Fun Ramblings

10 Ways to Increase Your Yarn Stash

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 21st, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

I have come to realize, through griping about my crazy & out of control stash, that some Crochet Spotters may want a large stash. I also have come to realize that since buying yarn can be expensive, I should share some of the great thrifty tips that have helped me to amass such a vibrant & (well, now getting under control) stash.

Yarn is lovely and I am obsessed. That means that I budget for yarn each and every month. Through careful budgeting, shopping, and swapping, I have amassed quite a stash. It has taken me a long time to accumulate it! Truth be told, I am a very thrifty person. I have to be. Yet I still have yarn. If you want to amass an enormous stash, maybe these tips can help!

Photo modified from Jaydot via flickr.  License

Photo modified from Jaydot via flickr. License

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Finish in ’15 Second Quarter Entries

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 18th, 2015 by Rachel Choi – 1 Comment

Are you participating in the Finish in ’15 Year Long WIP/UFO Challenge? All are welcomed to join at anytime! This contest is a fun event to help get your projects completed. In this post are all the photos submitted by readers so far for the second quarter of the challenge. Remember there will be a winner every 3 months and each photo you submit counts as an entry!

Join the contest by emailing your 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!

Here are the photos submitted via email so far…

I love the rainbow of colors in Lynn's work.

I love the rainbow of colors in Lynn’s work.

Vicki just finished crocheting this gorgeous doily.

Vicki just finished crocheting this gorgeous doily.

Here is Faiza's finished crochet project in pink.

Here is Faiza’s finished crochet project in pink.

Faiza also crocheted some flowers and added beads.

Faiza also crocheted some flowers and added beads.

Here's another one of Faiza's projects.

Here’s another one of Faiza’s projects.

Here's  another one of Faiza's projects with a big flower.

Here’s another one of Faiza’s projects with a big flower.

Email your crochet photos to [email protected] to enter into the contest!
Or you can enter by using our online entry form.

The Best Crochet Project Bag

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 14th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been toting my crochet around with me wherever I go these days. It makes me so happy! I bring my crochet with me to work and gaze upon it, though I never have time to work on it while I’m there. It’s okay because it keeps me motivated and if I do get a rare moment to make one or two stitches, well, that’s progress!

I’ve been taking a little of my own advice and I’ve been Finding My Crochet Time. For me that means just doing a few rows or a few repeats every day. It feels great to see my projects grow and I’ve been enjoying the beautiful yarn from my local yarn shops (and my stash, of course!) I had been using a variety of different project bags, but the one I decided to take with me just last night felt completely perfect. Here’s a picture!

It's cute, right?

It’s cute, right?

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Finish in ’15 First Quarter Contest Winner!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 4th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 7 Comments

Hey, guess what! We have a winner of the first prize in our Finish in ’15 Challenge! Crochet Spotter Crystal Wall entered the contest and was chosen at random to receive a free pattern from the Crochet Spot Store! Here are Crystal’s WIP pictures!

Finish in Fifteen Winner Crystal Wall
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Stash Busting Tip: Double-Stranded Crochet!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on March 31st, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

I am very excited to share a technique I recently rediscovered while working on my newest crocheted shawl for spring. The technique is called “double stranding.” It is actually quite simple and it can really come in handy when you’re trying to stash down (as I still am doing!)

Double Stranded Crochet, Stash Busting Tip by Caissa McClinton for Crochet Spot @artlikebread
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Adaptive Crochet For the Legally Blind

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News, Tutorials and Help on March 21st, 2015 by Rachel Choi – 4 Comments

I recently received an email from Sister Margaret Mary, a Crochet Spot reader, who uses an adaptive method for crocheting because she is legally blind. She made a nice video demonstrating the method she uses while crocheting a variety of stitches. After watching the video, I was able to relate to a lot of the tips that she provided, although I am not legally bind. The tips can be use by anyone who crochets, and if you do have trouble seeing your stitches for whatever reason (forgetting your glasses, dim lighting, etc.) then this video is worth checking out:

Do you have trouble seeing your crochet stitches? Do you use an adaptive method to crochet? Join the conversation in the comments below!

Make Your Spring Cleaning More Fun with Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on March 17th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Hey there, Crochet Spotters! How’s the weather by you? I know there are lots of us living in the Northern part of North America, and I understand that winter’s in full swing up there. But I’m here to tell you that warmer weather is on the way! By the time that rolls around, you want to be ready to rush out and enjoy it, right? You don’t want to be stuck in the house doing your spring cleaning. According to the calendar, we’re just a few weeks away from Passover and Easter, the harbingers of the new season, so it’s time to plan and get moving! Why not incorporate crochet into your spring cleaning?

Image via flickr modified from Chiot's Run license

Image via flickr modified from Chiot’s Run license

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Warm Up Your Cubicle with Crochet

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

Do you work in cube world? It’s that greyish-taupey-colored land with neutral carpeting and ever-flattering flourescent lights glowing from drop ceilings. Inside each identical, semi-private cubby hole you’ll see a work surface, computer, and soft (padded?) but very short walls. This is the world that was created for productivity, as evidenced by the constant clicking of computer keys and shuffling of file folders. It’s a world you may live in for at least 40 hours a week. Does this place sound familiar? Here’s a picture in case you can’t see it in your mind’s eye.

Image by Steve via flickr link to license

Image by Steve via flickr link to license

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Your Favorite Crochet Project!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on March 7th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

Admit it. You crochet a lot, don’t you? I bet you have many projects in your history by now. From afghans & sweaters to totes & toys, crochet has it all. We can crochet just about anything we can imagine. There is a certain magic when a crochet project comes together. Whether it is carefully planned or a happy accident, it is amazing to see the final sewn seam, the ends made invisible by careful weaving, and the beauty of the finished product.

Erin once did a round-up of her favorite patterns, and Rachel has asked us about our favorite things to crochet, but we’ve never discussed our personal favorites here at Crochet Spot. So allow me to ask, whether it was carefully planned and executed, or just “off the top of your hook,” what was your absolute favorite crochet project of all time? This could be a tough question because so many of us just crochet to gift, sell, or donate to charity. I am certain that I can’t even remember all of my previous projects. (Truthfully, some of them I don’t want to remember!) But I did begin to think about what my absolute favorite project of all time was, and it wasn’t that easy to find the answer.

It's pretty, but this isn't it! image by artlikebread

It’s pretty, but this isn’t it! image by artlikebread

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3 Crochet Ideas for a Day at the Spa

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on March 3rd, 2015 by Tameko Barnette – 2 Comments
When we think about going to a day spa, we rarely think about crochet. Even when we are creating an at-home spa environment, we never think about involving crochet, unless we are working on a project while we soak our feet. Perhaps, it’s time to get some to create some crochet items that will assist us in having a wonderful day spa or at-home spa experience. SPADAY

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