Fun Ramblings

Oscar Mystery Crochet Along Update!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on February 9th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 4 Comments

The Oscar Ceremony on February 28th is right around the corner and (not without controversy) the nominees have been announced! I am delighted with the amount of interest in the Oscar Mystery Crochet Along. Thank you! You have also asked some great questions, so hopefully after this post, all will be a lot clearer.

I am excited to provide you with a sneak peek of one of the award badges, and a preview of the stitches we will use! All of the stitches we will use have a photo tutorial on Crochet Spot, so you can feel free to practice before the event!

Oscar Mystery Crochet Along on @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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10 Ways to Show Your Love of Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on February 2nd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? I have had mixed feelings about it over the years. Most of the time I didn’t take the holiday seriously other than rejoicing over the return of the conversation hearts. πŸ˜‰ When I lived in Mexico, Valentine’s Day was celebrated as “Dia de Amor y Amistad,” or, “Day of Love and Friendship.” In the school where I worked, more emphasis was placed upon friendship than romantic love.

Whether it’s for love, or for friendship, you can certainly celebrate Valentine’s Day with crochet! Here are ten patterns your hook will love!

Ten 10 Crochet Patterns for Valentine's Day on @crochetspot @artlikebread

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Book Review: 10 Basic Granny Squares, 30 Bags by Margaret Hubert

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 30th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments

Today we’re reviewing the latest publication from CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame Member Margaret Hubert. In the past I’ve reviewed & given away Margaret’s books Customize Your Crochet and 10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets. As it turns out, you can do a lot with a granny square! In this newly released book, 10 Basic Granny Squares 30 Bags, Ms. Hubert sparks our creativity and encourages us to flaunt our handiwork all over town by carrying one of the thirty bags she has designed for our enjoyment.

10 Granny Squares 30 Bags Book Review by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread on @crochetspot

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Interested in an Oscar Mystery CAL?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 21st, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 20 Comments

Hey, everyone! The Golden Globes have passed, and the Oscar nominees have recently been announced. What do you think of the choices? In order to celebrate the Awards Season, I thought we could do a really fun, quick crochet along.

It will work kind of like a drinking game during the Oscars, except we will be determining the pattern based upon who wins in several of the categories. Drinking is optional. :) Read on for more details!

Join the Crochet Spot Oscars Mystery CAL with Caissa McClinton @artlikebread @crochetspot

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Finish in ’15 Fourth Quarter Winners!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 12th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 7 Comments

Two-thousand and fifteen was a productive year for the Crochet Spot community and you’ve all earned the reward of a job well done on your crochet projects! December 31, 2015 marked the end of our Finish in ’15 Contest, and we’re excited to announce the final winners!

Finish in 15 Fourth Quarter Winners on @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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Celebrate the Awards Season with Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 2nd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

I adore pop culture and movie buzz. How about you? It can be fun to host an Oscar or Golden Globes party and why shouldn’t crochet be a part of that? I wrote about “Red Carpet Ready” Crochet in 2014 and since the peak of the awards season is upon us, let’s take our inspiration from the stars and crochet some fun!

Crochet Inspired by the Awards Season on Crochet Spot @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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15 Most Popular Free Crochet Patterns of 2015

Posted in Free Crochet Patterns, Fun Ramblings on December 31st, 2015 by Rachel Choi – 1 Comment

We had amazing crochet patterns published on Crochet Spot in 2015, thanks to all of our wonderful writers and designers! The patterns range from blankets to home decor to wearable items, so there’s bound to be something you will enjoy crocheting. Here is a roundup of the 15 most popular free crochet patterns that were published on Crochet Spot in 2015. I hope you enjoy all of the patterns, and cheers to a new year and more crochet patterns to come!
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Crocheting Mandalas as Moving Meditation

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 24th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

If you have been following crochet online (and something tells me if you’re reading this you probably do), you may have noticed an uptick in the prevalence of crocheting mandalas. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence began a project called Mandalas for Marinke in memory of crochet designer Marinke “Wink” Slump. If you’re interested in reading about the project, you should check out this link or the article in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015 about it.

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo

Today we’ll look at crocheting mandalas as a moving meditation like walking a labyrinth.
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Finish in ’15 Fourth Quarter Entries (Page 3)

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 19th, 2015 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Are you participating in the Finish in ’15 Year Long WIP/UFO Challenge? All are welcomed to join at anytime! Wow, there’s been so many entries this quarter. Due to the overwhelming number of photos submitted so far during this final fourth quarter, a third page of photos was created to show off all the awesome crocheting! Feel free to check out the first page and the second page to see all the wonderful crochet photos submitted during this quarter.

