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Windows Border

Moogly - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:00

Every year, as I finish up my Moogly Crochet Along blanket, I like to come up with a new border to finish it off. This year, it’s the Windows Border! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. The Windows Border is an easy two round pattern that can work [...]

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Finishing Up the MooglyCAL2017

Moogly - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:00

It’s the end of yet another crochet along here on Moogly! This has certainly been an interesting year in many ways, and I’m so glad all of your chose to CAL with me – and now it’s time to bring MooglyCAL2017 to a close… and get ready for MooglyCAL2018! Disclaimer: Yarn provided by Lion Brand; [...]

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South Africa wildlife XI: last Kruger Safari

Planet June - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 18:22

Last year we had our first safari trip to Kruger, and it was as amazing as you’d expect. We took two tours with experienced safari guides, and spent a day with friends who had a car. This year, for our second Kruger trip and as a finale to our African experience, we hired a car for a whole week so we could slow down and explore by ourselves.

With 7 days of venturing into the park with my rental car and camera, I ended up with about 6000 photos and some amazing memories. Hunting for wildlife ourselves was completely different from being driven around. Just stopping and sitting (safely inside the car!), you can wait and observe behaviours as the animals relax and accept you as a part of the scenery – it’s a much more intimate experience.

As this was my second safari trip, I tried to get some more candid shots this time around, and share some more unusual special moments. I’ve split them into 4 short galleries below – please click into any to see the full-size photos and read my captions.

Note: For the more typical safari experience and an introduction to Kruger, please check out my post from last year – I’ve tried not to replicate too much from there with this year’s photo selection!

Scenic shots

With this set, I’ve tried to give you some of the feeling of being out in the endless wild spaces of Kruger.

Behaviour

Animals going about the business of their daily lives – eating, greeting, fighting, playing…

Birds

A small selection of my favourite bird portraits from this trip (this section could have been many times longer!)

Animals

And we’ll finish with some of my favourite animal moments…

I wanted to select these photos for you while the experience was still fresh in my mind – it’s already starting to fade, but looking through all my photos has brought it right back again! I’m so thankful to have had these amazing wildlife experiences that are worlds away from anything I’ll see in Canada, and I’m glad I have my photos as a record of our adventures.

I hope these photos have given you a little taste of the magic of the wilds of Africa! Please leave me a comment if you’ve enjoyed them…

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Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Yarn Giveaway!

Moogly - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:00

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca is brand new, and amazing – and I get to give away 5 balls of it to one winner here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This giveaway was sponsored by Lion Brand. Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca is 90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca, and a #4, worsted/aran weight yarn. As Lion Brand says, “Alpaca is [...]

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Hookin On Hump Day #157: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 02:00

It’s the last Hookin On Hump Day for 2017! But don’t fret, Petals to Picots and I will both be back for more HOHD fun in 2018. It’s been an amazing year, and we are so honored that you’ve chosen to celebrate your designs and passion for crochet (and a bit of knitting!) with us. [...]

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The End of the Furls December Crochet Along!

Moogly - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 22:00

The Furls December Crochet Along is at an end! Thank you to everyone who participated! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links and was sponsored by Furls. And this means the Champagne Cables Hat pattern will only be free on Furls until the end of 2017 – starting January 1, it will be part of the Furls [...]

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7 Reasons for Trying Arts and Crafts at Home

Moogly - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:00

Do you know someone – maybe you! – who isn’t yet convinced that arts and crafts are life? Chris Richardson has put together a guest post for Moogly today on just that topic! Thanks, Chris! When you hear the phrase “arts and crafts” do you immediately think of macaroni projects and glittery construction paper crowns? [...]

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pink cabled cardigan

Planet June - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 21:21

This is sweater #11 of my ‘learn to knit by making a dozen self-designed sweaters’ project. (Here are links to #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 #8, #9, and #10, if you’d like to see my progress.)

With only 2 sweaters left to go, I didn’t think I could really claim to have conquered knitting if I’d never tried to cable, and I couldn’t put that off any longer!

I used Ysolda’s instructions for cabling without a cable needle – I’ve done all my knitting so far with just my interchangeable circular needles, and I like the idea of not needing any extra equipment where possible. Cabling is kind of fun – I don’t know why I waited so long to try it!

Aside from the cables, I tested out a few more new (to me) techniques with this design:

  • I read that, when making a turned hem after a provisional cast-on, using one size larger needles for the joining row gives a less visible result, so I tried that. Verdict: I’m not sure it made much difference….
  • I didn’t know how to tackle joining the part of the facing that sits behind the cable, so I left those stitches on some waste yarn and then sewed them to the back of the cable later.


    Verdict: I’m really happy with how neat it looks!
  • I worked the cardigan as one piece up to the armholes, but I tried using a ‘basting’ stitch at each side – one extra column of purl stitches, to be ‘seamed’ later to add stability where the side seams would normally be.
    ‘basting’ column (L: right side, before seaming it invisibly away, R: wrong side)

    Verdict: It worked, but I think I prefer working in pieces and seaming. Call me weird, but I love mattress stitch!

Apart from that, I used techniques I’ve used before: waist shaping, and an attached icord edging all the way around (including the bottom edge and sleeve cuffs), leaving the icord detached to form buttonholes – a throwback to my very first sweater! In this case though, I think the icord echoes the width of the cables and gives a nice finish.

