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February Fun!!!!

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February is HERE!!!  A week or two ago, I outlined the challenge for February. This week (starting Sunday…it’s just easier in my head…LOL), our challenge is to do a project with single crochets only.

Whether you are a seasoned hooker (wink wink) or are new to crocheting, this can still be seen as a challenge.  Here is why:

Pick a project you’ve seen, but always shied away from.  I will be posting some sample projects on our Pinterest board for February.

Use this opportunity to freshen up and sharpen your skills.  If you know how to crochet, the chances of you knowing how to do a single crochet are pretty good considering its one of the most basic stitches.  Sometimes we get away from the basics though and start flying through our projects, not spending time on making the foundation look its best.  Take this week to practice this simplest of stitches to keep each stitch even.

Amigurami characters are often nothing but single crochet stitches.  Its a fun and fresh way to use this simple stitch to create some amazing projects.

I will be posting fun, simple, single crochet projects throughout the week!  Be watching the blog and follow along on Pinterest, Facebook, and Ravelry!

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Crafty Resolutions – Final Stretch!!


It’s the final few days of our January Crafty Resolution Challenge!!  The challenge was to complete at least ONE new project each week!  How did everyone do!?!?!?

So far this month, I have completed way more than I expected!!

My first project was a tie for my cousin:



My other projects included a headband for me (of which I ended up making 4 different sizes):



and a beard hat for my 10 year old son:



These were all fun projects that I intend on posting more about in the future.  First, I have to finish writing down how I IMPROVED them after making them the first go around 🙂

Head over to our Facebook Fan Page to share your projects you worked on this month!!  Can’t wait to see them!!

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February is almost here!!

So there are only about two weeks left in our Crafty Resolutions challenge!!  That’s two more projects to complete before the end of the month!  How are you coming in your challenge?

I wanted to go ahead and announce our challenge for February.  Each week your challenge is to do a different stitch.

The first week of February, the challenge is to do a project only using a single crochet stitch.

The second week of February, a double crochet stitch.

The third week of February, a triple crochet stitch.

And finally, the fourth week of February, the specialty stitch of your choice!  This could be a tunisian stitch (my new personal fave), a broom stitch, starburst, etc, etc!!  I’ll be posting options throughout the month!

I encourage everyone to keep posting pictures on our Facebook page so that we can see all your great projects!  How much fun will it be to look back at the end of the year and see how many projects we’ve accomplished!!

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A little history…

I got my start with crochet back when I was 9 years old.  My babysitter at the time taught me the basic chain stitch and my mom taught me the rest.  Over the years I would pick it up every now and then, but it wasn’t until I had my children (now 11, 10, and 5) that I really started crocheting. 

When I first started crocheting, my projects included dishcloths, hot pads, and blankets.  Straight back and forth.  It’s easy.

However, I started getting bored with the same things over and over again. 

About 6 years ago, I started crocheting more and more.  I taught myself how to follow patterns…it came with a LOT of frogging and starting over (For you newbies…frogging just means pulling out stitches).  I taught myself how to keep my edges straight.  How to work in the round. I learned to work out my gauge…doing my best to keep the stitches as even as possible.

The last few years, I would crochet only in the fall and right before Christmas, cramming as many hours on my hook as possible to get gifts cranked out. 

Now, I’ve made a commitment to myself to stick with it throughout the year.  To do what I love and be happy…all while creating cute things to bring joy to me and to other people.

I look forward to sharing this joy through this blog and also through The Hook Up community.