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Hooking at Vogue Knitting Live

This morning I dragged myself out of bed for day two of Vogue Knitting Live.  I don’t know if it was because of the cold weather yesterday or all the excitement from the event, but I was extra sleepy this morning.  I decided to wear the Irish rose choker I made myself last year.  I actually like it better with the button in the front.

You can see I have extra bags under my eyes this morning!

I was excited to see so many crochet hook options in the Marketplace.  Confession time: I’m a collector of crochet hooks.  In addition to a full array of sizes in the classic Boye aluminum crochet hooks, I also have a set of Denise interchangeables, a Tulip Etimo set, and a set of Eleggant hooks (reviewed here).  I also have a random assortment of one or two sizes from the Addi Swing, Laurel Hill Nam Oc, and Crochet Dude lines.  And, some lovely handmade hooks from Sistermaide.  (We could get sidetracked here so I’ll skip the list of my Tunisian crochet hooks.)  Anyway, I was on the look out for new (to me) and exciting hooks while I was in the Marketplace and I wasn’t disappointed!

The nice folks at Magique Enterprises are actually the first booth on the way into the Marketplace.

 

I love their egg shaped hook handle.

The Boye/Simplicity booth had the full complement of Crochet Dude hooks.  I won one in a giveaway last year and I like it a lot, so I may pick up another favorite size.  But I was most intrigued by the Crochet Master Plus.

I’m hoping they will have some samples I can try out today.

The Skacel booth also had their interchangeable set, Addi Click, on display.

One of my Tunisian crochet students at the Adult School of Montclair last year has this set, and she seemed to get a lot of use out of it.

Since a full set is out of my budget for this event, I am more likely to pick up a single hook or two.  The Knitting Ranch has a big selection of hooks at their display.

And in case you need a storage case, the della Q booth has a variety of lovely colors for their crochet cases.

It looks like you can get two hooks into some of these pockets.

I know I said I won’t buy an interchangeable set at Vogue Knitting Live… but who’s to say I won’t get another set soon…

Do you have a favorite interchangeable crochet hook set?

Ripple Mania CAL giveaway winners!

I’m so glad that I said the Ripple Mania CAL giveaway winners would be selected randomly because it would have been impossible to choose my favorite projects from among all of the great entries!  I had a wonderful time during the CAL, and I hope you did, too.  I want to thank everyone who participated and everyone who entered the giveaway, and of course, the fabulously generous prize sponsors: Magique Enterprises, Lion Brand Yarn, Leisure Arts, and Red Heart Yarn.

You can find full sized pictures of all the entries in this thread on Ravelry or here on my Facebook page.  (You can also find most entries on my Ripple Mania Pinterest board, along with some other ripple inspirations.)

But I know what you’re really waiting for – the winners!  I made a list of entries in the order they were posted, and then used Random.org to select someone on the list randomly for each prize.

The first prize goes to abhall76 for her Buckeye’s Blanket.  She started this project about 20 years ago (!) and finished it up during the Ripple Mania CAL.  This definitely gives me hope for all of my lingering works in progress.

abhall76 is the winner of the Red Heart prize package, which includes an issue of Crochet Today!, a copy of the Ripple Effect pattern booklet,  and everything you need to make the Windsor Ripple Throw - 8 skeins of Red Heart With Love yarn (2 skeins each 1530 Violet and 1814 True Blue D; 1 skein each 1907 Boysenberry, 1701 Hot Pink, 1401 Pewter, and 1805 Bluebell), a 6 mm (US J) Susan Bates bamboo handle crochet hook, and a Red Heart tote bag.

 

The next prize goes to linda74, the blogger at alottastitches, for her Iris Garden blanket using the Eyelet Ripple pattern.

Linda74 is the winner of the Leisure Arts prize package, filled with 69 crochet ripple patterns from 40 Favorite Ripple AfghansBeauty of the Earth AfghansVanna’s Choice Color It Beautiful AfghansRipple Afghans to Crochet, and Rippling Effects.

 

Our next winner is izybit, who designed her own Kindle cover inspired by the Classic Ripple pattern.  If you’d like to make your own ripple Kindle cover, izybit shared design and construction tips on her Ravelry project page.

izybit won the Lion Brand Yarn prize package, 4 skeins of Amazing in Strawberry Fields, enough yarn to crochet the Candy Color Ripple Cowl.

And our final Ripple Mania winner is MelissaGreen from the Etsy shop MyissaG for her Blue Chocolate blanket.

