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It’s been so long since I blogged that I’ve almost forgotten how!

The crochet-a-long for January in the Crochet Jewelry of the Month Group on Ravelry is Turkish Loop Bead Crochet.  They provided a video on doing the 3-loop beaded method as well as some tutorials on the 3-loop and the 2-loop methods.

It’s an interesting stitch and I like learning something new.  So this is the project that I ended up making.  I did the 3-loop method, used size 10 crochet cotton, a size 8 steel crochet hook, twisted bugle beads (about 1/2″ in size) and size 8 seed beads.

This photo shows the bracelet and one of the bugle beads that I used.

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This photo shows the clasp that I used.

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If you like combining beads with your crochet then give this a try.  There are all kinds of suggestions for bead combinations.

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Row Counter

A picture of our little pre-spring snow

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My friend Elizabeth sent me this link for a beaded row counter

I just happened to have everything I needed to make this so here are mine. The bag of wine charm holders came with one large and 4 small, so I did one of each.

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A bit more stash used of the bead variety.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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I Have a Secret

Sometimes I feel like I have a Secret. ( Shhh don’t tell anyone). LOL

The secret is the wonderful feeling that I get from turning a skein of yarn, tube of beads, yard of fabric, a lb of roving(not yet, but someday), etc into something beautiful and useable.  I am so thankful that someone took the time to teach and inspire me. 

For me, at the moment, the pleasure is taking a skein of yarn and seeing how that skein looks when it is worked up into an item.  It still truly amazes me sometimes.

I also love how other people continue to inspire me.  A pattern I have seen before that I just looked over and moved on, then when I see what yarns someone else used, I am inspired to try that pattern.

Here are a couple of projects that I have been recently inspired to make.  The first is from the book 101 Designer one-skein Wonders, it is called Scallop-Edge Beaded Necklace by Carol Metzger.

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I used size 6 seed beads – 1st I used Patons Grace, the 2nd & 3rd I used Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread Size 3 and the 4th I used Patons Brilliant.  These necklaces are such a quick knit!

The next pattern I used is called Ballet  Slippers by Kathy North, I made a pair of these in an evening while watching T.V.

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I used  size 9 needles and one strand of Bernat Softee Chunky. The first pair uses the color True Taupe and the second pair uses True Taupe for the sole and Nature’s Way for the main part of the slipper.  I still have quite a bit of yarn left over from just one skein of each!

This pattern adjusts very easily for different foot sizes, by adjusting the length of the sole.  My foot measures 8-1/2 from tip of big toe to back of heel.  I knit 21 garter ridges which measures, for me, about 7″(unstretched).  I read that garter stitch really stretches, so I wanted to give room for that stretch.  I really like the way they fit.  The next pair I make I will use one size smaller needle for the ribbing, just to tighten it up a little.  I also slipped the 1st stitch pearlwise on every row of the sole – this made (for me) picking up the side stitches of the sole much easier.

I hope in some small way that I, in turn, am able to inspire someone else and that you have the wonderful experience of creating whatever makes you happy!

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Spiral Stitch

Beading is another one of my interests.  I don’t do as much as I used to, I still have so much to learn in knitting.  However, every once in a while I manage to produce another beaded item.  It amazes me how little it can take to make a beaded bracelet.  Here are a few of the beads I recently used

I didn’t even make a dent.  On Beading Daily you can find instructions on how to do a spiral rope stitch.  The neat thing about this stitch is you can use any combination of beads to do the spiral.  I used 2 colors of size 8 seed beads, some potato pearls and some rondelle beads.  This is what I came up with.

This is a quick and fun project to make.

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It’s Friday!

Some weeks seem like they will never end.  I know this is wishing your life away.  Others just fly by, you say Friday already?  This one went pretty quick once Thursday got here, lol.  Here are a couple of stitch marker sets that I have recently made.  Something to help pass the time on the slow days.

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I hope you all have an enjoyable, relaxing weekend!

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Bag-A-Month Club

I joined this group on Ravelry called the Bag-A-Month Club.  They have only been up and running for a couple of months, but they seem like a fun group.  They do one Crochet project and one Knitting project each month.  This month’s crochet project is Dot’s Little Ditty Bag.  You are to make this bag and embellish it.  Here is mine
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This is such a fun and quick project to make.

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It Was a “Dice” Day

Hi Everyone – today was another day for making stitch markers.  Had errands to run and was back and forth all day so I managed to sneak these stitch markers in between everything else.  Found a bag of dice beads at Joann Fabrics and Crafts and thought they would make fun stitch markers.  Thereby the name “Dice Day” it feels like it was the only thing constructive that I got accomplished today.
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Have a great week!

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