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

Toni Lipsey

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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...


5 Simple Stitches for Tunisian Crochet Beginners

5 Simple Stitches for Tunisian Crochet Beginners

By now, you're probably stitching along blissfully on a Tunisian simple stitch scarf/blanket using the tutorials from TL Yarn Crafts TV. But what if I told you that there are over 400 stitches you can do with Tunisian past what you know right now? I know. Mind = BLOWN! For those of you ready to try something other than the Tunisian Crochet basics, I'm excited to deliver my next tutorial, 5 Simple Stitches for Tunisian Crochet Beginners. In less than an hour, you can master 5 of the stitches that I first learned when I  picked up a Tunisian crochet hook. The stitches you...


3 Ways to Change Color in Tunisian Crochet

3 Ways to Change Color in Tunisian Crochet

  Are you as obsessed with Tunisian crochet as I am?! The more I learn and create with these gorgeous stitches, the more I want to know. Full disclosure: I MIGHT have about 6 different WIPs (works in progress) going right now using various Tunisian crochet techniques. The most fun one is a striped shawl/ scarf that I'm working on, so I knew I had to do a tutorial on TL Yarn Crafts TV about color changing techniques with Tunisian crochet.  It might seem obvious, but if you really think about it, being able to change color in your crochet projects...


Make the Simple Tunisian Earwarmer *Free Pattern and Video Tutorial*

Make the Simple Tunisian Earwarmer *Free Pattern and Video Tutorial*

  If you've had some time to watch the Absolute Basics of Tunisian Crochet, you're saying "Ok, Toni. This technique is super pretty, but I can't swatch forever. What's next?" I am so glad you asked, my darling. :-) I'm excited to introduce to you to your first Tunisian crochet project, the Simple Tunisian Ear Warmer! I created this design as a beginner-friendly pattern for those just starting out with Tunisian crochet. I keep it easy by just working with one color and using the Tunisian simple stitch. And you won't need any special tools to make it! A normal 6.5mm...

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