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The Importance of Gauge Swatches

Today I want to talk about crochet gauge swatches. What many crocheters don’t know is that gauge swatches are important in a lot of patterns, especially if you are making some type of clothing. If your gauge isn’t correct your finished product could come out all wrong.

So what exactly is a crochet gauge swatch? A gauge is a small swatch sampling either from a small piece of the pattern or one of the stitches used in the pattern. The overall purpose of making these gauge swatches is to make sure that your tension is even. If your tension is too tight or too loose, the sizing of your crochet item may not match the original design. If this happens, you want to try using a bigger or smaller crochet hook to test out first and see which matches better with the gauge swatch.

Depending on what you’re making, the correct gauge can be important. If you’re crocheting clothing for someone, such as a sweater, you’ll want to make sure your gauge is correct so that the finished product will fit the person it’s intended for. I like to think I’m a very neat crocheter as my tension seems to be even throughout my projects, but that’s not always the case. One time I tried making a particular slouchy hat, using the same hook size and yarn as the original pattern, and my gauge was way off! The hat came out super big and not at all what I wanted. This is why it’s important to check your gauge/tension when doing particular projects.

If you have any tips on gauge swatches or would like to share your experience, please leave me a comment.

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Yarn Review: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn

Today’s review is going to be on Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn. This yarn is 100% acrylic and considered a 4-worsted weight yarn. This yarn has been compared to Red Heart Super Saver, but it’s much softer. For the crocheters out there, the recommended hook size is a size I-9, while the recommended needle size for knitters is a size US 8.

20150721_084129The color selection for this brand is AMAZING! There are so many different solid and variegated colors to choose from that it is hard to not pick them all. There are bright in-your-face colors and also subtle neutral colors. The colors even have some sheen to them, much like Caron Simply Soft. For a store brand yarn, I was very impressed with the color selection. Each solid color is 7 oz. while the variegated colors are 5 oz. This yarn is machine washable.

p1070071p1070076I HIGHLY recommend using this yarn for a variety of projects such as hats, scarves, blankets, and sweaters. You won’t be disappointed in the quality or the softness of this brand.

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Black Friday Yarn Haul

Hey everyone!

Today I’m going to share with you my Black Friday yarn haul! There were a TON of great Black Friday yarn deals, so I thought it would take advantage of what they had. I’m sure there are still a lot of different sales going on this weekend, but here is the yarn I picked up.

img_2575img_2576I really love working with the Deborah Norville Everyday Yarn. This yarn is super soft and plush. I already had these two colors at home, but I wanted to stock up some more in order to have enough for a baby blanket. These colors are in Baby Pink and Snow White.

img_2578img_2577I also picked up a skein of Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread in the color Ocean. I saw online that a few people have crocheted over their phone charger cords to help protect them and help them distinguish theirs from other people’s phone charger cords. I’ve become obsessed with wanting to do this with my own phone charger cord, which is why I picked some of this up. I haven’t started on this yet, but I’m hoping to do so soon. There are a TON of different crochet projects running through my mind right now that I just want to do them all!

Did you do any Black Friday (yarn) shopping? What was your experience like?  What did you pick up?

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Why I Love to Crochet

Crochet is one of those hobbies that I can never let go. Not only is it a form of relaxation for me, but it also helps to relieve some of my stress and anxiety. It’s also one of those hobbies where I feel like I can really show off my creativity. There are a ton of different reasons why people crochet, so let me tell you some of my reasons.

♥ Crochet gives me something to do with my hands. Oftentimes I get restless if I have to sit somewhere for an extended period of time with nothing to do. Some people bring a book to read while others are content with being on their phones. I bring a crochet project. Sometimes there’s a wait when I go to the dentist, so working on a crochet project helps pass the time. I also like to crochet when I watch TV or a movie.

♥ I am always amazed at what you can make with some string and a hook. The possibilities are truly endless. Some people are really creative in what beautiful masterpieces they come up with. While I’m still working on improving my creativity, I love seeing other people’s work and becoming inspired.

♥ Crochet gives me a sense of purpose. Whether I am making a handmade gift or I am making something to be donated to charity, I feel like I have a true purpose when I crochet.

♥ Crochet helps relieve any stress or anxiety I may have. It’s nice to be able to sit back after a stressful day and crochet my stress away. Getting into the repetitive motion helps me to focus on my project in front of me. After a while, I can feel my shoulders beginning to relax and my mind stops racing.

♥ Finding crochet patterns and yarn are among some of my favorite things to do, aside from actually crocheting that is. There are so many wonderful patterns out there that I just want to crochet them all, even though I know it’s impossible. I love looking at all the different yarn brands and colors out there. I have to run my hands along the yarn whenever I walk past it as I love the feel of the different soft yarns out there.

Crocheting, for me, is a way for me to create something beautiful and be able to show it off to others. It’s a way to help develop my creative skills even more. I have been crocheting since I was a teenager. At first, I was very awkward as I didn’t know how to hold the yarn and crochet hook. Once I developed this muscle memory, I felt like things got a little better. It took me a while to learn how to make a chain as well as each stitch. While my stitches weren’t perfect, I knew that if I kept at it, I would get better.

My first item was a scarf. I remember the edges being all over the place as I didn’t know how to finish the row properly. I tried making a few different items, but my ends were still all over the place.  Once I finally mastered how to get the edging straight, I made scarves like crazy. I felt confident enough to make scarves so I moved onto other projects.

Fast forward to now. I have made hundreds of crochet projects since first starting out. I am so happy that I stuck with it and have found something that I can practice my creativity on. Crochet is not only a hobby, but it has become a way of life for me.

Why do you love to crochet? Leave me a comment below and let me know all about it.

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Yarn Review: Deborah Norville Everyday Yarn

Today I will be reviewing Deborah Norville Everyday yarn. This yarn is considered a 4-worsted weight premium 100% acrylic yarn. The yarn label says that it is anti-pilling. For the crocheters out there, the recommended hook size is a size I-9. The recommended needle size for knitters is a size US 8. Each solid skein is 4 oz. while the variegated colors are 3.5 oz. This collection comes in a beautiful array of colors and is one of the softest yarns I have ever used. It is machine washable.20150501_16291720151228_205543I absolutely LOVE this yarn!! I love the richness of each solid color and love the combinations of the variegated colors. The solid colors pair up well to match the variegated colors. I have used this yarn for a variety of different projects such as hats and baby blankets. I bought a TON of this yarn a while back when it was on sale at Joann Fabrics for $1.99. Working with this yarn is an absolute dream as it glides easily on your crochet hook and is very soft to work with. This is one of my go-to yarns. I HIGHLY recommend picking up a few skeins and trying it out yourself. You won’t be disappointed. If you are looking for a soft acrylic yarn, this is the yarn for you!

Pattern Credits: Divine Hat and Granny Stripe Blanket

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Snowmen and Penguin Hats Available!

Snowmen and penguin hats are now available in my Etsy shop! Snowmen hats are available in dark purple, royal blue, cherry red, forest green, and berry pink. Each snowman hat features a pom pom on top. Penguin hats come with or without a cute bow. Each hat is big enough to fit over the ears and has a pom pom on each side. All hats listed are in child size. If you would like a bigger size, you can request a customization.

Hurry now and pick up these cute hats, which are perfect for the upcoming holiday season!