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Courtney and I have filled this month’s issue with some fabulous and fun Home Decor designs that we hope you love. Pillows, baskets, blankets, wall hangings, rugs – there’s something for everyone!
In addition to the 11 different designs, you will also find informative articles about creating awesome home decor with old WIPs and rocks, and a step-by-step tutorial on crocheting a pineapple lace tablecloth. Our monthly “regulars” are also present, as well as a new set of month-to-month designs that will help give you a head start on your holiday gifts.
I live in an apartment building, so my front door is inside and I like to dress it up in crochet style. The Western Style Wall Hanging by Janet Pippin is going to be great as a new door decoration. I just need to figure out what color!
~ Cara’s Favorite
The Sansa Blanket by Lauryn Porter
Vibrant colors are my thing. I actually get happy just by looking at something that is colorful. Sansa Blanket is making me feel that way (I’m singing right now Mariah’s “Youu got me feeling emotioooons”), so I will definitely be making this one!
Shams Flower Mandala by Inas Basymeleh
Every single one of these patterns speaks to me (and will be made!!), but I think my absolute favorite is the Shams Flower Mandala. I am all about mandalas right now, and the color combinations for this specific design are pretty much endless!
The Finley Rug by Kristi Simpson
I am actually not big on home decor but, I love rugs, and this one is just perfect, you can do so much with it. You can use cotton and use it in the bathroom or kitchen, you could use scrap yarn and make a scrap rug.
~ Shawna’s Favorite
Articles Featured In This Issue
Member of the Month – All about Angela Anderson.
Kitchen Ensemble – The first installment of the kitchen ensemble; be on the lookout for the other 5 patterns.
Courtney and Shawna Ask… – Introducing Courtney and Shawna Ask…
Member Projects From Past Issues
Will we see your project here next?
Smitha Katti is an Artist, a Mom, a Creative Professional, a Blogger, and a Photographer. She wrote a fantastic blog post for her website, and we are thrilled that she has decided to share it with our Happily Hooked readers. Enjoy!
When flying on a plane, I like to keep my fingers busy, and I always carry a small yarn project, but the first thing that pops to your mind is what travel scissors can I pack? I just returned from my Creativation trip to Phoenix, and I will share with you all what I packed and went through security check easily!
Here is a look at what all I was able to cram into that little zippered pouch. I needed a small pouch because it had to fit in my laptop bag easily. And in general, I like to carry a small project and not a big blanket project while flying in an airplane.
What I packed:
Yarn from my stash- a few different colors and most of these were left over balls from my previous projects. One of two of them I pulled out from their skein and rolled into a small travel size yarn ball. But I wanted a few colors for my granny square and was happy that these fit in the bag.
Travel Scissors – Scissors need to be blunt, no pointy edges, and I prefer to carry a foldable one. This scissor folds into a super compact size, and it is also very inexpensive. It is not super sharp but does the job of cutting the yarn nicely. You don’t want to carry sharp blades, yarn cutters or larger scissors.
A Zippered Pouch – I like to have everything fit nicely into a small zippered pouch because very often I will carry this in my laptop bag and I don’t have too much extra space. The pouch in the picture came from my IPSY makeup subscription, but you can easily find similar ones here.
Tips for packing crochet hooks:
Very important–don’t pack your favorite prized hooks. I LOVE my Clover ergonomic hooks (Click here, and you can get them for free) but would never try to carry them onto a plane. One – they are metal, and two they come as a set of pretty colored hooks, and I would be sad if I lost one of them. This is just a precautionary measure because even if you pack everything correctly, there might be some problem at the airport.
Pack an extra crochet hook. I have learned this the hard way. I have dropped one too many hooks in our car or on a plane and spent time searching for them instead of crocheting. So now, I pack two hooks at all times. Don’t pack anymore – like if you pack 5 crochet hooks, TSA might look at them suspiciously. In general, if you carry any one item in a large quantity, it might be considered suspicious.
Think about maybe packing a paper tape, this one is in fact from one of our IKEA purchases and has lasted long! And while you might necessarily always need a measuring tape, a paper one is easy to fold and if you lose it while traveling – it’s easy to replace. I needed my tape to measure because all of my granny squares needed to be 12 by 12inches in size.
