Annie’s Hook & Needle Club – Kit 48 – Lovely Lace Wrap

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If you have read any of my posts before, then by now you know that my two most enjoyable things for me to crochet are afghans and shawls. So you can only imagine my excitement when I opened my bubble lined envelope to discover a crochet pattern for a shawl.

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The 48th kit came with instructions to either crochet or knit a Lovely Lace Wrap. I instantly fell in love with the yarn color, it was 840 yards of light weight acrylic yarn in taupe. The yarn itself was so inviting I would have brought it without a pattern if I would have seen it a store. All that I needed was to supply the G hook and a tapestry needle to get started on this newest project.

The pattern was very well written, easy and clear to follow. I actually crocheted this wrap in two afternoons. It was an easy level pattern that was written in a repeat pattern, so it was one of those projects that you could work on in the car if you chose.

The only stitches you need to know is a working knowledge of a chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet and of course how to make the fringe at the ends to complete this project. My next post will be on how to make fringe, if you are in need of some help in that area. So keep an eye for it.

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I would offer one suggestion, when you finish the first half I took a stitch marker and marked the last stitch. That way, when I was crocheting the second half I would know where one ended and the other began.

I am giving this pattern a 9, losing only one point for the yarn being in unmarked labels. I have already had two opportunities to wear my new clothing accessory and have been given several compliments on the the appearance and the color of the yarn. You will enjoy the same result.

For those of you in the club, I hope you enjoy crocheting this as much as I did. Is there a recent project that you just really enjoyed crocheting, that was just a really happy memory for you? Please share.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.

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Annie’s Hook & Needle Club – Kit 51- Easy Baby Hoodie

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Upon opening this kit from Annie’s Hook & Needle club my excitement grew, I knew instantly who I was going to crochet this project for – my youngest grand daughter. The kit, titled “Easy Baby Hoodie,” is a sweater type hoodie which could be crocheted to the sizes of 6, 12, 18 or 24 month olds. I opted for the 24 month, as my grand daughter will be two in October.

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The kit came with four skeins of yarn: a pale yellow, royal blue, spring green and turquoise. (unmarked labels) approximately 160 to 230 ounces all in light worsted weight acrylic yarn and 1 green button. In order to complete the kit I needed to have on hand, an H crochet hook, a tapestry and sewing needle and matching thread for the button.

This is an easy level pattern which only requires a working knowledge of the chain stitch (The Chain Stitch) , single crochet (The Single Crochet) and the singe crochet join (Single Crochet Decrease) to be able to work the pattern through to completion.

The pattern in regards to crocheting the sweater is easy enough to follow, however, if you have never crocheted a sweater before I believe you might have a problem following the assembling instruction. I knew what they wanted, having crocheting sweaters in the past, but I believe a less experienced crocheter might benefit from some diagrams to better understand the placement of the sleeves for sewing.

I did the following: With right sides together, I pinned the sleeve into the armhole, (under the shoulder) matching the bottom seam to the side seam. Then I whip stitched the sleeve to the body of the sweater, and then down the side seam. Finally, I pulled the sleeve through the arm hole. I regret that I did not take some pictures for a clearer explanation but in my excitement I did not. Next time, I will know better.

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My hubby has generously surprised my yarn addiction a few months back with some crochet labels, so the final touch was to attach one with love to the inside of the hoodie and voila, it was ready to give to my youngest grandchild. I enjoyed crocheting this project so much, it was completed in a 24 hour period.

I am rating this kit a eight, losing one point for clarity in the assembly section of the pattern and one for never having a possibly of working with this yarn again. I loved the colors and the yarn worked up beautifully. I know I would, if I could, definitely purchase more yarn and work up a few more hoodies in these colors as gifts.

On the other hand it is one of a kind and for now, I will look forward to seeing my granddaughter wearing this Easy Baby Hoodie for the fall weather. If you have ever crocheted something special for a grandchild, please share. Who knows, your story might inspire a new grandma to start crocheting sweaters, baby clothes, hats, scarfs etc…. for their grandchildren.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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Stadium Security Approved Clear Tote Give Away

Give Away is running through September 30…You still have time to enter.

