Teaching Knitting and Crochet in Uganda

In April of 2009, I traveled to Africa to with Project Have Hope, a nonprofit organization that works with a group of 100 women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda and helps them transform their lives and the lives of their families. The Acholi women make beautiful, handmade paper bead jewelry (see picture to the…

Free Crochet Pattern: Wine Bottle Bag

Dinner and new apartment parties filled most of my summer evenings and I was continually perplexed about what to bring for hosts that had everything under control. A bottle of wine was always the default, but I felt I needed to dress the wine up. So I put it in a cozy. I’ve made cozies…

Crochet Pattern: Fruit Protector – Fruit Cozy

I happily receive amazing fresh produce each week from Boston Organics. This means fruit is now my snack of choice. Lately, I have been encountering a fruit eater’s dilemma. Each day I put an apple, pear, or nectarine into my bag for a snack. At lunchtime I discover, much to my disappointment, my notepad has…

Maine Antiquing and The Complete Book of Needlecraft

While living in Michigan, I visited second-hand stores and estate sales with religious zeal. The good finds were endless, 20 pairs of knitting needles for $2, vintage furniture in great condition, bolts of amazing fabric for under $4, and so much more! However in Boston, with less second-hand shops and more people, you end up…

Crochet Pattern: Crochet laptop case

I’ve never been one for reinventing the wheel. So, when I came across this fabulous tutorial for a laptop sleeve, I was super excited! yoonie-at-home provides clear and easy to follow instructions on how to complete this project. I made few patten modifications, but nothing major. I decided to put the opening flap along the…

Crochet pot holders

A few years back I was determined to crochet an afghan. I chose my color scheme, decided on 4 different styles of granny squares to use, arranged my squares in a lovely pattern, and started crocheting. After a few weeks I’d only finished about 20 of the 72 blocks I’d need to complete my afghan….

One Row Lace Cowl

I recently finished a lovely lacey cowl. The pattern is free on the Without Seams blog, its easy to follow and gave instructions for several yarn weights. (download the pattern here) I used Blue Sky Alpaca Melange in Huckleberry, which is a gorgeous heathered sport weight yarn. Besides having my crochet hook split the yarn…