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Crochet vs. Knitting

What’s the difference?

If you’re new to the fiber arts world, you may wonder what the difference is between crocheting and knitting. Though their woven threads may seem similar, they are, in fact, uniquely crafted. And heaven forbid you call a crocheter a knitter!

Crochet

Crocheting involves using a single hook to pull loops of yarn through one another. The use of a single hook allows for a variety of stitches to be created. Also, because crochet only needs a single hook, it is generally easier to learn than knitting.

Crocheting tends to be faster than knitting, as the stitches are larger and easier to see, and the single hook allows for quicker progress.

Crocheted items tend to be thicker, stiffer, and more textured. It is often used to create three-dimensional objects, such as amigurumi toys.

Crocheting can be done with a broader range of materials, including yarn, thread, and wire.

Crocheting can only be done by hand; currently, no machines can create crocheted items.

Knitting

Knitting involves using two needles to create interlocking loops of yarn. The requirement of two needles for knitting can make learning more challenging than crocheting, but it also allows for a range of stitches that are not possible in crochet, including the purl stitch, which creates a bumpy texture on one side of the fabric.

Knitted fabric is generally smoother, stretchier, and more flexible. This makes it great for clothing and accessories, such as hats, sweaters, socks, etc.

The range of materials that can be used for knitting is limited to those that can be manipulated with the two needles. Knitting is typically done with yarn or knitting-specific materials like roving or strips of fabric.

Looms and knitting machines can make the knitting process faster or even entirely computer-generated. Circular and double-pointed knitting needles are also useful for creating tubular items such as socks and hats.

Both Crafts Are Super Versatile

Of course, the items created are not exclusive to one craft over the other. There are ways to create knitted toys, just like one can crochet a sweater or blanket. Care for knitted and crocheted items are very similar; check out my previous post, All the Warm and Fuzzies.

And while most people will find crocheting more challenging, or vice versa, there are individuals who love both equally.

Both crafts have unique strengths and challenges, but both are used to create beautiful and functional works of art. Whether you prefer the speed and versatility of crochet or the smoothness and flexibility of knitting, there’s no wrong way to enjoy the fiber arts.

Have Questions?

I am one of those people who love both. I’m a big fan of using both knitting and crocheting techniques to make my cozy pom beanies. When crafting them, I usually knit the band so it has a lot of stretch for a comfortable fit, and then crochet the rest of the hat, just like the ones you see in the listing below. Also, I absolutely adore helping people and answering any questions they might have. If you’re stuck on a tricky pattern or unsure where to start, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’d be thrilled to lend a hand!

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Why Shopping Small Matters: How to Support Local Businesses and Artisans

The holiday season is upon us again, and supporting small businesses is more important than ever this year. From COVID-19 to inflation, small businesses have been hit particularly hard. Many have been forced to close their doors permanently, while others struggle to stay afloat.

It’s no secret that small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They provide jobs, support local communities, and offer unique products and services. However, with the rise of big-box stores and online retailers, it can be easy to overlook the importance of shopping small. This blog post will explore why and how you can support small businesses and make a difference in your local community.

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Why You Should Shop Small

Better Quality

An important benefit of shopping small is the unique and personal touch artisan-made products offer. Whether it’s blankets, stuffed animals, or a handmade wreath, each item is carefully crafted with its own story and character. The artist can pay close attention to the details and ensure that each piece is made with precision and care. You can be sure these products will last longer and look better than something churned out in a factory.

You won’t find this level of individuality in mass-produced products.

Better Service

When you shop at a small business, you’re more likely to receive personalized service. You get to meet and interact with the artists themselves and learn about their craft and process. It’s a great way to support local artists and communities while also getting something truly special and unique. When you buy from a big-box store, you support a corporation that may not have the same level of care and dedication to its products as an individual artist.

It’s about community

By shopping at small businesses this holiday season, you’re not only helping to support local economies and communities, but you’re also helping to keep the spirit of entrepreneurship alive. Small businesses often focus more on quality and customer service and take pride in the products they sell. They are the backbone of many communities, and they play a vital role in creating jobs, driving innovation, and fostering a sense of community.

