Alright, so it's a Friday, and maybe some of you are snowed in, but others are eager to go shopping and gather supplies for our crochet along! Thank you all for voting for the project you want to work on, and if you've seen the vote tallies, you can see that the winner is the Double Strand Infinity Cowl, by yours truly. I'd like to thank you for voting for my project, and no, I didn't rig the vote. I was sort of hoping for the shawl, and Drew wanted a bunny basket!
If you look at the supplies list in the pattern, you'll see the following:
M size (9.0 mm) crochet hook
2 balls of worsted weight yarn.
You'll be able to find these supplies at any craft store, in the yarn section. You can think of worsted weight yarn as your average run-of-the-mill yarn that line the shelves. It'll have a label that shows the number 4 or Medium/Moyen weight. You can check out this tutorial on how to read yarn labels. The pattern calls for 2 balls of yarn because we will be working the pattern with 2 strands of yarn held together for a bulk effect. Here's where you can get fancy. Choose 2 balls of the same color, or use two different colors to add some texture!
If you're a beginner, I suggest not buying any fancy yarn with waves, feathers, fluffies, or poms poms built in. It will make it difficult for you to see and understand the stitches you're making. Just stick to plain old medium weight yarn. I like Vanna's Choice, Loops and Threads, Red Heart or Caron for basic acrylic yarn. If you want to up the ante, you might be able to find 100% wool or bamboo yarn in worsted weight.
In terms of accessories, you'll need the hook, a big ol' yarn needle to weave in ends, and maybe a stitch marker. You can buy the hook as part of a pack, or individually. Yarn needles come in metal and plastic, either one works. When I started, I used a wire tie or a big safety pin as a stitch marker, so no need to spend money on one unless you want to.
Now that you know what to buy, let's take a look at our wonderful sponsors for this CAL, who will be providing prizes for the top 3 projects linked up to our CAL link party!
Kadie from Seven Alive and I will be giving away a crochet prize pack to the Readers' Choice winner, consisting of a set of hooks, a hook roll, stitch markers, a pattern book and whatever other goodies I'll find when I go shopping. Kadie blogs over at Seven Alive, which is full of fun crochet projects, as well as awesome recipes and cute crafts to do with your kids.
For the second prize in our Readers' Choice vote, Kara from Petals to Picots will be giving away two free patterns from her Etsy Shop! There are some seriously cute patterns here; I don't envy the person who has to only choose two. Kara also has some wonderful free patterns available on her blog (like those Easter eggs), so be sure to go check them out!
Last but not least, our guest posters will be collaborating and choosing a Judges' Choice winner from the projects linked up, and that lucky person will be receiving a Sharp Crochet Hook Combo Pack from Jessica at Sharp Crochet Hook! I'm actually using one right now for a project (because my day job and this CAL doesn't keep me busy enough, right?), and it's awesome! It is a crochet hook with a sharp end so you can poke through fabrics and create crocheted borders.
In addition to our awesome sponsors, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me and Rachel from Maybe Matilda will be on-hand to share a guest post with us, as well as help answer any questions you may have along the way. These are my bestest crocheting friends, so I hope you will take a moment, visit their blogs/shops and send them some love!
I'll be posting some tutorials starting next week, and you'll be able to spend some time practicing the basic stitches before we start the pattern itself. I'll also be linking up each tutorial and making necessary changes to the schedule from the last post, so always feel free to head back and review anything you need to. Happy Shopping!