Turn A Triangle Into A Rectangle

No, it’s not magic, it’s simple crochet joining of triangle motifs into rectangular strips so you can make a blanket.

This is a combined viewer request video.

One person wanted to know how to connect triangles into a blanket and the other wanted to see how to whip stitch motifs together.

Not only did I whip stitch, but I also joined with a single crochet join so you can see both techniques. One will create an almost invisible seam (whipstitch), whereas the other (single crochet) will give a fun 3D effect to one side of your blanket/project. Check out the video below to learn more.

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Do You Roku?

Totally Free Craft Channel
Totally Free Craft Channel

If you do, you can watch all of my video tutorials from the comfort of your living room, bedroom, bathroom (Hey, I’m not judging) wherever you have a TV and a Roku player set up.

I’ve been waiting for my buddies at CraftSmart to get all the videos uploaded before I announced it here, and now it is done. Now you can follow along with any video on your Roku enabled TV. Plus CraftSmart has tons of other free craft tutorials on a variety of topics.

Wait, what’s Roku?

Little box of fun!
Little box of fun!

I had no idea what a Roku did before I was asked to join CraftSmart. I knew I could watch Netflix and Hulu on my TV with it, but that was about it.

It is so much more though.

Roku allows you not only to watch your Netflix, Hulu and Amazon streaming videos, but it also hosts tons of channels. Some are free, like PBS Kids that we frequently watch in this house, to paid, like workout channels where you can order up some yoga classes.

I find I’m more on my Roku now than not. You can checkout their website for a list of all the channel they offer (over 1000).

Anyone else have a Roku? What do you think about it? Let us know below and be sure to check out the CraftSmart channel (and it’s sister channel iFood.TV).

Yarnbox January 2014 Reveal

Yarn in a box
Yarn in a box

I just received my Yarnbox! I can’t wait to share with you what I got.

First off though, how cute is the box? The sticker reads, “Caution! Yarn inside. May cause extreme happiness.” After seeing what I got, they couldn’t be more correct.

First peek in the box
First peek in the box

As soon as you open your box, you are greeted with a glossy postcard that has been printed with information on all the goodies you are receiving. It’s a great resource to learn more about the featured designers and the story behind the yarn choice. This Yarnbox’s theme is “Fairy Lights” and you’ll see why in just a moment.

My haul
My haul

The whole Fairy Lights theme is very apparent from the yarn choices to the beautiful designer cards. Each item has its own glint and glimmer. Let me break it down for you and remind you that I paid $39 for the box (which can go down to $35 if I bought in a six month group).

Can you see the sparkly names?
Can you see the sparkly names?

First off are the designer cards. The are printed on both sides with glossy pictures of some the designer’s popular patterns. They also include discounts to use in the designer’s online stores. Both offered 20% off. Plus on the Yarnbox website, I have a library that stores the free patterns that each designer offers.

I received the Crocodile Hooded Cape from Lianka Azulay (retail $6.00) and the Snow Cap from Cheryl Kubat (retail $7.00). Both are beautiful patterns.

I also received a download for the pattern made from the yarn included in the box. It is a crochet pattern (yay!) called the Glittercloud Cowl made by the creative director for Yarnbox, Hannah Thiessen. (retail $3.50)

So the patterns and discounts alone could cover half the cost of the box, but the yarn included cemented my future with Yarnbox (as in, I’ll be sticking with the subscription).

So shiny!
So shiny!

Yarn #1: Knit Collage Stargazer Silk and Sequins in French Vanilla (retail $32.00)

This 100% silk yarn has brass sequins scattered throughout its 110 yard hank.

I don’t know what it is but I have always wanted to crochet with yarn that has sequins attached (must be my love of shiny things). I love the fact that I got this yarn in my box and can’t wait to give it a go. It is beautifully handspun and the “Fairy Lights” are very evident in it’s shimmery quality, plus there are the sequins…

Love the thick and thin
Love the thick and thin

Yarn #2: Knit Collage Pixie Dust Mini in Seashell Pink (retail $28.00)

Another lovely handspun yarn from Knit Collage. This yarn is made from 65% wool, 34% mohair, and 1% polyester and contains 80 fabulous thick and thin yards.

The colors are very seaside summer coral and it has a little sparkly that works well with the Fairy Lights theme.

Can you see the sparkle?
Can you see the sparkle?

I’m excited to unwind the hank and see how the color is distributed. I’ll be doing reviews for both yarns to see how crochet friendly they are so watch out for those.

