My mother gave me my first (real) mice when I was 6. I forget their names now, but there was one girl and one boy. We knew because, to my delight, they had babies! Shortly thereafter, they ate their babies in a bloodbath not fit for a kindergartener’s eyes. This is why I don’t like real mice. The next mice she gave me were thankfully not real…
Every crocheter should have a personal toolkit outfitted with their absolute favorite tools – the can’t-live-without things that make crochet work a breeze. I mainly crochet jewelry and amigurumi and my toolkit reflects that. While this list is likely to change over the years, I am absolutely loving these tools at the moment…
The sweet folks over at Hobbycraft asked if I’d like to create a fun summer pattern for the knitting and crochet section of their blog. Of course, I obliged! As a Miami girl, I’m pretty much a summer pro – our summer is practically year round! What better way to celebrate summer than by making a…
Don’t get me wrong, I love a well-curated playlist. I’m a Google Play Music girl (formerly Songza, RIP) and love a little “Diva House Anthems” or “You Betta Work: 90’s Runway” playlists. But when I need to get things DONE, I always reach for a full album. Albums are the perfect answer when you just want to put something on and let it ride for at least an hour. I don’t know about you, but with playlists sometimes I get caught up skipping song after song until I enter a vortex and 30 minutes later I’m somehow reading about if Stevie Nicks really is a witch.
Here’s some albums I have on repeat for every occasion…
Hi world, my name is Kristina and I am a creative perfectionist.
This is an unlucky combination of traits.
My creative side wants to experiment. Get messy. Try new things. Do whatever.
My perfectionist side says NO NO NO. That’s wrong, that’s terrible, and you’ve made a mess…
I am thrilled to be part of the Spring Edition of The Handmade Pop-up from May 1st to 15th! The Handmade Pop-up is an entirely online market featuring handmade goods from artists and makers around the world. The Handmade Pop-up is carefully curated by Maker’s Movement and CYL Collective to create a unique shopping experience for those who value independent businesses and exceptionally handcrafted products. Take a look at the full collection…
Working from home gets lonely, y’all — even for an introverted gal who can have in-depth conversations with her cats. Some days it feels like I barely leave a 10 foot radius, switching back and forth between my computer chair and my crocheting chair. So to fight the doldrums I keep podcasts or music on for most of the day! I thought I’d share some of my favorite podcasts with you in case you’re in need of some crafter-tainment.
The pain began after a 5 hour crochet-a-thon – I was all curled up on a comfy chair crocheting like a fiend. I noticed my left shoulder twinging with pain, but ignored it and kept going because the “one more row!” chant inside my head was too enticing. What a mistake!
After that first injury, my shoulder has NEVER been the same. Every time I crochet in a weird position or when I work on a tiny project, the ache pops up. Now I practice better crochet posture, use pillows underneath my arms, and visit a chiropractor when the pain gets too bad. But one of the best (and easiest!) things I started doing was using specific yoga techniques for stretching before, during, and after my crochet sessions.
Lion Brand Yarn has a great YouTube playlist with videos of specific yoga poses for crocheters and knitters. They focus mainly on the shoulders, wrists, and back to target the problem areas when you crochet and knit. The shoulder opener stretch is my favorite!
Click here to see the Yoga for Crocheters and Knitters playlist!
I’d love to know if you have any other techniques for keeping crochet or knitting pain at bay! Let me know in the comments 🙂
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If you’ve ever tried your hand at amigurumi (the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting stuffed dolls), you are likely already a pro at increasing and decreasing your crochet.
When crocheting amigurumi, increase and decrease stitches are used to expand or shrink your piece. Using an increase stitch INCREASES the number of stitches in your round by 1 stitch for every increase you do. If you begin with 7 stitches and your increase once, you will end up with 8 stitches.
Using a decrease stitch DECREASES the number of stitches in your round by 1 stitch for every decrease you do. If you begin with 8 stitches and you decrease once, you will end up with 7 stitches.
Here’s the problem – standard increase and decrease stitches tend to leave small holes in your doll where the stuffing can show through. That’s no good!
One of my favorite tricks for improving amigurumi is to make those increase and decrease stitches INVISIBLE! When you use invisible increases and decreases, your stitches sit closer together and less stuffing shows through. I use invisible increases and decreases for all of my crochet dolls.
Click below to learn how!