Learn How to Crochet: Crochet for Beginners

In this post, I will teach you how to hold your yarn and hook, selecting yarn, hook sizes, how to make a slip knot and crochet a chain, how to make a single crochet, finishing off yarn, weaving in yarn tails, joining yarn (changing colors), how to use markers and consistency of stitches.

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How to Join Yarn (Change Colors) When Crocheting

When crocheting, you will likely need to join yarn at some point. You join (or change) yarn when you use up a skein of yarn and need to start another skein or you are changing colors.

In this post, I show you how to join (or change) yarn at the end of a row or in the middle of a row. Continue reading “How to Join Yarn (Change Colors) When Crocheting”

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How to Develop a Habit

It is that time of year we are trying to establish good habits. I fall short in many areas of my life, but I am pretty good at establishing habits. In some ways, I can be like a dog after a bone on pursuing something.

Why are habits important?

Good habits help us improve the quality of our life. Good habits make us learn, stretch ourselves, get healthier, have more balance, and build our capacity to develop more good habits. Continue reading “How to Develop a Habit”

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Basic Crochet Stitches with Tutorial Videos

These crochet videos will help you learn how to crochet the basic crochet stitches, which include a slip knot, chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, slip stitch, finishing off yarn, and weaving yarn tails. Knowing these basic crochet stitches is a great start if you are learning how to crochet.

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How to Make a Needle Book with an Embroidered Cover

This post shows how to make a needlebook by embroidering the cover and assembling the needlebook. This blog post shows how to freehand embroider flowers, a bee, dragonfly, ladybug, butterfly, basket, and heart. These step-by-step instructions show how to sew the needlebook together using fabric and felt. Making this needlebook combines embroidery and sewing.

This was such a fun project! Making this needlebook was an excuse to try my hand at embroidery. I store my needles in this book. I also take it with me when I travel and take an embroidery project with me.

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How to Crochet an Adult Beanie and Scarf

Learn how to crochet an adult beanie and scarf. This includes a free crochet beanie and scarf pattern. This crocheted adult beanie and scarf are made from Lion Brand super bulky yarn; the color is Louisville Julep, which is a seafoam green.

I crocheted this scarf and beanie for my good friend for Christmas. Seafoam green is her favorite color. I have been teaching her how to crochet. I remind her that you get better over time – – you learn more and your stitches get more consistent. I am still improving my technique.

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Our Thanksgiving Menu – – From Our Table to Yours

Every year, Neal and I host Thanksgiving for our family. Some years, we have had 20+ with all of our extended family. Other years, we just have our children and grandparents for a total of 8-12 (and typically four dogs). No matter how many, we enjoy making and eating scrumptious comfort food. Some of our dishes are homemade; some are recipes from other cooks; and some are more store bought. This combination works for us!

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Using an Old Door to Make Wall Hooks

I love using something old and rustic (especially if it is wood) and I have an obsession with hooks. So, this project of using an old door to make wall hooks was right up my alley!

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Camping and Hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Neal and I enjoy camping and hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In this post, I share about our favorite campground, our favorite hiking trails, and other hiking and camping tips.

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