8 Crochet Tools You Don't Need to Buy

You don't need to buy these crochet and amigurumi tools because you already have them laying around the house! =D

1. Stitch Markers

Paper clips

Paper clips make excellent stitch markers and they seem to live in every house!

2. Safety Eyes Placement Tool

Scissor protector

As I've shared previously I use the blade protector from a scissor to attach my safety eyes. It's a tool I already have and it's easy on the fingers.

Clothepins

Another object that can be used with the same technique as the blade protector is a clothespin. Chose one that is sturdy, has flat sides and that has a hole big enough for the post of the eye to slide through.

3. Bag/Case for Projects and Tools

Backpack

Use your old backpack from school! If you don't have yours anymore maybe you can use one that your kids don't use anymore.

You can also use an old beach bag or even make your own! =D

If you want to know how I organize my backpack, check it out here!

4. Ball Winder

Hands

A great ball winder that you always have are your hands! Check out this tutorial on how to wind a center pull ball by hand! Of course this is best if we only need to wind a small amount of yarn, if you need to wind a great amount of yarn regularly go ahead and buy the wider! =) 

5. Hook Organizer

Makeup brush organiser

I think we must all have that cheap makeup brush organiser that came as a gift with something else that we bought and we never use. This is a great way to finally put it to good use!

Pencil case

You can also use an old pencil case from your school days or one that the kids don't use anymore.

Zip lock bag

Or a zip lock bag that came with something you bought.

6. Yarn Holder

I usually have my yarn inside a cloth bag so my yarn balls don't run from me, but another simple way to achieve this is to simply place the yarn we are working with inside a bowl! 

Pinterest is full of creative do it yourself ideas for yarn holders, check them out! =D

7. Stuffing Tool

Hook

Always with you, the trusty hook can also serve as a stuffing tool.

Use its flat end to push the stuffing down. Especially useful to stuff thin amigurumi pieces! 

8. Pellets

To make your amigurumi heavier use those decorative stones that you bought but never used. I think we all got those. =P

Another thing you can use is smooth stones from the beach or river. Remember to wash them first! =) 

Hope you find the tips useful! =D

Organising Yarn

When I started to crochet I made this basket to stash the yarn I bought, but as I bought more and more yarn it was getting hard to find what I needed and I never new what I had. 

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Pinned

Hi everyone! Welcome to the first edition of Pinned, where I share my favorite pins of the last two weeks!

Favorite Crochet Stitch

Spike Cluster Stitch

I really like the spiked look of this stitch especially with contrasting colors like in the image above.

Favorite Technique

Photo © Synnøve Olava Gleditsch

Embellishing with slip stitches is a technique that I use many times with my buddies. It is simple to make but makes the difference.

The tutorial is in Norwegian but it has a lot of pictures and with help of the translater is easy to understand.

Favorite Amigurumi

Dracula knitting pattern by Fiona Goble

If I knew how to knit he would be in my project bag! Love him!

Tell me what you think about this new series!

Happy Crafting! 

Crochet on the Go

When I go to my mom's I know that I always have a little bit of time to crochet, so I always bring the project I'm working on with me. How do I do that in a easy and practical way?

I use a hold backpack from school to carry everything that I need!

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On yarn measurements

When following one of my patterns, in the material section, you will see the yarn I used for that project. I don't give specific brands because they might not be available to you. I indicate the colour and also the yarn weight.

Yarn weight refers to its thickness. Using different types of yarn or hook can change the project significantly. Even though in amigurumi gauge isn't important (what's important is that you use a yarn, tension and hook that results in tight enough stitches that the stuffing doesn't show) I want you to achieve an end result that resembles mine (of course you can personalize it how ever you want).

So if a pattern asks for a medium weight or a light weight yarn, what does that mean? Do I mean aran, worsted, 8 ply, 9 ply... ? If you're not familiar with those terms or, like me, like simpler and more concrete measures keep reading!

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Organised creativity

Just got this big cork board to help me stay organised and visualise my path and goals.

For me it's super important to keep track of what I do and to plan out tasks, otherwise I feel I don't have time for anything. Sometimes we get lost in the middle of so many ideas that we end up not doing any of them.

Lets take a peek on how I'm using it!

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