Category: Crochet

crochet needles and threads on windowsill

New Shop

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…


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…

A Return

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…

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.