Holiday

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Due to the religious holiday of Shavuos, the blog will not be updated this week.

Yarn Barf

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. There is a certain meditative quality in untangling a giant yarn barf. You sit there, following the bit of yarn in and out of it’s own twists and turns, slowly wrapping it up. It’s quite soothing once you get passed the cursing. I purchased yarn today for a “me” project (as in for me). 400 scrumptious yards of sock weight yarn. Despite my oh so careful attempts to wind it, …

Gauge and Yarn Amounts

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. I saw this topic come up in a designer’s forum on ravelry, and I feel that this should be stated very very clearly: IF YOU DO NOT MATCH THE PATTERN’S GAUGE, THE AMOUNT OF YARN YOU NEED WILL VARY FROM WHAT THE PATTERN SAYS. Even if you DO match the gauge, yarn amounts can vary a good 10% or so (which is why the yarn amounts listed in my pattern …

Naming a Design

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. One of the fun parts of designing is getting to choose what to call your new creation. Ok, sometimes it’s fun….sometimes it’s really really perplexing. I have not had any ideas about what to call this new shawl I making- until tonight. I’ve got two or three ideas that came to me while I was finishing up skein #4, and I think they accurately portray the feeling I’m trying to …

Wednesday Update

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. I’m on skein 4…I might post a sneak peak of the shawl next week. I have to take a break from crochet to deal with other stuff….like bills and laundry ๐Ÿ™ Why can’t I just crochet all day?

Monday Update

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Monday is going to be fun. The kids at the school I teach at are having a field day at the park, so instead of teaching algebra for an hour, I’ll just bring my crochet and chill out. Still on skein #3…

Crochet & Knit Designer Tips: Note Taking

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. A frequent question that comes up on forums for crochet and knit designers is whether to write the pattern before or after you make the finished item and what sort of notes to take. Well, a long time ago (ok less than a year) I posted a free pattern for a premie hat I made for donation at the CGOA Professional Development Day. I made the hat during the presentations …

Charity Crochet and a Free Pattern

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. —–I’m moving this post from August 13, 2009 over here. It was originally posted on my old blog. ——– At this yearโ€™s CGOA Professional Development Day we had the chance to make items for Knit for Needs (http://knitsforneeds.blogspot.com/), a charity that distributes knitted and crocheted items to those in need across the United States. Lion Brand provided a variety of yarn for us to work with. I made up a …

Knit & Crochet for the Kids: Barbie Clothing

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. Sometimes, I take a break from my “work” crochet to make something I know I won’t have to write up a pattern for. My daughter was given a few Barbie dolls at garage sales, and she loves playing with them. The only thing is…well….they were dressed rather scandalously. Husband and I decided that we were going to have to get them proper clothes before she could play with them again. …

Project Count Down

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This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small amount if you make a purchase using this link. Thanks for helping to support a fellow crafter. So I normally judge how long I think a project will take by the number of skeins it will take. So I leave more time for a 5 skein project than a 3 skein-er. I also take into account the size of the skein, b/c that 25g ball of cashmere is going to go a lot faster than, say, the giant thing of Red Heart Super Saver. This system only …