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1  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: July 19, 2018 02:08:24 PM
Love the scrappy shawls Jennie! With the brown and ivory, do you have more rows of brown to go? I think it would be a less startling blend if you mix some ivory rows within the rows of brown.

Side note: My purple dyeing issues have spread to other areas of my life...... Roll Eyes

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2  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: July 02, 2018 05:01:44 PM
Better pictures to show off the color and pattern.

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3  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: June 30, 2018 01:32:00 PM
Guess whaaaattttt.....


The power of dye. Be careful, once you start dyeing, you start dyeing everything!

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4  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: June 24, 2018 07:16:47 AM
I'm glad the challenge is helping!  I've been amazed at how many shawls you guys have whipped up for the challenge, and I had to double check to see when this one ends, so I can be sure to be on top of posting the next one, and drawing a winner and such.  

I didn't intend to fixate on making shawls and nothing else  Cheesy but I haven't really had any inspiration or motivation for much else otherwise. Crochet is nice to zone out to, and I've been catching up on a ton of podcasts and audiobooks haha.

clm - the ugly duckling shawl is done! Want it, or should I throw it in the dye bath and see what happens?

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5  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2018 in The Swap Gallery by sheepBlue on: June 21, 2018 05:38:36 PM
Yayyyy I finally get to post the amazing package I got from craftylittlemonkey!!! She was such a doll and sent a ton of fun whimsies to get crafty with.

Our personal swap started out with these little guys - I mentioned on a random thread that I wanted to craft with them, but was stunned at how expensive they are to buy - she happened to have them creeping in her stash. A match made in heaven  Cheesy

She sent this card which I find stunning in the tiny the stitchy details. This will probably get framed when I get around to it  Grin

I asked her to make me some earrings since I have a bit of an earring obsession right now and she was so amazing and thoughtful!!! This first one was an assemblage of random bits and bobs in her stash, and I love how jangly it is, and very eclectic - definitely one of a kind

This pendant and earring set are actually made by a local artist who reclaims antique metal housewares and converts them to jewelry - love this!

And probably my favorite - handblown earrings by someone special in clm's life wrapped in wire, so pretty!! It's hard to get an accurate photo of these, but I love it.  Cheesy

Last thing in the package were these crafted beads. The stitched ones are by clm and I love them!! I think I'm going to have to make an art dangle with them to hang in my car or something. And then these beautiful felted beads crafted by belladune that had long been admired in clm's craft room, but she thought maybe I could find a good way to incorporate them into my earring obsession  Grin Challenge accepted!!

Thank you so so so much clm! You are such a dear heart, and I am so thankful to have a thoughtful, beautiful friend in my life. I can't wait til the craftster meet up next year to hang out more with you in person!!  Grin Grin Grin
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6  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by sheepBlue on: June 21, 2018 04:15:10 PM
Ahhh I finally figured out a photohosting work around!! Tried google with no luck and then found Patraw's advice for linking from Pinterest and it works! I can finally catch up on some picture posting.

Here are some of my in-progress shawls...

My cream/brown half-shawl-in-a-ball....still hunting for another ball of this stuff.  Roll Eyes

And my super ugly sock yarn shawl...crossing my fingers a dye bath will be enough of a transformation.

And finally finishing pictures of this baby.

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry: Stash Stripes Shawl
Pattern Used: Namaqualand Shawl
Yarn Used: gray fingering yarn from KnitPicks (lost the brand name sadly), white Premier sock yarn dyed purple

The second picture shows the..um...creative yarn patterning I came up with to finish off the shawl. The purples match a little better than the picture shows - the first picture is more accurate on the color. I'd call the purple more of a "raisin purple" where you have to get close to see the purple tones in it.

Love the shawl Jennie and pottermouth!! The pattern and color are great, and I love how it was a team effort  Smiley
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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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