Goat Earflap Beanie
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Goat Earflap Beanie

This goat earflap beanie is not only fun to make but fun to wear! Kids and adults love to wear them. Not only are they great for Halloween but they can be worn anytime you like! Materials: Hook: H (5.00mm) Medium worsted weight yarn – I use Vanna’s Choice or Impeccable Yarn! Terms: ch: chainst: stitchslst: slip stitchsc: single crochethdc: half double crochetdc: double crochettr: triple crochetsc2tog: sc crochet two stitches together (decrease)( ): repeat around{ }: total number of stitches Instructions: Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring. Round 1: ch 1, 9 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc {9 sc}Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in joining space, (2dc in each sc)…

Reaching a new milestone
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Reaching a new milestone

As parents, we get excited maybe even a bit melancholy when our children are reaching a new milestone. And here’s the thing, 10 years ago we didn’t know that we would actually make it to this point. 10 years ago, he was terminally ill with chronic liver disease and had a 2-5 year lifespan. And it’s because of the gift of organ donation, he quite literally received an extension in life. To say I am grateful is perhaps the understatement of the century. So many times when working with people, we want to know those defining life moments where everything changed – and for me, one of THE BIGGEST was the honor of becoming his mom. I feel so incredibly blessed that he has chosen…

Spider Stitch Halter Top
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Spider Stitch Halter Top

Elevate your summer wardrobe with this Spider Stitch halter top and crochet this top giving it an airy flow for those hot summer days. Material: Bramwell Duo Magic Cone Yarn (yarn has been discontinued)   Substitute 3-ply acrylic – though you might be able to find some Bramwell online.  You will be working with 2 strands at a time!   Hook size: F (3.75 mm)  Ch = chain Sc = single crochet Dc = double crochet CL = Cluster  Bra – Make 2 Triangles  Ch 5 and join with sl st in the ring. Row 1: ch 3, 6 dc, * ch 3, 7 dc*, from * till * repeat once more, ch 3, join with sl st in ther 3rd ch at the beginning  Row 2: ch 3, 6 dc in next 6 dc, * 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3-ch space, 7dc in next 7 dc*, from * till * repeat once more, 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in last 3-ch…

You don’t need your organs when you’re gone

You don’t need your organs when you’re gone

You don’t need your organs when you’re gone – and that’s a fact. It’s April and that means it is organ donation awareness month. The reality is that without organ donation my kid wouldn’t be here today – it gave him a quality of life that the urea cycle disorder robbed him of. Organ donation gave him a second chance when he was given 2-5 years to live due to chronic liver disease. When we first headed into this journey in 2008 – I heard people say that they would never and then gave me a list of reasons most of them related to religion. And I don’t want to rob anyone of their beliefs or tell them what to do but when we die…

Autism Acceptance

Autism Acceptance

As I was looking on what to write about I thought Autism Awareness would be the thing – what I would rather write about is Autism Acceptance because that makes the most sense to me. In my house we do not need to become MORE aware because in our house it’s as normal as the grass can be green – but it can also be brown and yellow. And frankly, I can’t nor should I speak for my son but I know that he doesn’t want any attention drawn to him – he just wants to be left alone and do his thing. I observed quite of bit of something that I can only roll my eyes at – the argument about how we as…

Hippo Earflap Beanie
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Hippo Earflap Beanie

I love crochet animal hats and crochet character hats, like this Hippo Earflap Beanie. Back in 2011, I created what felt like a million character hats, and amazingly enough not only was I able to reduce a bunch of debt I had but provide an amazing Christmas for my kids. And let’s be honest, they are fun to make, and kids and adults love to wear them. Not only are they great for Halloween but they can be worn anytime you like! Materials:Hook: H (5.00mm)Medium worsted weight yarn – I use Vanna’s Choice or Impeccable Yarn!Fiberfill (optional) Terms:ch: chainst: stitchslst: slip stitchsc: single crochethdc: half double crochetdc: double crochettr: triple crochethdc2tog: hdc crochet two stitches together (decrease) dc2tog: dc crochet two stitches together (decrease( ): repeat around{ }: total…

I miss running but I get to crochet
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I miss running but I get to crochet

I miss running. I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could achieve 2021 miles this year – and I’ve already been a bit behind at the beginning of April – but then the thing I dreaded happened. I went on a run not just to focus on my challenge goal and regular exercise routine but I had just a difficult moments just the day before and for the best release and processing happens during a run. What I didn’t count on is how have that event actually impacted me and so instead of focusing on my run and pay attention to the trail my head was so consumed by all of my feelings that I tripped and boom sprained my ankle. Initially I…

Changes in latitude – a move ahead
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Changes in latitude – a move ahead

Changes in latitude = changes in attitude! 31 days and my partner is Texas bound. I will be following in 2022 and there are reasons for that. Lennon has one more year of high school left and he’s also transitioning into adulthood and as someone who has a disability, there are a lot of things that happen for him. Since he is in a specific program for his schooling we thought it is best if he’d finish out the year before the big move. I could have probably figured it out in Texas but with a pandemic still having over our heads as well – we are certainly choosing a path that makes sense for Lennon. He will get to graduate with people he knows…

Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Book Review: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

I have to tell you that I don’t read or listen to memoirs from famous people but Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey was a good listen too! Truth is, I much prefer to read my smutty romance shifter books – there’s knowledge there too! like Matthew McConaughey – there are some things in the past he said that I 100% agree with – and his acting isn’t too shabby. I wasn’t sure I was going to get the audiobook – but after given the sample a listen, I was intrigued to hear the rest of the story and what a story … what a story. There was something very real about listening to his account of being raised in a turbulent household that was peppered by…

The V-Stitch Pattern

The V-Stitch Pattern

The V-Stitch pattern is what I am using a blanket pattern that I will be sharing inside of the Crochet Academy that is to come in the coming weeks. It’s easy and simple that you could create squares for a blanket or use the pattern for a washcloth – which is one of my favorite patterns. The V-Stitch pattern can be made flat for blankets, shawls, and shirts. It can also be made curly for borders, flowers, fluffy scarfs, or novelty decorations. You can use single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet, and treble crochet – just depending on what kind of look you’re going after! Materials: Hook: G (4.25mm)Medium worsted weight yarn Terms: slst: slip stitchch: chainst: stitchsc: single crochetdc: double crochetV-St: V-Stitch The V-stitch: To…