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  • Make Your Own Paper Piecing Kit

    I've been going quilt crazy lately. It's possibly my new sewing machine (eek!) but it may be scrolling through all the amazing pattern books Leisure Arts publishes. I've got some machine quilts planned that I'll talk about in my next post but today I want to talk to you about paper piecing. Specifically, how to put together a little on-the-go box that will knock your quilt out in no time.

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  • Shawl Progress

    My shawl is well under way!

    Photo Feb 19, 2 58 00 PMAnd by well under way I mean I frogged it approximately 14 times before I made it past the first inch. I have no idea what I was doing wrong but I am wronging no more and I kind of love this pattern now.

    I went with the pattern "zig zag stole" from Wraps for Every Wear.

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    Cute, right? The thing I love about wraps is you can use any yarn and any needles and it will still fit. I'm hoping my wrap is a little wider than it currently appears after I block it but I think I'll still love it regardless.


  • Works in Progress

    Progress. I'm using that term loosely.

    Let's see, I've got the stockinette scarf that I started because I couldn't focus on anything more complicated. But it's warm now and two feet later I'm bored with it. I've got a small stack of granny squares going, and I really need to get through row 6 of that cute little flower square but it's making my eyes cross. I'm doing a snarky little custom cross stitch for a friend, but I'll be finished with it in no time. My doggies still need sweaters but I'm waiting on the pattern book I ordered. Oh, and I'm contemplating making a baby blanket for my ex-husband and his girlfriend, but no. Just no.

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  • Granny Squares

    My obsession with granny squares continues.

    After organizing my yarn, I noticed I had an enormous stash of 100% wool in a pretty muted color palette. There's really only 1 thing to do with that much yarn - afghan. I've done things with granny squares before and I absolutely love how quick and portable they are. Perfect for my on the go schedule, right?

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  • Organizing: Before

    Starting a new year and this new gig with Leisure Arts has me thinking about my knitting/crochet/sewing habits. They're pretty easy to summarize - lots of supply buying, not a lot of project finishing. I've decided 2015 is my year though (my chinese horoscope said it would be waaay better than 2014 - I'm going with it) and I am determined to reverse those trends.

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  • Deer Camp Dishcloths WIP Wednesday

    This week Martha is making the Deer Camp Dishcloth from our crafty collection. Instead of using the recommended colors, Martha is styling her dishcloth with a little pink and purple. Martha is also using a crochet hook in Size H (5 mm), not in Size G (4mm) as stated in the Camo ‘Shopping List’ of materials needed.

    The yarn is: Spinrite Lily Sugar’n Cream medium weight cotton. But, instead of the color used in the Camo project (#19983-Renegade, a green ombre), Martha is using a pink ombre, #02707-Love.

  • New Blogger Chelsye Mae Garrett

    Hi there!

    My name is Chelsye Mae Garrett and I am beyond thrilled to be the newest addition to the blogging team at Leisure Arts! I am sure we’ll get to know each other better over time but I’ll start by telling you just a smidge about myself.

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