I talked about some interesting places in my last post. Today, I’m going to share more sites I go to for information, entertainment, patterns, charities and education. Some are charity sites but not all.
Top of my list is Bev’s Country Cottage. Besides having a website full of interesting things, Bev is a wonderful person. She is all about helping others and to that end runs a yahoogroup and a Facebook group of like-minded people who want to provide comfort and warmth to those in need. The yahoogroup is for those who want accountability in their work. It encourages one to strive to not only to provide quantity but to provide quality work to the effort of your choice.
The Bridge and Beyond has been around a long time and has helped hundreds, if not thousands, of homeless with needed supplies. Just like Bev, Sandy is a charity-minded soul. We worked together many years ago after Katrina and she now continues to work toward providing the necessities to those who have no permanent place to live. Sandy posts pictures of every donation and clearly appreciates the help in this massive undertaking to warm the homeless in Ohio.
You may have heard of Debbie Macomber, a beloved writer of romantic fiction. Well, she’s not only a fiction writer but has a book out of recipes, a new magazine, a charity effort and so much more. I daresay that I’ve read most, if not all, of her books. She is a knitter but I forgive her that. LOL Just kidding. I love all crafters, crocheter, knitters, sewers, quilters…
Many years ago I met a gal named Kim Jiries. At one time (2011) she had a blog where she posted about a new scarf just about every day. It has long been my hope to follow her example and post a different scarf every day for a year. I have a few of Kim’s patterns on Crochet Cabana, posted with her permission.
Knit Your Bit is an effort started by the New Orleans National WWII Museum to acknowledge the sacrifices our veterans have made by their service to our country. I fully support this idea and have donated scarves in almost every crochet pattern available, even creating a pattern to be used for the scarves. There are many patterns to choose from but you can also use your own pattern.
According to the website:
Since its launch in 2006, Knit Your Bit’s reach has been vast—more than 10,000 knitters and crocheters in all 50 states have participated. Through their efforts, the Museum has distributed 50,000 scarves to approximately 1,000 veterans’ centers, hospitals, and service organizations across the country.
That is a lot of scarves and it continues to this day. The original coordinator has retired but the effort is still going strong.
God’s Tiny Angels is run by another sweet lady that I met through charity crafting. Danette donated many preemie blankets when I was coordinating Preemie Afghans for Charity. It seems so long ago! She now helps the hospitals in her own area and was even featured in a television spot highlighting her charity efforts.
Pauline Turner is a well known name in the crochet world. If you want to become a crocheter extraordinaire, this would be the course to take. I have not taken it myself but have thought of doing so many times. Besides the cost (since it originates in the UK) I am not sure my skills are up to it. LOL
If you are a Lion Brand shopper, you may have seen patterns by Mama in a Stitch. I have many of her patterns saved in hopes of one day getting to them. I also saved off these suggestions on blanket sizes. This is a question I see posed often in crochet groups.
The place I go to most often for education – to learn new stitches, how to make a particular project and such – is YouTube. I subscribe to many but really I rarely go to my subscriptions. I more often will get an email or see something on Facebook or a website that catches my eye and I hop over to watch the video demonstration. I am a visual learner so seeing it being done is very helpful to me. Sometimes words confuse me. LOL That said, I find myself going to the same channels quite often.
Here are a few videos I’ve looked at in the past months or have found helpful. Generally, if I am visiting a channel, you can almost guarantee I’ve watched more than one video in that channel.
Spiral Granny by HappyBerry
Temperature Afghan (Mikey)
Split sc or shallow sc by Mikey
How to use Loop Yarn by TL Yarn Crafts
Berry Stitch by Daisy Farm Crafts
Faux broomstick lace by Naztazia
Redo of the Foundation Chain by A Stitch Less Ordinary
Double Magic Ring by Oombawka Design (I use this almost exclusively for working in the round)
Corner to Corner Granny by Repeat Crafter Me
No turning chain dc
Split sc by Mama in a Stitch
Knit stitch (using 3rd loop of hdc) by Bella Coco
HDC in third loop by Yarnspirations
Standing dc by Moogly
Balloon Stitch by Katerina Crochet
Which Way Filet Blanket by FiberSpider
That’s all for now.