All too often when I do my yarn shopping, I'm in a hurry - grab what I need and go! But sometimes I find myself with a few extra moments to browse, and I get to check out the knit and crochet accessories and notions. And wow, there were some things that definitely caught my eye! I spotted some new (and traditional) items that have been calling my name ever since... so of course I thought I'd share them with all of you! If you spot something that catches your eye, click on the name of the item you're interested in to go to the Amazon affiliate link for that product - or look for it next time you're at the craft store.
8 Nifty Notions for Crochet and Knitting
- Needle Threader For Large Eye Needles by LoRan
There's nothing new about needle threaders - what's new for me is my sudden need for them as I approach 40! I've spotted several different versions, from the faux antique to the strictly utilitarian. Most are geared for sewing needles, with their tiny eyes and thin threads. This one seems perfect for yarn though!
Susan Bates Finishing Needles
I know I'm not the only one who's run out of yarn just as I finish a pattern (or cut a tail too short - eek!) and had to struggle to weave in that super short end. This product is for just those situations - so smart! I love that you can get a variety pack too - no more struggling to squeeze a super bulky yarn in there!
Clover Elastic Yarn Thread (this product looks like it's being discontinued - only a few are left!)
If you've wondered how to crochet or knit legwarmers that don't fall down or brims and cuffs that don't stretch out, here's the answer! You hold it right along with your yarn, and voila! Stretch that bounces back! I like that the packaging gets it all set up and ready to use too!
Boye Sensa Thread
Add this thread to the fingertips of handmade or purchased gloves and make them smartphone and tablet ready! You do need to go all the way through, so that your finger touches the thread on one side and the thread touches your device's screen. I love that this is now a DIY instead of a pricey pair of specialty gloves!
Clover Locking Stitch Markers with Clip
Because these open they're perfect for both knitting and crochet - and can be added to a project at any time! I can think of several ways these would come in handy: attaching a note indicating the type of yarn and hook/needle size before stashing a WIP away for a while, or on a big project where you need to count a lot of rows - so you can remember what each marker means!
Clover Fork Blocking U-Pins
I just picked up a pack of these to help me block the afghan squares for the Moogly Crochet-a-long! I haven't tried them out just yet, but I'll be sure to let you know what I think of them when I write up the blocking article for the CAL series! They do look very easy on the hands - something my last set of blocking pins definitely were not!
Edgit Piercing Crochet Hooks, Set of 2 by Ammee's Babies
I've only seen these online so far, but it's exciting to see new products to make crocheting easier! Very similar to the Sharp Hook. They claim it can go through 2 layers of flannel - anyone out there given them a try yet?
Clover Knitting & Crochet Jumbo Wonder Clips
These were SO helpful when I was making the Fairy Tale Poncho, and I've used them for every multi-piece project since! Great to help keep even seams and to mark right side vs wrong side - love them!
Some of these I've already purchased, and others are high on my wish list! What are some of your favorite tools beyond the usual hooks and needles? Anything you'd recommend? Share them in the comments!
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