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How to Shop Small

Shop Locally

Shopping locally owned stores and boutiques is a great way to support small businesses. When you shop at a locally-owned store, you’re putting money directly back into your community. Local shops are more likely to source their products locally, which means you’re supporting other small businesses. It’s the butterfly effect!

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Attend local markets and fairs

Attending local markets and fairs is a fun way to discover new small businesses and interact with local artists and vendors. You can find everything from handmade hats to artisanal foods at these events. Try to bring cash to help avoid additional processing fees.

Spread the word

Word of mouth is a powerful tool for small businesses. If you have a positive experience at a local business, share it with your friends and family. Leave a positive review on their website or social media pages. You never know who might be looking for a recommendation.

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Don’t forget about online options

Many small businesses now have online stores, making it easier than ever to support them from the comfort of your own home. Look for local businesses that offer online shopping and consider making a purchase.

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To sum it all up, shopping small is a great way to support your local community and small businesses. By shopping locally, attending local markets, spreading the word, and considering online options, you can make a difference in the lives of small business owners and your community as a whole. So this holiday season, try to shop small!

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Quick Change Fall Decorations

Some Ideas to Easily Switch Decorations From Fall to Halloween and Back Again!

Autumn is a truly stunning season, and Halloween is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling holidays of the year. But if you’re like most people, you don’t have time to decorate for both. Or it’s way too expensive to have a set of decorations for the fall season and the creepy holiday. Below are tips and tricks to get more bang for your decorating buck that will have you tricked out for both!

1. Incorporate Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a timeless decorative item for both fall and Halloween. You can carve, paint, or leave them in their natural state. Regardless, they’ll undoubtedly contribute a festive touch to your seasonal decorations.

Let your foam jack-o-lanterns pull double duty by turning their faces backward and displaying the uncarved side for September. When it hits October 1st, turn those carvings around to transform your fall display into Halloween instantly. Then, switch them back again for welcoming Thanksgiving decor.

2. Hang a Wreath

A wreath is a fantastic way to add a pop of color and personality to your front door. My favorite is the All Seasons Wreath with the Pumpkin Spice Bundle; the plates are easily switched from the Autumn Pumpkin to the iconic Halloween scenes of a full moon, quirky bats, and friendly ghosts. One wreath with multiple variations! And they lay flat and stack neatly for storage.

3. Use Autumn Hues and Patterns

Shades of orange, red, and yellow are perfect for fall. Spice it up with buffalo plaid or argyle. You can easily incorporate these colors and patterns into your home’s decor using throw pillows, blankets, and other accessories.

I like to use seasonal slipcovers for my throw pillows. That way, I don’t have a bunch of pillows I have to store. My throw pillows quickly go from summer to fall to Halloween in no time. Check out my previous post on how to make your own no-sew slipcovers quickly and inexpensively!

4. Add Spooky Elements

Quickly change it up for Halloween by adding purple, green, and black accents like bows or artificial flowers. You can hang fake cobwebs, add creepy creatures peaking out from behind pillows or flower pots, or squeeze tombstones between your pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. Small bunches of Spanish moss here and there will help add a touch of creepy elegance.

5. Illuminate Your Space:

Incorporating lights can make your decor even more inviting. Orange string lights work great for fall and Halloween; use Command Hooks to avoid damaging your siding, pillars, walls, or mantel. Wrap string lights with fall garland. Creep it up for Halloween by adding fake spiders, bats, or ghosts.

Outdoor battery-powered candles or fairy lights tucked around pumpkins or in lanterns create a soft glow, illuminating the outside of the pumpkins for fall decor. Move the lights to the inside of your jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Or fill the lanterns halfway up with fake spiderwebs, rats, or eyeballs for a quick transition.

For a time-saving bonus, get battery-powered lights with a timer. That way, you won’t have to turn them on and off every night!

I was able to switch my decorations from Halloween to Fall in just 3 minutes! I used items that work for both seasons, so it was super easy to add some spooky touches and then remove them to transition back to a cozy fall theme. It’s incredible how a few simple changes can make such a big difference!

With these tips, you’re sure to create decorations that are both festive and welcoming for the entire fall season on a time and monetary budget. Happy decorating!


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