This week I was thankful for many, many things and one of those things was the terrific crochet blogging community that I get to be a part of. Here’s my roundup of the best posts of the week from that community.

Something Special

Wow – an entire city is being yarnbombed. Streetcolor explains: “in March 2013 the entire port city of Genova will be yarnbombed or as they say in Italy “bombarded with yarn” . The city has set up more than a hundred different locations for people to meet and knit – including libraries, senior homes civil service buildings, youth organizations and even a prison.”

Crochet News, Reviews, Interviews and Thoughts

  • Hairpin Lace Trend. Stitch Story shared that hairpin lace seems to be a fashion trend right now in Saudi Arabia.
  • Chanel Cape Revealed. Crochet designer Ellen Gormley shared a short video of her design process for this new piece.
  • Curvy Girl Crochet Review. Crochet designer Marty Miller shares her thoughts on this book by Mary Beth Temple that came out a few months ago.
  • On Ergonomic Crochet Hooks. @FreshStitches discusses what they are, some of the different styles and whether or not you need one. She mentions that hand pain is one reason people choosen ergonomic hooks. Aberrant Crochet also shared thoughts on ergonomic hooks this week in a video post with lots of great info about crocheters’ hands.
  • Crocheting with Mismatched Yarns. Crochet shared a question from the past with an update with thoughts on using completely mismatched yarns in a project.
  • Interview with Rohn Strong. Lion Brand interviewed this crochet and knitwear designer.
  • All About Tunisian Crochet. Cat over at Craftsy shares a lot about this craft. If you enjoy tunisian crochet you might like the free Tunisian cowl pattern over on One Yarn After Another this week.

Beautiful Crochet Work

crochet mandala

I’m in love with the weekly crochet mandalas that A Creative Being is still making and how she shares her inspiration for each one.

crochet stuffed animal

@thisiscarrie made one of the patterns in Long-Legged Friends

crochet owl blanket

I’m adoring this textured owl blanket, pattern not yet available, that was being tested by @caseyplusthree

How to Crochet

Crochet Patterns

Crochet Quote

I loved that Cami of Art, Like Bread said this week:

“One of the things I really love about crochet is how it makes me feel. I love the entire process of creating something unique and useful. It may sound funny, but it actually makes me feel powerful!”


Crochet Chat Podcast. Another great episode from @freshstitches and this one is about the LYS where Stacey tells us about what a good yarn store should be like and how to comfortably enter one as a newbie.

I’m curious about the two cashmere yarns recommended in WEBS gift guide for knitters and crocheters – especially the washable cashmere!


Information on how to make one of these crochet singing birds yourself is available on Instructables.

Other Crafty Things

  • Congrats to Twinkie Chan who has opened her first online store called Yummy You.
  • Fox’s Lane shared fun photos of alpaca shearing season as they get started developing their own wool yarn. Love it!
  • Craftys shared social media tips for indie makers and designers.
  • OMG Heart gives some love to Kollabara, a new online craft community you may want to check out if you haven’t already.

And Some Special Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, happy weekend, happy reading!


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. icrochetinoh Reply

    I tested that owl square too. Turning it into a pillow eventually. It was a test on Ravelry for dc2tog. I love it!!!!

  2. AberrantCrochet Reply

    Thanks for the link love Kathryn! I had no idea anyone else was talking about ergonomic and hooks too! Guess we’re all tapping into the same crochet consciousness right now. I have struggled with my 3rd and 4th videos here the last two weeks for my challenge series. Hopefully I will be able to get them presentable by the end of next week. Took far longer than I would have liked on the first two. :/

  3. TamaraKelly Reply

    Great links this week – thanks so much for including moogly! :D

  4. undergroundcrafter Reply

    Thanks for the link love, Kathryn! I so look forward to these posts – you provide a real service to the crochet community!

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @undergroundcrafter I’m so glad that people enjoy them and utilize them!!

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