"I can never say no to a trip to the yarn store!"
"I can never say no to a trip to the yarn store!"
1. Handy Spider Webs by Irina Novikova
Photo © DanielaH
2. Half Spiderweb by Crochet It Baby
Photo © Crochet It Baby!
4. Chained Spiderweb Stephanie Soika
Photo © Stephanie Soika
5. Spooky Spiderweb Cuffs by Rosy Alice Crochet
Photo © Rosy Alice Crochet
"I wouldn’t be caught dead in a crochet sweater that hasn’t been properly blocked."
Yesterday, there was this small festival here in town, and this gal (I think her name was Laura) brought her spinning wheel and spun yarn! I sat and watched her for quite a while. It was really interesting to hear her talk about spinning, dyeing, long fibers vs short fibers, and all sorts of other things!
Probably the most interesting thing I heard her talk about was silk. She said she traded a bag of fiber for some raw silk. She thought “Silk! How awesome!” but was surprised when she got it. She said it was “so organic” that it still had worms in it! It was stiff and still had the stuff they hold it together with (basically worm spit, I think) and it smelled REALLY bad. And it was brown. She had to buy horse shampoo to wash it with, and she said the smell never really went away and it never really turned white! So that was interesting to hear about!
She said she sometimes thinks “Do I really wanna go to this festival and spin all day?” Then she does it, and just loves how many people come by and ask her about it and watch her. It’s true, there were quite a few people of all ages - children, teenagers, middle age, and elderly - that came by and asked her all sorts of questions and she was more than happy to demonstrate and talk about it and answer any questions they had! It was really nice to see!
She also had a friend with her (who I apparently neglected to get a photo of!) who was a beginning knitter. Maybe next year I’ll bring a chair and a WIP and sit down to crochet there!!
"Based on the amount of laundry that needs to be folded, I actually think I might be spending a bit too much time crocheting!"
"I accept payments for crochet orders in person with cash, and occasionally bottles of wine."
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Aimee, I turn 30 on September 28th, I currently live in Manhattan, but I’m moving back to my home town in Oklahoma soon.
How long have you been crocheting?
I started crocheting when I was pregnant with my daughter, late 2011.
What inspires you? What keeps you interested in crochet?
Ravelry is such an inspiration, and my queue just keeps getting longer! I love seeing a pattern and thinking, “I can make that.” Or “I can make that, but better.”
I started out as a knitter but never got very into it. Once I started crocheting I fell in love with it and I have confidence to modify patterns or make things without a pattern at all, and that is very satisfying.
What type of projects do you prefer to work on?
I like making blankets because they are useful.
I also enjoy making shawls.
I like the idea of amigurumi but every time I make one I remember how much I hate putting all the pieces together.
What is your favorite or most used hook?
I use I hooks a lot, it seems; I’m making a blanket now with K hook and I enjoy that hook size with worsened weight.
Do you remember the first thing you ever crocheted and do you still have it?
The first thing I made was just a little practice piece. It was supposed to be a circle, but I didn’t know how to join ties so it ended up being a spiral. I didn’t keep it.
What other web pages do you have?
I have considered opening an etsy shop or selling things in Instagram, but I really prefer just to make things for fun and give them away or keep them for myself.
What was your favorite project?
I made the Sidewalk Shawl (which you can find on Ravelry) and I really enjoyed it. I plan to make another soon.
What is one tip you’d give to someone just starting out with crochet?
Don’t be afraid to hold the yarn/hook a different way than the book or video or other person does. Just do what feel comfortable to you.
Also, practice with cheap yarn.
Why did you learn to crochet?
I had wanted to learn for a while, but Xmas 2011 I received as a gift a big bag for projects and a bunch of yarn and a set of hooks. A different person gave me the book Tasty Crochet as a baby shower gift. Those two things really inspired me to learn.
Thank you so much for sharing, Aimee! I’m so jealous - I’ve been wanting to make the Sidewalk Shawl forever, I just haven’t gotten around to it! Good luck with your move, and thanks for following Just Stitched!
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one-crafty-hooker reblogged this from juststitched and added: Making snowflake granny squares for a photo prop blanket for a friend’s new photography business :)
That’s awesome! Good luck to your friend!
I don’t have a lot of experience with steel hooks, because I have yet to find the patience for working with crochet thread. However, despite that, I figured I needed a conversion chart for steel hooks. Working on it - HOLY COW! STEEL HOOKS ARE CRAZY!! It seems like every brand has a different metric size for the U.S. and U.K. sizes! Anyway, maybe this list will help any of you steel hook deities!
My feelings on steel hooks are still the same as when I originally posted this, but you steel hook aficionados (or beginners!) may find this helpful! Enjoy this week’s Throwback post!
"After going through my pattern library and seeing all the crochet books on my bookshelf, I decided I need to check myself into pattern rehab."
What are you working on?
I’m working on a slouchy hat for a friend!
What’s on your hooks?
What if I live in Australia but need yarn???????
Well, the answer is obvious. Either book a plane ticket ;) Or find some yarn stores in Australia! You may be able to talk with the owners and see if there’s already an existing yarn hop type event that you can participate in, or you can see if the store(s) would be interested in having one!!
Here are some Australian yarn stores that I found (I think!).
Woolshed @ Manuka: http://www.woolshed.com.au/locations.html
Yarn Over: http://www.yarnover.com.au/index.php/en/
Tangled Yarns: http://www.tangledyarns.com.au/catalog/
Kaalund Yarns: http://www.kaalundyarns.com.au/index.php?route=information/contact
House of Yarn: http://www.houseofyarn.com/contact-us.html
Or since I may have no idea what I’m talking about (because I do not live in and have never been to Australia) you can check out this post called “A Yarn Lover’s Guide To Sydney Australia” on freshstitches.com: http://www.freshstitches.com/a-yarn-lovers-guide-to-sydney-australia-wool-shop/
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