Crochet Hooks

I thought I’d write a little about all the various crochet hooks that are available out there.  I’m always seeing people ask, what are the best crochet hooks?  I think it’s a matter of what your grip is and what your preference is.  But I’m still going to review some of the available sets and styles that are out there.  NOTE:  I paid for all of these hooks and these are my opinions only.

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I keep my various hooks in small bags and a plastic bin.

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Dancing Daisy Crochet-A-Long

I joined my first Crochet-A-Long (CAL).  Back in April.  This is probably why I never never joined a CAL before.  I was always afraid I couldn’t keep up.  Over three months later and I finally finished!

One of the crochet Facebook groups I follow is called Lifelong Crochet.  I like this group.  They are positive, drama-free, and quirky.  Right up my alley.  They held this CAL starting at the end of April and I’ve just been behind from the beginning.

We worked on a pattern called Dancing Daisy.  It’s a top or swimsuit cover, whatever you prefer, I guess.  I’ll likely use it as both.  Nurturing Fibres and the designer Brenda Gobler gave permission to Lifelong Crochet to use the pattern for their CAL.  It looks like the pattern for the Dancing Daisy cover up is available for free from Nurturing Fibers.  Note:  this is a British pattern.

So I started the pattern at the end of April and just finished it last night.  The pattern was not difficult, I just didn’t have a lot of dedicated time to spend on it.  I did like the fact that this pattern taught me to work with motifs, which is my first time working with and joining motifs.  This was also my first article of clothing I have ever finished (other than ponchos).  I feel like I’ve upped my game another notch on this project.

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Blocking the motifs on a blocking mat.

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Finished product including my label.

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Here you can see the motifs on the bottom of the top and the cat paw at the top of the top.

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Modelling my new top. I’m going to wear it to the pool today.

Risqué Crochet

Boy, it has been a while since I have written anything.  What am I doing?  I’m working on a CAL that I started in April and I’m still working on.  It’s a summer cover-up, so I’m really hoping to finish it by the end of summer.  I’m also still working on my personal project, but it’s big and heavy and warm, so I’m taking the summer off from working on it.

Risqué Crochet

I’ve been trying to come up with topics to write about, and a little while ago I saw a vagina tea cozy posted to one of my Facebook crochet groups that I follow.  It was, um, interesting.  I thought it was creative, but some were offended.  It made me think about offensive things that people can crochet and so I searched around and created a new Pinterest Board for Risqué Crochet.  If it is likely to offend, it is in this board.  So if you are easily offended, stop here.

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Designer Crochet

I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of people have been posting pictures of their own re-imagining of designer clothes.  So I wondered how much crochet is out there right now in the designer world.  I don’t follow fashion myself and I don’t buy designer clothes, but I did find some interesting designer crochet out there.  I found a site called farfetch.com, they have all kinds of stuff from various designers.  I just did a search for crochet and there were 244 results.  Crochet is hot!

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There’s the Round Neck Crochet Jumper by Chloé.  This top goes for $950.  It’s 14% wool and 86% cotton.  It’s pretty and elegant.  From a distance it doesn’t look like crochet, but when you zoom in on the stitches, it does.

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Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival – Day 3

Today was the last day of the festival.  I have to say I really enjoyed it.  This weekend was a lot of fun and I learned some fun things and some important things.  Next year I will need to take more classes.  I was afraid of overdoing it this year, but next year I really want to load up on the classes and learn as much as I can learn.

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I strolled along the one wall where some quilts were displayed.  I’ve thought about doing quilting in the past, but I think I’ll stick with my crochet.  There were some beautiful quilts on display though.

I strolled around the marketplace one last time and picked up a couple more things.  Ugh, I just love to shop for craft supplies.  I was trying to stay on a budget this weekend, but I splurged a little.  I also went back to the art exhibit.  Some of the pieces

I went to my second class, Into to Freeform with Susan Swarthout.  We learned the bullion stitch and spirals so we could make scrumbles.  Then we pieced our scrumbles together.  The next picture is an example of Freeform crochet, a really gorgeous panel.  The next picture after that is my first attempt at Freeform.  I enjoyed this class, and the freedom of Freeform.  I can really see myself getting into this.  So much fun and creativity.  Love it!

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Awesome Freeform display

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My first Freeform

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My fabric shredding from yesterday.

 

Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival Day 2

Today was Day 2 of the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival.  I met up with my friend Dawn from Dawn’s Mystical Menagerie and one of her friends from work.  Dawn makes sewn bags and blankets, etc and sells them at local craft fairs and comicons.  She was interested in the fabrics and sewing equipment at the festival.  Her friend likes to make wreaths, as she said she likes any craft with glue guns.  lol

 

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Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival Day 1

Day 1 of the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival was amazing!  I started the day with the Color Lunch.   The Color Lunch opened at 10 am with a box lunch (turkey and cheddar).  We also got swag bags with some Berroco yarn, a color wheel, some quilting squares, and other little goodies.  I sat at a table of ladies from around the State and another from West Virginia.  We had a great time talking and getting to know each other.  The Color Lunch started with a block printing craft by creating patterns on stamps and making stamps on cloth.  This activity was presented by Nora Peters of The Stitch Party  Then we did another color exercise by Julie Stunden to see how colors react with each other.  Oh, and did I mention that I won a prize too?  A set of circular knitting needles!  Now I really need to learn how to knit.

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