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 year’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 …

Missing Crochet Hooks

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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 working on a new project. I’m using an F-hook. I’ve been using the F (3.75mm) hook a lot lately. It’s not just because F is my favorite for a dk weight yarn. It’s because I can’t find my clover soft touch G hook. It’s pulled a disappearing act. So I’ll be buying another one Monday. And, yes, I have like 10 other G hooks, but I really like my …

Crochet & Knit Toolkit: Stitch Markers

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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. Whenever you start learning to knit or crochet you accumulate a large number of needles and hooks very quickly. If you stick with it long enough, your stitch marker stash increases also. Stitch markers are a fantastic tool. You can use them to mark a specific stitch, the increase point on a shawl, mark pattern repeat sections, mark the beginning of rounds, or keep track of where the top of …

Monday Monday

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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. Sunday night has left me exhausted from a marathon session of weaving in ends. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post where I do the first in an ongoing series on crochet and knit notions.

Crochet Pattern: Free Spirit Tote

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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. The April addition to the Poetry in Yarn pattern line is now available! It’s the Free Spirit Tote. I’m calling this the Free Spirit Tote because I didn’t have a plan when I started making this. I new it would be a bag, but that was it. I literally decided round by round what I wanted to do. It made me think of a free spirit, unconstrained by any boundaries. …

Crochet Pattern Photo Shoot

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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 today’s activity was taking photos for the release of the Free Spirit Tote. I rearranged furniture for some indoors shots, and then I headed outside to take advantage of the nice weather. Here is a wider shot showing the bag set up on a white backdrop (posterboard). I set it on the ground while I took photos from the steps directly above. Friday’s post will have the final photos …