Holiday Stashdown Challenge – Week 12
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 31, 2012 | Short Link

(Join along with me any time if you need a head start or moral support for your holiday crafting.  You can read more details here.) Just a quick update this week since I was working late last night and I’m rushing off to work now.  I started another ribbed beanie for my other male cousin using […]

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Year of Projects, Year 2: Ravellenics and Unveiling the Motif
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 29, 2012 | Short Link

This week I made progress towards two of my most challenging YOP goals. My sister and I were able to decide on a motif for my mom’s milestone birthday blanket. We both had a really hard time choosing a motif, so I made a hybrid.  My hybrid pattern uses the center and final row from […]

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FO Friday: Panda for my cousin
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 27, 2012 | Short Link

I’ve had my eye on the Lala the Panda pattern since I interviewed Stacey Trock as part of the Crocheted Softies blog tour back in December. I wanted to make a relatively gender-neutral toy for my little nephew as part of my Holiday Stashdown Challenge.  His parents are a bit old school, so I didn’t want to offend […]

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In training!
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 25, 2012 | Short Link

My main focus this week has been preparing for the Ravellenic Games, which kick off on Friday during the opening ceremony for the London Olympics. My personal Herculean effort will be to knit my first pair of socks.  I decided to use a pattern from Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes.  I’m far more comfortable […]

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge – Week 11
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 24, 2012 | Short Link

(Join along with me any time if you need a head start or moral support for your holiday crafting.  You can read more details here.) This weekend I reviewed my handmade holiday gift list and my stashdown progress to date.  While I’m proud of my accomplishments so far (more on that later), I decided to trim […]

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Book review: Meet Me At Mike’s Crafty Journal by Pip Lincolne
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 23, 2012 | Short Link

If you’re looking for the right journal for yourself or another crafty journaler in your life, you may want to check out Meet Me At Mike’s Crafty Journal by Pip Lincolne.  I recently received a review copy from the Independent Publishers Group. Pip Lincolne is an Australian crafter, blogger, writer, and former shopkeeper at Meet Me […]

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Year of Projects, Year 2: Decisions
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 22, 2012 | Short Link

This week,  I auditioned six more motifs for my mom’s milestone birthday blanket.  I made each sample with stash yarn, and I’m happy to report that I’m almost to the bottom of one of my plastic yarn tubs! This is my version of Duckbill Dalliance by Margaret MacInnis.  I like this motif a lot, but […]

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Winner: Crochet Scarves by Sharon Silverman
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 21, 2012 | Short Link

According to Random.org, the winner of Crochet Scarves: Fabulous Fashions – Various Techniques by Sharon Silverman, courtesy of Stackpole Books, is number 7… Claudia! Congratulations to Claudia, and thanks to everyone who entered.  You can check out my interview with Sharon and my book review here.

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FO Friday: Ribbed Beanie
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 20, 2012 | Short Link

I got a lot of knitting done during jury duty this week.  (No, I wasn’t on a trial, just sitting in an air conditioned waiting room for a while and then the last juror in the selection room for a longer while so it was obvious I wasn’t ever going to get questioned.) I finished […]

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Book review: Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 19, 2012 | Short Link

There are a lot of great things going for Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project by Leslie Ann Bestor.   This book is all about edges – it includes 33 techniques for casting on and 21 methods for binding off.  When I first heard about […]

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