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Here is a video I took of me blocking my latest lace shawl! Blocking is the process of pinning out a knit item to give it a specific shape… Much like wet human hair, wet wool (i.e. sheep hair) can be stretched into a shape while it’s still damp, and it will retain that shape once dry. This process is essential for lace knitting because it stretches the work out, showing off all the intricate patterns. The original video is almost exactly one hour, and I’ve sped it up to one minute. The GoPro is very easy to use and I love the result! Thanks @lolnickfox for letting me try it out!

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someone come be lazy and crochet sunflowers with me!

Also: does anyone want this pattern, I just made it up super simple, but I’ve never written a pattern out before, but here it is:

I used a 5 mm hook and old yarn (brown and gold)

Row 1: (with brown) chain 4. w/ sl st for a circle.

Row 2: ch 3(counts as first dc) 11 dc into circle. 12 dc.

Row 3: ch 3(counts as first dc) dc into starting chain. 2 dc into each dc. 24 dc.

Fasten off, weave in tail 

With Gold

single crochet into top of one of the double crochet. next stitch (using the back loop only) put one half double crochet, double crochet, chain, double crochet, then another half double crochet. (you’ve made one petal.)

next stitch single crochet.

then in the next stitch in the back loop only do the half double crochet, double crochet, chain, double crochet, half double crochet

Repeat this till you reach the beginning. In the end you should have 12 petals. 

If this isn’t clear then please message me and perhaps I could do a step by step picture. 

Okay happy crocheting guys!!

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Recently I help one of my bosses move to Florida, Him and his wife were so kind and gave me boxes, and I mean BOXES of sewing things. They include a ton of lace, spools and spools of lace, four large boxes of buttons, a box of snaps, a collection of zippers and a large box of patterns and two huge bags of ribbon. There is no way in my life time I will ever be able to use all of it so I figured I should try my hand at a tumblr give-away!

Rules:

  • Must be willing to give me your address
  • it would be really nice if you followed me.
  • Likes and Reblogs count as an entry
  • every time you reblog it is an entry (so enter as many times as you like)
  • no giveaway blogs ( do those really exist?)

The Winner will receive!

  • A box of assorted sewing supplies
  • A few spools of lace
  • a few spools a ribbon
  • a large handful of assorted buttons
  • a few patterns
  • a handful of zippers
  • a handful of bias tape
  • and a spool of trim

Depending on the size of the box I can ship at a flat rate will depend on how much of everything you will receive. I will handle all shipping costs. If you have any color requests please let me know and I will do my best out of everything that I have. 

If there are enough people interested I will have a first place winner as well as runner ups. The first place winner will also receive a new box of pins as well as a new pair of sheers. The runner ups will just receive the assorted box. 

The giveaway will end on September 30th 2014! The winner will be chosen by a random generator. 

If you have any questions feel free to message me. This is my first tumblr give-away and hopefully all will go well!

Thank you and good luck!

-Chu