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Finish in ’15 Fourth Quarter Winners!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 12th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 7 Comments

Two-thousand and fifteen was a productive year for the Crochet Spot community and you’ve all earned the reward of a job well done on your crochet projects! December 31, 2015 marked the end of our Finish in ’15 Contest, and we’re excited to announce the final winners!

Finish in 15 Fourth Quarter Winners on @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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Caring for Your Handcrafted Crochet Items

Posted in Tutorials and Help on January 7th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

How do you care for your crocheted items? My guess would be that the answer depends upon the materials you used in making your project. While care instructions can be easily found on most yarn labels, I tend to treat my handmade items with a little extra consideration. Today we’ll look at some yarn labels and go over two ways to care for your crocheted items.

1 Caring for Your Handcrafted Crochet Items by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread on @crochetspot

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Celebrate the Awards Season with Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 2nd, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

I adore pop culture and movie buzz. How about you? It can be fun to host an Oscar or Golden Globes party and why shouldn’t crochet be a part of that? I wrote about “Red Carpet Ready” Crochet in 2014 and since the peak of the awards season is upon us, let’s take our inspiration from the stars and crochet some fun!

Crochet Inspired by the Awards Season on Crochet Spot @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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Crocheting Mandalas as Moving Meditation

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 24th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 6 Comments

If you have been following crochet online (and something tells me if you’re reading this you probably do), you may have noticed an uptick in the prevalence of crocheting mandalas. I think there are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence began a project called Mandalas for Marinke in memory of crochet designer Marinke “Wink” Slump. If you’re interested in reading about the project, you should check out this link or the article in Interweave Crochet, Fall 2015 about it.

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo

Image from @crochetblogger used with permission of Kathryn Vercillo

Today we’ll look at crocheting mandalas as a moving meditation like walking a labyrinth.
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Free Christmas and Holiday Printable Download! “Crocheted by” Gift Tags

Posted in Tutorials and Help on December 17th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

The holiday season is well underway and I hope you have been enjoying it as much as I have! In order to support your Christmas and holiday gift giving, I created these downloadable “crocheted by” gift tags. There are 5 different variations to print and use.

1 Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Crocheted by Free Downloadable Labels by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

To get full pages of each label type & instructions on how to use them, click on each image!

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Yarns for You Yarn Review: Be So Sporty by Kristin Omdahl

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 10th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 1 Comment

Woo-hoo! We’re back with a very special yarn for you. I am very excited about this one because I’ve been a fan for ages but have just gotten into really working with this yarn. The yarn I’m reviewing is Be So Sporty by Kristin Omdahl. Kristin Omdahl is a celebrated crochet and knitwear designer. She is also an independent businesswoman and a single mom. After selling crochet and knit patterns, authoring many books, and partnering with Eucalan to create her own scent of wool wash, Kristin launched her yarn line, Bamboo So Fine. I’ve watched the line expand from one yarn weight to two, and from six colors to the current seventeen.

Be So Sporty Yarn Review on Crochet Spot

Yarn Facts: Kristin’s descriptions really say it all! “Be So Sporty Yarn by Kristin Omdahl Yarns is a beautiful, 100% bamboo, sport weight yarn. Spun, milled and hand dyed in the United States of America; this lustrous and silky soft yarn gets even drapier and silkier after hand-washing in your favorite delicate wash. The colors are bright, saturated and inspired by tropical flowers and the sea.” Are you interested? The yarn comes in hanks of 325 yards and Kristin has tons of pattern support in both crochet and knit. Be So Sporty Yarn comes in 17 colors that are great to wear.

What’s this yarn like? It’s so interesting! The bamboo yarn is really compelling and I like what I can do with it. I usually work with more pliable yarns but since I am in a warmer climate, working with fibers like bamboo and linen makes a lot of sense for me. The yarn is easy to work with and the colors are absolutely beautiful. I recently purchased the Be So Sporty Sampler Kit which includes samples of each of the seventeen colors, totaling about 400 yards of yarn. It also comes with three patterns. It was a treat working with the yarn and seeing how the colors work together. I am making Kristin’s Slouchy Hat, which features a knit headband. I will have to figure out how to modify that to crochet!

Be So Sporty Yarn Review on Crochet Spot 2

Kristin listed some surprising properties of bamboo in her newsletter. I thought I would share them here because it’s such great information. She writes,

“I just love how much my Kristin Omdahl Yarns feel like silk! Slinky and sensuous, it drapes and moves like a far more expensive yarn, and also has exciting extra benefits.

