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Yarn yarn and more yarn ! Just how i like it :)
I am so grateful to be supported by Redheart.com and be sent amazing yarn to try out and design patterns for you
The soft essentials range is so, well....... soft haha and the long colour changes in the stripes is great for many projects. I am designing a simple shawl that shows off the self striping yarn
The soft essentials stripes is a number 5 yarn/ bulky and recommends a 6.5mm / US K crochet hook. You get
4 oz/113g and 110 yards/101 meters. 100 % acrylic so its a great yarn for many projects and easy washing too YAY !
I haven't got a plan yet for the solid color, so I will have to put on my thinking cap :)
You can purchase these fabulous yarns direct from Red Hearts website by clicking any of the links in this post or on the images below
Soft Essential Stripes is available in 6 beautiful colors, do you have a favorite ?
Have a fantastic yarn week, happy crochet !
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Did you hear that Knit Picks is having a 40% off sale !!! WOW !! Great time to stock up on all those yarns you have been swooning over.
I recently made a crochet tutorial with a free written pattern on a pretty shawl
Video tutorial https://youtu.be/z7X5Tw57-Uo
Free written pattern http://www.bobwilson123.org/scarf-cowl-gloves-and-mittens.html
After I finished the shawl decided to block it and the video tutorial is below
Blocking helps the stitches relax and opens up the pattern. Blocking can also help stretch a project if it has turned out a little small
Hello !! Did you know its been 6 weeks since i uploads a crochet tutorial !?
Time flies when you are having a much needed break. My new tutorial is for a shawl and if you use the yarn suggested in the tutorial is make s a soft ans squishy shawl and light enough to wear when you just need a light layer. Of course the shawl will look amazing in any yarn you choose and I can see lots more being made in my future :)
Along with the video tutorial there is also a free written pattern
Just in case you missed a recent post about my hand dyed yarn update, here are some of the items that will be available for purchase :)
You can purchase them here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1058957830792602/
I am really excited to asked to road test the Yarnit. (blog post coming soon ) Yarnit is currently having a kickstarter to get enough funds to produce the larger size ...The big Sully ! If you would like to help Yarnit get the Big Scully into production click HERE, every dollar helps :)
They turned to Kickstarter because without your help, they won't be able to make the Big Sully! Yarnit is proud to be American made and always will be - but manufacturer's set-up costs to tool the factory are nearly $100,000! We need your help to get over this one-time hump so we can produce Big Sully's for years to come!
The big Scully has
The Yarnit is a nearly indestructible globe that keeps your yarn safe and protected from grime, pets, and accidents. Now your yarn will always stay by your side - no more chasing it across the floor or down the isle of a plane or peeling it off your car’s dirty floor mat. No more tangled messes - the centrifugal force design means your yarn easily flows from the globe helping you maintain an even tension.
PLUS, the Yarnit's special rubber base holds securely to all surfaces AND provides a storage well to keep those “never can find ‘em when you need ‘em” items like stitch markers, scissors and darning needles. To top it off, the top of our globe has needle docking slots to keep your needle tips protected and stitches safe on your line when you are taking a break!
Hello and welcome to another post
My 3rd update will be this month and I will have project bags, hand dyed yarn (by me) available for purchase
New to this update will be bag and yarn sets plus more !
Join in all the fun and for more details visit my Facebook group Stitchy bits and bobs
** I can not afford to update my website at the moment and for now my Facebook group works for me :)
(Any purchase made through these links help me keep my business going and my patterns and tutorials free)
Omgosh have you seen the Chroma over at Knit Pick? Such pretty colours and a great price for a long colour changing yarn. Its 70% superwash wool and 30% nylon blend yarn.
I can see a really pretty shawl made in this yarn .....I am going to daydream about all the different variations I can make
If you have already made something with this yarn, please share it on our Facebook page or tag me onInstagram
Hello friends !! Clare here :)
I lasted 3.5 months on my yarn ban GO ME !! The original ban was for 3 months. Even through the horrible things going on right now I was able to stay strong ....you know there is a "but" coming ....But .... then the lovely Nicole from Toomuc Valley Yarns had new yarn and I couldn't help myself :) So I decided to go big and buy a few - it was so much fun. To my surprise there were 2 extra skeins -Thank you Nicole and Michelle you truly made my week !
I love my yarn and lets just say I have a slight addiction to it ...ok who am I trying to kid, I am ADDICTED TO YARNS !! I especially have a soft spot for hand dyed yarn, so pretty and colorful
I recently chatted with Nic from Toomuc Valley Yarns and here is what we chatted about :)
1. Can you knit or crochet? If so, how old were you when you learnt to knit/crochet and who taught you?
Both are my hobbies! I love them both, but tend to knit more than crochet. My mother taught me to knit when I was around 7 or 8 over 30 years ago. My grandmother helped me too. I taught myself to crochet in 2007 and left it for a few years until 2010 when I used You Tube to help me develop my skills further. I've even used Clare's videos to help me!
2. What got you started with dyeing yarn?
I had joined a crochet group on Facebook in early 2012 and I saw the beautiful hand dyed yarns people were using. I'd never come across them before and I was mystified. I found some indie dyers and promptly purchased some skeins. I loved them so much that I decided to research the process.
3. How long have you been dyeing yarn?
I started "playing" in December 2012 with some Queen's food colouring. I loved the process so much (read: fell head over heels!) that I got really serious a couple of months later in February 2013. I very nervously opened my Facebook page/store in April 2013, and I thought that if no-one liked what I created I could always keep them for myself! That never happened!
