What’s In My Yarn Bag? with Rebecca Caridad

I am feeling nosey again and taking a peek inside the lovely Rebecca Caridad’s yarn bag! She is a talented photographer (I love her film photos!), blogger, and crocheter from Boulder, CO. Her crochet creations are so lovely! Let’s take a look at Rebecca’s projects and yarn stash…

What do you typically keep in your yarn bag? 

I usually have too much yarn when I pack a yarn bag, because I like options and always want to be prepared. I use metal crochet hooks because I like how they feel in my hand and how the yarn slides around them. I always have a yarn needle or I should say I am always looking for a yarn needle, this is my most elusive tool and the one I have to buy again on a regular basis. I use a small pair of golden scissors because I think they are fancy. My little Sadie is usually somewhere close by, she really really loves yarn while my other little one Olive is totally terrified of it!

I am not big on patterns, I rely more on measurements so I always have a tape measure and I have a binder that I keep all my notes and measurements in for each item I make. I also love to read but with crocheting it is hard to keep up with my favorites when my hands are occupied all the time. This is why I was soo happy to discover Audible! I like to listen to books or watch shows while I crochet. Multitasking is one of my favorite things on the planet. 

When did you start crocheting? How did you learn?

I first learned how to knit as a small child, my grandmother taught me. I mostly just made blankets for my dolls. It wasn’t until middle school when a good friend of mine taught me how to crochet. I crocheted on and off for years until my husband and I lived in upstate New York for a very cold winter and that is when I really found my passion with it. I made everyone christmas gifts that year and shortly after that I opened my etsy shop and started to design original pieces. I have youtube to thank for a lot of my basic knowledge. I am a visual learner so its great for me!
Are you working on any fun projects? We want to see! 

Well I have always wanted to make a granny square blanket that would be big enough to put on our queen size bed. Of course I knew that this would be a big project so I decided to start a 52 week project in 2012. My goal was to make a granny square a week for a year and then join them together. The granny squares are done but the joining is not. Realistically this might turn into a 104 week project, because joining is time consuming! But I do love looking at my piles of squares especially because I tried to theme the colors to the week, so pastels for Easter, Sadie colors for her birthday week, reds and oranges when Colorado was experiencing a lot of unfortunate wild fires and so on. I know when it is done it will be something that I pass down to my future children.
What is your favorite crochet item that you have made so far?

Oh man, The Elsie head band is one of my favorites and The Ingrid Cocktail hat, but if I had to choose a favorite it would have to be this crochet dress I made last year. I don’t know what possessed me really but I woke up one day and was like I need to crochet a dress! I didn’t have a pattern so I wasn’t sure what it would become but after a few hours of working on it it started to take shape and then a few days later I was wearing a dress with a big bow on it! I was pretty proud, I flaunted it around the house for a while and kept saying to my husband “babe, I made this! I crocheted a dress!” 
Do you like to carry your yarn bag with you and work on your crochet projects in public? Where do you feel most comfortable crocheting?

I used to take my crochet projects out with me a lot more, but in the last couple of years I have found my favorite place to work is in my home. If I could describe my perfect day it would be just hanging at home with my little dogs and husband, listening to records, or books, or watching our favorite shows while I crochet or paint or practice calligraphy. My favorite place on earth is definitely my little home. 

What is your favorite part about yarn crafting? 
I like how much confidence it gives me. It always amazes me that I can start with some string and a hook and a few hours later what I had envisioned in my head is now in my hands. When I am finished with something I am proud of it gives me a great feeling of accomplishment and it helps quiet the demons. 

Thank you so much for sharing Rebecca! Your crochet dress is gorgeous. Wow! I love it. 

I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of Rebecca’s yarn bag and learning more about her love for crochet. I really enjoy sharing these interviews! You can read previous “What’s in my yarn bag?” interviews here

What are you working on these days? Where do you like to carry your yarn bag and work on projects?

  1. Maddy says:

    I love these features! So inspiring, they make me want to leave my day job and go home to knit immediately. And now I want to buy everything on audiobook, haha. Thanks for another great post!

  2. Becca says:

    So pretty! That dress is amazing, and I have GOT to try making some cute little crocheted bows!

    Ladyface Blog

  3. Erica says:

    The main reason I don’t carry my crochet projects with me all the time is that I always want to bring all my yarn so I have a lot of options, and that is a lot of yarn to carry! Good to know Rebecca is the same way. It sounds like I need to invest in a bigger bag. 😉

  4. Mana says:

    I’m obsessed with this feature. I always felt weird about what I carry when I go to knit other places, but this has made me feel like what I carry is totally normal.

    Plus those bows,and that sticker on her tablet (ipad?) are amazing!


  5. Corin says:

    That crocheted dress is AMAZING!

    I generally don’t carry my knitting with me on a day-to-day basis, but if I ever go on a trip I always tend to bring two or three different projects with me (even if it is just for the weekend!) … I like to have options.

  6. Carly says:

    Those crochet bows are flipping gorgeous!
    FashionProject x

  7. Jenn Wisbeck says:

    re: losing yarn needles- I keep one in my wallet at all times, which has helped tremendously in being able to find one when I need it to weave in ends.

  8. abby says:

    Loooove! Everything is so pretty and lovely. And I love seeing what other people carry in their yarn bag!
    Yep, I always lose my yarn needles. always always always.

  9. Matrika M says:

    I just found this blog. Loved One sheepish girl, immediately! Enjoyed this feature. I carry my crochet bag everywhere even when I know I won’t be able to get anything done. One of the best crochet dresses I’ve seen, love it.

  10. Becca says:

    I always love this series! I also love to travel with a few projects. I’m hoping to buy some interchangable knitting needles soon… such a pretty addition to a yarn bag.

    [Giveaway going on this week… beccagarber.com!]

  11. Emilie says:

    I loove the little bows… !

  12. bekswhoknits says:

    Oh when I drop a stitch knitting in the wild, I always think I should carry a small crochet hook and yarn needles in my wallet, and then never remember when I’m at home and can actually put a hook and needle in my wallet.
    I do always carry scissors around with me at all times though. It’s amazing how useful they are.

    That crocheted dress is absolutely amazing! Is the pattern on ravelry? I am coveting it very hard.

  13. Lauren says:

    So many beautiful things! I love the yarn, the granny squares, and the ipad case. :)

  14. Tereza says:

    eekk I love those granny squares! such pretty colours

  15. I went to an Etsy carft party today, so I took my usual hooks and needles, but added in business cards too!

  16. Lisa Burnett says:

    What a great interview!! And I agree, there’s no better place to nest and creative than one’s little home.

  17. so lovely – love that dress especially!

  18. Stef says:

    I love this series so much. I’m off to check out her work right now.

    As for me, I finally sorted all my supplies into two proper organizers. Seeing all my needles perfectly lined up was nothing short of thrilling. Best part, I pulled out some duplicates that I’m passing along to a friend so she can learn to knit.

  19. Reeni Engel says:

    Wow I love the dress!!!!
    Great work, took you surely a long time to finnish.
    Greetings from finland :)

  20. Dolo says:

    Que guapa la perrita,me encanta!!!!

  21. I absolutely LOVE those granny squares! Those colors are AMAZING! Do you mind sharing the brand and colors you used??
    Thank you so much!

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