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12 Tips for Breaking a Crafting Slump

  I haven’t written much about crafting lately. I’ve only published one design in the last 4 1/2 months.  I’ve completed just a handful of projects in that same time-frame, and most of those completed have been tiny. It’s safe to say … I’m in a crafting slump.  Well, in truth I’ve been in a bit of a funk overall lately. Perhaps it fitting to talk about this as May is National Mental Health month.  Studies have shown that crafting can ease  ...

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Spring brings changes to A Simple Homestead

If you’ve been paying attention to this site (which I hope you have), you may have noticed some changes.   The blog has a new fresh, clean look. There is now a shop associated with the site where you can find physical and digital products we create. and … we have an official newsletter! Up until now, those that subscribed would receive an “RSS feed”-style newsletter.  All that meant is when something was posted to the website, it would automatically send an  ...

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Sweater Challenge 2017

My local yarn shop (yarnology) held a Sweater Challenge again this year. I tried participating last year, but I kept hitting a sticking point in the front cable of the pattern I chose. It just didn’t look right. Eventually I ended up frogging the whole thing. It’s currently sitting as rewound skeins in a bag in the closet. This year I got smart and picked a design that was crochet, since I crochet faster than I knit was a lacy, fast working design had capped sleeves    ...

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Pattern release – Crandall the Cranky Crab

  sigh Crandall. He makes me both proud and nostalgic at the same time. You see, this tiny little crab was one of my first designs. Not THE first, but pretty close. He’s waited so patiently for 8 long years to be officially introduced to the world. Or maybe it wasn’t so patiently. Perhaps that is why he’s so cranky!     The good news is that he now has some friends to play with. They’re all bigger than he is, but he doesn’t mind. This crab  ...

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