Beading · Gifting · Knitting · Shawls

Wedding Ishbel for Sarah

The Ishbel by Ysolda Teague is my go-to for special occasion gift shawls. Love this pattern. Before I know it, I’m at the lace sections, so it feels quick to knit up. This one is in Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk, @880 yds. LOVE this wool, soft and pleasant, but light. Added beads to the YO’s of only the first row in each section. Then to the YO’s of all rows in the final section. Pretty.

I want to add monogram beads and will update this post after that. There’s a bead shop in town, so I’ll pop by this week.

 Beaded Shawl for a Bride

Beaded Shawl for a Bride
 Beaded Shawl for a Bride

Beaded Shawl for a Bride

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Sewing with scraps and fat quarters

Like most people who craft, you have extra. Extra leftover bits of pretty much everything. For me, it’s usually fabric and small balls of yarn. Often it’s not enough to make anything significant, but I’ve been trying a few project bags with what’s left.

This one was for a friend’s birthday and since this FREE pattern uses strips, I was able to make one for each pf us using all sorts of leftovers. The brown fabric is very cool because it looks a bit leathery but is very soft flexible fabric. I think the leather effect is a coating, but I love it. I don’t remember where all these fabrics are from, but probably Joann’s or Etsy since that’s where I shop for fabric.

This is is a simple one that I made up with what I had on hand. The beads are glass and really pretty leftovers from the Intergalactic Bead show in town. I know what you’re thinking, “Beaders from other galaxies come to that show?” – YES, I’m pretty sure they do. It’s worth the trip.

Beading · Crochet · Shawls

Piquant

In my effort to complete the 12 Shawls in 2013, I try to get ahead in January so I can break from shawls to make holiday gifts later in the year.  Here is shawl #3 (the Piquant by Lily Go). I like the way this pattern works from the band to border, then to the body. Different but not overwhelming.

Crocheted in Dream in Color Wisp in a sweet lavender pink called Shy. I held the yarn double, so I only used @ 430 yards or so if it were to be singly.

My modifications are:

  • Didn’t like to over-sized points in the edging so I only did the first 2 rows then the last one and added beads to the points.
  • Cut yarn after the 2nd to the last row, then rejoined at the very edge and sc all the way across, though that looked neater.
  • Nice pattern (as always with Lily Go patterns), I would make this again.
Wrapped as a cowl
As a shawl
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Some stitch markers…

I love to make stitch markers, but rarely have the time to drag it all out and get going. I really spread my crafts out when I work on something, so using the dinner table, or even expecting dinner, can get to everyone. I try to be considerate usually and luckily we had such a rainy week, no one seemed to care. Many are sold, but I have a few left. Here are some of the ones that happened that day…

Aqua glass
Aqua glass
Orange Glass
Orange Glass
Pink Glass
Pink Glass
Reds
Reds
Purple glass
Purple glass
Green glass
Green glass
Aquamarines
Aquamarines
Mauve
Mauve
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A litttle paper crafting

I needed something to mount my stitch markers on, so I asked Amy and Darlene about paper tags and they make it sound so simple. I decided to try to make a little meadow for my sheep markers and then I listed them on Etsy.

Paper Tags
Paper Tags
Stitch Markers
Stitch Markers

Then some aquamarines…

Aquamarine stitch markers
Aquamarine stitch markers
Aquamarine stitch markers in action
Aquamarine stitch markers in action