|What's In Your Crochet Corner?|
|What things do you keep nearby when you are crocheting?
What "tricks-of-the-trade" or shortcuts have you learned?
* a 7" or 6" or 12" template (cardboard or plastic) for squares
* a smaller template for pompoms
* a sheet of styrofoam for blocking
* rustproof pins for blocking
* a compartmented plastic container that holds beads, jingle bells, and other trimmings
a gadget from someone else's idea! You start with an unfinished wood box from the craft department and a wooden toilet roll
* a free-standing paper towel roll holder can hold thread balls.
* an upright paper towel holder to put balls of thread on when it calls for using double strand of thread for the project. This works just
* a wire coat hanger can be bent into a stand for holding small spools from the weaver's shop.
* bobbins to hold different yarns for color changes
* labels (to attach to work sent for exchanges)
* a bright, bright lamp (all the better to see the stitches with)
* a swing-arm lamp on a free-standing base with full spectrum bulb for crocheting at night
* a big jar for "yarn jam" (all those tiny, little bits of yarn you don't know what to do with, but just can't part with)
* an attachment that came with a knitting basket. It's a long, strong cardboard tube, like the one that holds cling wrap or foil. It has
* pretty baskets or boxes for thread:and yarn so they'll look presentable when you keep them nearby while you crochet in the living
* plastic baskets - the kind with a with a snap-lock lid and handles. They're easy to stack or ferry around. When going away on long
* a clear plastic make up bag (about 5" x 7") that has 2 zippered compartments. Use it for hooks, scissors, a 6 inch ruler and other
* vinyl zippered bags for organizing yarn and thread stash.
* zip-lock baggies - small and large ones - to hold all the little "odds and ends" of leftover yarn. Keeps the yarn clean and keeps it
* duffel bags. a good place for WIPS. You can keep yarn, pattern and hook all together. Besides, when company comes, there's
* post-it notes to mark your place on a pattern or make notes about the pattern
* a piece of yellow clear plastic/acrylic film. It should measures about 8" by 1". It is static so it sticks to the pattern on the line being
* a document stand for patterns. These are meant to hold a document in place while you're typing or word processing, and have a
* a free-standing document holder with sliding ruler for reading patterns.
* plastic rings - they come from bottle tops and many other places. They can be transformed into wreath ornaments.
arnica oil - to ease the (crocheting) pain! Note: Check into this before trying it. It may not be good for everyone.
* "Handeze" gloves (seen on Annie's Attic, Herrschners, Amazon)
* tapestry needles for weaving in ends
* "promotional" magnets - the ones given away as advertising. They can be cut up and used for your crocheted fridgies!
* an electric footwarmer or "foot spa": takes the crocheting experience into another realm!
paperclips - to mark the beginning of rows when doing round items that don't have you join; to hold a 2 or more page pattern
* bobby pins can be used as stitch markers.
* a diaper pin to mark stitches and to hold the last stitch when not working on a WIP so it doesn't self-frog! Also, use it to hold the
* paperclips also come in handy when whiipstitching pieces together. Use paperclips about every 10-15 stitches to "pin" the squares
* use safety pins to mark the right sides of the patterns or to keep track of rounds in doilies
* use color coded paper clips to keep your place on more complicated patterns.
* an old Mayonaise jar (commercial size) to keep the skein of yarn you are currently working with so things like puppy or kitty fur don't
* magnets and a magnet board (see cross stitch supplies!) for doing graphed afghan. Put the pattern (graph) in a sheet protector
* use index tabs at the top of the pages of your favorite patterns in larger pattern books
* plastic toothbrush holders to hold hooks. There are different colors and shapes so you can color code.
* a plastic video tape boxes for Brittany hooks. Line it with felt and add elastic loops to hold each hook in place.
* the plastic containers for the lead for mechanical pencils to hold yarn needles. The lids snap on so they don't come open.
* keep yarn needles and T-pins in old medicine bottles with child proof caps. Just tape a label on them. This makes the needles and
* use pill bottles for beads or for other small "ornamentations" ie. ribbon roses...
* needlenose pliers for pulling needles through threadwork.
* beeswax for use with thread for stringing beads; also for getting the thread end through the eye of a beading needle.
* three-ring binders and plastic document protectors for organizing pattern books, leaflets and loose pattern pages
* sheet protectors for all your loose patterns. Again, it keeps them clean and you can put them in a notebook when they're not in
* a database program to organize crochet patterns and links
* if you love to make afghans, even in the hot summertime, use a card table for a lap so you can crochet no matter how hot it is.
* a scanner or copier so you're books and leaflets don't get damaged or torn while you're working on a pattern. Put the copy in a
* waxed paper - to get those wooden hooks sliding easier.
* a coffee mug - the collectible ones with sayings or pictures on them. Keep a pair or scissors, a 6" ruler, a pencil or pen, stitch
* a comfy couch or chair. The best place to crochet. (Note: not the only place, just the Best)
* your favorite drink on the table.
a good movie with very few visual effects; a movie you can listen to while you crochet. Some suggestions: "While You Were
* Note: These are all things I've collected from various on-line crochet groups I've belonged to over the past few years.
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