Thursday, September 21, 2017

Piper's Fall Scarf Free Crochet Pattern!

Hello! Today is my one year anniversary for starting With Alex and to celebrate I'm sharing a new free pattern and next week I will have a video tutorial for it! For those of you that do not remember or are new to following me, I was "Crocheting Thru Chronic Diseases With Alex" for a few years before I shortened it and changed my channel, blog, website, etc a little and expanded.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Rolled Ice Cream!

Hello! All summer I've wanted to try to roll ice cream and now that's it's the start of fall, I've been craving pumpkin spice so I decided to make homemade pumpkin spice rolled ice cream and it turned out fantastic! It was so much easier than I thought it would be and it is so delicious. Plus, no special equipment needed! Scroll down for the written instructions, recipe and video tutorial.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Zoella Inspired Pom Pom Sweater Tutorial!

Hello! Fall and winter are just around the corner and I can't wait to start wearing some cute sweaters, cowls, and hats. I was watching Zoella last week and she was wearing the cutest sweater with pom poms on it and I fell in love and I HAD to make myself one! I think it turned out so cute and I wanted to share with ya'll how to make this sweater so I have put together a video tutorial on it! Scroll down for the tutorial and the written instructions.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My First Impression Of Bernat Pop Yarn!

Hello! I have a new video for ya'll today! The other day, Sean was at our local Wal-Mart and he saw that they had gotten in the new Bernat Pop yarn. Sean had heard me talking about wanting to try it, so he picked me up one as a surprise. I kept it in the bag and I didn't peak until I made this video. Watch me open up the Bernat Pop yarn and see which colorway he picked out and see my first impression. Scroll down for the video!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

What Do Crocheters Think While Crocheting

Hello! The other day I posted my first ever, funny skit video and I'm so excited to share it with ya'll!
I really hope ya'll find it as funny as I do. What do ya'll think about while ya'll crochet?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Falling In Love Beanie Free Pattern!

Hello! As another gift for ya'll for Christmas in July, here is another free pattern! The Falling In Love Beanie is one of my favorite patterns ever and I hope ya'll fall in love with it as much as I have! And their are also instructions for a messy bun version as well! Scroll down for the free pattern!

How To Connect The Two Ends Of The Brim On A Crochet Hat

Hello! Have you ever been crocheting a hat with a brim and was confused as to how to connect the two ends of the brim? I've made a picture tutorial to help you out! Scroll down for the tutorial.

How To Close The Hole At The Top Of A Crochet Hat

Hello! Have you ever crocheted a hat from the bottom up and then didn't know how to close the hole at the top of the hat? Well, I've made a picture tutorial to help you out! Scroll down for the tutorial.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jingle The Elf Hat Free Pattern!

Hello! It's the end of July but it's still July so I thought that I would have a little Christmas In July and give away a couple of my paid patterns! Jingle the Elf Hat is now a FREE pattern for ya'll! I hope ya'll love it as much as I do! Please SHARE AWAY! Thank you all so much for following me! Scroll down for the free pattern!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My First Impression Of Lion Brand's Mandala Yarn

Hello! The other day, Sean was in our local Wal-mart and saw that they finally got in some of Lion Brand's Mandala Yarn and since I had just told Sean the day before that I wanted to try it, he called me and told me they had it in. I was so happy and excited that I jumped on the internet and picked out a colorway, gnome. He bought it and it has sat in the bag waiting for me to look at it, but I decided to look at it with ya'll! Check out my video below!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How To Crochet The Bobble Stitch

Hello! Today I have another new crochet video tutorial for ya'll! Yesterday, I posted my video tutorial on how to crochet the popcorn stitch and today I have how to crochet a bobble stitch up. These stitches produce similar puffy looking stitches, but they are totally different. Scroll down for the video tutorial on how to crochet the bobble stitch.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Unboxing Darn Good Yarn Of The Month Club-July

Hello! My birthday was last month and as a birthday gift I got a subscription to Darn Good Yarn of the month club! I've never been apart of a monthly yarn club before so I was super excited to get it in the mail and I decided to unbox it with ya'll! And while I was waiting for the mail man to get here with my package, I decided to try my first time lapse! It's at the beginning of the video, check it out!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Star For Kayla's Birthday

Hello! If you have followed me for awhile then you know about my sister Kayla and Kayla's Stars. My sister passed away unexpectedly a couple of years ago. I asked all of my followers to crochet stars and we had stars sent in from all over the world. We hung 1,118 stars in the tree in my parents front yard for Kayla's 21st birthday. It was a wonderful experience and so beautiful to see all of the stars hanging in that tree. It's one of the most amazing things that I have organized in my entire life and I will never forget it. Thank you again to everyone that sent in stars. They are still being used too. I used some on my Christmas tree and I have a special surprise for the rest of them. I will share as soon as I can. For more about Kayla's Stars and a video of the stars hanging in the tree, click here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

