Thursday, November 10, 2011

Multi-strand Yarn Box

How many times have you sat crocheting with a skein on each side of you, just daring them to fall or cross lines (paradox!) and going crazy because you don't even want to get up to take a break for fear of the consequences. Here's a simple solution I've been using for a few years now.

Materials: Lidded box, 1/2 inch rubber grommets, Dremel. (if you don't have one yourself, ask around, someone will!)

I got this cool divided box from Ikea for $9.99. But you can use any lidded box that will fit two yarn skeins in it. Make sure they don't fit too tightly, you don't want them jammed in there. You want the yarn to be able to come out of the skein freely. Take your yarn with you when you shop!

The 1/2 inch rubber grommets are from Home Depot, I'm sure they have them at most hardware stores. These were in the plumbing section, not that I pretend to know why.

First trace the inner hole of your grommet where you want the hole to go with a pen. Then use your Dremel to burrow out the whole. After a few trials, I found this easiest by starting in the middle of the circle and slowly moving outwards to the traced circle. You want to go just a little bit bigger than your traced hole to make getting the grommet in easier, but just a smidge. You can also do it the mathematician way and actually measure out a 1/2 inch hole and be all precise about it. Pinch the grommet, stuff it in the hole, and voila! A nice safe hole for your yarn to come through without being damaged or snagged.

I put two holes side by side on the long side of the box for shorter skeins, and two closer together vertically on the short side of the box for longer skeins. The ones on the ends can be used for the longer skeins stacked on top of each other rather than side by side like the shorter balls or skeins.

Now it'll be easy to set your project aside and even travel with it without those evil crossed lines and tangled skeins. Have fun!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

T-Shirt Giveaway! for Fans

It's time for a giveaway!

Yaaaaay! Come on, get up, jump around, you know you want to.

Want to win a t-shirt of YOUR CHOICE from my tee shop? Of course you do. Even if you're not a tee lover (really? why the heck not?) then someone you know is and it'll make a great gift!

To be eligible for entry, you must be a fan on Facebook...or a "liker" as it is these days.

Entry is super easy. Simply enter your email in the form on my facebook page. (Look for the S logo on the tabs on the left, where it says Free Tee.) If I get up to 250 likes by July 15th, I'll draw for a second tee! So tell your friends and up your chances.

For an extra entry, go to my shop and comment on this blog post telling me which tee you would choose if you win!

The small print: No purchase necessary and no cost at all to you. No shipping, no tax, no "handling", no membership fees, no subscriptions...this is a true giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Your contact info, i.e. email, will not be used or distributed in any way. I won't spam you, I promise. I will only use it to contact you about winning.

Sorry, only USA and Canada can enter. (yes, of course that includes APO/FPO)

"So if this doesn't cost me anything, why are you doing it?" Thank you to my fans, advertising for me and new fans for my biz. Simple as that.

Drawing for this giveaway will use to be fair and impartial.

Last day to enter is Friday, July 15th.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beth Thompson Art

Hey all, I know I've been MIA. My wrist started giving me fits after the holiday rush, and it just isn't getting better. I'm not able to crochet, and hence not able to make new patterns or any inventory. I can't even do the special requests from my fabulous customers. I'm sorry, and I hope in the near future it'll get better and I can get back to using this beautiful yarn collection I look at every day.

In the meantime, lucky me, I have a left arm too! And with that left arm I am able to draw again. So I've been working on the art side of my business while the right arm heals. And with that has come lots of new prints, photographs, and my tee shop is back open and chock full of lots of fun things to wear and use. Find me at my new homes:

Make sure you click that like button on Facebook, I want to have a giveaway really soon! Thanks for your patience and good thoughts for my wrist to heal.