Look at this! I found all of this in the Closet of Stuff and the Basket of Things. Think about adding a dozen or two wee little stitches patterns to my collection and that adds up to a lot of stitching to be done, besides what I posted last week.
(Whee!)

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It just didn't stop. I kept pulling out another, and another, and oh look there's one under that other one...
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All the kits I have left, plus some cool patterns I collected over the years.

I’m not kidding, I have 24+ wee little stitches patterns. I’ve stitched a lot of them, but I have 12+ left I’d love to get to eventually, and I still want to buy a couple more! ;-) First step is admitting I have a problem…ok maybe not a “problem”, maybe just a favorite hobby of awesomeness. B-)

Happy Halloween!! October is the best. Colorful scenery, crisp air, candy, and spooky stuff. Who could ask for more? We have glow in the dark bouncy balls to give out along with candy this year, yessss!
Dracula Shawl:
This is from one of Woolgirls’s wonderful yarn clubs. I think I got it last year (or before), but just now got the ambition to start it. I blame fall’s approach. This time of year I just want a hot cup of coffee, lace, scarves, and a good book, preferably a scary one, so why not revisit a classic?
(The pattern is written for beads, and I got 30g of Japanese Rocaille size 8 in shiny blood red. Adding beads is a lot more fun than I expected.) It is from Susanna IC. The yarn club is fun because I don’t have to buy a year’s worth, I can get one or as many kits as I want. This kit came with the pattern, exclusively dyed yarn (Madelinetosh lace no less), a nest blood drop inspired stitch marker, a shawl pin, and a little tin with Drac on it. I ordered a Edgar Alan Poe themed one this year, I hope it’s in the mail today!
Funny thing about the beads: I foolishly didn’t have the pattern notes when I shopped for the beads, so I bought three times as many as I actually needed. Sigh. Knitter problems. I guess now I have lots of sparkles for future projects…I love how sparkly the beads are. This will be a big shawl, more of a wrap.

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See the super cool bracelet in there? It’s a stitch counter bracelet- an abacus to wear to count how many rows I’ve done. Penny made it for me out of a couple old bracelets I had. Remember the gemstone/rock bracelets from 1998? I had like 12 of those because they went on sale when I worked at Hastings. Through some glitch or twist of fate, the computer rang them up as 1¢ each with my employee discount. Scoooore! My faces were the hematite and labradorite, the ones now on the abacus bracelet. :-) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Penny makes the coolest stuff.
I keep this project in a neat basket that a friend gave me. (I love it, Janel!) I was playing with the camera and tried to make the photo all artsy for you.

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Happy haunting!

I know. I know. I have a lot of these. Playing with yarn keeps me from snacking and is an excellent way to relax whilst a young one runs around like a beast.

Totoro Mittens
I love that movie. These are stranded knitted mittens with two colors of yarn at once. I’m getting better at getting my tension right so the colors look nice and the darker color doesn’t show through. It’s easier for me to use thicker weight yarn and make something I’ll use. (I made a purse/little bag once that is awesome but I never use it…I should dig it out). Anyway, both skeins are Lion Brand Wool-Ease. It is a wool blend that is machine washable, woot! The pattern is from brella, her pattern page says “Totoros are the shy forest spirits portrayed in Hayao Miyazaki’s Japanese animated film My Neighbor Totoro. There’s a big one with an umbrella, two little ones, and a bunch of dust bunnies (or soot sprites) who like to swirl out of dark corners. I wanted to capture all of these elements on mittens, which in the Norwegian tradition are wonderful surfaces for intricate stranded knitting designs.” These will be so cute and toasty! I really like them and will probably make more mittens like this.

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Its funny to see them come to life! Since the yarn is thicker they are stitching up very quickly. Once I tried using double points it went even faster.

Tunisian Crochet Ten Stitch Blanket
I just started this last week. Sometimes I get the urge to crochet. This promised to use up some stash yarn and have a cozy blanket. The pattern is from Dedri Uyswho writes a very cool blog. She has done two to three versions of this blanket. It does indeed burn through stash yarn and is indeed very quick to do and addictive! It’s only ten stitches around, worked in a spiral. I’m using a size 9 hook, which is bigfer than recommended for the yarn individually but it makes the blanky drape better (ie: flop around instead of act like a board) and tunisian stitches are tighter. I plan on using purple and white once that skein of blue is finally gone. The middle yarn is cotton and the other stuff is unknown acrylic. It is nice and soft and should be nice and warm. The corners are too fun to stitch!
Tunisian crochet differed from regular crochet in that it is almost a blend of both knitting and crochet. You pick up stitches like knitting, then crochet them back across. I love the texture.

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Hope you are enjoying these. :-)

I thought I’d share how to frame a cute little stitch. As you know, I’m hooked on Wee little Stitches, and most of their stuff is small. Hence, easy to carry around, finish in a decent amount of time, etc. But what do I do with all those stitches I’ve done? Framing those things professionally would be way too expensive. I found the hoop section at the craft store and brought along my stitches to frame. I picked out the ones that looked nice. Each frame is anywhere from $1-4. I chose some bright plastic ones because these projects are going in my sons’ room, but the wood ones look nice too.
Anyway, here are the supplies you’ll need:
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The finished, ironed piece, scissors, good thread, and a hoop. I also use a scrap piece of fabric but you’ll see that in a minute.
Take the hoop apart and line up the back piece behind the stitching-a window helps here. You can adjust it later so right now just get it mostly in place.

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Now place it on a clean surface, or that cloth, and out the top piece on. I love the plastic hoops for framing because they really hug the fabric and hold it in place. Get the piece about where it needs to be, tighten the top hoop a little, then gently tug the fabric around until it is centered.
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This takes a while sometimes, but be patient. No worries. Don’t get too OCD about it or you’ll throw something. Not that I….throw things…ahem.
Now here is the finishing part. Make sure that hoop is on tight as you can (don’t resort to pliers or anything just use your mad sewing finger strength or the plastic may break and things will get thrown) and flip the piece over. I use a scrap from an old t-shirt.
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Pull off a fair length of thread, thread the needle, and pull both end of the thread together and knot the end. Knots are your friend here; the back will face the wall anyway so do not fear the knots!
Gently fold the fabric towards the center of the hoop and start sewing the opposite ends together. Pull fairly tightly, but don’t break the thread. Tone down your mad sewing finger strength for this. You can tighten it later. Go in a zig zag fashion across the back. (I re-threaded two or three times and only broke the thread once-no problem) You may have to trim the fabric a bit to make it easier.

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You end up with a Frankenstein monster type stitching that will keep the fabric taught and secure.

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Ta-da! A work suitable for your wall. :-) This is the free Avengers patterns from the Wee Little Stitches blog. I used DMC glow in the dark tfloss for Iron Man’s eyes and chest. I used silver rayon DMC thread for Thor’s helmet and added a hammer for him (the original doesn’t have one). I also changed Wasp’s   outfit colors to match the cartoon version we like.
I have three more to finish today, plus two that need more attention because they don’t quite fit in the hoops. I’ll go over that hack later.
Have fun! Display those stitches!
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(French knots is from sublime Stitching, also how I overcame my fear of French knots! The other two are also WLS Ferris Beuller and Mystery Inc)