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Crochet! - - Crochet In The News - BY J A C K I E DAU G H E R T Y & E L L E N G O R M L E Y Yarn Bowls

Spe­cial­iz­ing in beau­ti­ful and unique, a yarn bowl is more than just a cro­chet ac­ces­sory— it’s a piece of art! There are many beau­ti­ful and unique bowls on the mar­ket that will suit your sense of style and com­ple­ment your decor.

Keep­ing run­away balls of yarn cor­ralled is often a prob­lem! It’s easy for a ball of yarn to roll away as stitches are made. These gor­geous ves­sels for fiber con­tain­ment are a great so­lu­tion! When a hank of yarn is un­wound and turned into a cake, the cake can be placed in the bowl and yarn can be fed through the ser­pen­tine crevice. These bowls keep the balls of yarn from rolling away, un­rav­el­ing too fast, or col­lect­ing lint from the floor. Yarn bowls can also be used to gen­tly hold yarn that is pur­chased in the form of a skein or ball. I es­pe­cially like to use a yarn bowl when I am rid­ing in the car. The floor of the car is no­to­ri­ously dirty, and a bowl is the per­fect so­lu­tion to keep the yarn clean, handy and sta­ble at the same time.

Cre­ative with Clay

Cre­ative with Clay is the com­pany for artist Cha­ran Sachar. He found that the oval bowl with two swirls, pic­tured at right— one cut into ei­ther end— is the per­fect so­lu­tion for cro­chet­ing with two col­ors or hold­ing two strands to­gether. The two swirls keep the two balls of yarn from tan­gling, and the oval shape is more sta­ble and less likely to tip. The knit- in­spired bowl fea­tured is large enough to hold 100 grams of yarn. See more bowl col­ors and other clay art at www.cre­ative­with­clay.com. High Prairie

If ne­ces­sity is the mother of in­ven­tion, then the Lick­in­Flames yarn bowls are a mar­riage of con­ve­nience! Artist Jim Atchi­son made a yarn bowl from his High Prairie com­pany for his knit­ter- wife, Brenda. Now he makes earth­en­ware bowls for ev­ery­one! He quickly found that his one- of-a kind Raku fired bowls, pic­tured above, have a prim­i­tive and mixed­me­dia feel. The bowls’ al­ter­nately matte and shiny ap­pear­ance and rich col­ors res­onate with fiber artists look­ing for a

com­ple­ment to yarn craft­ing. www. lick­in­flames.com

Paw­ley Stu­dios Amanda Paw­ley is the artist be­hind Paw­ley Stu­dios yarn bowls, pic­tured be­low. She makes bowls that come in a va­ri­ety of earth­in­spired styles, shapes and sizes. Shown are the cos­mic Starry Night yarn bowl, the earthy Denim Blue “Tan­gled” yarn bowl and the whim­si­cal White Sheep yarn bowl. You will be de­lighted with all of the styles as the yarn flows ef­fort­lessly over the smooth glaze swirl or through the eye of one of the yarn ports. Check out her wide va­ri­ety of styles and col­ors in ad­di­tion to other ce­ramic prod­ucts at www.paw­leystu­dios.com.

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(Cre­ative Pub­lish­ing In­ter­na­tional, 2015, 112 pages, $22.99)

If you have shied away from cro­chet­ing gar­ments be­cause your project did not turn out as ex­pected, you’ll find the help you need here. In Mar­garet Hu­bert’s downto- earth style, she ex­plains the steps needed to adapt ex­ist­ing pat­terns to get that per­fect, cus­tom fit. Hu­bert not only cov­ers how to de­ter­mine your cor­rect body type (Clas­sic Rec­tan­gle, Tri­an­gle, In­verted Tri­an­gle or Hour­glass) and take per­sonal mea­sure­ments, she then ap­plies the in­for­ma­tion, tak­ing you step- by- step through four ba­sic pat­terns for each body type.

The chap­ter on fin­ish­ing is a gold mine of in­for­ma­tion cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent seam­ing op­tions, at­tach­ing sleeves, col­lars and neck­bands, adding borders, block­ing and more. Good fin­ish­ing makes the all the dif­fer­ence in how a gar­ment looks and fits, so this chap­ter alone is worth read­ing through sev­eral times. The last part of the book cov­ers em­bel­lish­ments, go­ing way be­yond the beau­ti­ful se­lec­tion of ap­pliquéd mo­tifs to cover edg­ings, but­ton­holes, pock­ets and adding zip­pers.

