Free Patterns · My Makes

Orléans blanket is finished! Plus, market bag free pattern

Finally, I can share the finished Orléans crocheted blanket, which was a joy to make, although I did take many long breaks in between sewing the components. The blanket pattern is designed by Priscilla Hewitt and is made to resemble the texture of matelassé. It's a pretty big blanket, with 48 octagons and 36 squares,… Continue reading Orléans blanket is finished! Plus, market bag free pattern

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Octagon blanket is nearly finished & bonus! :) Peach pie

We are deep into monsoon season here in South Korea. I think last time I wrote, I described a torrential rain; we had a heat wave after that, and now thunderstorms have returned. Peaches are in season now, and for awhile I've been imagining a wonderful peach tart, so I made one this evening, with… Continue reading Octagon blanket is nearly finished & bonus! 🙂 Peach pie

My Makes · Travel

WIP updates & Busan sea view

Korea is deep into the mid-summer monsoon season, with heavy rains, heat, humidity, spectacular cloud formations, and glaring sun when it does shine. I just returned from a quick trip to Busan, Korea's second-largest city, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. I lived in Busan for three years when I first began working in… Continue reading WIP updates & Busan sea view

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“Backstage” with the mystery project + other WIPs

Time for another entry to my crafting log - this week I have only ongoing work to share. I just began a new project that I am doing entirely free-hand, that is, no pattern. This idea involves three cylindrical forms of different proportional widths, as well as a great deal of scrap/stash yarn! Two of… Continue reading “Backstage” with the mystery project + other WIPs

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Old and new crochet WIPs with flower motifs

I like to crochet small-sized motifs during the hot summer months. One of my lingering projects (almost 2 years!) is a huge blanket made of octagonal and square motifs, which have a wonderful texture reminiscent of matelassé. At this writing, I have almost all the squares finished, and seven more octagons to go; after that,… Continue reading Old and new crochet WIPs with flower motifs

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Sakura mandala cushion is finished, plus assorted WIPs

What a blast it was to make the Sakura Mandala cushion cover! I made two mandalas with Scheepjes Softfun yarn and a 3.50mm hook, and sewed them together for the cover. Part of the fun was the 24 pompoms that encircle it - justifying my very smart purchase of Clover pompom makers, which I'm now… Continue reading Sakura mandala cushion is finished, plus assorted WIPs