Yarn Project Bag Review Darn Good Yarn Sari Silk Tote

Happy Earth Day! Today I want to share an important yarn project bag review with you all!

Need a new knitting bag that is sustainable and eco-friendly? Check out my yarn project bag review of the Darn Good Yarn Sari Silk Tote Bag!

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I recently received this beautiful Darn Good Yarn Sari Silk Tote Bag made with recycled sari silk fabric. It’s my newest project bag. I have a lot of knitting bags and organizers but a few things I love about this one are:

  • It’s lightweight and has long straps so it’s easy to carry around
  • I love the print on the fabric it’s so pretty. You have the option to include a note with your favorite colors and Darn Good Yarn will try their best to send you a bag in those colors.
  • Sourced from recycled sari silk fabric making it an environmentally friendly product!

Now the most important question is: How many WIPs can it hold?

I was able to hold a total of 3 wips in this bag! The bag measures 13.5 x 14 in. which is pretty spacious! My wips consisted of one half-done rectangle wrap, a second wrap that I just started, and another medium-sized project with the yarn for each project!

Grab your own Darn Good Yarn Sari Silk Tote Bag today!

Sustainability and handmade go together..

When we work on any of our projects we are already being thoughtful of the environment. We are making something that is handmade and can be re-used. Now you can also have a yarn project bag that is ethically sourced and sustainable! This bag is multipurpose and you can use it for groceries, as a beach tote, or an everyday tote!

Darn Good Yarn is the place to shop if you’re looking for sustainable fashion options. Among other things, Darn Good Yarn focuses on empowering women in India and Nepal by providing fair-trade work. They use sustainable materials to create beautiful skirts, ethically sourced yarns, project bags, and more. Here are some other Earth Day Deals taking place on Darn Good Yarn, some spring/summer patterns and yarn kits are on sale as well! Check out some of my faves deals below!

Shop Darn Good Yarn Earth Day Deals

Grab your own Darn Good Yarn Sari Silk Tote Bag today!

DK Weight Herbal Dyed Silk Yarn Packs

If you’re looking for sustainable yarn, this colorful yarn pack is it! Not only is their DK Weight Herbal Dyed Silk Yarn handspun with recycled silk saved from the landfill, but it’s also dyed with plant-based ingredients like madder root and Indian kino!

Shop DK Weight Herbal Dyed Silk Yarn Packs Now!

Herbal Dyed Silk Ribbon Packs

This unique yarn is made from recycled fabric scraps that are sourced from their fair-labor co-ops in India. These fabric scraps are then dyed with plant-based dyes to creates beautiful neutral tones. Perfect for spring!

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Grow Your Own Tree Kit

One of their favorite Earth Day traditions is to plant a tree and give back to Mother Earth. While they are planting a tree for every order this month, you can plant a tree of your own with this kit!

Grab a Tree Kit Now

Grab the NEW Furls Crochet Navy Odyssey hook HERE and get a wristlet when you buy 2 Navy hooks HERE.

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Check out the Spring Organization Sale on Furls Crochet HERE and get an automatic 20% off discount on all Furls Accessories (use code SPRING20) (except the Lucet Fork and Jewelry) from 4/19 – 4/25

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Need a new knitting bag that is sustainable and eco-friendly? Check out my yarn project bag review of the Darn Good Yarn Sari Silk Tote Bag!

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Summer is just around the corner! If you’re looking for sustainable fashion, make sure you go check out my sari-skirt guide here.

Knit Coaster Pattern Easy Knit Sparkle Coaster

This knit coaster pattern easy is the perfect knitting stash buster. Practice the basic knit stitches with this fun knit sparkle coaster knitting pattern!

Knit coaster pattern easy – pin it now and make it later!

This knit coaster pattern easy is the perfect beginner pattern if you want to learn knitting. Practice the basic stitches and the end result is a fun sparkly coaster! This free knitting pattern is also a great stash buster pattern which means you can work through some of that yarn stash of yours!

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This knit coaster pattern easy is the perfect knitting stash buster. Practice the basic knit stitches with this fun knit sparkle coaster knitting pattern!

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Gauge:

  • Gauge is 15 st. over 25 rows in Garter Stitch for a 3.5 x 3.5 in. square

Finished Size:
The finished square coaster size is 3.5 in. wide by 3.5  in. in length. 

