related (or unrelated) stories, Sewing ventures

Tote Bag Pattern

Hello beautiful people on the internet,

Have you always wanted to use your sewing machine more?

I have  heard this more than ever that I bought my sewing machine to do some patch up work but I haven’t used it once. Start with some small projects to get used to sewing and soon you will not be able to stay away from it.

I know that you are crafty and creative. Love amazing colors. This pattern doesn’t need you to have ninja skills of adding interfacing and lining. It works perfectly well if you are a beginner and is challenging enough to keep you interested.

Here is a super easy tote bag pattern. This is exactly how I make all my tote bags.

This downloadable pdf pattern has step by step instructions with pictures at each step. You can contact me at any time with questions and I will try my best to help you out.

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You can get this pattern from my etsy and madeit stores. (Click on the images to link to the listing)

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Thank you so much for checking it out. I am going for a 2 week vacation this coming week and will be back with amazing stories. Hope you have wonderful days in the meantime. I will catch you on the flip side.

Have a great crafty weekend.

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Knitting projects

Lace Knitted Scarf

I am in love with Lace knitting right now and this has been an ongoing project for quite a while.

This is a free pattern by PurlSoho and it is called the wedding shawl. It is super nice. I like that it was challenging as a beginner  to lace knitting initially but after a few repeats I could memorize it.

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Materials:

Alpaca with a Twist Socrates fingering weight yarn

Size 2 circular knitting needles.

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This needed a nice blocking session to show off all the lace.

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Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Crocheted items

Fall Blanket Hexagons!

My first hexagon blanket in fall colors is here. For this blanket, I was looking for a nice blend of fall colors. I used 5 shades from yellows-reds and brown.

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The tutorial for solid hexagons that I’ve used for this blanket is available for free here. This pattern is super straight forward and you can basically modify the pattern by changing the number of hexagons. I just went diagonally. and I really am liking the way the colors blend into each other. This pattern in great for gradients. You can use closely related colors here and they’ll have an awesome flow.

I made these hexagons and joined them as you go. I will be posting a tutorial for join as you go hexagons and solid squares soon. This join as you go was for the last round of the hexagon.

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Materials:

Caron simply soft yarn

sunshine, mango, pumpkin, harvest red, and chocolate.

Finished dimensions: 24 X 30”

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I do not have any edging for this blanket yet and I am having the hardest time deciding if I should or not. So for now there is no edging.

I did make a bunch of half hexagons for squaring off the edges.

pattern for half hexies:

Ch4, join in the round by a slip stitch

ch3 (first dc) , *2dc ch2* three times, dc and turn

ch3, *dc in same space, dc on the next 2 dc, dc in space, ch2* three times, dc and turn

ch3, *dc in same space, dc on the next 4 dc, dc in space, ch2* three times, dc and finish off

As I said before, the last round you join in its space as you are crocheting it.

I promise I’ll have a tutorial soon. 🙂

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This blanket is now available on etsy. Have a great weekend everyone.

Crocheted items, Knitting projects

Knitted chevron blanket no. 5 – off-white, grey black and maize

Here I am working on my chevron again! Have I already told you how much I love this pattern a million times.

No wonder I’ve made five blankets from this pattern. I usually work this pattern in a gradient and a contrast color. I used the same technique this time except I used neutral colors but it looks so beautiful. Absolutely love the way it has turned out. It brings out the Black (I know right, you can use black in a blanket) so well. this is the first time for me using black in a blanket.

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Materials:

Caron simply soft yarn in colors of off-white, grey heather, black and autumn maize.

Edging: I gave a special yet simple crochet edging with one round of double crochet and one round of single crochet in the back loops in off-white color.

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Finished dimensions: 25X 35”

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This blanket is available on etsy for $30.00 only. I am off to visit family for thanksgiving!!! What are your thanksgiving plans? Have a great holiday!

 

Crocheted items

Sunburst baby blanket No. 2

Hello fellow crocheters,

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Here is my second sunburst granny squares. I really loved the colors and wanted to use them together.

This is my second blanket in this pattern. You can look at the first one in pink and teals here. The original pattern for this blanket is available for free here.  Last time I just the join as you go method but this time I went for the classic seamless join by attic 24. I really preferred the join-as-you-go because it saves so many ends to join in. But initially I wasn’t sure how many squares I was going to put together. So this method worked really well for me.

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This is such a great pattern to play with colors. Loving it.

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Materials:

Caron simply soft yarn,

white, sunshine, mango, pumpkin

grey heather and charcoal heather.

crochet hook US size G 4.25 mm

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Finished dimensions: 21X 30”

For the edging: I did rounds of granny square stitch in the colors of white, yellow and grey. and the last round on reverse single crochet.

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I am loving how the colors have turned out.

This blanket is now available on etsy just for $25.20+shipping.