If you follow me on my social media sites, then you know I am a total yarn shopping addict!! I love going into any craft store that carries yarn. Last year I adventured out from the big box stores and discovered some local shops near me and I have fallen in love. There is one shop that is about 20 minutes away from my house that is called Yarnivore that I have begun to visit on a regular basis. I love finding yarns that you can’t find at a big box store and giving them a try. Recently I was looking for a good cotton blend yarn in a medium (4) weight and I discovered Cascade Avalon and I love working with this yarn, it has a nice cool feel to it, which is fabulous for summer!! Here are some photos from my recent shopping adventure, I needed one more skein for my Totally Toteable Tote for the Summer 2015 Mystery Crochet Along and any excuse to head the yarn store to shop and hang out for a while is great!! Just what I was looking for!! Love the green too!! This orange would be perfect for fall, I wonder what I could make with it! I believe I am seeing socks in my future……….I even snuck in a little crochet time waiting for my yarn cake to be spun!
Magic Ring, Magic Circle, Adjustable Ring, this technique has many names, but it there is no real magic involved in this technique just a little practice!! Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make the Magic Ring!I use this technique in 99.9% of my circular projects, I have done it so many times, that my hands now do it without thinking! Get ready for something exciting!!Thanks for watching, let me know if you have any questions. Check back often for more tutorials ~Ashley
Do you know how to crochet the treble stitch? I have been using this crochet stitch for a couple years now and I have several patterns that use the treble stitch and I also have a new blanket pattern coming out in August that uses the treble stitch. This stitch is great for projects where you want large stitches, in the tutorial shown below, I used a K Hook (6.50mm) and worsted weight yarn to work up the swatch and each row measured about an inch tall, so this stitch is fabulous for those super quick projects. The Treble Stitch is not one I would say is difficult, because if you know the basic double crochet stitch, then the treble stitch is just a few extra steps. Watch the video tutorial below and give it a try!If you are looking for patterns that use the treble stitch, check out these patterns that I currently have available: Sugar Twist Beanie, Sugar Twist Bonnet and Sugar Twist Skirt. Get ready for something exciting!!Thanks for watching, let me know if you have any questions. Check back often for more tutorials ~Ashley
Pom Pom’s! I love Pom Pom’s! Do you?So today, I am bringing you a new tutorial on how to make the Perfect Pom Pom and guess what? You don’t need any specialty tools either! You can make these Pom Pom’s with ANY kind of yarn! Give it a try with different textures, colors, weights and so on! You are going to become addicted to making the Pom Pom’s that may just be adding them to everything like a new beanie, a blanket, a pom pom rug and you could even use it as décor pieces! So, I know I said you don’t need any specialty tools, but you do need a couple of things, which as yarn lover you will have this on hand! You need yarn of your choice, scissors and your hand, yep that is all you need to make a fabulous Pom Pom!! Watch the video tutorial, give it a try and let me know you think!Get ready for something exciting!!Thanks for watching, let me know if you have any questions. Check back often for more tutorials! ~Ashley
I really enjoying learning new techniques and I always enjoying sharing how I do it! So this week’s new tutorial is about the Foundation Single Crochet, also called the Chainless Foundation Single Crochet. This technique is great for working many projects and using the Foundation Single Crochet technique you can chain and single crochet at the same time! Watch the video and learn something new today or freshen up on the technique and master it for any upcoming project!!I love using the foundation single crochet technique. Why? Watch the video to learn why!I will not only show you how to make the foundation single crochet but I will also show how to turn it into a round, if you have a circular project.Get ready for something exciting!!Thanks for watching, let me know if you have any questions. Check back often for more tutorials! ~Ashley
This past weekend, I was making a blanket (I know big surprise, I am always making a new blanket hehe) but when I reached almost to the end of row 1, I realized woooow this is way to big! But, I didn’t want to undo my whole first row just to remove 15 chains, I had already chained 108 and worked 93 of those stitches. So instead I tried removing them and guess what? It worked and I didn’t have to undo any work, I just undid those extra stitches and moved onto row 2 and beyond! Check out the video tutorial below on how I removed those EXTRA chains!! Get ready for something exciting!!Thanks for watching, let me know if you have any questions. Check back often for more tutorials! ~Ashley
Do you know how to Foundation Double Crochet (or Chainless Foundation)??? If not, you should watch this video tutorial on how to make the foundation double crochet, or if you do know, this tutorial can teach you a tip or two! I love using the foundation double crochet technique. Why? For many reasons, let me tell you about it!! Instead of chaining and then working the double crochet into the chain (which sometimes can look a little messy) you can do the foundation double crochet, where you work both the chain and the double crochet at the same time and the completed chain and first row look gorgeous and neat! Another reason I love this technique is for making projects where my circumference is VERY important, I don’t want my piece to shrink, like a skirt for example. Another fabulous reason to use the foundation double crochet technique is when making large blankets, let’s say you have to chain 325 and then double crochet back, well that is a lot of chains to count and keep track of, but if you do the foundation double crochet instead you make both the chain and double crochet at the same time and you can count your stitches a lot easier. All in all, I love the foundation double crochet technique. So if you haven’t learned it yet or want to freshen up on your skills, watch this how to tutorial. I will not only show you how to make the foundation double crochet but I will also show how to turn it into a round, if you have a circular project.Get ready for something exciting!!Thanks for watching, let me know if you have any questions. Check back often for more tutorials! ~Ashley