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1  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: May 31, 2018 09:41:31 AM
Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry: Purple Rain Stash Shawl
Pattern Used: Crazy Eights Shawl
Yarn Used: Mixed handspun in stash





And and update on my current hook project



I'm running into a bit of dilemma where I'm running out of yarn (probably a good thing since this is a stash project). I'm going to have to sub out some other colors since I think trying to match is going to be too difficult....but any thoughts on some good colors to marry in? I'm thinking a light green??? I already found another gray, though it's a little darker.
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2  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: May 27, 2018 09:13:04 AM
You're braver than I, Jennie - I have a hard time following patterns that have been translated from other languages a lot of the time.

Finished off my Crazy 8s - threw it in the dye bath this morning and am now blocking it out. I used up 3 different balls of yarn in my stash. They're not a perfect match, but I think overall it works ok.



While I had the dye out, I experimented with a ball of sock yarn given to me from a friend. I thought the colors weren't too horrible but was not liking how it was working up. The dyed bit is much more acceptable so I'll use up the yarn and then over-dye it when done.



Lesson learned: When you can, dye can fix a lot.  Cheesy

Started a new shawl (from stash!) - the Namaqualand. I'm really enjoying it so far, and added bonus, it has a chart and written instructions broken up so I can follow both as I go along.

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3  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: May 21, 2018 09:26:27 AM
Fantastic shawl pottermouth! Though I concur with the non-pink lovers, not my taste, but still lovely.

I've been out of town for the weekend for my bookclub's annual wine weekend  Cheesy Mostly just an excuse to get away, spend time together playing games and hanging out, and then sampling the area's wineries/cideries/breweries/etc. I got some fun shots of the yarnies of the group and we even found a lys that was very tempting. I suppose it's a good thing the prices are a bit out of my range or I could have done some major damage to my wallet there. It is definitely pushing me to want to play with dyeing my own yarn more though...





I finished my latest Virus Shawl made with Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Gossamer Yarn. Not a stash project but it turned out lovely I think.



I did finish that Crazy Eights pattern...but sadly did not have enough yarn for a full shawl. I was really hoping I'd be able to block it out bigger, but it didn't really work.  Cry I'm not sure what to do with it now; if anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear it. I also threw it in a quick dye bath because I really wasn't digging the colors. It's a dark purple now.

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4  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: May 15, 2018 02:56:10 PM
Jennie - I'm sorry to hear about your friend!  Cry

Always - that shawl is perfectly fall-colored. There is no way your friend won't like that colorway  Smiley The second shawl is lovely too. I know it's getting a bit warm for crochet, but I'll keep on - the repetition is very soothing to me. Besides, our house has lousy circulation so the lower level where we spend most of our waking hours is usually freezing compared to the rest of the house (of course  Roll Eyes).

Another month of DGY taunting me. I'll probably cave one of these days.

I have two shawls in progress now. Not intentionally as I like to work one until it's finished, but I'm going on a weekend trip with my bookclub and want to bring a small project along and I don't think this counts as small any more...



Yup good ol' virus baby! I was not quite sure how I liked the color shifting of the yarn, but as a whole I really like it.

My trip project is this Crazy Eights Shawl pattern. I've had this skein of handspun received in a swap years ago that I could never figure out how to use because of the limited yardage. I'm hoping that with the laciness of the pattern, and blocking it wide, I'll have enough for a full shawlette. We shall see.

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5  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: May 07, 2018 02:07:34 PM
Always! That shawl gradient literally made me gasp. Where can I buy that yarn!? I know you said it was a pain, but that may just be gorgeous enough to make it worth it  Cheesy

I finished another shawl yesterday  Grin

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry: Stash-busting Candy Sprinkles Shawl (hand-dyed!)
Pattern Used: Most Harmless
Yarn Used: Lion's Brand Fishermen's Wool





Definitely going to be a warm shawl for the winter, but wayyyyy too thick and hot now.
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6  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: May 05, 2018 12:08:22 PM
Well it was only a matter of time.... Roll Eyes

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by sheepBlue on: May 02, 2018 01:30:06 PM
Wow you guys are handy. I own a house but have not magically leveled up my handy skills  Tongue In due time...

My package for the art swap has been received so I can share here.





And then because I was in the grips of swap anxiety I made a second one as back-up in case my first idea didn't pan out.





A great way to use up felt!  Cheesy Both are 6x6 inch canvases.
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8  Re: More Art- Less Craft 6X6 Art Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: May 01, 2018 04:58:07 AM
I received a fantastic canvas from fatewineroses last night!  Cheesy



I love how whimsical it is, and the dimensional effect with the flowers  Grin She said she had never dabbled in painting before, but color me surprised, it is awesome!! Thank you fatewineroses!! It's already up on my wall.
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9  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: April 29, 2018 04:29:43 PM
Started a new Mostly Harmless today with some yarn I dyed a few months ago - I love how the random color pattern is working out.

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10  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: April 26, 2018 04:03:31 PM
Whew, pottermouth on fire!

I finally took some more pictures of the Secret Paths to show the color and pattern better. This may end up going to my sister for her upcoming birthday (don't tell her I almost forgot that was coming up!).





Next up, I actually bought my first pattern! The Kalinda Shawl. I've always been nervous to invest money in a pattern when I'm not 100% confident I'll be able to read it, but I'm taking the plunge. The pattern looks neat so I'm in. Just got to decide on yarn for it now. I'm very tempted to buy some new yarn for it, but would love to work from stash if only to have it qualify for the challenge haha.
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