Guest Author - Kate Pullen
The new year is the time when resolutions are made and often broken. Here we take a look at some great crochet related resolutions which are easy to keep and will contribute to a crochet filled new year.
1/ Learn New Stitches
There area so many different crochet stitches and ways that they can be varied that there is always something new to learn. It can be exciting to try new things and can bring a new look to basic crochet patterns. How about making this the year to explore and try different stitches and extend your crochet repertoire!
2/ Explore Different Techniques
Crochet lends itself to a variety of techniques, from tiny thread crochet miniatures, through to crochet with beads and wire, plus lace crochet, crochet with fancy yarns or felt crochet there is always something new to try. There are new techniques to be explored every month!
3/ Make New Items
Challenge yourself to make something different this year. If your comfort zone is crochet clothes or accessories how about making some house hold items. There are some great ideas and patterns available. Items like table mats, rugs, baskets and other containers can be great fun to make and have many techniques in common. There are many great free crochet patterns as well as some wonderful books available that will help you in your quest for new items to crochet.
4/ Try New Fibers and Yarns
Make this the year to try new materials. There are numerous exciting yarns, these are not just the fancy yarns that have been around for a few years now. There are some great natural yarns such as organic wools, hemp, bamboo, silks and other fibers that make crochet a little more exciting.
5/ Use Up Your Yarn Stash
This must be one of the most common new year’s resolutions that appear at the top of crocheter’s annual pledges! Ever extending yarn stash piles presents a great opportunity to crochet new things without buying yarn. There are many ways that yarns can be combined – perhaps funky stripy items or crocheting with several strands together to make chunky yarns. Small items such as tea cozies, purses and coasters are all great ways to use up odds and ends of yarn.
6/ Spend Less
We all want to crochet more and spend less. Take a look out at sales for yarns being sold off because the color is being discontinued. These can make great buys, as can buying yarn in bulk or from discount stores. Another way to get great cheap yarn is to buy knitwear items from second hand stores or garage sales and unpicking and