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Wearing my Lovers Knot Ribbon Scarf, still from my very first video post

I’ve got a lot to share from my little corner of the crochet world this week. Let’s jump into it.

My Crochet Art Project

Earlier today I shared my post about Swaddle, the crochet art project that I’m working on and trying to crowdsource funding for. If you missed that post, please check it out! Note that I’d love to take questions and be interviewed about the project to spread the word and so email me (createmefree on yahoo) if you’re interested.

Lots of Granny Squares

I’ve been on a granny square kick lately, maybe after being inspired by checking out Sarah London’s new granny square book or maybe because I loved the large granny blanket I recently finished. I’ve been making granny squares of all sizes and turning them into cowls, skirts, tops and more. Here are a few that just got finished:

Okay, so the peach color you see here is actually a really beautiful pink. I still haven’t replaced my camera that broke so I’m working with what my iPod can do and I’m still learning how to take decent shots with it.

I had a little bit of the Caron Simply Soft Paints from my large granny blanket left over so I paired it with white here. I mixed granny squares with crossed double crochet for a pattern I really like.

I have also started a new large granny square blanket for myself using Paton’s Silk Bamboo Yarn in sapphire, stone and orchid. I’m excited about this one but I’m definitely waiting for better camera skills (or a real camera) before I share this one!

Enthused Again About Year of Projects

Yesterday I printed out all of the remaining crochet bag patterns from my list of bags I want to complete this year. Going through them all again made me really excited about working on them and I’m digging into them like crazy. Crochet bags are so fun to make. Do you have a favorite crochet bags pattern?

Yes, More Yarn

I don’t have a lot of money to spend on yarn right now but I seem to still be adding up tons of stash by continuing to get free yarn from Listia. (See my tips for using Listia.) Recently I’ve won:

I won ten skeins of this Moda Dea Ticker Tape Yarn in the colorway Monet.

I won two skeins of this Knit Picks Suri Dream alpaca, wool and nylon blend yarn in the color Blueberry.

I won two skeins of Adriafil Frou Frou yarn, one in blue with some white and one that’s white with some blue.

I won one skein of 100% cotton yarn from Blue Sky Yarn Company dyed in a peach color.

I got two skeins of Lion Brand Chenille Sensations, a lovely but discontinued yarn. What I got is blue and green and purple.

Going to my First Wool Festival

Although the blog will still be here and active, I won’t be here at the end of the week. I’m leaving to spend a few days back at home with my family. While I’m visiting, I’ll be going to my first ever wool festival, which I’m super excited about. I’m sure there will be yarn and tales to share when I return next week!

Crochet Things I Need Help With

One of the things I love about crochet is the great crochet community we have here. You are always terrifically helpful so I don’t hesitate to ask when I need help. Here are some various things that I could use help or advice or ideas with if you’ve got any to share:

  • I need people to interview! I am still working on my book which is about all of the physical and mental health benefits of crochet. I am seeking more people who want to be interviewed for the book. I especially want to talk to people who work in the fields of psychology, medicine or occupational therapy and who feel that crochet can be an asset to their patients. However, I am also interested in interviewing anyone at all who feels that crochet has benefitted their health in any way. Email me at createmefree (at) yahoo (dot) com if you’re interested.
  • Seeking crochet math lessons. I’m still looking for a book, online class or video that will really help me in understanding the foundation of math in crochet design.
  • Pam’s Comfort Cables Pattern. A few weeks ago I explained the mess with KnitPicks and how I am not able to use the crochet cables pattern called Pam’s Comfort Cables Afghan that I ordered, paid for and downloaded from KnitPicks earlier this year. This still hasn’t been resolved so if anyone knows how to get my hands on a copy of the pattern that can actually be read and used, I’d love the help.
  • New hook decisions. It’s time for me to invest in some new crochet hooks (size D-K ish). There are lots of them I have thought about trying but I thought I’d ask – what’s your favorite?
Okay, that’s all from my corner for now. Lots more next week!

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