4. What was your first dyeing experience like?
I was using food colouring on some of mum's old 50g pure wool balls she had lying around the house. I had the food colouring already so it was really cheap and easy to get started. As I said I fell in love with the process and just knew that I wanted to create and explore more. I was so excited to cast on that first colourway I created!
5. What is your favourite fibre?
My favourite fibre to dye is my Australian Superwash Merino base as it takes up the dye so vibrantly and I love the results. Personally I love to knit with silks and cashmeres for the softness factor, and it's a little bit of luxury for me when I can afford it!
6. What's your favourite yarn weight to dye?
I tend to dye lots of DK/8ply weight as that is my best seller, however I don't really have a favourite weight to dye - I love them all equally!
7. Have you ever tried the kool-aid/food dye method just for kicks?
Yes, when I started out, but used Queen's food colouring. I haven't ever tried kool-aid though.
8. Are there different methods of dyeing to produce different results?
Yes! Lots! Tonals, solids, semi-solids, variegated, kettle, gradient, mono-chromatic, ombre, and self-striping to name a few!
9. What is your favourite?
I actually love all types of dyeing for their own individual uniqueness and beauty. I love using all the different techniques and researching and exploring how they work. I love being able to provide my customers with lots of different options, and it really thrills me to be able to offer a great range. I recently purchased a vintage knitting machine and I am very excited to be able to add gradients and long colour change yarns to my range. These are possibly my new favourite!
10. How long does the process take from start to finish to dye 1 skein of yarn?
From prepping, to soaking, to dyeing, to rinsing, to drying, to reskeining, labelling, photographing, naming each colourway, packing and posting, these processes can take up to 5 days. I do each of these things myself in between school runs, after school activities and other commitments! It is certainly crazy around here, but I love it and wouldn't have it any other way!
11. What is your inspiration?
I love all things art, - something my amazing art teacher fostered in me at high school (and I am still in contact with him and he is very inspiring!), and I find lots of inspiration in art!
Sometimes I use the design seeds website if I am stuck in a dyeing rut. I also take a lot of photos and use these as a constant source on inspiration.
Having said all that - I find my main inspiration is just in playing with colour! I tend to be able to put colours together and they work! Sometimes after putting in a big day at the dyeing studio I find that the dyeing has "happened" all by itself. I go into another dimension.
Another thing I love to do is to get any leftover dye at the end of the day and work out a way to apply it to the yarn. It's always a challenge as I don't want brown yarn all the time! I love the way it pushes and forces me to be creative and I don't waste the dye. It's something I've always done whenever I dye and it's my favourite part of the day as it's rarely the same!
12. Have you ever thought of adding scents to the dyes to make scented yarn?
No, I haven't, but I am very intrigued now! I haven't come across it in my research either. But a gorgeous purple/lilac yarn with lavender sounds divine and my cup of tea! I'm definitely going to look into it!
13. Do you have any tips for those that are interested in starting themselves?
I get asked this a lot and the best thing to do is just start! Have a go! If you have some food colouring stashed away and can get hold of some pure wool, then you are set! There are so many wonderful You Tube videos that are so helpful and even helped me too, in the beginning.
Also, just enjoy the process - have fun! Using food colouring is safe to do with kids, and can be a great school holiday/weekend activity to do together. My daughter often helps me and sometimes I am envious of her creations!
14. Do you have any other hobbies?
Making beautiful coloured yarn is my ultimate hobby and I love that I can have my own business surrounded by what I love. When I am not dyeing, or knitting I love catching up with our families, we love going camping and four-wheel driving and exploring our beautiful country. Our new house has lots of room, so we've been busy setting up new vegetable and herb garden beds - I love cooking what we've grown!
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Many people ask where I get my clover crochet hooks from
I love the way they feel and the glide smooth;y through the stitches, I can crochet for longer because the soft handle doesn't give me hand cramps. Each size is a different color and it make it easy to find your favorite hook
Each pack has 10 hooks so it works out quite cheap !
I got them as a set from Amazon.com, click on the photo below to purchase yours now
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I never thought I would ever finish sewing in the ends and making them look all pretty :)
Now to join them, there is no real method to my layout with the exception of a few rules
Now dont go commenting on my post saying i haven't followed my own rules, lets call them guidelines :)
1) No dark colours next to each other
2) If the center of the square was made using (example) white then any square that was joined to it - either next to or diagonal it couldn't have a white center
Same rule for rows 2 and 3 - this did become hard at certain times as I only used about 10 colours in my blanket
I was originally going to use Hot Red to join them, so there isnt much red used in the squares .......BUT when I went to my stash to get my yarn for joining, I only had 2 balls of red ......which brings me to the statement you can never have enough yarn and multiple balls of the same colour, yes this is compulsory !!
The only colour that I had 5 balls (5 x 200 gram/ 7 oz) was black ..... gaaah, black ....I hate to use black, especially when I knew I was going to be joining at night.... I can almost hear you cursing the black yarn and nighttime crocheting hahahaa.... But black is all I had and black is what i had to use. I am so glad i went with the black as it make the colours just POP out of the blanket
I joined in the day, sewn the ends in at mums appointments ( I had to wait at least 20 minutes whilst mum had radiation, and if they were running late sometimes it could be an hour before mum got to go in) I hate sewing in the ends, but at mums appointments I had to find something to fill in the time, it is also a great conversation starter when you have all these brightly coloured joined granny squares on your lap :)
With averaging joining 13 (1 row) of grannies per day, my blanket was literately growing before my eyes - its so exciting !!!
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Hi! My name is Clare and I am the voice behind bobwilson123 YouTube channel, a place where you can learn to crochet. I love teaching crochet and even after six years, I still can't believe I get to do this every day! I have met many wonderful people through crochet, many of which have become great friends. I hope your crochet journey is as enjoyable as mine.
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