What is the difference between balls and skeins of yarn?

Have you ever tried to pull yarn from the center of a skein and had trouble? You may have been trying to pull from a ball — and balls are not wound to be able to pull from the middle. Follow this handy guide to figure out if you have a ball or a skein, what the difference is, and how to find the end.

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No Hook Needed: How to Finger Crochet

Finger crochet is a terrific form of crochet that many people seem hesitant to try. Don’t be afraid – it’s exactly the same as your regular crochet work except that you replace your crochet hook with your finger. This guide explains why you might want to try it out, how to do it, what tips you should know as you get the hang of it and finally some patterns for practice. Continue reading “No Hook Needed: How to Finger Crochet”

Christmas Musings with the 12 Gifts of Christmas by Mikey from The Crochet Crowd

Written by Mikey from The Crochet Crowd

Isn’t yarn spectacular? I mean… look at all those pretty colours that are available on the shelf. It’s like a huge colour wheel waiting to be unleashed and set free.

Over the years, I have seen traditional Christmas colours turn from just red, white and green and go into incredible colour combinations such as lime green, sea foam blue, pinks and so much more. Times have changed and I am kinda chuckling to myself when our tree used to have these lights on that were so hot that it would burn to the touch. Mom said never to touch the lights but the kid in me couldn’t resist. Even lighting and decoration ideas have evolved.

Changing a colour scheme at Christmas can be really expensive if you decide that everything you do has to be store bought and do it all at one time. This is where I become best friends with my yarn and start creating items that mean something to me. For me, it’s easier to throw out a store made ornament than it is to toss out something that has meaning of time from someone else. I add to my home decor year after year and I don’t always use the same decorations two years in a row. Like you, my tastes and home decor changes. I try not to make my home look the same year after year during the holidays.

Part of the trick of making Christmas home decor is trying not to get the project to look too ‘campy’. With my yarn crafts, sometimes it’s about adding a few extra decorations to spruce it up a bit. I have a tendency to over accessorize what I make. The voice of Coco Chanel comes alive in my head reminding me to remove one accessory after I think I am done. Hard to do at times but it’s true.

I’m currently working on the 12 Gifts of Christmas Series as seen on Red Heart. I’ve done this for three years and I have say this year was my most favourite series. This year, I went outside of my own box of what I thought could be taught on camera to attempt teaching ideas. I tend to get stuck in the same circle and just re-invent something I have done in the past. This year, with Diva Dan’s persistence, I ventured out and I am so happy I did. I contribute a portion of my success to the many new patterns that were released by Red Heart this year. Believe it or not, I actually learned new stitches and concepts with creating this Christmas Series. To me, that satisfies the creative side.

Watch the Crochet Jingle Bells Door Hanger Tutorial

This video series wraps up my year first year teaching for Red Heart Yarns. It has been my pleasure to be granted the opportunity to teach and inspire you. Thank you for thousands of kind ‘thank you’ emails and comments that you have shared with me on TheCrochetCrowd.com, Facebook and within our YouTube videos. It means more to me that you may ever realize.

I encourage feedback on our videos and Facebook pages to your thoughts and ideas. We love to see your photographs of your finished projects posted on our Facebook pages. You have the power to influence others with your colour schemes and added embellishments to your projects. Be sure to comment and ‘share a like’ here and there to make another crocheter/knitter’s day bright!

Happy Hook’n,
Mikey

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