Monthly Archives: March 2017

Waffles, cakes and rainbow sprinkles

The waffle stitch is created by crocheting into the front post of a double crochet.  It creates an interesting texture of vertical and horizontal ridges that form squares. I attempted the waffle stitch on a scarf.  Because the waffle pattern does not emerge until after … Continue reading

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Nothing says thanks like chocolate

A fellow knitter in my Beginning Knitting class honored me with this way, super delicious chocolate and strawberry cake.  I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group at Blackstone Library.  

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Dragonflies and Caron Cakes

Caron Cakes is the latest craze at Micheal’s. The yarn is #4 worsted weight, 80% acrylic / 20% wool.  It is currently available in 26 color ways.  Each cake features five colors. The color runs are long, and are perfect for larger items like … Continue reading

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Girls who code

Recent research found that girls, as early as the age 6, start to doubt their abilities, and think boys are smarter and brighter.  This finding is so disturbing. The study stresses the importance of early intervention for young girls. Girl Who … Continue reading

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Welcome to my pineapple

The Staypineapple Hotel chain recently purchased the Burnham hotel in Chicago. Gina Rose Gallina, crochet artist extraordinaire, was commissioned to crochet a giant pineapple for the hotel’s grand opening. From March 5th – 9th, crafters and crafter wanna-bees could take a crochet class … Continue reading

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Cutting portraits in the 21st century

 In the 18th century, the art of cutting portraits was an affordable,  easy alternative to hiring an artist to do a painting. These profile portraits were originally outlined and cut on black paper, glued to a contrasting color and framed. Later, … Continue reading

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