• 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…

  • Yarn Review – Wool of the Andes

    I’ve just begun to hand dye yarn. It’s all very experimental right now, so this will not be a tutorial on the process, although I will definitely work up one of those when I get my methodology down. This particular skein was done for my SIL who is an avid knitter. I try to do something handmade for everyone on my list, and I always feel weird crocheting her something when I know she can knit it up herself. So I thought outside the box and made her up a custom skein. I used 2 skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in White and Tulip Permanent Fabric Dye.…