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is for a spring set of knit coasters with a touch of sparkle. It’s The perfect coaster pattern to practice the basic knit stitches while doing some stash busting.

  • The yarn and crochet thread will be held together throughout the pattern

Materials

Abbreviations:

K: Knit stitch
P: Purl stitch 
St: Stitch
Sts: Stitches

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This knit coaster pattern easy is the perfect knitting stash buster. Practice the basic knit stitches with this fun knit sparkle coaster knitting pattern!

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Knit Sparkle Coaster Pattern Instructions

Note: The stitch count should be 15 at the end of each row.

Simple Knit Coaster
Cast on 15 stitches while holding Lily Sugar N Cream cotton yarn and metallic crochet thread together.

Row 1: K across (15 sts) 

Rows 2 to 25: Repeat row 1 across. The stitch count should be 15 at the end of each row. 

Bind off leaving a 6 in. tail. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Repeat for more coasters in this style.

Stockinette Coaster
Cast on 15 sts while holding Lily Sugar N Cream cotton yarn and metallic crochet thread together.

Row 1: K across (15 sts) 

Row 2: P across (15 sts)

Row 3 to 21: Repeat rows 1 and 2 (15 sts)

Bind off leaving a 6 in. tail. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Repeat for more coasters with this style.

This knit coaster pattern easy is the perfect knitting stash buster. Practice the basic knit stitches with this fun knit sparkle coaster knitting pattern!
This knit coaster pattern easy is the perfect knitting stash buster. Practice the basic knit stitches with this fun knit sparkle coaster knitting pattern!

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Ribbed Coaster
Cast on 16 sts while holding  Lily Sugar N Cream cotton yarn and metallic crochet thread together.

Row 1: (k2,p2)* Repeat * across (16 sts)

Row 2 to 19: Rep row 1 (16 sts)

Bind off leaving a 6 in. tail. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Repeat for more coasters in this style.

Finishing Touches:

Weave in all ends. Optional: Steam block for a smoother finish. You can find a full steam blocking tutorial here.

You are done! Enjoy your favorite drink and your fun knit sparkle coasters! Have any questions? The best way to reach me is via email: [email protected]

Free knitting pattern – pin it now and make it later!

This knit coaster pattern easy is the perfect knitting stash buster. Practice the basic knit stitches with this fun knit sparkle coaster knitting pattern!

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Looking to try a new craft? Have you tried Tunisian crochet? Trust me, it’s addictive! You can give my creamsicle crochet baby blanket pattern a try over here. If you’re looking for more knitting patterns, you can find them over here.

Why Block Crochet? Here’s the Why and How

Why block crochet? What is blocking? How do I go about blocking my finished piece? Find answers to these questions and a full tutorial over here!

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Why block crochet? What is blocking? How do I go about blocking my finished piece? Keep reading to find answers to these questions and a full tutorial!

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If these are the questions running through your mind right now, you’re in the right place. I will give you a bit of background and show you how it’s done. I promise it is not hard at all!

Why Block Crochet – Wait, What is Blocking?

First, let me explain what blocking is all about. Blocking is a technique used to relax the fibers in your finished piece to set them in a specific shape. There are a few different methods of blocking. The most common and quickest way is steam blocking. This technique is what I will be explaining in more detail in this post. Steam blocking is basically the process of giving steam to a finished piece. Another method is wet blocking which is when the finished piece is immersed in water + wool wash, rinsed gently, and laid flat to dry.

Blocking is an underestimated and often disregarded technique. You must be asking at this point ‘why block crochet?’ or ‘why block knitting?’ I’ll tell you why. Blocking is important for many reasons not just for giving a finishing touch!

Often times, when we are working on a project our gauge fluctuates slightly and sometimes we end up with a wonky/dis-shaped project. Blocking is a way to make all of those stitches uniform and give your project the finished shape you desire. I’ve also noticed that blocking softens the fiber a little which will give you a comfortable garment or blanket ensuring the cozy factor is on point! Sometimes the finished piece will have curling at the edges and will not lie flat. Giving it a little bit of steam will do wonders. Lastly, if your measurements are sometimes off by a little bit, stretching and blocking the finished piece can give you accurate measurements.

