[by Freedom Market Guest Blogger : Beth Kopp]
I was going to do a book review for this blog post. There’s a stack of wonderful crochet books on my coffee table that just keeps growing bigger. I page through them almost daily for inspiration but have yet to make a project out of them (which I will rectify very soon!). Instead, I have been pulling patterns from pinterest, ravelry, and a few of my favorite crochet blogs.
One blog I go back to again and again is called All About Ami. Initially I used her easy-to-follow tutorials to learn how to crochet amigurumi (the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small animals), but lately I’ve been obsessed with her scarf patterns. The puff stitch scarf is a super easy pattern that even beginner crocheters can master. I whipped up a circle scarf for my sister in December and liked it so much I made one for myself.
The yarn I used for this scarf is Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Merino Wool) that I found at a local shop called The Loopy Ewe. I hadn’t been there before because they’re located on the other end of town and I don’t often find myself down there, but this time the trip was worth it. Their selection is amazing and the staff is really friendly and knowledgeable. Plus you really can’t beat the quality of yarn that they carry. Often times, I buy cheap yarn from thrift shops or bigger craft stores, but once in awhile it’s nice to splurge. If you don’t live in Fort Collins, don’t worry—their entire stock is online and they ship anywhere.
Beth Kopp is the manager at Wolverine Farm Bookstore in Fort Collins, CO. When she’s not reading or figuring out crochet patterns, she is most likely throwing bobby pins for her six-toed cat.