50 Reasons to Knit or Crochet

1. To bring peace and serenity to your life. 2. To help you quit smoking. 3. To help relieve stress. 4. To overcome and distract from illness. 5. To create something special when expecting a little one. 6. To help pay the bills. 7. To give back to the local community. 8. To overcome the

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How’d You Get Hooked?

The world of yarn crafting holds so many different meanings to so many different people.  For some, it’s an escape from reality.  For some, it’s a social connection – a way to create more deep and meaningful relationships.  For others it’s a means of providing for family. For me, knitting and crocheting add nothing but

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Easter Challenge Winners!

This Easter Challenge was so much fun.  It’s always a joy to see other crafters’ creativity put to the test, and everyone who entered did such a wonderful job!  It certainly made my job choosing the winners super difficult! If you didn’t get a chance to admire all of the fabulous entries, make sure you

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Easter Challenge Entries

It was so fun seeing all of these cute entries come through my inbox over the last few weeks!  Thank you so much to everyone who stretched their creativity skills and created a one-of-a-kind stuffie for the Easter Challenge! All the entries are shown below.  Winners will be selected and announced on April 10th.   [mc4wp_form

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Antique Pearl Hat Patterns

To take advantage of the great deal on the crochet version, download on Ravelry by clicking here. To take advantage of the great deal on the knit version, download on Ravelry by clicking here. I’m a huge fan of vintage, classic, and simply pretty things. Judging from the response to certain designs, like the Shell Scarf Crochet Pattern,

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Sneaky Mommies Make These For Their Kids!

Download, queue, and favorite the knit version on Ravelry by clicking here. Download, queue, and favorite the crochet version on Ravelry by clicking here. Sometimes parenting takes a bit of pre-planning and creative sneakiness! Unfortunately, our kids don’t always want to do exactly what we ask of them….which is part of what makes them kids, part of

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Embellish It!

Knit and crochet items are gorgeous in and of themselves….but add the perfect embellishment, and suddenly a project can go from simply cute to one-of-a-kind uniquely beautiful.  The only problem?  It’s not always easy to come up with ideas for the perfect finishing touch for a hat….or to find the embellishment that will add that

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Safety is in the EYE of the Beholder

As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of buttons.  I like big buttons, small buttons, wooden buttons, and long buttons.  I like every type of button….but mostly I like safe buttons. Since I just introduced the Easter Challenge, where we’re all competing (in a super friendly way of course!) to create the most

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Serenity Slouch Knit & Crochet Patterns

Purchase the crochet Serenity Slouch Hat Pattern on Ravelry here. Purchase the knit Serenity Slouch Hat Pattern on Ravelry here.   It’s not often that a design comes entirely smoothly for me. There’s usually a creative brainstorming process, a planning stage, a yarn-hunting stage (you know this stage….it might be my favorite part!) and then I finally

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Size Chart

Did you know I have an awesome size chart, perfect for your knit and crochet hats, here on my site!?  It’s hiding way down there at the bottom of your screen and isn’t always the easiest to spot…..so I thought I’d mention it here on the blog too. The chart includes measurements for both the

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Crochet Animal Hat

Frog Hat Crochet Pattern

The months have simply been flying by!  The tulips and dandelions poking their little heads out of the ground here, though, remind me that I’m not going crazy.  Spring is nearly here…..though we’ve been having a second winter for the last couple of weeks (poor deceived little flowers!). Every year, something happens to my crochet

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Crochet Tutorial: Moss Stitch

The crochet Moss Stitch, also known as the Granite Stitch, is a super easy and fun stitch technique that produces a gorgeous texture.  Since it’s made up solely of Single Crochet Stitches and Chains, it’s an easy pattern for any beginner to master, but also fun for the more experienced crocheter. Check out the Crochet

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Grrrific Tiger Pattern!

Have you ever seen Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood? It’s a cute show for kids that my son just adores.  I love it for a few different reasons, including that the theme song is done to the tune that “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” theme song used to use….Since our last name is Rogers, and I grew up watching

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The Perfect Boy Crochet Pattern!

Monster Trucks Make Boys Happy.   This has become a statement of fact equivalent to “We must feed Charlie 3 meals a day” around my house.  You might remember me mentioning how much this boy loves anything with wheels a few weeks back…..turns out he especially loves things with wheels on his feet! Since I

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How to Make a Pom Pom

Because Pom Poms are simply such awesome knit or crochet project embellishments, I’ve really come to love a good old yarn puff.  Don’t know how to make a pom pom yet?  Don’t worry!  You’re not alone. I’ve had crafters who have been knitting or crocheting for years come to me asking if I use a pom-pom

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Love This Tiny Moo!

  This adorably tiny crochet cow features hearts for spots and has love in his eyes! In order to get the free pattern: 1. Share this blog post with your friends on Facebook or Twitter! See the handy little share buttons at the very bottom of this post?  Use those to make it easy or

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Freebie Alert ~ Fall Home Decor

Shortly after our move to Hawaii, a wonderful reader told me about the challenge of the un-changing seasons here.  She mentioned that her mother, who is also from Colorado, still misses the changing of the seasons even after years in Hawaii.  She encouraged me to celebrate the Holidays with decorations around the house in order

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