Wool or Synthetic? that’s the question

craftcrazygran:

Excellent articel. I know many of you will be interested

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When I first learned to crochet and knit I used acrylic yarn and as I progressed with my craft I started sourcing what some would call the “luxury” yarns, such as pure wool etc.  Recently we celebrated granny square day and the Hellohart team decided to replicate a granny square blanketthat my Grandmother Wally made.  In doing so we all three had to go back to using acrylic yarn.  It has been a very interesting and humbling experience for all of us.

Below are a few photos of Cornel’s beautiful acrylic granny square blanket

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Yarn is made from many different fibers – animal, plant and vegetable. Animal fibers include wool, mohair, angora, silk, cashmere, llama, alpaca and qiviut (musk ox) and are made of mostly protein. Cotton, linen and ramie are vegetable fibers.  Synthetic (man-made) fibers include acrylic, nylon, polyester, metallic’s and microfibers.

Each fiber has its own qualities…

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A tribute to the granny square

craftcrazygran:

I love the Granny Squares you find today, they are gorgeous! Take a look, get inspired and make something to remember!

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I’ve often wondered how the granny square was “born”.  It’s such a simple design concept yet, in my opinion forms the cornerstone of crochet.  In fact it’s so epic I believe it requires some praise.  I also often wonder how the formidable little square got its name “Granny”

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According to a 1946 article attributed to the Oregon Worsted Company, the thrifty women of early America would carefully save scraps of yarn and fibre unravelled from old sweaters and socks.  As these scraps accumulated, they were crocheted into small squares; the colours combined on the whim of the craftsman.  The squares were then sewn together to make a blanket which was both functional and colourful.  Because grandma was no longer up for manual labour, she was often the one to sew the squares together, thus they became GRANNY SQUARES.

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This colorful GRANNY SQUARE blanket was thought to resemble a Colonial-era rug, which was brought over from England, by way of…

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Mandala Art by Lize Beekman

craftcrazygran:

Wow, such exquisite art by Lize and Anneke! My mother died just before my 10th birthday, I had never really drawn before, but was compelled to start then. I started drawing intricate, interconnected patterns that were not in a circular form, but had very distinct similarities to the mandalas I have subsequently seen. It is definitely a spiritual meditation or prayer I believe. I would get lost in the detail and calmness and relaxation would spread through me. Beautiful. Drawing became a strong passion and outlet, and was until an accident damaged my eyesight in 2007. Now I crochet mandalas and get the same feelings from them!

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You know I have an absolute passion for Mandalas. Their form, their shape the potential they hold. The ability they have to make one relax, explore stepping out of your comfort zone and simply allowing one to enter into a dream like state.

Mandalas are magical they have popped up in my life in many forms, crochet being one of them. Anneke Wiese as you know is one of my favourite mandala crafters. Below are only a few examples of her beautiful pieces of art.

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Looking beyond crochet you will find that mandalas have popped up in many wonderful adult colouring in books that have recently taken the world by storm. I found magic in the beauty of the work done by Lize Beekman. Her mandalas, are intricate, passionate and full of energy.   And I could not resist chatting to Lize about how she discovered mandalas.

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What inspires…

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A Quick Getaway

craftcrazygran:

Heaven. There is so much crochet yumminess in this post, I just want to stay here!

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I’m back at my desk today after a long weekend away at the Livestock festival. The boys wanted to stay home alone this time, and at 16 and 18 I guess it’s only natural not to want to party with Mum and Dad! I thought it would do them good to fend for themselves (with the help of pizzas and pot noodles!) for a day or two and they seemed rather pleased with the prospect.

The festival was only 20 minutes away from our home, down some very quiet roads, winding through open countryside, a small town and a tiny village. The sun was shining with all it’s might and Hubby and I were as free as birds for the next few days.

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After last years long car drives down to Dorset for the Jurassic Rocks Festival and the even longer car drive to Somerset for the Watchet Festival it was refreshing to…

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Crochet Design Series 5, In the End… Marketing Your Pattern

craftcrazygran:

Come and get it!

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We have neared the end of the series! Thank you so much for following along with me. It’s great that we’ve learned about design inspiration, writing out your pattern, testing your pattern, and modeling your patterns (taking pictures of your finished items). Now we move on to, what is probably one of the biggest challenges of designers, marketing your work so that others will purchase and download, or visit your site to view the pattern, if it’s for free.

Let’s see what these ladies have to say about the marketing phase of their design process.

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Welcome, designers! I want to once again thank you for sharing your time and your knowledge to help others in their journey to designing crochet patterns. Your input is valuable. :-)

Success! You’ve completed your pattern with successful pattern testing and super fantastic pictures. Now, you’re…

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