VLOG: Sunset, Time Lapse and Subway

Hello! Recently I've been learning how to make time lapses with my Nikon D5100. I have loved photography since I was a little girl and I am loving how neat time lapses are! My first time lapse was the other day and I made short clips of the clouds. It was a beautiful day and the sky was a brilliant blue so the clouds were really pretty. Look out for those short time lapses in a future video, very soon! Yesterday we decided to go up the mountain and try to get a sunset time lapse with the mountains in the background, but we were a little late so we stopped at a picnic area and had some dinner and I practiced with the sun setting behind some trees. The sun had mostly set already, but I think the time lapses I got are pretty. Scroll down for the vlog.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How To Add Beads With A Crochet Hook

Hello! Recently, I've been playing around with adding beads to my crochet projects. Have you ever wondered how to add beads to your crochet? I have and I think this is the easiest way to add beads to any crochet project. No worrying about stringing enough beads before hand and no worrying about losing sharp tiny needles in your bed or work area! Scroll down for the video tutorial.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Measuring Tape Cover Free Patterns!

Hello! Today I have 3 new FREE crochet patterns for ya'll! I was watching Sheepishly Sharing's new video on youtube when I saw the cutest little sheep measuring tape cover that someone had sent to her as a gift. I thought it was absolutely adorable and was inspired to make my own, and I made a couple more too! Scroll down for the free patterns.

Frog Measuring Tape Cover Free Pattern!

Hello! This is Buggy The Frog! He is a cute little guy with huge bug eyes. He has a big, happy grin and his measuring tape "tongue" can catch flies all day long. He is a quick and fun little project that uses very little yarn. I think Buggy is a great addition to any crocheters or knitters yarn bag. Scroll down for the free pattern.

Sheep Measuring Tape Cover Free Pattern!

Hello! This is Googly The Sheep! She is named after her big beautiful googly eyes. She is shaped like a cloud with the measuring tape as her "tail". She also has a little bit of white hair on her little head and she is adorable! She is also quick to make and doesn't take much yarn. I think Googly is perfect as a measuring tape cover, I love her! Scroll on down for the free pattern.

Puppy Measuring Tape Cover Free Pattern!

Hello! This is Z The Puppy! He is such a sleepy puppy and needs his Zzzzzzz. I love his big nose and ears. He is a cute little puppy and the measuring tape is his "tongue". I think Z is a cute little measuring tape cover and he is quick and uses very little yarn. Scroll down for the free pattern.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How To tss3tog In Tunisian Crochet

Hello! Have you ever been crocheting along to a pattern and get stuck because you didn't know how to tss3tog? Well, I have a video tutorial for you! Scroll down for the video tutorial!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

13 Free Crochet Patterns For Father's Day!

Hello! Father's Day is coming up so I thought I would be helpful and create a crochet roundup of perfect gift ideas for Father's Day. The patterns included are wonderful and they are all FREE patterns. I think any dad would love any of the gifts on this list. Scroll down and see all the great gift ideas for Father's Day!

Monday, June 5, 2017

My Sister Dyed My Hair Pink For My Birthday!

Hello! My birthday is coming up on Thursday and I wanted to do something fun with my hair. I've only dyed it red before so, I wanted to dye my hair with some pink for my birthday! Scroll down for the video!

How To m1tb In Tunisian Crochet

Hello! The other day, after I uploaded my newest video on how to crochet into the FLO, I got a comment from one of my sweet and long time followers to make a video on how to m1tb in Tunisian crochet. I was tickled that she asked me and I got started right away! I love Tunisian crochet. It makes some very beautiful and textured fabric that looks very similar to knitted fabric. Here is my video tutorial on how to m1tb in Tunisian crochet. Hope ya'll love it and it's helpful! I also have several more videos on Tunisian crochet. Click here for a list of Tunisian crochet tutorials by me. Scroll down for the video tutorial on how to m1tb.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

How To Crochet Into The FLO Or Front Loop Only

Hello! Have you ever started a crochet pattern and saw that it said to crochet into the FLO? Well, it's easy and I made a video tutorial! Scroll down for the video tutorial!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Worm On A Hat Hook Crochet Pattern For Father's Day!

