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Snowflake roundup 2019

Key starting with first white flake on left going clockwise: Taku, Ice Feathers, two white Nymphalidae, turquoise Nymphalidae, red Kaikas, dark blue Daffodil, in center left turquoise Alpine Glacier, and Taku.  All patterns by Sainio except Nymphalidae and Daffodil. My … Continue reading

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Fun with star stitch

This weekend I’m teaching a class in star stitch at YarnCon in Chicago. What a great excuse to fool around with some yarn and make some new star stitch items. Above is a little coin purse I did to explore … Continue reading

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Corner to Corner Crochet Owl Chart

I had a wonderful time teaching at Yarncon this year. What a great experience, meeting so many talented crafty people and seeing all the beautiful yarns for sale. My thanks to Natalia and all the folks at Team Yarncon for … Continue reading

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Springtime at YarnCon

It’s spring, which means it must be time for YarnCon, Chicago’s Indie Fiber Fair held April 7 & 8 at Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall. Above is my Skinny Mint Tunisian Scarf, featuring some of the stitches covered in my Introduction … Continue reading

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A Starflake for the New Year

Coming off snowflake mania I needed to let myself down gently. I found the pattern for this cool Starflake Mandala on the Loopy Stitch blog. It’s a bit of a cross between snowflake and mandala. I used Patons Grace, a … Continue reading

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Snowflake Roundup 2017 continued

It’s hard to believe it’s spring already and I haven’t finished my snowflake update. Above is a picture of many I made to give away in 2017. Here’s a Ravelry link to the project pages for each individual snowflake shown. … Continue reading

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Snowflake Roundup 2017 Feeling Blue

This year winter I mixed it up a bit and went on a little blue spree, making snowflakes to give to friends. I decided to search online for new patterns, and I really like to work from charts. After seeing … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse Coaster

Inspired by the upcoming Solar Eclipse in the U.S. I have designed a solar eclipse coaster pattern. Happy eclipse watching. Solar Eclipse Totality Coaster by Kathy Kelly Finished size, about 4.25” in diameter Materials Yarn: Small amounts of sport or … Continue reading

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Murakami Flower

Last week I was totally flattened by an exhibit of Takashi Murakami’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The use of pop culture references mixed with traditional Japanese cultural influences gives his work great depth. I wanted … Continue reading

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Mandala Madness 4, Book reviews

  It’s time to review two books of Crochet Mandala patterns. What I love about these books is the beautiful color photos with lots of different ideas for color combinations. I find it easier to gauge color from printed photos … Continue reading

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