Three Firsts

Nature Shot of a “Red Bird”

I don’t usually take photos of birds. Don’t think I have EVER taken one. But I couldn’t resist seeing as a couple of my friends take beautiful close-ups of animals, birds and flowers.

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Hubby called me to come quickly to look out the bathroom window. A pretty Red Bird was staring back at us. He was enjoying the pink blossoms on a tree in our yard. RED stayed put long enough for me to run for my camera.


Reverse Single Crochet

Learned a new stitch a couple days ago. Reverse Single Crochet (rsc) or crab stitch, as some may call it. I had seen it in patterns before but always skipped right over it for 3 reasons. Didn’t know what it was, didn’t know how to do it and it was always at the end. The last step. Like a border. Figured, what the hay, I was done. But the time had come to just go for it. Learn it. Went to You Tube. Found quite a few on-line demonstrations. Liked this one best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhSbycwfpdo

Here’s what it looks like. Kind of like a rounded spiral. At the top. Finishes it off nicely.

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Felted Purse, The Before Picture

This is how my 1st felted purse looked before the felting process.

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You can see the yarn design better in this next picture. I made the purse a bit larger than the pattern called for.

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I drew an outline of it so I could easily measure the shrinkage.

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Wish me luck. Hope I am pleased with the AFTER picture.

Crochet Ripple Clutch: “Making It Work”

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When my ripple “pillow” didn’t turn out the way I had planned, I moved on to Plan B. A clutch bag. That was about the only thing I could see turning it into.

The length of the fabric shrunk with each additional row until around row 13 when it stabilized. I was happy when that happened. I was thinking I would end up with THE smallest of whatever it was I was making. Now I know. Add lots more chain stitches when beginning.

Here I am, taking a break, looking at the shrinkage.

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Now working it as a clutch.

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Adding the sides. The gusset. My 1st gussets. This was fun.

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And done!!

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I like making ripples. Have you ever tried them? I plan to make a couple more handbags AND will retry my pillow.

The Shell Stitch & All Things Teal

Wednesday, March 18

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Just had my last sip of water around 45 minutes ago. Sitting here thinking about my cataract surgery in the morning, reread the list of don’t’s and need to remember to take my glasses with me. I am ready!! Ready to see clearly with BOTH eyes. Need them for crocheting….

Look what I have been working on. The Shell Stitch. I like it but boy is it tedious. It has to be just so or it won’t look like a shell.

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I am following a pattern in this crochet book from Better Homes and Gardens. Distributed exclusively by Leisure Arts.

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There are some really nice projects in this book and I am making two of them. From the same skein of yarn. A cap from one end and a headband from the other. Lucky me, I will have enough yarn for both.

Here I am starting off the headband. Several rows completed. I am making the pink one.

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Headband measures 22″ and I am at 9 1/2″. I have a ways to go.

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My hat on the other end is just about finished. I am adding a few extra rows. (There I go again. Making changes.) I just noticed that the INCREASES created a triangle pattern. Like slices of pie. The stitches look “cleaner” not messy where the increases are. I think I will make a few more hats using these directions.

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I also made this clutch from that SAME skein of teal yarn. Hubby saw it and his first words were, “You are getting fancy!!” Indeed I am.

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For those following along… no, I haven’t started quilting yet. But I did buy a new rotary cutter and pinking shears from Michaels. Used a 50% off coupon for both. Had to make 2 trips though. I am seeing lots of pretty things made from quilting. The urge to sew is getting stronger.

Wish me luck tomorrow. I’ll be back soon to tell you all about it. Patch and all.