Now that you know the background about what blocking is and why it’s so important. Let’s find out what we’ll need to do some steam blocking!

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Steam Blocking – Materials

First, let me take you through some of the materials you’ll need. You can also use other alternatives but these are the materials I use. For all of the items, you can click on the picture or the button below it to purchase!

Steamer

You’ll need a good lightweight steamer or an iron. When I started blocking, I started with my regular iron and it was too heavy for me to work with so I had to constantly take breaks. Then I finally invested in a good steamer and I am so happy because I can go on for longer periods without stopping! This steamer is also great because you can easily hold it horizontally without any water leaking out. It also has a lock button so you get continuous steam and it heats up SUPER fast!

Blocking Board Set

A set of foam boards or something to pin your finished piece on. I use this 1 x 1 in. gridded blocking board set by the Humble Crafter that I bought on Amazon. It has been really helpful when I need to stretch the piece out to specific measurements. This set comes with 100 T-pins and a measuring tape. Alternatively, you can use a thick towel or children’s alphabet mats.

T-Pins and Knit Blockers

You will also need a set of good pins to hold your finished piece in place. I love this set of Knitter’s Pride Blocking T-pins. You get a 2-pack of 50 (rust-resistant) T-pins each to give you a 100 T-pins. Although the blocking board set comes with pins, they get used up very quickly. It’s important to have lots of pins on hand especially if you are blocking a bigger piece like a garment, shawl, or blanket. Alternatively, you could use safety pins but I find the T-pins much easier to position and work with. It’s also important that the T-pins are rust-resistant so you don’t get any rust-stains on your finished piece.

Although not required, I found this set of Knitter’s Pride knit blockers really handy. These are so sturdy and come in a really nice case. Instead of using multiple pins you can just use a block and pin a larger area.

Measuring Tape

You will also need a measuring tape, this Singer retractable one is my favorite!

Steam Blocking – The How

Steam blocking acrylic yarn (or any other yarn) is really easy as long as you have the right materials. I’ve recorded a little tutorial to take you through all of the steps listed below. You can read through or just head over to the video tutorial to see exactly how to do each step!

  1. Lay a towel down or pick out how many blocking boards you will need based on the size of your finished piece and piece them together.
  2. Measure out and pin your finished piece on the blocking boards or towel.
  3. Fill the steamer with water, plug it in, and turn it on.
  4. Once the steamer is ready, set the steamer to the lock position and staying about half an inch to an inch above the piece, direct the steam over the piece and slowly steam the pinned piece.
  5. Continue steaming for a few minutes or until the piece is damp to the touch.
  6. Leave the piece pinned for a few hours or till the piece is completely dry.
  7. Unpin and do a happy dance – your finished piece is finally ready! if you are still not satisfied you can repeat the steam blocking a few more times or try wet blocking the piece!

You can really see the difference between the unblocked (curled) and the steam blocked square in this picture. This is why blocking is so important!

Why block crochet? What is blocking? How do I go about blocking my finished piece? Find answers to these questions and a full tutorial over here!

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Why block crochet? What is blocking? How do I go about blocking my finished piece? Find answers to these questions and a full tutorial over here!

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Why block crochet? What is blocking? How do I go about blocking my finished piece? Find answers to these questions and a full tutorial over here!

Prime Day 2019 – Shop my Knit and Crochet Prime Faves

Prime Day 2019 is here! I'm sharing my Prime faves today! Come shop some great deals for knitting and crochet tools and accessories!

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Here I’ve compiled some of my fave knitting and crochet tools just in time for Amazon Prime Day! Amazon Prime Day runs from June 21st to 22nd. Keep scrolling to find all my faves or head to my store to shop my favorite.

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Blocking Tools

This is by far the best steamer I have used to date, it heats up super fast and actually makes blocking enjoyable!

These gridded blocking mats are super sturdy and even come with 100 stainless steel T-pins and a 60 in. retractable measuring tape.

Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers are also durable and great for blocking large/heavy projects.

Crochet Hook and Knitting Needle Interchangeable Sets

The Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hook Set and Knitting Needle Set are both great practical and affordable sets to have. You can check out my short video review here.

