US vs. UK Crochet Terms. They’re both English, but they’re not the same!

Hey there, I found this today and I’m sharing because all the sudden it makes sense why some of my crochet projects don’t end up right. It turns out Chips and Crisps aren’t the only terms we don’t agree on!

Granted I should be able to tell from photos, but sometimes they’re not clear enough or there isn’t a photo to go from.

This will be super helpful.

Have you ever had something not come out right and wondered what was up with it?

Thanks Fiber Flux!

(By the way, Fiber Flux is an awesome site for patterns and inspiration!)

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And the Pantone color of the year for 2014 is?

Gallery-Image-0Are you familiar with Pantone? Before I got more into computer design, I thought it was just ink colors at the printer’s office. Granted they are beautiful collections of colored strips on a ring, but just colors none the less. One day I was flipping through it and noted the numbers on it. I asked what they were for and a new world opened in front of my eyes.

It would be a few more years before my abilities and resources caught up to my dreams, and I’m still working on them, but knowing that all those numbers have meaning and how they’re used? Pivotal.

So if you’re not familiar with Pantone, it’s a company that defines and standardizes colors (summary version). Each year they also carefully watch trends, analyze markets and finally name a color of the year.  (You can see previous colors of the year here, scroll about half way down the page.)

This year? It’s Radiant Orchard. I think it’s just lovely, don’t you?

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Pandone press release annoucing Radient Orchard as the color of 2014

I think it’ll be part of the Court is Crafty Color scheme. There will be some other updates, posts of projects I’ve worked on lately and how tos coming soon so come back and visit often or add us to your favorite reader.

Friday Five – Resources

I’m not working on anything specific today (in the office alllll day) but I thought I’d pop in and share some resources that I use on a regular basis (after Google. Google is my first stop if I don’t know where to start with something). Some might not be new to you, but you might be surprised about what information is out there for crafting.

  1. Pinterest. I think this is a given for all of us, but if you’re not on yet, check it out. I pin all sorts of things so if you want a little of everything, you can follow me here. (Heads up, I go through phases of posting so you might get a bunch on doodles, then a bunch of color pallets, then a bunch of baking then more doodles etc. I pin based on what I’m looking for at the time.)
  2. ColourLovers. This site is amazing for color pallets, patterns, hex/RGB codes etc. I spend a lot of time on this site.
  3. Taylor Made. Not only does she do some fun DIY, but she does a lot about organization – which I think most of us can use a little help with when it comes to supplies and space
  4. Ravelry. This is an insanely good resource for knitting (which I don’t do) and crocheting (which I do all the time). Lots of great finds here!
  5. Lil Blue Boo. Ashley is amazing. I don’t even know where to start. I only wish I had the inspiration she does sometimes!
  6. BONUS! Pinster. Holy crap this girl is funny, while she often can’t get the pins to work, I actually sit and think about what might be wrong with it and in my head figure out how to fix it. This helps me sort out what might not be going right with some of my crafting.

Do you have a crafting website or resource you refer to often? I’ve started a list over on the Helpful Sites page.