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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.
1 year, 7 months 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, 8 months 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, 9 months 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. :)
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 5 months ago on Yes! New Novel Based on Teen Boys Crocheting
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.
2 years, 6 months ago on 5 Must-Have Crochet Items for Campers
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!
2 years, 6 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.
2 years, 6 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. ;)
2 years, 6 months ago on How to Upcycle Old Fishnets into Sexy Armwarmers
@CrochetBlogger@bentonsa 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..
2 years, 6 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.
2 years, 6 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!
2 years, 6 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. :)
2 years, 6 months ago on Crochet Quote: On Felting
@CrochetBlogger@65mary65 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.
@CrochetBlogger@65mary65 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.
@CrochetBlogger@65mary65 ...The crowns being thin sort of folded in on themselves so the inside stitches didn't felt as much, or at least left more stitch definition.
@CrochetBlogger@65mary65 In my recent felted crown experiments (made 15 for bday party favors) I ended up using 5 different yarns. I discovered that the definition of the stitches was entirely dependent on the brand of yarn I used. The 2 Patons yarns I used were the only ones that felted completely, and I love the way those turned out. Although the kids didn't mind the less felted ones, I was frustrated because they were really unevenly felted & rewashing them didn't seem to make a difference.
I can sew, but prefer crochet because I do not have to depend on a machine to do the work for me. I used to trade crocheted items with my friends who sewed things for me. Try crocheting edging on a fleece blanket, and you don't need to do any sewing. :)
2 years, 6 months ago on Etsy Crochet: Fabric and Crochet Sachets
@CrochetBlogger@65mary65 The link didn't work for me either. It tried to download a page it then couldn't open.
2 years, 6 months ago on Hottest Crochet Posts from This Week (Link Love)
@sallybw Prolly sold out thanks to Kathryn's posting it. :)
2 years, 6 months ago on Etsy Crochet Pattern: Pirate Ship
@CrochetBlogger My favorite so far, which felted the best & can't really see the stitches was Patons, but couldn't find more in gold. LYSs stopped carrying it because JoAnne's does, but JoAnne's doesn't carry gold. So trying Lamb's Pride & Cascade ECO+... I don't think there'd be any problem with using communal washers, give it a try! :)
2 years, 6 months ago on Felting: Crochet vs. Knit
@CrochetBlogger Yes! I have realized it's as much the stitching together that has kept me from making stuffed animals as the tiny stitches. I always start them, but never finish. I have a good friend I taught to crochet who loves to make stuffies, so I send her all the patterns I wish I would make.
Now that IS cool! But there's a reason I don't do more amurigami, just don't have the patience for all those scs. :)
I'm working on felting crocheted crowns for my daughter's birthday party this weekend. It's my first felting project, and I'm learning a lot. Good to know it's normal to see the stitch definition, although I've found it really depends on the yarn, so I'm trying a couple in every type of gold 100% wool yarn I could find. I only have a front loading washer & have heard that top loaders felt better, so am heading to my sister's tonight to see if it makes any difference in the stitch definition, etc.... Will let ya know. :)
I find I always start more charity projects than I finish. Always more interesting to start a new blanket pattern for my blanket project than to actually finish them. I have 3 or 4 I started a couple years ago & just need to finish the edging. When I designed my CAL Sampler last summer, I started 4 or 5 because I wanted to try the same pattern in several different yarns. I only completed 1 so far, which I ended up sort of cheating and giving to a friend whose baby stayed in the same NICU we donate to, but didn't get a blanket to take home. The thing about having my own ongoing project is I know I'll eventually finish them all, in my own time. :)
I also learned that I don't really like making things I'm paid to make (unless it's for the design so other people can make it). I'm just too ADD to make a bunch of the same things to sell, and I have to be inspired to complete something, so doing customs doesn't really work for me either. This is why I am finally pursuing getting my designs published instead of trying to sell finished items.
2 years, 6 months ago on Friday Open Discussion: Crochet Resentments