Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
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
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:
10. Best Source for Free Crochet Patterns and PDF Store:
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.