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How Do You Organize Your Yarn Stash?

I worked in office administration for years & I have always loved to be organized. But trying to figure out how to organize my yarn stash has been a trial and error process. I have tried different ways of organizing my wonderful skeins of yarn & I didn’t like any of them. Like an answer to a prayer, I received an email from Lion Brand Yarn sharing ways different crocheters & knitters organize their stashes. I have a lot of yarn in different weights.  How I decided to organize my yarn stash was to put weight sizes together (shown in photo above & below). The other way I organized some of my yarn was by fiber type. Because I have a lot of cotton & cotton-blend yarn, I chose to keep these yarns in a container by themselves. My last container of yarn is all Lion Brand Bonus Bundle Touch of Alpaca yarns. Because these are jumbo size I chose to keep them together. The containers & bins I used were all ones I had in my home.  I love my 3-drawer container (seen in first picture); however, I don’t have enough room for another one.  I typed & printed out the labels seen on the containers using card stock.  Easy & I was done in 30 minutes! How do you organize your yarn?  I would love to hear your tips!! Advertisements

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Sneak Peek….Upcoming Pattern Featuring LB Mandala Yarn

I was so excited about this new pattern I am creating I had to show you a sneak peek!  The past few weeks have been very difficult for our family & having a crochet pattern to throw myself into is just what I needed. This new pattern I am creating is using Lion Brand Mandala Yarn in Centaur.  Mandala comes in a wide variety of colors & I love how the self-striping effect with this #3 weight yarn makes it so simple to not have to change colors!  With a whopping 590 yards a skein, you can create galore! The Centaur color I chose is in the color schemes of grape, bark, russet, taupe, brass, camel, & wisteria.  Stay tuned for this pattern coming up!!   Advertisements

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Serenity Washcloth Free Crochet Pattern

Serenity Washcloth  Crochet Pattern To receive an ad-free, low-cost version of this pattern, you can buy it on:  Etsy Ravelry  Nothing says serene like a trip to the spa…and this Serenity Washcloth pattern will transport you to spa luxury!  An easy crochet pattern that is elegant & sized a whopping 11 1/4” x 11 1/4”. Using Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn, with the glossy sheen, you will love how your stitches are pronounced!  The colors shown in my pictures are Lilac & Ecru.   Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn is a worsted-weight, mercerized 100% natural fiber yarn.  I have never seen a mercerized cotton yarn that looks so elegant.  I love it! SKILL LEVEL:  Easy GAUGE:       Approx. 10 ¼ ST x 9 Rows HOOK:          G/4.0 mm (Or size needed to obtain gauge) YARN:           1 Skein (3.5 oz.)  Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn.  (Pattern uses 2.75 oz.) Colors Shown:  Ecru & Lilac SIZE:              11 ¼” x 11 ¼”   ABBREVIATIONS: CC: Contrast Color CH:     Chain DC:      Double Crochet FLO: Front Loop Only SC:     Single Crochet MC: Main Color SK:      Skip SL ST: Slip Stitch ST: Stitch(es) SPECIAL STITCHES:  SC/DC = SC & DC in the same ST.  NOTES:  The CH 1 at beginning of each rows does not count as a stitch. If you want to make your washcloth a different size, start with an even number of stitches. Directions on making washcloth in 2 colors is at the end of the pattern. PATTERN:  Chain 42. Row 1:  SC in 2nd CH from hook & in each CH across.  Turn.  (41) Row 2:  CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) Row 3:  CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) Row 4:  CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) Row 5:  CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) Row 6:  CH 1.  Working in FLO, SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in FLO of next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in FLO of next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in FLO of last ST.  Turn. (41) Rows 7 – 30:  Repeat Rows 2 – 6.  (41) Row 31: CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) Row 32:  CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) Row 33:  CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) Row 34:  CH 1.  SC in 1st ST.  SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.  [SK next ST.  SC/DC in next ST.]  Repeat across.  DC in last ST.  Turn.  (41) OPTIONAL BORDER:  Do not turn work. CH 1. SL ST in last SC made. Crocheting down longer side of washcloth SL ST in FLO of each ST. In each corner [SL ST, CH 1, SL ST]. Continue around entire washcloth. SL ST in last ST. Fasten off & weave in ends. To Make Washcloth in 2 Colors:  Crochet rows 1 – 15 in MC. Crochet Rows 16 – 20 in CC. Crochet Rows 21 – 35 in MC. Advertisements

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Serenity Washcloth Crochet Pattern

Serenity Washcloth  Crochet Pattern To receive an ad-free, low-cost version of this pattern, you can buy it on:  Etsy Ravelry Nothing says serene like a trip to the spa…and this Serenity Washcloth pattern will transport you to spa luxury!  An easy crochet pattern that is elegant & sized a whopping 11 1/4” x 11 1/4”. Using Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn, with the glossy sheen, you will love how your stitches are pronounced!  The colors shown in my pictures are Lilac & Ecru.   Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn is a worsted-weight, mercerized 100% natural fiber yarn.  I have never seen a mercerized cotton yarn that looks so elegant.  I love it! Use the links above to purchase this easy crochet pattern.  Have fun! Serenity Washcloth ©Southpaw Stitchery Advertisements

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Crochet-A-Long – Wildflower Shoulder Bag

  I made the Wildflower Shoulder Bag (seen in the picture above) from a wonderful crochet-a-long tutorial from Little Monkey’s Crochet.   Rebecca offers an easy to follow 3 part tutorial with written instructions & video instructions.   To view the 3-step tutorial visit Little Monkey’s Crochet Wildflower Shoulder Bag Cal. She recommends using Lion Brand Cotton Ease but it has been discontinued.  A good cotton yarn is best for this type of project.  A good substitute would be Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton Yarn.   I hope you have as much fun creating this bag as I did!   Advertisements

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