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)
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 New Year, A New Hope
Happy New Year, pals. Yes, the pattern book is still on the burner, but as you know, we are all just climbing out of the remains of 2020, hoping for a much better 2021. Right now, at least in the United States, the coronavirus is still raging and has taken a good many lives and livelihoods. I would be telling…
My Dear Readers, my first book of patterns will be out in the fall! Info to come soon.
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…