Fun Ramblings

Get to Know Me! Claire Golden, Crochet Spot Blogger

Posted in Fun Ramblings on February 18th, 2019 by Claire Golden – 6 Comments

Hi Crochet Spot readers! I’m so excited to be joining the team as a writer. I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and get to know all of you, too.

My name is Claire and I’ve always loved crafting. I learned to crochet in the spring of 2011 from a combination of books, websites, and YouTube tutorials, but I learned the most from messing around with a hook and yarn and seeing what happened. Crochet Spot was actually one of the websites that helped me learn to crochet, so it’s extra special for me to be a contributor and be able to pay it forward.

The main reason I learned to crochet was to make dolls and stuffed animals (also known as amigurumi) and doll clothes, which are still my main focus. I love creating things that make people smile. One of the biggest compliments is when people see something I’ve made and giggle because they think it’s cute. I enjoy making handmade gifts for friends and family.

I started my crochet blog, Once Upon a Yarn, in 2012 and have posted over 80 free crochet patterns. It brings me joy to share the love of crochet with others. I’ve taught over a dozen people to crochet, from kids to adults, and my philosophy is that anyone can learn to crochet with a little time and patience. Crochet is for everyone!

When I’m not crocheting, I’m probably reading or writing – I’m studying English and French in college, which means I spend most of my time surrounded by books. I enjoy writing novels in my spare time, and I also enjoy crocheting things inspired by fictional characters. The picture in this post shows a sweater I made a few years ago based on the comic Bee and Puppycat.

I absolutely love designing pattern requests, so let me know what you’d like to see and I’ll do my best to design it. You can find me online as @onceuponayarnblog on Facebook and @crochetbyclaire on Ravelry.

Most Used Crochet Hook Size

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 24th, 2018 by Rachel Choi – 3 Comments

The crochet hook size you use greatly depends on what you are crocheting and the weight of yarn you crochet with. If you’re crocheting with thread, you’re likely to use a very small crochet hook. If you’re crocheting with super bulky weight yarn, you’re likely to crochet with a large crochet hook.

Like most beginners, when I first started crocheting I wasn’t sure what size crochet hook to buy. I ended up purchasing a small set with a variety of crochet hooks, which I still use today. Now, as a more experienced crocheter, I found my most used crochet hook size is an I (5.50 mm) crochet hook. I use a lot of medium/worsted weight yarn and make a variety of items such as hats, scarves, blankets, home decor, etc. Of course there are plenty of other crochet hook sizes that I use, so a set with different sizes is what I always recommend to others, but if there is one crochet hook that I would get duplicates of it’s the I (5.50 mm) crochet hook.

What is your most used crochet hook size? What type of yarn do you typically crochet with, and what do you often make? Share your experience below and see what others are saying!

Summer Crochet Pattern Requests

Posted in Fun Ramblings on June 4th, 2018 by Rachel Choi – 3 Comments

Summer will be here soon! What are some things you are looking forward to crocheting this summer? I’m always looking for new ideas for patterns to make, so now is the time to share yours. What crochet patterns would you like to see on Crochet Spot this summer? Is there a crochet pattern that you’ve been searching for but can’t find? Share your pattern ideas in the comments below!

Where is the Oddest Place You’ve Crocheted?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on May 2nd, 2018 by Rachel Choi – 21 Comments

Crochet is a portable hobby that can be done around the house, at the doctor’s office, on your lunch break, or on the bus or airplane. But just for fun and giggles, where is the oddest, weirdest, most unusual place you have ever crocheted? Come on, give us all a good laugh and share your experience below and see what others are saying!

Favorite Places to Buy Yarn

Posted in Fun Ramblings on April 16th, 2018 by Rachel Choi – 12 Comments

What’s your favorite place to buy yarn? Is it your local yarn shop or hobby store? Do you often go to the big chain stores, such as Joann, Michaels, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby or Walmart? Do you order your yarn online? And if so, what’s your favorite websites to purchase from? Perhaps you don’t even purchase yarn since you have plenty? Or you have magical secrets for getting free yarn?

Share your favorites in the comments below and see what others are saying!

2018 Crochet Pattern Requests

Posted in Fun Ramblings on January 10th, 2018 by Rachel Choi – 10 Comments

Over the years some of the best patterns that I’ve made have come from requests from readers like you. So this year, in 2018, what are some patterns you would like to see? Are there patterns that you’ve been searching for but can’t find? Do you want a pattern for something quirky and unique? Or perhaps something classic that you can use over and over again? Are you interested in crocheting sweaters, blankets, hats, or scarves?

Let me know your thoughts and ideas, and I’ll be sure to incorporate them in my 2018 to-do list!

2018 New Year’s Crochet Resolutions

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 29th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 3 Comments

A new year brings new crochet projects and new crochet skills and techniques to learn! What’s on your to-do list? Are you making any new year’s resolutions for crochet? Perhaps you want to make a project that you’ve been putting off, or finish a project that you started a long time ago. Maybe you want to organize your yarn stash.

Share your crochet resolutions in the comments below and let’s see if you can carry them out in the new year!

Holiday Crochet Photos!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 18th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

I love seeing what everyone is crocheting. Not only do I find inspiration in other people’s work, but it gives me a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling to know that there are folks all around the world crocheting for the holidays. It makes me feel connected, even if crocheting is usually a solo sport.

In this post, I rounded up a bunch of holiday crochet photos that were submitted by readers. Enjoy the photos and be sure to submit yours as well to show off your fantastic work! To submit photos email them to me at [email protected] and include your first name and permission for me to publish them on the blog.

Check out this little guy that Paola crocheted.

Paola crocheted this adorable cutie with the tiny star.

Loving Paola’s Christmas tree and tiny ornaments.

Jesse crocheted the Christmas Tree Hat pattern.

Jesse used the tree as a table centerpiece.

Barbie crocheted this adorable coffee cup sleeve.

Check out these adorable dolls Monika crocheted.

Monika’s elf is hanging out on the shelf.

Monkia crocheted this beautiful nativity.

Iona decorated the tree with 40 different snowflakes.

Debbie crocheted a Christmas garland with rat tail cord.

Debbie crocheted this garland to mimic traditional popcorn.

What are you crocheting for the holidays? Share your photos by emailing them to me at [email protected] and include your first name and permission for me to publish them on the blog.

Share Your Holiday Crochet Photos!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 8th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Are you crocheting anything for Christmas or the holidays? Perhaps a gift of a friend or child, decorations for the house? Show off your work and see what others are crocheting! Submit your photos by emailing them to me at [email protected] and I’ll upload them to the blog for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to include your first name and permission for your photos to be published.

I can’t wait to see all of your photos. Have a merry Christmas and fun filled holiday season everyone!

What’s Your Favorite Yarn Weight?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on December 1st, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 5 Comments

Yarn comes in all sorts of different weights and thicknesses, from thin crocheting thread to super bulky weight yarn. Your favorite weight may be influenced by your favorite crochet projects. If you love doilies, then you might enjoy crochet thread. If you love clothes, you might enjoy a light weight yarn. Or perhaps your favorite yarn weight is determined by what is readily available for purchase near you. Lots of craft stores stock a lot of medium worsted weight yarn.
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