What’s in My Stash

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Welcome to What’s in My Stash week!

Would you like to take a sneak peek into my yarn stash? Here’s a little glimpse at the goodies I have been hoarding…

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I have so much wonderful yarn, here are just a few that were on the top of each stack. I have my yarn organized by brand. For you at home, it might make more sense to organize your yarn by fiber. Wools in one bin, cotton in another.

Top left, Universal Yarn Deluxe Bulky Superwash. I love a bulky yarn that isn’t too bulky and one that is superwash is awe-some! This is 3.5 oz, 106 yards in the color Teal Viper.

Top Right Premier Yarns, Downton Abbey collection, Lady Sybil It’s so pretty! It has just a hint of a halo but it’s not sticky to work with. It’s 80% acrylic and 10% mohair and 10% polyamide. 380 yds for 3 oz.

Below left is one of my all-time favorites because it is incredibly soft. It’s not superwash though. It’s Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK but it also comes in a chunky variety. Some people who have wool allergies get lucky with alpaca, but some don’t 🙁 This one is 50g for 125 yards and is 100% baby alpaca.


Minnie wanted to get in on the action too. Nice photo bomb kitty!



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Join As You Go

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Here’s a join as you go (jaygo) technique that I don’t usually use, but I like the braided look that results. I call it “Drop Join” because you drop the hook from the loop, insert the hook into the space on the adjoining motif, put the loop back on the hook and proceed as if nothing happened. You are not joining with a slip stitch this time. This is the technique I used on the Carnation Throw in the summer issue of Crochet!



I used the darker burgundy to help you see how the second motif joins.
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The Summer issue is LIVE!

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M22163_WisteriaTee_300 Hi dear readers, I’ve missed you!  If you are like me, the end of the school year is approaching and it seems like the world starts spinning 100 times faster. There is a sudden rush to fit in all of the activities that come with wrapping up a school year. We are swamped in the Gormley household. What does this mean for crochet? It means my crochet goes with me everywhere! Right now that means I’m carrying around the new summer issue!


There are many amazing projects in this issue. Just starting with the Wisteria Tee on the cover, designer Lena Skvagerson has done it again with a gorgeous, light, fascinating top!  If you are shy to show your arms in the summer style this with a light cardigan or crisp button-down shirt. LOVELY!

The Wisteria Tee is made of Tahki Cotton Classic Lite yarn which you can buy at Annie’s. Annie’s carries 39 colors of this great yarn so that you can switch up the colors if you want! The pattern is written up to 2X.  Here’s a hint… try to strategically place the darkest color stripe at the smallest part of your body to draw attention to that spot. 😉  Add length by working more rows before you begin the armhole shaping.

If you make it, send me some photos!


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Yarn Bowls, the conclusion!

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Amanda Pawley is the artist behind Pawley Studios yarn bowls. She makes bowls that come in a variety of earth-inspired styles, shapes and sizes. Shown are the cosmic Starry Night Yarn Bowl, the earthy Denim Blue “Tangled” yarn bowl and the whimsical White Sheep yarn bowl. You will be delighted with all of the styles as the yarn flows effortlessly over the smooth glaze swirl or through the eye of the one of the yarn ports. Check out her wide variety of styles and colors in addition to other ceramic products at PawleyStudios.com



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Yarn Bowls Part two!

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If necessity is the mother of invention then the Lickin Flames yarn bowls are a marriage of convenience! Artist Jim Atchison made a yarn bowl from his High Prairie company for his knitter-wife, Brenda. Now he makes earthenware bowls for everyone! He quickly found his one-of –a kind Raku fired bowls have a primitive and mixed media feel. The bowls alternately matte and shiny appearance and rich colors resonate with fiber artists looking for a complement to yarn crafting.



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Yarn Bowl Mania

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Have you ever used a yarn bowl? Get a peek at this lovely one from…

Creative with Clay is the company for artist Charan Sachar. He found that the oval bowl with two swirls, one cut into either end, is the perfect solution for crocheting with two colors or holding two strands together. The two swirls keep the two balls of yarn from tangling and the oval shape is more stable and less likely to tip. The knit inspired bowl featured is large enough to hold 100g of yarn. See more bowl colors and other clay art at www.creativewithclay.com



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Northern Harbor Tank

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Read a behind the scenes look at the Northern Harbor Tank on designer, Jennifer Pionk’s blog!.


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Annie’s Summer Love is HERE!

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The much anticipated Summer Love collection is now available!

Find the whole crochet and knit collection HERE.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of my favorite crochet patterns in the collection. See if you can find it in the look book

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And here’s the link to the lookbook where you can do your “Where’s the pink flower seek and find”.

Which pattern do you want to make first?



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My New Intern?

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I have a new helper at my Crochet! home office. This is Theo.  Can you guess what yarn he is cuddling with? You will see it in an upcoming issue of Crochet!

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Stitch Away Stress!

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That’s the message the Craft Yarn Council wants to share in recognition of National Stress Awareness Month which is observed during the month of April.

With so much information and research on the health and stress relieving effects of crochet and knitting, the Craft Yarn Council is doing their part to get the message out! Check out their Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages throughout April to find fun and unique ways to #StitchAwayStress. You may also want to share how you use these crafts to feel your best. Or unwind by stitching and squeezing away stress with an adorable Lemon Stress Ball pattern from creative genius Twinkie Chan.

Here are other important Stitch Away Stress dates and details

April 1 – SAS Launch: The CYC will launch its second annual Stitch Away Stress social media campaign and Social Media Lemon Drop on Facebook and Instagram inspiring people to “make lemons into lemonade.”

April 1-30 – Social Media Lemon Drop: The CYC invites you to make a lemon stress ball and “drop it” to someone who may be stressed out or could use a dose of sunshine and a smile throughout the month or on one of the most stressful days of the year, Tax Day, April 18th!

Here’s how you can participate:

MAKE IT   Download the crochet or knit version of the “when life gives you lemons” lemon stress ball pattern. Attach a tag to the lemon with a note that states why you crochet, or how it makes you feel, why you picked up the craft, or just a happy word or two that will brighten the someone’s day.

SNAP a photo of your completed lemon with tag. Or take a selfie while you’re crocheting, or “dropping it” to the recipient.

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DROP your completed lemon stress ball off to someone who may be stressed out or might need their day brightened; think co-worker, boss, child’s teacher or principal, friend, family member, doctor.

POST your selfie or photo on social media along with the hashtags #stitchawaystress and #CYClemondrop. You can also share what you wrote on your tag in the post, or another inspiring message in order to spread the joy and inform others about the stress-reducing benefits of knitting and crochet.

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And don’t miss the fun on April 18! Look for the CYC on the Today Show in NYC and share the news about the CYC being at the Today Show and handing out 2,000+ lemon stress balls at the Penn Station Post Office to help de-stress taxpayers on one of the most stressful days of the year, Tax Day!

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