If you love the feel of wood/bamboo. You could invest in one of the following sets: Clover Takumi, Lykke Driftwood, Knit Picks, Addi, or Knitter’s Pride.

Clover Takumi

Knit Picks

Lykke Driftwood (Knitting Needles Set)

Addi

Knitter’s Pride

Electronics

A selfie ring light and phone holder are great for recording high quality clear and bright videos! A must-have if you record regular video tutorials for YouTube or do regular Live streams on Instagram!

Up to 50% off Neewer Ring ight Flashes and Studio Accessories

MicroSD card for extra storage on your phone (who doesn’t need that?!) This 400 GB Sandisk Ultra MicroSD card is part of the Prime Deals!

You can also never have enough memory cards for your camera! This extreme 256 GB Sandisk memory card is one of the Prime day deals!

A portable hard drive is a must-have if you are blogging as you will end up taking lots of photos from different angles to get the perfect shot! You need a place to store all of those pictures!

Set of 2 Fast USB charging cables for Android devices.

Books

The Vogue Ultimate Knitting Book is full of useful information, diagrams, charts, and explanations. Everything you could possibly need to know about knitting/designing knitwear!

The Tunisian Crochet Workshop is such a useful book. Not only is this book colorful and fun to look at, but it is also the perfect resource for learning how to do Tunisian crochet. There are also some great simple projects for practicing the skills learned!

Packaging

If you have an online small business, one of the most important things to get customers to come back is having beautiful and reliable packaging. This doesn’t mean you have to spend lots of money. You can add a simple touch like a hand-written note and gift tags!

Next, it’s good to have poly-mailers in various sizes and adhesive labels ready to go! Don’t forget, you’ll need lots of packaging tape!

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Here I’ve compiled some of my fave knitting and crochet tools just in time for Amazon Prime Day! Amazon Prime Day runs from Oct. 13th to 14th. Keep scrolling to find all my faves or head to my store to shop my favorite.

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Yarns

Amazon has a great selection of yarns that are eligible for Prime 2-day shipping. This is especially helpful when experiencing “yarn chicken” and you don’t have time to run to the store or wait for delivery. Direct delivery from the store/company usually takes 3 to 5 business days or more! Avoid the delay and shop these Prime eligible yarns!

Lion Brand

Comfy Cotton Blend

Pound of Love

Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle

24/7 Cotton Yarn

Feels Like Butta

Red Heart Yarn

Soft Yarn

Super Saver Yarn

Other Yarns

Bernat Blanket Bright Yarn

Caron Simply Soft Yarn

Yarn Accessories

Yarn Storage

Knit Picks Ball Winder

Knit Picks Yarn Swift

Designing Essentials

Next up are my fave designing essentials. I have to always have a notebook with me because I never know when inspiration will strike! These medium-sized dot grid notebooks and friction erasable pens are my go-to when designing! If I make a mistake in laying out the design I can simply erase and start over!

Also, a weighing scale is so important to have. It helps when you need to weigh yarn to get an idea of how much you’ve used. This is so important when designing or testing a pattern!

Non-Yarn Related Finds

This 8 Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is a must-have because it makes life so much easier by cutting cooking time in half. It is such a versatile appliance and can be used to make so many different recipes!

The Echo Dot is also a great addition to our house, I love being able to just ask Alexa what time it is or how the weather is outside. Most importantly, I love listening to music as I cook! It is currently one of the Prime Day deals right now!

These magnetic tiles are my number one go-to gift for little kids. I got them for my son last year when he turned 2 and he still enjoys playing with them daily!

If you’ve been following me you know how much I love this bird feeder because It is so simple to install and a great way to teach your kids about different types of birds in your local area. It has been great for my mental health too, seeing the birds every day is so uplifting!

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Here I’ve compiled some of my fave knitting and crochet tools just in time for Amazon Prime Day! Amazon Prime Day runs from June 21st to 22nd. Keep scrolling to find all my faves or head to my store to shop my favorite.

Shop my knitting and crochet faves on Amazon Prime

I hope you found this post useful and I hope you are able to snag some of these awesome tools on Prime Day 2021! If you aren’t a Prime member yet, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial by clicking the blue box below! If you already have these tools and want to get started on a fun project you can check out my Chunky Tunisian Pumpkin free Tunisian crochet pattern, my Tunisian Giving Scarf Pattern or my Cute As A Button Wrap free knitting pattern!

