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  • Try This Stitch: Crochet Shells

     

    Variations of the shell stitch are a crochet staple. In fact, it’s likely to be one of the first “fancy” stitches a crocheter learns. As soon as you’ve mastered chain and double crochet you’re ready to dive right in.

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  • Getting to Know Baby Soft Yarn

    Baby Soft yarn and the Short and Sweet Child's Cardigan in progress.

    Baby Soft comes in 26 colors (solids and prints) geared toward tiny humans. The yarn is soft and easy to care for, which covers the two primary concerns when making for babies and kids. At a CYC #3 / DK weight, Baby Soft easily works up into stitches sized perfectly for newborns through kids garments. Of course, it will also work up into lovely adult-sized items in a Spring/Summer palette as well.

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  • Losing Mom; Knitting Through Grief

    Just after Christmas, my 91-year old mother collapsed and disappeared into the fog of dementia, suddenly unreachable despite her body being still alive, and still here. And I began a long, slow submersion into grief that seemed, at times, to be dragging me down into the darkness where my mother had gone. Because she was alive, it seemed completely wrong to mourn for my missing mother.

    So I became busy instead. I stepped in and became the advocate for her care, the organizer of her visitors, the person whom her doctors and nurses called first rather than my father who was arguably more grief-stricken than me. The busyness helped fill my waking hours with calendars, discussions about care, creating and managing lists of tasks, writing detailed emails to my siblings and nephews. It also intruded on my nights, waking me up with sudden jolts of fear that I had forgotten something important that I needed to look into right that very minute. I worried that mom was inside herself, able to think clearly, but unable to communicate. I wanted someone to tell me how she felt, what she wanted.

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