Ready or not…

…it’s almost time to enter my knitting and crochet projects into this year’s fair contest. It looks like I’ll have 16 entries this year – down from last year’s 20, but still not too bad. :) Here’s a peek at a few of my projects:

Victorian Romantic Pineapples 5

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Circular Motif Shawl by Babycakes Creates

Nennir Scarf

Donna Spiral Doily

And now that I’ve cut myself off from making contest projects before this year’s deadline, I’m spending time on some fun projects with no pressure. I’m finally using my Blue Heron Rayon Metallic to make a shawl, and it… is… amazing. It just knits up beautifully. More on that project later!

Seaside Tote

Here’s a project that’s perfect for summer – the Seaside tote! I created this one a couple of years ago using Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints. I haven’t been able to find the name of the color way… anyone? Summer Splash is similar but includes yellow tones.

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Instead of creating a round bottom as specified by the pattern, I modified the bag to have an oval bottom. To do so, I just used a free pattern I found for an oval rug to determine the structure/increases, then kept working it until I had the number of stitches I needed to begin on the sides. For additional strength, I then made a second oval and attached it inside the bag with a row of slip stitches.

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I also added a row of single crocheted stitches to the edges of the straps to help prevent stretching and give them a nice finished look. The single crocheted edge actually continues around the top edge of the bag for additional reinforcement.

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The Stitch Marker is On

I’m playing catchup on some posts and wanted to share one of the goodies I got for my birthday. In addition to this adorable cupcake, that is.

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the show Sherlock and have been a bit of an evangelist to recruit new fans. It’s become a running joke whenever anyone talks about TV shows in my immediate vicinity: “Hey, you know what’s a good show? Sherlock.” Fine. But seriously, you do need to watch it.

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For my birthday, my husband got me a set of Sherlock stitch markers on Etsy in honor of my fandom. I love them.

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My fellow fans will recognize the references and that trademark Sherlock stare. The game is on.

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Out and About

I went out for a quick shopping trip today, and found this crocheted skirt. It wasn’t flattering on me, but I thought the design was interesting.

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The bottom edge was especially pretty. I bet I could make something like this if I had the inclination…

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Here’s a closeup of the main stitch pattern:

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I also enjoyed this sign… well, they’re not wrong.

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And finally, HobLob attempted to put me in the Christmas spirit, but I wasn’t into it.

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Mary Poppins Scarf

Last fall while on my trip to Chicago, I visited Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the Museum of Science and Industry. What an awesome exhibit! It’s still open, and will be through August 3 – it’s well worth a trip if you’ll be in Chicago this summer.

One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was the Mary Poppins portion (they had the snowglobe on display!). Among the artifacts was this Mary Poppins costume, and guess which part interested me most?

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I’d love to make a replica of the scarf, but haven’t done too much research on yarn/patterns that would work well. I do like this lovely interpretation on stitchknit. If you were going to make a version this scarf, what yarn would you use?

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Yarn Sale Jackpot

I stopped at Michaels after a long day yesterday to buy something other than yarn (I swear), but somehow wandered over to the yarn department anyway. And then I saw this clearance on Patons Glam Stripes for $1.79 (retail is $5.99). How often do you find yarn prices that begin with $1.-?

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Naturally, I cleaned them out of my favorite shade. The above pic is the rack after – sorry other teal lovers. You snooze, you lose. I liked the purple in the rack below too, but it wasn’t as heavily discounted.

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And here’s my loot. If this were a video, you’d be hearing gleeful giggling. Got to love a bargain. I think I’ll make a light cardigan out of this fun color, but that’s to be determined!