Summertime Tassel Sandals

Tassels are everywhere this summer! I’ve seen them on bags, shirts, key fobs and blankets. One idea has caught my eye more than once, tasseled sandals! I found some cute, strappy sandals and decided to give them a boho chic makeover.

To give you more options, I’ve made two versions, one using Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 crochet thread, and one in Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10 crochet thread.

Let’s get started!

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3 Easy Tips for Getting More Confident with Color

Back in January, I vowed that “color” was going to be my word of the year. If you’re like me, you probably tend to use the same color yarns over and over again. This can be a good thing if those colors make you excited about crocheting and knitting. But, for so many of us, sticking to the same colors actually puts us into a creative rut. In this post, I’m going to share 3 easy tips for getting out of your color comfort zone to keep your projects fun and to keep you inspired about your favorite crafts!

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Mermaid Blanket Round-Up

Have you seen or made a mermaid tail blanket? These blankets are in a taper shape with fins at the bottom, and are designed to be tucked around your legs so you look like a mermaid sitting on a couch. Other versions are a large cocoon, which you can slip your legs into. There are hundreds of versions for adults and kids, plus baby cocoons and patterns for dolls. Most patterns are crocheted, although a few are knit. We have gathered some popular free patterns from around the web for you.

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July Doily of the Month

Welcome to the July Doily of the Month! Each month in 2016 we will share a new doily pattern for you to make in Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread. We challenged the top doily designers to create innovate designs that coordinate with the feeling of each month. Plus, every month we will select five winners to receive an Aunt Lydia’s prize pack.

For July, we have the Patriotic Pentagon Doily. This doily would be perfect as a decoration for a summer barbeque.  Continue reading “July Doily of the Month”

Donna’s Dozen Hats & Scarves for Charity

We have all heard the saying “it’s better to give than to receive” right? Well for me it truly is better to give. I would much rather sit down and make something for someone else than make something for myself. It feels even better when I know that it is needed and appreciated. Donating knit and crochet projects to charity groups is not only rewarding, but much needed. Hat and scarves are some of our most popular patterns and I can only guess that a good portion of these projects are donated to a favorite charity. I have done some of the leg work for you by searching RedHeart.com to find a dozen each hat and scarf projects. That’s right, it’s Donna’s Dozen DOUBLED!

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Book Review: Hand-Picked Gloves & Mitts

Designer Karen McKenna has a new book of crochet designs: Hand-Picked Gloves & Mitts, published by Leisure Arts. The concept of this book is unusual and useful: choose if you want to make gloves or mittens, if you want them closed or fingerless, and the cuff style you want, and then mix-and-match! Plus, all of the patterns in the book are written to use Red Heart yarns.

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Tips on Working with Scrubby

Red Heart Scrubby yarn is a textured worsted weight yarn named for the fact that it is well-suited to making knit and crochet dishcloths. Although you can craft dishcloths with other yarn types (most popularly cotton yarn), scrubby is made to actually “scrub” those pots and pans more quickly. It also works as a washcloth with a spa-like exfoliating feel. Scrubby is a polyester yarn so it works a little bit differently than cotton (including drying more quickly). If you have never used it before, you might have some questions about it, so here are our tips for working with Scrubby. Continue reading “Tips on Working with Scrubby”