Why Bamboo?
– Bamboo is softer than cotton, with a texture similar to a blend of cashmere and silk.
– Bamboo has twice the moisture absorbency of cotton along with extraordinary soil release.
– Natural antibacterial elements in bamboo fibre keep bacteria away from bamboo fabrics.
– Bamboo is eco-friendly and biodegradable.
– 100% bamboo yarns show great elasticity.
– A garment of bamboo fibre can absorb and evaporate human sweat in a split second. Garments made of bamboo keep you cool and comfortable and never stick to the skin, even during the hot summer.
– The anti-ultraviolet nature of bamboo fibre makes it especially suitable for summer clothing.”

I had purchased a hank last year but wondered what I would make with it. To me this is a very special yarn, so I wanted to make something perfect. Well, the hank was passed around the yarn store a few times (to lots of “Ooo’s” and “Aaahs”) and I just finally got it back. I now have two gorgeous options, both patterns written by Kristin herself. My skein will become either this cowl or this scarf.

The texture of this yarn is smooth to the touch. It is plied with many smaller strands that are spun into the sport weight. While working on my slouchy beanie, I did get some splitting with this yarn, but I think it was due to the hook/yarn combo. I was not working with my favorite hook! Ripping back work made from this yarn is really easy as there’s definitely no halo to tangle. The yarn is very strong and appears to be durable as well. Because the yarn is hand-dyed, there is some slight variation in the hank’s saturated colors. In my sampler kit, I noticed the purple had the most variation but it was perfect for my project. I am looking forward to using this options for garments, accessories, and bags. To keep up with Kristin, subscribe to her newsletter. You can find back issues here.

Should I go shopping for this, and if so, where? YES! I recommend this yarn 100% with enthusiasm. The price is good for what you get, considering the high-end look of the yarn, the feeling, the versatility of the yarn and the incredible pattern support. Shop Kristin on Amazon or on her Etsy shop.

Had you ever heard of Kristin Omdahl before this? Have you tried her yarn yet? Which projects do you think would look great with this yarn? What other information would you like to know about the yarn? Which yarns would you like to see reviewed on Crochet Spot? Please leave your thoughts, ideas, and points of view in the comments below!

Book Review & Giveaway: 10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets by Margaret Hubert

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 3rd, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 8 Comments

I’m really excited about this book because it explores a concept I have been thinking about for a long time. It also encourages creativity in the crocheter. That is a great combination, but we can’t expect anything less from legendary crochet designer Margaret Hubert. Today we learn a little more about the new book 10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets by Margaret Hubert and you’ll see how you can win a copy!

10 Granny Squares 30 Blankets Book Review & Giveaway Crochet Spot

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Win Free Yarn from A Hundred Ravens

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 24th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Yes! I said free yarn! Remember when I reviewed Aesir yarn by indie dyer A Hundred Ravens? Well, I am delighted to announce that the company has generously offered to sponsor our Finish in ’15 contest with a prize! While figuring out what to offer, Kate Bachus, the owner of A Hundred Ravens asked if I thought we would like a mini-set! I said yes because crocheters love colorwork. Am I right?

Win A Hundred Ravens Iachos Mini Set in Rainbow on @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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Crocheting Without Eyesight

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 17th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 4 Comments

It is interesting to learn about the ways that different people crochet. Back in March, Rachel shared a video with adaptive crochet methods for the legally blind. This got me thinking about what the term “legally blind” means and the fact that any of us could possibly become legally blind. Will we still crochet? If it ever happens to me, I would like to! This led to a web search about blind crochet. What I found was fascinating.

Crocheting without Eyesight Stategies and Inspiration on @crochetspot by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread

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Crochet for Winter Hikes

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 10th, 2015 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Brrr. Do you feel the frost in the air? I don’t. (That’s because Florida is not a very frosty state.) However, I know that a great deal of Crochet Spotters live in climates where the temperatures are dropping and the seasons are changing. As a native New Englander, I know that this time of year is a good one for weekend hikes. It’s your last chance to get in some fresh mountain air before the snow settles in. However, the proper hiking gear is essential and crochet can be a part of it! Today I share 8 patterns that can keep you prepared on your winter hikes.

Eight Great Crochet Patterns for Your Winter Hike by Caissa McClinton @artlikebread for @crochetspot

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