This Monster Puppet Doll Is Now a Floating Head

This Monster Puppet Doll Is Now a Floating Head

There is so much laughing and funny looks around here. This puppet has been pretty fun to make, and it’s cracking me up. She’s been out on the coffee table for a few weeks now. No matter how many times I see her, it’s still a little unsettling that there’s a head just laying there. She’s waiting for a body… I have to make her a tentacle body like the original puppet, and I think I’ll add a human body too (I’ll figure out how to make them interchangeable). It’s going to be awesome. But for now, she’s just a floating head; hanging out on the coffee table for us to play with.


{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!


{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.

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?

Cheesburger Party Bus and Marigold Whoopty Whoop Hand Dyed Yarn

Cheesburger Party Bus and Marigold Whoopty Whoop Hand Dyed Yarn

I ordered this undyed yarn months and months ago. Then life got in the way, and it just sat there… waiting for me to dye it into cool yarn. I’ve finally figured out a system that allows me to get a little done at a time. These 2 new colorways are pretty sweet, and hopefully will be repeatable. The third colorway is still in its pan. I’ll rinse it out tomorrow night. It should be ready to list in a few days, but for now, back to these 2 beauties.