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Toyland

I crochet a LOT. I crochet on the train to and from work, in the evenings, and on the weekends. I’ve gotten pretty good at making garments, accessories, and blankets. What I cannot do is crochet little softie toys.

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Loopy photos

Photos of my latest finished crochet projects

Dahlia

Dahlia - crocheted as a test for the designer


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Unraveling

Finished some more projects!

The first – I was given three huge cones of yarn from my favorite yarn store as “homework”.  I’d tried a few things (including a coat that I decided I didn’t have the patience for, and a shawl) and finally opted to use one strand of each cone (two cones were the same brown/black/bold color, one was a cream – all three with nubs of other colors).  I made a shawl/wrap:

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Nubby mossy fern wrap - pattern "Moss Fern Wrap" from Interweave Crochet

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Chain of fools

Most of my crocheting lately has been crocheting – then be unhappy with the result and frogging (ripping out… rip it, rip it, rip it).  However, I have finished some projects… and not finished others.

I had several requests for more adult/gag lip balm packagesSigh.

For a friend-of-a-friend’s birthday, I made him the “perfect woman“.

I made this dark brown and black beret for sale – but if it doesn’t sell soon, I’m keeping it for myself!  I had trouble getting a decent photo – the “band” is a cool black and brown pattern.  Click on the image or here to see the sale listing.

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Milk and dark chocolate beret

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The Long Haul

I FINALLY finished the gigantic blanket I started last summer.

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My giant 101 stitch sampler blanket

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Scarves and not-scarves

I had high hopes for my new endeavor of crocheting and selling some scarves for the holidays – not to mention making scarves as gifts.  I was able to make several beyond what I’d posted earlier.

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Swirling Snowflakes at Dawn scarf

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Cranking out the crochet

When I do something, I tend to jump in and do it with a VENGEANCE.  So, when I decided I might crochet a few things for sale… well, it’s more than a few.  I’ve been, as my hair stylist said, crocheting my fingers off.

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My friend Merril invited me to the “One of a Kind Show and Sale” at the Merchandise Mart. If you’re unfamiliar with the “Mart”, it’s a mammoth building in Chicago, encompassing an entire city block.  It houses 130 fancy-pants home furnishing showrooms and 2,000 product lines.  I’ve browsed bits of the Mart.  My roommate’s sister works in one of the fancy-pants showrooms.  I’ve seen gorgeous ceramic tiles I can only dream of owning – and maybe owning ONE tile priced at hundreds of dollars per tile, not a bathroom or kitchen full of it.

I thought it’d be fun to go to the “One of a Kind” show with Merril.  It featured handmade items from local artists.  Merril thought it would give me ideas for my recent venture into selling crocheted items.  I just thought it would be interesting to see the artists’ gorgeous work.

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I’ve had a few crochet projects I’ve been working on F_O_R_E_V_E_R.  I’m making a huge blanket, a motif scarf out of the scraps of yarn from my poor demised rose wrap shell, a coat (yes, I’m attempting to make the same coat yet again, despite my earlier failures), and a delicate sweater using a very lightweight yarn and a very tiny hook.

So, it’s not that I haven’t been crocheting that I haven’t posted anything on my blog in some time – it’s just that I haven’t FINISHED anything!  Fortunately, I did take a few breaks to crank out some “instant gratification” projects.  (Fun, fast, easy crochets.)

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Mossy Road Shrug (pattern "Rocky Road Shrug" by Doris Chan)

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Hooker’s slump

Professional athletes have slumps.  We frequently talk about the slumps of goalies, batters, pitchers, etc.  They’re not the only ones.  I’m definitely in a slump of late.  I think the major cause of a slump is a lack of confidence.  Things don’t go well, then you start questioning your own ability and doubting that ability and things go worse.  That doubt can be fed by the media, or in my case well-meaning friends.

Since my last post, I’ve crocheted several items.  Most didn’t turn out well and were frustrating endeavors, to say the least.

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