Fun Ramblings

Post Halloween Crochet Photos

Posted in Fun Ramblings on November 4th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

Although Halloween has come and gone, I’d love to show off these awesome crochet projects that readers sent in. Perhaps these fun Halloween themed crochet projects can give you inspiration for next year or for your fall and Thanksgiving decor. If you have photos that you would like to show off too, feel free to email them to me at [email protected] and I’ll be sure to add them to this roundup. Be sure you indicate that I have your permission to publish them.

Check out these cute pumpkins Cathy made.

I love Cathy’s spider on top of the pumpkin.

Angela’s pointed cat hat is so adorable.

Angela did amazing work with this cat picture.

Check out this cute ghost Angela made.

This awesome pumpkin is crocheted by Angela.

This skull that Angela made is simply amazing.

Angela’s 3 squares when put together look great.

Loving this creative, striped scarf by Angela.

Loving the non-traditional colors Mary chose for these pumpkins.

Maret Raquel crocheted a spider web shawl.

Email photos to [email protected]

Book Review and Giveaway: Design Your Own Crochet Projects

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on November 2nd, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 84 Comments

When you think of buying a crochet book, most people are looking for a variety of patterns. Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney has a different approach. While still providing a variety of crochet patterns, it gives you the details on how each pattern is designed and sized. I wish there was a book like this years ago when I started designing my own crochet patterns. It gives you the insight into how the author develops her patterns so that you can extrapolate what you want to make your own.
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Share Your Halloween Crochet Photos!

Posted in Fun Ramblings on October 28th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Did you crochet anything for Halloween? Perhaps an accessory for a costume or decorations for the house? Show off your work and see what others crocheted! 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 permission for your photos to be published.

I can’t wait to see all of your photos. Have a happy, crochet filled, Halloween everyone!

How to STOP Buying Yarn

Posted in Fun Ramblings, Tutorials and Help on October 20th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 11 Comments

Why would someone ever want to stop buying yarn? Perhaps you’re on a tight budget or you already have an entire closet or room full of yarn you haven’t used yet. While this post’s title might seem ridiculous to some, I know there are a bunch of yarnaholics out there that might need a little (okay, more like a lot) of help taming their buying impulses.
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It’s Giveaway Time!

Posted in Fun Ramblings, News on October 6th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 54 Comments

Have you been eyeing a pattern in the Crochet Spot Store? Now is the time you can win it for FREE! In this giveaway we’ll be giving away crochet patterns from the Crochet Spot store and also Premium Pattern Memberships. We will have multiple winners too! For every 20 entries, we’ll add another winner. For example, if there are 100 entries, we’ll have 5 winners. If you are already a Premium Pattern Member of the store (you can already download unlimited patterns), you can also participate in this giveaway. A member’s prize would be a free month of membership so you can download as many patterns as you want for another month!

To enter into the giveaway:

  1. Visit the Crochet Spot Store:
  2. Choose a pattern that you would like to crochet.
  3. Leave a comment below on this post telling us the exact name of the pattern (we want to make sure we send you the correct pattern). Please leave only one comment, multiple comments will be deleted.
  4. If you are a Premium Pattern Member, simply say you’re a member.

Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Good luck everyone!!!

What Is Your Most Used Crochet Hook?

Posted in Fun Ramblings on September 20th, 2017 by Rachel Choi – 17 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 – 18 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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