Throughout the month I asked a variety of different types of crochet-related questions on various sites including Facebook, G+ and Twitter. You can follow along with the answers on any of those sites but the easiest way to keep up with all of the daily questions is probably to follow and check the Crochet Question of the Day Board that I set up.
In case you missed any, though, here’s the roundup of the February questions that I asked, along with some of the best answers that people gave.
There are many different styles of crochet art from mixed-media abstract art to wearable fashion art. What do you like in crochet art?
There weren’t too many answers to this question on Facebook. Maybe if you feel inspired you can go add your own answer now!
If you were going to crochet an item for charity today, what would you make and what cause would it be for?
This is a good chance for me to remind you about how Anastacia Knits supports crocheting for Alzheimer’s. She donates to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and has one by-donation pattern, Ruth’s Bracelet, that is dedicated to her grandmother Ruth who died from this illness.
Several people mentioned that they’d like to crochet for local organizations, which is great because then you can really benefit your own community. For example, Leslie Ann said she’d make a children’s crochet afghan for the local shelter and Janie Schantz said lap blankets for a local nursing home would be great. On Twitter @
brklynhousewife said she knits and crochets for her local church fair and @twistnknot crochets premie caps for her local NICU.
Getting even more local / personal, Stacy Theoharis O’Rear said she would crochet “a baby blanket for a family who just lost 2 of their 4 girls to a house fire.” Wow.
I was most touched personally by Lois Blanchard who said: “I make shawls for Threads of Compassion, they are for organ and tissue donor families. I also make chemo hats and warm winter hats for many local places.” My father is the recipient of two different organ transplants so the first part of her answer really struck home with me.
Check out the Facebook crochet answers to see all of the inspiring things that people want to crochet for others!
How do you feel about weaving in ends?
I loved that we all approach this differently. Answers ranged from Dixie Crane who said, “Hate, hate, hate it. Sometimes I try to discipline myself to do it as I go along, so I don’t have it all at once at the end. It’s such an anticlimax!” to Molly Kiely swho said: “I love it. It’s meditative — achieving the perfect hide is very satisfying. No, I’m not on drugs.”
In the middle were people who said that they don’t think about it, that they’ve learned to tolerate it or that they have found certain things to appreciate about it. I was interested to see a few people mention that they don’t mind it in crochet but dislike it in knitting, and a few others mentioned that they use knots (which is kind of controversial among crocheters).
More on Facebook; some creative answers there worth checking out! There were also lots of half-joking answers including @mooglyblog on Twitter who said, “Pretty sure that’s why they invented Netflix!” I hear that!
What do you think of in terms of style when it comes to crochet? Bohemian? Contemporary? Feminine? What word would you use?
Brig Hearn answered on G+: “Crochet is so versatile, it can go in any direction you want to take it, depending on the yarns, colors and accessories used. Same pattern, totally new look. Bohemian is the first word that pops into my mind when I think of crochet. Now, if my hands could create what my mind sees, I’d be a happy camper!”
On Facebook lots of people drifted towards “bohemian” but the two answers I liked best were:
- Erin Busby who said, “sometimes fanciful or nostalgic. Sometimes adorable, like with amigurumi. Sometimes, indigent.”
- Kat Finke who simply said: “Limitless”
See the Facebook answers.
See G+ crochet answers.
Name your top three favorite crochet blogs!
Oddly I didn’t really get any answers on Facebook; pop over there and add your favorites now to give some great crochet love to the bloggers you enjoy.
Which do you think would make you more money – selling your finished crochet items or selling your original pattern(s)?
This question was actually posed in a post over on CraftGossip.com. It interested me so I thought I’d ask it as well.
I tried to get some Facebook crochet answers to this one but didn’t receive a response. A few people hit the “like” so I think it’s something that people are interested in but maybe it was too complicated to answer in short form on social media.
What are your thoughts on this one? Share on Facebook or in the comments on this post.
What mixed media or craft items (such as buttons, ribbons, etc.) go good with your crochet?
Again there weren’t really any Facebook crochet responses to this question so the space is there for you to add your thoughts to! I’ll be sharing my own answer shortly in the next post on this blog where I answer all of these questions myself, interview style so come back later today to get that answer!
Over on Twitter @UCrafter said, “Buttons all the way. I love vintage buttons – they were so much more interesting than what I find in the shops today!”
Finish the sentence … I love crochet because …
Nobody at all hesitated to answer this one, which made me happy because I love celebrating our love of our craft!
Some of my favorite answers from Facebook:
- Katherine ‘Walker’ Haan: “I never knew when I started there were so many crochet techniques to learn and types of yarn and fibers to use! And now, I have bins upon bins of yarn, patterns and hooks to last me the rest of my life!”
- Nancy Davis: “two things…. Number one: the connection to the past, my aunt who taught me, and all the other women who have made things with their hands for their families with love. And Number two: the peaceful, meditative feeling that I get when working. I have that no where else in my life, it is my refuge and where I gain my strength.”
