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Harvesting Madder Root

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Back in, hm, let’s check the date stamp on the photos . . . the latter days of March, I decided to dig up the madder plants that had begun to sprout and harvest the root for dyeing. The madder is some I started from seed I bought from Fedco Seeds three years ago.  The […]

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How to Crochet: Fixing a Too-Loose Hold

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Whenever someone is continually struggling with crochet, at any point in the process, I generally find that they’ve lost tension in their grip, as seen above.  Once that happens, your fingers just aren’t long enough to save you.  I’ve been harping on the proper static left hand grip (I suppose there could be others, but […]

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How to Crochet: Working Into the Chain

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Apart from getting the chain started, the hardest part of crochet is working the first row of stitches into the blasted chain. Again, however, the left hand grip is very important. So let’s review. 1. Grab yarn with bottom two fingers. 2. Turn hand over and point that pointer, under and away from you. 3. […]

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Crocheted Washcloth: Double Lace

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I haven’t done one of these in a while, so here’s a new washcloth pattern.  Before we get started, here’s a close up of the pattern stitch: Double Lace Washcloth ch 30 Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook. Dc to the end. Row 2: ch 3 , turn, *skip 2 dc, (1dc, ch […]

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How to Crochet: Chaining

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This post is in no way to intended to replace a crochet book, however, after teaching several folks to crochet, I’ve run up on a few things that are often missing from the print lessons. The main issue is the GRIP in the left hand (these are right handed lessons), so let’s start with that. […]

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