• The Best Kinds Of Mornings (And an Alpaca Yarn Review)

    Do you ever have those mornings where you feel like you’ve gotten a million things accomplished by 10 am? Today has been one of those days. Now keep in mind, I have an equal number of mornings where I’m not even out of BED until 10 am…but I digress. My new work schedule allows me two mornings off during the week and maybe it’s the coffee talking, but I am LOVING it! I combined my free morning today with my new camera (which, by the way, I got the Canon EOS T6i and I highly recommend it!) to take some new photos for my Etsy shop. Tripod + Self Timer…

  • Free vintage inspired crochet apron pattern from Modern Crochet. Use less than one skein of Caron Cakes yarn to make this adorable apron.

    The Perfect Combination of Vintage and Modern – A Free Crochet Apron Pattern

    I’m not really much of a chef. Or a baker. Or a dishwasher. In fact, I spent very little time in the kitchen. I CAN do all of those things, but my lovely husband (He definitely needs a nickname…and not “The Cowboy”…) usually takes charge of it all because of my work schedule. However, every once in a while I feel compelled to try to bake up scrumptious chocolate chip cookies from scratch. They never live up to my expectations, but I have fun none-the-less. (Side note, if you have any good cookie recipes or tips, drop them in the comment box below!) Part of the appeal of baking from…

  • Learn to crochet with Modern Crochet. Lessons, tutorials, and easy to follow videos.

    10 Random Facts about Modern Crochet

    I’ve been inspired by my fellow makers on Instagram to do a post giving you a glimpse into the maker behind the projects. Welcome to #makermonday! So, here, in no random order, are 10 random things about me. 1.  Despite my smiling face in the above photo, I detest winter. I hate having to wear 8 layers to walk out of the house. Plus, when it get’s dark at 4:30, I want to curl into my bed and hibernate. 2. I love live music and I’ve been to about 75 concerts. I’ve seen John Mayer 9 times and Pearl Jam 6 times. 3. I’m obsessed with “old” things. I KNOW that…

  • Yarn Review – Caron Cakes

    Caron Cakes, Caron Cakes, How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways… Seriously, though, I love this yarn. This is the yarn that reignited my love of crochet and pushed me to start my Etsy shop.  I spent a lot of time looking at other people’s finished crochet products online to get inspiration. It’s one of the reasons I LOVE Instagram. A year and a half ago, all of a sudden, I was seeing this yarn everywhere. I’m a sucker for color. I love finding colors that go together and mixing neutrals with vibrant, saturated hues. The color combinations on these cakes is amazing. Some have more…

  • Granny Square Vest – Free Pattern

    Nothing screams “CROCHET!” quite like the Granny Square and the idea of making clothing with the multicolored squares is nothing new.   The basic crochet staple has been done and redone by countless people and I’m sure my approach is nothing earth shattering. This pattern came from a desire to make something wearable with two skeins of hand-dyed yarn I received as gifts. These skeins were only 200 yards a piece and I wanted a stitch simple enough to show off the subtle color changes. The great thing about granny squares is you can keep working until you run out of yarn and make it as large or small as…

  • Yarn Review – Julie Asselin and Yarn Crush Subscription Box

    I have amazing friends. I know everyone probably thinks that, but I really do. So for my most recent birthday, I was gifted a Yarn Crush subscription box. I’ve never done a subscription box before, so this was an awesome surprise. The box included an absolutely GORGEOUS skein of hand-dyed yarn, a digital scale to weigh yarn (and avoid playing yarn chicken), and both a knit and crochet pattern suited for the included yarn. The quality of the yarn is exceptional, and I think that alone made the subscription box worthwhile. I use a kitchen scale for my yarn usually, but I do like that this scale is small and…

  • Lattice Stitch Pot Holder – Free Crochet Pattern

    I first learned to crochet from my mom, and often referenced her books from the 70s. I loved looking through the knitting and crochet stitch guides, although recreating any of these stitches seemed impossible at the time. It wasn’t until high school that I learned to really read a pattern, and I didn’t discover charts until college. In looking through vintage patterns, I found a lot of images from stitch dictionaries. Some of these stitches were familiar, but others I hadn’t come across before. I was especially intrigued by one in particular. I really liked how structured the stitches looked. It also reminded me of a smocked dress. I immediately…