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Understanding Hooks: Finding the Perfect Fit

When I began crocheting I bought hooks like most beginners, a hook here and there as I needed it for a project. As I acquired more, I noticed little things about them that made me prefer one over another. As my sampling of hooks grew, it slowly passed the boundary of what a crocheter needs, and became what a collector wants. When I realized I had crossed this threshold, I knew it….

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Tips from an Amigurumi Master

Amigurumi – Ami what? A few years ago that would have been the response. Amigurumi, pronounced “AH-MEE-GOO-ROO-MEE”, originated in Japan, but the craze has hit almost every household today.

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Stretching our Crochet Boundaries

A craft remains alive only as it grows and brings new converts into the fold. If we don’t continue to stretch our knowledge, to explore at the limits of what we know, both as individuals and corporately, crochet will stagnate.

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Stitch Dictionaries: New and Improved?

The explosion of new stitch dictionaries this year provokes thoughts about how we use these books, and why some formats are preferred over others. I’ve shared my views here, and further along you’ll find comments from some of my design buddies who are equally fanatic about collecting stitches. One point raised by Vashti Braha is, in the best of all possible worlds,….

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Photographing Your Crochet Projects: The Basic Do’s and Dont’s

So you’ve spent untold hours crocheting away on a project, and now you’ve reached that glorious moment: Finished! You glow with the satisfaction of having made something with your own two hands, a bit of string and a hook. The final step is to immortalize it by taking a picture of it. But uh oh — the picture looks awful and nothing like your beautiful crocheted piece. I can’t tell you …

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Newsletter Two: More on Fit

Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Easter, Passover, or whatever you like to do to bring on the spring. Here in New York, Central Park is blooming with lovely trees and flowers, it’s a real treat! Here are some photos….

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How to Sell Your Work in the Retail World

Have you ever wanted to try selling your crochet, or other craftwork, in shops or at fairs? Getting a handle on how to go about it can be a challenge. Julie has been doing it successfully for years, and shares her expertise with CI readers.

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Heirloom Treasures in a New Light

After getting bored with the same old crochet stitches and patterns I was inspired one day by a mysterious package in my friend’s attic. She found an old Irish crochet collar, doilies, handkerchiefs and some funny-looking tools that turned out to be her grandmother’s hairpin…..

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Finding the Right Yarn Hold for YOU

Much has been written recently about issues of hand health, the tendency for fiber artists to experience hand or wrist pain or to develop tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or arthritis. Crochet hooks with ergonomic handles are now available, and…..

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Crocheted Flower Fabric

The Spring Flowers Table Mat, with an opening in the middle for a candle or vase, is a bright and colorful example of a technique I call “Crocheted Flower Fabric.” It’s very simple. You crochet flowers or other motifs, arrange them in the shape you like, and then sew them together.

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