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I finished my project using the Butterfly Stitch.  It worked up quickly and looks nice.  I like trying different stitches to see what effects we can get.  This one will work well for scarves, shawls, blankets, etc. You can find an easy to follow pattern here.

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20170528_062724I had a chance to experiment with a couple of new stitches.  This is the Butterfly Stitch using Caron Cakes (that I love).  The self striping yarn is so much fun and so easy to work with because you don’t have to change yarn over and over again to get a beautiful look.  It does the work for you!  Don’t you LOVE it?!

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More Crocheted Baskets

Here is another basket that is easy to crochet….and this one is much smaller than the one we made last week.  (See that one here.)  We will have a class on “Making Crocheted Baskets” on Tuesday, April 11th at 5:30 at The Studio.  Once you learn the basics you can create all sizes and shapes of these useful vessels.  Come learn with us.  Click here to register.

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One of the things I like best about crochet is that you can make just about anything with yarn.  I’ve made blankets and vests and slippers and dog sweaters and on and on.  I like making these soft baskets that can hold all kinds of things including more yarn!  You can never have enough yarn in your stash!  LOL!

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Yesterday the Interweave blog had an interesting post for President’s Day all about First Ladies who crocheted.  I was so interested to read about  Ida Saxton McKinley who crocheted over 4000 slippers while her husband was in office despite her ill health.  The photos today are from a wonderful article on Betsy Butler’s blog. (See it here.)  This is from Interweave:

    “Ida Saxton McKinley (1847-1907), the wife of President William McKinley (1843-1901), was limited by precarious health. Suffering from severe headaches, mild epileptic seizures, fainting spells, and periods of depression, she often preferred to remain in her private quarters. But despite her physical limitations, she was an avid crocheter said to have crocheted some 4,000 pairs of bedroom slippers during her lifetime . . . Mrs. McKinley either gave these slippers away to friends, veterans, and orphans or she sold them at auction to raise money for the charities that she supported.”

 

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A New Ruffed Scarf

20170211_081108.jpg20170211_081419.jpgI made a new ruffled scarf last night from a beautiful skein of yarn that my friend Sandra gave me yesterday.  I love it.  It was easy to work up but looks difficult.  It’s not.  Really nice. There are several good tutorials online if you look for them using the Sashay name.  Thanks Sandra for thinking of me.

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Just got through making this crocheted vest simplifying a pattern so that we can offer this as a class for beginners at The Studio.  It turned out great and can be done in any yarn and for any size. And the best part is that it’s very simple.   Let’s give it a try!

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