Crochet Tools Wish List:

I wanted to take a small detour from reviews and travel a different road on this post. I spent most of last year updating and organizing my kitchen so that I am now just two items away from having my kitchen completely organized and ready for Christmas baking. I don’t know how, but it seems to be just around the corner. Next year, I would like to devote more of my attention to gathering some new crocheting tools, because although I have been crocheting for many years, I have not kept up with all the latest tools and gadgets out there.

So one of the resolutions for 2018 that I will focus on are obtaining the things I don’t have that make finishing a project so much easier, and a lot more enjoyable. Before we continue, I want to clarify that I am not saying that I have definitely decided on each and every item on this post nor endorse anything at this point. I am still in the research stage. Reading reviews from others crocheters and deciding if it is something that would really benefit me and adding it to, or removing it from my final wish list- is the first step here. Please, I do so covet your input and comments on any item listed. Please help me to become more informed so that I can make better buying choices.

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My first and most aggravating problem is that I would like to go to one spot and grab one bag or container and have all my tools for easy use and return to them for easy storage. As of the time of this post I have tools scattered in three different spots. I have been looking at the DeNOA hanging knitting and sewing accessory tote as item number one. It is a portable, hanging tote with three center pockets and many outer pockets. It appears to have met some of the criteria I am looking for to organize my tools and keep everything handing in one spot. The thing holding me back for being certain is that I can find very few reviews on this products.

Second on my wish list is Blocking board puzzle pieces. This is high on my list. They are 9 foam interlocking mats thatare Extra Large and Thick. Each one is 12 inch x 12 inch making 3ft x 3ft sturdy blocking board, .78 inches thick, so T-pins don’t stick out the back. This is one tool which will make blocking so much easier and therefore more likely to get done. In my life, the easier things are, the quicker they are completed.

Third is a Fold Up pattern holder. This a device that is designed to hold your pattern for easier viewing and helping you keep your place and your hands free. There is many varieties of these and I have not pin pointed which one I would like, yet it is something that I know I would enjoy and benefit from having.

Fourth, I have small clover pom pom makers (which I truly love but that is for a future review) however I do not own the large pom pom makers. So I am adding that to my list as desirable tools for the future.

Yes I know my list is growing, but the wish list is for dreaming and I enjoy dreaming large. So the fifth thing is to help me with my ever growing yarn stash. It is a WPI Dachshund Dog Wraps Per Inch Tool. The description with the tools describes it best so I just copied and pasted what it said. ( This cute little WPI Dachshund is a handy little tool for measuring the thickness of any yarn. Simply wrap the yarn around his long little belly into the inch wide notch. Compare the number of times your yarn fits in the slot with the key under his chin and you’ll know if you’ve spun up a bulky, worsted or sport weight yarn. All weights of yarn from Bulky to Lace are represented in the key that’s engraved right on the tool. )

Sixth; is The Gleaner. It is a tool that is said to be the most effective pill remover out there, and so far I have read really great reviews on. If you have been crocheting as long as I have you will have pillows, afghans and etc laying around that are starting to look old from pilling. This is a device to help your projects look like they are brand new.

As much as I hate to admit it, I am not as young as I used to be. Sometimes when I give into a crocheting binge my body does not seem to enjoy it as much as my mind does anymore. This is why I am considering a Body Rite Posture Pleaser. It is a device that slips over the shoulders, and straps around your waist. This helps your shoulders and back to settle into proper, comfortable alignment. It is an ergonomic treatment for pain caused by prolonged activities like crocheting. If this works, we should have some happy people around.

Eighth on my list is a Sock Blocker. This is a perfect tool for blocking wet socks; they dry to the sock shape and size. Made of sturdy and flexible acrylic material. Unfortunately, it is not one size fits all, instead they come in small, medium and large. So if you are wanting to crochet socks for you and your husband, you will need to buy two. If I decide I would like one I also need to decide on wood or plastic. I don’t know the advantages of one versus the other.

Ninth, and last on my list is something you might not think of as a crocheting tool. I crochet to not only make amazing things, or to challenge myself to learn a new skill but above all- to relax. Crocheting is my escape from a very hectic world. So for me, this next product is a tool for crocheting. It is the Syntus 300ml Wood Grain Diffuser for Essential oil’s. Now if you may not be into oil’s, in that situation maybe you could add a nice scented candle to your list. Whatever it is that helps you relax and take in the full benefit of enjoying yourself while you crochet, utilize it. In this very busy and very demanding world of 2017 I found I needed to make time in my schedule for relaxing and collecting my thoughts and relieving the stress. When I didn’t the world had a way of taking over my time.

