One of the excellent blog post ideas I received during my giveaway for April’s A to Z Challenge, was a question as to whether or not seasoned crocheters still make mistakes like we did when we were beginners. The answer to this is, yes… or at least, I do anyway. I can’t speak for all crocheters, but especially when I am creating new patterns, I make mistakes often.
When my son was only about a year old, we went to a birthday party where my friend had organized a craft for the kids. She’d provided small (8×10) canvases and Crayola washable paint, and had lined her entire living room floor with butcher paper. Her hope was that the kids would use their hands to make paintings and there would be minimal mess afterward.
I’m so happy to be back here getting to share my creative work with everyone! The past couple of weeks have been a blur, filled with finishing up editing my book, Adeline and the Mystic Berries, and sending it off to my editor, Alison Williams, for another look; completing another beta read for the book, Project Liberatio, by Allison Maruska; and you guessed it, moving from sunny California to the evergreen state of Washington!
When this book, Fun Things to Do with Paper Cups and Plates by Kara L. Laughlin, came through the library where I work, I had to take a minute to thumb through the pages. The cover was too cute to let it slip through my fingers without a glance!
Updated: 5/27/2016 – Scroll to the end of this post for the update!
This week, I have been gearing up for my first giveaway: a crocheted Happy Sunflower (see this post to be entered to win)! Since the giveaway goes from now until 3/14/16, I am working on getting the sunflower made up and ready to ship. To the right is a progress pic thus far. As you can see, I’ve made the stem, back of the head and almost one whole leaf! I know it doesn’t look like much, but just you wait until next week’s progress pic!
In order to change her destiny and the barren, colorless world, ten-year-old Adeline will have to unleash the last bit of magic.
Adeline Picot, is the main protagonist from my Middle Grade Fantasy story, Adeline and the Mystic Berries.
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.
If someone asked me which I prefer: crocheting or knitting, I would tell them without batting an eye, crochet, every time. Let me tell you why.
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).