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After doing several test patterns with adjustment to the needle, made another attempt and completed this small piece. It looks better than the previous one,loops are more the same.  I do not know yet if I want to add few more motifs, fill in the background colour or leave it as it is.




Catherine Wheel ....


also learning a new crochet pattern....after a long time.


Saree quilt has been on the bottom of craft pile all winter too, I could not work on it specially because of the gloomy winter light. Now that the sunny days are almost here, over the weekend I pulled it out; and did bit of sewing.





Thank you for stopping by.......

till next time,

xox
Gaia

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  1. As always, your hands are creating beautiful things. I love the Catherine Wheel crochet. Isn't it nice that lighter days are here?

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  2. I also love the Catherine Wheel crochet. The sun is supposed to come out tomorrow and the temperatures are supposed to reach the 20s (!) by mid-week.

    I've also spotted those purple flowers (weeds?) on my lawn. Heh.

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