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…

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…

Boston Screening of Handmade Nation

Join me for a screening of Handmade Nation Jan 18th. Plus, a q&a session with director Faythe Levine to follow the film. Where: 4th Wall Project 132 Brookline Ave. Boston, Ma. 02215 When: Monday, January 18th 2010 Info: doors open at 6:15 film at 7:00 – tickets at the door, $7 cash only.