My favorite things – Part 1

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Hello, my fellow crafters! I’m spending this week designing some new patterns as well as going through my WIP pile. So much to do and so little time! Know that I have super cool free pattern coming up in March in celebration of my one-year anniversary as a designer. I can’t believe it’s been a full year. It was really scary to put myself out there but I did it and I keep hoping to come out with even more patterns for you to enjoy. I expect the summer will be my most successful time in accomplishing my goals. We homeschool so I’m always pretty busy and it’s difficult for me to find time and a quiet place to jot down my pattern ideas.

Since I don’t have a pattern ready for you today, I thought I would go over some of my absolute favorite things for creating with yarn. I’m sure you all have some if not all of these but you never know what kind of nugget you might find in my list. I hope you enjoy and keep an eye out for next week when I release another free pattern! Yarny hugs!

Knit Picks Yarn Ball Winder:

Okay, so this one is not only useful but so much fun. There is something satisfying about watching the yarn fly through the air and create a beautiful yarn cake. These cakes can be easily stacked which makes organizing your stash that much easier. The one thing I do suggest is attaching it to a sturdy table. I tried using one of those dinner tray tables and it ended up falling over. I guess I was going a tad bit too fast.

The key to this is to keep your yarn tension even so that your cake comes out nice and snug. It makes pulling your yarn from the center a breeze which helps avoid a mess when you are working on our project.

Check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

Clover Soft-Touch Hooks:

These were my first “fancy” crochet hooks. They are easy to hold and help prevent crochet cramping. I used to use the aluminum hooks but my hands would often end up hurting. I won a contest once and I was lucky enough to receive the entire set for free. I was in love instantly. I have size C to J and now I’m saving to buy the steel hooks for finer yarn.

Check them out on Amazon by clicking here.

Clover Amour Crochet Hook Set

I can’t say enough about the comfort of these hooks. I do love the Soft-Touch ones but these are like holding little fluffy clouds while angels sing in your ear. Well, okay, maybe not that special but they are worth it if you are looking for comfort. Plus, they come in these great colors so you don’t have to keep checking the size once you memorize what color is which.

Check them out on Amazon by clicking here.

Knitter’s Pride Wool Needles

These are great for sewing in chunky yarn ends.  I also like them because I don’t have to strain my eyes to see the eye of the needles. I give these two thumbs up!

Check them out on Amazon by clicking here.

Knit Picks Blocking Mats

These mats are great because they have the Knit Picks name to them. Knit Picks customer service is out of this world. They make great product at affordable prices. These mats are interlocking which means that they can be placed in different variations to fit whatever item you are attempting to block.

Check them out on Amazon by clicking here.

Knitter’s Pride Blockers & Pin Set

These are the best combination for your blocking mats. I find them much easier to work with than regular pins because you can hold larger sections down. The box makes storing them easy and there’s less chance of getting poked than with regular pins (at least for me since I’m clumsy). If you block your projects, I highly recommend investing in these.

Check them out on Amazon by clicking here.

Clover 3009 Needlecraft Bamboo Knitting Repair Hooks

I am also a knitter and if you are too, then you will want to get a set of these babies. These are amazing for picking up dropped stitches. You will never be able to see where you made a mistake after using these. There are tons of YouTube videos showing you the magic that happens with them.

Check them out on Amazon by clicking here.

Westcott Craft Scissors with Micro Tip

A good pair of scissors is always necessary when working with yarn. There is nothing worse than a dull cut that causes your ends to fray. I love these because they have a sharp tip I can use if I ever have to cut into a small stitch. You don’t have to buy this particular brand but I recommend something small, portable and sharp! Just make sure to keep them away from you little hands.

Check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

Crochet Tote Bag for Yarn Storage

I love to make blankets with different colored yarns but I hate the mess of skeins spread out everywhere. This little bag has solved that problem for me. I like that it’s plastic so I don’t have to worry about it when I spill coffee (which happens more often that I like to admit). I do recommend that you keep sharp object away from the plastic since they can poke through it. Otherwise, it’s a great value and it will help keep you organized and tidy.

Check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

Sleepy Sheep Yarn Bowl

Yarn bowl + cute sheep = ADORABLE. Yarn bowls help keep your yarn from rolling all over the place. If you are going to use one, why not use an adorable one? Enough said. Get it.

Check it out on Amazon by clicking here.

If you have made it this far, thank you for checking this post out. Have a great rest of your week!

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