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Announcing: iYarny

First, my apologies as this is going to be a quick, photoless blog – but that’s ok because I have some really exciting news.

Today I would like to announce the addition of iYarny to my blog.


iYarny is an online yarn group designed to offer friendship in the fiber arts. I have noticed from various comments and posts of other yarnies that some people do not have yarn groups near them or have various things going on/situations that prevent them from attending their local yarn group. I have really benefited from having one local and I want to share it with the world.

So – how does one go about joining iYarny? It’s EASY!

First, you will have to register a free account at stickam.com – this is a video chat website that allows for chat rooms and groups. iYarny is a group.

Once you sign up at stickam.com, you can access the group 2 different ways.
1. Via Stickam.com – go to Groups and search the groups for iYarny. Once you find the group, come on in. It is currently a public group but that could change to where membership would be requested. We shall see how it goes. It would most likely be best to join the group now to prevent any wait times in membership approval.

2. Come to the blog and click the iYarny tab at the top of the page. This will take you to another page on my blog where the chat module is embedded.

The only difference is that if you chat via the group in stickam there are 10 cameras available for you to use/watch. If you access the embedded module then there are only 8.

You can pick and choose who you have showing in your camera slots. If you want to be on camera, I only ask that if it is a scheduled iYarny group time, that you be working on something fiber arts related.

The group is available 24/7 so this means you could pop in there anytime you like to chat. Use it as much as you would like!

The rules are very simple.
1. As mentioned above, during the scheduled times, please be working on something fiber arts related if you are going to be on cam.
2. If you are going to be on cam, you MUST use headphones. This prevents feedback and echoing.
3. No vulgarity, profanity, pornography, hate, etc. Keep it PG simply because there are many different age groups and sensitivities. PG is usually safe.

Something to consider is that if you are on cam and your location has a lot of background noise, you may want to mute yourself to the group unless you are speaking (mute and unmute through a conversation). Granted, people can mute you too so if your background noise becomes problematic, know that people do have a choice in muting you.

The point of the group is to celebrate yarn and allow people to find that time they can just sit and enjoy creating with others who enjoy the same.

I have no idea how this will work out but I’ve been thinking about it for a very long time. I have some other plans for iYarny including possible themed nights, charitable crafting/giving, and classes/tutorials.

So I hope that if you find some time, you’ll swing by and check it out.

(wow, this post got longer than I expected HA!)

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Announcements, iYarny

 

My Craft Show Attempt #2

Left Side of My Table

December 23rd found me quickly – a day set aside for my second craft show.

I spent over a week crocheting almost non-stop for this event. In the first picture youc an see all my towel toppers and my cloche (that I’m loving!). I made the puppy hat without a pattern and the scarves/hat above the pupply (blue) and to the right (green/tan/white) were sets.

Right Side of My Table

In this photo you can see the cranberry tam I made (and am thinking of making one just for me!) and the hybrid hats I’ve been making. If you are wondering what the dishchoths are setting on, I found some cute lil wooden chairs at Goodwill. I cleaned them up and use them as my shelves. :)

I really did have a good time. My good friend had a table right next to mine so I was able to sit and chat and crochet the night away. A couple folks took my card and said they’d contact me before birthdays of children in their family. I do hope to hear from them. It would be nice to make some cool character hats for them.

All in all it was a good night although it would have been nice to make some seriously high number of sales (I made two) – but oh well. After we broke down at 8:30, my friend and I went and had dinner at the cafe inside the hotel where the show was. We ate walleye till we were full and had even more great conversation.

 

Year of Projects: Week 26

Project Percentage Complete: 76%
Overall Percentage Complete: 93%
Number of Project Items: 21
Number of Added Items: 120
Total Items: 141

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Good morning and good day to all my fellow crocheters, knitters, bloggers, and yarn enthusiasts! Today is Christmas and I am currently spending quality time with my family – yup, this blog is autoposting for me. Thank you, blogger!

First and foremost for this project I spent some time cleaning up my list of added items. I got to the point I was just adding an item at the end of the list and being super specific on the item. I decided that I don’t really care about the specifics (newborn hat versus adult hat) – I combined all like items and shortened the list up a bit. Granted, there is still a lot going on and a lot being added – but that is ok!

I also removed the last bit of the crocheted ornaments from my original list. The little skates were cute but quite frankly, I had too many on the list. I ended up not keeping any for myself and each and every pair found a home. I may make some more for the craft fair (which happened 2 days ago by the time you read this post) but who knows….

