Fun Ramblings

Airport Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 29th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Travel has been on my mind lately as it’s the summer up here in the Northern hemisphere and I have personally had occasion to board a flight or two recently. For me it is second nature to take crochet virtually everywhere I go, but I think it’s worth it to outline a few basic points about airport crochet. Crochet is an ideal craft to take with you while traveling by air. Nowadays it is pretty easy to pack and get the basic tools through security. While traveling in the airport and on the plane, crochet provides a welcome sense of relaxation while productively passing the time.
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The Most Elegant, Essential Crochet Project Ever

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 22nd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 14 Comments

This project is a classic. Loved by beginners and seasoned crocheters alike, this swath of crocheted fabric is used over and over again. It is loved and appreciated. It offers comfort and cleanliness. It gives us a chance to test our skills. It helps our gauge swatches find life in various rooms in the home. The most elegant, essential crochet project ever? It’s the crocheted washcloth.

I don’t know if you’ve ever thought of a washcloth this way, but bear with me for a moment, because I think I have a pretty good case.
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Fine Art Crochet?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 15th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 14 Comments

What is Fine Art?

Photo Modified from (c) Ayaka Darkly.  License

Photo Modified from (c) Ayaka Darkly. License

(Can of worms: opened!)

Fine art is art developed primarily for aesthetics, distinguishing it from applied art that also has to serve some practical function. (Source)

What is Craft?
A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. (Source)
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Summer Crochet Food Round-Up

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 12th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

The kids are out of school and it’s undeniably summer up here in the northern hemisphere! That means it’s time for some favorite summer activities like gardening, camping, and cooking out! Summer is so much fun that sometimes we let crochet fall to the wayside because we’re busy with different things to do. However, we here at Crochet Spot are fully in favor of summer crochet, and Rachel’s even got some tasty patterns to keep your hook working whether it is on the front porch while sipping a sweet tea, by the pool in the summer sun, or even relaxing in the air-conditioned comfort of your living room.

The neat thing is that a lot of them correspond to some favorite summer pastimes! And they’re also doubly delicious because (yum) they’re food!! Nom nom nom!
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It’s OVER! The Crochet vs. Knit War is Over!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 5th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 19 Comments

Right, so… When I started crocheting in 2008 or so, I began by reading one of the best ever crochet books ever, Debbie Stoller’s Stitch N’ Bitch Crochet, the Happy Hooker. It continues to be a mainstay of the crochet community and perhaps the most comprehensive “all-in-one” crochet manual out there. But that’s besides the point. In the introduction, Stoller brought voice to something weird that was out there in the yarn crafting conversation, as well as the crafting community at large – a serious division between crochet and knitting.
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Ever Had a Crochet Ugh?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 1st, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 9 Comments

I’m here to tell you it is okay. Good crocheters sometimes make ugly things! I’m not talking about things that are so ugly they’re cute. Because as creative people, that would be something we would have meant to do. I’m also not talking about “ugly pretty,” which is a term most often used on America’s Next Top Model. The way it would translate into crochet might be the captivating effect of when you bring two garish yarn colors together and they look so interesting together that you love the outcome. But I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about crochet ughs!
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Spring into Summer Crochet Along Winners

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on June 28th, 2014 by Rachel Choi – 8 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I had a great time during the Spring into Summer Crochet Along (CAL)! It’s been four weeks of crocheting, filled with a bunch of quick summer and spring themed patterns. As I mentioned at the beginning of the CAL, there is suppose to be a winner, but I’ve decided to choose a winner for each week of the CAL instead! Why have 1 winner, when you can have 4?
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I Heart Crochet Totes!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on June 24th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

OMG I totes love totes. (Scroll down for translation.)

Crochet totes are everything! (Photo source: flickr (c) Dan Zen  License

Crochet totes are everything! (Photo source: flickr (c) Dan Zen License)

I know, right!?

Translation: “My goodness, I am entirely fond of tote bags. Don’t you agree?”

I may sound a little giddy, but I don’t mind admitting that I do feel quite enthusiastic about crocheted totes. They’re so useful and so easy to make! I love a quick project and a good tote is definitely worth the return on investment.
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Spring into Summer Crochet Along (Week 4)

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on June 21st, 2014 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

This is the final week of the Crochet Along (CAL)!!! Week #4 patterns are now posted on the Spring into Summer Crochet Along page. Visit the main page and scroll down to the bottom to see week #4. If you missed the previous weeks, no worries, you can still participate! All are welcomed to join in at anytime. Feel free to browse the previous patterns and crochet as much as you please. Don’t forget to submit your photos to share with everyone. I love seeing what everyone is crocheting!

Again, you can view the latest CAL patterns here: Spring into Summer Crochet Along page

Have fun crocheting and don’t forget to share your photos! A “winner” will be randomly select at the end of the CAL.

Spring into Summer Crochet Along (Week 3)

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on June 14th, 2014 by Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

Week #3 patterns are now posted on the Spring into Summer Crochet Along page. Visit the main page and scroll down to the bottom to see week #3. If you missed the previous weeks, no worries, you can still participate! All are welcomed to join in at anytime. Feel free to browse the week #1, week #2, and week #3 patterns and crochet as much as you please. Don’t forget to submit your photos to share with everyone. I love seeing what everyone is crocheting!

Again, you can view the latest CAL patterns here: Spring into Summer Crochet Along page

Have fun crocheting and don’t forget to share your photos!