Hey friends! So, it's been awhile since I've written here. Life got in the way and then I got out of the mindset of posting because I'm a creature of habit. Regular Maddy Blathering service will resume next Monday. In the interim, I'm planning to redo (upgrade? Add to?) the site to make the tutorials… Continue reading It’s been awhile (plans and plans and plans)
You know those chilly summer mornings, when the sun is bright and filtering through the trees in dappled light and shadows, but some of the night's coolness is still hanging in the air? I love those mornings. And in a short while, I'll love them even more with the cardigan I'm working on: Okay, so… Continue reading What I’m working on this week: Light summer cardigan
This week our featured pattern is the Chunky Poof Pillow by Sara Sach over at Posh Pooch Designs. I've been lurking over at her site forever now, and her work is creative and professional and utterly adorable. I've been meaning forever to make a meditation pillow for myself. And this isn't really a meditation pillow… Continue reading Pattern of the week: Easy comfy round cushion
Welcome to my tutorial for the Granny Stitch! A lot of people think of granny squares when they think of granny-patterned crochet, but did you know that you can get the same effect (with more power over shaping) with the Granny Stitch? It's a very easy stitch pattern that works wonderfully for blankets, shawls, and… Continue reading How to do the Granny Stitch (How to Crochet series)
I'm still all about the spring, and I *do* have my gorgeous new tattoo that I haven't had a chance to show off yet (I got it in November, so it would have plenty of time to heal before being exposed to summer sun), and so those two things have come together to make this… Continue reading What I’m working on: a cute spring tank top!
I thought I'd end the month with one final little spring pattern: a cute little bird amigurumi! The original pattern is the Mini Cockatiel Amigurumi, which is what I'd originally started to make, but then Bear (the recipient of said tiny little bird) decided that it needed to be grey, and it needed to have… Continue reading Pattern of the Week: tiny little bird!
It's done! I've finished Kathleen's sweater dress, put a cowl on the neck because that's how she rolls, and she looks stunning in it (I mean, in general, but I like to think she's extra gorgeous in the dress)! She was good enough to take a selfie for me to post, because she's my rockstar:… Continue reading Update: my girl’s gorgeous new sweater dress!
I call this a "pseudo" yoga pillow because a proper meditation pillow (also called a yoga pillow) should be filled with buckwheat, and (aside from not having several pounds of buckwheat just sitting around) the stitches are a fairly loose and made with a very chunky yarn (which I bought before I thought of this),… Continue reading What I’m working on: a pseudo-meditation pillow!
Hi Friends! This week's pattern of the week is actually several patterns. I was in the mood for a new spring-themed wreath for the front door, so I grabbed a styrofoam wreathform (I'm afraid that I'm the sort who does indeed have that sort of thing sitting around so I can't remember where it came… Continue reading Pattern of the week: flowers!
Welcome to my tutorial for the crunchy stitch! We've had a couple of weeks of two-row stitch patterns, so I thought we could go back to basics this week and do a simple two-stitch repeated pattern. To do this stitch, you'll need to know how to do a slip stitch and a half-double crochet, and… Continue reading How to do the Crunchy Stitch!