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Free Knitting Pattern – Cute as a Button Newborn Wrap!

This free knitting pattern is for a newborn wrap that is knitted flat with bobbles along one side and a velvety texture along the top.

Free knitting pattern – pin it now and make it later!

Newborn photography requires delicate pieces which take longer to make but look so cute! This project taught me to slow down and to have patience and trust the process. It’s a good project when you want to slow down. This free knitting pattern is for a newborn wrap that is knitted flat with bobbles along one side and a velvety texture along the top.

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For this project, I was able to collaborate with a talented photographer who’s also my friend. Anjum from Once Upon A Lens Photography has gone above and beyond in styling and capturing the detail of the wrap!

Materials

Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • MkB– make bobble: k3 with velluxe, turn work and purl 3, turn work and k2tog, k1, pass 1st st over 2nd stitch.

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Cute As A Button Wrap Pattern

Cast on 225 st. With Feels Like Butta in White using US 7 32 in. circular needles. Place stitch marker at the beginning of the row.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 2 in.

Row 3: Knit 5, (mkb, knit 4)* rep * to end of row.

Rows 4 and 6: Purl across

Rows 5 and 7: knit across

Repeat rows 3 to 7 till wrap measures 14.5 in. Pick up Vel-Luxe yarn and *knit 1 row, purl 1 row* rep * for 3.5 in. Or till piece measures 18 in. From cast on edge.

This free knitting pattern is for a newborn wrap that is knitted flat with bobbles along one side and a velvety texture along the top.

You are done, now just bundle it up and tie a bow for the perfect baby shower gift or wrap your mini in it and snap a picture.

If you make the wrap, don’t forget to snap a pic and tag me @noorsknits and use the hashtag #cuteasabuttonwrap on Instagram.

I am also currently in search for testers for the super cute Silver Lining Bonnet Pattern pictured here. If you are looking for a super quick and cute baby make head over here to fill out the form.

Looking to try a new craft? Have you tried Tunisian crochet? Trust me, it’s addictive! You can give my creamsicle crochet baby blanket pattern a try over here.

Knitting and Crochet Pattern Designing as POC and Moms

I think my biggest struggle as a POC  knitting and crochet pattern designer and mom is the level of effort I have to put in for my work to be seen. So I'm planning an Instagram Live series where us POCs and moms can talk about real-life making! Fill out the form if you're interested! I can't wait to hear from you!
Here I am sporting the Tunisian Knit Cardi designed by Kelsey of @Happily.Yarn.After over an awesome graphic tee designed by Saiqa of @SewChickhybySai

Happy Valentines Day to all my fellow knitting and crochet pattern designers!

This Valentines Day I want to share what’s been in my heart and mind for the past few weeks. I know there is a discussion happening around racism within our maker community. I feel for fellow POC knitting and crochet pattern designers who directly and indirectly had to deal with injustice. My heart goes out to you. That being said, I’ve been very fortunate and have been treated very nicely by fellow makers regardless of race. Ever since I started this journey on Instagram, I’ve felt such a strong sense of community. Everyone has always been kind and helpful. However, I experience issues daily because I am a POC and mom in this community of knitting and crochet designers.

Knitting and Crochet Pattern Designing as a POC

As a POC knitting and crochet pattern designer, I have to show up more on social media to be seen. I have to work twice as hard to be noticed by large companies. My own voice has to be louder because many bloggers in this community do not look or sound like me.

Knitting and Crochet Pattern Designing as a Mom

As a mom, I also struggle to keep up with pattern designing. It’s hard to find a balance since real-life duties take priority. Adulting usually involves cooking, laundry, cleaning, and dealing with my temperamental toddler and all his growing needs. Often my crochet and knitting designs take an entire month or two to become a reality. Yes, even the simple accessories. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way!

Here’s my solution for helping all of us gain more visibility and have a powerful voice in the maker community. I want to have a Sip’N’Stitch type Instagram Live every week with a fellow POC knitting or crochet designer. Knitting moms and crochet moms (regardless of background) are also invited for these Live series. We can discuss all things knitting and crochet pattern designing as moms and/or POC.

