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It’s been a while and it will be a bit yet before I can catch up with you. I miss sharing with you but most of all I miss hearing about your creations! I have been sharing random yarn art projects to my Facebook page. Please feel free to join me there. Collecting project ideas is almost as much fun as visiting the yarn aisle 🙂

Looking forward to sharing my #wips here and hearing about your projects!!

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National Handmade Day ~ April 7

I haven’t been able to find out just which country this is originating in but I’m all for celebrating National Handmade Day ❤

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Here are a few favourite pieces of my yarn art.

 

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What have you made that brings joy to you?

 

 

 

 

You’re going to the craft store?! Sure I’ll go for the ride.

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My sister needed paper and stuff for her scrapbooking. She was on her way to the craft stores and asked me to come “to keep her company”. I’m sure she knew that we’d only be chatting in the car because … well, there’s YARN in those stores. amount of yarn should be.jpg

 

I did limit myself to the yarn that was on sale and only purchased for one project. The yarn I was strong enough to put back was for a Mystery Crochet-a-long and as it turns out…wasn’t on sale. I wasn’t spending $45 USD on a project that I didn’t even know if I wanted the end product.

Now I have yarn for two cardigans and two amigurumi. The ragdoll bunny is working up quickly so I think I’ll take some time to work a swatch to check gauge for the two cardigans. You know…just to make sure I have the right hook and yarn. 😉yarn lie

I know I promised I wouldn’t work on new projects until my Sidewalk Shawl was finished. And it is. Kind of. I just have to weave the ends and make the tassels. I put that aside because when I tried it on I couldn’t figure out how they got it to look like that in the photo. It’s ok. I’m going to buy a dress specifically to go with the soft grey to wear for my nephew’s graduation. So I have to add the tassels 🙂

Oh well, such is a yarn artists life 🙂 What #WIPs do you have?

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February’s Yarn and Tea ~ More tea than yarn ;)

Yes, We’re well into March and I’m just getting around to sharing what I did in February.

You’d think since I have such a short update that I would have finished this post earlier but… I think the winter blahs have caught me this year. My mind hasn’t been on blogging nor have my hands been very busy with crochet. I am looking forward to spring; to summer; to be out in the sun. I’m looking forward to our camping trips. Even picked up this new mug for those trips!

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I managed to finish just one wee little project this month. A friend wanted a wine glass lanyard. It was a fun, very quick project. Now to just set a time to meet with her so she can enjoy it! 😉 Feb projects at Crochet Stitches n Butterfly Kisses (3)

On Pinterest I’ve been distracted with cardigan, wrap and sweater Feb projects at Crochet Stitches n Butterfly Kisses (2)projects. I really want to try making one this year. Last month I wanted to make a sweater from the Caron Cakes that I purchased a few months ago but… I need at least one more ball and my local store doesn’t have this colour. Once I couldn’t find it I lost the “oomph” and set the yarn aside.

Several nights I wanted to crochet but also wanted to watch a movie or t.v. show. The sidewalk shawl needs a bit too much of my attention for me to watch a show and crochet so…

 

Ever since I’ve discovered C2C it’s been my go-to stitch for ‘busy-hands’ projects. I love that I can just crochet without paying too close of attention.

I’m not sure if this is going to be a small blanket or a shawl yet. We’ll have to see where the yarn takes me!

Then there’s the project that I promised to make for a friend [for next Christmas] but it’s a different type of amigurumi and the designer suggests making one of her other projects first. She suggests this so that we’re not following ‘different’ techniques which using a challenging yarn. I haven’t picked up a hook for this one yet but I did buy the yarn!

The Bernet Pipsqueak yarn is very soft and very fuzzy. It will make an adorable snowman. But first… I’m going to make a ragdoll bunny 😉 I picked up the yarn when my daughter was home for her Spring Break and Family Day.  Next week is our March Break so I’ll start on the bunny as soon as I finish the Sidewalk Shawl.

I feel like I’ve been working on this project forever! I’m pleased with how it is working up. To spite the counting and frogn’ I’ve had to do!

I’ve decided that I will have to find a dress to go with this shawl when I attend my nephew’s graduation in June. However, to that, I must finish it! I’m off to brew another pot of tea, sit in the warmth of the sun that is coming through my window and crochet!

What was on your hook in February?

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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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