Do You Knit and/or Crochet? You Should Be on Ravelry!

A social media network just for knitters and crocheters? Sign me up! If you’re looking for a great way to keep track of your projects and get inspired to start new ones, look no further. Ravelry is an amazing resource, and you can get more out of it than you ever dreamed possible. Read More Do You Knit and/or Crochet? You Should Be on Ravelry!

Ladyguide: How to Crochet a Catnip Mouse

Amigurumi look intimidating, but they’re actually surprisingly quick and easy to make, even if you only know how to crochet a chain and make a single crochet. Don’t believe me? I decided to make cat toys for some of my kitty friends for Christmas, and when the initial pattern I found had some confusing bits, I decided to just write my own. The best part is, this is made in one piece, so you don’t have to sew anything together at the end (or worry about the seams unravelling). Grab your hook and let’s get started! Read More Ladyguide: How to Crochet a Catnip Mouse

Pac-Man Kill Screen in Counted Cross Stitch

In the ’80s, Pac-Man was an unstoppable force of popular culture. It’s the first video game I remember that tapped into the possibilities of merchandising, and as a result, a fairly straightforward maze game turned into a great big huge deal. Read More Pac-Man Kill Screen in Counted Cross Stitch

Ladyguide: Dried Orange Slices

It’s beginning to look a lot like autumn! I swear I wasn’t going to say the “C” word. I promise. Now that autumn is here and there are less than three months until The Festivity That Shall Not Be Named, I am already wanting to bring some loveliness into our home. Mr. Juniper could be heard exclaiming, “But it’s not even Halloween yet!” Dried orange slices? They would be acceptable, wouldn’t they? Very autumnal? Not exclusively linked with The Festivity That Shall Not Be Named? “No autumn wreaths, though!” he said. We shall see, Mr. Juniper. We shall see. Read More Ladyguide: Dried Orange Slices

LadyGuide: How to Make Friends

[Original publication date: March 29, 2012]

Mouth-breather I am not. I’m socially adept, I have a quick wit, and I can flit around a party with the most social of butterflies. I have online dated, been to meetups, and taken classes. And you know what I’ve learned? Making friends is difficult. Post-college, post-breakup, post-new city, making friends is sometimes way harder than finding someone with whom to make out. So how do you make friends, anyway?

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Ladyguide: Hiring Your First Freelance Contractor

So you’ve gone and broken your website, you need a new logo for your happenin’ start-up, or you’d like an objective eye to read over your latest alien zombie vampire dystopian rom-com screenplay. If this is you, you might want to hire a freelancer.  Read More Ladyguide: Hiring Your First Freelance Contractor