This blog post is a few miscellaneous thoughts and hints for yarnies like me. I hope one of them may help make your yarn crafting adventures more enjoyable.
The Knifty Knitter cord loom is a fun little gadget. It makes a nice cord with 5 pegs, but if you want a smaller cord you can use 3 pegs.
Jute or grass twine makes a lovely cord for trivets or even little baskets.
I find that alot of times my Martha Stewart loom pegs don’t want to stay put. It’s a major irritation.
I first tried yarn stuffed in the holes, then tried bits of paper, then masking tape, they worked but I wasn’t happy with them. Then I tried painter’s tape and I haven’t looked back.
I use a layer(or 2) of painter’s tape over the loom holes.
I use a toothpick to break the tape over the hole and then push the peg in.
This method works really well for me.
I had My first experience at rolling a ball of yarn that wasn’t end fed like the 4 ply skeins I usually use.
I got frustrated at first with the skein tumbling and capturing everything including the attention of (our dog) Sheli. He and I got into a bit of a kerfuffle for a few seconds.
I stuffed the skein into a plastic grocery bag and hung it on my arm. I quickly discovered that not only was it protected from Sheli, but it fed easy and rolled beautifully.
I do love accidental discoveries. 🙂
I bought my first couple skeins ever of bulky yarn. It’s Lion Brand Hometown USA
It’s a bulky yarn and is 81 yards long
I wanted to see how big a square made with 81 yards would be, so I crocheted a solid granny square. I used a size N crochet hook. The square came out to be about 12 inches x 12 inches
I decided to try a regular granny square and was amazed that it too came out to be about 12 inches x 12 inches… I would’ve thought that it would have been bigger.
Anyway, this was a pretty good experiment because now if I want to make an blanket of granny squares out of bulky yarn, I can better guess how much yarn I need.
I’m envisioning a big bulky blanket of 12 inch squares. I think it would be fun to try. I may make one sometime.
This is all my thoughts and hints for the moment.
I hope they’ll help make your yarn crafting more enjoyable.
You’re welcome to share your hints if you want too.
Here’s wishing you happy
adventures in crafting!
When I was but a girl I use to make cord looms out of cotton reels and panel pins, using crochet cotton yarn to make place mats, thanks for the memories
You’re welcome Roma1912
Sounds like you were a creative child and you’ve grown into a creative adult as well. I like that. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
My grandmother taught my sister and me to knit and crochet. I didn’t do a whole lot with knitting, but I crocheted many things, including a very large afghan made from crocheted squares of pink, green, and brown I had forgotten about until we found it in mother’s things. I crocheted Christmas stockings, snowflakes and wreaths for the tree – about the size of a fifty cent piece. Finding these brought it all back. What a gift from our grandmother!
That’s a helpful and lovely legacy to have handed down to you & your sister. Your Grandmother sounds like she was my kind of people. It’s bittersweet to find artifacts of youth. Thanks for sharing your sweet memories with me. 🙂
Hehehehe my daughter has just started learning to crochet and is now firmly hooked. Told her today she is now officially a hooker. Wish I was there to see her face. But its always fun when someone asks me what I do, my reply of course is I am a hooker. Priceless to see their faces! Enjoy your hooking. I am an old hand at crochet
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lol I guess it gave your daughter quite a giggle.
It’s great your and your daughter share the enjoyment of crochet.
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E.C., love the hint for keeping the yarn in a bag. I’ve just wound some yarn into a ball after untangling it. What a mess it was!
I wish I’d thought of the bag years ago, it would of saved me alot of time when balling up yarn.
I know how them yarn messes can be. Not very fun, but worth the effort most times.