Inspiration

I want to share a few of my favorite spots on the internets. You know, besides Pinterest. (And just so you’re aware, that’s a link to my personal Pinterest-land…crafty stuff, recipes, work stuff, etc. It’s not a beautifully curated business account.)

 

Attic 24 is, hands down, one of my favorite blogs. Lucy is incredibly creative and her work is truly inspiring. She seems like a lovely person, too.

 

The Moogly Blog is another of my favorites. Her work is beautiful and there are tons of patterns and tutorials to be had.

 

I’ve also been reading and getting inspiration from The Crafty Mummy…we seem to be similar in that there’s a fair bit of crocheting with other crafty endeavors thrown in from time to time.

 

The Sailor Crochet News is lovely too…crocheting, knitting, sewing, embroidery. I aspire to sew some fun and cute things and it looks like she’s done loads of neat projects.

 

Lulu Learns is another sewing blog I adore. So many wonderful things she’s made!

 

Mrs. Craft from Craft and Other Crazy Plans seems lovely too and she just got back from Yarndale so we’ll just say I’m a *bit* jealous and leave it at that. (I wonder if I can convince my husband that when we finally have the time and money for a trip to England we’ll need to include a day at Yarndale. A girl can dream.)

 

And Saturday Night Stitch! My GOODNESS her work is gorgeous! I am in awe of her talent and I hope I’ll some day be making my own clothing.

 

There are plenty of other spots I find through Pinterest, but these are the craft-related blogs I read regularly. I hope you find something new that inspires you!

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Ladder Stitch – Quick How To

Way back when, I used to top stitch to close up projects. Not the prettiest way to do things, but it gets the job done.  And sometimes it doesn’t *really* matter, like this cold pack I made to keep in the freezer for when one of the kids falls. 


You can see it along the bottom there. Not especially lovely, but it’s just for us so I wasn’t too worried. 
Fast forward a bit, and I begin making scarves. My first attempts were closed this way but I decided I needed a neater looking method. I consulted The Google and found the ladder stitch. I feel like it’s one of those things that everyone but me knew how to do. 

Here I need to close up a cold pack I’m making for a friend. (I cut my fabric 5 1.2″ square, put wrong sides together, and stitched almost all the way around…I left about an inch and a half open to turn it right side out and fill it. I use flax seeds and fill about halfway. Previous iterations have been about 4″ square. This is a great way to use scraps.)

I start by inserting my needle and bringing up the thread as close to the seam as I can. 

Then I insert it into the other side and bring it out about 1/16″ away. 

When you go across the opening it should be directly across. 

Done! Invisible. 

Fun (and Crafty) Weekend

Helllllo, Monday. It’s always a little jarring to get back to work after a really great weekend. Not that I would want to have a bad weekend just to ease re-entry, mind you. 
We hosted friends for a game night on Saturday (tabletop games are a particular hobby of ours) and on Sunday met with our Sunday Night Dinner group. In between times I got a fair bit of crafting done. 
The yarn for my next blanket hasn’t arrived yet, so I needed something small to work on between big projects. I don’t know why this struck me, but I pinned it on Pinterest a while back and decided now was a great time to give it a shot. 

happy uterus

sad uterus
I also started working on curtains for my parents’ kitchen and I finished a scarf for the shop


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Finished Product – J’s Blanket


It’s finished! 
Last week I just needed to join a few more rows and crochet a border. I followed the process detailed by Lucy at Attic 24 – I much prefer to crochet the join rather than stitch it. Here’s what the reverse looks like:

And the ‘right’ side:

Detail of the circle motif:

I made 88 circles in squares…I started on our road trip on July, took a break to make a blanket for my niece, and then came back to it.  
Next up is a blanket for my daughter, as soon as the yarn arrives.