Ode to the Solar Eclipse

I heard a voice say, “Did you get your eclipse glasses yet?” I glanced at my well-meaning coworker over the rim of my coffee mug. She was holding a pair of square cardboard glasses with flimsy, plastic, dark-tinted lenses. No, I hadn’t gotten my eclipse glasses, I informed her. In fact, the impending solar eclipse […]

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Maker’s Intentions: Tide Pool Tank

As a fairly experienced crocheter, I sometimes get requests from family and friends to make things that seem odd or unreasonable. There have been several instances when I have had to squelch the desire to say, “I crochet, not perform miracles.” These conversations always start the same way: “Do you think you could make this […]

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A Crocheted Ode to America

Weather during the month of December in Osceola, Nebraska, can be unforgiving: temperatures can dip into the single digits with a biting wind-chill. It was on a night such as this that Valerie Legino left her meeting at the William Wolfe Post 91 American Legion Club and noticed something a little odd. Hanging on the […]

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Crochet-Off Goals: Crochet Mandalas

A throbbing fatigue in my neck caused me to put my crochet hook down. I adjusted myself in the hard kitchen chair and stretched. With a sigh of relief, I arched my back and my spine realigned in a series of satisfying cracks. I’d been hunched over my crochet mandalas for several hours. I was […]

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Crochet-Off: DIY Crochet Mandala Wall Hanging

Well, we’re back! The crazy “crochet off” crew had so much fun with the Ghost Ranch Shawlette project that we have decided to do an encore! Summer can be a challenging time for crocheters to find fun projects to do. The mandala craze offers a chance to crochet season-appropriate projects that will look great in […]

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My favorite time of year is finally here! The sounds of children playing outside and the smell of fresh mowed grass bring joy to my heart. Summer wouldn’t be summer without warm evenings at the ballpark or weekends spent in the garden. It is time to take advantage of the extended days and temperate nights. […]

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The Ghost Ranch Shawlette has been one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever participated in. Even the photo shoot was entertaining. The biggest draw to this project is the yarn—Freia hand dyes their yarn in such a way that results are beautiful in any of the available colorways. The rich transition of color in […]

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When I got up this morning, it dawned on me that I was hearing the happy sound of birds chirping. For me that is the soundtrack of spring. I hear the sound and want to spin in a “The hills are alive with the sound of music” sort of way. I want to be out. […]

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We’ve come to the end of the Ghost Ranch Shawlette “crochet-off”. All of the projects have turned out beautifully. We also learned a thing or two about how we individually crochet, read patterns, and handle charts. Lynn had very little trouble following the pattern or obtaining the recommended gauge. She had this to say, “I really […]

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