All posts filed under: Crochet Secrets

Self Love Blanket: A “Finished” Object, Plus a Secret Revealed

Better late than never has never felt so good. This FO* is coming after the completion of a long, long list of Super Huge Important Things I had to do, so the delay was definitely worth it, trust me. 2018 is my year of Self Love. Advertisements

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Goal Setting Sesh!

Okay it’s only the end of September, but let’s face it, Father Time has one foot in 2018 already at this point, and we all know it. At this time of year, I always get this itchy feeling to evaluate the 3 Big Goals I set for 2017 and start laying out new ones for next year. {Cotton 8 yarn} 2017 Goals Update 1 “old” paid pattern per month, beginning with oldest patterns first. Yikes! I only updated 2 patterns this year.. (Desert Bloom and Wildflower) But the year isn’t over and I have plans to update 1 more.. 3/12 is a terrible grade! Launch “Shade Tree” – a new artist collaboration mini-zine, to release twice yearly It’s been in the works for almost 2 years! Determined to release the ShadeTree pattern collection this year 🙂 Begin page on Patreon.com filled with goodies for followers, including much requested video tutorials Done! Patreon page up and running – become a patron to support my crafty endeavor and get in on the inside scoop. Yummy sneak peek posts …

Food Scale = Total Game Changer

Between writing free content, self-publishing paid patterns, and completing design commissions, my business is getting to be more stressful and less fulfilling lately. So I’ve been taking a closer look at the pretty crafter photos on social media, searching for tools and tips to make my crochet life easier. A strong tool that I discovered and added into my pattern designing tool kit is a food scale. This is the one I have: Amazon.com – Weighing the Cozy Flowers blanket free pattern coming soon 😍🔥 Instead of just listing the ways I use this digital scale, I thought I’d spend a week taking a snapshot every time I used it. You can really see it in action during my Hexagon Month with Scheepjes Yarns*! Monday In making motifs for Autumn Blues, I figured out how many of the orange centers I could get from one ball of Catona*. I weighed one motif – 6g. Each ball of Catona is 50g, so I can get about 7-8 motifs per ball. This is the most common way I have used …

Weaving Ends: A Guide!

Hello, y’all! Recently I have had a few requests to know how I weave in my ends for a project that has so many color changes. Since I handle my yarn ends differently depending on their stitch situation, I’ll give all of my darning advice here in one post. A guide to weaving ends! This is just how I do it… Of course there are many ways, and doing a YouTube search will prove very fruitful. So let’s get started! I’m using the Textured Circles square for this demonstration because the stitches are so varied that it has all of my end-weaving technique possibilities. Below is Round 1 completed of my TC pattern. It is basically the first round of any motif, could be a square or a circle; it doesn’t matter. You have 2 yarn ends to think about at any given color round. That center tail is hanging, and the working yarn end tail is about to be cut a little shorter. When I work with one strand worsted, I make my tails …

No Fear: Fixing a Mistake

How I performed surgery on a piece to fix a mistake. Crochet + Scissors = Faint. I see crochet and knit artists alike asking amongst themselves if it is better to leave an error be as if it were fate, or to frog back and fix it, for fear of being forever haunted by its presence. Sometimes you don’t have a choice. One time I was in such a hurry to experiment with a new border that I’d been wanting to try that I literally worked all of the perimeter motifs in a blanket just so I could jump ahead. BUT, I erroneously worked in two extra motifs on one of the sides, causing that side to be wider… I hacked it apart with scissors, natch. Here are the gruesome details in an excerpt from the original BabyLove Brand blog post in early 2013. * * * * * Cruising along – Everything is looking fabulous at this point but I started getting a serious itch to see how my squared edge and lace border would come …