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I am excited to announce a first for all my crocheting friends that love to take their crocheting everywhere!! With football season starting and hockey soon afterwards and all the school sporting events. I am offering a giveaway. A special tote bag that will help you take your crochet projects to the games.

Crochet with Passion is giving away a clear plastic Messenger Bag that is stadium approved to one lucky winner. I myself, purchased one of these when my hubby and I went to a Rockford Ice Hogs Hockey game.

To sign up for the give away all you have to do is make sure you are signed up to follow Crochet with Passion blog. Once signed up you will receive each new post in your email. There will be one entry per email address allow.

Second, make a comment below on why you love to crochet. It is…

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Annie’s Hook & Need Club – Kit 41 – Chair Rug review.

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In April of this year I found in my mail box the 41st kit from Annie’s Hook & Needle Club – The Chair Rug. As you can see I got behind in plans for this blog.  But as we all know – life happens.   The pattern is for a rug that is placed on a chair for decorative purposes, similar to a cloth doily.

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The kit comes with 370 yards of medium worsted weight acrylic yarn in the colors of blue and white. With a J hook from my own tools and a tapestry needle, I will have enough yarn for two chair rugs.

The pattern is worked into rounds using the chain stitch(

The Chain Stitch), single crochet (The Single Crochet), slip stitch (Slip Stitch) and double crochet (The Double Crochet). The added bonus is that you will be working several specialty stitches, The slip ring, V stitch (V Stitch) and finally the fan stitch.

With the pattern calling for one of the larger hooks (J) and the entire project only consisting of 12 rounds; this kit is one that can easily be crocheted in one or two afternoons.

The pattern itself, was an “easy level” and clear to follow while at the same time giving someone experience at crocheting in rounds. I have to say I really enjoyed crocheting these. When finished I placed one on my sewing chair and one on my office chair for more of a personal touch in these area, I can honestly say I brought them to work since these two spots are where the Crochet With Passion blog is worked.  My sewing area is in my office.

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The only foreseeable problem I can see, is that they are not the most secure for staying in place as you get in and out of your chairs. If anybody has any suggestions on how to keep them in place, please share. Other then that I am rating this kit with an 8. The chair rug itself is lovely, and adds a very decorative touch to the chairs. Still, in my case, I cannot see myself pulling out this pattern for a repeat run. Thus, I am docking the kit the one point because they are not practical to use. As so often the case with the kits, the yarn came in unmarked labels accounting for the penalty of the last point. 8 of 10

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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Stadium Security Approved Clear Tote Give Away

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I am excited to announce a first for all my crocheting friends that love to take their crocheting everywhere!! With football season starting and hockey soon afterwards and all the school sporting events. I am offering a giveaway. A special tote bag that will help you take your crochet projects to the games.

Crochet with Passion is giving away a clear plastic Messenger Bag that is stadium approved to one lucky winner. I myself, purchased one of these when my hubby and I went to a Rockford Ice Hogs Hockey game.

To sign up for the give away all you have to do is make sure you are signed up to follow Crochet with Passion blog. Once signed up you will receive each new post in your email. There will be one entry per email address allow.

Second, make a comment below on why you love to crochet. It is that simple.

The drawing will be held on September 30, 2017 from the comments received below this post.

So enter the drawing today, either for yourself, or if you have a sports enthusiast in your home. This could make a great Christmas gift.

Until next time keep those hooks flying.

 

  • Contest is only open to people with a United States address.

 

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Totes, Bags and Drums….

 

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When you first start crocheting the only thing that really gets your attention is crochet hooks, yarn and the pattern of the day. However, as your interest increases you discover there is more tools and then other accessories that will catch your eye. Among the crochet hooks, stitch holders, scissors, and tape measures you will start looking at, you will also find the need for a good bag to carry your projects in.

