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7 Cotton Yarns to use for your Free Yourself Shawl

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7 Cotton Yarns to use for your Free Yourself Shawl

My newest pattern, the Free Yourself Shawl, has only been out for about a week. But I'm already seeing so many gorgeous interpretations of this boho chic soon-to-be summer classic pattern. Someone recently asked what yarn I would suggest using for this pattern. I hesitated, because there are really so many gorgeous yarns on the market that it would be hard for me to only pick one. So I've picked 7. :-) Here are 7 gorgeous and accessible cotton yarns you can use for your Free Yourself Shawl: 1. Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton @hopefulhoney on Instagram   I haven't had the...


Learn the Double Seed Stitch in Tunisian Crochet

Learn the Double Seed Stitch in Tunisian Crochet

If necessity is the mother of invention, then these new Tunisian crochet mug rugs that I designed are evidence of that. Several months ago, I covered my cheapo IKEA desk with this delightful marble contact paper. I love how thick and glossy it is. As time went on, I saw that my numerous coffee mugs were leaving (temporary) little rings on the surface. Well, after all my hard work of covering this desk, I didn't want it to get damaged.  I knew mug rugs (b.k.a. coasters) were in order, but I was stumped as to what the design would look...


The Free Yourself Shawl - New Crochet Pattern

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The Free Yourself Shawl - New Crochet Pattern

Friends and fellow yarn lovers, I am finally able to admit it: I am a yarnaholic. I know, I know, big surprise, right?! But in all seriousness, I was just chatting with my friend Jess from The Yarnpreneur Society about how unique the maker community is. Not only do we produce things, but we actually experience and get excited over the tools and materials we use. When I find new yarns, especially something I've never worked with before, I become obsessed with it and (ashamedly) abandon whatever else I was doing to work on a new design (or sometimes, just...


Our Maker Life 2017: The Good, The Best, and The Better

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Our Maker Life 2017: The Good, The Best, and The Better

On July 15th, 2017, 100+ crochet and knitting superstars descended on the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, CA, and it was more glorious than any of us would have expected. As makers, connecting online, particularly through social media, is at the core of our process. We make things, then we share things. That's how it goes. But when you have an opportunity to truly connect with the people behind your favorite accounts, to remove the screens that separate you, you pack up your yarn, make a playlist heavily laden with Despacito, and drive 7.5 hours to your neighbor to the north. Now,...


The Denim Breeze Vest - Pattern and Giveaway

The Denim Breeze Vest - Pattern and Giveaway

The summer is officially here, and I couldn't be happier. Living in the Midwest, you have fall for about 2 weeks, winter for 29 months, spring for 10 minutes, then it's full-on summer-summer-summertime. I'm talking 85+ degree days, cloudless skies, every pool in the city is open, and the line at Dairy Queen is consistently a full mile long. BRING. IT ON! I've always loved summer - it includes my birthday month, so, yea! As a maker and especially as a crocheter, sometimes the summer can be a challenge. I've put most of my wool away, so what do I use in...