Fun Ramblings

The Crocheted Pineapple, a Modern Motif with History

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 23rd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

The pineapple is a very traditional, completely beautiful, crocheted lace pattern. Pineapple patterns (both representational and symbolic) have been found in needlework books dating back to as early as the 1840s, but the recorded history of the pineapple as fruit and symbol goes back to hundreds of years before that.

Pineapple is native to the Caribbean, and the indigenous Carib people used to place a “nana” at the entrance to a village to signify welcome to guests. As the fruit was spread to other regions by Christopher Columbus, among others, the tradition of the pineapple as a welcoming symbol also spread.
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Crochet Spot Stash-Bustin’ Pattern Round-Up

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 16th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

Perhaps the best part of stashing down is rediscovering skeins of yarn that you can now put to work! This pattern round up is designed to help you use favorite yarn oddments quickly, and also to blaze through large yarn lots in no time.

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The 100% Foolproof,* Crochet Yarn Stash Down Plan (with free printable labels!)

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 9th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 5 Comments

Let’s have some fun. Nothing’s really 100% foolproof, right?

Crochet Spotters, I love you! Thank you! You’ve seen my worries about my yarn overload. You’ve heard me fret about creeping toward SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy). You’ve honored me with comments of support and commisseration. You’ve provided me with helpful tips. You’ve offered me alternative viewpoints that I’ve never before considered.

And now a couple of weeks have passed and I have to put my stash down plan into print and into action. I hope you’ll join me, too.

Based upon your generous comments, I can see that some Crochet Spotters can be plotted on the following Venn Diagram:

Do you see yourself in this diagram?

Do you see yourself in this diagram?

Well, hopefully the following plan will help us all. Hey, you never know. The idea is to stash down, pay it forward, and have fun doing it. Are you ready? Let’s go!
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Crochet Spotters Share Stash Down Tips

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 3rd, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 18 Comments

Crochet Spotters always come through. When I wrote last week’s post about having a seriously large stash, I wasn’t prepared for the wonderful flood of responses I would get. Thank you so much to Maryisidre, 1001knits, Doug, Melissa, and Kim Domingue, who made me feel not so alone!

With your encouragement (and great ideas) I think I am (just about) ready to tackle my stash. I know how to do this in theory, but in practice it takes a bit more preparation, drive, and willpower. While I was not in my space, but had some free time, I imagined what I would do and how I would do it. I am happy to report that I have a plan (kind of) but I can tell this is going to be a serious undertaking. The plan needs a little more work, but in the meantime, I am honored to share the following:
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Crochet Stash Too Large? Is That Even a Thing?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 27th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 29 Comments

So here I am asking a question I never thought I would ask: Is it possible that I have too much yarn?

Image modified from CollegeDegrees360 via flickr license

Image modified from CollegeDegrees360 via flickr
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“Professional Auntie” Goes Baby Crochet Crazy!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 19th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments

I am a “professional auntie!” This means I have a huge number of nieces and nephews (at least a Baker’s Dozen), and I’m not actually related to any of them! It’s great being a professional auntie who crochets because if I ever feel the need to impulse crochet something cuter than cute I have an instant reason to do so!

Look!  I found a baby-friend!

Look! I found a baby-friend!


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Yes, This IS Your Grandmother’s Crochet! (Because Grannies are COOL!)

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 12th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments

Yeah, I said it! I love granny squares and with a granny square there is almost nothing you can not do! People sometimes say, ‘This isn’t your grandmother’s crochet.’ I know what they mean by that. They are trying to get at the idea that crochet is fresh, hip, and fun. But who said that grannies aren’t all of those things? I think it depends upon the person! Let’s talk about grannies!

My grandmother was a really interesting and cool person for all of her years. She was someone who, while keeping her foundation firmly implanted, kept moving forward, learning, growing, and changing with the times. I learned perseverance from her and she served as a strong role model. Through her example I know that we never have to stop changing, and never have to stop growing.
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Crochet Photo Roundup #11

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on August 5th, 2014 by Rachel Choi – 4 Comments

On this eleventh photo round up, we have a special treat! A Crochet Spot super fan, Emma, has a bunch of crochet photos to share with us all! I can’t believe all the different patterns she has used. I love her tweaks to the patterns, making each item her very own. Feel free to click on the photos or the links to see the original patterns. Don’t forget you can share your photos too! If you’d like to be included in a future roundup feel free to submit your crochet pictures.
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Airport Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 29th, 2014 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 17 Comments

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 – 16 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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