Do you have a wish list of your own? Have you already had experience with one or more of the products I listed? Or is there a tool not mentioned here that you would love to have added to your crochet tool supply? If you can say yes to any of these questions please share it with us all.

I want to remind you all again, in no way yet- is there an endorsement of any of these things. Possibly in the near future, with hands on experience and speaking with manufacturers, that could change.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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Annie’s Hook & Needle Club – Kit 50 – Nesting Stash Baskets

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As I received the Nesting Stash Baskets, the one thing that struck me the most upon opening it, was the realization that this was my fifty kit. How the time fly’s when your fingers are moving so! Once I opened the manila envelope I thought, “My how perfect!” I gazed upon a pattern booklet that could create either three crocheted or 3 knitted colorful baskets.

In addition to the written instructions , the Nesting Stash Baskets kit came with three skeins of yarn. Approximately 160 yards of red bulky (chunky) weight acrylic yard for the larger basket, and 140 yards each of of aqua and taupe bulk (chunky) weight acrylic yarn for the medium and small baskets. As for me, I needed to provide a size I crochet hook, a tapestry needle and stitch markers.

The pattern is an easy level one, written very clearly and easy to follow. I loved the fact that they added lots of illustration to help with any misunderstandings. To complete this kit you will need to have a working knowledge of chain stitch (The Chain Stitch), half double crochet (Half Double Crochet), single crochet (The Single Crochet) and double crochet (The Double Crochet). And for those of you who enjoy a little challenge, you will be working this project in rounds, and will need to know the single and double crochet decreases. (Single Crochet Decrease and Double Crochet decrease)

My first two baskets worked up very easily and I had no problem with the desired outcome. However, when I finished my large red basket, I could not get it to stand on it’s own. So I decided to call Annie’s and ask for their advice. To my disappointment I was told they no longer give help over the phone and that you now have to seek any advice over the internet. I really liked the fact that you had the option for both, as some people who are not as computer savvy would shy away from the computer and struggle through on their on. Below you will fine a copy of mine and their emails. I opted for a smaller hook and it helped to resolve the problem.

E-mail to Annie’s;
First, so disappointed about no longer being able to call. Not everyone is computer smart, so that will stop several people from going to you for help.

The problem: I am crocheting the Nesting Stash Baskets that I received as a kit. Love your club. My first two baskets came out really nice, but the larger one is not standing as I would like. Any suggestions?

Lastly, on the back of the pattern is a statement that there is a video tutorial available (which is a great idea) I am having some trouble locating, could you send a link? Thank you. Pamela

Hello Pamela,
Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding Nesting Stash Baskets. First, apologies. You should have received an insert with your instructions stating that the mention of a video was inaccurate. There is no video accompanying this pattern. Second, as for the larger size not wanting to stand up as straight, there are a couple of things you can try.
1. It may stand just fine once filled. Sometimes they just need that weight in the middle to push the sides out and up.
2. You could redo it on a smaller hook. It might be that your gauge is just a bit looser on this larger basket. But even if it isn’t a tighter gauge, ie smaller hook, would make sturdier sides.
There are a lot of resources available on the internet that you may find helpful with your query. You can try our Stitch Guide at http://www.StitchGuide.com or do a Bing or Google search about the topic of your query.
Sincerely,
Britt Schmiesing
Pattern Services

I am not crazy about the plastic containers that I had in my bathroom, so I replaced them in my bathroom. The baskets are now housing my bandaids, hair doodad’s and bath items. They definitely brighten up the otherwise inconspicuous area.

Sidenote: Just incase you did not receive the insert with your pattern. On the pattern it states that their is a video tutorial for this kit on the Annie’s Websight. (Which I think is a brilliant idea) Unfortunately in this instance some thing happened and the video is unavailable at this time.

I am rating this kit a 9, losing one point for the yarn labels arriving in unmarked, and unable to repurchase again labels. I loved the vivid colors and the yarn was easy to work with, even after I ripped out the red one and reworked it. I am disappointed that I am not able to work with it again. Other than this one point, the pattern was very well written and the outcome of the end results were great. I could easily seeing my self enjoying this pattern again in the future.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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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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