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After finishing my year of teaching preschool, I suddenly have some time in the evenings to do something other than lesson planning, cutting, laminating, and preparing crafts.  I decided to take a breather before jumping into projects for others and make something for my house.  I have not done this in a long time.

I rambled around Ravelry, searching for ideas.  I came up with one potholder that just did not look quite right.  Perhaps I will try it again another day.  Then, I happened upon these lovely Fanciful Flower Potholders by Claudia Lowman.  I like for my potholders to be thick, so these seemed like good ones to attempt.  Since we have our red, white, and blue tablecloth on the table for Memorial Day through Independence Day, I decided to pull out my cones of red, white, and blue cotton yarn.  (Where did I get cones of these yarns?  Sadly, Elmore-Pisgah has sold their space in NC, where I used to order cones directly.)

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I discovered that I need to pay a bit closer attention as I work this pattern.  Can you tell which one ended up not quite right?  I ended up adding one too many petals and have one hot pad that is off center.  Once I discovered this, I counted petals and wrote notes down on my copy of the pattern, so I hopefully will not make such a mistake the next time.  I could blame my mistake on watching the third part of Hatfields and McCoys on my DVR while trying to complete the second one.  If you want to follow my lead and mark your copy of the pattern to have the same size sections of colors, I count 17 petals for the first three rounds (first color), 22 petals for the second color, and 49 petals for the last color.

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What is in your project bag this week?

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I almost always am crocheting, but rarely for myself. I do have a sweater two thirds of the way finished that has been sitting in a bag beside my bed for a year and a half. I am usually making things for my daughter’s preschool, my shop, friends, other family members and my kids’ friends. Not much time left over for something for me, but if I had all the time in the world I would start here:

1. Amigurumi Balloons
I love looking at these cute balloons from Planet June. We used to have a birthday tradition of balloons for kids for birthdays that Daddy would bring home. Perhaps I can get my act in gear by the next kid birthday in December to make six of these.

2. The Open Weave c1 (Complication #1)
I want a hat with lots of texture for myself because it is always windy walking my older daughter to and from elementary school. This might be the one.

3. Spiral Potholders
I love the spiral effect of this potholder and would love to experiment with the process that give this look. I could also use a couple new potholders for some variety in color.

4. Swiffer Reusable Cover
I have a Swiffer I never use because I cannot justify the expense. This would solve that issue. I would also like to make some of these http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39434382 for my church that uses them to dust the pews.

5. Griddle Hat
Ear flaps might make this hat a bit silly on me, but that could be fun and warm.

6. Valentine Basket Sachet
I saw this and it reminded me that I have the directions printed out for making something like this with paper. I am wondering if being left handed will confuse me when attempting this pattern. I once made an afghan that had parts to be braided and had a hard time figuring it out.

7. Owl Potholder
Another potholder. This one in the seemingly ever popular own theme.

8. Socks
Would these be comfortable? I have not made a pair of socks before and these colors don’t appeal to me, but perhaps something with blues and greens would.

9. Cardigan
I would love to have time to make some sweaters for myself. Perhaps a neutral cardigan like this one.

10. Tunic
Here is another sweater, this time a tunic instead of a cardigan. Maybe the color in the photo is attracting me to it since I like that aqua.

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I thought I would feature one of our etsyhookers who is newer to etsy (than me, at least.) Jenia has a cute shop, filled with potholders and booties, with a couple other items as well.  You can click the photos to be wisked away to her etsy listing for each item.


These booties are what first caught my eye when browsing the etsyhooker items list. Since I have two girls, I don’t often get the chance to get something cute and blue like these. They would make an adorable baby shower gift, or even in place of a bow on the package.


This potholder definitely makes me long for spring. My area is supposed to get some spring-like weather this week and I would love to get out some spring decorations for my dinner table like this.


Here is a cute potholder for the car lover, a gift for a bachelor, or just for fun. Lots of color changes on this one.

Be sure to check out all the great items in Jenia’s shop. While you are visiting etsy, please stop by Laura’s Left Hook as well.

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