How crochet can help boost your happiness.
This post will touch on another not easily recognized positive Emotion. Interest. In crochet I have found that once you start to know the basics a whole little Universe will open itself up to you as there is a sheer endless list of new techniques. This old craft comes with it’s own language and is incredibly versatile.
Interest makes you sit and frog a project over and over again, because the pattern is so complicated but you still really want to learn how it works. It makes you hunt down a technique because you saw a headband somewhere and you just have to figure out how to make it (it’s Tunisian crochet, btw). This is where the self described obsession people in this field talk about so often comes in.
Crochet to stitch away stress!
All around the country crocheters and knitters have been busy stitching lemons with the simple message to #stitchawaystress.
Did you know April is stress awareness month? This is Probably because in the US the dreaded tax filing deadline falls right on the 15th and that may just be the most stressful things on our yearly calendar (especially if you are one of the many people who actually wait to do it until the deadline!). The Craft Yarn Council has taken this as an opportunity for its “if life gives you lemons…” campaign to share the knowledge of crochet and knitting’s stress reducing qualities.
Crochet and knitting are proven stress reducers.
While I love the end result of a huge project, I am always partial to these little, quick, stash busting creations you can finish in one evening. How about you?
There’s nothing like creating something useful or cute in one evening to cheer yourself up! My life is a whirlwind of craziness at the moment, but last night I made this:
Crochet Rainbow Nesting Bowls Toy
In honor of my beautiful April 2015 Rainbow Baby Boy I have decided to stray from my usual color choices (scary stuff!) and go a little crazy. These colorful Waldorf bowls are designed to promote spatial awareness. Little ones are attracted to their bright colors and will stack and nest them for hours!
Free crochet waldorf toy pattern
Full pattern after the tag:
Free Crochet Pattern for soft structured carrier Drool Pads
My sweet 10 week old baby just graduated from a wrap to a big boy carrier. I had bought the Ergo soft structured carrier after many hours of research and could not be happier.
While I was doing all this research I came across the drool/teething covers you can get online for these carriers and didn’t really think twice about them. Where do you think his favorite chewing spot was just seconds after we tried it on for the first time? Well, yes. Those wonderfully textured tan straps!
I looked at my stash of cotton yarn and my vegetable ivory buttons and decided there was no reason to wait and order them. I love crochet!
Get the free crochet pattern after the tag
Free Crochet Apple Hat pattern review
I love designing my own crochet patterns, but while I was looking for inspirations for a teachers baby shower gift and stumbled across the apple hat pattern by the crazy talented Salena Baca it was too cute to pass up! I found the pattern on Ravelry, which I absolutely recommend joining! There are so many great crochet and knit patterns, a lot of them free and I love how you can see one pattern made by different people.
Modern Crochet Easter Egg Pattern
We are just about ready here for Easter. Have you crochet any Easter decorations yet? I crocheted some eggs and, oddly enough, despite the fact I had all my pastel Easter colored yarn right in front of me, my eggs came out brow and gray this year..?
Find a link to the free egg pattern at the end of this post
Spring is finally here (Yay!) and I want to start this beautiful season off with a super easy crochet accessory tutorial. One of the only things I love about winter is wearing my vast collection of crochet scarves and hats. I don’t know about you, but I like to incorporate yarn into my life every chance I get, so cotton jewelry is perfect for the warmer months.
Follow this easy crochet Necklace tutorial for a springtime crochet Project
Crochet rubber ducky
My students have given me a Elephant/Rainbow/Duck design challenge and while I have enjoyed making the three requests, the hardest part for me was to design something easy. I did manage to come up with a very cute and super simple little duck that just so happens to be perfect for an Easter nest. After a lot of trial and error and some major balance issues I want to share the free ducky crochet pattern with you.
Find the free Ducky pattern after the tag
I love teaching middle schoolers crochet. They are still cute but already pretty capable AND they keep me busy with pattern requests. Then I get to invent new things and share them here too, so everybody wins 🙂
My new project was probably my favorite (but I think that every week). The girls wanted a penguin and I can share a little bit about how I start to make up a new pattern for an amigurumi animal or an applique.
How I design an animal crochet pattern