Ripple Mania CAL: Week 3 – Ripple Variations
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 31, 2012 | Short Link

This week is all about ripple variations – how to make your ripples pointier, lacier, more or less textured, and so on.  This week’s Ripple Mania PDF includes four stitch patterns and one project.  Due to Hurricane Sandy, I didn’t take as many pictures as I would usually, but here are the patterns you will […]

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge, Week 25
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 30, 2012 | Short Link

The last few days have been really hectic due to Hurricane Sandy.  As of this writing, my family and I are safe and we are among the lucky folks who still have power.  To be honest, I haven’t been thinking much about holiday crafting for the past few days :).  Since revising my list last week, I’m […]

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Accessories: Autumne 2012 by Voie de Vie Blog Tour and Giveaway
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 29, 2012 | Short Link

I was thrilled when Denise from Voie de Vie invited me to be part of the blog tour for her new pattern collection e-book, Accessories: Autumne 2012.  I first “met” Denise soon after I started blogging, when I hosted the yarn swap adventure through the Blog Hub group on Ravelry.  (By the way, Denise was a […]

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Winner: 100 Snowflakes to Crochet
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 28, 2012 | Short Link

According to Random.org, the winner of 100 Snowflakes to Crochet: Make Your Own Snowdrift—to Give or to Keep by Caitlin Sainio is number 10… Rudi O! Thanks to everyone who entered, and to St. Martin’s Press for providing the book.  Congratulations, Rudi!

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Year of Projects, Year 2: A quickie
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 28, 2012 | Short Link

I’m sharing a quickie post today because I’m running out to meet my mom and join the lines of New York City shoppers preparing for Hurricane Sandy.  Public schools are closed tomorrow, but I haven’t heard about the colleges yet, so I may or may not be going in to work.  I hope everyone in […]

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Red Scarf Project
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 27, 2012 | Short Link

It’s that time of year when crocheters and knitters are sending their handmade goodies to the Red Scarf Project.  If you aren’t familiar with the Red Scarf Project, it is a program operated by Foster Care to Success: America’s College Fund for Foster Youth.  FCS sends foster care college students care packages, including a Valentine’s […]

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Sharing the crochet blog love
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 26, 2012 | Short Link

Confession time: I never read blogs until I started blogging.  I would occasionally Google something and find a blog post that answered my question, but that was about it.  I never subscribed or returned or remembered which blog I had read.  The main barrier for me was my (irrational) fear of blog readers – the […]

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Blogtoberfest Rerun: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 25, 2012 | Short Link

This post was originally published on April 18, 2011.  I’m rerunning an updated version today, along with additional links to teacher interviews, as part of Blogtoberfest 2012.   Last year, while updating my email contacts I discovered that I had taught over 100 people to crochet or knit since 2008!  That is pretty awesome (to […]

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Ripple Mania CAL: Week 2 – Ripple Basics
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 24, 2012 | Short Link

This week is all about ripple basics.  Most ripple newbies struggle with one of three things: increasing, decreasing, or changing colors.  Not to worry!  This week’s Ripple Mania PDF includes photo tutorials for all three! If you’re a ripple pro, there’s still something for you.  I included patterns for three ripple stitches, tips for sizing your […]

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge, Week 24
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 23, 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.) I’ve made some progress on my crocheted snowflake cards in the past week, but I haven’t had time for blocking or starching.  I found that most of the snowflakes are larger […]

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