Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting & Knitting
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 28, 2013 | Short Link

This week’s pick: Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting & Knitting Source: Paperbackswap.com Publication date: 1977 Status: Out of print but available online. Condition: Smells like a basement, but in relatively good condition. Crafts: Crochet and knitting. I went on a hunt for this book after seeing Crochetbug’s version of the afghan on the cover.  (For those of you considering making your […]

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Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Quilts & Afghans from McCall’s Needlework & Crafts
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 10, 2013 | Short Link

This week’s pick: Quilts and Afghans From McCall’s Needlework & Crafts Source: PaperBackSwap.com Publication date: 1984 Status: Out of print, but widely available online Condition: Acceptable Craft(s): Crochet, knitting, and quilting This is a collection of patterns that originally appeared in McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine. The book includes 14 quilt patterns, 11 crochet patterns, […]

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2013 Holiday Stashdown Challenge!
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 1, 2013 | Short Link

Last year, I hosted a Holiday Stashdown Challenge to encourage myself and anyone else who was willing to play along with me to make our holiday gifts early and to use as much stash yarn as possible. The successes: I used up over 3,300 yards of yarn from my stash, made gifts for 14 people, and […]

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Year of Projects, Year 2: Return
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 30, 2012 | Short Link

It’s been a while since I shared a Year of Projects post, but as the year comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on my crafty accomplishments in 2012 and planning for 2013.  I’ve definitely missed the camaraderie of participating in YOP so I thought I would ease myself back into posting on a semi-regular, if […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 Interview Series: Sara Palacios from Arrorró en Colores
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Posted by Underground Crafter on October 8, 2012 | Short Link

This post is part of my 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month interview series. Today, I’m interviewing Argentinian crochet designer Sara Palacios, the mind behind Arrorro en Colores (known as Colorful Lullabies in English).  Sara can be found online on her website, Ravelry (as SaraBea and in the Colorful Lullabies store), Etsy, Facebook, and Flickr.  All pictures are used with her […]

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Year of Projects, Year 2: Sock saga and yarn haul
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Posted by Underground Crafter on August 5, 2012 | Short Link

My first pair of knit socks seem to be drama queens.  Not only did they demand to be restarted several times for various reasons, but then they broke this perfectly good bamboo needles after just one day of use. I bought these on Wednesday night after work because the small sized metal needles were really […]

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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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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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In between
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 11, 2012 | Short Link

I am at that weird place in between projects and I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do next.  The temperature finally cooled down and I finished the Bruges lace scarf I was making for my friend (more details coming on Friday). I’ve made some progress on my Pineapple Doily Shawl since my last […]

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Year of Projects, Year 2: Rerouting
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Posted by Underground Crafter on July 8, 2012 | Short Link

(This post is part of my Year of Projects, Year 2 series.) This week, my goal was to try out some potential motif patterns for the bedspread I’m planning for my mom’s milestone birthday in February.  My sister’s bedspread took about 5 months to finish, and I’m assuming this one will be more complicated, so I […]

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