Read, Listen, Learn

This is not the post I had lined up for today. That one will wait for another time.

Today, I want us to take a step back. Look at what we read. I know my own to-read pile consists of primarily white men and women. Especially men.

Especially white.

Today, I want us to all read books and poems and articles by people of color. I want us to listen to them.

To learn from them.

Please do your own research to determine who you want to read. A beginning list could include

  • Toni Morrison
  • Maya Angelou
  • Langston Hughes
  • Octavia Butler
  • Gwendolyn Brooks

These are just a few. This list is far from exhaustive. Start here, but add your own. Ask for recommendations from your friends.

Never stop reading. Never stop listening.

Never stop learning.

Learn to Read a Pattern: Parts of a Pattern

Last week, we talked about some common abbreviations that you will see in crochet patterns. Abbreviations aren’t the only things you need to know in looking at a pattern you might want to make, though. (If you need a refresher on the abbreviations, that post is here.)

Let’s take a look at a pattern and dissect the different parts of it. The parts every crochet pattern has are:
– Photo of the finished item.
– Materials/supplies needed
– Special instructions
– Notes
– Gauge
– Instructions/the pattern
– Charts/diagrams/schematics

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One Quick Way to Make Writing Easy

Last week, I talked about three ways to start writing now. (If you missed that post, you can see it here.) Today, I want to focus on just one of those three ways.

Make it easy.

I know. You often hear about how writing isn’t easy. It’s hard. It’s lonely. It’s a lot of work. Blah, blah, blah. (Or yada, yada, yada.)

Honestly, sometimes it is. But you can make the actual process easier on yourself.

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Learn to Read a Pattern: Common Abbreviations

A few days ago, I shared a picture on Instagram. It was a project I’m working on without a pattern. A friend commented that was how she needed to do projects because she doesn’t know how to read a pattern. It got me thinking.

I decided to do a series on how to read a pattern. I don’t know how many people are in a similar situation, but if it helps even one person, it’s worth it.

The series will be broken up into three parts. First is common abbreviations. Next week will be pattern shortcuts. We’ll wrap it up with a look at a pattern and break it down for how to put it all together.

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3 Ways to Start Writing Now

In a previous post, I talked about three reasons why you should start writing now. Today, I’m going to address three ways you can start now. (I thought about giving you five ways, but I decided to stay with threes.)

There are numerous ways to start writing now, but these three have helped me get started and keep me going. We’ll talk about

  1. Carrying a notebook all the time.
  2. Starting (and continuing) a writing practice.
  3. Making it easy to write.
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3 Reasons to Start Writing Now

You know you’ve either said it or thought it. “I want to write a book someday.” Maybe you didn’t even say/think “a book.” Maybe you left it at “I want to write.”

Today is your lucky day because I’m going to help you bust through three of the most common excuses. And I’ll do it without using current global circumstances as a crutch.

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