Gifts for your Crochet Yarn Artist

20160203_093202.jpgWith Valentines Day fast approaching I thought I’d help you out. Candy and chocolate are nice but they spend more time on our hips than our lips.¬†Jewellery is always good. ūüėȬ† Stuffed toys are cute we tend to think…”I could crochet one just like that!” Which brings me to some suggestions.

So what gifts would be great when your love adores crochet? Allow me to make a suggestion or two. (Fellow yarn artists..please feel free to add to these suggestions!)

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This is a hobby that you need more than one of various items. The most obvious is yarn. We always need (yes NEED) more yarn.

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A bit of advice. Most projects need at least two balls of the same colour (and brand) of yarn so please gift at least two. Another important reason to give multiples is in many cases the yarn is dyed in batches (called lots) so the exact shade varies slightly by lot. So if they have to go back to the store to buy a second ball they may not get a matching dye lot!

I’m sure you know we prefer to work with soft yarn. But please do not be tempted to buy the ‘specialty’ yarn. It’s often difficult to work with and/or is appropriate for very few projects.

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For example… Bunny Tail yarn is cute but I have no idea what to do with it!

Now you’ve picked a couple balls of soft yarn… What do you buy with it? A new crochet hook is a good start. Look on the back of the package of yarn to find out what size.

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Most stores have one or two types of hooks.¬†Perhaps you’ve noticed which your yarn artist prefers?P_20180114_125209_vHDR_On

Maybe they’re like me and enjoy a variety.

There’s no “best” hook. It’s all preference. Just start with selecting the correct size (see above).

Your yarn artist now has enough to make a project. But there are a few other items that make the process more fun (and easier)

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Scissors, measuring tape

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stitch markers, darning needle

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bobby pins – mark the line in a crochet pattern

A cute pair of scissors, a measuring tape, a darning needle and stitch markers are the little things that make each project go smoother!

And while we’re making things smoother…

Jagged nails and rough skin catch on yarn. When you’re working with the beautiful soft yarn you want your hands soft too.

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The added bonus of gifting these items to you yarn artist is they will make you soft, homemade, full of love pieces.

‚ÄúWhen you show others love, you are shown, love. When you give love, you receive love.‚ÄĚ
‚Äē¬†Donald L. Hicks,¬†Look into the Stillness

Products shown are from my personal collection. I do not have any connections with the companies.

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Off my hook in 2017

It was a busy year of crocheting for me. Yarn sales and coupons allowed me to create with those “expensive” yarns which make my fingers and heart happy.

Some projects are still in progress. I put them aside because they are for me and I wanted to get gifts done. One project has been abandoned because I really do not like how it was turning out. Several pieces of my yarn art were greeted with joy and others were met with silence.¬†¬†It’s in those moments your heart cries a little then you think “I should have used the scratchy yarn.”69f7e046f65dafdcc92196132ba10fe8

Oh well. I did enjoy making all but one of my projects this year!!¬† Please… join me as I look back.

 

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To start 2018 I’m going to pick up the Sidewalk Shawl again. The yarn is so soft and the pattern is beautiful. I think I may just FROG it {frogging your work, a verb that’s all about how you rip it, rip it, ribbit out those stitches!} because I think I’ve lost the hook I was using and it’s been many many many months since I worked on it.

Happy New Year 

I wish you a year of good health, kindness, soft yarn and projects to fill the scope of your imagination.

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December 2017 ~ Yarn and Tea

I imagined myself posting this on time alas there is only so much one can accomplish in a month. Especially with a well-timed illness.

I was on the couch from Christmas ’til New Years but I’m feeling 90% better now. It was a well-timed¬†illness because I finished all my Christmas crochet gifts, all my wrapping and cooking AND was just starting to feel icky on Christmas Day!!¬† I was fortunate to have absolutely nothing to do last week and could dedicate it all to being a sleepy, sick couch potato,

In December, I finished off the hats, made a couple other scarves. I didn’t get the last

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Waffle stitch baby blanket

baby blanket or the baby toys¬†done because I won’t work on baby stuff when I’m sick. They’ll be the perfect way to start off 2018!

 

Over the past few months, I worked on several Christmas crochet gifts (pattern links) that started with a C2C shawl for my sister in July.

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I didn’t initially¬†plan on making hats but when I experimented on my hubby I found a hat pattern that I liked for the guys. Then I found one a pattern for the girls.

It’s funny once I started the waffle pattern for the WIP baby blanket it seemed to pop up in other patterns I liked. Such as my Christmas scarf, the Urban Shell Scarf for the girls and their Alpine Nights hats.

After I made hats, scarves and cup cozies I filled little mason¬†jars with candy or hot chocolate and topped with a plain version¬†a pattern I found in the summer. {The holly embellishment was too big for these little jars.} I had finished my sister’s teacup coasters earlier in the fall. The pattern is one I listed in the pattern collection post.

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I hope that your December was full of yarn and joy!

I’d love to see what was on your hook!¬†

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Dear Santa…

This post is from 2014 so some of the links are not working/unavailable but the ideas are still great!! Full post: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2014/09/32-gift-ideas-for-crocheters.html 

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Here are 32 fantastic Gift ideas that are perfect for the crocheter in your life! These¬†crochet¬†related ideas are great for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, Mother‚Äôs Day or any other gift-giving occasion. If you are a crocheter go ahead and pass this along to your loved ones¬†ūüôā¬† ~ Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me

 

Yarn and Coffee – April

Welcome. Come on in. What can I get you to drink? Coffee, tea? Maybe an ice tea?

April has been a whirlwind month. Whole weeks have just disappeared!

I did finish my blue shawl for the Gala I attended. The yarn was a different dye lot but I couldn’t see a difference when I used the new balls.

 

I love this yarn. I used Vanna White Glamour in Sapphire. A stunning yarn full of sparkle. It’s hue changed with the light. Everything from a midnight blue almost black next to my black dress to a bright ocean blue in the sunlight.

 

 

I think the darker yarn and not taking the time to block it gave my shawl a different look from the original pattern. ¬†I do want to try¬†Fortune’s Shawlette ¬†again. This corner to corner pattern worked up quickly and I’d love to see it in a different colour.

Then just before Easter when it was time to deliver the Sherbert and Cream blanket. My friend asked for a media pouch to be made. She was giving the blanket to her cousin’s little girl and wanted a gift for another child.

This was the first time I added a zipper to my work. It felt kind of awkward. I think if the occasion arises in future I’ll plan better. I think sewing the zipper in first then finishing the pouch would have been better.

Then it was time to pick up our daughter from university. ¬†I just didn’t believe how quickly her first year would go. In September it felt like she’d be away for an eternity. ¬†When we got up there to get her she was still sick and no help packing her belongings. Which wouldn’t have been bad expect her room is a city block over and 4 flights of stairs up from the doors.

Since she’s been home I haven’t picked up a new project. I think in May I’ll work on finishing a couple of my half done projects.

What was on your hook this month?