Crafty Ramblings

New Year’s weekend Jason and I learned about temperature blankets. I had heard of them back when I used to belong to Facebook groups for crocheting several years ago, but hadn’t felt motivated to look into them at all back then because I was already working on my dad’s granny square blanket and it was…


Pattern: Leaf Sheep Sea Slug

For Jason’s birthday I crochet him a leaf sheep! I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere, so I made up my own. What is a leaf sheep? The leaf sheep, also known as the leaf slug, is a tiny species of sea slug found in the oceans near Japan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. They are called…


Crafty Christmas

This year because we had so much more time than we are normally used to having to ourselves around the holidays (due to not being able to visit anyone because of the pandemic), we were able to make a lot more crafty gifts without feeling at all stressed about having time to finish everything. I…


Mask-making date

Last night Crafty Jason and I had a unique kind of date–making a homemade face mask! Where we live in Massachusetts, face masks will be mandatory to wear when in public starting this week due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, and while we have respirators that we normally wear for crafty projects like welding and dusty…


Pattern: Holey Baby Blanket

One of my friends and most loyal customers requested a baby blanket with big holes for her baby daughter, who enjoyed twining her fingers through the blanket I made last year for her big brother. I made up my own pattern, and while I was crocheting the blanket, my daughter Naomi begged for one of…


Pattern: Keychain Display Holder

My daughter Naomi collects keychains. She likes to clip them to the zippers on her backpack, but lately she has so many that they weigh the front of her backpack down. I wanted to make her something to hold and display her collection (the ones that aren’t currently on her backpack). I also wanted it…


A new customer asked me to make a larger flat elephant, along with a couple of regular smaller flat elephants following Ani Tugushi’s YouTube tutorial (pattern transcribed here), so I modified the original pattern to make a larger flat elephant. The small elephant (original pattern) measures 4×4”. The large elephant (made following this new modified…


Pattern: Round Cactus

I searched off and on for over a year for a pattern for a small, round cactus that could be crochet in a spiral, rather than crocheting in rows and sewing together to get the “ridges” of the cacti. I couldn’t find one I liked, so I ended up making my own pattern instead. Round…


Summer beach memories

Whenever we visit a beach in the summer, I try to remember to collect sea shells that have washed up on the shore to save as reminders of our trip. For years I let them collect in the various plastic bags, empty water bottles, and other makeshift holders, since I never remember to bring anything…


Pattern: Sushi

Recently we visited one of my college roommates and her toddler son. Having not been around little ones so much lately (at least, not that little), we were all pretty fascinated watching him play. He enjoyed stirring things (like my shoes!) in a pot with a big spoon. I remembered that Naomi loved play food…