A Halloween table runner and the scary hook!

While looking for something to make my sister for her birthday I found a pattern for a Halloween themed table runner.  Eeeek… it calls for crochet thread and a teeny little hook. I’ve always been a bit afraid of these types of projects. (did I mention the hook is really little?)

But she loves decorating for Halloween and I love her. As you can tell… part of this project requires black thread!

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It felt a little odd at first holding such a small hook and manipulating the crochet thread but… guess what?! It wasn’t as bad as I feared. Actually using the hook and thread was fine. Keeping track of how many ‘open’ and how many closed squares turned out to be trick in this treat of a gift! (There was quite a bit of frog’n !!)

The Stacked Pumpkin Table Runner pattern can be downloaded at the Red Heart site (here) It called for 2 balls of Classic Crochet Thread size 10 Pumpkin and one size 12 ball of Black. I found that I needed 3 balls (2 plus some) of the Pumpkin colour.

My sister and I are big Disney fans so I decided to modify the pattern a little. When I mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party_full_25199printed off (and enlarged) the graph I simply filled in a few extra spaces to form “Mickey ears” on the top pumpkin.

 

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Another modification that I did was to the border. I was tight for time and decided to just add to the checkboard edge with a scallop finish to the ends vs the tassels.

 

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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. 😉  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.

“When you show others love, you are shown, love. When you give love, you receive love.”
― 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’s Day or any other gift-giving occasion. If you are a crocheter go ahead and pass this along to your loved ones 🙂  ~ Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me