So if you are keeping score, I surpassed my initial investment before we even reached the 2nd hank of yarn. All in all,  the value was almost double what I spent ($76.50 without taking into account any potential savings from using the promo codes I received).

Yarnbox has made a fan out of me.  Check out the video reveal below for even more sparkle!

Thinking About Getting a Yarn Swift?

A yarn swift is an investment a crocheter decides on once they have begun buying more and more hanks rather than skeins of yarn. Rather than having to have a yarn store wind your yarn, you can easily do it from the comfort of your home.

Swifts can be expensive though ($50 on average) and there are a couple of things to consider before buying one:

1. Do you have a table it can fit on?

Swifts and yarn winders have clamps that must attach to a table — there are some hand held yarn winders that won’t need a table, but most will need a table with a certain thickness to work.

The thickness and overhang of the table are the most important to check before making the investment. Your table cannot be too thick (no more than 1.5″ to fit a yarn winder and probably no more than 2.5″ for the swift) or the clamp won’t fit. Plus your table needs a good overhand for the clamp to sit on (at least 1 to 2″).

You will be surprised that most tables in  your home will probably not meet both of these requirements (none in my home did). I have to use a dresser for my swift and yarn winder (don’t forget to check these out, they might work for you as well).

2. Is the table/dresser I’m attaching it to have clearance and distance for the swift and yarn winder?

 You need enough clearance for your swift to turn freely. They can open quite wide and if your table/dresser is difficult to move you want to make sure you have a good distance to any obstacles that might get in the way.

You also want to make sure you will have enough distance from the swift to the yarn winder. If you are using a nightstand for instance, the swift will probably be on top of the winder once it is open.

So hopefully these tips will help you to make sure you are ready for a swift. If you have no idea what a swift is, or you just bought one and need to know how to wind with it, check out my video below. It will talk about the points above and show you how to set up and wind your hanks. Happy winding!

 

 
 

It’s Here! The New Free Pattern I Promised!

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Here it is! The pattern I promised to make from my Knitcrate yarn.

I’m calling this project a scarf cowl because it’s long enough to wear as a scarf, or you can double it up to keep your neck nice and toasty. It’s really easy and only a one row pattern repeat, so even beginners should be able to make it.

I’m loving the color combination Knitcrate sent me and in the step-by-step video tutorial that accompanies this pattern, you can learn how to make the color changes on this project without ever having to cut your ends. That means the only weaving in you do is your starting and ending tails! Yes way!

So go download the pattern and get started now! (Lefties click here)

Addi Swing Crochet Hooks – Ergonomic or Uneconomical?

I had bought an Addi Swing crochet hook in a size 3mm over a year ago. I bought it because it claimed it was ergonomic and would help with hand fatigue.

I finally got around to trying it out and made a video review of what I thought.

I unfortunately didn’t find the high price tag (over $13 US for one hook) translating into less pain. More like an awkwardly shaped handle that I couldn’t hold just right.

I’ve had this video review of my Addi Swing Crochet Hook up for almost a week now and find that many people share my sentiment — they just aren’t that comfortable to hold. Whether a knife or pencil grip, the ergonomic handle forces you to hold it a certain way, which for some reason doesn’t point my hook in the correct way to crochet.

Do any of you have an Addi? What do you think of it? Let us know below. 

How To Make Your Intarsia Project Truly Reversible

So you are making a project in Intarsia crochet, but some of your color changes are way off from row to row.  This means you have long tails running across the back of your work where one row of color suddenly jumps a great number of stitches before picking up on the next row.

How can you eliminate these and have a completely reversible fabric? Have no fear, Intarsia Tutorial #2 is here. Learn how to hide those tails in your Intarsia project with the video below.

Do you Intarsia crochet? Have another way to hide tails? We (the readers and I) would love to hear about it. Share with us below!

It’s All Good and 50% Off

Woman's All Good Mittens
Woman’s All Good Mittens

No evil here! Just a new pattern — The Woman’s All Good Mittens and they’re 50% off. Use promo code: mitten50 at checkout to receive discount. Offer good until Sunday, January 26th, 2014 midnight Pacific Time.

Don’t let the color changes fool you, these mittens use self-striping yarn for all the hard work. You can also forego the color changing yarn and make them in any solid color you desire. They only use about 110 yards a mitten and work up super quick.

Finished Measurements: 
Approx. 4″ across palm (all sizes)

  • Small: 4″ from base of thumb to tops of mitten x 10″ long 
  • Medium: 4.5″ from base of thumb to tops of mitten x 10.5″ long 
  • Large: 5″ from base of thumb to tops of mitten x 11″ long

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