You might also want to carry a pen. I like to check off rows as I progress in my pattern and a pen is handy to have.
Don’t forget to pack travel scissors.
It’s a good idea to call your airlines before traveling internationally. You might be able to take your project on our flight out easily, but rules might be different for when you are returning home.
Creative people don’t have to be organized. Who agrees with me? How many times have you said: “This is my creative chaos!”?However, sometimes for the sake of finding what we own, we need a good strategy to organize our craft stash and it is no secret that many of us struggle with that. One day, we came to the idea of sharing with you guys how our Editors do it. They gave some pretty good tips, check them out!
How do you organize your craft stash?
I organize my craft supplies by medium, so all my paint supplies together, needlepoint together, and so on.
My craft stash is mostly organized by type…then by color.
Yarn is all in pretty much one place, my embroidery stash is all in one bin, and my ribbon collection is all in one bin.
I like having everything in order, too – so all of my yarn and ribbon is organized by color, and my embroidery floss is organized by number.
Crayons and colored pencils are also in rainbow order (And just in case you were wondering, my crochet and cross-stitch books are organized by size – tall in the back, short in the front).
How do you organize your hooks?
S: I have tried many different ways to organize my hooks and what seems to work best for me is pencil boxes/storage containers with lids, that way they are all together and if I am traveling I can just grab it and go.
C: I have a slight hook obsession (shhhh…it’s fine, don’t judge me), so my organization for those changes frequently because I add new hooks on a regular basis.
I actually just cleaned up my stash (and got rid of a few hooks), so everything is actually organized really well right now!! I’m not kidding when I say that I’m obsessed with hooks – see? And I use them all!! Most of them live in either antique toothbrush holders or small metal buckets in the top of my rolling cart or in my craft area in my bedroom.
I also have a travel pouch that goes everywhere, too, with an entire set of hooks and tools so I can crochet on-the-go.
How do you organize your yarn?
S: Yarn organizing is very organic, usually I separate my good yarn, yarn I get from my LYS, and the yarn I get from box stores.
Fiber -> Weight -> Color
C: Like I mentioned earlier, I tend to organize by color.
This is my wall of pretty!! Most of this is worsted acrylic and cotton, with some other things thrown in to fill the holes.
I keep my super fancy yarn in a clear bin with a lid, so I can drool over it whenever I want. My overflow yarn is hidden away in bins in my closet. I always have a few projects going, so there’s also yarn in bags all over my house.
Tell us in the comments below how you organize your craft stash!
The days are getting longer and warmer, birds are chirping happy songs, buds are sprouting, and everything is once again turning GREEN!
This is such a special time of year! Soon we will be heading out to enjoy Mother Nature and all she provides us. What better time than Earth Day do we have to make evaluate and make sure we are doing all we can to make sure she is great for all the rest to come.
Earth Day is such a great time to get creative to reuse items that otherwise would end up in the trash. Like old Pop bottles being recycled into a floor pouf, or yarn from that sweater you never wear anymore that was going to go in the trash.
There are so many ways that we as crafters can help our environment by just using our creativity. That’s what inspired this month’s issue of Happily Hooked…
♫♪♫Happy Birthday to US! Happy Birthday to US! Happy Birthday to Happily Hooked Magazine, Happy Birthday to US!! ♫♪♫
That’s right…Happily Hooked turned 5! All of you have made it possible to get to this point, and we are so grateful for each and every one of you! There are going to be some amazing giveaways this month.
To start off our birthday extravaganza, this special edition of HHM has five – yes 5! – extra patterns! 5 years, 5 extras…it just made sense to us! 15 incredible designs – an entire smorgasbord of creativity! EVERYTHING from colorful blankets, whimsical bags, silly amigurumi, fun accessories, home decor, and playful shawls…the list goes on and on! Our goal when putting this issue together was to give you some amazing patterns to help use up the seemingly endless supply of scrap yarn we all have laying around. We are so excited to share these fabulous designs with you! We can’t wait to see what you create!
