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
Today I want to share with you a chance for recycling!
Crafty use for empty coffee cans
I have a confession to make. While I love purging and one day dream of living almost possession less in one of those sweet, little tiny houses, I am a hoarder at the same time. I hoard craft things, or things that, in my mind, just need to be made into something else. I always feel like it would be a sin to throw them out. If you have ever seen the show hoarders, this is step one of going down to crazy town, but I have finally done it. I have found a use for my full box of empty coffee cans! (Yay!)
How to be happier in 5 1/2 steps
Lately I have been on a quest to become happier and I have gathered some insight that I think can help others out of a slump too. Crochet is and was a major contributor and really helped me turn my life around!
Down the rabbit hole, or a ride on the downward spiral
Free crochet pattern for a soap saver and matching scrubbies
I made up this pattern when I needed a simple but homemade gift for my boss. She is a lovely person and I really wanted t0 go overboard and make her a huge throw or a pouf or something but that might have come off as a little weird… So soap saver and scrubbies seemed like a more appropriate option 🙂
Find the link to the free scrubbies pattern after the tag
I literally made hundreds of these little cupcakes last year! I sold them at a café and people special ordered them by the dozen. They are so much fun to make and I always love a project you can finish in an hour. Don’t get me wrong, I have several Afghans waiting for me in my “unfinished drawer” and it is extremely rewarding when you complete a long time project, but there is nothing like filling up a box of these sweet things within a few days. They are a lot of fun to make, but ultimately the time and effort you put in is more like a labor of love than anything you could support your family with 😉
I think I will make a bunch for my family this Christmas, though because they make sweet ornaments and doesn’t a crochet filled Christmas tree sound super?
I am in love with this guy and if I had an infinite supply of yarn, time and children I would make many, many more. Too cute!!
Check out the free pattern at I love buttons here !
Make this easy cheeky crochet monkey
I have recently begun teaching a class at the local middle school and one of the girls asked to make a crochet monkey. After fussing around and overthinking/ overcomplicating I have finally come up with a sweet little and simple amigurumi monkey that is ideal for a beginner.