Happy Clappy Crochet

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

Monthly WIP Update – Post #2

Checking in on the Work in Progress project. I’ll admit, I haven’t be able to work on this as much as I would have liked, but paid professional projects that were on a deadline had to be finished first. I am on the 4th section of 5, so the blanket is 3/5 done. Over halfway! Yay!

How are you doing with your WIPs? I’d love to hear an update!

I also want to remind you that I will be part of the Crochetville NatCroMo blog tour this year. It will be my second time on the tour.

© Crochetville

© Crochetville

Please go to the Crochetville website daily starting on March 1st and follow along with all the amazing stops on the tour. When the tour stops here on March 13, 2016, I have some fun things happening – a new pattern release, plus some giveaways. You’ll have to come back to check it all out!

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All Aboard!

© Crochetville 2016

© Crochetville 2016

Just 12 more days until National Crochet Month 2016 starts! Crochetville has really expanded the celebration for March, for not only are they highlighting 3 crochet designers a day, but also highlighting crochet friendly yarn companies and yarn stores as well! Just think of the amazing crochet resource you will have once the month is complete!

This blog will be highlighted on March 13th, and I have some nice things planned for you all – a new pattern release plus two (!) yarn and pattern giveaways! Stay tuned for my stop on the tour!

I hope you check out the Crochetville Blog Tour page on a daily basis. There are new designers to meet, as well as old favorites, and I’m sure you will find several somethings to love during the month.

See you here on the 13th!

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Holy Cow, y’all!

Just checked my blog site and found that you gave my swatch post lots of love over the weekend! And I mean lots of love – 481 views!

THANK YOU! to everyone who checked out my site this weekend. I hope you continue to find reasons to come back and check it out.

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The Taming of the Swatch

I’m currently working on a project which requires me to make lots and lots of swatches. Normally, identifying which swatch is which would be done with paper tags, like the pre-strung ones you can get at any office supply store.

However, not only must these swatches be wet blocked, there are also several of the same color, which can lead to identification problems. I seem to recall that paper and water don’t mix, so trying to keep track of similar swatches was going to be a problem.

And then, I had a lightbulb moment. What if I can make hook size markers and attach them to the swatches? Off to the craft store I went to purchase alphabet beads, beading wire, and crimp beads, as well as a large enough storage case for sorting out all the letters.

I got home, and after a couple hours of television, I had this.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

Now, crochet hooks in America have letter designations from B to S, but for this first run, I concentrated on C to J.

Now, a smart crocheter is going to point out that letters are well and fine for MOST of your hook sizes, but what about that US 7 / 4.5mm hook you are so fond of using? How are you going to create a marker for that one. First – Kudos to you for sussing that out! Second – see those little hearts? That is my stand in for the US 7 hook.

After a couple more hours, I had this.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

I had LOTS of extra beads, so I decided to make my markers a little prettier by adding a bit of color. The loop gets put on a locking stitch marker, the stitch marker is attached to the swatch, and swatches are ready for their bath without losing important information that I need.

© Laura Krzak

© Laura Krzak

I’m really happy with how they came out, and they should prove to be a great help with this project.

Have you ever had a brainstorm of an idea to make your crocheting better? Please share!

 

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