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Welcome to my little corner of the internet! My name is Mandie, and this is my very first blog. Let me tell you a little bit about the things I hope to post about here.

After teaching myself to crochet in 2013, I've been "hooked" ever since! I hope to share with you some of my favorite patterns and tutorials, and maybe some of my own, too! If you're a crocheter too, please check out my ravelry account, mandielouwho.

To be perfectly honest, my husband is the cook in our family, but I'm trying to change that! With a little help from him and the internet, I am learning to fend for myself in the kitchen. I hope to share some of my favorite recipes with you, especially ones perfect for kids and picky eaters!

After starting with crochet, I'm hoping to delve a little deeper into the crafting world. Sewing is next on my list!

When my husband and I first lived together, we were broke all the time! After we had our first baby, I took it upon myself to start really watching where our money went. I hope to share my budgeting techniques with you, including some printable budget worksheets!

Cleaning/Household Management:
I'm a sucker for lists and shortcuts! I'll share any tips and tricks I find for cleaning and getting organized.

In December of 2013, I became a mom to a beautiful little girl. I still have no idea what I'm doing as a parent, but I'd love to share my stories with you, along with any advice I can pick up along the way.

I'm very excited to have you with me as I write about my experiences and learn some new things along the way. Thanks for reading!


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Slouchy Stripes Backpack - Free Pattern

Hello again! A couple days ago I posted a photo of a backpack I made using Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses I got, so I've decided to post the pattern for free! I am also listing a pdf, including a printer-friendly version, for sale here: Ravelry Listing

I can't wait to see what you all make with this pattern! I hope you enjoy it!

Slouchy Stripes BackpackMaterials:
- K Hook
- N Hook (Or hook of similar size for making a large chain)
- Bulky yarn in 2 colors (or more!) (Suggested yarn: Bernat Maker Home Dec, <2 skeins)
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Buttons or beads (Optional, for drawstring)
- Chain 1 at the beginning of round never counts as a stitch.
- Join each round with a slip stitch to the first single crochet of the round. After round 41, work in rows, turning after each row.
- Stitch counts are indicated in parentheses.
- Colors shown are color A (gray) and color B (teal). Feel free to substitute with as many colors as you…

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It was important in the beginning to keep her warm, so I whipped up this little kitty cave to help her feel safe and cozy. You can make your own in just 30 minutes! Add it to your favorites on Ravlery here: Here's the free pattern:
Petite Pet Pouch Materials: -N 9.0 hook -Super bulky yarn (I used less than 1 skein of Lion Brand Thick & Quick.) -Medium or lightweight yarn (I used a bit of scrap yarn. This part is not crucial, but I thought it would add some color and make it even thicker.) -Scissors -Tapestry nee…

Arabesque Fringe Purse - Free Pattern

I have another new pattern for you! This is my Arabesque Fringe Purse. It uses Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. If you're not a fan of fringe, this bag is a great blank canvas for your favorite embellishments! Get the downloadable/printer friendly version here: Ravelry Link.

Arabesque Fringe Purse

- 2 colors bulky yarn (Suggested yarn: Bernat Maker Home Dec)
- J Hook
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Zipper or other closing hardware of choice (OPTIONAL)

- Chain 1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch.
- Join each round with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round.
- Stitch counts are indicated in parenthesis.
- When making the strap, ch 1 and turn at the beginning of each row.
- Gauge:1” = approx. 3.5 stitches and 4 rows. Bag measures about 8” x 8.5” when laying flat. Gauge is not crucial to this project.

Stitches & Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc dec – Single crochet decrease
Hdc – Half double crochet
St – Stitch
Sl st – Slip sti…