Doggone Pet mat

Crochet magazines have some good inspiration. Most of the patterns are beyond my abilities (I am a comfortable beginner), but I love looking anyway. This dog mat caught my eye and I thought my Pepper needed to have one for his very own. You can find it in the Fall 2018 issue of Fast, Easy,… Continue reading Doggone Pet mat


in the design studio…

So what are the current works in progress you ask?  Here are a few teasers....


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Moonlighting For Fun

Have you heard about Ralvery? If you crochet or knit then you need to know about this.  Ralvery is a website for all things related to yarn.

This is their About Us statement:

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.

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To set up an account is free and easy.  If you want to set up your profile more detailed you can add information about yourself and…

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Top 10 reasons I crochet

I have fibromyalgia and part of that is chronic fatigue. The kind where its like you have the flu and can barely move sometimes.  I spend most of my days at home doing very little. Watching tv gets old very fast.  Sometimes I can not concentrate enough to read a book, even the easy ones. … Continue reading Top 10 reasons I crochet

How to start crocheting – Slip Knot & Magic Ring

Magic Rings were a game changer for me. When I first started I had not heard of them so I did the slip knot and chains to start any project. Check out this post by to learn how to do them.

yarn on hook

By now, you have read the previous articles about What you need to start – Basic Crochet Supplies and about How to hold a hook & yarn. In this article, I will try to explain the very beginning of a crochet technique – THE SLIP KNOT & MAGIC RING.

Majority of the projects starts with Slip Knot, some of the round projects (amigurumi, some hats etc. may start with Magic Ring).


Slip knot is releasable knot, which can be undone by pull the loose end of the yarn (the hook is not engaged). It is the very beginning of a majority crochet projects.

There are few variants for tying a slip knot, which you may find on internet, however I will share 3 techniques of making a slip knot with you today:

1. The “table loop technique”

Using the loose end of the yarn and the table…

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Hi, my name is Lorraine….

I want to take a moment to introduce myself to you. What better way to do this than give myself a mock interview. Answer some of the questions I think about when meeting someone new or finding a new source of creativity. Here goes. Who are you? My name is Lorraine Tremblay. I am a… Continue reading Hi, my name is Lorraine….

Flock of birds

It's Back to School time.  That means back to school shopping, new backpacks and new accessories.  My youngest daughter is in love with these birds found in the pattern book "more cute little animals to crochet" by Amy Gaines. You can find her Etsy shop here. I've been making these birds for a few months but… Continue reading Flock of birds

Last weekend of summer

This is the last weekend of summer.  Many of you may be going camping or the beach.  Here in Vancouver we also go to the PNE.  I myself avoid the weekend crowds because 1. the line ups are too long, 2. less chance of finding somewhere to sit, 3. I can be knocked over by… Continue reading Last weekend of summer