If you crochet a lot, chances are you have explored the world of online yarn shopping. I love my local yarn store but can’t quite afford a lot of their gorgeous products. This is especially true for bigger projects like throws and blankets. While I was trying to venture out of my known yarn zones in the craft store isles, I still needed to stay on budget. That’s how I found Knit Picks. I’ve already ordered a few times from them and wanted to share some of my experiences. If you’ve ever looked around their site but didn’t know if you would like the yarn, keep reading for my honest knit picks yarn review!
Yarn cakes seem to be everywhere you look lately! The most popular ones are exclusively sold at Michael’s stores and since I do not have one near me I decided to go ahead and make my own. In case you are almost ready to get into the Holiday spirit (like me!) classic Christmas colors will do nicely.
Now I want to show you how you too can make your own yarn cake. I have been looking for a way to creatively use my scrap yarn and I just received this amazing Stanwood yarn ball winder. Even if you don’t own one, there are lots of awesome homemade yarn ball winders out there in case you are feeling extra crafty. Check out this pretty example or this homemade yarn ball winder for duct tape fans!
Crochet and amusement
Silliness as one of the ten most common positive emotions we can use to boost our happiness and why crochet is great in times like these. Keep reading for a list of a few of my favorite silly crochet patterns.
In light of recent events I feel I need to write about this happiness inducing emotion. Life around us has been pretty bleak and I find it difficult to stay on track with trying to improve my happiness level. This is where silliness comes in. Taking a break from reality and redirecting your attention to something irrelevant and amusing might be more beneficial than you’d think! Read more after the tag
What to buy for a crocheter
So you have a crocheter in your life. First of all, congratulations! Crocheters are naturally the loveliest of people. You are also very lucky when it comes time to find the perfect gift. If you crochet, you never run out of things you want. Use this handy gift buying guide and win Mothers day, birthdays or any other gift giving time!
Here are the top three gifts to get for a crochet enthusiast:
How crochet can help boost your happiness.
This post will touch on another not easily recognized positive Emotion. Interest. In crochet I have found that once you start to know the basics a whole little Universe will open itself up to you as there is a sheer endless list of new techniques. This old craft comes with it’s own language and is incredibly versatile.
Interest makes you sit and frog a project over and over again, because the pattern is so complicated but you still really want to learn how it works. It makes you hunt down a technique because you saw a headband somewhere and you just have to figure out how to make it (it’s Tunisian crochet, btw). This is where the self described obsession people in this field talk about so often comes in.
Crochet Stitch Inspiration
There are literally thousands of different crochet stitches or stitches used in different ways to create unique textures or fabrics. The versatility of this craft will never cease to amaze me. And just as you think you have seen it all, along comes overlay crochet, like the stunning mandalas from Caro Created, the Mexican mandala from Melody Macduffee, or Tatiana’s Mandala on her site. (hint: there is a great tutorial to start your own overlay crochet adventure on her website!)
There is a link between Crochet and Positive Psychology
This is the first one of a series of Positive Emotions posts. One of the leading researchers in the field of Positive Psychology, Barbara Fredrickson, has called these Emotions the tiny engines that lead to a happier life.
This is the second post about the positive psychology – crochet link and I’m so excited to share some of the things I’ve learned about this subject over the past few years!
Use Crochet to get on the “Upward Spiral”
Positive Psychology proposes the concept of an “upward spiral”. A positive emotion will bring with it a more positive appraisal of your circumstances, a more positive response from you to an occurrence and from others towards you, thus affecting not only your current situation but also shaping your future. In the long run, happiness is simply the consequence of adding more and more of these little positive emotions into our everyday life.
I almost feel like there should be an exclamation point at the end. The simplicity is very exciting to me. With this concept in mind it starts to make sense exactly why crocheting has a self described therapeutic effect for so many people.
Why The Happiness Odds are against us
Everything you need to know about Crochet Hooks
Having the right tools when you start to get more serious about a craft can be essential. The good news is that, compared with many other hobbies, crochet will give you good results with a comparatively low initial investment. I restarted as an adult with a hook my Mother in Law gave to me. It was a 4.25 mm (US G) hook passed down from her Aunt. I used it for 3 huge striped blankets (they turned out VERY thick – I had no idea about hook sizes and yarn..) 2 bags and all my beginning Amigurumis. I used it until the metal started rubbing off and turned my fingers gray. That’s when I knew I had to start branching out. There are a lot of choices out there and I want to share some of my experiences with you!