Twirligig Tote

The Twirligig Tote I finished this afternoon.  I crocheted it strips, then joined the strips together.   I used Bernat Mosaic yarn which has a great feel to it and is beautifully self striping, while still being affordable.     I have more yarn on order in brighter colors to make another. Yes, I love this pattern that much!   Thought the browns and golds in this would be great for fall and still go great with jeans.   The pattern is available here.

In My Hook Caddy

Here are just a  few of  things I keep in my hook caddy:

Good quality hooks, duh, right?  No, seriously, having a good quality hook can really save your fingers, hands and wrists after all that repetitive motion.  Invest in good hooks.  This is the one I use the most, Crochet Lite Crochet Hooks.   They are very comfortable in the hand, plus the hook lights up!  How cool is that.  They also make great gifts for the "hookers" in your life.   They come in all sizes, make sure to keep some extra batteries as well.     Knit Lite Battery Replacement 

I also keep a nail file in my caddy.  It NEVER fails, I get all cozied up with my project, yarn set, hook in hand,, and SNAG.  Oops, theres a hang nail.   I dont really want to put everything down, get up and go searching for a nail file.   I have learned just to keep one in the caddy at all times.

Another odd thing for my caddy is Dental Floss.  It is very handy to use to pull yarn through beads and buttons.

Yarn needles are another necessity for me.  I hate trying to weave in ends with a hook, plus it gives a much more finished appearance.  Also a requirement for joining squares neatly.

Add scissors for cutting yarn, and don't forget a tape measure to check your gauge.

Hand Crocheted Thread Baby Sandals

 Baby Sandals I crocheted for twin baby boys a friend is having.  Aren't they so sweet?   Pattern can be found in Booties By The Dozen  by Leisure Arts.    Pattern on page 18.   She was afraid to use them and instead wanted to tuck them away in their hope chest.  Truly an heirloom quality pattern.