Top 10 Crafting Pet-Peeves

Us crafters can get ticked real fast. Thats why today we're going to look at the Top 10 Crafting Pet-Peeves.

          Whether it's not being able to find the end in a yarn skein or getting the seam straight, creating is not easy!! Though it may seem that all we do is sit at our crafting table, couch, or machine we are busy at work making our finest. Why not steal a laugh to kick-off the week?



1. When you're crocheting in public and a stranger asks you what you're 'knitting'.


Please! Someone needs to put a stop to this!! Who else is tired of repeating it?




2. When someone thinks they're being cute and repeatedly asks if they can have it.


Um.... how about Christmas???

gulp :|




3. When you can't find the right scrapbooking paper of knitting needles.


The struggle is real!!




4. The overwhelming joy of find the end of the spool or skein.


"I feel very accomplished right now. Don't ruin it yet."



5. Oh the dangers of my home.


Haha, this one would drive my family nuts!!




6. The final shot before you're finished.


Just think about all those hours of watching Netflix with your favorite pattern!!




7.  IF you've finished that mountain of WIP's.


I'm no where close to that point!! Definitely not.




8. That creepy lady that stares at knitted objects at the mall... yeah thats me.



Guilty as charged, this meme was perfect!!




9. Walking down the yarn aisle like a happy kid.


Oh yass gurl!




10. Figuring out the airline regulations for each flight.


               This one got me on my last international flight!! Why can't each country have an easy search bar like the TSA?







That's it for now! I wish you a happy Monday (not that it necessarily exists). If you'd like to see more of my favorite memes check out the board on Pinterest or simply share on social media with your friends! 

I'll see you soon...cheers.





Crochet Abbreviations | US and UK Terminology

This resource has been revised as of April 7, 2017.



The patterns I use are usually written in US Terminology. US terminology is more dominant between crocheters and the web. Since most people learn to crochet with US terms, and therefore many of the published patterns are written on these terms. I learned to crochet in US Terminology (just spoken in a foreign language)!! Therefore my patterns on this blog are written in US Terminology. You can find my patterns in the "Patterns" tab above.

UK Terminology is different. Also known as British crochet terms, they are popular through Europe and out. Though these terms aren't that different, it can be tricky to convert to and from a pattern in US terms. But how are they so different?

Differences 

Again, American and British crochet is not too different. UK terms are one step up from US terms. To further explain, here's an example using a US terminology double crochet(dc) stitch.

In this example, the British term would be Treble Crochet Stitch. In American terms it is still Double Crochet Stitch. The way the stitch is crocheted is the SAME. The name does not change anything.  An American double is crocheted the same way as a British treble. *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over and pull up two loops, pull through last two.*

But why is this so important?  Why do we as the crocheter have to change a perfectly beautiful pattern? Can't we just use a pattern in foreign terms and be okay? The answer is no, we really can't. If last week you went through something like me... you'd understand.

I started crocheting a beautiful backpack I found on Pinterest for my mom (Christmas crochet season is running away ladies)! The tutorial was beautiful and easy to understand, I had the perfect color yarn for it. But then I got to the 5th row and saw, Dc for the next 43 rounds, fasten off. Immediately I knew something was wrong. I scrolled through the pattern, trying to figure out where it came from. At the top were beautiful highlighted words stating that the pattern was written in UK terminology.

And, yes. I was very angry that I had learned to read patterns through an American eye.

If you just remember this 'one step' rule, you should be fine!! Now that you know, converting US and UK terms should be easy. Here you can download a conversion chart! as well as a charts with the US abbreviations and UK abbreviations.

Here you can download the US and UK Conversions. Basic stitch names and directions can be found all in one place!!!




Next is the US Crochet Abbreviation chart. All the correct stitch names and their abbreviations are here. Directions also included!




Last but not least, here is the UK Crochet Abbreviation chart. Like the US Abbre. it has all your basic stitches and the unique directions with their abbreviations.




That's it for this week everyone!! I hope that this helps you as much as it'll help me! Now converting crochet terms will be a breeze!!! 

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                               Cheers!!