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You Can DO it!

Hello! These sure are some interesting times we are in eh ? Looking for way to keep yourself sane while stuck at home? Here are a few tips from KGC.

Recently I did a whole episode on my podcast Casting On about different activities you could do to keep yourself busy! One of the things I did not touch on so much is routine. I know I myself am struggling with the lack of routine in life. I am the type of person who NEEDS routine.I keep struggling to create a more regular routine at the moment because I have no idea how long the world will be in the state it is in. What if I just get into a new routine and things change and I have to start again, what if things change tomorrow, next week, next ive been in this holding state waiting for life to "get back to normal"

The thing is no one knows when that will be and we (mostly talking to myself here) need to just let that idea go and just try to fall into a "new normal" and if that changes then we roll with the …

Dying Yarn with Food Coloring

I did a thing guys!!!!! I dyed my own yarn :O.....This is something I have been wanting to do and finally took the leap and tried it. It honestly was one of the funnest things I've tried. I highly recommend trying it if you are at all curious! Trying it does not mean you have to end up a full fledged yarn dyer, but how cool is it to make something out of yarn you custom dyed yourself.

I chose to dye my yarn with food safe dyes as I live in a small apartment with VERY limited kitchen space. This meant that I did not have room for new pots, pans and tools to use acid dyes (if you do not go the food safe color route you cannot re-use any of the items you dye with for cooking).

I did a ton of research and there are so many food safe dye options, trust me you will not feel limited in the slightest. I decided to start off with basic gel food coloring and figured if I liked it I would play around with more fun dyes next time (ie. candy,kool-aid ect). I got a pack of 10 Wilton gel food co…

Meet Your Maker- The Little Foxes

This week on Meet Your Maker we have Gina from The Little foxes! Gina is a knitter who also makes beautiful hand dyed yarn! You need to go check her out ASAP! 

Introduce yourself and your business.
Hello all! My name is Gina Marquis and I’m the owner of the Little Foxes! I work full time as a software testing during the week and spend the rest of my time knitting and dyeing yarn. I currently live near NYC with my husband and our 2 wonderful kitties who love to photobomb most of my product photo shoots.
I first learned how to knit about 11 years ago during my freshmen year at college from someone who lives on my hall (wild college years 😂). I really enjoyed it and once I started getting better at it, I opened an Etsy shop! It was pretty sparse for a few years until I put more time into it and now I have a few finished items, patterns, and as of a year ago, yarn! I love being able to be creative on my off time and share it with so many lovely people!
How did you launch your business &am…

Meet your Maker- Alive With Purpose

This week on MYM we have Ellie from Alive with Purpose! Ellie makes the most beautiful hand dyed yarn AND a portion of the proceeds go towards helping those with mental health issues! Its a win win if you support Ellie, not only are you supporting an indie dyer but you are helping to support those with mental health issues!

Introduce yourself and your business.

Hello! My name is Ellie and I'm the owner of "Alive with Purpose" Yarns!  My hand-dyed yarns are vivid, ethically sourced and best of all, a portion of all sales proceeds goes to benefit mental health causes in Minnesota. 

My website is

How did you launch your business & what made you want to start a small business?

I've had mental health diagnoses since I was a teenager. It was during a time of great emotional hurt in the summer of 2019 that I realized that I needed a mental break. Desperately. Not a breakdown, but a break. I entered into short-term, outpatient mental health treatm…

Meet Your Maker-Stitched Con Amor

This week on MYM we have Angelica from Stitched Con Amor. I found Angelica on Instagram and fell in love with her work especially her book covers!!!! Readers you MUST go check out her stuff ASAP <3

Introduce yourself and your business. 

My name is Angelica Jones and I am the owner and creator of Stitched Con Amor. I'm a part-time manager at a local quilt shop and a full time mom to a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. When I'm not working at Needle in a Fabric Stash in Temecula, CA, or running around doing "mom stuff", I find time to sneak away and sew for myself and my Etsy shop. In my shop you'll find book sleeves, coffee cozies (reusable coffee sleeves that fit Starbucks reusable cups), library totes, and eyeglass cases.

 I started sewing when my eldest was a toddler. At that time, sewing had always been a skill I'd wanted to learn. So, when she was born and I became a full time stay-at-home mom, I decided to finally teach myself. With the help of…

Scrapy Scarf- Free Crochet Pattern

Do you have tons of 1/2 skeins laying around that you do not know what to do with ?! Here is a quick and easy beginner friendly scarf pattern that will help you use up all that scrap yarn. I used 5 different yarns of varying colors and textures to create a unique scarf BUT it only uses two simple stitches. It is the differences in color and texture that make this scarf unique. I listed out exactly where I did my color changes but feel free to change your colors as you wish! Ideally try to use at least medium weight 4 and up (or alternatively you can use thinner yarn just crocheting with two strands together).

Hook: 10mm (or whatever hook needed to obtain gauge)
Gauge: 4"x 4": 8 stitches X 6 rows (of repeat pattern)**
Finished size: 6"wide X 80" long

**Gauge  is not extremely important with this pattern especially in height, you can always just add a few rows to obtain proper length. Try to match in width though otherwise scarf will be "skinny".

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Meet Your Maker- The Purple Lilac

Today on MYM we have Tahani from The Purple Lilac. Tahani makes the most unique crochet items I have ever seen. All of her items are science themed. Even if you are not in the world of science like myself I am sure will still be able to appreciate the intricate detailing of her work! It is truly one of a kind.

Introduce yourself and your business.

My name is Tahani Baakdhah. I am the owner of thepurplelilac a Science crochet online business.

How did you launch your business & what made you want to start a small business?

I launched my Etsy business in 2014 selling amigurumi. Two years later, I changed my product line to science themed crocheted items. I love creating models to explain scientific concepts in an easy and attractive way to everyone. So creating patterns and crocheted items and selling them online and in pop-up markets help spread the knowledge and can serve as a tool for science outreach and education.

What are some struggles you had starting your business and how did y…