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Favorite Pinterest Finds: Winter

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My last Pinterest blog post was WAY back in June, and I think it’s high time we do another one!!

This time, the theme is winter because I love the season, the cold, and all the crafty goodness that comes when people are cooped up inside!!

The Shining – USA, 1980. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.

The Shining – USA, 1980. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd.

Okay…maybe this is an example of a little TOO much of a good thing but then again, who knows what might have happened in this story if ole’ Jack here had Pinterest to keep him busy!

Let’s get to the good stuff!

1. Magic with Hook and Needles is the place you want to be if you need to learn how to make a crocheted earflap lining. She explains things in layman’s terms (which I appreciate more than she can ever know because I’m 100% sewing illiterate!)

2. Moms Love Of Crochet has the most ADORABLE Snowman for those of you out there adventurous enough to tackle graphghans!

3. If you aren’t that adventurous (like me!) The Crochet Crowd has you covered with a classic chevron beauty  that anyone would love to cuddle up under on a cold winter’s night.

Christmas Crochet Wave Afghan

4. Wintertime always brings with it chapped lips, so why not tote your lip balm around in something super cute! Kristy Ashmore has just what you need with this free Chapstick / Lip Balm Holder over in Ravelry.

© Kristy Ashmore

5. If you are in the mood for something to play with, head on over to Black Sheep Wools for the cutest family of winter-bound ami dolls you’ve ever seen!

Winter Dolls , Baby Mo ( Small Sized Turquoise Doll, Measures Approx 12 cms tall) ~ Free PDF Pattern

6. I love to grab a shawl to throw over my shoulders when the weather turns nippy and one that has some style and texture just makes my whole day. Wendy Easton‘s Triangular Shawl in Crosshatch Stitch checks all those boxes! Not only is this one a free Ravelry download but she also has a YouTube tutorial explaining how she works it!

7. Free-Crochet.com is home to probably my favorite winter must have: slipper boots! These can be done in any color and are warm, stylish, and did I mention warm?? You have to make a free account to download this pattern but it’s worth it!

Slipper Boots

8. If you REALLY want a pair of slipper boots (and those are a teeny bit intimidating), these alternatives by Denisse Esparza might be right up your alley!


If you have a favorite winter pattern, PLEASE SHARE IT in the comments area below!! I’m always looking for cool new things to add to my pin collection!

Shrinky Dinks: The Poor Man’s Version

Who remembers playing with Shrinky Dinks when they were little?? Last night, while lost in Pinterest, I ran across a Shrinky Dinky Test Lab blogged by Dabbled and I was so excited about trying it that it’s pretty much the first thing I did today after grabbing my coffee!!

I had to hunt through my Tupperware cabinet (yes, I have an ENTIRE cabinet dedicated to nothing but Tupperware….) but eventually I found an old plastic take away container that I’d saved some time last year to do something with. Knowing me, I probably wanted to plant flowers in it come springtime. I was thrilled because I’d seriously considering taking a trip up to our local supermarket to hunt for the right container to make this craft with!

Side Note: In case you are curious about the exact kind of container, it HAS to be marked #6. Look for the triangle stamped on the packaging and if it has the number 6 in the center it will work for this craft. It should also be the largest container you can get your hands on.

Bigger is better when it comes to shrinky dinks. 

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Once I cut out the large flat part on my container (it doesn’t matter if the container has bumps on it because they will flatten out as it shrinks), I drew a cute little zebra and colored it in with a black sharpie. Then I decided to do something with the side of the packaging and cut out a strip and colored a pattern on it. I punched some holes in both and called them finished. After that, all that was left was to melt them in my toaster oven (the same one I use when I make my polymer clay charms!)

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The shrinking magic happened pretty much immediately! Unfortunately, the strip of plastic melted weird–it sort of curled onto its side and never righted itself–so I had to toss it BUT the zebra came out tiny and adorable!!

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I think he’s getting a coat of triple thick and then going directly onto my key ring. Or maybe I’ll turn him into a really cool stitch marker!

