For the Week One Winners!

If you watched my latest video, you’ll know that I’ve begun to pick winners for the giveaway! I needed a place to post a picture of their notion or project bag choices so here it is! (Click on it to make it larger.)

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Sheepishly Sharing Yarniversary!

September 10 marked the 2nd anniversary of my becoming part of the YouTube yarn community! I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from this experience and how much I appreciate those who have shared their expertise, encouragement and friendship. I have no plans to stop anytime soon and as a matter of fact, over the next month or so, I’ll be giving away notion bags and a few project bags to subscribers who enter into the “giveaway.”

Edited 9-12-2014: NOTE! You enter on the YouTube page as this giveaway is for YouTube Subscribers only!

This video contains all the scoop:

Crochet Hook Information

I’m strangely fascinated by the reasons different people prefer different crochet hooks so I went on a quest to learn more about the different types. In the process, I ran across 2 EXCELLENT blogs that took the time to explain the detailed features and provided descriptions and reviews of the ones they’ve tried. Inspired, I did the same with my “collection.” Below is a video where I used those 2 blogs as “textbooks” to give you an overview followed by my own experiences.

DEFINITELY take the time to review these pages! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

First, there’s Crochet Cabana. There are 2 pages loaded with great crochet hook info and reviews entitled “All About Hooks.” There are even links to purchase specialty hooks that are too pretty to use!

At Nerdigurumi, check out the Guide to Crochet Hooks and be sure to see the information on Crochet Hook Size Conversions.

FAQs about Addi Express Knitting Machines

I get LOTS of questions about the Addi machines and it finally occurred to me that an informational video would be in order! In the video, you’ll find answers to these questions:

1. First of all, “What IS an Addi Express Knitting Machine?”

2. “Why would I want one?”

3. “What are the advantages over a flat bed knitting machine?”

4. “Can you make other things besides hats and scarves?”

5. “I can only buy one machine. Which Addi is the best?”

 

Tutorial: Crochet Sock Yarn Hat

1 skein (50g) Paton's Stretch Socks Yarn; Color: Pumpkin Spice

1 skein (50g) Paton’s Stretch Socks Yarn; Color: Pumpkin Spice

Sock Yarn. Face it. It’s pretty stuff! The fiber content and color variations are endless and always seem to be so well matched. However, I’m not into making socks. (Truth be told, I don’t want to work that hard and stuff that pretty yarn into my shoes!) Since I’m a hat addict, the logical solution for me is to make a hat with it!

  •  Fact: It takes 2 skeins to make 1 pair of socks but only 1 to make a hat!
  •  Fact: As a general rule, self-striping yarn works better with knitting, however, you can get great results with single crochet!
  •  Fact: Sock yarn is usually a weight category of 1 (aka “Super Fine”), thereby needing small needles or hooks. I used a 3.5mm hook (aka “E” in American terms) thereby making the work go slower!
  •  Fact: The results are worth it.
  •  Opinion: I wouldn’t recommend the use of sock yarn to a beginner simply because of the fine yarn weight/small hook.

 Tutorial:

Since I’m not recommending this for beginners… the basic single crochet pattern and notes for what I did are included below.  A non-beginner should be able to run with that.  Regardless… this video explains it quickly and you may not even need to refer to the pattern at all after viewing:

Single crochet gives nice results with sock yarn striping.

Single crochet gives nice results with sock yarn striping.

Written Pattern:

Rnd 1: 12 sc in a loop but don’t join!

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc. (24 stitches) Put a marker in the first stitch of this round!

Rnd 3: 1 sc in ea sc around. (24 stitches)

Rnd 4: 1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next st. Repeat around. (36 stitches)

Rnd 5: 1 sc in ea sc around. (36 stitches)

Rnd 6: 1 sc in the next 2 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (48 stitches)

Rnd 7: 1 sc in ea sc around. (48 stitches)

Rnd 8: 1 sc in the next 3 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (60 stitches)

Rnd 9: 1 sc in ea sc around. (60 stitches)

Rnd 10: 1 sc in the next 4 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch. Repeat. (72 stitches)

Rnd 11: 1 sc in ea sc around. (72 stitches)

  • Continue sequential increases until the crown diameter measures the size you need. (Refer to a chart for sizing.)
  • Once proper crown size is achieved, single crochet in each stitch until the desired length is achieved. (Refer to a chart for sizing.)

Note: I stopped single crocheting about 1.5” from desired length and added a Front Post/Back Post Double Crochet Ribbing for the bottom of the hat.

Product Review: Yuzen Gift Boxes

My kids gave me a great gift this past Christmas: a Yuzen Gift Box Subscription. I can’t tell you how much I love this thing! It’s theme is… well… sort of “zen” spa products. You get them in sample sizes with coupon codes if you’d like to order the full size versions of ones you really enjoy. The quality of the box is so very elegant. I feel quite spoiled!

One of the things I love the most about it is that all the products are free of harsh dyes and chemical fragrances. Most are USDA Organic. I have to give this a a 5 Star Rating and highly recommend this as a gift for someone special. Many thanks to my clever kids!

You haven’t made the move to organics yet? HELLO! This is 2014! Here’s a post from my other blog that can give you a quick class on why we really need to: Living In Ignorant Bliss “You may think this stuff is boring but that doesn’t change the fact that your body is going to do its thing whether you learn about it or not. I really don’t recommend continuing to live in ignorant bliss!”

See me open a recent Yuzen box here:

Choosing a Work Table for Addi Express

“The Perfect Work Table.” Yep, I was on a mission to find that thing. I tried the remove-a-leaf-from-your-dining-room-table technique. I made my own from an old chair. But the one that shows the most promise is a workbench “invented” by my friend Suzy Notting. I think hers is a better quality than mine but have no fear… I have plans to make it perfect!

Remember as with any of my Addi info… this can be useful for and Innovations or any circular knitting machine!