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3 Great Life Lessons Taught by Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on May 10th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 9 Comments

We can experience life lessons at any given time from anyone and anywhere. Did you know that you can learn life lessons from the art of crochet? In daily life, we all need inspiration, encouragement, and support. Often times, we sit and crochet with the intentions of creating, supporting, and nourishing ourselves and others with our creations.

We have great life lessons passed down to us from family members, friends, and strangers we meet in grocery stores, but we can also learn a great deal to help us each day in life through crochet. Here in this post, I’m only going to touch on three life lessons, but if you really pay attention to your craft, you’ll see there are many more life lessons to learn.

I’m going to give this list to you in the style of David Letterman for fun. Here goes…
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Keeping a Crochet Journal

Posted in Tutorials and Help on May 2nd, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 18 Comments

I love to write. Writing has always been a fun thing for me to do ever since I was a child. It can also be quite cathartic as well. There are many different types of journals one can keep. The possibilities are endless – dream journal, cooking journal, self-help journal, and the list could go on and on.

However, I’d like to suggest that you start keeping a crochet journal.
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3 Tips on Starting a Crochet Group

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 24th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 7 Comments

Being a part of any group where everyone shares the same interest is a wonderful thing. No doubt. The conversations, the ideas, the advice, and the overall connection between all who attend is well worth the time and effort.

I have been a part of and have started several groups over the years. All of them were creative. You can start your own crochet group. All you need is a creative mind, some patience, and the following three tips. 🙂
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What to Do With Those Tiny Crochet Hooks

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 18th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 32 Comments

My favorite size crochet hook is “J”. However, most of my creations are made with a size H, I, or K. When I started attending a crochet group around the end of 2011, one of the members gave me two tiny crochet hooks.

I believe they are sizes B and C. Very small. They are so small I can’t even see the hook without my reading glasses.

My mind scrambled to find uses for these tiny crochet hooks because quite frankly, I couldn’t then and still can’t imagine now actually using them for a pattern. Now, I’m sure you extremely advanced crocheters from way back can really work with any crochet hook that comes your way. But I have to admit these tiny crochet hooks got me stumped. So I figured out another use for them.
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Crochet Party Favors for All!

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 11th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – Be the first to comment

Who doesn’t love a great party? Whether it’s a birthday party, engagement party, graduation party, or even a crochet party, it’s all about coming together in the spirit of something positive. There’s nothing like sharing good food, good music, and good company.

Crochet party favors can be an excellent addition to any type of party. You can tailor the favors to the party theme. While the food, music, and people make a great party, the ambiance add its own special twist to the event. The party environment sets the tone for sure.
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3 Cool Ideas for Crochet Wearables

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 4th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – Be the first to comment

Indeed, crochet is a versatile craft. You can make just about anything for yourself and others. From home decor to accessories for your yoga practice, crochet can supply your every want and need. All you need is a little time, a lot of patience, yarn, hook, and a good pattern or imagination. With wearables, this is no exception. You can even crochet some amazing and fashionable items that will have others asking you, “Where did you get that?”
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Crochet Pattern: Wheel Coaster

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns on March 29th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 4 Comments
Who doesn’t love to crochet coasters?! All crochet enthusiasts and the people who love them have several coasters that were made as first-time patterns, holiday gifts, and leftover yarn creations. Here I present to you an easy, but fun pattern I created to use as a coaster. It is cute and it looks like a wheel, which gives it a different flavor from our usual coaster patterns. Enjoy!

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3 Crochet Ideas for Your Home Decor

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 21st, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 4 Comments

Decorating the home can be a fun experience, but we’ve had moments where decorating the home can be a daunting task. Coming up with new ideas, especially if you’re an experimentalist like me, can help make the experience a lot better. This time around I put together my favorite three crochet ideas for your home decor.
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3 Tips for Your Spring Creations

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 14th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – Be the first to comment

Every year in March, we gear up our thoughts of new beginnings with spring cleaning, new ventures, and new ideas. Our crochet projects are no exception to this rule. Springtime brings with it beautiful colors, textures, and clothing that speaks to the rejuvenation and the spirit of renewal that is felt all throughout the season.
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Mealtime Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 7th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 1 Comment

We spend a lot of time working, playing, surfing the Internet, and networking. But I’ve found there’s one other thing we do a lot of and that’s eating good food. Who doesn’t love a good meal, whether alone, with co-workers, or family and friends?

While there are tons of kitchen items we can crochet, we have plenty of patterns available to us for the ambience surrounding our mealtimes throughout the day. Particularly, we should consider crochet items that add a bit of style and beauty to our breakfast, lunch, or dinner time.
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