Isn’t it kinda odd I just told you I might do something for something that has taken place in the past simply because I’m typing this Thursday morning, before I have decided, but you won’t read about it until Sunday which then my actions tonight, the future, are really the past as far as your reading this is concerned.

Kooky good fun!

2″x2″ winter landscape paintings by yours truly

Because the craft fair is tomorrow (or 2 days ago for you *laughs*) I’ve been crocheting hats and scarves like mad. I have also done some dishcloths, towel toppers, hat clips, and prepped my table display all week. OH and I got business cards made! Fun stuff! I did make one little goof on the cards – but its not major. I listed my blog site instead of my etsy store. DOH! No biggie though, both roads lead to the same place and I can change it out on the next printing.

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa
– Round Afghan/Throw
– Angel Tree Topper

Project List Items (done)
– 14 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– knit socks [started]

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Ear Bud “purse”

– 2 Crochet Bags (Mystery CAL Beach Bag, EnviroTote #4)
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 27 Crochet Wash/Dishcloth
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)
– 1 dust mitt

– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 4 crocheted towel toppers

– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– 5 crochet scarves
– 1 knit scarf
– 2 crochet cowls
– 5 Hybrid Hat (pattern coming soon)
– 1 knit hat
– 13 crochet hats
– 2 crochet character hats (sock monkey, puppy)
– 10 crochet hat clips
– 10 crochet headbands (some are Sherry’s Headband)
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– Spiderweb Doily
– 1 small decorative Christmas tree (didn’t like, threw away)
– 6 mug cozies

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in My Projects

 

Yarn shopping CAN be fun!

I started out my Christmas Even on the run – I had to make a few stops here and there so I figured I’d pop into Hobby Lobby and see if they had a certain yarn. I have been really wanting to try crocheting with the yarn that looks like a wide mesh to create a spiral scarf and I thought “what a perfect project for the trip to my mother’s house.”

As we made our way through the yarn aisle, I had to give a double take.

 
I looked down the row and saw a fuzzy moustache stuck to the display case. I turned to the kids and asked them why they brought their sticky moustache (yes, they have some hahaha).

They looked at me as if I were insane.

A picture of Vanna was under it, but not as good as the shot (it is the browish color in the back – the tag was over her face. I switched out the yarn for a better picture ….

and voila.

A few good laughs were had.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Fiber Humor

 

[FOTH] December 19, 2011

My most recent installment of Fresh Off the Hook!

 

Year of Projects: Week 25

Project Percentage Complete: 64%
Overall Percentage Complete: 77%
Number of Project Items: 25
Number of Added Items: 105
Total Items: 130


Boy boy boy have I had a busy week. This was my first week not having to worry about homework and my internship. What a crazy feeling. I told my friend it was similar to losing a job. It has been something steady in my life for the last several years – I haven’t gone a day without thinking about it at some level, if not just like a full time job. And then, one day, its done. It’s odd – but nice in a way. I don’t know how long that I’ll go without being in school, but I’m adjusting.

During my adjustment period this week, I have crocheted a LOT – several hats and some scarves, all getting ready for the next craft show which is the 23rd. I’m excited about this one as I will have my own table.

So I’m thinking I’m going to have a small shelving unit of something, I’d prefer wood crates, but we shall see. I am going to have 3 foam heads set up to display hats. I would like to donate a portion of my proceeds back to the charity hosting the event – what is a good percentage? Is 25% too high? too low? Let me know what you would do for that…. Oh, I’ll also be designing up some business cards this week although I am not exactly sure what to put on them.

On to the items – I haven’t taken pictures of everything, but I will be doing my Fresh off the Hook video tomorrow so I’ll post it on the blog too and you’ll see everything. I found a cloche pattern I really enjoy (I did a review on it yesterday). I have made three of those along with a slouchy beanie, a beanie with a ribbed edge, and some scarves.

I was able to finish off the order I took from the craft show last weekend. I was so pumped from getting the order that I finished the first hat the same night and then knocked off the second hat on Sunday. I can see, though, how scary taking orders can be because if you don’t get them done in a timely manner or if you get too many orders you can really back-log yourself.

Oh, in other fun news is that a friend of mine’s wife destashed a bit – and I received the destash. Granted, it didn’t help my stashbusting score on Crochetville.

