A to Z Challenge: V is for Video (Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel)

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It’s time. If you are here for writing advice but enjoy the posts about amigurumi and just don’t know how to make one, or if you just want to learn crochet anyway, today is the day where class begins!

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A to Z Challenge: S is for Sock Puppet

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Since I began working at the library over six years ago, I have been involved in several side projects along the way. I’ve made posters for Bike to Work Day and Earth Day events; created a shadowbox fish tank with illustrations that fit over a book cart (a future post to come on this project) for Staff Development Day; and my most recent venture which had me creating a video for another Staff Day where I created sock puppets to be the actors for the story.

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A to Z Challenge: N is for New Camera

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I’ve always used my phone’s camera, to take all the pictures seen in my blog thus far. When I dropped it over six months ago on my parent’s tile floor, and the case decided to open like a bird in flight letting the screen take the brunt of the impact, the glass didn’t stand a chance!

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A to Z Challenge: M is for Making Amigurumi Patterns

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Once you get comfortable working up other crafter’s patterns, why not try making your own? You will begin to understand how increasing and decreasing stitches can change the shape of your piece while crocheting in the round. I made other crocheter’s patterns for about two to three years before feeling confident enough to make my own.

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A to Z Challenge: I is for Invisible Decrease (Crochet)

Making a Circle - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I had been crocheting for a couple of years before ever hearing of a stitch called: invisible decrease. Decreasing wasn’t a mystery to me. I had learned to decrease (combining two or more stitches into one) at the same time as I’d learned to increase (adding one or more stitches into the same working stitch).

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A to Z Challenge: G is for Gift Giving and GIVEAWAY!!!

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

As a crafter or artist of any kind, your talents will be sought after whenever anyone needs an artist of your skill set. I have been asked many-a-time at work to be involved in projects—or take them over—if they are of an artistic nature, but that is a post for another time.

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A to Z Challenge: F is for FREE PATTERN! Amigurumi Snake

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FREE PATTERN: Sleeping Snake

This amigurumi pattern is for my Sleeping Snake. He loves to curl up on a rock in the sun and can be made in a variety of colors. Though the pattern itself calls for a solid white snake, I have made this pattern before to resemble a King Snake (see picture below and color change pattern at the end of this post, to make this version of the sleeping snake). It could easily be made in solid green to look like a garden snake as well. The sky’s the limit!

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A to Z Challenge: C is for Crochet

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Crocheting has changed so drastically from how it began, back as early as the 1700s (though it’s turned up more noticeably since the early 1800s). It started with uses more practical to the times: creating nets and traps for hunters and fisherman. Later on, it became used for more decorative purposes (See more on crochet history).

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Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel / Logo Reveal

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I know that Sunday is supposed to be the day of rest from posting for the A to Z Challenge, but I decided this week, today is the perfect day to announce I’ve officially started my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel!

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