Yarn Scraps

I hate throwing things away. I ended up with yarn that wasn’t long enough for any projects. I decided to crochet cat beds for my mom’s cats. I had chunky yarn in my scraps so I used a 9mm hook. I doubled up my worsted weight yarn to keep the same thickness.  As you can see in the pictures, Buddy approves of the first one. The other one I need to make a little bigger for Kita to have. As you can see below, my cats prefer to sleep on tissue paper.

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Subscription boxes

I love subscription boxes. It is fun getting that box of unknown goodies in the mail. I have tried a variety of them and was very excited when I found some yarn ones to try.

A couple of years ago, I joined a group from Fresh Stitches. You received the supplies for an exclusive pattern and sometimes an extra goody. I tried it for 3 months and then canceled. It seemed too expensive for what you got. You also had to login to a password protected area (that changed every month) to get that exclusive pattern. I would have rather had it included in the box.  I believe she has changed how she runs this group now. It is called Ami Club. Her website is: https://freshstitches.com/

This past spring I tried one called Happy Yarn Mail. I again tried it for 3 months but canceled as I felt it was too expensive for what you got. You received a hard copy of  the pattern, the supplies for the pattern and en extra surprise. One time it was a plastic water bottle with crochet printed on it and then it was a note book with crochet on it. I can’t remember the 3rd item.

The next one I tried is by Knit Crate. They have a Crochet Crate box. I like this box. You get a choice of a beginner or intermediate pattern that you get online but it is stored in your ravelry account. The yarn you get is nice yarn. More expensive yarn that I don’t tend to buy. That is fun to get that and try it.  This box also has a treat in it. The first box had a key ring with shortened crochet hooks attached to it. The second box had Halloween stitch markers. As much as I really like this box, I am planning on canceling it. It is about $45 per month.

My favorite box is Little Box of Crochet from the UK. It is about $33 per month depending on currency rate conversions. You get some fun yarn and a few gifts. This was my first month. There was a crochet hook, needle, stitch marker, yarn, pattern and a separate craft. I will keep doing this one to see what comes in some future boxes. I feel that cost is fair for what you get.

 

First blog post

I have never blogged before. I am stumbling around the site and saw that the first blog I did didn’t replace the default blog post. I decided to modify it! The picture is an afghan I made this year. Creative Crochet did a CAL making a square a week. We started in January and it ended in August with crocheting the squares together and doing a border. I am pleased with it. I used Red Heart Soft yarn. It has a nice sheen to it. I personally don’t like soft yarn as I like to use stiffer yarn. I struggle with the soft yarn splitting as I use it.