Tag Archives: crafting with yarn

It Starts With A Ball of Yarn…

These are just some of the many yarn projects I have completed, in the past few years.

Crafting from yarn is always a joy for me. ūüôā

Crocheting and knitting are two of the most rewarding and relaxing hobbies I have ever pursued.

¬†The interest in yarn crafts is at an all-time high right now and there’s no sign of that declining. And for good reason. Crocheting/knitting can be a very meditative experience.Many beautiful and quality items can be made¬†for a reasonable price.

A hand knit or crochet gift is so special. It could even¬†become a¬†treasured family heirloom. Until you’ve experienced the process of taking¬†yarn, working with it, following a pattern (or one you make yourself)and then seeing the finished project, you will only then understand the satisfaction of this¬† wonderful, creative experience. The¬†popularity of yarn crafts for people of all ages is proof of that too!

If you need help getting started there are oodles of free online patterns, instructional videos, classes and knit/crochet groups are gathering in homes and classrooms,¬†all over the world. And a great way to connect with new friends, wherever you live.¬†Lion Brand is just one of many,online resource with hundreds of free patterns, instructional videos, a good selection of yarns, tools and much more.It’s easier than you might think to get started.

¬†When I tried crochet for the first time¬†many years ago, I ended up learning just¬†from practicing and following photos in a crochet book. I didn’t know any other¬†“south-paws”¬†who were “hookers” LOL at the time. When I’d watch a right-handed person crochet, it always looked so awkward and confusing. So¬†with determination and hook in hand, I stayed up most of one¬†night and finally “got it” myself.

The crochet granny square throw (first photo in  the collage above) was my first real attempt at crochet. I still have and use this lovely blanket.

Here’s to the Joy of Creating With Yarn!!!
                            

PS: This is a revised version of a previous post I shared at one of my former blogs: Take a Happy Break. I hope you enjoy it for the first time, or as an encore read! ūüėČ

Stash Busting x 2! Knit and Crochet :-)

 

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If you knit or crochet on a regular basis like I do, I’m guessing you’ve also got a big stash of leftover yarns that are languishing in a craft tote or two (maybe three or four?) ūüėČ

I had a browse around Ravelry a couple of weeks ago, looking for ways to use up my own stash and found these two lovely tote patterns, one crochet and one knit.

Thanks to designer: Kathy North for allowing me to share the photo and pattern of her Stash Bustin’ Tote, pictured above.

It’s an easy pattern, so if you don’t have a lot of crochet experience, this would be a good project to tackle, to hone your “hooking” skills. ūüėČ

girl about town tote

The other stash-busting tote that I really liked, was this one: Girl About Town, designed by Joanne Yordanou.

This one is knit and again, an easy pattern that would ideal for beginners.

Thanks Joanne for allowing me to share your tote pattern/photo here too!

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Both of these patterns are currently free, so it’s a great time to download copies for yourself!

Ravelry is so amazing! So many talented designers over there, sharing their work, often for free or for a very nominal charge. I ♥ it! 

I hope to make one or both of these soon. I NEED a new tote bag, badly!! 

Happy Crafting and Week, G 

PS: If you are over at Ravelry, do stop by my page too, to see some of my finished projects and say hi! Hope to see you there. ūüôā