After all the fabulous patterns for stashbusting, we figured you would be burning through your stash and we thought what better way to reward you than some free yarn. So we contacted our friends at Berroco to help! They gave us 50 SKEINS – yes 50!!! Isn’t that amazing?!
1 lucky winner will get a TON of great new yarn! We would love for you all to win but unfortunately only one can, to enter please click here.
Thank you so much for being part of the crochet community here at HHM. We are so proud that you have placed your trust in us, and we are thrilled that we can share our love of crochet with you.
It’s a brand new year, so it’s time for a brand new Wall of Fame! This month’s designs for our group-wide January CAL were the fabulous Vintage Doily Trio from Kenneth Cormier and the gorgeous Sunrise Mini Shawl from Natalia Johnson. Our amazing members added their own personal flair to their creations, and I think you’ll agree with me that they are beautiful!
It is almost winter vacation! Do you have some trips planned? Will you be traveling with your crochet?
If you are anything like me, packing your crochet is just as important as packing all of your clothes and necessities. It wouldn’t be a vacation if I didn’t have my hooks and yarn with me.
Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or car, we have some crochet travel tips for you!
Tip #1: Don’t do the driving, if at all possible. Confession time—I always make my hubby drive. Eight hours of crochet time is incredible.
~As a passenger in a long car
ride, you have more time to crochet!~
Tip #2: Start your project at home and pack it securely. Whether you drive or fly, it is always a good idea to begin the project at home, and then pack your crochet, yarn, hook, and anything else needed into a small bag. Zip lock bags are great or any project bag with a tie or snap closure. What you want to avoid is having your hook fall out in the tight places in your car or roll back three rows while you are on a plane.
~Having a dedicated bag for supplies
and tools will help keep your projects
organized while traveling.~
Tip #3: Plan your yarn. I like to bring along a project that uses one main type of lightweight yarn. I frequently choose Knit Picks Chroma Fingering because it has almost 400 yards per ball or Michaels’ Wool-Ease which has almost 600 yards. Projects that have a lot of color changes are difficult while traveling. That’s why I love Chroma Fingering so much. Self-striping yarn holds my interest but doesn’t require any of the fastening off, cutting, and other aspects of crochet that require additional tools. I also really like Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable for traveling. Lightweight yarns allow you to crochet a big project without taking up so much space.
Prep your yarn too. Make sure you don’t end up with a mess of yarn barf in the middle of a plane ride, so it’s great if you can wind it into a cake or a ball beforehand.
~Prepping your yarn at home will make
traveling with your project easier.~
Tip #4: Remember your pattern. Either print it out or make sure it is downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. Don’t get caught with no internet 30,000 feet up in the air! We have several round-ups that include great projects to crochet while on the go.
~Don’t forget to pack print-outs
of your patterns or load them
to your smart device.~
Tip #5: Choose projects with easy repeats. This is not the time to do the complicated amigurumi or crochet a sweater. Scarves and shawls are great. If your trip is short, a hat might also be a fun project.
~Projects with easy repeats are great choices
Tip #6: Pack plenty of projects for your actual vacation (not the travel time). I like to bring a separate bag just for crochet. If flying, I would check this bag, but for driving, I just put it at my feet in the car. I make sure to check each pattern before I leave home for hook size, and any extra supplies needed. A zippered pencil case works perfectly for the hooks that you’ll need and bring along some stitch markers, even if you don’t normally use them. And don’t forget a small blunt yarn needle.
~Don’t forget to pack a bag of your project supplies!~
Tip #7: If you are flying, you’ll want to check the latest TSA safety rules for carry-ons. Crochet hooks are not on the prohibited list but you may want to avoid very small steel hooks and carry aluminum, bamboo, or plastic hooks on the plane.
~This hook might be too sharp to pass through
TSA Security Checkpoints.~
For scissors, choose the blunt-tip variety with a blade length less than 4 inches. Nail clippers are also a good substitute and cut yarn nicely. Even a dental floss container has a great little cutter. These are good guidelines, but always check with your specific airline and destination country, especially for foreign travel. Rules do vary from country to country.
~In lieu of scissors, an empty dental floss
container can make an effective yarn cutter.~
For more tips on traveling with crochet supplies on an airplane, see our blog post: