How to Prevent WIPs from Unraveling

As one can guess from our birthday post, August (and summer in general) is almost always Crazy Time at our house. As a consequence, I realize we've been posting fewer patterns and crochet tips lately, but Crazy Time is coming to an end and we can get finally be getting back to crochet as usual.

One of the things we got behind on was our crochet news. As members of the Crochet Guild of America, we get their free quarterly newsletter. The Autumn 2014 edition (which came out earlier this summer) has a review on a vintage crochet tool from Susan Bates called Clipson Hooks. The gimmick is that there is a clip under the shank of the hook through which you can slip the last loop of your crochet WIP to keep it from unraveling when you have to set the work down. We, of course, were immediately overcome with a covetous urge to scour eBay for any of these such hooks that may remain in existence.

But then it occurred to us that one does not need specialized, hard-to-find hooks to prevent our crochet WIPs from unraveling. All one needs is an ordinary clip-on stitch marker.

When ready to pause your crocheting, remove the loop from the hook.

How to Prevent WIPS from Unraveling

Custom Baby's First Belly Dance Costume

After 10 years of belly dancing, there are few belly dancers The Animator's Wife has met that hasn't been a mother (or wanted to be one some day). A dance that encourages women to celebrate one another, it is a perfect activity for daughters and mothers (or even daughters, mothers, and grandmothers) to do together. That's why one of the first things The Animator's Wife designed when Little Lovely was born was her very own belly dance costume.

Baby's First Belly Dance Costume Web

We are pleased to announce that this costume is now available in our Etsy shop in sizes Preemie through 24 months! Or, if you prefer, the pattern is available for free right here on our blog. And wouldn't you know it? We have all the supplies you need to make it at Crochet Kitten's Bazaar.

Happy dancing!