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My Grandmother’s Gift to Me: Crochet

It all started with toys. My Grandmother decided that my favorite little doll needed a new wardrobe. A couple of days later, the doll sported fancy-looking red pants, a cute yellow vest, and multicolored hat.

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Mind if I Crochet?

It was a State of mind.States of mind.To be here now To escape the here now Something to think about a launching pad for my mind to wander to pass the time to feel like I’m not wasting time something to hide behind…

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How My Slanted Skirt Took Shape

Designs don’t fall from the sky, all finished and ready. They are built up out of knowledge, memories and inspirations. Innovative as it may be, each crochet pattern uses crochet stitches. Not all designs have a history that is easy to unravel.

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Crocheting the Coral Reef

Call me crazy……when have I been this excited? It’s excitement that is visceral and persistent. What could I be referring to? Booking a trip to an exotic land, my wedding day, the birth of my first grandchild? No, none of these, but a CROCHET experience, of course, in the form of “The Chicago Coral Reef Project.

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Crochet for the Lifelong Learner

Textile historians tell us that crochet is a relatively young craft. The time to put crochet on the map and develop this craft even further is at hand. As a teacher, and a lifelong learner, I want to encourage the reader…..

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Contemplative Crochet: A Hands-On Guide for Interlocking Faith & Craft

My friend Cindy Frazier has just published a unique, inspirational book called Contemplative Crochet. This is the first full-length book that I know of exploring the connection between crochet and spirituality. It’s an extraordinary gift to the crochet community.

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Confessions of the Yarn Princess

I found out the hard way that involuntary unemployment stinks! Being fired is such a blow to one’s ego. It saps the confidence right out from under you. Aside from the monetary issues that pop up rather quickly from this instantaneous change of status, the lack of a regular job presents new problems, not the least…..

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Confessions of a Yarn Princess

I lead a charmed life. I am a lucky woman. I live life as an American Princess. When I declare this publicly, my female friends at first disbelieve me. Once I show them the evidence, they start wreaking havoc on their own their families……

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Confessions of a Chronic Tweaker

I am terrible at following recipes. There… I said it. TERRIBLE. “How? Why?” You might ask. “It’s not so hard! It tells you exactly what to do, and you do it.” My problem, if you think of it as such, is that I like to….

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CLF Crochet Retreat at CAMA

The autumn evening mist slowly settles over Saratoga Strait in Puget Sound. Whidbey Island’s wooded coast gradually disappears from view. At Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Washington, ….

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