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Introduction to Spindles Around The World

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 29th, 2015 by Molly Ferriter – 16 Comments
One of the hot crochet-related items on many crocheters Christmas list this year was a spindle for hand-spinning yarn. Spindles come in a plethora of types, styles, and models. Many are a mini-art pieces, with beautiful woodwork, designs, and colors. Hand spinning yarn, for me, has become a sister addiction to my out-of-hand crochet addiction! This is the first post in a series that plans to explore hand spindles from around the world. I’m so excited to be writing about a new passion of mine- hand spinning yarn!
Photo by Dan & Jo Stanbrough

Photo by Dan & Jo Stanbrough

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How to Crochet: Half Double Crochet Camel Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 22nd, 2015 by Molly Ferriter – 5 Comments
Do you love the look of knitting but don’t have the desire to pick up the needles? Tunisian Crochet offers many gorgeous stitches that have a similar look to knitting, but what if you don’t want to dip into the Tunisian waters yet? Here comes the Camel Stitch, a crochet stitch that looks remarkably like knitting.
camel stitch

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How To Surface Slip Stitch a Snowflake

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 15th, 2015 by Molly Ferriter – 5 Comments
For me, the worse part of the Christmas season is the day we have to put away all of our festive and beloved holiday decorations. I mean, who wants to be the people with a Christmas tree up in April? The holiday season is over and here it comes- the winter ennui (that’s my “Vocabulary Word of the Day” and it means boredom)! I look around, and within an hour my formerly happy, cozy home looks empty and sullen, with a pile of dead pine needles covering the floor! So this year, when I take down the Christmas décor, I am going to hang up winter décor! Picture 31

Yes, in our house, January will be the month to decorate and celebrate the winter season with a variety of fabulous winter-themed décor such as snowmen, snowflakes, and snow, snow, snow!
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Family Crochet Project: Chain Stitch Christmas Garland

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 8th, 2015 by Molly Ferriter – 4 Comments
As a crochet-addict and mother of three, I am constantly trying to find ways to get my kids crocheting. The Chain Stitch Christmas Garland was perfect for us! This project is a great way to use the kids’ Christmas season excitement to teach them a few crocheting fundamentals. The garland is worked entirely in the crochet chain stitch, and the end result is a colorful, braided garland to hang on your tree, mantle piece, or anywhere else you wish. My kids chose to hand there’s on the cat; but that’s another story. hanging garland

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It’s Not Just For Dishcloths: A Cotton Yarn Confessional

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 1st, 2015 by Molly Ferriter – 65 Comments
Okay, I have a confession to make. For many, many years I have been having a love affair. Yes, it’s true. I have been in love with cotton yarn, and not the high-end organic cotton sold in little yarn shops in the trendy section of town. I have been having a love affair with Sugar-n-cream and Peaches-n-cream yarn, the cotton used by crocheters to make dish cloths, bath scrubbies and other household items. Alright, maybe “love affair” is a bit melodramatic. Just a bit. Cotton yarn has a huge place in my home, not to make dishcloths and other small items, but to make afghans. “You make afghans out of ‘kitchen cotton’?!” you say. Yes, I absolutely do. And my afghans are the warmest, coziest afghans this side of the Mississippi. Well, maybe not this entire side of the Mississippi, but this part of Arizona. cotton makes great afghans

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