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As a college student on a budget, and a single mother to boot, investing a lot of money in crafts is not something that I can do often. I have to keep myself out of yarn stores except for rare treats to myself because the temptation is just too great (and I have more than enough yarn at home already). But one thing that I do not mind splurging on is good tools. When I first started crafting, my tools were whatever my stepmother or grandmother had on hand. They being older and better established in crafting, the tools they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Jessielenon's blog
I am sure everyone has a "First Shawl" story; this is mine. Technically it's not a shawl at all - it is a kerchief. I had gone a while without making anything and was looking for inspiration, so I wandered into a local yarn shop hoping to find something new and wonderful to spoil myself with. The shop was so good at displaying amazing knitted and crocheted items for you to see what the different yarns acted and looked like when they were used to make things. Up on top of a shelf was hanging this beautiful kerchief made from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Jessielenon's blog
Reflecting on my crafting as a teen and young adult, I have come to the realization that a lot of the tools and things that I use every day were given to me by my stepmother and grandmothers. I use their crochet hooks, I stow my current projects in their baskets, and I have a large collection of fabrics and threads that were handed down to me from them. Patterns that have been used over and over through the decades are in my sewing cabinet, waiting for me to use them to make things for my children as the women... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Jessielenon's blog
I have an almost unhealthy fascination with yarn. I have to keep myself from going to yarn shops, or I will spend hours feeling through all of the hundreds of beautiful yarns, drinking in the gorgeous colors and imagining what I could make with all of them. There is a wardrobe in my bedroom that is dedicated to holding all of my yarn that I have accumulated over the years. When I first began crafting, I would buy the cheap yarns from the big box retail stores for $2.50 a skein, but in the last few years I have learned... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Jessielenon's blog
When I was ten years old, my grandmother taught me how to crochet. At the time all that I could do was single stitches back and forth, and it took me forever to make anything, but I was so proud of my talent and happy that I had this skill that I shared with my grandmother. As I grew older, I learned that crocheting is one of those things that is passed down from mothers and grandmothers to their daughters (or sons), which made me feel even more special. When I meet someone who crochets, I feel like we have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Jessielenon's blog
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