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I received an email a few months ago with the subject line “weird crochet request,” asking if I would create a teapot cosy that looks like Björk. It’s the most unusual request I’ve received to date, and it’s finally finished!

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Knitted, crocheted, and embroidered with a mixture of merino wool, baby alpaca, and acrylic yarn. It took a few tries to get it just right, but I’m really pleased with the end result. It’s definitely one of a kind.

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I’ve often wanted to experiment with making ornaments, but the holiday season always passes me by before I have the chance. This year, I got started early. It certainly helped that I acquired a bunch of doily-strength yarn from my grandmother’s house this past fall. I tried out some patterns from the Snowcatcher website, which has a lot of ideas to get you started.

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The first step is to go ahead and crochet your little snowflakes. It’s tricky using such fine yarn, but it gets easier the more you do it:

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The next step is to paint your snowflakes with a glue-and-water mixture, and pin them to some sort of drying rack. I put down a layer of wax paper, and pinned them to a bulletin board I use for blocking. One thing I learned the hard way: use straight pins instead of thumbtacks if you can! I used thumbtacks, and a few of the pieces have little rusty stains on them if you look closely.

flakes in process

After letting them dry for about 24 hours, carefully remove the pins and peel them from the wax paper. Here’s a close-up of one of my favorites:

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Add a little string, and hang them in your window or on the tree. Voilà!

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Teaching teachers how to teach reading and writing has me thinking up ways I can use fiber art in the classroom. You can’t ever go wrong with too many bookmarks when you’re a literacy specialist. I made these for my new colleagues.

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I cooked up a few more reversible pillows for a stoop sale last weekend — both from more of Oma’s leftover yarn. One big, one small. Though the pictures really don’t reveal the true brilliance of the colors, you get the idea.

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Here’s a front and back view of the big one. The back view (the second photo below) has gotten some interest on instagram, and I wonder if I should keep at the asymmetrical, colorblock patterning more often. Colors used: day-glo pink, chartreuse, yellow, charcoal, heather grey, orange:

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Here are some shots of the smaller one, front and back. Colors used: day-glo pink, red, orange, charcoal, heather grey, tangerine.

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coasteres100% cotton coasters in loden, kelly, and pear. Crocheted.

 

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I’ve been wanting to make some more pillows for own bed for quite some time. I’d gotten as far as making two about a year ago, and recently rounded out the number to four:

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Here are some close ups of the new ones. This is the bigger one, front and back:

pillows 2And the smaller one:

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Made as a wedding gift, this throw measures about 51″ x 51″.

Crocheted in my signature color-block granny square pattern. Squares arranged with Brian‘s help.

100% acrylic yarn makes for easy care.

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My hair stylist, Boswell (who works at Fox & Boy in Nolita), was given a set of knitted, cotton washcloths earlier this year. He uses them as scrubbies in the kitchen, and suggested I try making some. After toying with patterns for a while, I finally made a set. They’re a perfect gift for any occasion!

These are crocheted in 100% cotton. Kelly green and chartreuse.

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The first thing I ever crocheted was a potholder, and sometimes I still make them. Back in the day, I would use acrylic yarn. I learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to use it — acrylic can melt! These are 100% wool.

 

I haven’t made one of these in a while. I call it a frocket — you know, a pocket for you fridge. Crocheted in 100% cotton, and can be attached to any metal surface with two magnetic clips.

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