Fun Ramblings

Love the (Crocheted) Jewels!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 27th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

After this crazy wonderful holiday season, don’t you think you deserve some jewelry? Do you have some new yarn in your stash that you’d like to try or have you rediscovered the remnants of a luxurious project that would make a pretty accessory? Are you ready for a project that is quick, satisfying, gorgeous, and fun?

If so, please read on, Crochet Spotters! I’ve gathered together some beautiful Crochet Spot Jewelry Patterns that will keep you happy and stylish! These will have passers by shouting (like my good friend used to say) “Love the jewels!”

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Crochet “Me Time”

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 23rd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Are you a people-pleaser? I think most of us can be, at least some of the time. Truly, the busy winter holidays are a time when we find ourselves pulled in many different directions. For the past few weeks I’ve given you ideas of gifts to give and make. I love this and I think it’s exciting, but at the same time, we can get wrapped up in doing all of this crafting for others and our beloved hobby can actually stress us out!

If we find ourselves creating mostly to please others, then maybe it’s time for a change or a break. Maybe we’re ready for some Crochet “Me Time!”

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Image modified from Mo Riza via link to creative commons license

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Hey, Pal! If I Give You Crochet, Use It!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 17th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

Sometimes crochet is precious. And often it is useful. In my opinion, even if it is precious, it should still be used.

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Your First Crochet Design

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 9th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 15 Comments

Hello, Crochet Spotters! Welcome to your first crochet design! Yes, I said your crochet design. Did that statement strike fear into your heart? Are you incredulous? Or excited?

Crochet pattern designers get a lot of respect from fellow yarn crafters. There is something impressive about knowing that someone has the creativity, knowledge, and skills to create something and put it out into the world. Although I haven’t yet designed here on Crochet Spot, I do have a pattern that is published in a popular crochet book and another that has been accepted for publication. When sharing that news with my yarn crafting friends, I’ve generally gotten one of two reactions – either “I could never do that” or “Hm. Maybe I could do that.”

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Some people take to crochet design like a fish to water and others feel like a fish out of water when the topic of their possibly designing something comes up. I am here to tell you that all the little fishies can play in the pond. If you’ve crocheted, you are already a sort of designer. :)
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Give Crochet Gifts You Do Not Have to Crochet!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 6th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Time’s a-ticking, people, and we’re careening our way toward the new year without slowing down. Now take a look at your gift-making list… Are you panicked yet?

Breathe. There are times when we all bite off a little more than we can chew. I’m here to tell you that you can still incorporate crochet into your gift giving without actually having to do the crocheting! Sounds great, right? Time’s a-ticking, so let’s go!
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Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Paintings

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 2nd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 7 Comments

Hey, Crochet Spotters! Today I am excited to introduce you to one of my favorite crocheters and designers, Twinkie Chan! Twinkie Chan is a celebrated crochet designer who has created her niche by crocheting all things delicious and wearable! If you see someone wearing a pizza scarf, it’s most likely her design.

I’ve been following Twinkie since 2010 and I’ve learned that there are many exciting aspects to her career. She has been a successful seller on eBay, Etsy, and at craft fairs. She’s authored a popular pattern book and has another one in the works. She did a series of patterns for Michael’s and is currently featured on the website as a “Celebrity Crafter.” No doubt, all of this success is due to talent, focus, a lot of hard work.

One of the things I most admire about her is her focus within a well-defined niche. She’s really intent on creating adorable, food-related, crocheted wearables and items for adults. While that may perhaps sound somewhat limiting, it’s amazing to see how creative she gets within that category. One of the more surprising and certainly delightful works she has shared on her blog is a crocheted painting.
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Candy + Crochet Gift Ideas!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 25th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Ever get lost in thought while dipping and diving through all of the beautiful inspiration on Pinterest? You have? :) Of course you have! This post is inspired by the never-ending stream of visual stimulation that is Pinterest.

For whatever reason, my Pinterest feed is exploding with tons of gift wrapping ideas right now. There also seems to be a trend with giving food items like cookies, cupcakes, and candies. Well, I am fully in favor of that! Since I feel the need to put my own stamp on things, I decided to combine (what else?) Crochet and Candy!!

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Adorn Your Gifts, Home, and Tree with Crocheted Christmas Ornaments!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 22nd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

The seasons have turned, snow has begun to fall, the stores are already decked out in their Christmas splendor… Doesn’t it just fill your heart with excitement? These signals tell us it is time to nest. It’s time to connect with family and friends. It’s time to make everything warmer with crochet.

Have you planned your Christmas decorations and gift wrapping yet? Crochet can and SHOULD be a part of that! Why? Because it can be! The wonderful ritual of decking the halls, trimming the tree, and wrapping the gifts is made all the warmer with crochet. I’ve put together a round up of versatile and adorable Christmas ornaments for you to enjoy!

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Make Believe with Amigurumi, Crochet Plush Toys Kids Will Love!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 18th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 4 Comments

When I was interviewing for my teaching job in Mexico, the principal scheduled our meeting at about 10:30 A.M. As I walked across the campus to get to her office, I passed the kindergarten playground and the air was filled with the joyful squeals of laughter and happy chatter as the children ran and played. They were princesses, sailors, police officers, mamas and daddies. They were big blue whales, lions, puppies, & duckies.

I was sure the principal must have scheduled me right then on purpose. Who doesn’t delight in the sheer joy of children at play? It was a very happy time.
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Sustainable Living: How to Recycle Your Yarn

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on November 14th, 2014 by Tameko Barnette – 7 Comments

Now, I know this seems a little redundant, but it is not because there are so many ways to recycle yarn. There are many ways to get yarn in order to recycle it. I have seen so many people talking online about a variety of ways they recycle yarns. We’re not just talking about the yarn you already have at home like I talked about in previous posts, but other yarn resources.
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