Month: August 2017

Blocking Kit

Blocking Kit

I recently purchased this blocking kit on Amazon by The Humble Crafter.  I have never blocked anything that I crocheted before, but recently working on different blocks for crochet alongs I have been participating in, I needed to try it.

This kit comes in a few different colors, blue, green, yellow and pink. I went with the pink kit. The entire kit arrived fast. I ordered on a Friday and it arrived on a Sunday!Capture

I felt the price of $24.99 was decent for all that was included. The retail price was listed at $55. The kit included 9 blocks that could be arranged to fit your work, 100 T pins in a storage box and a handy measuring tape. I purchased an inexpensive water spray bottle at my nearest Walmart (not shown).

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I really liked the guidelines on the blocking mat so I could make sure my work was straight. The blocking mats are thick and sturdy.

I love that the block are arrangeable for any size project. You can see I have two different size crocheted panels on here at the same time.  The guidelines were helpful for me to get my work straight and square.  I just spritzed my work and let air dry.

 

I am very happy with this kit and will be using it a lot in the coming weeks while will I crochet more panels for my current crochet a long with Chaos and Chop Suey.  The two panels  you see are from that pattern.  Check it out.

Happy Blocking!

-Amber

Crochet-A-Long Experience

Crochet-A-Long Experience

fullsizeoutput_833.jpegMy first ever graph-gan (an afghan crocheted from a chart or graph) crochet along has come to an end. I never thought I would do one. It didn’t interest me until I was invited to join in on one. I’m glad I got that invite!

17 amazing blocks created by Jamie at Hooking Housewives for the show “Hart of Dixie”. All were crocheted using the bobble stitch in Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn.  And one amazing themed polymer clay ergonomic crochet hook from Hook-N-Clay.

I had fun. I really did. I loved the show and re-watched it while crocheting on Netflix.  I learned a new stitch that I originally found intimidating.  But once I got the hang of it, I found myself enjoying it and making other items for myself. Each block popped in the bobble stitch. The bobbles gave the graphs an extra punch.

The only con I have to share is that the bobble stitch is time consuming and a major yarn hog, but it is worth it. Don’t be afraid to try it. I know you will be happy you did. Brittany at Bhooked Crochet has a great tutorial on youtube.

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I am now ready to begin my next CAL with Chaos and Chop Suey and her Grease Themed graph-gan! I will be using the same yarn, because it truly is great yarn, and a different stitch. Mini C2C.

Happy Crocheting!

-Amber