Fun Ramblings

Finish in ’15 New Prize! Handmade Shawl Pin from Michelle’s Assortment!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 3rd, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments

Hey, everyone!! During my recent visit to Stitches Midwest I was on the lookout for things I thought you all would love and even some prizes to pass along to the readers of Crochet Spot. Since we’ve been engaging in our Finish in ’15 WIP/UFO Challenge all year, I was hoping to sweeten the pot with some unique & crochet friendly swag. Luckily I found an intriguing option, a handmade shawl pin from Michelle’s Assortment!

This is the actual prize! Green goes with everything!

This is the actual prize! Green goes with everything!





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6 Fun Crochet Patterns for the Sukkah

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 25th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments

Have you ever heard of Sukkot? Like Hanukkah, it is a Jewish Festival that lasts about a week. Unlike Hanukkah, it takes place during the autumn season. It is a time to give thanks for the fall harvest. During this time, people who observe this festival build sukkahs, which are temporary shelters meant to symbolize the shelters used by Jews during the 40 years of wandering.

During the festival, people spend time in the sukkah, eating there, having guests, and sometimes even sleeping there. Decorating the sukkah can be a fun activity for the whole family. Since Sukkot begins on September 27, 2015 and ends on October 4th this year, there is plenty of time to crochet one of these projects for your sukkah or to share these project with friends who may celebrate the holiday.

Six Fun Crochet Patterns for the Sukkah a Round Upl by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread




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Stitches Midwest 2015 Recap

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 18th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Attending Stitches Midwest for the first time was like going to a crafty playground! There was so much there – so many colors, so many tools, so many people… And we all had something in common – fiber crafting! It was a lot of fun to go to this event, which was unlike any other I have attended. I took classes, shopped the marketplace, and networked. I had a lot of special experiences during the four-day event. There is a lot to process for sure, but I am happy to share a bit of my experience with you here on Crochet Spot.

Recap of Stitches Midwest 2015 @artlikebread Caissa McClinton Crochet




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Tips for Finding & Enjoying a Crochet Conference or Fiber Festival

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 11th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 4 Comments

Ahhh! As I am writing this I am eagerly anticipating all the yarny wonder of the famous fiber event, Stitches Midwest. By the time you read this, the event will be over, but as it turns out, there are a number of crochet conventions and fiber festivals all over the world (and even at sea!)

How does one find a fiber festival? How can one make the most of the time there? Read on for my (lengthy but nowhere near comprehensive) list of crochet conventions and fiber festivals and a few tips for saving money and enjoying the event!

Tips to Find & Enjoy a Crochet Conference or Fiber Festival @artlikebread Caissa McClinton Crochet




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Finish in ’15 Third Quarter Entries

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 1st, 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! 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 third 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 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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7 Fantastic Back to School Crochet Patterns

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 28th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

I know it might seem early, but trust me, back to school is right around the corner. A friend of mine has kids that start school on August 10th! Seriously! So I thought I would post this round up of fantastic crochet patterns for back to school! Since these are all relatively small, you have plenty of time to whip something up before the kids head off to school again this year.

7 Back to School Crochet Patterns a Round-Up by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread




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Hairpin Crochet Lace for Summer

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 21st, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments

Man, it is hot up here in the northern hemisphere! Summer is truly upon us and I’ve seen some lacy clothing come out of storage and have a day in the sun. Summer is perfect for crochet and it seems that each year, every season, I see more and more crochet in stores, online, and on the runway. Hairpin lace is a classic crochet technique that people may not know is crochet. It was originally crocheted using a lady’s hairpin as a loom. As I researched for this essay, I became fascinated with the history of hairpin lace.

Corrine Munger took these hairpin crochet lace photos !

Corrine Munger took these hairpin crochet lace photos !





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Willow Yarns Daily DK Review

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 14th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 4 Comments

Isn’t it exciting to find a new product or company that you just love? Well, that’s how I feel about Willow Yarns. The company is new to me, but what a wonderful product they have to offer. I don’t even remember how I heard about them, but I am glad that I did because they just provide another affordable option for getting good yarns. And what I love about their website is that they give free shipping on orders larger than $50, so if it is time to stock up, they are a good option.

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Finish in ’15 Second Quarter Contest Winner!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 7th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Hooray! We have three lucky winners of the prizes in our Finish in ’15 Challenge!

@artlikebread Crochet Spot Finish in 15 Caissa McClinton 2nd Quarter Winners




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20 Great Crochet Patterns for the College-Bound

Posted in Fun Ramblings on June 30th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Did your eyes well up with tears this past month as you watched someone special walk across the stage and receive a high school diploma? The college years are a very special time in someone’s life. I remember when my mom dropped me off at the residence hall with all my stuff. She came running back in to make sure I had a quarter for a phone call. (Yes, I’m dating myself, but I don’t care! It was the 1990s!)

It was during my college years that I learned how to make a space like home and uniquely my own. I missed my family quite a bit but I was comforted by the things that reminded me of home and family. Why not send your child/friend/family member off to college with something special and crocheted especially for them by you!

Photos via flickr by South Hadley Historical Society, Katie Peek, and Erin. License

Photos via flickr by South Hadley Historical Society, Katie Peek, and Erin. License





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