At the end of sorting, my youngest daughter took 8-10 skeins for her own mini-stash and I took 6 or 7 to my yarn group to disperse to anyone interested. I ended up keeping 32 skeins.

There is quite a mix. The acrylic yarn is Vanna’s Choice. The remaining yarn are all blends including merino, camel, and alpaca. I have already started a scarf out of the Encore  wool blend. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

With that said, I shall leave you with the details of my year of projects. It is safe to say that I will not be making all my Christmas gift goals this year; however, I am pleased with my progress thus far. I’ve tried to keep better track of what I am making and feel my counts are pretty close to accurate.

Happy Crocheting!
– Cris

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa
– Round Afghan/Throw
– Angel Tree Topper
– 4 pair Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas gift)

Project List Items (done)
– 3 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (personal use)
– 11 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas)
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– knit socks [started]

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Mystery CAL Beach Bag
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 22 Crochet Dishcloth
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– Ear Bud “purse”
– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– Angel Hair scarf
– 1 hour cowl
– Hipster (accidental creation)
– 2 Hybrid Hat
– 3 Loom Knit Hat
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– 8 Sherry’s Headband 
– EnviroTote Market Bag #4
– 2 crochet headband (no pattern)
– Spiderweb Doily
– 3 Crochet Scarves
– 5 crochet washcloths (Christmas presents)
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)
– 1 dust mitt
– 1 knit chemo cap
– 4 crochet hat
– 2 crochet character hats (1 Sock Monkey; 1 Puppy)
– 2 crochet hat clips
– 2 crochet toddler hats
– 2 crochet newborn hats
– 1 small decorative Christmas tree (didn’t like, threw away)
– 6 mug cozies
– 3 crochet cloche

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in My Projects

 

A Review of 30s Cloche Hat

Have you ever looked for that hat that was “just the right one?”

I began a search for hats over on Ravelry a week ago after my craft show. I got an order for one hat I had. The story the woman told was touching – I wanted to send along a second hat with her order. A bonus hat.

The color she requested was “somewhere between blue and green” followed by her pointing to a crazy lime green ornament on a nearby wreath. I don’t know about you, but lime green has never been somewhere between blue and green. When I went out that night to grab yarn for the order, I held lime green in hand – but I knew that hat she ordered would not look good in lime green. I knew it. So what do I do?

I made an executive decision to make her hat in a more blue-green color available in Lion Brand. The hat she wanted was a solid color slouch and I knew the yarn would be soft enough, thick enough, and just the right color for the pattern. I also knew that I was going to send her a second hat to accommodate for the lime green request – I just didn’t know what.

I came home with 1 skein of each color. I finished off her ordered hat quickly and knew it looked good. She would enjoy it. But the lime green – ugh!

Off to Ravelry I went when I found the 30’s Cloche Hat by Ilse Dethune. The locations of the pattern are as follows:

– Ravelry Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/30s-cloche-hat
– Ilse’s Blog Link: http://mooglosaurus.blogspot.com/2010/06/mon-premier-patron.html

Once I laid my eyes on this pattern I knew it would work for the lime green I had sitting on the table next to me. The white would be the perfect balance and the bow would break up the color wonderfully. I got to work.

Since originally finding this pattern 6 days ago, I have made THREE. Yup, that’s right – three! I am really enjoying the pattern.

As I said, the balance of white and the alternate color really play well for this hat. Overall the pattern is very easy to read; however, I’m not a fan of how the color changes are written into the pattern. The first time I made the pattern I was hesitant and questioned when to do my color changes. By the third, I was more comfortable working my way down to the first stripe without the pattern. Granted, if the color change was distinct between the rows rather than noting it at the end of the last row of the working color, I think the pattern would be a little more “beginner friendly” than it is now.

In addition to when the color changes are written into the pattern, the pattern on the blog does not share what type of yarn should be used and what hook size. This is an oversight, I’m sure, as the information is found on the Ravelry summary page for the pattern. Like all patterns, because I am a tight crocheter, I had to use 1 hook size larger than what is recommended to get an adult size. I did flub on the second cloche and made it with the recommended size H hook. I am a tight crocheter and it came about sized for a child. OOPS on my part. I knew better. This was my fault.

