Stitches United 2017

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May 012017

So…Stitches is back on the East Coast; it’s now inclusive of other crafty ventures (sewing, quilting, etc.) and referred to as Stitches United.  Thanks to all the sponsors and everyone who had a hand in putting this back together!

‘East’ was the most convenient of the Stitches events for me.  It made for a great and affordable day trip, especially with a car full of yarn fanatics!  It was great to have the ‘new’ show back, but my focus remained on yarn and beads.

I took a couple of classes with The Shibaguyz, made new friends, saw some familiar faces, finally met FRANKLIN HABIT (yes, shouting because I was excited to meet him; LOVED his talk #FollowYourBunny) and some of my online friends IRL!!! I also got a chance to catch up with some my favorite vendors, and meet a few new ones, too; looking forward to ‘tasting’ my new finds!  I’m rejuvenated and looking forward to cranking out some more crochet designs!

Welcome back home, Stitches!!!

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Save the Date: June 17, 2017 – Yarn Dyeing Workshop at Slip Stitch Needlecraft

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Apr 202017

Like to play with color?  Ever thought about having your own colorway?  Mark your calendars for this upcoming class; see this link for details!

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Slip Stitch Flash Sales

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Apr 102017

Sadly, Slip Stitch Needlecraft is closing its doors.

Here’s the link to the first Flash Sale; get yours…‘cause they’ll be gone in a flash!

From NOW (Monday, 4/10/17) through Wednesday, 4/12/17 at 9:00 a.m.

Susan Bates and Clover knitting needles are 50% off; remember to choose either low-cost shipping or in-store pick up.

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DC37 peeps and former students

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Apr 032017

Greetings, DC 37 peeps and former students!  Sending out a last call / reminder to sign up on Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8.  Advance registration is required for crochet classes starting on Saturday April 15 for ten weeks (excluding Memorial Day weekend).

DC37 Saturday Activities Spring 2017

Share with friends,  family and former classmates!  Contact the office at 125 Barclay for details.

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No Foolin’…New Pattern!

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Apr 012017

Well, March has come and gone, and I didn’t quite celebrate National Crochet Month in my usual weekly fashion.  However, I did manage to finish a new design 🙂

This is not a joke…I’m running a limited time promotion for April Fools’ weekend on my Ravelry page: free until Sunday at midnight using coupon code April 1.

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National Crochet Month Granny Square Demo

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Mar 142017

Hey, yarnie peeps…it’s not too late to register for my free demo hosted by Slip Stitch Needlecraft for one of my favorite things:  Granny Squares!!!

The one-hour demo will include my techniques for color changes and joining-as-you-go.  Please register here.

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Happy Second Friday of National Crochet Month 2017!

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Mar 102017

Yeah, I know…cutting it close again 😉

Today I have a stitch pattern for you featuring front and back posts which alternate to make a reversible fabric.  I also had the brainstorm to try something different:  using an extended sc for the first row; hope y’all like it…pictures and formal pattern is forthcoming!

Reversible Post Stitches

ext sc:  insert hook into ch, pull up a loop, ch 1, yo and pull through two loops to complete stitch.

fpdc:  yo, insert hook around st from front to back under next stitch one row below, pull up a loop around post of stitch, yo and pull through both loops.

bpdc:  yo, insert hook around st from back to front over next stitch one row below, pull up a loop around post of stitch, yo and pull through both loops.

Ch 27

Row 1 (wrong side):  extended sc (ext sc) in 3rd ch and ea ch across.  ch 1, turn.

Row 2 (right side):  sc in first st; fpdc around first ext sc, [bpdc around next ext sc, fpdc around next ext sc] across, sc in last st.  ch 1, turn.

Rep Row 2 to desired size, ending with a wrong side row.

Final (right side) Row:  sc in each st across; fasten off.



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Happy First Friday of National Crochet Month 2017!

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Mar 032017

Well…it’s later than I planned, but technically it’s still Friday, so…I got the idea to try something different!

My goal is to share as many types, stitches and techniques of crochet as I know of in the hopes that it will encourage and inspire the urge to learn something new.  I’ll likely have to update it over the course of the month…but here goes!

Bead Crochet

Bavarian Crochet

Broomstick Lace

Bruges Lace

Camel Crochet

Crochet Pooling

Crochet Cables

Entrelac / Tunisian Crochet

Granny Squares

Hairpin Lace



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Happy National Crochet Month 2017!

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Mar 012017

Once again, one of my favorite times of the year has come around again…National Crochet Month!!!

Every year I make an effort to stretch my crochet boundaries.  My goal is to learn something new, refine what I’ve learned or try and catch up on my projects! 😉

This year I invite you to join me for crochet demos at Slip Stitch Needlecraft, my local yarn shop.  Please see the shop’s Verlocal link for schedule.

In addition, I plan to post something crochet-related here on the blog every Friday to give you some inspiration for the weekend…and you could always check me out on Ravelry!

Happy Hooking!!!

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In Case You Missed It…

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Feb 222017

I’d piggybacked this on my earlier related post, so in case you missed it, I’m posting it separately here.

Greetings again, peeps!

For those of you who may be on the fence about donating, perhaps I can offer an alternative incentive.
Save 50% on my patterns from 2/14/2017 to 2/28/2017 using the coupon code #SaveMyHaven, which I will then donate to the cause. You must use the coupon code for the discount to show up in the cart, and please be mindful that there are no refunds on pattern purchases.

Please help me #SaveMyHaven!


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Slip Stitch Needs You!

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Jan 302017

ETA:  Running a pattern promotion on Ravelry; please see:

No donation is too small; if everyone who donates shares…and everyone who shares donates…we’re sure to reach our goal!

When you click on GoFundMe for Slip Stitch Needlecraft!, you’ll see pictures of some of the events held and hosted by Claudette Brady, the owner.

As you scroll through, you’ll also see some testimonials of what it means to have a local yarn shop that supports the neighborhood and welcomes people from all over. Now, Slip Stitch needs your support.

On a personal note, if you’ve ever been a student of mine, I’m asking you to please help me #SaveMyHaven!

Thank you from #TeamSlipStitch!!!


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Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2017 – Day 3

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Jan 152017

I skipped Day 2 in the Marketplace; that’s why I missed a few of my yarnie peeps and I don’t have anything to report. 😉

Day 3:  Best. Day. EVAH!  I came…I worked…I WON!!!

A BIG thank you goes out to Tess Designer Yarns…if I wasn’t working with them today, I would not have caught up with some of my yarnie peeps, met and made some new yarnie friends, and won a 3-class package for next year’s VKL!!!


Thank you Vogue Knitting Live!  For those who know me, I don’t run.  However, when I heard my name called for a prize, I let out the biggest YES and took off like a shot to collect it!  I’m sure that was a sight to behold…and if you got pictures or video, please share with me or tag me in it, because #PicturesOrItDidntHappen 🙂

Thank you to the ladies who gave me their beads…and I didn’t even have to flash for them. 😉

Thanks to everyone who congratulated me.  I have a whole year to get my knit game up! 😮

BIG shout-out to #TeamTessYarns.  If you visited and/or shopped at Tess Designer Yarns, please be sure to follow and/or share pictures of your makes with them on Facebook and Instagram.  If you missed them this time around, look for them at other shows; visit for their show schedule.

Thank you to Europa Cafe for breakfast and dinner; that Penne Bolognese was two-thumbs-up!

Thanks again to everyone who crossed my path today, you have fed my soul and made it EPIC!


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