my favorite things: maker edition

Hey guys! In this post I’m going to be sharing all my favorite yarn and tools that I use regularly. I plan to share more behind the scenes in future posts, but this one will mainly cover yarn, hooks and needles, and a couple other things I use almost daily!

I have been crocheting and knitting for almost forever, but when I really started to get back into it after college, I pretty much used whatever yarn I could find. I mostly shopped at Walmart and Michaels for yarn, and I still do sometimes! But after about 7+ years of what some (my husband) may call a yarn addiction (LOL) I have narrowed down my absolute favorites.

Now if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know I absolutely love and use hand dyed yarn whenever I can afford it. I mean, it’s just so pretty! And I also love to support my friends who are indie dyers. I am also quite obsessed with KnitPicks yarn and use it all the time. I use a lot of “cheap” yarn because I don’t think the price necessarily determines the quality and there is some really great affordable yarn out there.

I get a lot of questions about my needles so I’ll be sharing those and some other random tools I think are essential as well. Hope this helps you on your maker journey!

So let’s jump right in!

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After many recommendations I finally got some Dishie yarn and it is my new favorite cotton! It’s so soft and plump, slightly stretchy and doesn’t split! What more could you want in cotton yarn? I think it has beautiful stitch definition and could be used for summer garments as well as dish cloths and other home items. Click here to find Dishie yarn!

My FAVORITE budget sock yarn is the Stroll Tweed from KnitPicks. I was gifted some by my Fibreshare partner and I made a pair of socks for myself and have been LOVING them. It’s super soft, washes well, and is warm. I promptly ordered enough to make my family socks for Christmas and already started a pair with this gorgeous “Lavender Field Heather” color. Click here to shop!

I also love the Stroll Tonal line. The colors are gorgeous and the yarn is lovely and soft. I think the stitch definition is also really nice. This is the color Eucalyptus.

Another favorite cotton of mine is Re-Up recycled cotton from Lion Brand. It is a bit on the rougher side and splits some, but it’s awesome for dishcloths and seems to get thicker when you wash it.

Last but certainly not least, I have a major crush on We Are Knitter’s yarn. I personally love the meri wool, cotton, and recycled yarn. The Meri Wool is similar in weight to The Petite Wool but much softer, and The Cotton is extremely soft as well. I designed a (free) knitted table runner with The Recycled Yarn. Side note, can you tell I love neutrals??

You can shop WAK yarn by clicking here and use my code MGMD2JH4E when you check out to save $12!


Let’s talk needles! I love this set of tiny double pointed needles for knitting socks. They are super smooth and nice quality at a good price. I love how smooth they are for wood and usually use these for really soft yarn. Click here for these needles.

Another needle set I really like is the nickel plated DPN set. These needles are sooo smooth and also a great price for a set. Click here to shop these.

The beautiful yarn in this picture is Hawthorne Speckle Hand Painted from KnitPicks in the color Peach Melba.

I also really love the Nickel Options Interchangeable Short Tip set from KnitPicks. They are PERFECT for knitting beanies!

I purchased the Knitter’s Pride Ginger Deluxe Special Interchangeable Set after Christmas and have been using them just about everything (except socks lol) ever since. The size range is perfect and they’re super smooth. It also helps that they are beautiful in pictures! But for real, this set is great. It took me a long time to find a set with short enough tips to knit beanies in the round and these are perfect. I also knit sweaters with them and the short tips and cords come in handy for tiny sweaters for my toddler. They are also very affordable. The cords it comes with are fairly short so if you want longer ones you can order them separately. I ordered a long cord for magic loop from Amazon – just make sure to order Knitter’s Pride brand cords.

Click here to shop this set on Amazon.

This set of DPNs was one of my funniest Amazon purchases but I took a chance on them and they actually turned out to be really great. They aren’t the BEST quality but they’re so cheap it’s worth it to have the set because it has every size. You can pull one out to use as a cable needle, too which I like.

Click here to find this DPN set on Amazon.

P.S. The beautiful yarn you see in this picture is A Handmade Journey on Etsy. The DPN roll is from Poppie Joe and Co and the scissors were gifted from Warm Crochet.

Time for hooks! I’m not sure if this is an unpopular opinion or not, but I really like the good old classic metal hooks. I prefer Boye brand but it’s all up to your preference and probably what you learned with.

I recently tried ergonomic hooks from Furls Crochet and I’m a big fan of those as well! As someone who suffers from carpel tunnel when I crochet too much, those hooks are perfect. They are literally painless to use. Check out my blog post reviewing them in full by clicking here!

If you make yarn poms very often, you need this Clover pom-pom maker set. For years I didn’t think I needed them, but this year I realized I did. They save sooo much time and make pom-pom making so easy and fun! I linked them on Amazon below but you can find them at most crafts stores too. Lady Jay Crochet has a super helpful pom-pom tutorial on YouTube you can look up too!

Click here to shop this set on Amazon.

One more important tool is a good pair of small scissors! These were gifted from Warm Crochet and are super pretty and very sharp! I keep them in a little pouch by me while I work so I always have a pair of scissors handy. Click here to shop their website.

Another thing I always have with me is my design journal with the pretty plants on it. I bought it at the beginning of 2019 so encourage me to design more and it has! Anytime I have an idea I write it in the journal. It’s almost full and most of them have actually come to life!

And lastly, the needles in this picture are Clover bamboo circular needles from Joann’s. They are my go-to when I just need one size.

How about you?

What are some of your favorite yarn and tools? No one is the same and it’s always fun learning what other people love and prefer to use!

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