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   Just to be honest, I haven't seen Outlander yet, but this TV show inspired shawl was a special request from a friend of the family. With a little creative freedom, I choose my favorite earth toned yarns and went for an extra large size.  I choose a very simple pattern that is just a basic triangle shawl with the double crochet stitch. This is fundamentally a one row repeat pattern, with the exception that I mixed in a few rows of X stitches, or criss cross stitches, to give it a little texture and some small eyelets. The shawl is...

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Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have survived the year 2020. This new year is especially exciting as it means I have completed my first ever crochet temperature blanket. It was last New Years that I heard about temperature blankets and was so inspired to start one immediately for what felt like would be an iconic year.  There are many ways to do a temperature blanket but this is the way I did mine. I picked the daily high temperature because it is a consistent and exact recorded number. I tried at first to do the average temperature, but that...

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Introducing my newest design, the Alpine Beanie!   It's been a few weeks of tedious stitch counting and variable tweaking to get this pattern just right. I was brainstorming a fun stitch for a beanie and I love the aesthetic of the waffle stitch. Upon research, I discovered the diamond waffle stitch and fell into an obsession with it. I knew it would make a gorgeous hat that would compliment a fur pompom with that euro/mountain vibe. Hence the name, Alpine Beanie. I am happy to share with you not only the written pattern, but also the video tutorial, and a collection of wonderful beanies for sale in...

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Halloween 2020 is here! And no virus is getting in the way of me making another costume and dressing up on the one day it is socially acceptable. I start planning my costume months in advance, because I make it from scratch and it takes a lot of time. You could say I've been brainstorming this one for years, but felt like this year especially was the right one for the red cape because whatever I end up doing will surely be outside in the cold since indoor gatherings have been off limits pretty much all year.  Little red riding hood, a...

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My little mutt Rocko got a new halloween costume this year.  Introducing the B(rocco)li sweater!   This food motived dog will eat anything, even raw broccoli and thus inspiring this costume. It was crocheted in freeform style, meaning I completely winged it and there is no pattern. It's a one of a kind art piece and Rocky loves it.  He has been slowly loosing his fur over the years and he needs a sweater to stay warm in the cold months.  It's not his first food costume either, here are a few of his handmade halloween costumes from over the years:  ...

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