I always wonder if I am the only person in the world that pulls from the outside strand of a skein of yarn instead of the center. I don't like pulling from the center and then having the skein be all floppy until eventually it just ends up being one big tangled mess. If I pull from the outside it stays looking nice and neat and I don't have to worry about winding it into a ball (by hand) to store the leftovers. So why doesn't everyone pull from the outside? Because it is time consuming! You get into a rhythm and are finally crocheting at a good rate of speed and then you have to stop to unwind some more yarn because your skein has fallen off your lap and rolled halfway across the floor. So, while working on my current project, the Breath Baby Blanket by Jody Pyott, and having my giant Caron One Pound skeins fall off my lap several times, I decided it was time to do something about it. I went to the drawer where I keep all of my knitting needles and grabbed a 14" size 10 needle. I inserted it through the center of the skein. Perfect fit!
Next, I began the search for the perfect sized box. I found one that was just the right size but it already had stuff in it, so I improvised by taping the flaps up to make the box taller so I wouldn't have to take everything out of it.
Then, I cut a small slit in the side flap and then another small slit in the opposite flap and put the ends of my knitting needle in them.
Now the skein unwinds as I am working. No slowing me down, no rolling across the floor, and best of all.... NO TANGLED MESS! Woohoo! :)
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I've had a lot going on lately, so I am a little late in posting this roundup... Ok, a lot late... But now that summer is winding down, I hope that things will be smoothing out and I will be able to dive in and start blogging more.. A LOT more! :) I have a brand new website in the making and some product reviews that will be coming soon, one of which is for this nifty Easyloop Fauxchet Yarn Tool, so be sure to check back for that!
So, what do you say we get to the best part of this post?! Here is the roundup of FREE crochet patterns that were released in the month of June from the contributors to the Cre8tion Crochet blog! Don't forget to share/pin/favorite and all of that good stuff, so you can come back to them later!
Spinning Deca-Petal Flower Tile by Pink Snail Boutique
Croc Bonnet by Sick Lil Monkeys
Upcycled Button Down Dress by Blackstone Designs
St. Croix Beach Wrap by Same DiNamics Crochet
Tie Tablet Cover by Yarn Medleys From the Heart
Reflective Wrist Pouch by AllieCat's Hats and Crafts
Triangle Stitch Belt by Creative Threads by Leah
Blooming Thistle Tablet Cozy by Pink Snail Boutique
Beach Grass Tank Top by Evergreen Shore
Which one will you make first?