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The shop is open for custom crochet hook orders! Hooray! I decided to try something completely new this time, and offer only one pattern, but offer it in multiple colors. Allow me to present Polka Dots! What can I say? It seemed appropriate somehow… I am excited to be switching gears a little bit this [...]continue reading "Polka Dot Crochet Hooks!"
I have to admit, I thought I’d have a big pile of potential handle designs to show you by now, but I haven’t been nearly as prolific as I’d have liked to be. In fact, all I’ve managed to do is come up with a simple way to make a polka dot cane, rejected that [...]continue reading "Polka dots and chevron stripes"
I’m getting ready to re-open the Handmades Shop for custom orders. Today, that meant sweeping up some of the virtual cobwebs and updating the stock on the shelves. I concentrated mostly on the Crochet Hook section. Remember that handful of hooks I made at the Clayathon back in January? Well, I finally photographed them properly [...]continue reading "Almost time…"
Today we are going to take your mostly-finished blanket and begin squaring-off the sides. I’ll be honest. This is the part of the project that really excited me the most when Boring Office Guy and I were first exploring the idea of making him a hexagon blanket. Most of the googling I did turned up [...]continue reading "How to crochet a half hexagon"
Guess what this is. This is the unused yarn that I have after hooking the last stitch on Aidan’s hexagon blanket. Wait, did I just say last stitch, as in, the blanket is finished? Indeed I did. And I’m about 3 weeks ahead of schedule! Last time we talked about it, I had a small [...]continue reading "Ahead of schedule"
Isn’t it exciting when the end of a long-term project is within reach? While there’s something nice about the process, there comes a time when the process gets to be too tedious for words and all you want is to move on to the next thing! Been there? Well, today I am so happy because [...]continue reading "Getting closer…"
Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of a long-term project, you just feel the need to cross a finish line. Any finish line. This was me last week. I love working on the blanket, but man, I’ve been doing the same thing since January! I needed a little break. Good thing I have a few [...]continue reading "Finish line"
You’ve probably noticed that I am measuring my weekly goals in 18 hexes at a time. It’s not as arbitrary as it sounds. It’s based on the colors I’m using. Remember way back at the beginning we talked about choosing yarn for your blanket? If you haven’t seen that post, go ahead and take a [...]continue reading "Hexagon blanket: why 18 at a time?"
When Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark asked me to be a part of the blog tour for her Craftsy class, “The Seamless Artemisia Sweater,” I was happy to say yes. As you’ve undoubtedly heard me say before, I love Craftsy classes, and this particular class looked like it had the potential to teach me a few things. As [...]continue reading "The Seamless Artemisia Sweater"
So… I added another 18 hexagons to my blanket last week. (Yay!) I think another two sets of 18, and I’ll be done with the main part of the blanket. That’s exciting, because I can only do the same thing over and over again for so long before I am mentally ready for the next [...]continue reading "Hexagon blanket progress"