Hello! It's almost the end of the school year, so that means that Father's Day is soon! My dad loves to fish and I was wondering what to make him. The Fishing Bobber/Floaty that I made him, was a big hit with him for Christmas a couple of years ago and I wanted to make him something else that was fishing inspired. The Fishing Bobber/Floaty is a free pattern and you can find it here. After some thinking and brainstorming with Sean, I came up with the idea for a worm on a hat hook. I think it turned out super cute and I'm sharing it as a free pattern, just don't show my dad! I haven't gave him his yet! :) Scroll down for the free pattern. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Fishing Bobber/Floaty Free Pattern!

Hello! Father's Day is coming up and I thought this little bobber/floaty would be a perfect quick and easy crochet gift for dads! This little bobber is really easy, takes hardly no time at all, and it takes a very small amount of yarn and polyester stuffing plus it's adorable with the little safety eyes! Do you have a dad that loves to fish? Make him a fishing bobber for Father's Day! Scroll down for the free pattern.

How To Make A Poached Egg

Hello! Tuesday morning I woke up with very high pain and very low energy but I wanted something delicious to eat. So, I threw some bacon in the oven and I poached myself an egg. I love poached eggs! I recently tried my very first poached egg and I fell in love with how easy they are to make and how perfect they come out every time! I'm from the south and I love a good fried egg but I'm not very good at making them, at least not every time. So, I love poaching eggs! Scroll down for the written instructions and video tutorial.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ziggy Is One!

Hello! As most of you know, last summer I adopted a sweet little black kitten. I named him Ziggy after my love of reggae music and he has fit right in to our little family. From the start, he has loved to lay on my feet or lap whenever he can. If he's not sleepy, he drops toys at my feet to get my attention and he loves to fetch sometimes too!

Crochet Flower Ball Or Cat Toy Free Pattern!

Hello! Today I have another new pattern for ya'll! It's a crochet flower ball or cat toy and it has a video tutorial! I think it's super cute, easy and fun to make. I designed this little cat toy for Ziggy's 1st birthday! For a blog on Ziggy's 1st birthday and photo shoot, click here or scroll down for the flower ball/cat toy written pattern and video tutorial.

Crochet Flower Free Pattern!

Hello! Today I have a new pattern for ya'll! It's a simple little 5 petal crochet flower, AND I have a video tutorial on it as well. I hope ya'll like it! Scroll down for the video tutorial and the written pattern.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Newest Pattern Is In Happily Hooked Magazine!

Hello everyone! I've been keeping a secret for a couple of months now and I can finally share what it is! My newest pattern is in Happily Hooked Magazine and it made the cover! I'm so happy and excited! Rainy Spring Beanie is a project that I spent a lot of time and effort on and I am so happy with how it finally turned out. This beanie looks knit but it's not, it's Tunisian Crochet and it is decorated with lovely little flowers and raindrops. Want to crochet a Rainy Spring Beanie? Get the pattern in this month's issue of Happily Hooked Magazine!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

How To Crochet Into The BLO Or Back Loop Only

Hello! Have you ever seen a pattern that called for you to work into the BLO? Did you know what that meant? I made a video tutorial today to help! Check it out and share away!

Friday, May 12, 2017

10 Last Minute Mother's Day Crochet Gift Ideas!

Hello! The weather is warm, it's beautiful outside, the birds are chirping. It's a wonderful time of year! Spring time is here and in a couple of days it's Mother's Day! Since Mother's Day is right around the corner, I decided to come up with a list of perfect last minute Mother's Day crochet gift ideas. These FREE crochet patterns are quick projects and most of them use very little yarn! Perfect for last minute presents for that special woman or women in your life! Scroll down and take a look to see if your mom would love any of these special gifts!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day Cactus Free Crochet Pattern

Hello! Mother's Day is coming up and I wanted to make something special. I have always loved little cacti and I thought a crocheted cactus would be really cute. I was right, it turned out super adorable and I'm sharing the pattern with ya'll today. Scroll down for the free crochet cactus pattern and I also have a free pattern for the little heart as well!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Road Trip To My Best Friend's House

Hello! Yesterday was a wonderful day! We started out the day by going to our local Farmer's Market and then we took a road trip to my best friend, Naomi's house!

Friday, May 5, 2017

How To Make Unicorn Hoof Bath Bombs!

Hello! I love taking baths, lighting candles, playing some music, turning the lights low and now I love adding a bath bomb to my bath as well! I tried my first bath bomb not too long ago, and I fell in love with them! I love watching them fizz, how they make my bath smell and I love how they make my skin feel! After buying a few bath bombs, I decided to try making my own and I came up with these pretty little bath bombs that I am calling Unicorn Hoof Bath Bombs! Scroll down for the written instructions and the video tutorial.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Japanese Steakhouse Style Soup

Hello! One of my favorite restaurants ever is a Japanese steakhouse. I love the food there and the soup is so wonderful! I've never tasted anything like it until I came up with my very own version! I think it is so delicious and yummy and spectacular and amazing. Can you guess that I'm in love with this soup? Well, I am and I've shared pictures of this soup on my social media and it was so popular that I decided to make a video tutorial! Scroll down for the recipe, written instructions and the video tutorial.