Benefits of doing this Live series

  • More eyes on our content: My followers will get to know you and see your content and your followers will get to know me and see my content.
  • Increase our chance of collaboration while fostering a sense of community and togetherness.
  • Make more friends in the maker community – this is one of my main inspirations for starting this series, it gets lonely especially as a mom!
  • A chance for us to share knowledge, resources, and our experiences so we can grow our businesses/brands.

My intention is to be inclusive and inspire fellow POC and mom knitting and crochet designers. One way to do this is by having real-time conversations about real-life making.

If you’re interested you can fill out the form below so I can get a better idea of who you are and what your brand is all about! I can’t wait to hear from you!

POC Makers/ Mama Makers Live Series Form

If you have any questions about this series please e-mail me at [email protected]

If you’re looking for a new wip, you can enjoy my free Tunisian Sweetheart Scarf Pattern here.

Maker Gifts – Part 1 -Interchangeable Needle and Hook Sets

Maker gifts – Tis the season for giving! If you are looking for a complete set of crochet hooks or knitting needles for yourself or a friend, you are in the right place. Read on to find out why you should invest in the Denise Interchangeable Sets!

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Maker Gifts - Denise Interchangeable Needles and Hooks Sets

I recently invested in two very valuable toolsets. I bought the Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks set and the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles set. Although bamboo hooks and needles are my absolute favorite, this is a nice alternative set. Once I started designing I knew I needed a complete set. These sets were the most affordable, practical, and durable! I purchased each set for around $50.00 which means that I got 2 sets for around $100.00. Considering that bamboo equivalents are a $100.00+ per set, these Denise sets offer great value for the price! 

Maker Gifts – The Ultimate Gift for Crocheters

The crochet hook set includes:

  • 12 pastel hooks, one each in sizes f5/3.75mm to 19/15mm
  • 7 pink cords: 2 each 3 and 5″ (8 and 13cm) 1 each 9″, 12″ and 16″ (23, 30, 41 cm)
  • Four end buttons to turn any cord into a Tunisian/Afghan hook or stitch holder
  • Two extenders for cord-to-cord connections
  • Hard-shelled 8-1/4x7x1 inch case that holds everything perfectly in place
Maker Gifts - Denise Interchangeable Hooks Sets

Maker Gifts – The Ultimate Gift for Knitters

The knitting needle set includes:

  • Ten knitting needle sizes, US5/3.75mm to 15/10mm
  • Six cords: 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19 in. (13, 23, 30, 36, 41 and 48 cm)
  • Four end buttons to turn any cord into a stitch holder or to use as an end cap for a straight, flexible needle.
  • Two extenders for cord-to-cord connections
  • Hard-shelled case that holds everything perfectly in place
  • Case dimensions (closed): 7 x 8 ½ x 1 (18 x 21 x 2.5cm)
  • Needles are 4(10cm) long for US5-10 ½ and 4.5(11cm) for US11-15
Maker Gifts - Denise Interchangeable Needles Sets

Why These Sets Offer Great Value for the Price

What I like most about these sets are the organized and neat snap-in-place cases that the pieces come in. There is no chance of losing any of the pieces. Also, the cords don’t get bent out of shape over time because they are made with a thick and durable material. Whether you are working with the hooks or the needles, they are very smooth and do not snag on any type of yarn!

The crochet hooks can be used for regular crochet by adding the shortest cord and a stopper to mimic a normal crochet hook. They can also be used as Afghan or Tunisian crochet hooks by joining more cords for length. The knitting needles can be used as straight needles in the same way by adding shorter cords with stoppers or by connecting a pair of needles to both ends of a cord for knitting in the round.

There are lots of options for cord lengths. Also, the cords, extenders, and caps/stoppers in both sets are interchangeable. There are also multiple color options available. Also, the case is the size of a book and can easily fit in your wip bag.

The best part is the locking system!

The best part is the twist-and-lock system! You just align the hole at the end of the hook or needle with the hole at the end of the cord by twisting. Voila, that’s it!

I have proof that this is a great locking system. The cords never came undone when I was knitting my first holiday knit sweater (designed by Ashleigh Kiser of Sewrella). This sweater was made with the new Color Made Easy yarn by Lion Brand which is a size 5 bulky weight yarn! Once I attached the body and sleeves, I was afraid the cords would come undone because it was such a heavy sweater! I was relieved when I was completing the yoke and nothing happened! 

