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I have been a busy mommy

I found this Japanese site with pictures of really cute crocheted hats made with linen thread.   I happened to have linen thread so I have been trying to make one of the hats.  Since I don't have the pattern, it's been a bit frustrating making it.   I had to rip it, I don't know how many times, so far, and I am expecting some more ripping until I finish it.    Although I love the softness and the nice weight of this linen hat, I think I will have to get a little break from it and go back to my 63 squares...

Guess what!  I got a new puppy yesterday!  :)))

She is a miniature schnauzer, 6 wks old.  She is fearless, playful, and she loves to sleep on my lap.  :)     Oh, she doesn't have a name yet.  I will try to come up with one later today. :)

It's been very hard for me since I lost my 10 year-old toy poodle while I was in Japan recovering from leukemia ( she was in the States).   My husband couldn't tell me about her death until later.  I even crocheted her a sweater in Japan looking forward to seeing her again.  :'(   I never wanted to talk about this tragedy with anyone but my husband , and I never thought I would have another puppy either...   But today, I am starting over again with a great new puppy.  :)   I hope I didn't sound awful.   Did I think I was ready for a new puppy?  - I was not sure.  Do I feel guilty? - Yes.    My poodle will always be my special.   But I do believe now that I am just having another special, precious friend.  :)


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A very simple skateboarder beanie

My hubby who skateboards had been asking me to make him a simple beanie.
He wanted "small stitches with thin yarn" for his beanie so I was thinking about knitting it with stockinette stitch and sportweight yarn... But I just didn't feel like knitting or using sportweight yarn so I just started crocheting it with single crochet stitches and rather thin worsted weight Caron's Simply Soft hoping that he would like it.


He didn't like it, he said he loved it and it was exactly like how he wanted it to be! :) He went to show the beanie to some of his skateboard buddies as soon as it was done, and that made me happy. :)

Check out other crocheters beanies made with this pattern on Ravelry!  
Anyways, I was relieved and thought maybe some of you may like to make one too. ;D
I used only chains and single crochet stitches.
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WIP - Tunisian crochet

Between other fun projects, I've been enjoying crocheting this Tunisian crochet piece so much!

The pattern I'm using is "Felted Entrelac Handbag" from Gourmet Crochet. Carolyn is one of my favorite crochet designers. I'm a big fan!
This one requires only a regular crochet hook because the rows are short, and it's just great.
I'm going to felt this after all the crocheting is done, and I can't wait. :) I believe I've never posted any felted project here before, but I did some felting last year, and I loved it. I think it's just perfect for bags.

This bag is such a quick project, and I'm hoping to finish it soon. :)