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I have been working on this with my friend Katy. I thought I would post a picture of what I have done so far on it. A link for the pattern is below the picture. I added notes to the picture so you can see what each stitch looks like so far. Using a plain yarn rather than a variegated one lets the stitches stand out.

Click here for the pattern!
The author has included many photos so you can see what each stitch looks like. She also included very detailed step-by-step instructions for each stitch! I still consider myself a beginner and I am not having any problems following along.

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Hello everyone. The holidays have been going great. Been working hard and got all of the gifts finished. I managed to make an extra scarf too! I'm working on making some new things for the etsy shop.

I am making some changes in the coming weeks. I set up this new blog and attached it to my ravelry.com account. I am going to be changing the etsy account as well and I will be sure to link everyone to the new one.

Also! I am expanding and developing bath products. I am working with some great recipes for bath salts and sugar scrubs. I'll be offering some free samples to a small group of people to get feed back on things before I actually sell things in the shop.

The husband an I are off to the in-laws for New Year's Eve so have a great night everyone!


Oct. 24th, 2011 05:05 pm
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Good evening, friends.
I'm taking a class in which we are creating felted tote bags. It's going to be lovely when it's finished, I just know it. I will post an in-progress picture at the end of this post.

I've decided to test some felting ideas with Red Heart Super Saver yarn. It's 100% wool as far as I can tell from the packaging, so it should felt nicely. The yarn I'm using for the tote bag is from Michael's and is by Patons, created specifically for felting projects.

The plan is to make several small rectangles out of the Red Heart yarn with various hook sizes and stitch sizes. I am using the G, I, and M hooks and single, half-double, and double crochet. So I will end up with 9 swatches in the end.

Some of them are going to be felted by hand in the kitchen sink with dish soap, since I don't own a washing machine in which to do it properly. I've been told it is possible to felt this way, however it is time-consuming, so I go into it knowing this.

The rest of the swatches will be thrown in with the next load of towels or jeans which go to the laundromat. The idea is to see how things turn out, and take detailed notes for future reference. The tote bag will go in the washing machine properly since I'm spending so much time creating it.

I figure if I can felt small things like pouches and such at home that would be convenient even if a little time-consuming. Larger projects will go in a washer.

I have added some items to the shop, and I have plans to create some nice, but affordable business cards. I would like this to be more than just a hobby. I'd like to turn it into a crafty, crafty enterprise. It takes a lot of work though, but I know this, and I don't mind.

In the works also is a plan to contact the folks who facilitate the Farmers Markets in the summer. If I have enough products to make it worth it, I may set up shop there a few times and see how things sell.

After the felting experiments, I would like to work on adding a line of laptop cases and tote bags to my inventory! Have a great evening, and I'll talk to you all later. It's time for me to head off now.

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I've had a blast today (Saturday) in Bluffs, Illinois with our friends. Margaritas and Mexican food were had and a pumpkin was carved!

I got plenty of crocheting done as well. I finished one of the camera case/small drawstring pouches I was working on. I also got quite a lot done on my felted bag that I am creating.

Here are some photos before I sign off! The camera case is going up in the shop Sunday evening when I return home. The felted bag may follow at some point if it's good enough to sell. Otherwise I'll make another and another until it's perfect!

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Good afternoon, Everyone! I'm sitting in a study room at one of my local libraries, doing some homework and crocheting my heart out.

I learned to crochet about four years ago, but put it aside for a year or so when other things took up too much of my time. I just recently picked it up again and have finally learned how to read a pattern! LoL. I have gone all this time never knowing what all the abbreviations mean on the patterns I see.

Now that I am armed with this information, I am going to look for some things to create. Currently I'm taking a few crochet classes. They are further honing my skills with the hook. I've set up shop on Etsy because there are only so many camera cases, mp3 player pouches and purses that I myself need in one day. I figured I might as well put the rest of my creations out there into the world so others can enjoy them...and I can fund this new addiction I've picked up.

I'm on Ravelry.com as Viktorja as well. So stop on by and see what's brewing in the yarn basket :) (Im' new to the site, so still putting things up.

Or check out my shop on etsy: Blue Morpho Designs

I take custom orders as well, of course. I generally buy what I think other people will like and what I myself like, but there are as many varied tastes as there are people in the world!

Have a great evening!



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