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“New Life” crocheted mandala is finished

The "New Life" mandala is done, just in time for Spring. This is a lovely pattern by The Guy With the Hook, designed to use an entire 1000m gradient yarn cake. I made mine with YarnArt Flowers and a 3.00mm hook. It is just big enough to trim my kitchen table (below, you can see… Continue reading “New Life” crocheted mandala is finished

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One Fine Spring Sunday + “New Life” mandala progress

Just a few photos and words to catch you up on one of my current WIPs, the "New Life" mandala. As of today, I've zipped ahead to round 34, and well into the green section of the YarnArt gradient cake (see photos below). I also have a few shots of today's walk around my neighborhood's… Continue reading One Fine Spring Sunday + “New Life” mandala progress

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Mini update: New Life mandala in progress

My semester is back in full swing, and I'm alternating between the classroom and Zoom classes, as the Covid protocols make the return to "normal" life a bit rocky for the time being. There are a couple of small projects I have started recently that I can fit into short bursts of free time that… Continue reading Mini update: New Life mandala in progress

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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

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Cactus amigurumi and ongoing WIPs + my Easter roast

For awhile I've been wanting to make one of those trendy crocheted cactuses that are all over Pinterest, so I finally found a lovely pattern and gave it a go last night. It really worked up quickly and I just tied off this morning and settled the faux succulent into its pot. I am definitely… Continue reading Cactus amigurumi and ongoing WIPs + my Easter roast

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New WIP update and Spring walk photos

March isn't yet over, but we have some high Spring weather happening here. In fact, the cherry blossoms are already in bloom two weeks early. I will get outside tomorrow and take you some shots before they've all disappeared for this year. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures I took in the meadow at the… Continue reading New WIP update and Spring walk photos

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Mandala has a home! Plus, new shawl and favorite dog treats recipe

After some thought and time to locate supplies, I was able to satisfactorily hang the mandala on my living room wall, behind my piano. I used a simple curtain rod and some metal rings in every other space of the border. I think I may add rings to the rest of the open spaces, to… Continue reading Mandala has a home! Plus, new shawl and favorite dog treats recipe

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Finished Spice Market Mandala

After several months of stitching almost every morning, I've finished the Spice Market mandala. I started it way back in February, right before my trip to Tokyo. That means I've been working on it bit by bit for the last 5 months. https://youtu.be/Pv0OHJ6DpOo Spice Market mandala is finished! https://youtu.be/1I6MbQHturc Close-up video best shows the colors.… Continue reading Finished Spice Market Mandala

My Makes · Travel

Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel

Summer travel is usually big for me, and I typically try to get out of Korea during the hottest part of the year - my recent favorite August destinations have been home to California; Australia (it's winter Down Under in August); and Japan. This year is different, of course. Travel is made difficult because of… Continue reading Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel