#WhyIMake

Becoming a maker has transformed my life in so many positive ways. What began as a way to deal with stress turned into my path to prove to myself that I was more than just a mom. Finally the connections I have made within the maker community continue to inspire and challenge me to be a better person. #whyimake

When I read the email from LoveCrafts.com I teared up a little. They are hosting a blogger award and sent out an email to explain how to enter and what the qualifications are. They have asked bloggers to answer the question “Why Do You Make?” #whyimake

First of all, I have no delusions of grandeur going on here. There are so many amazing craft bloggers out there and I don’t think for one itty bitty second that I’ll make the short list. My little blog is a tremendous joy of mine, but it is very much a hobby. However, the question has been on my heart ever since. I knew I needed to write about it. Maybe it will be just for me or maybe you will see a little of yourself in my story.

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Knitted Bunny Giveaway!

I am hosting a worldwide giveaway on Instagram from November 8th – 12th, 2019. The winner will receive a bunny hand knit by me in a winter holiday inspired dress. Anyone can enter! I will announce the lucky prizewinner at 8:00 a.m. EST on November 13th on Instagram!

My two year anniversary on Instagram is on November 13th and to celebrate I’m having a giveaway! Woohoo! I am seriously so excited to commemorate this occasion with all of you.

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Knitting a Bunny & Glamping in the Smokies

I can’t think of a better way to spend a fall weekend than knitting a bunny in the mountains of North Carolina. Squishy yarn, gooey s’mores, and colorful trees set the scene for a wonderful weekend getaway.

When I booked our glamping trip to the Pisgah National Forest back in August, I had no idea how much we were going to need to get away. At that time I couldn’t have anticipated the rollercoaster we would be on for much of the fall. Thankfully things have calmed down and spending just a few days in the mountains was just what I needed to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Amigurumi Book Recommendation

Sweet Crochet Friends is sure to be a new favorite amigurumi resource. In this amigurumi book recommendation I share the project I crocheted and all the adorable details.

Have you ever been in awe of someone’s talent, like really really impressed? This is exactly how I feel about the wonderfully talented Khuc Cay. I was beyond honored when she asked if I would like to preview her new amigurumi book, Sweet Crochet Friends

I’ve been a big fan of Khuc Cay’s amigurumi designs for quite some time. The first one I ever crocheted was her Kitsu the Fox pattern. His detailed face and unique clothing made him one of my favorite amigurumi projects ever.

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Beginner Amigurumi Tutorial

Are you ready for the easiest amigurumi pattern ever? My beginner amigurumi tutorial will walk you through each step so you can crochet this adorable Candy Corn Family in no time flat.

Mwahahahahah!!!!! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I love all the scary things! The witches, the chainsaws, the candy corn……wait, what? You don’t find candy corn scary? What about a family of candy corns? No? That’s not scary either?

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Knitted Toy Pattern Review

I’m sharing the good and the not so good in my knitted toy pattern review. No doubt, JetKat’s bunny is adorable, but is the pattern worth the price? Find out more in my review.

I ventured a bit out of my comfort zone this week. Not only did I knit a tiny toy on double point needles, but we rescued a sweet little kitten (more on that later). Typically I stick to projects I’m comfortable with but, I had a hankering to challenge myself a bit. Me thinks it paid off.

Last month Suzy Marie Knits began sharing these quirky little bunnies on her Instagram feed. I had never seen them before and they were so different from the bunnies she normally knits. When I clicked on the link to the designer I stepped into an enchanted little world of bunnies, raccoons, mice, and twinkling lights.

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Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations

Choose the correct yarn for your next amigurumi project like a boss. Not all yarns work well for toy making. In Amigurumi Yarn Recommendations I guide you through five simple steps that will enable you to choose the right yarn for the right project every time.

Truth bomb coming at you….there is no best yarn for crocheting amigurumi. Now that’s not to say there aren’t yarns that are better suited for crocheting toys, because there certainly are. Think of me as your friendly neighborhood crochet addict who loves sharing my amigurumi yarn recommendations.

Choosing the correct yarn for the project is one of the most important decisions you are going to make. I cannot stress that enough. The right yarn can make or break your project.

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How to Become a Certified Crochet Instructor

Becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor takes time and effort, but it is totally worth it. In this post I share the details of my journey, why you might want to enroll, and the costs involved.

Nothing will impress your friends and family more than becoming a Certified Crochet Instructor. The letters CCI after your name will let everyone know that you are kicking booty and taking names. The sacrifices, the blood, the sweat, and the tears you will shed in order to accomplish this goal are worth it, my friend.

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating just a teeny tiny bit. Rest assured that this course does require effort, but no blood will need to be shed. There might be a few tears, but that will only come once you see your name in script on your gorgeous certificate from the Craft Yarn Council.

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Knitting Toys 101: Decreases & Norwegian Colorwork

Continuing the Knitting Toys 101 series we are now learning about the common decreases you may encounter in knitted toy patterns. I’m also sharing my favorite two new knitting books. Finally I am comparing the first fox I made to my current one, proving that practice makes better (not perfect).

Apple Picking

I have a new weekend mantra around my house and it goes a little something like this:

Get stuff done. Have some fun

Me

I needed to enact this new policy because a certain man that I married has a tendency to forget to have a good time. For this weekend’s mandatory fun activity we went to the mountains and picked apples! I can hear my grandaddy’s voice in my head now! “Why in the world would you pay someone your hard earned money to pick THEIR apples?” He also loved using the word “behoove”, no one ever uses that word anymore.

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Knitting Toys 101: Increases & Autumn Acorns

There are two common types of knitting increases that you are likely to encounter when knitting toys, M1L and KLL. In this post I will show you how to do both of these and share my Autumn Acorns Dress colorwork chart. Finally I am announcing the new local maker group my friend and I have started!

Knitting Increases

Knitting increases used to scare me…a lot. I’m not really sure why. It sort of reminds me of when I was a kid and was totally convinced that something lived under my bed. The weird thing was, I was only scared of that invisible creature at night. During the day I was happy to coexist in mutual harmony, but by night I was sure the thing wanted to eat me alive.

Knitting had that effect on me. I was really and truly afraid of making mistakes. It felt like the world was going to end. Now I’m more comfortable with the process and even committing those dreaded errors.

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