- Irene Lundgaard: “it’s beautiful, it’s therapeutic, it’s creative, it’s full of possibilities, it’s fun, it’s easy to carry, it is simply yarn freedom!”
- Megan Newton-Miller: “the possibilities are endless…”
On Twitter, @Stitchknit celebrated bicraftuality saying “I love crochet because … I alternate between knitting and crochet so my hands don’t get so tired! Love pieces with knit & crochet combined!” Are there any other bicraftual stitchers out there? Give a shoutout to yourself in the comments below; I don’t knit but love seeing people who combine the two crafts in their lives.
Have you ever crocheted a doll or stuffed animal? Share the story about it here!
The image above is from a post I did rounding up 12 crochet art doll examples
Laura Pavy said: “working on a bunch of them now! The latest one a purple Princess Pussy cat named Petunia!” Fun!
See the other crochet doll stories people shared on Facebook.
Over on Twitter @pansyaddict said that she used to knit but found crochet easier and uses crochet to make dolls.
And over on G+ Susan Russell shared: “I have made over 50 animals and take requests. Hardly ever use patterns. Made a 18″ tall mohair unicorn with golden hooves and horn and nylon gold mane and tail for a niece that had close to $45 in material alone… I made a horse from a picture for a friends little girl who lost her horse due to an accident. I like unicorns the best! Made my BFF a voodoo doll for when the hubby gets in trouble too.”
What was the last thing that you bought related to crochet? (Which yarn, what pattern, which hooks, etc?
The answer that inspired me most was from Marinke Slump who said, “I bought an Addi Swing hook and a Knitpicks Symphony hook last weekend at a craft fair. I’m hoping to try them out on my weekly mandalas.” I want to try the Addi hooks and see if I like them or not.
The answer that made me most curious was from Anne Yarn-addict Baldwin who said, “Bought a book on crocheting sea related creatures and plants ………. Secret project!”
On Pinterest Denise Aday said, “Awaiting delivery of a sharp crochet hook for easy edgings.”
And on G+ Dana Bincer said, “Wow…I really had to think about this. I think I’ve gone a whole week without buying something! I bought some discontinued yarn offered by Craftsy.com. The sad thing is…I don’t have a project in mind for it!”
Where do you buy your yarn? What do you think the pros and cons are of buying local/ indie yarn?
See where people on Facebook buy their yarn.
One of the answers that I liked came from Knot By Gran’ma who said, “Online and my LYS… Online has more selection, but the LYS lets you touch the yarn and it’s there when you need it. Plus, a little human interaction is always a nice thing!”
Others also liked the LYS, like @ycatsss who said on Twitter, “Buying yarn Local is best! Pro – keeping them “alive” in our chainstore world. Con -prices; but its definitely worth it!” @iamjackiebrown said something similar: “PRO: buying local helps support and bond with other crafters CON: it tugs on your purse strings”
@miriam_jewels gave a shoutout for shopping local, saying, “We don’t buy yarn, but believe in buying local/indie because you’re supporting great artists from your own backyard!”
Over on G+ there were two answers:
- Cody Nations said, “We have a thrift store here that is just for craft supplies. I get mine from there.” That’s awesome. We have SCRAP here in San Francisco, which is a terrific place for second hand craft supplies.
- Monica McDonald said, “I buy yarn from hand dyers and LYS. I love buying natural fibers because I prefer working with it and worry about a landfill full of plastic yarn. I do use inexpensive cotton yarn for things like dishcloths. I get that different projects may warrant different yarns.”
Of course, some people only shop the chain stores (either because of price or because of convenience or both) and then there seem to be quite a few people who shop both (as well as online options), which I think makes a lot of sense in today’s world.
What is the smallest item you have ever crocheted?
I loved seeing all of the different answers that people offered. Sometimes they explained why they made the tiny item and sometimes left it a mystery and it was so fun to guess about the motivations for these small crochet things! Some of the ones I was most curious about included:
- Laura Pavy: “a hat for a baby @12 weeks gestation (fits on my thumb)”
- Val Schomer: “Tiny sweater about 1-2″ wide”
- Lynda Halliger Otvos: “bag to hang around neck of small child – held crystals”
More Facebook crochet answers.
On Twitter I got to see a Twitpic of the tiny crochet ladybug above, which is by @KreepyKimSofia who said, “held up my ladybug to the real thing, mine is 1 1/2-2x the size of the ones I bought for the garden.” She went on to add, “I make tiny chickens and bugs for a friend’s easter eggs every year, one day I wondered how small I could go…maybe smaller”.
Also on Twitter @rootsandbones said, “Some flowers I made to decorate a pair of gloves – think they were an inch or so across. Found it a bit fiddly, honestly!”
And over on G+ the answers were:
- Sabrina Benton: “I have made some amigumuri, but I did not get pictures of them before I gifted them. I made a bride and groom that stand about 4 inches tall, very cute and the little girl I gave them to has them on her desk.”
- Gnes’ wonderful world: “I have made amigurumi too ! Like: angry birds, totoro, sack boy, pacman“.
- Heather Brown: “A button..without a pattern, I just kind of faked it! It came out really cute.”