If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, head on over to Dabbled and read up on the process! It’s cheap, simple to do, and a lot of fun! And if you make one, I’d LOVE to see it!! Come find me on facebook to post your creations!


Favorite Pinterest Finds: Stitches!

Anyone who knows me, also knows I’m a total Pinterest junkie! Seriously, I can’t get enough of that place! So I’ve decided to take some of my absolute favorite finds, break them down into bite sized categories, and then share them here with all of you!

This post is all about super cool stitches! You’ll see everything from bobbles to broomstick–and every one is ultra fabulous!

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Lots of Crochet Stitches by M.J. Joachim is one place you will probably come across at one time or another on Pinterest. In addition to a variety of stitches that are broken down along with photo tutorials, you can find other goodies like patterns and motifs! This is one you definitely want to pin and come back to!

The Crochet Crowd is also another place that you are bound to run across on Pinterest. Mikey, as always, does an amazing job describing how to work broomstick lace in only 10 minutes and 51 seconds on YouTube!

Sarah London blogged about a stitch called Apache Tears and all I can say is WOW! I’ve seen it all over Pinterest so make sure to get that pattern on your pinboard asap!

Yuli Handmade BLEW ME AWAY with the Chevron Waves Pattern featured on her blog. Trust me, you NEED this stitch in your life!!

Crochet a Trunk-Full O’ Fun has you covered with a simple and classic granny ripple stitch!

The Nearsighted Owl has the most adorable bobble blanket stitch! It’s a beautiful and warm stitch–which is perfect for any newborn. (Or grown-up!) Hurry on over and pin this one to revisit in Autumn.

Crochet Spot is another place that has a permanent home in Pinterest. I can’t scroll too far without seeing something pinned from there!! The Blanket Stitch is one of my all time favorite pins from this site!

If you’re looking for something totally unique, Easy Makes Me Happy has something for you! The Feather Stitch is one of the cutest stitches around and I’ve been itching to add it into something for a while now!


If you have a favorite stitch, PLEASE SHARE IT in the comments area below!! I’m always looking for cool new things to add to my pin collection!


Wrangling Big Color Change Projects

Recently, I opened my MASSIVE book of ‘to do’ crochet projects and pulled out a pattern I’ve been itching to try since it first came out! It’s Playin’ Hooky DesignsStrata Beanie.

Here is what mine looks like halfway finished:


The first thing you notice when you look at that hat is that it’s done using no less than 5 skeins of yarn. That is A LOT of yarn to attach to one project. One of the reasons I kept it on the back burner was simply because I’m not a huge fan of YARN KNOTS!!

However, thanks to Pinterest (I love that place!!) I stumbled on a really amazing technique that I tweaked a bit in order to tame my skeins so I didn’t end up with a single knot or a huge headache.

The tools you will need are cheap and readily available and you probably have them lying around the house right now!

In order to wrangle your yarn you will need:

  • One large sized paper clip
  • One canvas shopping bag
  • A chair or something to hang your canvas bag from so it’s suspended and not lying on the ground
  • All of your yarn

That’s it!

To get started, fold your paper clip so it looks like this:


Next, hang your canvas bag onto the back of your chair and place the paper clip onto one of the handles. Then, begin your project, being sure to thread each new color through the TOP of one side of your paper clip. Once you have each of your colors threaded it should look like this:



Quick Tip: Make sure when you are adding your skeins into your canvas bag you put them in so that the center pull is feeding up toward your paper clip!

Now for the fun part. The key to making this all work (and keeping your yarn untangled) is in how you crochet. Begin your project, working in the round, and when you get to the color change:

*Change as indicated, pull your loop out about an inch and then–turn your project one complete revolution in the opposite direction that you just crocheted. Reinsert your hook, pull your loop tight, and complete your next round. Repeat from * around.

It’s just that simple. If you follow those directions for each color change your yarn should remain tangle free and easy to work with!

As you can see here, I’m on round 18, my 5 skeins of yarn are totally tangle free, and I haven’t had to fool with rearranging skeins once this entire project!