Granny Square Blanket Project Details

Crocheted blankets are a labor of love and this one is no exception. In this Granny Square Blanket Project Details post I’m sharing the inspiration, the pattern and the exact colors I used. This is sure to be a treasure for years to come.

This granny square blanket was originally titled Carolina Springtime in honor of when I began the project and the gorgeous colors that were surrounding me at the time. The azaleas, daffodils, and camellias are always stunning in early spring here in North Carolina.

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How I Got Monetized on Youtube as a Crafter

My road to Youtube monetization has been a lesson in patience and persistence. It took me five hundred sixty days to reach that milestone. And while it is a big accomplishment for me, I’m hoping it is just the beginning. In How I Got Monetized on Youtube as a Crafter, I’m sharing what worked, what didn’t work and how you can do it too.

Crafting Youtube channels are a very popular source of education and inspiration. I’ve learned so much from different channels and credit them with being able to finally improve my knitting skills. Before the days of Youtube, learning a new craft could be difficult. You either had to know someone who could teach you or have a great local library with the perfect book that explained each step perfectly.

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Jetkat Knitted Bunny Pattern Review and Toy-Making Pep Talk

In my Jetkat Knitted Bunny Pattern Review I share all about this challenging, but delightful project. There are definitely positives and negatives. I not only learned a few new knitting techniques, but I created a toy that I shall cherish forever.

You know the feelings….intimidation, frustration, indignation. But slowly those emotions begin to morph into hope, optimism and finally confidence. I regularly experience this combination of mental states while knitting or crocheting toys. And time and time again I’ve learned to never judge a project at the beginning.

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Should You Crochet or Knit? Take the Quiz!

Should you crochet or knit? That is the question. Take the short quiz to find out which hobby would be better suited for you!

Have you joined the masses of people who have become interested in handicrafts from earlier generations? Does the word handmade make your heart flutter with excitement? If the answer to one or both of these questions is yes, have I got the craft for you! Take the quiz below to find out if you should crochet or knit. I promise not to give you a bad grade.

In a recent article from the New York Times titled, People Have Gone Full 1800s, folks are returning to their roots in unexpected ways. People are putting down the screens and picking up the pastimes their grandparents’ generation enjoyed. Knitting and crocheting are experiencing a wonderful resurgence and you may be wondering if either of these is the hobby for you.

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Simple Crochet Star Tutorial

In this simple crochet star tutorial, I show you exactly how to make these pint sized heavenly bodies. The project is suitable enough for an experienced beginner but completely addictive for the veteran crocheter.

Both of my sons love astronomy, always have. Over the years they have shared everything they learned about stars. It makes my head hurt. How can we be seeing light that is millions of years old? I’m not smart enough to understand the universe and all that happens in the heavens. But I am qualified to crochet a cute little star and today I’m showing you how too!

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Little Cotton Rabbits Textured Dresses Review

In this review of the Little Cotton Rabbits Textured Dresses pattern, I’m sharing everything I love about it. Spoiler alert… there’s a lot of gushing. You will also get to see my newest fox, Fern, and the inspiration behind her.

Is it possible to love the Little Cotton Rabbits any more? I didn’t think so until I purchased the Textured Dresses pattern and fell hard. The simplicity and beauty of these patterns has captured my imagination as well as my heart.

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Easy Amigurumi Tutu Tutorial

Adding adorable details to amigurumi is one of my favorite things to do. In this amigurumi tutu tutorial I will share how easy it is to add a little fun and flair to your crocheted toys.

When Aggie the Alligator shared her deepest desire to become a ballerina and wear a tutu, I knew there was just one thing to do. First, I chose the right color tulle and then immediately got to work. No one wants to disappoint a sweet little alligator.

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Favorite Knit & Crochet Projects for Easter

These knit & crochet projects for Easter are just about the cutest things I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Bunnies and carrots are symbolic of the season and I believe these patterns are the best of the best.

This Easter is going to look quite a bit different than every other one I’ve ever celebrated. I’ve come to accept that. But doggone it, I’m still going to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. I’m going to make deviled eggs, eat chocolate and put a big smile on my face. And these adorable knit & crochet Easter projects are sure to bring a smile to YOUR face.

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A Day in the Life of a Maker

Each and every one reading this in real time is facing a new kind of normal. Some of us are feeling stress….. (raises hand) some of us are facing job losses. Many of us are worried about loved ones. We are concerned about the future.

This post is more personal than I typically share, but I simply cannot ignore our current situation. I will for sure be sharing crocheting and knitting posts in the very near future (look for an amigurumi tutu tutorial very soon…hint, hint).

But for now I feel compelled to share a little day in the life, a little “how I’m coping with chaos” as a knitter, crocheter and amigurumi maker.

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