At first I suggested to people to just use a plastic grocery bag. Why invest money needlessly, waiting until you discover if you you really want to learn the art of crocheting? However, once the decision has been made you might want to begin exploring the different types of bags and their features and what will work for you.

Although I have many yarn bags in my crochet closet, today I am going to share with you the top four I find myself reaching for. Why four you are asking? Well, I always have three projects and three project only going on. My rule is one hard project, two easy ones, and I can not start another one until one of these is finished. This keeps me from having a lot of unfinished projects laying around. Because if you are like me, you have about a hundred projects you want to do! Since I have made this rule, I am seeing a lot more of my projects all the way to the end. The fourth I keep around because it is a clear bag and it allows me to take my crocheting in high security areas such as sporting events, allowing easier entrance.

When shopping for a bag, the first thing you need to decide is what are you looking for. These are the main things I look for in a crochet bag:

First, how easy is it to use the yarn? I do not like to deal unnecessarily with tangled yarn           if I do not need to.
Secondly, am I going to lose my hooks in the bottom of the bag? Is there a pocket, a place to store hooks? (I dislike having to take everything out looking for a hook)
Third, can I store my project when I am not crocheting and safely keep it clean and free from harm?
Lastly, I read reviews. After all, gleaning from others will save me money in the long run. I do not want to waste my time on a bag that will have to be replaced in year.

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My Main Crochet Bag (brought in 1997)
My favorite bag is one I have gotten so long ago, I do not even remember the name of it. But whoever designed it, knew what a crocheter was looking for.

The bag has one large compartment inside, with a side zipper that holds all your hooks. They also added eight outer pockets, six hold yarn and two for extra things, like notions, hook cases, etc.. The yarn pockets have feeds. small metal eyelets, sewn into the green canvas material that allow you to keep your yarn skeins separate while you can also feed one long string into the large center compartment with your present project. This enables me to place everything inside organized and ready to use in a moment. Then the bag zips securely protecting all the yarn until the next time I sit down to pull everything out. It has a shoulder strap for easy carrying. If anybody recognizes this bag, please share the name and company in the comment section as my memory on this matter eludes me, and I would buy another one easily.

These are the main things I like in about this crochet bag. This is the bag that I use always for my class, and for larger projects such as afghans or sweaters. Afghans have always been my passion. I love crocheting them and having them around.

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ArtBin Large Yarn Drum (Birthday gift this pass March)

The next two bags I grab are relatively new ones to my collection, but I am finding myself reaching for them often. The first is the Large ArtBin Yarn Drum in the color periwinkle. It is a 12” diameter x 12.75” high, with two large slits on top so that your yarn can slide through for easy use. The tote can hold up to eight skiens of yarn.

The tote itself is made of a canvas like material, and unless it is full, it will collapse as it empties. I have seen this one on some other web sights and observed that some people crisscross two pieces of card board to keep the bag standing. I tried this for a while, but it did not work for me. So what I did was take six more narrow pieces of card board and taped them together to form a circle and keep the middle of drum completely clutter free. This seems to be the solution for me, you can try both ways and sees what is the perfect fit for you. I have posted a picture of both below.

When you buy this one you will need to decide if you would like to purchase an outer pouch or not. I did, and use it to hold my extra notions. The hook I need for the project and scissors – I keep in an outer attached pouch on the drum itself. (pictured below)

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The yarn drum can be carried two ways: easy grip handle or shoulder strap.

This is perfect for my kits from Annie’s Hook & Needle Club and for projects not requiring more then eight 3 oz skien of yarn.

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ArtBin Yarn Drum Mini (brought March 13, 2017)
This third bag I am using more then I thought I would. It is an ArtBin Mini Yarn Drum also in periwinkle. I wanted them to match just in case I sat them on my living room floor by my crochet chair.

