How to wind yarn with a swift

I finally have a yarn swift! I’ve been hand winding hanks of yarn for the last few years. In reality, it has limited my purchase of more specialty yarns simply because I had to hand wind it. Now I can wind my yarn with a swift and a ball winder and I’m so excited!! If […]

Darn Good Yarn Cut the Cord Clutch

A beautiful inexpensive pattern is available at the bottom of this post, along with affiliate links and a coupon code to purchase the gorgeous fair trade yarn to make your own clutch. I simply love the Darn Good Yarn company.  Once I found out about Sari Silk yarn, I had to get my hands on […]

How to Crochet Thin-Thick Art Yarn

HOW DO I USE THIS???  Let me help you in this explanation for using thin-thick yarns.  Also good for pompom yarn, thick slubby yarn, anything that goes from extremely thin to having thick blobs of yarn. I love art yarns.  I’m attracted to them for some reason.  I just love how interesting they look.  Then […]

CGOA Membership Drive Discount

  October is CGOA Membership month and they are offering a discount and a bunch of amazing prizes.  Click here for my personal referral link to get your membership started today! If you haven’t noticed how much I love the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America), then please click back to my posts about going to […]

Tips From a Tech Editor: Repeat Accuracy

A little chat about accuracy.  I learned this in college.  There is a difference in precision and accuracy.  Imagine you’re shooting 5 arrows at a bulls-eye.  If you land 5 arrows in all different locations all over the place your precision is off. If you land all 5 arrows in the SAME place, then your […]

Outdoor Stripes Sit Mat Story

Click HERE to go directly to the free blog post of the pattern.  Click to go to Ravelry add it to your favorites/queue/library and purchase an ad-free print-friendly copy. One of the excellent gifts I received at the CGOA Chainlink 2018 conference was a free cake of Bernat Outdoor Stripes.  I wasn’t quite sure what […]

Free Pattern Outdoor Sit Mat

MATERIALS Bernat Maker Outdoor Stripes, Bulky 5 weight (68% Acrylic / 32% Nylon, 249 yards / 228 meters, 8.8 oz / 250 g) Fresh Teal Stripe, 1 skein Tunisian Hook US L/8mm, (Optional normal crochet hook of similar size for edging) Notions: Scissors, Needle   GAUGE 9 pattern stitches & 12 rows = 5”   […]

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