Maker Gifts - Denise Interchangeable Needles and Hooks Sets

If you’re looking for a valuable and complete set of crochet hooks/knitting needles for yourself or a maker friend, this is it!

Note: You’ll be contributing $5.00 towards Breast Cancer research with each purchase of these pastel theme sets.

Get the Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hooks set on Amazon by clicking on the picture below:

You can also purchase them in grey or brights.

Get the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles set on Amazon by clicking on the picture below (these ones are exactly like the pastel ones shown above except these are the knitting needles):

You can also purchase these in the grey or brights set.

If you’re looking for other smaller maker gifts or if you want to support some great makers this holiday season, head on over here.

Pattern Sale for the Black Friday Weekend!

Pattern sale for the Black Friday Weekend! Are you excited?! I am collaborating with a few other amazing makers to give you a major discount on a bunch of great patterns! We will all be offering 50% off of our patterns from Nov. 22nd, 2018 to Nov. 26th, 2018! All you have to do is use the code BLACKFRIDAY50 – the code is the same for all shops! Browse now and be ready to shop this coming weekend!

Pattern sale for Black Friday weekend. 50% off patterns by 8 designers from Nov. 22nd, 2018 to Nov. 26th, 2018. Find the shop links below.
Graphic made by Lisa M. Fox from Green Fox Farms Designs 

You can find all of the shop links below:

Noor’s Knits on Etsy & Ravelry – Mommy and me and children’s knit and crochet designs.

Maria’s Blue Crayon on Ravelry – Women and children’s knit and crochet designs along with some home decor designs.

Teeztopperz on Etsy & Ravelry – Fashionable and trendy women’s and children’s crochet designs.

Snuggly Fox Designs on Ravelry – Amigurumi and children’s crochet designs.

E’Claire Makery on Etsy & Ravelry – Amigurumi and other crochet and cross stitch designs inspired by food and other fun things. 

Raging Purlwind on Etsy & Ravelry – Women’s modern knitwear designs.

Green Fox Farms Designs on Etsy & Ravelry – Colorful and whimsical crochet designs.

Cary’s Custom Crafts on Etsy & Ravelry – Adult and children’s crochet designs.

Happy shopping and happy making!!

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Knit and crochet patterns for children – Why I want to design

Knit and Crochet Patterns for Children – The Journey 

I initially opened up shop to sell my finished knitted and crocheted pieces (read more about that here) but never really thought about where it would take me. Over the course of this past year, I have learned so much about the Fiber Arts industry/community. I have learned even more about myself and what my true passion is when it comes to working with all things yarn. My heart is in creating unique knit and crochet patterns for children. 

My contribution to last year's Little Hats Big Hearts Campaing held by the American Heart Association. These hats were made using free knit and crochet patterns.
Here’s my contribution to last year’s Little Hats Big Hearts Campaign held by the American Heart Association!

Knit and Crochet Patterns for Children – The Heart of the Matter

I want to capture all that childhood brings with it and put it out into the world as knit and crochet patterns! I want to be the source of inspiration for other mama-makers to make cute things for her little ones. Something that is fun and exciting for her and will end in a finished piece that she can wrap her little ones in with cozy handmade love. I want this to be true whether she has infants, toddlers, or older children.

Most importantly, as a mom, I know how hard it can be to convince ourselves to take pictures. Matching with my toddler gives me a big reason to smile and get in front of the camera. I want to be that reason for my fellow mama-makers to proudly get in the frame with their little ones!

Knit and Crochet Patterns for Children – Are you Ready to Join Me?

So fellow mama-makers, are you ready to make all the cute things for your lil’ bug(s)?!

Here are Amy and Josie sporting their Mommy and Me set of Butterflies Fluttering by Ear Warmers! How adorable do they look?! Get the PDF pattern on Ravelry or Etsy

Amy and Josie posing with their matching mommy and me set of Butterflies Fluttering By Ear Warmers. Follow along for more Knit and crochet patterns.
Amy and Josie looking adorable in my first published knitting pattern: The Butterflies Fluttering By Ear Warmer pattern available on Etsy and Ravelry!