

Crocheted items

May Wreath


In between blanket projects I was working on this cute little spring wreath. I have a wreath for the holidays and a winter wreath. I really wanted to change the tone to spring. I didn’t want to start a super big project just after having spent a lot of time on the winter wreath. So I bought a small wreath backbone from Michaels (for less than $3.00), pearl pins and crocheted in bright colors to represent spring. Adding the flowers really completed it. I think I’ll eventually add more flowers and birds to this to give it a fuller look.

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The pattern for this wreath is available for free from the lovely attic 24. Lucy, from attic24, also has great tutorials for the flowers and leaves. You can spend hours looking at her site. So pretty and colorful work.

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Hope you are also having a lovely colorful and bright weekend. Happy crocheting!