Melissa is the winner of the Eleggant Hooks set from Magique Enterprises, which includes the Eleggant comfort crochet handle, six interchangeable hooks (in steel sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and in aluminum sizes 3.5 mm, 5.0 mm, and 6.0 mm), and o-rings.

 

I will be contacting all winners via private message on Ravelry so the sponsors can ship the prize packages out as soon as possible.  Again, thanks to everyone who participated in the CAL and who entered the giveaway.  I’d like to host another CAL in February, when everything is settled down from the holidays.  If you have any project suggestions, feel free to share them here!

There’s still time…

…to enter the Ripple Mania CAL giveaway for your chance to win amazing prizes from Leisure ArtsLion Brand YarnMagique Enterprises, and Red Heart.

You can find all the details in this blog post!  Share your pictures by 11:50 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, November 28!

The Ripple Mania Prize Package from Leisure Arts.
Lion Brand Ripple Mania Prize Package.
Magique Enterprises Ripple Mania Prize Package.
Red Heart Ripple Mania Prize Package.

And, for all you knitters out there, you have until Thursday, November 29 to enter the giveaway for my review copy of 30 Min-Knits: What Can You Knit in Half an Hour or Less? by Carol Meldrum, courtesy of Barron’s Educational Series, here.

Enjoy the week, and good luck!

Ripple Mania CAL: Giveaway

Whether you’re just joining in or you’ve been participating in the Ripple Mania Crochet-a-long since October, I know you’re excited to hear more about the prizes!  The Ripple Mania CAL has four fantastic sponsors, Coats & ClarkLeisure ArtsLion Brand Yarn, and Magique Enterprises, who have each put together a great prize package.  This post describes the prizes, explains how you can enter the giveaway, and includes the schedule for the Ripple Mania CAL.  All images are used with permission.

The Prizes

Red Heart Ripple Mania Prize Package (Retail value: $75)

Red Heart is sponsoring a fabulous Ripple Mania package including an issue of Crochet Today! and a copy of the Ripple Effect pattern booklet,  along with everything you need to make the Windsor Ripple Throw - 8 skeins of Red Heart With Love yarn (2 skeins each 1530 Violet and 1814 True Blue D; 1 skein each 1907 Boysenberry, 1701 Hot Pink, 1401 Pewter, and 1805 Bluebell) and a 6 mm (US J) Susan Bates bamboo handle crochet hook.  And, to make it easy for you to work on your project on the go, they’re also including a Red Heart tote bag.

 

 

Leisure Arts Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $48.85)

Leisure Arts is sponsoring an awesome Ripple Mania prize package including 69 ripple patterns in 5 pattern books!  The package includes 40 Favorite Ripple Afghans (Ravelry page), Beauty of the Earth Afghans (Ravelry page), Vanna’s Choice Color It Beautiful Afghans (Ravelry page), Ripple Afghans to Crochet (Ravelry page), and Rippling Effects (Ravelry page).  These books will definitely keep you crocheting for quite some time!

 

 

Lion Brand Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $33.16)

Lion Brand Yarn is sponsoring a wonderful Ripple Mania prize package – 4 skeins of Amazing in Strawberry Fields, enough yarn to crochet the Candy Color Ripple Cowl.  You’ll have a fashionable accessory just in time for the deep cold of winter!

 

Magique Enterprises Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $24.95CAD)

And for those of you who have been longing to try an Eleggant crochet hook after reading my review, Magique Enterprises is sponsoring a set including the Eleggant comfort crochet handle, six interchangeable hooks (in steel sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and in aluminum sizes 3.5 mm, 5.0 mm, and 6.0 mm), and o-rings.

 

Now that you’ve heard about all the amazing prizes available, you may be wondering how to enter this giveaway.  Read on for details!

 

Ripple Mania Giveaway Rules

To enter the Ripple Mania giveaway for your chance to win one of these great prizes:

