My family is going through some very difficult things. To keep my sanity, when all the noise is pounding against the inside of my brain, I crochet. I pick up the hook, and I work the design in whatever way I choose. Before there was crocheted mandalas, crochet was a mandala. Your soul comes out in all the knots and…
The Store Opening Again Soon!
Happy Weekend, My Dear Readers, Makers, and Pals! I’ll be opening the Etsy store again soon. It’s been on vacation. Think cozy autumn, back to school, and fun. Here’s a preview. What are you working on? Small Pink Scarf (Copyright 2022, Tiffani Velez)
I started a version of The Mourning Cloak Butterfly Shawl back in 2015. You can find a link to my earlier version, and the story that goes with it, if you just google my name and “Mourning Cloak” or by going here, to my author site. After a recent visit to Shenandoah National Park with my sweetheart for our 27th…
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I’ve been busy teaching, writing, and working full-time. How very American of me to do a million things at once and get only a minute amount of actual work done. But my priorities have changed. I had surgery in the spring, then a severe allergic reaction, then Covid. It’s helped…
The V-Stitch Blanket: A free pattern
I know that I’ve promised a lot in the last year, but let’s just blame my time constraints on the pandemic, okay? Whether or not my busy life has anything to do with that is a discussion for another time. 😉 To make up for my lack of productivity, however, I’m adding a very simple, bare-bones, crochet pattern for you…
I started a vintage/crochet/knitting, etc. shop with my children last year in order to help them show off their talents and make a little extra cash while they worked their way through college and the pandemic. We called it “Vintagey” because that’s kind of what it is–a little bit of the new and a little bit of the old–vintagey. My…
Needle Arts for Sanity
When I think of her today, this is how I pray for her–that she will find joy and see the light where I believe she often sees only boredom and struggle. She often complained about things I hadn’t even noticed or ever thought of. Perhaps, she’s simply a deeper thinker than I. There’s something hidden away about her, or was. She smiled a lot, but she could turn furious on a dime and go cold at the strangest things.
A mid-week rest with coffee, Galway wool, and sunshine.
Netflix and Knots
If I have a long project I’m working on, I knit or crochet in front of the TV or listening to an audiobook. Two years ago, I did a Friday film review series. I want to reprise that, adding a quick pattern with each review. What do you watch when you have a lot of crocheting or knitting to do?