Fun Ramblings

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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Finish in ’15 Contest – New Prizes! Free Yarn! Enter Now!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on June 12th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments

Heeeeyyyyy! Remember how we started this cool contest all about finishing our WIPs and UFOs in 2015? Remember, it wasn’t a resolution, it was a CHALLENGE! And like all good challenges, there are rewards. And guess what? The rewards get better as we go along! Read on, ’cause this is BIG & involves FREE YARN!

@artlikebread Crochet Spot Finish in 15 Caissa McClinton Four FO's
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7 Speedy Father’s Day Gifts to Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on June 8th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

While Mother’s Day seems to have just passed, Father’s Day is sneaking up on us quickly! Even if you haven’t chosen the perfect gift for Pops, you still have time to whip him up something handmade and from the heart.

Father's Day Quick Crochet Gifts Round-Up by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread
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4 Ways to Hold Crocheted Pieces Together for Seaming

Posted in Fun Ramblings on June 2nd, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 4 Comments

Hello, my Crochet Spot friends! My crochet life has been full and inspiring as of late. I have been working on a lot of different projects which will be used as samples at my local yarn store! It’s all very exciting and it has led me to this post about how to hold your crocheted pieces together for seaming. In case you need a refresher, here is my post on How to Join Crochet Pieces Using Slip Stitches and the Outside Loops.

For the longest while, I had wanted to make a tissue box cozy that looks like a piece of cake, and finally, I did it! Since the cozy is crocheted in pieces, seaming was required. Furthermore, this particular pattern is really helped by pinning or holding the pieces together in some way. Today I’m going to share four ways to hold your crochet together for seaming.

Holding Together Crocheted Pieces for Seaming by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread
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Beach Crochet Pattern Round-Up for Summer!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on May 27th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Hello hello! Are you getting excited for the summer? Woohoo! Warmer weather has found its way to the Northern Hemisphere and soon it will be beach season! Whether you’re near a lake, ocean, or pool you can get into the fun by crocheting up some of this beachy goodness.

Caissa McClinton Beach Crochet Round Up artlikebread
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Dealing with Crocheter’s Arm & Hand Pain

Posted in Fun Ramblings on May 19th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 15 Comments

It has happened! The thing that all yarn crafters fear has happened to me! I have hand and arm pain! :( I have been pretty lucky so far, considering how much I use my hands for typing, mousing, manipulating my smart phone, and of course crocheting.

Since there is an abundance of information about crafter’s hand and arm pain on the web, I’m going to outline the steps I am personally taking to deal with my own problem. Needless to say, I am not a doctor, and this is not meant to be medical advice.

My pain is in my right hand, mostly between my thumb and forefinger. It extends to my wrist and is also sometimes shooting up my forearm. Boo! For a few days I couldn’t use my right arm to do a lot of things like holding anything or operating the computer or smart phone. Of course I have also been unable to crochet in the normal way.

Crochet Hand Arm Pain
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4 Great Ways to Boost Your Crochet Skills!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on May 13th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Crochet is a hobby that will never let you down. No matter how long you’ve been crocheting, there is always something new to learn. There will always be another technique, pattern, or yarn and hook combination that will send you into a different direction. And even if you know well beyond the basics of the craft, there will always be great techniques and tricks that individual crocheters will come up with. Crochet is very individual.

The purpose of this post today is to challenge you to think of crochet in a different way. In order to do this, I am offering you four great ways to boost your crochet skills. I hope that whatever you choose to do to increase your skill set will be a pleasure!

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Crochet Startitis? Blissful.

Posted in Fun Ramblings on May 5th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Remember back a while ago when I asked you to pay attention to what inspires your crochet? Well, I have been doing just that lately and I have two wonderful inspirations that have led to a big case of Crochet Startitis and I am loving it!

The first source of inspiration is the opening of a new and great yarn store in my local area! The beautiful store is called Sheep Thrills of Lauderhill, FL and it is focused upon creating an open & welcoming environment filled with uniquely beautiful, inspiring yarns. One of the great things I noticed was that the yarn prices varied greatly! I got a ball of really high quality and adorable t-shirt yarn there for $5, which is much less than what a comparable skein cost at my local big box!

Sheep Thrills Yarn Store Inspires My Crochet - @artlikebread Caissa McClinton
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10 Ways to Increase Your Yarn Stash

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 21st, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 5 Comments

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 – 3 Comments

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!
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