A Love Affair with Instagram Stories

A Love Affair with Instagram Stories

I failed miserably at Snapchat, but I LOVE Instagram stories. Does that make me a bad person? Snapchat makes me feel old. It’s the first social media platform that I can’t easily master. Thus, the old feeling. It took me a week to figure out how to use it. All I do there is play with the selfie filters when nobody is looking, and then erase my pictures. Instagram is a little different. I know how to use it, which is cool. The new stories feature really opens up a little window into my world, without wrecking all of the hard work I’ve been putting into my feed to make it a more cohesive Knot By Gran’ma Instagram account.

The Great Skull Square Graph Update

The Great Skull Square Graph Update

Man, this is an old design. It was originally published in January of 2009. Can you believe that? It’s been missing from the crochet pattern shop for a long time. There’s a push (from me) to update any old crochet patterns that I still love, and this one made the list. It’s been simplified and is back up in the shop(s). The skull square used to be one of my best sellers. I’m happy to have it back, but I really can’t wait to see what kind of cool skull stuff you all make out of it.

{Behind the Scenes} Cleaning a Raw Fleece is Pretty Dirty

{Behind the Scenes} Cleaning a Raw Fleece is Pretty Dirty

We live in an instant gratification society. Everything is now and how fast. Cleaning fleece is the exact opposite of this. It takes time, patience, and a lot of soap. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to process my own fleeces, and the payback has been more than just fiber. This fleece is Romney, from my new sheep friend over at Grape Hollow Farm. I’m learning to take my time and breathe a little while I’m working. With any luck, I’ll have this and the other Romney (different farm) and alpaca (also a different farm) fleeces ready to be carded by September. There’s no instant gratification here, but I’ll have a wonderful selection of fiber to spin through the winter.

{Crash Course Crochet} How to Make a Decreased Single Crochet Stitch

{Crash Course Crochet} How to Make a Decreased Single Crochet Stitch

This is one of the most useful crochet stitches that I have in my crochet tool box. The decreased single crochet (d.sc) stitch allows me to decrease my stitch count, without leaving a gaping hole… the one that would be created by simply skipping a stitch. Being a crocheted doll maker, this is important, because holes cause gaps. Gaps cause your stuffing to show or fall out. I’m a big fan of keeping everything tight. The stitch is useful for all types of crocheting; not just doll work. It’s one of the most useful crochet tools when shaping your work. You can use this stitch to decrease one (or more!) stitch in a few steps. It’s easy enough for a beginning crocheter to master.

{Behind the Scenes} Seriously. Crochet Kits Are Hard to Get Together.

{Behind the Scenes} Seriously. Crochet Kits Are Hard to Get Together.

Putting together these crochet kits is taking forever! Why didn’t anyone say, “Hey Jess. That’s a ton of work, and it’s going to take you forever.” At least then, I would have been prepared for all of this preparation and fixing and tweaking. I’m trying to think of people I know that put together crochet kits; the ones who could have warned me. I can think of a few, and they’re probably nodding their heads in agreement that this does indeed take forever.

Scrap Bowls Free Crochet Pattern Release and Gallery

Scrap Bowls Free Crochet Pattern Release and Gallery

This newest crochet pattern came out of the need to display my wares at the art and craft shows that I am a vendor. I was in the middle of a show, and was thinking of different ways to display my chapstick holders when my mini epiphany struck. I can crochet bowls to display my goods. Duh, Jess. Seeing that I’m a crocheter by trade, this made the most sense. Never mind that I was crocheting the first version of this set while selling the very items I was trying to display. It worked and the idea for these bowls stuck around.