The use of the white at the top striping down into another color allows for more color options, especially for those who like bright, vibrant colors … like lime green. A hat made in a solid block of a vivid color can be hard visually; however, the white breaks it up nicely and really allows the brighter color to take front stage. Having the splash of white in the bow was a smart move as well – breaking up that bright color asymmetrically, making the hat more visually appealing. I do not think I’d push the limits in making the top color anything but white or off-white. Perhaps the top color could be anything if the bottom part was made in black – I don’t know. I may play with that one later, but right now I’m enjoying just having the white on top.

The last piece of the pattern is the bow. While the bow portion of the cloche works, it is not the best bow that I’ve made. I defaulted to my standard bow for the second and third and like them much better. I prefer a more 3D bow rather than the 2D option offered in the pattern. I can also make my bow a little larger. This, of course, does not go against the pattern review simply because I did make the one provided in the pattern and it turned out fine. My personal preference has nothing to do with how this pattern was written.

Overall I really enjoy this pattern and can definitely say I’d make it again – because I have! I will be making more in various colors (white + another color). I think there are several modification possibilities to spice up each cloche made – such as my weaving a white strand of yarn around the base of the hat (top of the brim) to make the brim pop a little more visually. I think this hat could be embellished with several items outside a cute lil bow and still look classy and brings back memories of the 20s and 30s.

I would recommend this pattern to anyone from level 2 beginner and up.

My rating? 4.5 balls of yarn.

So what did the customer think? She LOVED both hats.

 
 

CwC Changes

I have decided to make a few changes to the blog. Now that I have finished my Master’s in Public Health, I should have some more time for the blog. One of the big changes is that on the main page of my blog, you will see that longer posts (anything longer than two paragraphs) will have a nice little “Read More…” link under the text.

Go ahead and give it a practice click to continue reading about changes to the blog.

This will mean that if you want to read the whole post, click it and it’ll expand out WITH the comments. So while it may add one click to the entire process because it will expand out the comments too, we are technically eliminating another click. So in the end, it’s a wash.

This will allow me to show more than three posts on the main page (I up’d it to 6 for now – we’ll see how that works) so people who are visiting the blog for the first time will get a little better feel for the items I post.

You can still, of course, click on the title to do the same thing – it just won’t expand out the comments too.

I know I will continue with pattern reviews and should have more of those since I’ll have more time to crochet and knit. Obviously, the focus here will be crochet but as any of my readers know, I can toss in something else occassionally to spice it up for us all *smiles*

While the pattern reviews will be on an “as completed” basis, I am thinking of coming up with some regularly scheduled themed posts. I like that Crochet Concupiscence does a round-up of her favorite posts for the week. I also sub to a LOT of crochet related blogs so I may start up something similar with the post round-up. There is another program I haven’t seen done at all I’m hoping to start as well (blog wise) and another program I haven’t seen at all anywhere and it is related to video blogging.

I am even considering getting my own domain but I won’t make that decision until after the new year.

So, dear readers, any thoughts, comments, questions, or concerns? I’d be happy to hear them all so pop a note down in the comments section!

Again, as always, thank you for reading
~Cris

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Announcements

 

Crochet Concupiscence Give-Away

If you aren’t a member of the all-crochet website Crochet Concupiscence, the I highly suggest you get over there now and subscribe…. oh, and while you are over there, be sure to enter the daily give away. That’s right – every day in the month of December, Kathryn is giving away something wonderfully crochet-ey (is that a word… eh, is now!).

So why am I posting this today?

Well, dear readers, today’s give away is my pattern “Celebrate the Square” which is three crochet dishcloth patterns written by yours truly.

I hope you all pop over there and check it out.

 

Buying for Your Yarnie – a giving guide for spouses, children, parents, and friends

There once was a time for me when I found it difficult to understand that some people do not love to stroke fantastic fibers and dream of what can be made. Some folks actually do not create with fibers at all – some folks don’t crochet.

*gasp*

As I have gotten older, I have come to terms with this matter and am on a crusade to make the world a better place by joining yarnies and non-yarnies together through education and understanding. Today’s lesson comes to you compliments of the upcoming holiday season and the knowledge that the spouses, children, parents, and friends of yarnies may not know what to give their lil addict.

This is a guide to help you, the non-yarnie, put together a fantastic present for your yarnie. Of course, this guide is applicable for all holidays and gift-giving celebrations. And while it may be written with a light-hearted tone, the ideas are serious…. very serious indeed.

The first step is to know what kind of yarnie you have. The two primary types are knitter and crocheter.