At the end of this quarter, multiple winners will be randomly selected! Here are some of the awesome prizes:

Join the contest by emailing your recent photos to [email protected]
Your photos can be any WIP (work in progress) you have on your hook at the moment, any item you just finished, any UFO (unfinished object) that’s been sitting around your house, any item that you “frogged” (ripped out to reuse the yarn for something else). Submit as many photos are you like, each crochet item you submit counts as another entry!

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Yarns for You Yarn Review: Be So Sporty by Kristin Omdahl

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 10th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Woo-hoo! We’re back with a very special yarn for you. I am very excited about this one because I’ve been a fan for ages but have just gotten into really working with this yarn. The yarn I’m reviewing is Be So Sporty by Kristin Omdahl. Kristin Omdahl is a celebrated crochet and knitwear designer. She is also an independent businesswoman and a single mom. After selling crochet and knit patterns, authoring many books, and partnering with Eucalan to create her own scent of wool wash, Kristin launched her yarn line, Bamboo So Fine. I’ve watched the line expand from one yarn weight to two, and from six colors to the current seventeen.

Be So Sporty Yarn Review on Crochet Spot

Yarn Facts: Kristin’s descriptions really say it all! “Be So Sporty Yarn by Kristin Omdahl Yarns is a beautiful, 100% bamboo, sport weight yarn. Spun, milled and hand dyed in the United States of America; this lustrous and silky soft yarn gets even drapier and silkier after hand-washing in your favorite delicate wash. The colors are bright, saturated and inspired by tropical flowers and the sea.” Are you interested? The yarn comes in hanks of 325 yards and Kristin has tons of pattern support in both crochet and knit. Be So Sporty Yarn comes in 17 colors that are great to wear.

What’s this yarn like? It’s so interesting! The bamboo yarn is really compelling and I like what I can do with it. I usually work with more pliable yarns but since I am in a warmer climate, working with fibers like bamboo and linen makes a lot of sense for me. The yarn is easy to work with and the colors are absolutely beautiful. I recently purchased the Be So Sporty Sampler Kit which includes samples of each of the seventeen colors, totaling about 400 yards of yarn. It also comes with three patterns. It was a treat working with the yarn and seeing how the colors work together. I am making Kristin’s Slouchy Hat, which features a knit headband. I will have to figure out how to modify that to crochet!

Be So Sporty Yarn Review on Crochet Spot 2

Kristin listed some surprising properties of bamboo in her newsletter. I thought I would share them here because it’s such great information. She writes,

“I just love how much my Kristin Omdahl Yarns feel like silk! Slinky and sensuous, it drapes and moves like a far more expensive yarn, and also has exciting extra benefits.

Why Bamboo?
– Bamboo is softer than cotton, with a texture similar to a blend of cashmere and silk.
– Bamboo has twice the moisture absorbency of cotton along with extraordinary soil release.
– Natural antibacterial elements in bamboo fibre keep bacteria away from bamboo fabrics.
– Bamboo is eco-friendly and biodegradable.
– 100% bamboo yarns show great elasticity.
– A garment of bamboo fibre can absorb and evaporate human sweat in a split second. Garments made of bamboo keep you cool and comfortable and never stick to the skin, even during the hot summer.
– The anti-ultraviolet nature of bamboo fibre makes it especially suitable for summer clothing.”

I had purchased a hank last year but wondered what I would make with it. To me this is a very special yarn, so I wanted to make something perfect. Well, the hank was passed around the yarn store a few times (to lots of “Ooo’s” and “Aaahs”) and I just finally got it back. I now have two gorgeous options, both patterns written by Kristin herself. My skein will become either this cowl or this scarf.

The texture of this yarn is smooth to the touch. It is plied with many smaller strands that are spun into the sport weight. While working on my slouchy beanie, I did get some splitting with this yarn, but I think it was due to the hook/yarn combo. I was not working with my favorite hook! Ripping back work made from this yarn is really easy as there’s definitely no halo to tangle. The yarn is very strong and appears to be durable as well. Because the yarn is hand-dyed, there is some slight variation in the hank’s saturated colors. In my sampler kit, I noticed the purple had the most variation but it was perfect for my project. I am looking forward to using this options for garments, accessories, and bags. To keep up with Kristin, subscribe to her newsletter. You can find back issues here.

Should I go shopping for this, and if so, where? YES! I recommend this yarn 100% with enthusiasm. The price is good for what you get, considering the high-end look of the yarn, the feeling, the versatility of the yarn and the incredible pattern support. Shop Kristin on Amazon or on her Etsy shop.

Had you ever heard of Kristin Omdahl before this? Have you tried her yarn yet? Which projects do you think would look great with this yarn? What other information would you like to know about the yarn? Which yarns would you like to see reviewed on Crochet Spot? Please leave your thoughts, ideas, and points of view in the comments below!