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From Yarn to the Mat: Combining Crochet & Yoga

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 28th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 13 Comments

Crochet and yoga is not such an unlikely pair. I have realized throughout my time as a crocheter and as a yogini that there are many fun crochet projects that can be enjoyed by a yoga practitioner.

Yoga is about meditation. Crochet as an activity is very meditative. So in that way particular the two come together nicely. Just the act of allowing yourself to be in the moment of your crochet projects is like yoga. You learn how to surrender to the process of creating the project from an idea or pattern to a tangible item.
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A Tribute to the Mothers Who Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on February 21st, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 18 Comments

There are mothers and grandmothers who are affectionately and intently crocheting as we speak. They are trying out new hooks, yarns, patterns, and they are blessing us with their creations.

In addition, the crocheting mothers and grandmothers of the world are passing down this wonderful craft to us, whether directly or indirectly. They are giving us something to remember them by, even if we don’t recognize it at first.
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The Joy of Giving Prayer Shawls

Posted in Tutorials and Help on February 18th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 19 Comments

If you crochet, at some point, I’m sure you’ve heard of prayer shawls. The first time I ever heard of them was at the Unity Church I attended years ago.

Instantly, I was in love with this particular crochet creation. I realized right away that it wasn’t about religion; it was about spending time with an activity I love to share something nice with someone else. It was all about giving.
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Sharing Tradition in Crochet

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

As we all know, crochet is a wonderful way to relax, make new friends, and create all kinds of practical items. As I started thinking about this, I thought about traditions. While we live in a world that is rapidly changing and we’re all learning how to embrace new ways of thinking and doing things there are still a few things we can honor along the way…through the art of crocheting.
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Easy Exercises for Crocheters

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 26th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 18 Comments

Crochet enthusiasts everywhere may have a similar challenge when working on creative projects – tired hands and wrists. This is quite common actually, but we’re never instructed as to how to handle this particular issue.

Crochet, like any other daily activity, can create rigidity and discomfort in the hands and wrists. With this in mind, here are a few easy exercises to rejuvenate and relax both the hands and wrists.
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How To Create Thicker Texture

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 21st, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 26 Comments

What we wouldn’t give for a placemat or pot holder to not unravel on us while using it! Getting a thicker texture on some patterns isn’t always easy, even if the crochet hook size is perfect. We can achieve tighter stitches with a simple tug or two after each one is created, but how do we get a thicker texture from time to time?

Drum roll please…the answer is in the yarn. Yes, we can go out and buy some very thick yarn and thus, we will have thicker texture. But what about those of us who are on a tight budget and need to work with the yarn we already have, which is the average thickness?
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What to Do With Those Extra Appliques

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 12th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 22 Comments

One of the most fun things to do with crochet is making appliqués. Whether it’s a beautiful little flower or a pair of bells, we just love to look at them and most of all, we love to create them.

However, there are times when we can make a few too many appliqués and we’re not sure what to do with all of them. Especially, if the crochet sweater or the crochet dish towel have reached their appliqué quota.
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3 Things to Remember When Creating Your Own Patterns

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 4th, 2012 by Tameko Barnette – 13 Comments

One of my favorite things to do as a crocheter is to either tweak a pattern I’m working on or create a whole new pattern. It’s very gratifying to see a finished piece that I know I created all on my own.

Have you found yourself feeling the urge to create your own crochet patterns? If so, here are a few things to remember when creating your own patterns.
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Returning to Crochet: 3 Tips to Refresh Your Skills

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 24th, 2011 by Tameko Barnette – 5 Comments

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced crocheter from way back, you probably have had times in life where you took a break from your all-time favorite craft. There are some die hard crochet fans who have never missed an opportunity to hone their skills. But what about those of us who can get swept up in life, wake up one morning, and realize how long it’s been since we’ve picked up a crochet hook and some yarn? What in the world can we do to return to crochet? Here are a few tips to get you back on the stitching track again.
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