Tetherball; boxing ball; kicking ball; punching bag; kick-boxing ball; ball-in-a-sock: it matters not what your child calls it. Just know that you as a parent will refer to it in your mind as the “magic ball.” The magic ball that burns all the extra energy before bedtime, and then some. The added bonus for you? Making one is super easy and quite relaxing with my free boxing ball crochet pattern, and it gives you a unique opportunity to bring your crochet creation outside. I think we need more outdoor crochet projects, don’t you?
This was truly one of those “real life crochet” projects I never planned to share with anyone. My husband had a basket ball that had a barely-noticeable lump. Other than not being able to play basketball with it (duh!) it appeared perfectly fine to me and I refused to throw it away.
Despite my best intentions, though, I had no idea how to repurpose the basket ball. Not until I saw an old picture of a DIY sock ball. That was my light bulb moment. From that moment on, my mission was clear.
How is it mid-June already? It’s almost time for another quarterly newsletter! But first, here is the first free pre-release crochet pattern: a rainbow bag. You can read more about why I am publishing my patterns temporarily for free in this blog post.
Rainbows make my soul smile. And since real rainbows are hard to catch, I like to surround myself with as many rainbow colored items as I can. After all, one’s soul can never smile too much. This particular rainbow bag is the perfect size to store my journal and pens, but I’m sure you’ll find countless other uses for it. I’d love if you shared them in the comments!
It’s December and that means it’s time for Crochet Snowflake 2019.
Like every year, I am eager to welcome winter. The start of every season brings a tingle of excitement and December is no different. The cool, shorter, darker days that replace the bright weeks of autumn mean only one thing: the nature is getting ready to rest, and so should we. Though it may seem hard to do, having wrapped up one holiday only to start getting ready for another, but December is the perfect month to slow down and enjoy the small things.
When I say a “one minute crochet heart,” I mean it. You can literally crochet a whole heart in less than 60 seconds. So, if you are finding this post on February 13 (and your child just announced that they are doing Valentines exchange at school tomorrow after all), do not worry! You’ve got plenty of time to make two dozens of these before dinner time.
Call me a purist, but in our house the magic of winter season doesn’t start until the first day of December. The good thing is, that’s today! And that made me want to go “Hooray!” more than once. ‘Tis the season.
When I scheduled the release of this free pattern for Halloween, I had no reason to choose this date other than pure practicality. I love sharing – even fueling – my 5-year-old’s excitement about Halloween and all things spooky. Personally, though, October 31 is just an ordinary day.
But as I was editing tutorial photos earlier this week, something on my desk caught my eye. The pendant I had just photographed ended up atop what we call The Souls binder. And as it often is with memories, this fleeting glance was all that was needed to open up memory floodgates to my childhood. You see, this season holds a special place in my heart not because of costumes and candy, but because of a different tradition: All Souls Day.
Honestly, I had originally no intention of including a personal story about this time of year, but as memories popped up in my mind I found my fingers instinctively typing along. And when I was done, I realized it was something I wanted to share. So read on if you’d like after the pattern for some childhood recollections, a new family tradition, and why I am dedicating this newest addition to my free crochet patterns collection to the memory of my paternal grandmother.
I have a new crochet pattern for you to try! It’s a wonderful yarn stash buster, and if you aren’t bothered by clingy toddlers or demanding husbands, you could make more than a couple in an afternoon.
These lovely pinwheel coasters are so versatile – the colour combinations in which they can be worked are virtually endless. You be the designer: let the pattern inspire you and then run wild with it! Make something truly yours; to fit your mood, home decor, or current season. One can never have enough coasters – and if she does, she can always give them away as thoughtful, handmade gifts. Continue reading “free crochet pattern: pinwheel coaster”
A long time ago I made a lot of tiny crochet circles, using embroidery floss leftovers. Not sure what to do with them, I tucked them away until I rediscovered them one cold day last fall. After playfully arranging them for a while, they lined up and asked to be put together into a colorful necklace. I instantly liked the necklace – a cheerful, rainbow-colored piece of textile jewelry that’s not too bold for a conservative minimalist like myself. But when my son was about 4 months old, he started noticing the necklace, too; reaching out for it as he nursed. And just like that, this simple piece of jewelry became the first nursing necklace I made. Continue reading “free crochet pattern: colorful necklace”