My Yarn Review For Caron Cakes In Rainbow Sprinkles

Hello! Last month I did a first impressions video on the famous Caron Cake. The Caron Cake is a very popular yarn right now. Crocheters and knitters have huge opinions on this yarn and they either love it or hate it. At first glance, I really loved the Caron Cake and I thought it had a lot of potential for all kinds of projects.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Simple Coconut Cake

Yesterday was Easter. As I was growing up, my Granny always had a family get together on Easter and she would always make a yummy, delicious coconut cake that she would decorate to look like a bunny. Sadly, my Granny doesn't have those family get togethers anymore, but my sister was coming over with my nephew and we planned on playing games and having fun. I was craving that coconut cake so bad yesterday that I decided to make my own version and it turned out so good! Scroll down for the written recipe and instructions.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How To Crochet The Solomon's Knot

The Solomon's Knot crochet stitch is a beautiful lacy stitch that I absolutely fell in love with. I learned this stitch because I could not crochet like a normally do right now, for a full blog on why I learned how to crochet the Solomon's Knot, click here. I love this stitch so much that I'm designing several different projects with it. I've been sharing pictures of my obsession with Solomon's Knots on my facebook and Instagram pages and several of ya'll have asked for a video tutorial on how to crochet this gorgeous stitch. Today I have a video tutorial, picture tutorial and a free pattern! I hope ya'll love making this stitch as much as I do and if you have any questions please ask away! Scroll down for the picture and video tutorials and the free pattern.

Coachella Scarf Free Crochet Pattern

Coachella is starting tomorrow and I've been seeing a lot of different styles and accessories that people intend on wearing to this huge music event in California. I'm not going to Coachella but I was inspired to make this scarf by a silk scarf that is really popular right now. Like the scarf I was inspired by, you can wear this lightweight and lacey scarf as a scarf, headband or a belt.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

How To Dye Speckled Yarn By Breaking Wilton's Violet

Hello! Last week I had so much fun dying speckled yarn with Easter egg dye (click here for the written instructions and the video tutorial) that I decided to dye more speckled yarn by breaking Wilton's Violet, one of my favorite yarn dying techniques! Scroll down for the written instructions and the video tutorial.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How To Dye Speckled Yarn With Easter Egg Dye

Hello! It's spring and Easter is coming up so stores have all kinds of Easter stuff out right now. I decided to take advantage of that fact and pick up some Easter Egg kits to dye some yarn! I have dyed yarn with Kool-Aid, with a Tie Dye kit, Wilton's food coloring, I've even experimented with dying yarn with plants but I've never dyed yarn with an Easter Egg dye kit, so I thought it would be a lot of fun to try! For the video tutorial and the written instructions, scroll down.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why I Learned How To Crochet The Solomon's Knot

Crocheting is all fun and games until someone hurts their finger and can't crochet for now. And that someone is me. Did you hear me?


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How To Make Magnesium Oil

Magnesium Oil is wonderful to use and easy to make! I've been making plain magnesium oil for years and everyone in my family loves it, including my nephews. I have been using it for headaches, sore muscles, and to help with sleep. My son loves to dab some magnesium oil on his temples and his toes before bed. I also love to use it before bed to help with sleep and when I get headaches, migraines, and neck aches. I squirt some oil onto my fingers and rub it into my temples, forehead, neck, anywhere I am sore. Normally, within 20 minutes, I can feel a definite difference in the soreness of muscles or it can help a headache ease off enough to not turn into a horrible migraine.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake

Hello! Sean's birthday was last week but we were sick with colds so we celebrated his birthday last night. We had a small family birthday celebration and it was so nice and fun. I asked Sean what kind of cake he would like for me to bake this year and he asked for a Chocolate St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. I had never heard of this kind of cake before so I looked for recipes online.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My First Impression Of Caron Cakes

Hello! It's a beautiful and warm March day here. I've decided to start doing first impressions and reviews on yarn and to start it off I'm reviewing the Caron Cake! Scroll down for the video.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Falling In Love Crochet Hat Pattern With Messy Bun Instructions!

Hello! Valentine's Day is coming up and I have a new pattern! It's called the Falling In Love Beanie and there are extra instructions for a messy bun hat too! This crochet pattern is FREE for ONLY 48 hours so go ahead and download your copy today! Click here for your free copy!