If your yarnie is a knitter, usually both hands are occupied with big long pointing things that make eye gouging look like some sort of occupational hazard (or it means you are less likely to mouth off due to the endless possibilities on the damage these things could cause). These things are called needles and can be long and straight, connected with a plastic tube, or small sharp and pointy on both ends. If your yarnie is a crocheter, then they usually have yarn in one hand and a hook in the other.

One quick test you can do is that while your yarnie is working away, call him or her a “hooker” and see the response. If you are violently attacked, verbally or physically, chances are your yarnie is a knitter. If your yarnie smiles and plays along, chances are he or she is a crocheter. If you get a dirty look – it could go either way.

Granted, some yarnies are multi-craftual and you need not worry about the above test. Whatever you get will work for multi-craftual yarnies.

Buying for Your Yarnie – a giving guide for spouses, children, parents, and friends
… or: My Dearest, here are a list of things you could get me for Christmas

1. Yarn This one may seem like a gimme. Obviously the only way you can be a yarnie is to really enjoy working with yarn. But what kind of yarn do you give? That is the question! I have heard my family say several times that they’d love to get me some yarn but they have no idea what I would want to use.

The simple answer is “I will use any yarn you give me. If I cannot use it, then I will find some other yarnie to trade with.”

The truthful answer is that you can use the few weeks before you need to give the gift to poke around and ask good prodding questions like
– “oh, what is this {insert item s/he is currently making} made out of? I really like how it feels”,
– “Don’t you think that the Red Heart Super Saver yarn is getting softer?”, or
– “What store brand yarn do you like better? I am thinking Joann’s brand is really getting comparable to the others like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby”

Keep in mind those questions are going to seriously get your yarnie going. If s/he is anything like me, when my beloved takes an interest, it could end in an all out tour of the craft room with me tossing yarn at him from all angles.

If you aren’t wanting to engage in too much conversation about yarn, you could just take the time to look at the items your yarnie has created and what kinds of yarns are used. You may see some identifying textures you can easily find in the yarn store. You may also get lucky and see the paper wrap on the yarn before your yarnie has broken it down into balls.

Your last option to finding out what kind of yarn your yarnie likes is to just go to the local yarn store your yarnie frequents. If it is a local yarn store, chances are your yarnie is well known there and the store keeper can point you in the direction of your yarnies’ yarn fantasies.

Now, you also have to keep in mind you need to look at the dye lot. For a non-yarnie, you may be thinking I’m making this crap up, but really, I’m not. The dye lot is usually a numeric code stamped on the wrapper. What it does is identify if the yarn came from the same big tub of dye. If a company changes their recipe a bit, the dye lot will change. If you get two reds from different dye lots, they may not be exact which can be detrimental to a project your yarnie is working on. If you can’t find two of the same color from the same dye lot – just don’t get it. Unless it’s expensive. Then your yarnie may be able to deal with it.

Oh – and always get two. Two of whatever it is. Two skeins, two balls, two hanks… two whatever. … or more. But never just one.

2. Stitch Markers

A stitch marker is specific to your yarnie’s type. If your yarnie is a knitter, they can have any kind of stitch marker as long as it is big enough to slide on to the needles being used. Make sure if you are buying for a knitting yarnie that the marker isn’t very thick. If it is thicker, it can impact the size of the stitch and make it look wonky.

If your yarnie is a crocheter, then you will want to buy stitch markers that open and close. Some of the cheapest stitch markers that work great look like little plastic key rings without the frustration of getting them open. They come in a little plastic box (and by little I mean that you should get your yarnie two or three because they inevitably get lost). The trick with crochet stitch markers is that you need to be able to wind them on and off the yarn without pulling the stitch.

The only thing you have to watch with buying stitch markers is if your yarnie has a specific person online that supplies hand-made stitch markers. If this is the case, then perhaps this is a gift you would want to avoid or use idea #5 for the online dealer your yarnie uses.

3. Scissors I assure you that your yarnie cannot have enough pairs of scissors. Cute little travel scissors are nice as are bigger pairs. Granted, buying your yarnie a box of scissors is not going to win you brownie points, but a nice pair goes a long way.
4. Project Bag One topic that can cause marital strain is project bags. Up until his recent education on the importance of a project bag, my non-yarnie Dearest said “don’t you have enough project bags?”

Not a good thing to say to your yarnie.

