My Mimi is my great-grandmother, and she is the one who taught me to crochet when I was a little girl.
Recently while visiting my parent’s house, my mom gave me one of my Mimi’s old granny square blankets.
Love this color combo!
So classic granny.
Didn’t hold up so well.
I loved the look of this motif so much I had to remake it for this month’s Motif of the Month.
However, the blanket hasn’t held up real well. A lot of it has slightly felted, so trying to recreate it was a little difficult.
This is my version of my Mimi’s granny square and it’s the newest Motif of the Month. It reminded me of a flower so I chose the colors you see for ease of viewing on the video tutorial. I highly recommend trying out some of my Mimi’s color choices though, they are fantastic!
Today I received the latest edition of my Crochet Today subscription — but actually I didn’t.
You see, I received a letter stating that Crochet Today will no longer be published.
Without any warning, they are now out of business. I was very sad to hear of this, but there was a bright spot.
They replaced the Crochet Today issue that should have been there with a copy of Mollie Makes US edition.
My favorite UK crafting magazine is now offering a US version. Yay!!
Mollie Makes combines all kinds of crafts into a beautifully published magazine that I have coveted since the first issue I ordered digitally through my iPad.
I had held off on the print subscription though because it was close to $100 a year to make the trip from the UK to here. Though the print version did come with fun extras like crochet hooks and pin making kits, I just couldn’t find it in my heart and wallet to spend that much.
Now, however, the US subscription is only $24.99 for 12 issues. The cover price is a whopping $9.99 an issue so the subscription is definitely the way to go if you like this magazine as much as I do. There are a few questions I have that I will keep you updated on in case you are wondering like me.
1) The letter stated that the Mollie Makes would be sent in place of the Crochet Today issues that will never get to be made. However, Mollie is a monthly and CT is a quarterly so will I receive issues monthly until my subscription runs out in August? Since the subscription price is about the same I’m guessing I should get monthly issues. Fingers crossed.
2) Will the US edition of Mollie Makes have the monthly fun extra that the UK edition provides to its subscribers? I will probably subscribe either way as long as the quality of the magazine is on par with the UK version, but I just love the little kits (search Mollie Makes on eBay to see some) that they include.
So I’m sad to see Crochet Today go, but I’m super happy to see Mollie Makes US come.
Do you have a subscription to CT? What do you think about your Mollie Makes substitution? Let us know below.
What’s a mini you ask? Knit Crate describes them as:
All KnitCrate Minis have approximately 30 yds of premium yarn in each mini skein
Each KnitCrate Mini package will contain 5 or 10 mini skeins depending on your chosen grab bag
All KnitCrate Minis are premium yarns that are hand painted / indie dyed mini skeins
Each KnitCrate Mini is individually labelled with the colorway and other pertinent information
They are perfect for working granny squares or other motifs.
Our next item in the Crate is the “Soothing Extra”: Caveman Cookies ($2.85 for three cookies)
These cookies are made without grain or dairy. They are great for anyone on the Paleo diet (where you eat only things you can get from nature, like a Caveman would).
As for the flavor of the cookies. You can definitely tell they are not like traditional cookies that use flour and eggs, but they are moist and the spices (ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon) really give the cookie a nice flavor. Though they are almost a dollar a cookie, it is really difficult to eat more than one in a sitting. They are very dense (like a brownie) and filling, so a package could last quite a while.
Now for the item I’ve been wanting for a long time.
Not only is the WPI Tool something I have wanted for a while, but discovering Nancy’s Knit Knacks website was a real treat. I am bookmarking it as I write this. The website has wonderful quality knit and crochet tools as well as some really inventive things I’ve never seen before.
But back to the WPI tool. This tool is used to figure out the weight of any yarn. You can watch the video below to see my explanation on how it works.
As for what a regular crocheter can use it for, it has a great use for mystery yarn. Those half skeins you’ve lost the label for can now be identified as a worsted or aran weight with this tool. This can help when you want to use it for a certain pattern and can’t remember what weight that yarn was.
It can also help with yarns that don’t give weights on their label. This can happen with independent yarn. It might give you a knit gauge, which we know is not very helpful for us crocheters, but no actual weight. This tool can be used to find the weight of the yarn so we can choose our hooks or patterns better for the yarn.
The yarn this month will actually put my WPI tool to use.
Though the label doesn’t tell me, I believe it is a medium worsted weight. It has a generous 247 yards per hank so it’s great for a scarf or shawl. The yarn is 63% merino wool and 37% tussah silk and is beautifully hand painted. I’ve got plans for it already.
I’ll be using my WPI tool to get a definite weight on it, so stay tuned for a yarn review and a specific video on using the WPI tool.
As always the folks at Knit Crate did a wonderful job at sending items that are beautiful and useful and helping me to discover some really great brands.
Congrats to Patrice who left the following comment:
I learned how to make pom poms from my Mum many years ago. I love to put them on kids hats and scarves. Somehow, I think the tool might be easier. I’d love a chance to check them out. Thanks for the opportunity.
I had a viewer request on how to begin a two color spiral. I already have a pattern that has a two color spiral in it, so this was an easy tutorial.
The Baby Sensory Tummy Time Mat already had a photo tutorial in the pattern for the first round (which is usually the most difficult to make), so I made up a video (see below) for the first three rounds.
If you have your own spiral pattern and the stitches are different, just substitute those stitches for the ones I show and the spiral will work out just the same.