I really liked this article from the Leisure Arts website about using everyday items that you have around the house in your crochet tool bag. The use-what-you've-got sensibility of these tips really appealed to me:
This article from Craft Stylish about how to edge fabric with crochet was eye-opening! Using your sewing machine to blanket-stitch or zig-zag the edge as the foundation row is genius! It looks a little fussy for large blankets, but I have been searching for an easy and clean way to edge handkerchiefs and I think this technique would be perfect.
Cute visual tute on the magic loop! I dig the bluebirds!
Okay, this week I've got a project for you that I've been working on with my friend Kendra! It uses front-post double-crochet and back-post double-crochet stitches. If you aren't familiar with those stitches, now would be a great time to try them out! I really liked the picture tutorial in the first link.
**Want a hint about this week's project?**
Okay, some of you might have noticed that I consolidated some pages on the site this week. When I redesigned the Free Pattern Page to make it easier to navigate, the Theme Week Pattern Page became redundant. Also, I folded the Crochet DIY projects into the free patterns. There weren't a lot of them, and it no longer made sense to have a separate page for them either.
That freed up some space for me to add a Sample Shop! So, from time to time, when I have design samples left after photographing my projects, I will be adding them to the store. I will let you know at the end of pattern posts if there are any samples available for purchase.
One more item of business, before I go: Captcha. How annoying is it to you? I saw on my friend Rosamargarita's blog that she moderates her comments instead of requiring people to fill out the captcha. Honestly, it hadn't occurred to me that people might find it irritating before. So, now's your time to speak up! I'm starting to get some spam-like non-crochet-promoting comments (I am NOT talking about the amazing links that you guys leave me so that I can go check out your blog/etsy shop/or other fun crochet link. I LOVE those links and would be sad if you stopped leaving them!). The comments that I'm talking about are not from my Dyanmos, and they're not interested in adding to the fun conversations on the site. This is making me realize that I may need to begin moderating comments anyway. Anyone else been through this and have advice for me? I'd love to have another opinion or two (or thirty!).