10 Ways To Join Granny Squares


An excellent group of ways to join! I hate sewing them together!

The Lucky Fish

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We’ve been nominated for The Liebster Award!


We were nominated for the Liebster Award by Tremeducrochet…. Thank you very much!!  What exactly is a Liebster Award you ask? Well, it’s an award given by bloggers to bloggers with less than 200 followers. It’s a really great way to help  a fellow blogger get the attention that they deserve!

Here’s The Rules:

1. Post eleven facts about myself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set and create eleven questions for the blogs I’ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven blogs (with fewer than 200 followers.) to give this award to and link to them in my post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs!

11 facts about us

Since we’re a business, I figured it might be better to put some facts about us and our shoppe!

1) The current owner, Karen,  is the 3rd owner of this shop.

2) She has a son that lives in Australia.

3) The current manager, Carrie, used to be a massage therapist

4) Our youngest employee, Amber, just had her 18th birthday.

5) Our newest member to the payroll, Jill,  teaches African Dance.

6) If we ever need directions in Russia, we can call one of our girls, Lauren, as she is fluent in Russian.

7) If we ever get lost in Brazil, we can call Jill, cause she teaches Portuguese.

8) We just moved to a new location, and have only been here for about 8 months. And we are still getting calls about it!!!

9) The official color for Hillcreek is pink, but Karen loooooves green!

10) We almost changed our name when we moved to the new location.

11) If we could have a store pet, we would!

Answers to the questions from Tremenducrochet

1) How did you choose your blog name?

The owner Karen and I (Carrie) were sitting around trying to come up with something clever and we were musing about how the ladies that always come in to sit and knit have always got such interesting stories to tell. We thought that it would be great to share some of those with everybody.

2) Favorite book?


Karen: Pillars of the Earth by Mary Kay Andrews

Carrie’s favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Jill’s favorite book is Marcus Aurelius:  “Meditations”

Lauren: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

3) Describe your perfect day.

Karen: sitting by the ocean in the sun with my family and close friends  quiet beach please

Carrie: wake up and have coffee outside, read a book, go for a walk, enjoy a killer meal and end the night with a scary movie and some knitting!

Jill:  Wake up. Make coffee and read the paper. Go outside and do some gardening. Grill some food with my daughter. Have a beer with some friends. Sit and knit.

Amber: “Probably April 25th, because it’s sunny and warm and all you need is a light jacket!” Just kidding, that’s from Miss Congeniality. Haha! I would say a warm sunny day that I get to spend at the park just laying in the sun and reading.

Lauren: Sitting on my front porch reading in the sunshine

4) Which is the best part of your day to do your craft work?

Karen: evenings, days are too busy and I am not a morning person

Carrie:  I would say in the morning with a cup of coffee. If I had a nice big porch where I could watch the sun rise and the animals stir…. I’d be there with a blanket, some coffee and my knitting!

Jill: Evening, when I feel like sitting and relaxing.

Amber: night

Lauren: evening

5) Which is your best spot to work on your project?

Karen: knitting, on the couch,  sewing and scrapbooking I have a craft room

Carrie: I think that mostly depends on the project!!! Lace is always best done in a room with lots of light and few distractions, but socks can be worked anywhere!!!

Jill: My couch.

Amber: in my rocking chair, like a granny.

Lauren: my sewing table

6) Do you like people to write on your blog posts?

Of course!!! We love having people interact with us!!

7) Where do you want to go on your next vacation trip?

Karen: Hawaii

Carrie: I’d love to go to the ocean as I’ve never been there!!!

Jill: Mozambique and Ireland.

Amber: California

Lauren: Russia

8) Favorite quote?

Karen:  too many to choose

Carrie: “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”  – Westley, Princess Bride

Jill: “There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — the place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.” Hunter S. Thompson (Mahalo, Doc.)

Amber:  “I don’t look back, darling, it distracts from the now.” -Edna Mode, the Incredibles

Lauren: “Because memory makes you hungry.”  Charles Simic

9)Favorite band?

Karen: right now, Maroon 5

Carrie: I am a huge Tori Amos fan, but she’s not a band!!

Jill: The Beastie Boys

Amber: Mumford and Sons, Jack Johnson, Bon Iver, and the Black Keys

Lauren: First Aid Kit

10) Favorite movie??

Karen: African Queen

Carrie: Princess Bride hands down!!!

Jill: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Amber: The Princess Diaries

Lauren: The Double Life of Veronika

11)Which is the best council anybody has given to you?

Karen: My father told me to never be afraid to take a chance.  That has been the best advice for me in my career as it has been a successful one.

Carrie: No matter how terrible things for you are, there’s always someone near you who has it worse. Things can seem bad, but they can always get worse. That’s your silver lining.

Jill: Life is too short to worry about people who don’t value your friendship. You only have so much time to spend, so if someone doesn’t  value you, they are not worthy of your time, or your friendship.

Amber: Smile and wave, kill them with kindness and even if they don’t like you, they’ll have nothing bad to say.

Lauren: My mom told me to be nice to everyone.

11 questions for you to answer!

1) What’s your favorite cookie?

2) How did you get started in the hobby/craft that you do?

