One of my favorite charities that I support through my knitting guild (http://northgeorgiaknittingguild.com) is the Click for Babies Period of Purple Crying Caps (http://clickforbabies.org). This is a great way to support a worthwhile charity while doing the knitting or crocheting that you love.
This charity runs a program at local hospitals that teaches parents about a period of time in an infant’s life in which they may cry for no reason and are hard to console. The purpose is to educate parents and hopefully reduce the incidence of child abuse. The parents who go through the program are giving a hand-knitted or hand-crocheted purple cap to help remind them of what they learned.
Here is a great article that was posted on the Berroco Design Studio website that details several different ways to splice yarn together. While I haven’t mastered any of these techniques (yet), I’m always up for ideas that keep me from having to weave in so many ends!
One of my favorite techniques is the Crochet Magic Loop. This is a really great technique to use for those projects that are to be crocheted in rounds (like a hat). This technique adds less bulk than the standard method that calls for chaining 4 and joining with a slip stitch to form a ring. I also like this method because you have more control over how tightly you make the resulting hole in the middle. If the hole is larger than you would like, just pull the tail tighter to make the hole smaller before weaving in the end.
Earlier this week, I came across a great tutorial posted on Crochet! Magazine’s Facebook page. The tutorial was written by Carol Alexander and it is very well illustrated.
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