Category: Crochet

Book and Pattern Pairing: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain and the San Sebastian Revolutionary Cap

I had hoped to have this review available for you all by Wednesday, but life is busy when you’re entering the last quarter of your MFA (this is my last masters degree! I promise myself right now), beginning the first semester of the college classes you teach, assisting your high schooler with cyberschool set up, writing a new novel (which…

It’s As Good to Have Half-Finished Projects as It is to Have Half-Finished Books

Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should containĀ as much of what you do not know…Umberto Eco I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those knitter/crocheters (and writer/readers, for that matter) who begins a project and gets so freaking inspired by the work of it that I come up with another project. I get…

Crossover Stitch Table Runner–Free Pattern!

***Correction Made. See the end of pattern*** I just finished this lovely little piece over the weekend. It’s relatively easy to create and is based on the Crossover Stitch, which creates an “X” cable into an entire row. Below, I have written the pattern and supplies. Let me know if you have any questions or need any additional support. You…

Rose Garden Shawl

Rose Garden Shawl by TiffaniLynneCrochet I’ve been working on this piece for several weeks now. I picked it up right after my grandmother died. There’s something about loss or gain, good or bad feelings and experiences, that make you want to create something new if you’re a creative type. I’m that type, so I began this pattern in early January…

What My Grandmother and David Bowie Had in Common

(Jean Borgos Burnett in far left corner kneeling among her husband’s-James Faye Burnett’s-Oklahoma kin. 1947) The world has lost two great influences in the last few weeks, my grandmother and David Bowie. At first sight, you’d be hard-pressed to find a decent connection between the two. One was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York to one Jewish parent and…

The Katniss Shawl

(Shared from my Instagram) I’ve been working on the Katniss Shawl for my writer pal, Allie Burke, for a while now. It’s taken me a bit longer than I expected, but I think the finished product will be nice. I’ve chosen to do it in parts, with several stitch types involved. I will offer the pattern when I’m done. I’m…

A Quilted History

I visited my grandmother, Virginia-Lee Beaird-Fitzgerald, last week, and like always our conversation drifted back to where she came from and what her mother and grandmothers were like. You might be wondering why I’d mention her entire name up there. If you knit or crochet, it should be obvious–that’s the most Celtic name a human being could have, aside from…