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

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

Makers Give Back for St. Jude’s

I have been invited to participate in a project for a great cause and I am so excited. This is the first project I have ever been invited to with a group of crocheters and I am honored.

I am one of 35 makers, each crocheting 1 block of a 35 block afghan that will be raffled off later this summer and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. This is such a great project and a great mingling of ideas and minds. Our afghan is going to be gorgeous and we can’t wait for all of you to see.

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Follow our group @MakersGiveBack on Instagram or my page here for more details as they come available. You will see sneak peaks of the blocks in progress, finished blocks, and more details about the project.

This is for a great cause and one close to home to me. My own children were in the hospital after birth and we are blessed today that they are healthy and happy and probably my biggest customers. 🙂

Having only started my blog less than a year ago, this is the goal I had in mind. Working and crocheting with other like-minded artists. Doing things for good, meeting great people and doing what I love best. Crocheting!

Happy Crocheting!

-Amber