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A Little Extra Christmas Money

I finished a commissioned quilt this week. It's inspired by this one but will all the lovely aqua fabric I could find.



It's for a full size bed and measures 84" by 96".


Nice and big and snuggly. 
In fact, I'm having trouble keeping this little monkey out from under it. He's convinced every quilt I make is for him, though.


It's got more aqua for the backing and a lime green binding. Hopefully the teenage girl it is for likes it as much as Sam does.

The Great Thing About Crafting.....

.....is that there is always more to learn. More techniques to master. More challenges to conquer.

The past couple of weeks for me have been all about fair isle knitting. Twenty-odd years of knitting (man, I'm old) and I had never attempted any sort of stranded color-work. Crazy, huh? It had always just scared and intimidated me. Until, suddenly, a few days before Anna's birthday I decided she needed a special birthday hat to wear to school. A special birthday hat with cupcakes on it. I found this pattern, dug some leftover yarn out of the bin, and obsessively got to work.



Two days later I had a special birthday hat ready to go.


A special birthday hat with the sort of odd gaps and puckers that come with learning a new technique. Plus, the odds and ends of yarns I pulled out of the bin were primarily acrylic so there would be no blocking to fix those gaps and puckers. She may have absolutely adored it, but I just couldn't leave things there. When I learn a new technique, …