Cro­chet­ing your way through this book is like tak­ing a class with a knowl­edge­able teacher at your side; the ex­pe­ri­ence you’ll gain is sure to give you the con­fi­dence you need to take on any gar­ment pat­tern! pages, $24.99) Don’t even think of pick­ing up this book un­less you first go make your­self a pot of tea or cof­fee and have at least 2 hours to slowly read through and sa­vor ev­ery beau­ti­ful page! Chachula states in the In­tro­duc­tion, “Mar­ry­ing vin­tage tech­niques with a modern sen­si­bil­ity has been a mis­sion of mine for years.” In the pages that fol­low, you’ll find fresh new de­signs that go be­yond the tra­di­tional ap­pli­ca­tion, cre­at­ing fab­u­lous modern fash­ion gar­ments and ac­ces­sories from 10 top- notch cro­chet de­sign­ers. In­flu­enced by dif­fer­ent vin­tage tech­niques, each chap­ter fea­tures a dif­fer­ent tech­nique in­clud­ing Pineap­ple, Bruges, Filet, Ir­ish and Tu­nisian. Over 20 de­signs in­clud­ing sum­mery tops, cardi­gans, shawls, scarves and jew­elry projects will en­tice you to get out your cro­chet hook and ex­plore new ways of work­ing old tech­niques. You’ll want to take your time with these projects and en­joy the jour­ney as you con­nect with past tra­di­tions and cre­ate new wear­ables that you will en­joy for years to come.

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Wool meets silk in Spud & Chloë Fine, a yummy fin­ger­ing- weight yarn that is sure to get your fin­gers itch­ing to cro­chet!

From the mo­ment you touch this yarn, you’ll fall in love with the fine tex­ture and lovely hand. The 20 bright, clear col­ors make for tempt­ing eye candy for cro­cheters. And with names like tick­led pink, anemone, ca­lypso and lip­stick, you’ll find your­self look­ing for fun ways to cre­ate mul­ti­col­ored projects for the whole fam­ily! Multi- plied and firmly spun, this ma­chine wash­able yarn is sturdy enough to stand up to the an­tics of lit­tle ones and spe­cial enough for a beau­ti­ful lacy gar­ment for you. Put- up in 65- gram skeins with 248 yards, we sam­pled #7800 pop­corn cro­cheted with an F/5/ 3.75mm hook. Our lacy sam­ple would make a beau­ti­ful heir­loom blan­ket for a new ar­rival or a lacy cardi­gan for you.

New this year, Stripey Fine takes it up a notch with a pal­ette of beau­ti­ful hand- dyed col­ors like blue­berry cheese­cake, tootie fruitie, Neapoli­tan, mint chip and cherry sun­dae. A gor­geous shawl for a spe­cial friend or a cute cardi for Baby would be the per­fect way to en­joy this lus­cious yarn. We sam­pled #7864 grape freeze with a 7/4.5mm hook in a sim­ple stitch pat­tern per­fect for a cozy cowl. Put up in 50- gram skeins of 191 yards, Stripey Fine and Fine can be used to­gether, of­fer­ing even more de­sign op­tions for cro­cheters. Fine and Stripey Fine are avail­able at An­niesYarnShop.com.

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Here’s a yarn with ev­ery­thing go­ing for it: soft to touch, beau­ti­ful heather col­ors, in­cred­i­ble yardage, and all at an af­ford­able price! The soft, sin­gle- ply wool/acrylic blend is easy to cro­chet and is ma­chine wash­able, mak­ing it ideal for al­most any project you have in mind, from fash­ion gar­ments and ac­ces­sories to cozy throws. At 341 yards per 100- gram skein, you’ll be able to cre­ate hats or scarves from just one skein, mak­ing this qual­ity yarn the per­fect choice for hol­i­day gift­mak­ing. Our sam­ple, cro­cheted with a 7/4.5mm hook in color #2068 bis­cuit, is worked in an open lacy stitch, which would be ideal for a pretty cowl or shawl. Panache DK is avail­able at An­niesYarnShop.com.

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