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Interview with Camille of By Camille Designs Etsy Shop

Today I have to pleasure of presenting an interview with Camille, the busy Etsy shop owner of By Camille Desgins,  that keeps my Instagram feed busy and happy. Camille stocks her Etsy store with a wide variety of items: handmade jewelry, drawings, paintings, blankets, scarfs and handcrafted rugs. Her handcrafted doily rugs seem to be a hot seller, and you can see why. They are stunning! I love that Camille is multi-talented: she crochets, knits, does macrame, paints, draws, is a business owner, and loves bunnies.  All that combined and having a thriving Etsy store high on my wishlist, I...

WeeklyPattern Roundup for the Fiber Arts 2 - Free and Paid Crochet, Knitting, and Sewing Patterns - Sakeenah.com 0

Weekly Pattern Roundup for the Fiber Arts 2

Here’s the weekly roundup of the free and paid crochet, knitting, and sewing patterns I have been sharing over on my Facebook page. The Weekly Pattern Roundup is an easy way to find something you missed or wanted to save for later. I really love seeing your likes and comments on the pattern links and look forward to seeing some of your finished items. Crochet Patterns   Free African Flower Pincushion Tutorial by Cherry Heart. So making this! It’s too cute and looks like it works up fast. This is a tutorial and it references two patterns, the African Flower...

Too Much Yarn? If you are ready to commit to the no new yarn challenge, just use the #UseItUpYarnChallenge and we will all find each other. Sakeenah.com 3

The Use it Up Yarn Challenge

After a good year of processing my eco guilt about becoming a yarn consumer, I’m finally ready to really put on the brakes on yarn shopping. Especially after reviewing The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide, it really hit home that not every yarn choice is sustainable or good for the environment. I understood this before, but I was caught in the newbie glee of buying crochet supplies.  So here we are, at a decision that it’s time to stop buying yarn, dun, dun, dun! Do you think it’s time you went on a yarn diet? OK and truth be told, the other reason...

Tea Mitten Kettle Cozy Free Knitting Pattern - Shared on Weekly Pattern Wrap Up for the Fiber Arts 1 on Sakeenah.com 3

Weekly Pattern Roundup for the Fiber Arts 1

Over on my Facebook page, I started sharing with you all a Pattern of the Day. Every day I’ll share a crochet, knit or sewing pattern that is simply fabulous. We do have some sewers here, right? I hope so! Basically anything fiber arts related. I’d love to expand into other fiber arts beyond knitting and crochet, so if you have a vote for a type of pattern you’d like to see, please leave me a comment. Lots will be free patterns, but many will be paid patterns too. It’s whatever I think you will love. So here on the...

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***CLOSED*** Giveaway Time! Celebrate and Win a $25 Gift Card to spend at Interweave!

The contest is now closed and the winner announced in the contest widget below. Thanks everyone, it’s been a lot of fun!! Well, would you look at that, I’ve been chatting crochet and fiber with you a whole year now. I think we are calling that a blogiversary, and it sure does sound like a reason to celebrate. I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know my readers, whether it’s through comments on the blog here or connecting with you all through Facebook. I use this site to share my hobby of crochet and to expand my horizons by exploring...

Quick Tip for Organizing Your Crochet and Yarn Stash - Save your plastic zippered bag from comforters and pillows for yarn and project storage - more on Sakeenah.com 7

Quick Tip for Organizing Your Crochet Projects and Yarn Stash

Here’s a quick tip that will help you organize your yarn stash and your knit or crochet works in progress: Save those wonderful heavy duty zippered bags linens, comforters and pillows come in. These bags are great for storing your yarn and make keep your bigger projects like making your own king size blanket portable for just a little while longer. When the best part of getting a new comforter or pillow is getting your hands on those zippered plastic bags they come in, you just might have a yarn problem. Now don’t go out and buy new stuff just...

10 Reasons to Love Alpaca Yarn - Learn why this natural fiber is well loved for knit and crochet projects 16

10 Reasons to Love Alpaca Yarn

Dubbed the green sheep and the miracle fiber, alpaca gets a lot of love from knitters and crocheters. Alpacas are really cute, fluffy animals whose fleece is prized as a luxury fiber. They are tough little creatures and they have been part of our fiber story for millennia. Is alpaca fiber really all that? Yup! Here’s ten reasons why you should you consider adding alpaca yarn (etsy link) to your stash. Alpaca is softer than cashmere, and you won’t have to unravel thrift store sweaters to feel good about using it. Alpaca is stronger than sheep’s wool. Alpaca fiber is hollow,...

Discover Local Yarn Suppliers on LocalHarvest.org, learn more at Sakeenah.com 5

Find Local Yarn Suppliers on LocalHarvest

If you’re looking to expand your horizons beyond the big box craft stores, I’d like to introduce you to LocalHarvest, a website where you can find and support local farmers. You can search for CSAs, farms, farmers’ markets, local events, and also shop online from farms all over the US. I first discovered LocalHarvest when I wanted to find some luffa seeds, which I easily found in the shop section. Here are my luffas happily growing this past summer. LocalHarvest says on their about page: Our directory lists over 30,000 family farms and farmers markets, along with restaurants and grocery...

Crochet Cable Hat - link to free crochet pattern in post from Sakeenah.com 9

Featured Free Crochet Pattern: Cable Hat by Sarah Arnold

  If you are looking for a nice free crochet pattern for a cable hat, check out Sarah Arnold’s Cable Hat pattern (now a free Ravelry download). The pattern calls for front post double and treble crochet (fpdc and fptr) as well as back post double crochet (bpdc). Here is the first cable hat I made for hubby with this pattern. I used Patons Superwash DK in grey. He says it came out super warm and still hasn’t started wearing it yet. He said he’s reserving it for true winter weather. Sarah states in the instructions that it is not a...

The Handknitter's Yarn Guide - Book Review of this Essential Resource for Knitters and Crocheters 5

Book Review: The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide

I have been wanting to learn about different types of fiber for a while, but kept finding myself gravitating back to acrylic, acrylic blends or cotton blends. These are the types of fiber I am most comfortable with using just out of habit. I have a good idea now how these fibers behave and that is really helpful when planning a project. But when I wanted to start exploring other yarn, it was a little confusing.  How do you find the yarn that has it all,  if such a wonderful thing exists? Maybe you want an economical yarn that’s washable...