Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday Tip of the Week - G Hooks

Thursday Tip of the Week


I thought I would start a “tip of the week” post.  Sometimes it will be about crafts, sometimes about business, sometimes about photography; whatever little hints and life hacks I’ve picked up to make things easier or just to make you say aha.


Today’s tip is about G crochet hooks.  It turns out there are THREE sizes when it comes to G hooks.  I just realized that myself a couple of years ago.


There is 4.0 mm


There is 4.25 mm


And there is 4.5 mm


When your working a pattern that calls for a G hook, if you use the wrong one it can make a big difference in the size  of your item as these three swatches show.  The top one is made with the 4.0mm, the middle with the 4.25mm and the bottom with the 4.5.  As you can see in the second picture there is a Big difference between the smallest and largest G hook.



So next time you crochet a pattern that calls for a G hook check the mm. size that was used, if available.  Otherwise you’ll have to swatch, swatch, swatch until you get the correct gauge.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Wrap Up and New Goals for 2014

2013 Wrap up

These were my 2013 goals:

1.  Build on last year's success with Etsy and increase sales and do some real world craft shows.
                  - I had a really successful year on Etsy thanks to the many interpretations of my top hats and the love people still have for Harry Potter .  I didn't do any craft shows because I can never seem to get enough stock made up to have on hand.

 2.  Concentrate on my blog. -  
                   I did do a lot more blog posts especially in the beginning but once September rolled around I slacked off

 3.  Figure out Facebook for my business. 
                  - This didn't happen.
4.  Write some patterns and e-books and  figure out how that whole deal works.
                - I wrote the patterns now I have to get them up on Ravelery.  This is MY BIG GOAL for this year.

 5. And on a personal note, get back to exercising and lose some weight.
               - sigh.  This is on my list again.  But being a cardiac nurse I know the importance of a proper weight so I'm determined to lose at least 30 pounds.  Our office moved to a new location and at the last building I was running up and down the stairs all day.  Here we're on one floor and I sit in front of a computer most of the day.  What a difference!  I put on 30 pounds since that move last March!  Yikes!
My Goals for 2014:
  1. Blog at least once a week and maybe more.
  2. Get those patterns on Ravelry.  I have lots of good ideas like a bunting (or garland) a month pattern and a blankie a month pattern.
  3. I'd like to figure out Google +
  4. Continue growing my Etsy business.
  5. And that diet and Exercise.
Those are my goals.  What are yours?
Have a very Happy and Healthy New year!