{Crash Course Crochet} Fastening Off Your Yarn When Working In The Round

{Crash Course Crochet} Fastening Off Your Yarn When Working In The Round

Make your edge look STUNNING after putting in all of that awesome crochet work. Since crocheting anything takes forever, don’t you think it’s a shame to leave your finished edge looking unfinished? Simply fastening off your yarn (the usual slip stitch and pull through) leaves a knot. It leaves your beautiful crochet looking like you have more work to do. You can do better, and your talent demands it. DEMANDS IT!


Freaking Puppet Stands

Freaking Puppet Stands

It dawned on me that I have craft shows coming up. I knew I had them, but now I’m like, “Oh. That’s THIS Sunday?” Yes, it’s this Sunday, which means I have to start my show prep. It also means that I had to figure out a cool way to display my awesome puppets. I whipped up these cute (and easy and cheap) puppet stands. I have to get back to the store for supplies to make some more… maybe bigger bases for the larger puppets… but not before my show.


Grimeclaw Crochet Pattern Release, Kit Pre-Sale, and Gallery

Grimeclaw Crochet Pattern Release, Kit Pre-Sale, and Gallery

Yes! You can now make your own Grimeclaw Monster doll. I’m so excited for all of you. This has been a labor of love that has gone on for months. I’m really excited to see it all come together. Today I’m releasing just the crochet pattern. The original plan was to have the crochet pattern and the crochet pattern kit release on the same day… like today. Apparently that wasn’t meant to be, because I forgot about a few things that I really need to ship out the kits. They’re all ordered and will be here very soon. The crochet pattern kit gets its own little PRE-SALE, and you get to save $2 by ordering early.


{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.


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.


{Crash Course Crochet} How to Mark Stitches

{Crash Course Crochet} How to Mark Stitches

Eventually you are going to come across a crochet pattern that tells you to mark a stitch… or mark the first stitch. It’s going to happen. Marking a stitch isn’t difficult. It’s also nice to know where your rows start if you are crocheting in the round. Marking stitches makes your crocheting easier, and often, takes away some of the counting. What could be better than that?