A good project bag has handles, can stand on its own relatively well, has an internal pocket of some kind, and is big enough to hold at least a small project. The bag should be portable and stylish (which means pick a color or design your yarnie likes – not something the world says is stylish)

If you are having difficulty picking out a nice project bag, just look at what your yarnie already carries.

You also have the option of finding a Thirty-One Bag pusher seller and getting a personalized project bag (*coughs lightly* Oh, sorry dearest – didn’t mean to speak so loudly… pointing at the above Crochet With Cris embroidered gift opportunity)

5. Gift Cards This one almost falls into the same ruleset of “when in doubt, pinky out.”

Not every non-yarnie is going to know what to get and a gift card is an easy fall back. The obvious choices are Michaels, Joann Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby.

But don’t stop there, non-yarnie! There are lots of wonderful places online like knitpicks, amazon, and yarn supply that you can gift from.


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If they don’t offer a physical gift card or certificate, take creative license and create your own! Your certificate can be to a certain store, a certain website, or even to buy other items (namely yarn) that you are too scared to buy on your own. Your yarnie will appreciate your attempt at being creative – it’ll make it better! Trust me.

Now, using a gift certificate to buy yarn needs to come with a warning. If you get this/print this/make this/do this – consider that when your yarnie decides to cash it in, you may be with him or her at that time. This means that you may end up standing in the yarn aisle for a few hours while your yarnie tries to figure out the best possible means at spending the specified amount. (This is easily resolved by leaving the $ line blank to be filled in by your yarnie after purchase…. or by just putting a really high number there so your yarnie doesn’t feel restricted to getting only a few awesome balls of yarn)

6. (Interchangeable) Hooks/Needles Buying interchangable sets may or may not work for you depending on a couple factors: 1) does your yarnie already own a set or 2) does your yarnie really have an interest in owning a set.

Both of these are very important to know before attempting to make such a high end purchase ($60+ USD depending on where you get them).

For example, as a multi-craftual yarnie I would love to have a set of interchangeable knitting needles from knit picks but I have zero desire to own a set of interchangeable crochet hooks. (Dearest please take note: I want the interchangeable knitting needles specifically from knit picks – no where else. Here, let me link to them to make it a lil easier for you, Dearest. Click this link HERE.)

Regardless if you are going to buy interchangeable hooks/needles versus any hook or needle, make sure it is something your yarnie wants. Just because your yarnie has more of one type over another does not mean it is the preferred style and/or brand.

Things you will have to know before you go, if you do not have a brand name, are what the hooks/needles look like, what kind each is, and if there is any special modification such as an ergonomic grip on a crochet hook. For me – I prefer Boye crochet hooks and knitting needles. I like circular knitting needles but I really need some with shorter cables like 16 and 12 inches…. in size 7, 8 or 10….. I use those sizes the most….. (did you write that down, Dearest? Of course, you can ignore this one if you get me the interchangeable knitting needles from knit picks…. just saying.).

7. Tool Kit My last suggestion for a yarnie gift is a tool kit. This is a gift that can be taken on by a more advanced non-yarnie. My beloved would be in this category considering the level of education he has received on such matters (and I seriously hope he is reading this….)

Find a small container that would fit inside a project bag and put together a little kit of items that your yarnie could use for the craft: small retractable measuring tape, tapestry needles, stitch markers, a row counter, scissors, a few hooks/needles, a small ruler, pom pom makers, a needle sizer, and any other lil bits and baubles to make your yarnies life a little easier.

Basically, go to the yarn isle and look for the lil yarnie gadgets you often see your yarnie looking for in the middle of a project. Grab as many as you can within your budget and put them into a bag. It doesn’t matter if you know what its used for or not – your yarnie will know. The only thing you need to remember is do not cross the line between knitting and crochet UNLESS your yarnie does both. Don’t worry about getting duplicates of anything simply because most yarnies keep a full kit inside every project bag AND lil things are so easy to lose.

Any of these gifts will work independently or dependently. What is most important that a gift with your yarnie’s passion at heart is a gift your yarnie will enjoy.


As a side note: my dearest is actually really good at getting me awesome gifts that feed my yarnie spirit as well as the many other hobbies, arts, and passions that I hold – my notes to him are purely done in humor. He is a very patient man and I love him so.

I know he’ll take this post as nothing more than a light-hearted way to list some awesome yarnie presents…

although I really do want those interchangeable knitting needles from knit picks…. that’d be an awesome gift – birthday maybe? *winks*