  • Join in the Ripple Mania Crochet-a-long!  You can participate in the Underground Crafter group on Ravelry, in the comments on this blog, on the Underground Crafter Facebook page, or by Tweeting @ucrafter #ripplemania.
  • Photograph your Ripple Mania project!  Smaller projects (accessories, baby blankets, cozies, washcloths, etc.) must be completed.  Larger projects (adult sweaters, large throws, or bedspreads) must be at least 1/3 finished.
  • Projects must have been started and/or completed during the Ripple Mania CAL (between October 17 and November 28).  You can use any crochet ripple pattern, though of course I’d love it if you used one of mine :).
  • Share a photograph and description of your Ripple Mania project by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 28.  Each project counts as one entry in the giveaway.
  • To share your project on Ravelry: Add the project to your notebook with the tag ripplemania.  Share the project  in the Ripple Mania CAL Giveaways thread.
  • To share your project on Facebook: Post a Wall photo on the Underground Crafter page.  (Remember that if you don’t “like” the page, I won’t be able to message you on Facebook, so you’ll have to check back to see if you’ve won.)
  • To share your project on this blog: Post a link to a project photo (on your blog, Flickr, etc.) in the comments.
  • To share your project on Twitter: Tweet @ucrafter #ripplemania with a link to a photo of your project.
  • This giveaway is open to all crocheters worldwide.
  • By entering the giveaway, you are granting permission for your project photo to be shared in a collage of all entries on this blog.
  • On or about December 1, 2012, four winners will be chosen at random and contacted for mailing addresses.  Winners must respond by December 15, 2012 or their prize will be forfeited.
Thanks so much for joining in, and I can’t wait to see the projects!

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule!

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off!

Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry

Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics

Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 - Ripple Variations

Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns

Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

Stop by Ravelry to join in on the CAL.

Ripple Mania CAL: Week 4 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

This week is all about squaring up a ripple – how to combine a ripple pattern with a straight edged stitch.  This week’s Ripple Mania PDF includes a baby blanket project.

I’m also very excited to announce two more sponsors for the Ripple Mania prizes: Magique Enterprises and Lion Brand Yarn are joining Red Heart and Leisure Arts by contributing awesome prizes for participants!  I’m gathering together pictures of the prizes and hope to share them next week.

The CAL is free to join.  Each week, an updated PDF will be available to download on Ravelry, and Ravelry members can chat in the Ripple Mania CAL thread in the Underground Crafter group.  (You do not have to be a Ravelry member to download the PDF.)  Once the CAL ends on November 28, Ripple Mania will be converted to a “for sale” pattern ebook.

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off!

Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry

Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics

Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 - Ripple Variations

Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns

Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

Visit Ravelry to get started with the Ripple Mania CAL!

FO Friday: Scrapbusting scarf and other goodies

It’s been three weeks since I last participated in F.O. Friday, but I’ve actually finished quite a few projects in that time.

I made three secret projects using this yarn, along with about eight swatches, for Kollabora, a new maker community.

A poorly lit teaser.

The big reveal was supposed to be this week, but it was delayed due to the after effects of Sandy.  Rumor has it that pictures may be posted early next week, and once that happens, I can share all the details with you.

I’ve also been crocheting ripples like mad as part of the Ripple Mania Crochet-A-Long.  If you like ripples (or have always wanted to try them), join in!  We have some great prize sponsors including Red Heart, Leisure Arts, and Magique Enterprises (makers of the Eleggant Hooks I reviewed here).

I just finished this scrappy ripple scarf last night.  I was greatly aided by my new post-Sandy commute (2+ hours each way).  In all seriousness, I’m grateful that I fared so well during Sandy.  So many people have lost their homes and businesses or are still without power.

I really loved the color of these flowers so I asked MC to take a dawn picture of me in front of them.

I used up about 300 yards of stash wool yarn.  The question now is whether I should felt it.  I love the texture but I’d like to gift it to someone who definitely isn’t the handwashing type.  What do you think?

Prior to that, I finished this eyelet ripple infinity scarf which I’ve been wearing almost non-stop for the last two and a half weeks. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the colors, but they have really been cheering me up during the many grey days that New York has been experiencing.

In case you're wondering, I didn't get a makeover :). That's one of the models I've been working with to take pictures of my patterns.

And, because my cat would definitely be disappointed if he didn’t get something out of all this crocheting, I made him a cat blanket a few weeks ago.

We put it on top of an end table and positioned it next to my desk.  The blanket has helped a lot when my cat wants to walk all over my desk while I’m typing.  Now I can just push him onto the blanket and he will sit down and be (slightly) less disruptive.

All three stitch patterns are included in Ripple Mania.  It’s free to join in by November 21.

For knitters and crocheters, today is the last day to enter my giveaway for Voie de Vie‘s Accessories: Autumne 2012 pattern collection here.

For more Finished Objects, visit Tami’s Amis.

 

Calling all ripple lovers: Announcing the Ripple Mania CAL!

