• holding down an alpaca while being sheared Stacey goes Alpaca Shearing

    I began my yarn-life interested in crocheting. Then, I started knitting. Then, I started spinning. When you start spinning, you become interested in where the fiber comes from… and sooner or later, if you’re me, this means that you end up volunteering to help shear alpacas on an alpaca farm. Unbeknownst to me, alpaca shearing […]

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  • crochet owl by freshstitches Child-safe Crochet Amigurumi Eyes

    Want to crochet adorable, baby-safe eyes for your stuffed animals? Then hop on over to this blog post for a free pattern and assembly instructions! Guess what? Crocheting stuffed animals is easy! If you can single crochet, then you can make an adorable animal… don’t let pattern-reading scare you! Download my free e-book:The Beginner’s Guide […]

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  • The sloppy slip knot: how to work in the round with no hole

    The typical way of starting to work in the round is less than ideal for amigurumi. The standard way is to make a slip knot, chain 2, and then single crochet six times into the first stitch. Why isn’t this the best? It leaves an icky hole that lets stuffing poke through, as shown in […]

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  • Variety of crochet hooks Crochet Hook Size Conversion Chart

    Crochet hook sizes can be a bit confusing, especially if you are either new to crochet or live outside the U.S. and are trying to find the right size to follow an American pattern. I’ll explain the American crochet hook size system, and provide a conversion chart so that you can crochet with ease, no […]

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