Par Avion
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 26, 2014 | Short Link

Earlier this week, I came home to this. I hadn’t recently ordered anything from Canada, so I was puzzled.  However, upon turning it over, I discovered the customs form. (In case you’re wondering, there’s almost nothing cooler than seeing the phrase “handknit socks” on a customs form when the temperatures are about 20 degrees below […]

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Vogue Knitting Live 2014: Day 3 and Stash Musings
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 19, 2014 | Short Link

Today was the last day of Vogue Knitting Live, and I felt a bit under the weather (perhaps that cold shower yesterday was to blame).  I did actually take my obligatory pre-event picture, but I looked so grumpy that I decided not to post it.  I was wearing my All Weather Cowl (you know, the one […]

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2013 Temperature Scarf: Lessons Learned
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 12, 2014 | Short Link

I’m excited to say that I did finish crocheting my temperature scarf this week.  The 113 remaining rows just flew by. I ended up using 8 different colorways for this project.   Four of the skeins (Dream in Color Classy in Spring Tickle and Happy Forest and madelinetosh tosh vintage in Fragrant and Cove) were purchased at […]

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2013 in Review
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 5, 2014 | Short Link

Last week, I finished my last Year of Projects post of 2013 with a cliffhanger: how many more projects could I complete in 2013? I ended up finishing just one more project, a baby blanket for my cousin’s newborn.  (My cousin was in labor when I wrote the post, and has since delivered a healthy baby […]

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Frantic Holiday Crafting Update
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 29, 2013 | Short Link

On December 1, I set a goal of finishing a project every other day in December.  With just a few days to go, I’m happy to say that I did pretty well. First off, I finished three secret for future publication.  (You can read vague details on my Ravelry project pages here, here, and here.) […]

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Frantic Holiday Crafting: Shopping Spree
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 13, 2013 | Short Link

Smiley’s, a discount yarn shop in Woodhaven, Queens (reviewed here), has an annual Manhattan Yarn Sale.  You can only buy yarn in bulk at this sale (3-10 skeins in each bag), so I have tried to avoid it for the last few years.  While it’s a great place to be if you have a sweater […]

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Frantic Holiday Crafting: Finish 3
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 8, 2013 | Short Link

It’s amazing how a little challenge can make your fingers fly. This is a nice, boring hat for my special guy that I just finished.  I used the same yarn to make a slightly fancier hat a few weeks ago, but in using my secret knit testing tactic (asking him to “try on a hat” […]

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Frantic Holiday Crafting: Finish 1
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 3, 2013 | Short Link

I declared my intent to finish a project every 2 days during December on Sunday, and here is my first finish.     I knit up a simple crescent shaped shawl for my sister using a skein of Twizzle that Mountain Colors sent me for review.  (Review spoiler alert: I love it so far!)  I could have […]

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A Challenge Accepted
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 1, 2013 | Short Link

After posting my initial list and one brief update, life became rather too complex for me to do much work towards my Year of Projects goals.  And, then, suddenly it was December. Last year, I did a lot of advanced holiday crafting, and I even finished all of my gifts by mid-November.  This year, not […]

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Year of Projects, Year 3: Small beginnings
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Posted by Underground Crafter on August 11, 2013 | Short Link

My goals for A Year of Projects. The August body zone for the Head to Toe Challenge is feet. I’ve never been that excited about feet as a crochet zone – I’ve finished only a handful of foot related projects in all my years crocheting, and we all know how my attempt to knit socks ended […]

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