Also on G+ Patrick Lyddy shared the cutest pic (below), saying: “That Husky on the left is actually on my desk right now. The “Chihuahua” on the right has been named T.R. (Toxic Rocket…long story) and is currently on sabbatical in +Zen Alpaca ‘s living room.”
What is the largest item you have ever crocheted?
Most interesting answer was from Michelle Goulder: “A 4ft wide balaclava from washing line, for a Pussy Riot benefit gig.”
Another answer I liked came from Twitter where @crochetartist said, “I made a 2 piece crochet graduation dress for my daughter. I took a mental picture of a dress then went and made it. I saved 700 dollars.” Also on Twitter @yarnsmithee told us about “a 3 1/2 foot tall Tardis for a Doctor Who fan!”
And I loved that @rohnstrong shared this TwitPic, saying: “this…and it took forever”:
Do you use stitch markers? What kind do you use? For what projects/ purpose?
Lots of people do use stitch markers, usually when working in the round or as Shannon Lewis said, “I use them when I have bigger rounds with more stitches than I can keep track of in my head.” Several people make their own and/ or enjoy using stitch markers with designs that represent them; for example @KreepyKimSofia said, “Mine are red blood cells, of course,” which she says she uses to hold her place in her work when she’s done crocheting for the day.
Many people also use alternatives to stitch markers including:
- Safety Pins (Sandra Rhodes Freeman, Angelica Harrison Atkinson, Caitlin Walker)
- Dollar Store Hoop Earrings (Asinthia Marshall)
- Scraps of a Different Color of Yarn (Adda Jane Roberts, Victoria Oplinger, @zoehill13)
- Paper Clips (Pamella Shaughnessy)
- Bobby Pins (Paula Lee, @barbiecat1)
More crochet answers on Facebook, including some that give good tips about which stitch markers to get if you do want to use them! People who mentioned on G+ that they use stitch markers said they are good for “working in rounds and short stitches” (Karli B), “when making socks or to keep track of short rows, lace repeats, etc.” (Nicole Cormier) and “for anything I might lose track on esp. continuous spirals” (Stephanie Brodersen).
What crochet project have you completed that you are most proud of?
Several people said blankets. For example @SaySellCrochet on Twitter said: “My hexagon blanket. It took 4 months to complete, but now it’s keeping me warm in the bitter cold weather.”
More Facebook crochet responses.
What crochet book have you found the most challenging in a positive way?
You crochet something for someone else and they don’t respond the way that you wanted them to. How do you feel? What do you do? How does this affect future crafting?
What a powerful topic!
A lot of people said that they have learned that there are certain people they just shouldn’t bother making things for because it’s a waste of time, energy, emotion and yarn. Some people said that they felt like handmade gifts are really appreciated, while others didn’t feel like this was the case at all. An example of a comment that sums a lot of this up is from Debbie Shoutz Daugherty sho said: “Most folks really appreciate a handmade gift, because they know how much time went into it. Occasionally, I’ll give a handmade gift to someone who could care less. I just make a mental note to not make that person anything again!”
What made me really happy was that a lot of people said that even when they don’t get the response they had hoped to get showing appreciation for their craft they continue to believe in the power of crochet and plan to keep doing it.
- Lisa Dave says: “I usually only work on pieces for people who I know will love them as much as I do. When they don’t it’s hard, but I will never stop crafting!”
- Victoria Oplinger shared: “The only time that’s happened to me was earlier this month. I made a charted Lion King afghan for my daughter’s band director, who is expecting. I printed out a picture from the internet, traced it onto my graph paper, added “Hakuna Matata” at the topand her baby’s name at the bottom. I called it my ‘masterpiece’. I expected tears, especially from a pregnant woman. I got a ‘wow, that is beautiful’ and ‘that looks like it would be really hard to do’. No tears. BUT, I’ll allow it because she’s pregnant and it was her last day at the school before maternity leave and I’m sure she had tons of other things on her mind. Doesn’t stop me in the least from making gifts for others.”
- And Sangeetha Prabhu smartly said: “I don’t let anything affect my crochet. Not my cervical spondylosis and definitely not OTHER people’s reaction! Because bottom line I Crochet therefore I am. I have been crocheting for 20+ years and have gifted away almost everything.” Sangeetha also shared a link to a post about a husband’s lack of appreciation for a crochet yarn cozy.
- @abieliza on Twitter said: “It doesn’t affect my future crafting at all!! They just simply won’t get another quality, handmade item. Mall gift for them.”
See some of the other answers people offered on Facebook to this question about when your crochet isn’t appreciated as a gift.
Share the links to your own crochet-related social media sites.
Go ahead, plug yourself! And visit the people who already answered. Want to follow me on social media? You can find all of my links by scrolling down to the bottom right hand side of Crochet Concupiscence.
I’ll be continuing to ask questions in March and I’ll roundup the best answers again. Note: there haven’t been too many answers over on G+ so there’s a good chance that if you follow me there and give a decent answer to any of the March questions then you’ll get highlighted in the roundup!