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There are a lot of different places that I shop and things that I buy for my crochet projects. Here are my recommendations for stores, products, money saving websites, and blogging.
Amazon: Though I don’t buy much of my yarn through Amazon, I love buying my hooks, cases, stitch markers, and other supplies. And if you sign up for Amazon Prime, you can get your project supplies in just 2 DAYS with free 2-day shipping! Talk about awesome! Try an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial!
Michael’s: Michael’s is another great resource for buying ALL crochet items! They always have tons of discounts and coupon codes available, so you know you’ll get a great deal. But if you don’t like buying online, you can actually print off their coupons from their website and use them in the store! Now, that is awesome. Another great things about Michael’s is that they allow double couponing and using coupons on sale items. This is how I save tons of money shopping there!
Hobby Lobby: I love Hobby Lobby! Their yarn is fantastic and everything else is irresistibly cute! They sell everything you need for crochet and basically any other craft. Only downside is that they aren’t everywhere. Bummer!
Joann’s: I used to shop at Joann’s a lot. Their store is fantastic, but I’m not the biggest fan of shopping there online. I have tried ordering online and picking up at the store, and half the time they tell you a day after you order that they don’t have it in stock anymore. Talk about frustrating! Anyway, I do like the yarns they sell, but I recommend going to their store to buy their products or buy online and have it delivered.
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn is a very sturdy yarn for making amigurumi projects. I don’t usually buy it, however, because it isn’t as soft as Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice Yarn or Big Twist Yarn. I do still recommend it, though, if you have a big project, need some sturdy yarn, but have a limited budget. You get a lot for your money: 365 yards for $3.00!!
Big Twist Value Worsted Yarn: If you want a softer yarn with even more yardage than Red Heart Super Saver, go for Big Twist Value Worsted Yarn. This is soft and awesome for making stuffed animals! I used to not like it, because I found the yarn to be a bit more flimsy than Red Heart Super Saver, but it is softer, so that is expected. It is more comfortable in your hands, too. You can get it at Joann’s for about $3.25 with 371 yards a skein. Awesome deal!
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn: Almost any project I make, my favorite yarn to use is Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. It is the perfect size and texture for making amigurumi patterns, as well as blankets and hats. I use it in my Freddy the Teddy and Miss Olivia the Owl and plenty of others. When it isn’t on sale, it’s about $3.99 a skein. It goes on sale a lot at Michael’s, though, and don’t forget about the double coupons and using coupons on sale items! You can save a lot of money on these by buying at Michael’s.
I Love This Yarn!: I Love This Yarn! is simply one of the softest medium weight yarns I’ve ever used. I made my daughter an adorable sweater with it, and highly recommend it for any crochet project that requires medium weight yarn. It costs less than $4.00 at Hobby Lobby.
I Love This Cotton!: I Love This Cotton! is also a Hobby Lobby brand of yarn. It is softer than most cotton yarns that I have used, but it works great! I really do love how soft it is. In fact, it is perfect for making teething rings, like my Jungle Animals Teething Ring Series. It costs about $3.00 per skein.
I Love This Chunky!: I Love This Chunky! is so soft and perfect for scarves and hats. It is another Hobby Lobby yarn that I love. I did read a review on Ravelry that suggested that they don’t always have the exact yardage they should, which is unfortunate. It only took me 2 skeins to make the Sweet Cream Infinity Scarf, though. It costs about $5.00 a skein.
Caron Simply Soft Yarn: Another great medium weight yarn is Caron Simply Soft Yarn. I actually used this yarn in my African Flower Granny Square and Clutch. It is super soft and costs less than $4.00 a skein. I love the beautiful colors it comes in. It definitely appeals to the pastel lover in me!
Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn: If you want a great yarn for dishcloths, potholders, hot pads, or any other kitchen type projects, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Yarn is absolutely perfect. It is really the best when it comes to dishcloths for sure. In fact, I use it in both my Lavender Dishcloth pattern and the pattern you get when you sign up for my newsletter. It is very reasonably prices at about $2.00 a skein.
Clover Amour Hook Set: This Clover Hook set is my go to for crochet hooks. I used to use a much cheaper type of crochet hook, but it hurt my hand. These hooks don’t hurt my hands at all, and they move so smoothly through the yarn. I really love them. At a lot of stores, they cost upwards of $60-70, but you can get them on Amazon for anywhere from $30-45, usually. The set has 10 hooks: B-2.25mm, C-2.75mm, D-3.25mm, E-3.50mm, F-3.75mm, G-4.00mm, 7-4.50mm, H-5.00mm, I-5.50mm, and J-6.00mm. So needless to say, I use them for almost all crochet projects.
Large Crochet Hooks: Whenever I’m using chunky yarn, I can’t use my regular Clover hooks, so I use Susan Bates Red Heart Crystallites Acrylic Crochet Hook Set instead. I like how lightweight they are. They are onsly about $8.00 for sizes L-11mm, M-13mm, N-15mm, and P-16mm.
Stitch Markers: These Clover Stitch Markers are so nice, because they lock into place. I also like how small they are, so they don’t feel bulky while I crochet. I’m a big fan of simplicity, so these are perfect for making amigurumi. They cost about $6.00 for a pack of 20.
Poly-Fil: When making amigurumi and granny square animals, I always need plenty of Poly-Fil. I like the Poly-fil brand, because it seems to stick together better than others. It is easy to keep the shape of the amigurumi without making it chunky. I get 20 oz bags for less than $10.00.
Safety Eyes: Because I love making amigurumi, so I always make sure that I have Safety Eyes available. I like these safety eyes, because it comes in a 150 piece set with 5 difference sizes and washers for the back. I get all of these for $8.00 on Amazon. I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.
Money Saving Sites:
Ebates: Whenever I shop online, I make sure I use one of two online sites. The first is Ebates. Almost every place I shop online offers a rebate discount. This discount is usually between 1% and 6%. All you do is go to the Ebates website and shop through a link on their site OR download the plugin for your internet taskbar. They send out one of their BIG FAT CHECKS every 3 months. It’s so easy!
Honey: Another awesome site that I use is called Honey. All you do is download the plugin for your internet taskbar and it will find ALL the coupon codes for that particular website. Some sites have well over a hundred coupon codes, so it’s super awesome! This is a way to get great discounts right away. The program is free, too!
Beautiful Dawn Designs: I absolutely love my blog layout. I bought it from Beautiful Dawn Designs. They are awesome! There are lots of different designs to choose from and more being added all the time!
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