If you love crochet ripples, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m kicking off the Ripple Mania Crochet-A-Long today.  This CAL will teach you everything you need to design your own fabulous ripple projects – how to select a color palette, how to increase and decrease, how to design your own ripple stitch patterns, and how to “square up” your ripples if you want to have straight (modular) pieces.

If you just want to dive into crocheting, that’s ok, too!  Each week, I’ll share new ripple stitch patterns for you to crochet.

The CAL is free to join.  Each week, an updated PDF will be available to download on Ravelry, and Ravelry members can chat in the Ripple Mania CAL thread in the Underground Crafter group.  (You do not have to be a Ravelry member to download the PDF.)  Once the CAL ends on November 21, Ripple Mania will be converted to a “for sale” pattern ebook.

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off!

Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry

Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics

Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 – Ripple Variations

Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns

Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

All patterns will be available using both U.S. and U.K. crochet pattern abbreviation.  Although I’ll be sharing some photo tutorials for this CAL, you will need to know the chain, US single/UK double crochet, and US double/UK treble crochet stitches.

If you need some ideas, check out this Gallery of Ripple Color Inspiration!  (All images are the copyright of the crocheter and are used with permission.)

Rainbow Brite Ripple Blanket by dlander340 on Ravelry.  Pattern: Crochet Ripple Baby Blanket by Judy Hice.

 

Granny Ripple by Wylderghost.  Pattern from Nursery Favorites.

 

Neopolitan Ripple, pattern and sample by Michelle from Greeting Arts blog.

 

Blue Waves by Elizabeth Nardi in Charlotte, NC (izybit on Ravelry).  Pattern: Sunrise Ripple by Carole Prior from Afghans for All Seasons Book 2.

 

Pattern: Neat Ripple by Lucy of Attic 24.  Projects from left to right: Baby Ripple Blanket by kennedysm1th on Ravelry, Baby Ripple Blanket by Littleberry on Ravelry, Henry’s Big boy bed blanket by Tubb on Ravelry, Ripple Baby Blanket by allee-ballee on Ravelry, and Sofadecke by nadias on Ravelry.

 

Autumn Ripple by Anita Edmonds (kirbanita on Ravelry).  (More details in this blog post.)

Wintery Ripple Afghan by Tinochka7 on Ravelry.  Pattern: Wells Ripple Afghan by Anastacia Zittel.

 

Watermelon Ripples by Karen Baisley (KarenRedBaron on Ravelry).  Pattern: Easy Ripple Pattern by Susan B.  Karen took her color inspiration from this project by Linda74.

 

Ripple Afghan by Tamara Gonzales, who blogs at Crochet with Tamara.  (I interviewed Tamara in 2011 here.)

 

Linda74 on Ravelry, who blogs at alottastitches, has created many variations of the Rustic Ripple by Terry Kimbrough.  The pattern is available in several Leisure Arts publications, including Afghans for All Seasons.  Top row projects (from left to right): Lime Candy Cane, Corduroy Colors (Scrappy), The Midas Touch, and Wisteria.  Bottom row projects: Rugby Ripple, Game Day, Ripplin’ in the Wind, and Surf and Sand.

 

Thanks to all of the wonderful Ravelry members and bloggers who allowed me to share their ripple projects to spark your creativity!  Visit Ravelry to get started with the Ripple Mania CAL!

 

I’m  blogging daily throughout October.  Visit I Saw You Dancing for more Blogtoberfest bloggers and CurlyPops for Blogtoberfest giveaways.  Search #blogtoberfest12 on Twitter.

Battle of the egg-shaped crochet hook handles!

I first became aware of egg-shaped, ergonomic crochet hook handles some time last year while visiting the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  If you knew me in real life, you would know that I’m somewhat… cheap.  I saw this ergonomic crochet hook set and my first thought was, “$24!  But I already have tons of crochet hooks at home!”  The set had a bizarre effect on me though, and after going home my mind kept returning to the hook handles.

I was also teaching crochet and knitting at Micheals during the time, and I discovered that Boye had a similar product, the Ergonomic Aluminum Crochet Hook Handle.  I decided to try it out with my employee discount.

My two best friends were nice enough to hook me up (pun intended) with my very own Eleggant Hook set for my birthday, and I later purchased some additional hook sizes.  (I should mention that it was cheaper to order the specific sizes and parts I wanted and to have it shipped to the U.S. than it was to buy the pre-packaged set with sizes I don’t really use.  This is how I convinced my cheap inner self to order the additional hooks.)

