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Red Heart Yarn Prize Giveaway!!

12 winners will be chosen to receive $75 of your choice of Red Heart yarn and a Year’s Free Subscription to Knitting Today! or Crochet Today! Winners will be posted on Red Heart’s blog and Facebook page every Thursday from Sept 1 to Oct 1. The grand prize winner will be announced on October 13, 2011.

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Baby Crochet!

One of my friends has just let me know that she is expecting! I’m so happy for her and her husband, but I’m also happy for me, too.  I’m thinking of the wonderful baby crochet projects I can start on now that there will be someone to get them!

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Back again!

Phew!  After being hacked and then having a family emergency, I’m back again and raring to go.  I have started off with my recipe for Challah, and I hope you’ll all like it.  I developed it after trying multiple recipes and then synthesizing my own out of what I liked and didn’t like from them (as well as a few mistakes!).  Enjoy!

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Link Roundup

Knit your own Big Lebowski sweater
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/05/knit_your_own_big_lebowski_swe.html

Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets
http://half-bakedbaker.blogspot.com/2011/05/strawberry-rhubarb-hand-pies.html

Embroidery Basics from Wild Olive
http://wildolive.blogspot.com/search/label/embroidery%20basics

Squee Honey Hedgehog Bread
http://cookistry.blogspot.com/2011/05/honey-hedgehog-bread.html

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3/4 Sleeve Shrug Progress

As I predicted, I am working this pattern in Cotton Ease yarn (the Azalea colorway), and it is turning out very soft and drape-y.  I have modified the pattern to be an elbow-length shug, and it is coming along well.  Hopefully it will be ready for my upcoming trip.

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Tiny Crochet Turnip

I have been out sick for a couple of days and that is why I haven’t been posting.  Not to worry, though, much blog-ful goodness is in the works.  To tide you over, here is a pattern for a tiny little crochet turnip.

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Working on a pattern

I’m working on a crochet pattern for a simple shrug to post tomorrow or over the weekend. Don’t worry — I haven’t forgotten you.

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Doing too much

So last week, I fell in love with this purse that I found on the Purl Bee blog.  I got all the supplies together, and I promised myself that I was going to make it on Sunday.

But there was that embroidery project to work on.  And that sparked an idea — what about putting some embroidery on the purse?  (Just one motif, of course — don’t want to overwhelm myself)  Well, ok — I figured I’d just finish the leaves on my embroidery project, then I’d start on the purse.

So I worked on that for a while.  Then I got a headache.  I figured that I had better go lay down — after all, weekends are for relaxing, right?  As I was falling asleep, I remembered those blackberries in the freezer.  So I felt guilty about not even starting to make that blackberry jam  as I dropped off to sleep. After the nap, I still needed to finish the embroidery, so I did that.

Dinner?  Oh, yeah.  Better eat that.  Dinner is important.

But wait a minute — what about the purse?  It is so cute, and I could really use a nice big summer purse.  And I had been intending to make it — really,  I had.  My headache began to return as I  beat myself up about it.  At this point, my darling husband pointed out that  I could still work on the purse a bit, even if I can’t finish it.

So that is what I do.  I printed and cut out the pattern, then taped it together.  By this time, it is 10pm.  No more working on the purse for me.  *sigh*  Maybe next weekend.

Perhaps this is a sign that I need to be more realistic in my planning. What do you all do to keep things from getting overwhelming?

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