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I will let you know when I get around to blogging about my favorite knitfic series (I think there are 4, trying to find which ones I skipped before finding a new author), and other favorites. Give you some more ideas for your own list! :) How about scrapbook and cross stitch mysteries? I appreciate any book with great descriptions of my favorite crafts.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Crafty Book Challenge
All of my reading for pleasure seems to be yarn related, and occasionally quilts and other needlework. So I'm in. Been meaning to write about some of the great series I've been reading anyway. Although I still do not quite understand where the challenge comes in. Is it the reading and/or blogging?
Ooh! Think I'm going to order a few copies of this for gifts this year. Maybe can finally inspire my 7yo to give it a try.
1 year ago on Crocheting with Lucy Loop: A Fun Book for Kids Learning Crochet
Wow! What a great post @CrochetBlogger! So many useful links here, it will take me awhile to read them all! Thanks!
1 year ago on Link Love! Top Posts in Writing, Blogging, Productivity and More
I am so excited to see this book! And it will be published just in time for Rowan's 4th birthday! Thank you for including our story. :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Meet the Amazing Women who Hook to Heal
Have you read this one yet? Sounds great! I have been complaining recently about the entire lack of crochet fiction. I actually prefer a lot of the knit-based series to the Betty Hechtman series, because the main character is just learning to crochet so they lack the detailed descriptions of fibers and stitches that make you believe a real stitcher wrote the books.
1 year, 8 months ago on Yes! New Novel Based on Teen Boys Crocheting — Crochet Concupiscence
@CrochetBlogger Let's just say it involved a trip to the hardware store... Hehe.
1 year, 9 months ago on 5 Must-Have Crochet Items for Campers
I also used to make waterbottle cozies all the time. I think everyone got one one Christmas. They are cute, bun and useful! I even made them out of Nylon cord for my hubby and his climbing friends which they hooked to their climbing harnesses with caribeeners.
Ah, you're missing a really good one, suggested to me by my rock climbing, camping, hiking hubby... But I can't tell you what it is until I publish it. ;)
But I've also been wanting to try making a little campfire set. That one's REALLY cute!
CrochetBlogger Wow! Very fun project. And fun to see what you come up with!
1 year, 9 months ago on 365 Ways to Wear Crochet: Bold Pink Cowl
The pink, in any other color. I like the flowers/motifs.The green one it seriously scary! Especially when all the others are so cohesive.
1 year, 9 months ago on More Dolce & Gabbana Crochet Handbags
I've been curious, who takes your pictures? And do you really do it every day?
I made an old pair of lacey tights into arm "warmers" for an 80's party a couple years ago. But didn't think of adding crochet to the edges. Great idea! And another good use for novelty yarns. ;)
1 year, 9 months ago on How to Upcycle Old Fishnets into Sexy Armwarmers
CrochetBloggerbentonsa I used to make fuzzy booties for babies, so I would pick up fuzzy yarns where ever I could find them, especially if it was on sale. But since I do not make them much any more I have no idea what to do with a couple boxes of fun fur, etc..
1 year, 9 months ago on Friday Open Discussion: Crochet Snobbery
Just this week I realized that I have become a total crochet snob when I found myself being rather rude to one of my few friends (who I haven't converted) who admitted that she did not plan to crochet much more and only wants to knit. I think it began in defensiveness of all the knitting snobs I encounter in LYSs and especially at Sock Summit. I usually tell people I CAN knit, but I PREFER to crochet. But most knitters will usually agree when I explain that as a mother of small children who are apt to pull out my hooks and needles it is simply easier to stick the hook back in and pick the project right back up than it would be to find all those sts in knitting.
As for yarn, having spent many years working and teaching at Michaels stores I have always gone for the inexpensive stuff because that is what I had access to and could afford. I also do a lot of charity crochet, so I will continue to use some easy care acrylics. But I have to admit that since I started designing and have had the opportunity to work with pricier yarns including hand dyed and organic cotton/wool... I may never go back.
It's fascinating and somewhat infuriating how much people are willing to pay for something handmade IF it has a famous fashion designer's name on it.... My husband was asking how much I might be able to charge for one of the Bags I'm designing for the Fresh Designs Bag book, "made by the designer, with hand-dyed yarn..." Unfortunately I still don't think it would be worth the cost of materials + a decent wage for the time invested.
It's really not fair that Fashion Designers can put outrageous prices on something they didn't even make themselves when the average crocheter is lucky to sell their finished items for 2 or 3 times the cost of the materials, let alone a decent hourly wage. That's one of the reasons I switched to trying to sell my designs rather than finished items.
1 year, 9 months ago on What Would You Charge for this D&G Crochet Bag?
I was definitely checking for the job listings. They always inspire me. :) Thanks for all your hard work!
1 year, 9 months ago on Crochet Job Leads Back by Popular Demand
CrochetBlogger I hardly make anything for myself (back to the discussion about resentments), although I'm trying to change that. I have an iron, but only use it for crafts. :)
1 year, 9 months ago on Crochet Quote: On Felting
CrochetBlogger65mary65 I never did much blocking (except lace), but now that I'm making samples for publication I'm doing a lot more. Even got a steamer, which really softens up acrylic yarns.
CrochetBlogger65mary65 It was mostly frustrating because the 1st brand I tried was Patons, but noone local carried that type in gold. One other good thing is that as long as they were still damp, they could be stretched to fit any size head (finding the right sized bowls was the main trick). Oh, and one brand smelled really stinky when washed, like it released some chemical. Good learning experience.