So today I present to you my reviews of both ergonomic, egg shaped hook handles.

Boye vs. Eleggant!

What’s included 

The Boye kit includes a hook handle of indeterminate material (my guess is rubber or plastic) which can twist off to open, as well as 8 “washers” to fit various sizes of crochet hooks.  The retail prices is $7.99.  Hooks are not included.

The Eleggant kit includes a wooden handle with metal adjustor, six modified crochet hooks (steel hooks in sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and aluminum hooks in sizes 3.5 mm/E, 5.0 mm/H, and 6.0 mm/J), and o-rings.  The retail price is $24.99CAD.  Alternatively, you can customize your own set by purchasing the handle ($15.00CAD), o-rings ($1.00CAD/10), and modified hooks in your favorite sizes ($1.50CAD – $1.75CAD each).

The verdict: The Boye kit seems less expensive, but it doesn’t include any hooks.  If you add the cost of hooks, then the prices are actually quite similar.

 

 

Small, color coded plastic washers are added to the Boye crochet hooks to create a snug fit inside the handle.

How it works

With the Boye kit, you attach plastic washers to each crochet hook.  The washers are a bit tough to get on because they are made to fit quite snug.  The washers are color coded so you have to examine the little color chart to figure out which washer goes onto what size hook.  After the washer is on the hook, you twist the hook handle open, insert the hook, and then twist the handle to close.  It takes some practice to position the washer properly so that the hook isn’t jiggling around in the handle.  A downside to this system was that once I put the washers on to my existing hooks, I didn’t have much interest in removing them.  They were really tough to get off around the point of the hook.  Since I was using my regular crochet hooks with this handle and there are certain types of stitches (e.g., the bullion stitch) that are difficult to work with the egg-shaped handle, the end result was that I have been using my Boye hooks less.

With the Eleggant hooks kit, you attach o-rings to the base of the modified crochet hooks.  Then you use the metal adjustor to tighten the handle around the hook.  I found these easier to use and since I have a dedicated set of modified hooks for the handle, I can pick it up whenever I feel like using an ergonomic egg-shaped hook without any impact on my other crochet tools.

The verdict: The Boye handle often leaves the hook jiggling around inside unless you place the washer very precisely.  The Eleggant hook handle occasionally snags the yarn at the join between the o-rings and the adjustor.  (This may be because I tend to move my stitches further down on the hook than other people when crocheting.)  Overal, I found the Eleggant hook handle easier to use and it feels more sturdy and snug than the Boye hook handle.

 

 

The Eleggant hook handle attaches to modified crochet hooks.

Other stuff

Feel: The Eleggant hook handle is made of wood and feels much better on the hands.  The Boye hook handle was almost instantly covered with cat fur and dust, and requires frequent washing.  Also, it tends to get “sweaty” when it is warm.

Durability: Again, I’d have to go with the Eleggant kit.  It looks and feels much more sturdy than the Boye handle and washers.

Ease of use: Honestly, crocheting with an egg-shaped handle takes a bit of getting used to.  With both handles, you would need some practice to get comfortable.

Customer support: The folks at Magique Enterprises are nice enough to share a video explaining how to use the Eleggant hook on YouTube.

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There’s no such luck over at the Simplicity YouTube channel.

Hook selection: Both sets are made to work with the Boye style hooks.  But what if you prefer the shape of point and throat of another brand of crochet hooks?  According to reviews that I’ve read online, the Boye kit can be used with Susan Bates hooks even though they are not the same length as Boye hooks.  If you want to use a different type of hook with the Eleggant handle, you will definitely need access to tools which can precisely cut metal.  (I didn’t test this out myself because my only aluminum hooks at home are the Boye brand, which I prefer.)

Finding the right size hook: The Boye kit has color coded washers and if your Boye hooks are also color coded, that you can probably easily find the right size.  The washer, when positioned correctly, will probably cover the size information on the hook handle though.  As for the Eleggant kit, supposedly the hook size is etched into each hook.  When looking through mine, however, I’ve found that two don’t have the size etched into the modified hook.

The verdict: Overall, I prefer the Eleggant hook handle.  It feels sturdier, fits the hook more snug, and is smaller to hold in your palm.  In fact, soon after the second time that I washed my Boye hook handle, I gave up on using it.  Since I live with a cat, there is just no way that it can stay clean.  However, if you really need more access to a broader range of hooks, you may want to consider the Boye handle.