The Mini is only 5.8 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches and is the cutest tote I own. I use this one for smaller projects that require only one skien and for my projects requiring thread.  If you enjoy working with thread you would love this bag, as it is the perfect size to hold one ball of thread and the project without all the wasted room you find in the larger bags.   It is pretty much a smaller replica of the larger version with the exception of the outer pouch. It does have an option to buy an attached pouch but does not come with an outer pocket on the front.

I love this one when I am going on bicycle rides, and visiting people when I do not feel as comfortable carrying a larger bag around. It is small and fits easily into my bicycle basket and is easy to reach for and crochet as I visit with my friend, or if my hubby and I decide to stop and take a break during riding.

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NFL & PGA Stadium Security Approved Tote Bag

A few months back our church went to an Ice Hogs hockey game and to my surprise I could only carry in a clear bag. No purses, no bags of any sort are allowed in unless you could see through them. I am not really a big sports fan, so I enjoying taking along a simple project to help me spend time with my hubby but also it would be more enjoyable for me. This is when I decided to secure an approved bag, so I would have one on hand.

I choose this one from Amazon, it had good reviews and a zipper so I would not lose any smaller items. The bags is 12” X 12“ X 6” and is approved to be used where regulations require clear bags such as NFL football games, events, parks, and college stadiums.

The tote itself can be carried by two smaller handles or has a 30-60 inch adjustable strap for comfortable over the use shoulder carrying if you prefer. I do not use this bag as often as the other three, and am discovering that in our ever changing world it is a good one to have on hand. In-between stadium visits, I use it to store the yarn for my upcoming project. The see through tote is a great motivation to encourage me finish my current project and is handy because everything I need for my next smaller project will be in once place.

Spoiler: This is the bag I will be giving away in my next post…be sure to look for how you can receive one FREE.

Although I have several totes in my crochet closet, and I do occasionally use others, these are the main totes I have found useful durning my crocheting journeys. They are many yarn bags, totes and drums to chose from. As you try different ones, you will discover what works for you and what does not. But what ever bag you decide on, you will discover in some ways it is just as important as the type of hooks you have chosen.

Are these any of the bags you like to use, and if so, what is your thoughts on them? If not, What are those totes you love to use? And lastly, What are you looking for in a crochet bag?

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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Annie’s Hook & Needle Club – Kit 54 – Keep Me Warm Set.

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Slowly I am crocheting my way through the kits that I have gotten behind in. The July kit that arrived in the mail from “Annie’s Hook & Needle Club” was the “Keep Me Warm Set”. It is a fall hat and fingerless Mitts pattern ablazed with summer colors. I really am enjoying making items like this for those fall walks and our bike rides.

The kit came with two skeins of rainbow light weight variegated yarn weighing about 452 ounces. You will need a tapestry needle and then you will have a choice of either an H or a G Hook depending on the desired size of the hat and mitts.

All Annie’s Hook & Needle Club kits come with two sets of patterns, one for crocheting and one for knitting. With my love of crocheting, I always lean toward those patterns.

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This kit came with an easy pattern that could be quickly done with, by any person with limited crocheting skill. It was a very well written pattern, which contains simple increasing, and a working knowledge of the single crochet and double crochets. These are also great items to crochet if you are wanting a little more experience with working in rounds. One suggestion I would like to make is that use a stitch marker to help visually mark the beginning of each round, otherwise it might get a little confusing as to where a rounds ends or begins.

The hat was so enjoyable and simple to crochet that I crocheted two additional ones in smaller sizes by using smaller hooks, for two of my grand daughters in Tennessee. Praise the Lord I live in this time era, with FaceTime I will get to see the expressions on their faces when they open them.

With all of this in mind, I am rating this kit a 9, losing only one point for coming in unmarked labels.

Are you looking forward to sporting your new hats this fall and winter? Fall is my favorite time of the year, with the cool nights and colorful trees. I am already looking forward to wearing my crocheted hats and getting out my shawls as my hubby and I enjoy our evening constitutional’s.

**FYI: Will be announcing an upcoming Give Away Promotion next week, so keep an eye out for it.**

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.

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