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Have You Heard About Krochet Kids International?

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Talk about an inspiring and empowering story! 🙂

Truly amazing what these three young men on a mission were able to do. 

I happened to read about Krochet Kids via Lion Brand Yarns over the weekend and wanted to spread the word a bit, here at Veggies…

You can read more about what Krochet Kids is doing to help families all over the world here. 

And while you’re at their site, do check out their beautiful spring collection of unique items they have for sale.

I love reading win-win stories like this! Hope you enjoy this one too.

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Knitting: A Lot More Than Just FUN! ;-)

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I came across a very interesting article today, at the Tree Hugger site re: the many benefits of knitting.

Not only is it great for stress relief which I did know about, it actually helps in a lot of other ways, to keep us healthy.

**Click to read the post here.**

So, the next time you are trying to justify another trip to your LYS or an online yarn splurge, remember it’s not just fun, it’s so good for your health too.

That’s certainly enough of a reason for me! 😉

Happy Crafting! 

Christmas Gifts With Mason Jars

***I’ve always loved Mason jar crafts/gifts!***

Check out this post at: Twines & Vines for some beautiful, last minute handmade gift ideas. :<)

Happy Weekend and Crafting!

Soda Tab Lamp Shade

*** HOW COOL IS THIS?***

 MY KIND OF RECYCLING!

WHAT A GREAT WAY TO REUSE DRINK CAN TABS. :<)

Do It And How

Start collecting tabs now!! Raid your recycle bin – especially after parties!

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Instructions HERE

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One- Skein Wonders (Bargain) eBooks at Amazon!

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Lace One-Skein Wonders

only $2.51 for the eBook version

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Crochet One- Skein Wonders

only $2.91 for the eBook version

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I was soooo excited to find both of these eBooks on sale today, over at Amazon! 😉

I’ve been a fan of the “One Skein Wonders” book series for a long time.

These two are new to me and what a great buy they both are right now.

Stop by Amazon to read more (links above) and let me know if you give one or both of these a try.

I can’t wait to try some new projects from both of these eBooks.

Happy Crafting and Weekend! 🙂

Top 5 Fall Gloves – Free Knit Patterns

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME NEW FALL KNIT PROJECTS, CHECK OUT THIS GREAT LIST OF GLOVE PATTERNS POSTED AT FIESTA CAT YARN CO.

I’VE ONLY KNIT A COUPLE OF PAIRS OF GLOVES SO FAR BUT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO KNITTING MORE AND SOON. GLOVES ARE A SLIGHTLY CHALLENGING BUT FUN PROJECT.  :<)

HAPPY KNITTING!

Fiesta Cat Yarn Co.

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1: Commuter Fingerless Mitts (Stephanie Sun)

2:Ginger & Wasabi (Kirsten Hipsky)

3:Lobster Claw Bicycle Mittens (JanaFalls)

4:Toast (Leslie Friend)

5: Fallberry Mitts (Anne Hanson)

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Free Market and Tote Bag Patterns!

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I got an email from Interweave recently that included a free download for this new sewing ebook.

The bags all look great! And I know from past experience that their eBooks are well done. Easy to get a copy too.

If you like to sew and are in need of a new market bag or tote (or want to make one for a gift) don’t miss this free offer!

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On the topic of sewing, I still haven’t finished the PJ’s I blogged about a while back, 😦 but hope to have them finished this week for sure. 

I wish I could cut out sleep LOL; I have cut back to about 6 hours a night though. Seems to be enough.

I actually feel better than when I was sleeping for 8 hours a night. Less tired. Go figure. 😉

There’s NEVER enough time in the day. Can you relate?

What are you making right now? Do share. I love to hear about all kinds of projects.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

Need a Little Luck? Try a Lucky Penny Pouch! :<)

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I’m swamped with projects right now but in spite of that, I’ve decided to take on another one. 😉

I started making these LUCKY PENNY POUCHES a couple of weeks ago, using yarn from my stash.

The pattern is loosely based on one I saw in the book: Odd Ball Knitting.

I tweaked it quite a bit and came up with my own version.

Purses from the left:

Rainbow Pouch, Red Heart Pouch, Pouch of Gold, Night Moves Pouch, Grasshopper Pouch

(The photo doesn’t do them justice.It was windy when I was taking this shot and the little fringes, etc.. wouldn’t stay put LOL)

I’m selling these for $10 each, plus $2. flat rate for postage (US and Canada). Postage is $2.  no matter how many are ordered.

Each pouch takes me about 2 hours to make, so this isn’t about getting rich LOL,

I just like making them, it’s relaxing and a good break from the computer.

And I like the idea of bringing some luck and a smile to someone’s day. 🙂

They are tiny, about 2″ square and each one contains a “lucky” Canadian penny.

Our pennies are being taken out of circulation here in Canada so I had to scramble around to get some saved for me at local stores.

I’m shining them up and adding one to each pouch to bring luck to the wearer (hope so). 😉

If you need a little luck in your life or know someone who could use a thoughtful, fun little gift to brighten their day,

email me at:

veggiecook    @   myway   .    com

  (with spaces removed)

Subject line: PENNY POUCH

and I’ll get back to you.

Secure payment via PAYPAL

I have lots of yarn to use, so you can pick out a color or two you’d like (or a pouch from those shown in the picture above).

I’ll do my best to find a good match if you have a specific color or colors in mind.

Neck strap can be customized to the length you’d like.

I think kids would like these too.

Wishing You Lots of Love and Luck! 🙂

A Handy Knitting Needle Guide

Found this very handy knitting needle guide and conversion chart: over at Interweave:

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If you’ve ever wondered how to pick the best type of needle for a particular project, including: material they are made from, circular or straight etc…this is a guide you’ll want to have. Even though I’ve been knitting for a long time, I still picked up some good tips reading through this document. Great illustrations too.

Speaking of knitting, I haven’t been doing much with the very hot weather here in BC for the past couple of weeks.

But I did get some other projects completed, when I could find the energy. 😉 More about those soon.

How’s your weather been?

Hope you had a wonderful July.

I’m back to blogging at all my blogs now; visiting too. 🙂

Knit (Seed Stitch) Kindle Cover

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I recently got my first ereader, a Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift. I’m an April baby! 😉

I am so loving my Kindle!

In spite of not wanting any kind of ereader for a looooong time, the Kindle Paperwhite has changed my mind about ereaders and in a big way.

You can read my full review of the Kindle Paperwhite here.

I also knit a cover for my new ereader, using a pattern I found over at Ravelry.

Laura, the designer has graciously provided a PDF of the pattern: Kindle_Cover

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Just seed/moss stitch throughout, knitting in the round  (p the k and k the p) to form this lovely, textural yarn fabric.

I used some wool from my stash. This yarn color is Fire Tweed by Lopi.

The only thing I should have changed is to make it an inch shorter than the pattern. If you decide to make one of these, measure your own ereader and make the cover (up to flap) just 1/2″ more  than the length of your ereader so it fits snugly. It will stretch a bit too, with repeated use.

Another tip, if using a wool yarn for this project, DO give it a soak in a wool/delicate wash detergent after making the cover and before using it, to soften up the yarn. I use Eucalan (click to read my review of that great product) and it softened up this yarn beautifully.

 Wool yarns can be a bit rough and you wouldn’t want to scratch the screen of your ereader.

Now my Kindle is not only fun to use, it’s also protected in it’s own unique cover, when not in use.

Who needs to spend $20. +  for one of the generic covers that are for sale, for ereaders? 

Happy Knitting! 🙂