Craft Hope

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Last week I ran across the Craft Hope. Jade is an amazing lady who finds various groups who need crafts made for good causes. You can read all about the current project, but the short version is: making quilts for homeless kids.

Craft-Hope

Remember how I told you I had bought some fabric on the way to Beth’s? I picked up a pack of 20 strips (2 1/2 x 42 inches) a pack of squares (5 inches square) and a few quarter yard (18 x 42 inches) pieces. I started at Beth’s, between teaching her and eating pizza. This is what I had when I got home. (more…)

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A very enjoyable weekend

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Gift-For-Beth

Back in March I went to my friend Beth’s wedding shower and presented her with the presents seen above. They were both from her registry, a large self-watering planter, and a book “Sewing for Dummies”. Inside the book was a note saying she would also receive a day of sewing lessons from me. This is a decent gift, as I used to run a university costume department and teach sewing and pattern making.

It took a while to come up with a time we were both able to spend the day together. (more…)

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Flower Hexagon Granny How-To

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Flower to Hexagon Granny free crochet pattern by Jessie At Home

In my search for a Granny Hexagon to make blankets for my girls, I just couldn’t find one that I really LOVED. Then I realized that there were some gorgeous crocheted flowers with six sides, and I could make a hex from one of those. So this pattern was born. I will do my best to teach it to you.

ETA: I have had many questions about what yarn I used. It is Lion Brand Cotton Ease with a 4.5 mm hook, and 3 years later, it is still holding up very nicely!

and another ETA 6/8/14: Lion Brand has discontinued a lot of the colors of Cotton Ease. I would recommend using Lion Brand Hartland yarn in it’s place, and a 5.50 or 6.00 mm hook.

I have had many requests for a video and a chart for this pattern.
I have made a set for first 3 rows (the flower) and the optional dimensional flower here,
and another set for turning the flower into a hexagon here.
You can also find a video to show the join-as-you-go for grannies method here.

Ravelry Link (more…)

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Tutorials to come…

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Just a quick post this evening to let you know that I am planning some tutorials. I just took tons o’ snaps of the flower-to-hexagon pattern I came up with for the girls’ blankets. I will be writing that tutorial first. I’m also planning some more for the Christmas goodies I am putting together, and another series for my dry mix recipes. As far as I can tell there is no way to make “pages” here on Blogger, as I have seen on some other blog sites, so I will just be posting the tutorials as I would any other post and then tossing a box up on the right side here with all the links to the various tutorials. I’m very excited to share my creativity, as I have truly enjoyed what has been shared by so many others.

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Flower to Hex Blankets

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Thought I would update you on my progress with the blankets. I had started by making the hexes without the last round. It started getting a bit monotonous. A stack of hexes is pretty and all, but by no means is it very blankety. I started to think, “what’s the use of the join-as-you-go method, if you don’t join AS you go, but wait ’til the end?” So I started connecting hexes. It was so satisfying.

hexagon-blanket-growing

I do so adore seeing all those hexes lovingly snuggled up to each other. (more…)

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All Together Now

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1, 2, 3, 4, can I have a little more? 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, teeeeeen I love you! All together now…

Guess where we went today?

Imagine-John-Lennon

John Lennon!!! The exhibit was in Montclair. I love going to Montclair, it’s a great city, with awesome art and stores. So it was not surprising that they ended up with the exhibit. (more…)

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Pieces of my day

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I love Wednesdays. Every other(ish) Wednesday morning is started by going to visit my friend, Jenn. Her girls are 3 1/2 and 4 1/2, wonderful playmates for my 2 year old girls. The four girls play in the playroom, and Jenn and I sit in the living room, chatting and crafting. Most of the time knitting or crocheting. When we don’t go to Jenn’s we tend to have PJs day at home. The middle of our day goes as most. In the girls eat dinner by themselves, we play a bit, read, and off to bed they go. Now on Wednesday evenings Doug does not get home until after midnight. Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband, but I love my me time, also. So once the girls go to bed I make myself a dinner without the restrictions of what Doug will (or won’t) eat. I just love my Wednesdays!

This was a Jenn day! Today Jenn worked on her Christmas-y colored dishcloths, while I worked on my flower/hex blankets. It was a very nice morning chatting and yarning, (more…)

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