I really like the finished sweater, but keeping track of the 20 rows of the cable proved a bit frustrating at times – I’m not fully able to read the cable stitches yet to see where I am, as the shaping of the cable only really becomes apparent in later rows. I tried dropping down to fix mistakes, but because cabling takes a different amount of yarn than regular stitches, I wasn’t happy with the results and ended up having to frog 4 rows a couple of times when I’d made the open circle in the cable pattern too long or too short, and only realised much later.

I also found the cabling took too much time away from the meditative action of knitting, so I don’t think I’ll be designing many heavily-cabled pieces in the future (although, a simpler cable with an easier repeat may be an option).

But I’m happy with the end result, and the yarn (a cotton/acrylic blend) will make this a nice lightweight piece for warmer weather (although completely inappropriate for the current Canadian winter – I’ll look forward to wearing it next spring!)

So that was 11 of my 12 sweaters for this ‘learn-to-knit’ project completed, and at this point I was in a quandary as to what to design for the final piece in the collection. Was I still missing any essential knitting skills? (Colourwork is the obvious one, but I want these to all be wardrobe staples I’ll wear all the time, and I really don’t wear multi-coloured sweaters.)

I’ll reveal what I chose to make for the last piece in my next knitting update…

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Riverbend Cardigan

Moogly - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:56

I have discovered a love for simple crochet garments, and the Riverbend Cardigan is my favorite so far! And I’m sharing the pattern free here on Moogly – introducing the Riverbend Cardigan! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. The Riverbend Cardigan is oversized, super cozy, and [...]

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Fast & Festive Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

Moogly - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:59

Here on Moogly I have a pair of Fast and Festive Crochet Christmas Ornaments – the Peppermint Flash Ornament, and the Rustic Luxury Star Ornament. Both the patterns are free – and now, they both have video tutorials as well! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. [...]

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Classic Crochet: The Granny Stitch – Crochet Gift Idea!

Moogly - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:38

We love to craft for those we love – but what about when they are crafters too? Then we get to share some of our favorite supplies, classes, and finds – which can be even more fun! And I hope you will consider gifting Classic Crochet: The Granny Stitch to your favorite crocheter this holiday [...]

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Furls December CAL: The Champagne Cables Hat!

Moogly - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:57

Last week I shared the supplies list post – and this week, the pattern is finally here! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Furls. Ready to join the Furls December CAL and make the Champagne Cables Hat – FREE? CLICK HERE to go to the pattern on Furls Crochet now! Or do you need more [...]

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Cable Crochet Made Easy by Bonnie Barker: Giveaway

Moogly - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:00

Bonnie Barker has been publishing gorgeous cabled crochet patterns in books and magazines for years, and now she’s self-publishing a new work with some special features – Cable Crochet Made Easy – and I get to give away one copy to a lucky winner here on Moogly! Disclaimer: I was provided a digital copy for review [...]

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St. Nicholas Throw

Moogly - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:31

The St. Nicholas Throw is my last blanket pattern for 2017 – and it has a whole list of reasons why it’s earned that name! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. The St. Nicholas Blanket is, of course, a bit Christmas-y in beautiful Lion Brand Wool-Ease [...]

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A Year in Crochet from Cre8tion Crochet!

Moogly - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:00

Have you heard about A Year in Crochet?  It is “a crochet subscription like no other!” And I’m so excited to tell you about it today – and offer one very lucky winner a free one-year membership, courtesy of Cre8tion Crochet! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links. A Year in Crochet comes to you from [...]

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Dream Puffs Blanket Tutorial

Moogly - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:17

The Dream Puffs Blanket includes instructions for 5 sizes of this gorgeous, puffy afghan – and now, there’s a video tutorial! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand; hook provided by Furls. How to Crochet the Dream Puffs Blanket – Right Handed How to Crochet the Dream Puffs Blanket – Left [...]

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Hookin On Hump Day #156: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 02:00

It’s holiday crunch time, and that means there are amazing crochet and knit patterns flying all over the place! So I’m excited to share 5 of the best from the past couple weeks – and thanks to your clicks, we’ve got another amazing collection of FREE crochet patterns you’ll want to squeeze onto your to-do [...]

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My December Furls Crochet Along: The Champagne Cables Hat

Moogly - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 21:30

I’m so excited to share that I decided the pattern for the December Furls Crochet Along – The Champagne Cables Hat! And that’s not all… Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Furls Crochet, but all opinions are my own. The Champagne Cables Hat is part of a Furls Mastercourse on Crochet Cables! In this class, [...]

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Dinosaur Amigurumi & Dumpling Cats Giveaway!

Moogly - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 16:00

If you love making amigurumi and crocheted toys – or if you want to learn how – then you’ll want to check out Dinosaur Amigurumi and Dumpling Cats, two fun new crochet books! Today I get to show off my own copies, and give away a set to one lucky Moogly reader, courtesy of Dover [...]

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Staghorn Slouch (with Messy Bun Version)

Moogly - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 14:33

The Staghorn Slouch features two cable motifs, worked from the brim up – for your very own set of very chic antlers! With both pom and messy bun versions to choose from, it might just be your favorite hat this season! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; yarn provided by Lion Brand Yarn; hook provided [...]

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