Friday, June 13, 2014

5 Crochet Stitches You Have to Try Today

Camel Stitch - Free Hat Crochet Pattern, looks like knit.

Larksfoot Stitch How To
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Beautiful Mesh Stitch - Free Scarf Pattern

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Tight Weave Tweed Stitch. Great in lots of Colors!

Wiggle Stitch - Great Texture, Free How To

Friday, June 6, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Pins

 I'm starting a new weekly series called A Few of My Favorite Pins. It's going to be a list of the best crochet pins/links from Pinterest out there, curated by me. 

Here's why:
  I love pinterest. Especially for crochet.  In fact, I have so many crochet boards that I took them off of my personal account and gave them their own to connect to this blog.
  The thing about pinterest though is that all too often, we pin and pin and pin, and nothing ever comes of it. We have so many pins, it's just overwhelming!
  So I'm here to pare it down for you.  Each week, I'll pick a topic or theme and give you my 5 favorite pins that fit the theme.  They could be incredible patterns, great tricks of the trade,  or designs that I think are just stunning and everyone needs to see.
  These 5  pins will also be posted to a new board I created on Pinterest called The Best Crochet PinsIf this idea sounds as cool to you as I think it is, get ready for some fun.

  This week's theme is Tricks of the Trade.

Foundation Single Crochet - without a chain. Includes multiple video tutorials.

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Wind your own yarn cake (center pull ball)with just a paper towel roll (or toilet paper roll). Here's How!!

Change yarn with this join that's completely invisible!

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Finish off your Crochet Project with this invisible professional look.

Make a Granny Blanket that's Rectangle (not square). Here's how to start.

Need more to read?  Check out this post about my latest Pinterest inspired project.
Adventures in Knitting

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Adventures in Knitting

   Although crochet is where my heart really lies, I learned how to knit about a decade earlier in second grade. The first project I started was a scarf for my American Girl doll (Addy). I say started because I abandoned it halfway through and didn't finish it up again until years later when I was more confident in my skills. In almost 15 years, I've probably made about a dozen scarves. Knitting just never got me hooked like crochet did (pun intended). 
Today however, I embark on a new knitting adventure.

   It all started as I was browsing my
Pinterest feed and came across a shawl that I immediately fell in love with. 

Henslowe by Beth Kling
   As it turns out, even though it was posted on someone's crochet board it was actually knitted. I'll admit I was a little bummed at first. It's so gorgeous, why would someone let me love something so much without letting me know it's not my craft? 

  As a kicker,  I already had the perfect yarn. I bought it off of etsy almost a year ago and it was just screaming at me to make this shawl out of it.

Doctor Who: TARDIS by See Jayne Knit
  So knit or not, I decided to go for it. Here's my first progress shot:


I'm really hoping I can stick it out to the end because the shawl is just so beautiful.
~Wish me luck!!