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Even if you have not signed up for all of the popular social media channels out there, chances are your readers have. Today we will focus on giving your readers the chance to spread the word across social media on your behalf. Or, as it’s referred to in blogger-speak: sharing.continue reading "Tech Tip #2: give readers sharing tools"
You may have a delightfully witty voice, and beautiful photos of your work, but unless you provide some mechanism for getting people to your blog, and keeping them there, you’re going to be talking to yourself an awful lot. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the simple ways to build a blog audience: email notificationscontinue reading "Tech Tip #1: offer email notifications"
Did you think this day would never come? It sometimes feels like that when you work on the same project for so many weeks! But here we are, the body of the blanket complete, perfectly rectangular, and ready for a decorative edge. As you can see above, I chose to do a granny-style border on [...]continue reading "Finishing the hexagon blanket!"
Last week we covered how to deal with the big gaps on the sides of the blanket by filling them in with half hexagons. Today, we’ll talk about the zig-zaggy edges. By the time we’re done with this step, the blanket will be a perfect rectangle. If you look at the top edge of your [...]continue reading "How to make a straight edge on a hexagon blanket"
Today we are going to take your mostly-finished blanket and begin squaring-off the sides. I’ll be honest. This is the part of the project that really excited me the most when Boring Office Guy and I were first exploring the idea of making him a hexagon blanket. Most of the googling I did turned up [...]continue reading "How to crochet a half hexagon"
Ok, loom-knitters, as promised, I have a little something extra special for you today. Not only am I going to share the loom version of the simple ribbed earwarmer from this collection with you, but I’m going to explain to you how I convert a needle-knit pattern to a loom-knit pattern. And there will be [...]continue reading "How to translate a needle knit pattern for a loom"
Another week, another hexagon blanket update! How is yours coming along? As of Friday night, I had met my goal of doubling the number of hexagons I’d joined. I got it up to 36. I spent Saturday getting 18 more hexagons all done (except for their joining rounds), and I plan to spend the rest [...]continue reading "Weaving in ends"
How is everybody doing with their hexagon blankets? I’ve heard from a few of you who said you started – yay! It’s fun to know that I’m not doing this by myself, and I really can’t wait to see how yours are progressing. If you blog about it, be sure to link to your post [...]continue reading "How to connect one granny hexagon to two (or more) others"
So, you made your first hex for the Lakeside Forest Blanket. Congratulations! That’s one down, ninety-eight more to go… Before I show you how to connect two hexes together, let’s talk a little bit about blanket design and the placement of these hexagons. My blanket will be 11 x 9, and the motifs will be [...]continue reading "How to connect one granny hexagon to another"
Are we ready to start making our Lakeside Forest Blankets? In this lesson, I’ll show you how to crochet a single granny hexagon. We’ll be joining all of the hexagons as we go, so consider this your starting motif. It is the only one you will make that is a standalone hexagon. Any subsequent motifs [...]continue reading "How to crochet a granny hexagon"