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Christmas Crafting

I’ve been shamefully neglecting my blog (again) but I swear I’ve had good reasons! I’ve been busy with Christmas (and other) crafting, the slide show below is what I’ve finished up lately (that isn’t still secret! Which reminds me; I should really wrap some presents!!)

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And yes, there will be more after Christmas! 🙂

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Learning to draw

I had to set down the tatting shuttles for a while as I’m really not getting anywhere with it (but I’m not giving up! After all, it took me nearly 3 years to teach myself to crochet ’cause I kept getting frustrated with it, but I just couldn’t stay away forever!! And tatting is just to beautiful to give up on!!) But to occupy myself in the meantime, I decided to do something I’ve loved since I was a small child (I’m sure the title of this post gives it away ;)), drawing is so much fun and it’s easy to learn right off the internet for free!
Interweave's "Artist Daily" site has a selection of free downloads that include Drawing Basics, Oil Painting Techniques, and Watercolor Instruction, Wikihow also has a good selection of drawing “how-to’s” including how to
Draw a Medieval Castle which I used this evening to learn how to draw the picture below. For the moment I’m concentrating on sketching and having a lot of fun with it but I may branch out into painting eventually.

My first castle!!!

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New scarf FO

Finished another Christmas present! And this one I can actually share here before the holidays 🙂

Just a simple scarf made from Dewdrops by Loops and Threads, it’s soft and sparkly and warm! I used size US 15 – 10.0 mm needles and did two rows of knit then two rows of purl and repeated ’til the yarn was gone.

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Moose in the woods hat (crochet)

I just finished another test crochet for Holly Marie! This time it was for her crochet version of her Moose in the woods hat Here is a picture of mine:

And here are my notes from my project page:

Notes

Testing for holly1223 again, loved the skull and bones hat to much to pass this up 🙂

Finished! Love how this turned out, I used an H hook for the whole thing and added a row of green Sl St on the bottom for a little more color.

This is a great pattern! Easier color changes than the skull hat so it would be really good for a beginner in Tapestry work 🙂

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Interview with Melmaria

Recently I had an idea to do a series of interviews with various people in the crochet world. Luckily, the people I’ve talked to so far think it’s a good
idea too 🙂 so here is the first of (hopefully) several (totally randomly spaced) interviews!

I was lucky enough last year to come across several patterns by Melmaria, a designer with great taste in jewelry (and her Versailles gloves are exquisite!) You can find her at www.Melodiadesignercrochet.blogspot.com or at her Ravelry designer page So here it is:

You recently had 2 patterns (Zinc and Creausa) published in an e-magazine (Clotheshorse), what was the process like for that? Did you learn anything from it that you’ll take into the next time you publish a pattern?
The process was exciting! I learned so much about submitting designs and working with editors – there’s a lot involved, but it built up my confidence for the next time I publish.

What are your plans in the near future?
For now, I’m going to keep designing and self-publishing my own stuff, and keep submitting to publications. I really enjoy what I do, and I enjoy the outlet for my creativity.

What is your very favorite crochet technique?
Lace crochet! I love using teeny tiny hooks and fine thread to make doilies, jewelry, and accessories. I foresee many new designs including this technique.

You have a page on Pinterest, do you ever see something on there and think “hmm, I should really make that”?
Oh, yes. I recently found a gigantic doily rug that I want to make, and a curtain made of paper flowers I want to re-create.

Where is your most favorite place to crochet?
In the corner of my squashy leather couch!

If you could make sure people know one thing about crochet, what would it be?
It’s fresh! A lot of people think of crochet and immediately assume that it’s a hobby for old people, but crochet has fast become a popular craft. More and more innovative designs are making their way to the crafting world, and I want people to know that crochet is fresh and new and full of possibility.

Do you belong to a crochet and/or knitting group?
Not at the moment. I’d like to start one soon in my area!

You design some really beautiful jewelry, where do you get your inspiration for such unique pieces?
Antique lace, old patterns from the 1800’s, flowers, etc.

Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that you would want to add?
No, this is quite satisfactory! Thanks so much for interviewing me!

Thank you for letting me! 🙂

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Bare Bones hat (crochet version)

I was lucky enough to get to test the crochet version of the Bare Bones hat from Holly Marie Designs and I really love how it turned out! So here is a picture and my notes from my project page on Ravelry:


Loving this pattern, I’ve never worked a hat from the bottom up before but it’s a lot more fun then top down.
Used an H hook for the whole thing including the band because I have a large head and G wouldn’t have fit.

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