"Live Peace – Speak Kindness – Dwell in Possibility" ~Amanda Tapping

It’s a New Year! Welcome 2016…

Yeah, I know, January is close to half over now, but I am still recovering from the holidays and the end of 2015, and trying to get back on track. After having almost spring like weather all thought December and the beginning January, I am also trying to adjust to the sudden winter weather and the cold air we have here in southeast Michigan right now. My hands get very cold, stiff, and painful, very easily in this kind of weather, so it can make crocheting very difficult. What I really need to do is find where I put the fingerless mitts I made back in the winter of 2014 and start wearing them all of the time. Or I can just make a new pair.

I started a couple of fairly ambitious projects last year that pretty much went on the back-burner when I needed to work on the holiday projects and gifts, but I am hoping to get them finished and up for purchase hopefully before summer is here, or at least before Christmas. I have the A Hat for All Seasons peasant style slouchy hat written up, but still haven’t gotten the photos taken of the finished hats yet, so my goal for that one is to have up by spring at the latest. I am still working on the shawl eBook also, which still needs a lot of work done and samples to be made, so it’s a good chance it won’t be ready for awhile yet.

I do have a new free pattern in the works though. It’s a simple, quick and easy, winter cowl that highlights a vintage stitch called the Waistcoat crochet stitch that mimics the look of the knitted stockinette stitch at first glance, but it yields a heavier fabric than the knitted stockinette stitch. I have it paired up with the 3rd loop half double crochet stitch for a simple stripe like texture to the finished cowl. The stitch pattern makes for a wonderful and warm unisex cowl. It will be written for one size, but easily customized for any size desired for men, women, boys, and girls of any age, since it is meant to be made just only slightly larger that your head circumference, but it could also be made to be much longer, or larger circumference, if desired. I made a few up for Christmas gifts and they were a hit with the recipients! I will hopefully have this pattern ready within the next week or so.

Keep checking back, I am hoping to have a lot more goodies coming up this year!


If there is anything you would like see this year, a project, pattern, photo tutorial, etc., please leave a comment!


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