Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Hat

Oh, how I love a good newsboy cap pattern!  This one is by Busy Mom Designs and is called the "Backtrack Beanie", available as a pdf for sale on Ravelry.  Oh, and did I mention it's completely reversible??  Coolio!


Friday, February 3, 2012

"HUGS" in the Mail

I am in a swap group on Ravelry, and each month 10 people send one person (the person of the month) a 6 in. square (or two) and pray for the person throughout that month.  I got to be the first recipient, which was very nice since January was my birthday month.  What an absolute blessing to receive these beautiful squares in the mail and know my sisters were lifting us up in prayer!  We got plenty of surprises as well . . . . So, here's the final total and one more square I made for my February swap sister. My absolute favorite colors, as you can see, are blues and greens . . . they did a great job : ).


Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Crochet Top 10 List

I am addicted to crocheting, and there are some resources and tools I can't live without.  For you "newbies", I thought I'd share some of those with you as well.  Remember:  a beginner's manual and starter set is sufficient for learning crochet.  The $10 "kits" can be found at Walmart, Meijer, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, etc.  Don't want to buy a kit?  Buy the "Learn to Crochet" book for $5 and a size I hook, plus a skein of size 4 worsted weight yarn in a neutral color.  Then, refer to the internet.  Really, there isn't much money involved when beginning to crochet.  It is a very inexpensive craft as the main tools can be found for next to nothing.

The book resources I will be listing can be found at most libraries as well. 

1.  Best Learn to Crochet Manual: 

"The Happy Hooker" by Debbie Stoller  

2. Best Crochet Resource Books:

"The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet"

"The Crochet Answers Book"

3.  Best Crochet Stitch Guide(s):

"The Harmony Guides:  Crochet Stitches" by Interweave.  This is a 3-volume set, including basic stitches, edgings, and motifs.  It has the best photos AND it includes crochet cables. 

4.  Best Crochet Hooks:

Etimo "Tulip" Crochet Hook Set and Steel Hook Set

5.  Best Natural Fiber Yarn Found at a Craft Store:

Debbie Stoller's "Stitch Nation" line.  Comes in Alpaca blend, wool, washable wool, and bamboo/wool blend.  The colors are stunning as well.

6.  Best Cotton Yarn Found at a Craft Store:

Regular:  "I Love this Cotton!" yarn (Hobby Lobby)
Mercerized:  Paton's "Grace"

7.  Best Acryllic Yarn Found at a Craft Store:

Red Heart Soft is my new favorite acryllic.  I have never liked Red Heart until they came out with this yarn. 

8.  Best On-line Yarn Store for Natural Fibers Namebrand:

Jimmy Beans Wool

9.  Best On-line Yarn Store for Natural Fibers:

Knitpicks

10.  Best Source for Free Crochet Patterns and PDF Store:

Ravelry.com

There you have it!  These are my faves, so there are lots of different opinions out there.  I reference the first 3 books constantly, so those are pretty much my "must-have-no-matter-what/all-you-will-ever-need" titles.  If you can ONLY afford one, go for the "Crochet Answer Book", which is about $10 on-line. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

That's a wrap!


Learn to Crochet the Crab Stitch

Reading a crochet pattern with Red Heart Yarns

Post stitches and cables with Red Heart Yarns

Charleston Cloche

Learn How To Join As You Go On Basic Granny Squares with Red Heart Yarns

Learn how to make a foundation single crochet with Red Heart Yarns

Learn how to make a crochet picot edging with Red Heart Yarns

Learn How to Make Advanced Crochet Motifs with Red Heart Yarns

Crochet Garment Construction with Red Heart Yarns

Learn How to Make More Crochet Motifs with Red Heart Yarns

Colorwork and Tapestry Crochet with Red Heart Yarns

Placement of crochet stitches with Red Heart Yarns

Crochet Increasing & Decreasing with Red Heart Yarns

Alternatives to beginning chain with Red Heart Yarns

Measuring Crochet Gauge by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

Rectangular Granny by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

Seaming Crochet by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

Tradtional Granny Square by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

Weaving in Ends - Crochet by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

Adjustable Loop by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

Learn to Crochet: 5 Basic Crochet Stitches by Red Heart with Kathleen Sams

Owl Tote

I purchased this pattern from Etsy, and it is so adorable!  It worked up in just about an hour (minus the face attaching).  It's perfect for all the little dollies my preschooler carries around.