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Ogee Progress and New Doilies

I’ve been a bad craft blogger.  I apologize, but I can’t honestly promise I’ll do better.  This time of year, when the blogging urge hits, I’m more drawn to my garden blog… But I’ll still post here from time to time, because of course there’s always a craft project in the works.  ;o)

The sampler afghan is still temporarily on hold.  (I’ll get back to it soon enough.)

Instead, I’ve been working on the ogee afghan.  I’m making strips, which I’ll join toward the end of the project.  This should be a good plan for tweaking color distribution, but it also makes it harder to get a good “in progress” photo, since the unjoined motifs tend to curl up a little.

Some “these’ll-have-to-do” progress photos:

Ogee Afghan WIP

Ogee Afghan WIP

Ogee Afghan WIP

Ogee Afghan WIP

Ogee Afghan WIP

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I’ve also been getting into doily mode, lately.  I think it has something to do with the warm weather.  Doilies are the perfect hot-weather project, since they use nice, cool, smooth cotton thread and don’t require holding a heavy project in your lap.  They’re also very portable, so they’re easy to take outdoors in nice weather.

As a matter of fact, I started the first recent doily on the beach.  It’s yet another version of Denis Augostine Owens’ “Summer Splendor”.  This was the fifth time I’ve made this pattern.  Safe to say I like it. ;o)  It’s repetitive, but sometimes that’s a good thing.  This time I used some raspberry-pink thread.  I’ve yet to block it, though.  Photos next time, I hope.

My current “most active” crochet project is “Momentous Occasion” by Patricia Kristoffersen.  It’s a fairly advanced pattern, and I’m working it in some size 20 thread, which makes it slightly more difficult, in my opinion.  (Photos of this one next time, too.)

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Today, I actually used the sewing machine for the first time in a long while.  Picked up a simple string-quilt-style table runner I started months ago.  Maybe I’ll get back into sewing again soon… There are certainly a number of projects already started, not to mention the ones that are still just ideas swirling around in my head.

Now, which project should take priority?!


I’m Michael (a female Michael, to remove any doubt).  I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast with my husband, Donald, and our crazy American Eskimo Dogs. 

I love to fill my spare time with various crafts and other hobbies, and this blog is where I share photos, record my progress, and ramble endlessly.

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