Fun Ramblings

What Is Your Most Used Crochet Hook?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 20th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 5 Comments

Many crocheters have lots of crochet hooks, but if you’re like me there is one hook that you tend to use the most. It will most likely depend on the type of crochet projects you enjoy making and the thickness of yarn or thread you tend to use.

For me, I use a lot of medium/worsted weight yarn to crochet hats, scarves, home decor items, blankets, and bags. Although that is a wide range of projects, I still tend to have a most used hook and secondary hooks that are a size up or down depending on the tension I want to achieve. My most used crochet hook is a Susan Bates size I (5.50 mm). It’s nothing fancy, just a plain aluminum crochet hook that I bought in a starter set a long time ago.

What is your most used crochet hook? What type of projects do you tend to crochet? Join the conversation in the comments below and see what others are saying!

What’s on Your Christmas Crochet List?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 25th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 3 Comments

Have you started crocheting for Christmas yet? I’m guilty, I haven’t started! In the crochet world, lots of folks start crocheting for Christmas around this time or even sooner. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, what is on your crochet hook? What’s on your to-do list? Do you have winter decorations in the works?

Share your projects, ideas, and Christmas to-do lists in the comments below and see what others are say!

What’s the Best Time of Year to Crochet?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on August 16th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 17 Comments

Do you have a favorite time of year to crochet? Or do you crochet all year around? Does the weather impact when you crochet? Perhaps you have a busy work or school season that prevents you from crocheting? In this post we’ll discuss the merits of crocheting during the different times of the year. Don’t forgot to let us know your opinion and join in on the discussion in the comments section!
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10 Crochet Projects to Start Now for Christmas

Posted in Best Crochet Patterns, Fun Ramblings on July 19th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Christmas in July”? I’m not quite sure of the origin, perhaps it’s a longing for the chill of winter in the heat of summer, or a marketing technique to increases Christmas related sales in July. Either way, in the crochet world it means you better start your crochet projects now, in July, for them to be done by Christmas! In this post I rounded up a few Christmas related patterns and also gift ideas, that aren’t always quick to crochet (especially if you’re planning on making multiples). You’ll need to get started on them right now if you want to ensure they’re completed in time for Christmas!

1. Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt – The pattern is deceivingly long to crochet. The ruffles use more stitches than you think! Get started on this tree skirt early so you’ll have it to decorate your tree for Christmas.

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Crochet in Ireland at the Blarney Castle

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 17th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 8 Comments

You may have noticed the blog was quiet the past week. That’s because I was in Ireland taking in the sights and scenery. The family trip was fantastic as the locals were all so friendly and we got to see lots of tourist attractions, small cities, and even the beautiful national parks and scenery. One place that really stood out on my week’s adventure was my visit to the Blarney Castle. Not necessarily because of the historical significance, but because of the crochet and knit art that was there!

I’ve witnessed lots of crochet art via the web, but honestly never in person until the day I visited the Blarney Castle. The trees lining the walkway to the castle were all covered in crochet and knit.

Trees along walkway covered in crochet and knit.

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Guinness World Records for Crochet

Posted in Fun Ramblings on July 5th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Recently I posted about the Guinness World Record for the longest crocheted scarf that was recently achieved. While searching through the website, I realized that there are a bunch of fun crochet records. Some are amazing and some are downright silly! Either way, I’m glad the crochet community is being represented. In this post I rounded up a few of the records. Maybe you will be the next record holder?

Largest Crochet Stocking guinnessworldrecords.com


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Guinness World Record: Longest Crocheted Scarf

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on June 30th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

What’s the longest scarf you have ever crocheted? I bet it isn’t as long as the world’s longest scarf! Recently a group, Mother India Crochet Queens in Chennai, India made a new Guinness World Records for the longest crocheted scarf. The scarf measured 46,223 ft 9 in (14.089 km). An average scarf is about 5 to 6 feet long. Here is a photo from the Guinness World Record showing the scarf displayed in layers on a open field.

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Read more about the longest crocheted scarf on it’s Guinness World Record page.

Do you enjoy crocheting scarves? How many have you crocheted and how long did you make them?

Review: Stash2Go App

Posted in Fun Ramblings on June 24th, 2017 by Candace – 3 Comments

I’m trying to be better about logging my projects and stash on Ravelry, but the idea of having to transfer photos to my computer or use the site on a mobile device just doesn’t do it for me. Plus, I tend to get sidetracked when browsing Ravelry from my laptop. But after searching through knitting and crochet apps, I found Stash2Go, and I think it and I will have a great relationship.

First: The cost. You can get the free “Lite” version on Android and iOS. The ads that keep it free are not at all intrusive. The full version is currently $5.99 for Apple devices, $6.99 for Android, and $6.41 for Amazon (Lite is not available from Amazon’s store). The Lite version, which is what I have on my Android phone, is packed with essential features and little extras.

Like these row counters


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Taking a Chance on Doilies

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on June 8th, 2017 by A Guest Writer – 1 Comment

A Guest Post by Suzann Thompson.

At a textile art exhibit, an acquaintance said to me, “I have all these doilies from my grandmother, but I don’t really know what to do with them.”

That casual comment from a few years ago is largely responsible for Celebrate Doilies! which is a traveling exhibit of doily art, poetry, and heritage, debuting in July 2017 in Stephenville, Texas.
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Do You Wear Crochet Scarves in the Spring and Summer?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 15th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Scarves aren’t just for the cold winter months. If you love scarves you can wear them all year around regardless of the weather. The key is to choose a scarf pattern that is light and airy for the warmer months and bulky and warm for the colder months. Scarves are wonderful for accessorizing and adding a pop of color and texture to an outfit.

But how many of us actually wear scarves in the spring and summer? Do you? Do you tend to only use them as a necessity during the cold winter months or do you actually love them so much you will wear them all year around? Share you thoughts in the comments below and see what others are saying!

P.S. Feel free to check out the crochet scarf page for patterns!