About Me

Hey there, fellow yarn-lover!

If squeezing yarn, collecting yarn, or making stuff from yarn is your thing, you’ll feel right at home here.   My mission is to share the joy of yarn crafts with makers of all skill levels by creating clear, thoroughly-explained video tutorials and modern, approachable projects.  So, whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been yarning for years, stick around and check out some of my FREE patterns & tutorials!

 

My Story

I got bit by the crafting bug as a child, and I haven’t been able to put my yarn down since!

Learning to Crochet

When my mother was a little girl, she learned to crochet from her great aunt.  When I was 7 years old, my Mom saw my interest in arts and crafts of all types.  She decided to teach me a few basic crochet stitches.  I immediately loved it, and began making little crochet projects for my dolls.  The more I crocheted, the more I wanted to learn about crochet.  With every trip to the public library, I brought home new crochet pattern books and stitch dictionaries to experiment with.

Learning to Knit

I learned to knit at the age of 9, from a Disney Princess “Teach Yourself To Knit” kit that my Grandma gave me.  It took me a little while to figure it out, but I eventually got it.  I began adding knitting books to my library list.  As I learned more, I found that I loved knitting just as much as crochet.  All of my plastic Cinderella knitting needles eventually broke, and as I replaced them, I began trying out knitting needles of different materials.  I couldn’t believe what a difference the surface of the needle made in the speed and comfort of my knitting.

Over coming years, I continued to knit and crochet, learning more and more as I tried more difficult patterns and techniques.  I finally decided I was ready to begin writing patterns to sell online.  In 2012, I opened my Etsy Shop and Ravelry Store and began designing and selling patterns.

Creating A Blog

As I would talk with friends about knitting, crochet, or some technique I was learning, I would hear things like, “I’d love to try that, but it looks too hard for me”, or, “I tried that once, but the instructions didn’t make any sense and I couldn’t figure it out”.  I began to realize that the problem was not that the crafts and techniques were so terribly difficult.  The problem was that most types of instructions available were not designed to be easily understood by all types of learners.

So in 2014, I started this blog to create clear, easy-to-understand tutorials for crafters of all skill levels and learning types.  I now have over 75 tutorials, many of which include step-by-step videos. It brings me so much joy to hear of my readers’ successes, whether they’ve conquered a technique they previously thought was “too hard”, or they finally have the courage to tackle their first garment project.

3 Comments

  • Gina

    Hi, I sent you a message earlier about making a sweater for my cousin. I’m not good at figuring
    out measurements and how too apply them to projects. She was kind enough to measure one of her favorite sweaters that she wears all the time. which from the top of her shoulder to where she wants the sweater to end at 33″, so I wasn’t sure if I needed to double that. I tried to do the X-large and went to 190 chains but it still looks too short, she’s 5’9 I’m not sure how to adjust it for the specific length she’s asking for. can you help? please!!!!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Gina. Yes, you would need to double the 33” if you want to lengthen the sweater, so you’d need the first row of foundation half-double crochet to be 66” long. However, because it is worked sideways, that would also change the numbers and stitch counts for the rest of the body of the sweater. So as long as you are comfortable altering the stitch counts for the rest of the body of the sweater, that alteration can be done. Just take note of how many stitches you started with, as you will need to base your other numbers off of that number. When you work row 3, you’ll need to stop working across the previous row when your row 3 is about 31”-32” long. Rows 4-5 should have the same stitch count as row 3. Then, when you work row 6, you’ll need to work those foundation hdcs until you have the same stitch count for row 6 as you did on your first row. All remaining rows in the body of the sweater should have the same stitch count as row 6. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any more questions!

  • Gulten Argamak

    Hello! You sound like a very young person. I admire the way you teach. I am so eager to learn Brioche stitch. I love the way it looks; I watched so many videos, tutorials…. For some reason, I get confused at one point and gave up…… A voice inside me says, “if they can do it, you can do it too. You just have to be patient and pay close attention to details… If you repeat it over and over, you will know how to knit Brioche with two colors”
    Well, I watched this video of yours:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ECUFzb0VSk
    It sounds easier to me. I am 68 years old but learning new ways has no age limit. I feel like, with your help, I will be able to knit Brioche scarf.
    I was born in Turkey, over the years, I ended up living in Arizona. Warm greetings from Arizona.
    Have a wonderful day, beautiful young person. (I don’t know your name.)

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