Here we are at part 4 for the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. The time is flying! How did you get on with the granny dot stitch from part 3? I hope you enjoyed the combination of the two fun stitches and learned a little about the importance of belonging! This week we are going to talk about the fourth layer of Maslow’s Hierarchy – Esteem needs, but first, here’s an unadulterated peek at my progress…
Welcome to week 3 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL. This week is all about…
I could write a hundred posts about the importance of the feeling of belonging, of finding our tribe, of feeling valued and loved by others and having others we value and love in return. Humans are social animals and always find a way to gravitate into social groups, even if those groups can be dysfunctional!
Hello and welcome Part 2 of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL
Before we get started on the next section, how did you get on with Part 1 last week? Did you master the gauge? I hope you learned some useful tips to help you adjust crochet patterns.
Here are my first pieces made in Drops Muscat Cotton DK, isn’t that blue lovely!
Welcome to part one of the Maslow’s Rainbow CAL!
If you missed the first post, you can read about this CAL and find out what materials you need here.
In this part we are going to make our gage swatch and create the first section of both panels of the top. But first I’m going to talk a little about the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy – the most basic things that motivate us – and how this relates to the first section of the CAL.
In this edition of the crochet basics series, we are going to look at the treble crochet stitch (or double treble if you are using UK terms) and other tall stitches.
They are used in a huge variety of ways and create open work and can be combined with other stitches to make great patterns such as waves and lacy motifs. Perfect for shawls, ponchos, summer tops, doilies, blankets and even jewellery.
Last week, we started the crochet basics series with a look at slip knots, making a chain and single crochets. I hope you found the tutorials useful and have been getting your practice in!
You can see a summary of all the basic stitches on the Basic crochet stitches Resources Page but today we are going to focus on the double crochet and the half double crochet stitches(or treble and half treble if you use UK terms).
Crochet has improved my life so much that I wanted to be able to spread the crochet love as far and wide as I can. Part of this means introducing new people to the craft. March is all about renewal and beginnings so it seems a perfect time to go back to basics and introduce my guide to the basic crochet stitches.
Ever since I started Dora Does, I’ve had a vision of creating a space where crocheters, new and pro, could find answers to all those crochet questions which come up over and again. My mission is to provide easy to understand resources all in one place. From learning to chain, to advanced finishing tips, I want there to be something here for anyone with a hook!
My pin collection has slowly been growing over the last year and, though it’s still pretty small, I would really like to be able to display them in a visually fun way. I only wear one or two at a time and right now they are mostly covered up by my thick winter coat, so I wanted to find a way to enjoy them more.
Watching the Winter Olympics this week has had the impact of making me feel both freezing and energised at the same time. It has also included a fantastic story about the team for Finland knitting whilst waiting around between events. You can read more about that here.
Back in November, I set myself the challenge of releasing a Free Festive Pattern every Friday in the run up to Christmas. Well, by my calculations, I have one more to go! Seeing as today is exactly one week until Christmas, I decided to bring it forward a few days to make today Free Festive Monday instead. Mostly because I wanted to build in some making time for you.
This year it seems that Christmas lights have reached a whole new level. Long gone are the days where you had to go through every single light checking they were all screwed in properly and finding that one broken bulb so you could get the whole lot to work.
I’m so joyful about this week’s Free Festive Friday pattern. It’s so simple but makes me so happy! I was looking at some beautiful weaving pictures on Instagram which use sticks to hang the weave off. At the same time, I was in the process of making a pom pom for another pattern I am working on and just put both together. My guru James Altucher would call it idea sex!
It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving. The hight street calls it Black Friday, makers are reclaiming it as Indy Friday, but I’m sticking with Festive Friday and today only you can get 10% off everything in my Etsy store using the code FESTIVE at the checkout. Below you can also see the 4th in my series of Free Festive Friday patterns.
To this day, I have vivid recollections of making paper chains to decorate the house at Christmas. Cutting up bits of coloured paper, throwing some glitter at it with dried out pritt-stick but being proud, nonetheless, of the end result!
It’s that time of year where things really start to take off in the run up to Christmas. I have so many exciting things going on but a lot I can’t talk about yet, so today is going to be short and hopefully sweet!