Thank you, MM!

Thank you so much for the generous contribution, I really didn’t intend anyone to contribute since my last post but am so touched that you did.
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I will leave the blog and patterns up, I tend to doubt I will be writing more crochet patterns but you never know, inspiration may smack me in the head and I’ll be helpless not to share anything that comes of it.🙂

It’s Been Quite A While

I haven’t posted anything here in quite some time, partially because I’ve been doing more quilting and sewing than crochet work and not writing any patterns for either. I actually signed in and came here to say I was deleting the blog and to ask any who follow to save the patterns, I may still do that (so save any patterns you’d like to keep) but maybe not just yet. I see there’s still some traffic and apparently folks using the patterns and my whole reason for putting them on the net was to share with others.

But it seems likely I won’t be doing much if any crochet in the future; I was recently asked to make a chevron baby blanket, I like crocheting but had done less as the skein size decreased while the price increased – Caron’s Simply Soft had been 7 ounces for $2.08 at Walmart when I first began writing the amigurumi patterns around 2005, as the economy worstened the price increased and the skeins shrunk to 6 ounces. I hadn’t made a blanket in almost 2 years (getting 6 ounces of lesser quality Simply Soft [not as soft, easier to tangle and split] for 4.29 at Michael’s was very disappointing) and now, the price is up again, 4.49 and the skein has shrunk again, 5 ounces – I don’t have the time nor inclination to search out or wait for skeins to go on sale (and not that much of a sale price when you consider skein size), this is ridiculous and I’m simply not doing it anymore.

All good things must come to an end I suppose, and so too will my crocheting, I cannot find a justification for these scrawny skeins and insane prices, I feel for those who sell crocheted creations, it must be hell in that sector these days. If I continue to let this blog live, I’ll post some things I’ve sewn, but the crochet patterns have sadly come to an end. My deepest thanks to all who still visit and have contributed, I’ll likely remove the donation buttons as I can’t in any conscience have anyone contributing to these lunatic yarn size and prices.

Listia, Et Al

I was notified yesterday that someone auctioned off one of my patterns on Listia, I did not post that pattern there, nor anywhere else. If you should happen to see my patterns posted anywhere on the net except here at the Craft Ingénue blog (and at Ravelry, of course), they haven’t been posted by me, nor are they there with my consent or approval. I’m terribly sorry for anyone who has been taken advantage of in this manner, I didn’t even know such sites existed until yesterday (and thank you so much to the kind person for making me aware of it.). I have contacted Listia to have the listing removed, I hope this won’t happen again, I’m so sorry it’s happened even once.

Sprocket Love

While looking around the net for quilting tips and such, I came across a blog called Cluck Cluck Sew with a tutorial for sprocket pillows, oh my, how too cute are these??

http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2011/03/tutorial-sprocket-pillows.html

So once I finished the other sewing projects I had going on, I ran out for more fat quarters to make a couple sprockets. Started them yesterday, finished them this afternoon, my hub thinks I’ve flipped my lid, but I just adore these pillows:

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About the only thing I did differently than the tutorial was to make the backs in the same manner as the fronts (but with deeper-toned fabrics), and I used large uncovered buttons I found in the findings section at Jo-Ann’s.

Backs:
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Fronts:
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Pure and unadulterated Sprocket love!

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Long Time No Hook!

Greetings everyone, and a Happy (although belated) New Year! I haven’t been doing much crochet over the past few months, mostly because I’ve been distracted by sewing, egads I caught the thread bug! But I have been making some cool things, I started out making this quilted wall hanging using fat quarters and fusible webbing, I call it ‘Water Garden’:

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I was pretty pleased with how that came out for a first time quilting expedition, so I made my hubby this one – ‘Desert Mission’  for Christmas:

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Since I don’t have the patience to sew together all the teeny little pieces it would have taken to do most of it, I painted muslin fabric with acrylic paints for the mission, trees, rock wall and clay bowl and hand-appliqued those onto the quilted background.  Although there’s a fair amount I would do differently on both if I did them over again, I do like how each came out. I am now in quilting H-E-double-hockey sticks trying to make a quilt for the bed (silly ambition), if it comes out presentable I’ll snap a pic and post it. This afternoon I finished some pillows I just adore, I’ll do a new post on them with pics and a link to the blog with the tutorial, they are sooo cute!

Hope everyone is having a spiffy and craft-filled new year, I have an idea for a crocheted afghan, if it pans out I’ll post the pattern after completion.

Meet Sweetie

The newest Little ‘Un on the block.

Free pattern available on the Little ‘Uns page.

Come To The Land Of Deities

And make Bengali Babees Ganesh

Free pattern download available on the Pot Belly Babies page

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