Fun & Functional Tools for Easier Yarn Crafting

Every pastime has a host of accessories to enhance it, and yarn crafting is no exception.  Everyone knows you need yarn, and you need needles and/or crochet hooks – but did you know that there are literally thousands of fun, pretty, clever and cute accessories that can make your experience even better?  It’s true – and I am going to share just a few favorites from Laurel Hill.

Clover Chibi with Darning Needles – for fixing, seaming or weaving in – not only are these the perfect solution, but the cute little case and lid make this a nice accompaniment to your collection of crafty goodies.

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Knitter’s Pride or Lacis Ball Winders – tired of knotted up clumps of yarn that are impossible to detangle?  A ball winder is the answer – a simple, fabulous device that does the job better than this:

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Take a look:

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Now your yarn can stay smooth, beautiful and neatly wrapped into easy-to-use cones.kp_ball_winder

Clover Katcha Katcha Counters – whether in the mini or regular version, this tool is essential to any yarn crafting that involves a pattern that requires counting.  No more worries about keeping count in your head and losing that train of thought as soon as someone starts a conversation. No more wondering where you left off.  Wouldn’t this make your life so much easier?

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You have to admit that accessorizing makes yarn crafting even more fun, and there’s a myriad of options to explore at Laurel Hill.  With everything online, you can take your time to browse and shop without any pressure.

Personally, I love the darning needle sets and the colorful, clever locking stitch markers from Clover – these accessories add a contemporary flair to an ancient art.

Please tell us more about your favorite yarn crafting tools and accessories.  We would love to hear from you!

All the best from the Laurel Hill family!

Ruth Tillman & the Art of Crochet

Passionate…creative…ambitious – those are the first three words that came to mind yesterday after a brief conversation with crochet artist and teacher Ruth Tillman. Honestly, I could have listened to her talk about her adventures in yarn craft all day long, but we both had to get back to work.  We were more than 3,000 miles apart, but I could feel her passion strongly emanating from cyberspace and it made me want to pick up a crochet hook (from Laurel Hill of course) and learn how to do it immediately. Lucky for me, Ruth’s new teaching videos are nearly complete and I will be among the first to watch them.

Who is Ruth Tillman?  In case you haven’t heard of her, let me fill you in.  A self-taught crocheter, Ruth started her craft nearly seven years ago when she decided to make a hat for her daughter.

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With so much time spent crocheting, Ruth soon noticed that her hands were strained.  Then, about five years ago when she was browsing in a yarn shop, she spotted a Laurel Hill Nam OC hook – after that moment, Ruth has never looked back. “I have tried every kind of hook and now will only use the ones from Laurel Hill,” she explains. “They are so smooth and have little grips that help me hold  them without holding too tight – my hands can totally relax.  Now I have the whole set.”

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What started out as a gift for her daughter has grown into Ruth’s passion in life – as she puts it, “to bring the art of crochet to everyone.”  How will she accomplish this ambitious goal?  Ruth’s business, Ruth Tillman Designs, is dedicated to educating the world about crochet and yarn craft – through patterns, mentoring young people, developing after school programs and more, Ruth is spreading the word.  And she’s not stopping there.  Ruth has reached out to the world-famous MakerFaire to include yarn art in the mix, plus she has big plans for a spontaneous “yarn bombing” event taking place in the near future.  What’s more, she is making overtures to the corporate world to educate executives on how technology can meet yarn crafting for incredible results in the workplace.

If you haven’t heard of Ruth Tillman yet, you most likely will soon – she is on the forefront of a whole new world of crochet, and Laurel Hill is honored to be included! Watch for more on Ruth – we will be posting her videos and her special custom-designed patterns on our website soon!

Today’s Highlight: Fiber arts tools from Laurel Hill that offer comfort for your hands

Like music to your hands:

Laurel Hill features Symfonie Rose Cubic knitting needles

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Lovely Symfonie Rose Cubics single-pointed needles
Symfonie Rose Circular Needles
Symfonie Rose Circular Needles

Those with arthritis or joint or muscle pain in their hands will welcome these beautiful knitting needles from Laurel Hill. With the strength of birch wood and the beauty of rosewood, Symfonie Rose Cubic needles are highlighted by sharp points and an easy-to-hold shape. As a result of their unique design, Symfonie Rose needles are included in Laurel Hill’s selection of arthritis-friendly fiber arts tools.

Made by hand, the Symfonie wood needles reflect the same quality as Laurel Hill’s vast selection of knitting needles and crochet hooks. Because these needles are resistant to water absorption, they cannot warp and remain straight and strong for years of use.

The Symfonie Rose Cubics are offered in rosewood textured densified laminated wood in needle sizes from 2.0mm (US 0) to 8.0mm (US 11). For further details and to view the video visit:

http://www.laurelhillonline.com/dreamz-symfonie-rose-cubics/

Have you tried these or any of Laurel Hill’s other fiber arts tools?  Please let us know what you think!  More soon!