Sakeenah. Fiber Arts

Find Good Deals on Yarn at Tuesday Morning - Sakeenah 6

Check the Store Tuesday Morning for Yarn Deals

I keep hearing about the store Tuesday Morning as a good place to find deals on craft items like yarn and sewing notions. I finally got the chance to head on in there. It has a fun vibe to the place and there are lots of different offerings. I was with my 4 year old who started asking for everything in the store, so I made a quick beeline for the crafts. There was a small section of yarn. They had some hanks of hand-dyed Andes wool for around $8. They were very nice looking, but I didn’t have plans...

Chevron Baby Blanket WIP - Sakeenah 0

Chevron Baby Blanket with a Straight Edge – progress

Happy Friday! I am rushing to try and finish a baby blanket before an overdue little one arrives, God willing. I knew I wanted to try a chevron pattern. I picked one that was too complicated for me at first. I have frogged it about 10 times now, so I’m moving onto this crochet pattern for a Chevron Baby Blanket with a Straight Edge from Eat, Knit & DIY. I am loving this pattern and it’s moving on along quickly. After several rows, it has become mindless without needed to check by counting. I love this as it frees me...

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Six Stripes King Size Crochet Afghan – Finally Done!

I haven’t been posting much because I took me forever to finish this afghan! I was half way there in February when it was nice and freezing. Well hooray! I can finally celebrate the end of this project. To make this king sized afghan, I used an L hook and just chained until it was the width I wanted. I used 4 skeins of Knit Pick’s Brava worsted in each color from their neutrals sampler. I used an L hook. The stitches are all half double crochet into the back loops. I used the foundation turning stitch to get straight...

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Crochet For Charity: Start a Stash Just for Giving

Spring is finally here in my part of the world, and of course that means the urge to do spring cleaning and get organized. If you’re anything like me, trying to get a handle of organizing crochet might be a bit intimidating. There are UFOs (UnFinised Objects) flying all over the place, lots of yarn in random bins and a big looong Ravelry queue. I started to set up a system where I would work on one UFO followed by a new project and keep rotating until I was caught up.  But this didn’t incorporate crocheting for charity. I now...

5 Pretty Purses to Crochet For Spring - Sakeenah 2

5 Crochet Patterns for Pretty Spring Purses

  It’s the first day of Spring! Over on the East Coast, we are all very done with winter. There is one tiny snow patch in our neighborhood, and the kids and I take great pleasure in stomping it every time we pass by. I’m ready for green growing things, bright sunshine and just enough chill to wrap in a nice crocheted jacket (still on my to do list, but I’m dreaming here). Another thing I’m ready to see off is my old tired purse. We don’t need to talk about pleather — over it. I can’t think of a...

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Giveaway! Enter to Win a Free Crochet or Knitting Class from Craftsy!

Well isn’t this exciting?! My very first crochet blog giveaway! Won’t you join the fun? Craftsy is giving away a free crochet or knitting class. Enter to win a Craftsy class! The winner will receive one free crochet or knitting class of their choice up to a $59.99 value. Winner will be picked by Craftsy. You have until March 31st to enter. Craftsy’s crochet classes are: Crochet Lab with Vickie Howell Crochet: Beyond Rectangles with Linda Permann Tunisian Crochet with Jennifer Hansen Amigurumi: Design Your Own Monster with Stacey Trock Amigurumi: Woodland Animals with Stacey Trock Curvy Crochet with Marly...

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We Love Crochet Group Board on Pinterest

  I love crochet group boards on Pinterest. I find so many wonderful crochet blogs and patterns on these boards. In an effort to try and network with crochet bloggers and enthusiasts, I made yet another crochet group board, We Love Crochet. So as you can see, it’s just me and Umm Ayana over at Ummi’s House posting (always has my back, lol!). So let’s get the party started! Would you like to post to this board? Just contact me with the email address you use on Pinterest and you can post and share your crochet work, patterns or posts....

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The Ultimate Deal on Blocking Mats – 24 Inches Square!

What if I told you there’s a store that sells 24” x 24” interlocking foam mats you can use for blocking your crochet or knit work and the mats are …. 2 for $5!? I’m guessing you’d be really excited. I was super happy to learn that the discount store Five Below sells these mats. They are over in the fitness section. They come in different bright colors or steel gray with raised ridges. The grey ones are called fatigue mats. Dear hubby has stocked up on these for his woodshop.   This is a really great deal! Blocking mats...

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Crochet King-Size Striped Big Stitches Afghan – Half Way There

Sharing for WIP Wednesday my progress on the King Sized Striped Afghan with Big Stitches I’ve been working on. Making slow but steady progress. Dear hubby chimed in on this project and suggested I change the order and number of stripes. Now the three stripes here will repeat but in darker shades. Next after the darker brown is Camel then Cobblestone Heather. The best part is it’s fully functional now. Just put in a stitch marker at night and still can add a layer of warmth.   I’m wondering when I will get bored of doing big chunky stitches like...

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Thoughts on Becoming a Yarn Consumer

Internet jokes abound about yarn shopping/hoarding addictions. No doubt you’ve seen this: I laughed, you laughed and then probably we all headed over to Joann’s website to look for sales. Reviving crochet in my life has changed my habits of consumption. Prior to becoming a yarn addict, I tried hard to avoid buying anything new, joining The Compact for a year and striving to curb my use of plastic – thanks for the inspiration, Beth Terry. Then just like that,  I found myself gleefully in the checkout line of big box craft stores with pounds of acrylic in my arms....