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Guest crafter: my mom

What can I say about my mom. I mean, she gave me life. I guess it doesn’t get bigger than that, right? 🙂 But apart of being a great mother, she is also a great knitter. Give her two needles and she can make almost everything. I want to share with you some of the things she made for the family recently:

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Cat ears crochet hat

“What? Yarn? But it’s almost summer!”

Oh, yeah, how north-hemisphere centered of you, my friend… Don’t forget that when it’s almost summer to you, it’s also almost winter somewhere else.

Anyway, I have too much yarn, and I saw this project and I just couldn’t resist 🙂

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Little rug with T-shirt yarn (Stash Busting Project)

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We crafters tend to hoard supplies because… well, you never know when you are gonna need them!! But the reality is that we end up with lots of fabric scraps and little balls of yarn that are so small there is practically nothing you can make out of them. So we end up buying new supplies for our new projects, which in turn generates new scraps that add to the pile… and so and so in a never ending cycle. 🙂

Because of that, decluttering the fabric/yarn stash is one of the most common “new year resolutions” for crafters. At least it is one for me… every year. So, if you are in the same situation, keep in tune because I’ll try to focus this year in minimizing my scraps (so I can buy new ones and not feel guilty!) 😉

In the spirit of this resolution, here’s a clever way to get rid of remnants of T-shit yarn. All you need is a piece of cardboard and thread.

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More socks

If you are looking for a quick project to crochet before winter is over, these comfy stay-at-home socks are a good way to give use to odd skeins that may have remained from bigger projects, and they also make great gifts.

One small skein like these ones from Flying Tiger stores makes for one sock for small woman’s feet (about 36 in Spain, which according to this website would be like a 5.5 in US and a 3.5 in UK)

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Using this hairy yarn adds a plus of difficulty because you need to literally feel (with your fingers) where the stitches are, since it’s impossible to determine with your eyes where are you supposed to insert your hook next… This can be quite discouraging at first… but this also means it won’t show if you make any mistakes… 😉

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The pattern itself is not difficult, and you can follow video instructions in my previous post about socks from (can’t-bellieve-how-quick-time-goes-by) two years ago.

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Happy crochetting!

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Heart Shape / Leaf Shape Knitted Scarf

Winter winter… Today I bring you a knitted pattern that is a classic in my family. Every one we’ve ever cared about (specially old women) has received (or will receive in a near future) a scarf made with this pattern.

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Although it’s made mainly with garter stitch (all stitches are a knit), I’d say it’s an intermediate level project because it involves increasing, decreasing and separating stitches.

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Reversible Dark Knight Scarf

Autumn is here and you should start working on your Christmas projects if you don’t want to find yourself finishing your scarves and sweaters in Spring! (True story, happened to me last year…)

Now I’m proud to show you this project that took me several months to finish: the reversible Dark Knight scarf!

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It’s made with double knitting, with thin wool and 2.5 mm needles. (= a pain in the ass.)

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