3) Do you or would you consider making that hobby/craft a career?

4) Do you prefer to knit or crochet or do you like both?

5) What’s the most challenging thing you’ve knitted/crocheted?

6) What’s your favorite type of fiber?

7) What’s your second favorite craft/hobby?

8) Is there a local shop that caters to that craft/hobby?

9) If you could spend one afternoon with a person, dead or alive, who would it be?

10) Do you like your middle name?

11) What was the funniest thing you’ve heard today??

Blogs I nominate:

1)Point Shoes, punk rock and Purl

2) Knitigating Circumstances

3) Sachagud


5) Knitting it Forward

6) Letters and Purls

7) Crafty Alley Cat

8) Crafty Kiwi Chick

9) Tales of Twisted Fibers

10) Lost in Knit

11) Dog House Yarns & More

Knitting 101: Tools of the Trade


such a great thing to know!! I love magic loop!

For the Knit of It

This week has just flown right by! Anyone else having trouble getting it to stay still for a moment? I forgot Tuesday and Wednesday (cat-related mischief), and I nearly forgot today, but I think we’re back on track. Today’s 101 topic covers some of the lovely knitting tools we knitters get to use!

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This Is Brilliant!


Have to reblog as the Play Nice! article is simply fantastic. I am a total ambi crafter and do both, with the plan to start sewing! Why can’t we enjoy as many amazing crafts as we can endure?

Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl

Play Nice! An essay by Franklin Habit for Lion Brand | Lion Brand Notebook.

I have never understood the nasty attitude that is so prevalent among some knitters toward the art of crochet. A fibre art is a fibre art. Back in the day, the more that you were adept at, the better. It speaks to one’s abilities with a craft, an art form. They are different – obviously – and to denigrate one in the interest of proving the other better is just as uniformed as any other biases that humans make up.

I always want to say “Get serious, you crochetphobic twit” to those who turn up their nose when I bring a hook and silk lace to “Knit Night”. I feel like I have to say “Well actually I AM a Master Knitter, I’m just slumming tonight”. I learned both art forms – among many –…

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Crochet Ninja Turtles Hat


Sooooooo coool!!!!! I must make one of these!

This has been another one of my favorite projects, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat.  Who doesn’t love  a Ninja Turtle?! Well, maybe its a generational thing but the 80’s animated series will always be classic.  I’ve made them up in all 4 character colors including red, blue, purple, and orange.  Here is a photo of a newborn sized beanie in red, for the little Raphael’s out there.
tmnt crochet hat


********************* UPDATE*******************

I have created a tutorial post for this hat here!

If you feel like taking on the challenge go ahead and try out the pattern.  Feel free to share your finished work.

Remember to give credit to me if using the pattern, and do not claim the pattern as your own.

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‘Venn’ do you have enough yarn?



Please excuse the dreadful pun above, but as some of you may recognise (if you were paying attention in maths at school) this post contains a Venn diagram.

Wait!  Come back!  There’s no more maths (and my Venn diagram certainly has no statistical basis).

Promise 🙂

The eternal question for all knitters and crocheters (usually asked by other despairing and/or long suffering and non-crafty family members) is ‘Don’t you have enough yarn?’

Apart from the obvious answers of:

‘You just don’t get it do you?’



or the more long winded

‘But I want to make a purple/blue/turquoise/teal/green/yellow/orange/red/pink/grey/black/cream/white sweater/cardigan/hat/shawl/scarf/mittens/socks/stuffed merkat in lace/4ply/doubleknit/worsted/aran/chunky/superchunky yarn and I don’t have any/enough of that in my stash!’

there isn’t really an awful lot that you can say.  They wouldn’t understand because they don’t knit or crochet.

They won’t understand that yes, you bought that nice DK yarn in the sale that’s not quite

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Harvesting Wool


Wonderful replacement!!

Stitch by Stitch It's a Cinch

My newest obsession is “harvesting wool.” Previously I named the process “recycling wool.”  Recycling is a politically correct, friendly term, but harvesting is more natural, earth friendly, and is also the proper knitting term (as corrected by my friend who taught me the process.)

The combination of harvesting wool along with of a pattern from Botanical Knits adds another layer of earthiness to my current knitting project.  As a gardener who is being delayed by the rainy season in Nebraska,  I am obsessed with using the harvested yarn.  Last night I got to the part of the pattern titled,”Divide for Sleeves.”  This is my first Raglan pattern, so the directions took some time and consideration, but once done, made perfect sense.  Now I get to do stockinette stitch for 7 1/2 inches.  I considered adding in a pattern to this part, but only briefly.  There is a lovely, meditative element in knitting stockinette stitch.  It is also good for conversation with friends, as the knitting…

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The Crochet Coral Reef Project [25 pics]


I love this idea!!!! I sooo want to start one of these for CoMo!!



The Crochet Coral Reef (CCR) is a project by the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit Los-Angeles based organization that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and environmental issues by putting people and communities at the core.

The CCR is a project that resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. It has been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), The Hayward (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington D.C.) Seen by more than three million people, the CCR is one of the largest participatory science + art projects in the world.

Through its Satellite Reef program, the Institute’s team has held lectures and workshops on five…

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