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Tools I Use

I’ve been asked a lot of questions about what I use for my crochet and blogging needs, so I thought it might be helpful to create a list of all of my favorite crochet- and business-related resources. This list may grow and change as I discover new things to love. Enjoy!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies and products, and I would never recommend them if I didn’t believe that they have helped me in a positive way along my crochet and blogging journey!



BlueHost (Site Hosting) – If you want your own domain name (like littlemonkeyscrochet.com), you’ll need to buy hosting space to store your files. I highly recommend BlueHost. It’s VERY inexpensive and works well. In fact, it’s what I use for this web site.
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WordPress (Web Software) – WordPress enables you to publish awesome web sites without having to dive into the messy code. As a graphic designer, I am blown away at the capabilities it has to offer the average blogger. Check it out at wordpress.org.

ThesisLogoThesis Theme (WordPress Theme)
There are lots of lovely themes to choose from on WordPress, but if you’re wanting something unique and fully customizable (and you are somewhat computer-savvy), look no further than the Thesis Theme. Again, it’s what I use on my blog. Click here to check it out!


Crafty Web Sites

Craftsy.com – If you haven’t joined the Craftsy community yet, you’re missing out! Find, organize or sell new patterns (free and premium), purchase supplies (they have GREAT yarn sales!), and sign up for classes to hone your skills or learn new ones. Craftsy has it all, and membership is completely free. You can sign up by clicking this Craftsy link. (Are you a blogger? Join Craftsy’s Affiliate Program Today.)



Ravelry.com – Ravelry is a huge database of free and premium patterns for crocheters and knitters. Uploading your own patterns is easy and there are literally thousands and thousands of crafters perusing the site daily. Check it out!


Etsy.com – Etsy brings traffic to my page that I never would have found on my own, which is why the small percentage they take from my sales is more than worth it. If you’re considering selling your crochet items (or any other handmade things), Etsy is a great way to go.


Current Favorite Products

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Crochet Hooks
My absolute favorite hooks are The Crochet Dude collection from Boye. They are aluminum hooks with super comfy padded grips. If you’re still using hooks with no grips, STOP NOW and save those poor hands of yours! When I switched to these gripped hooks, I was able to crochet faster and my wrists and hands rarely get fatigued.

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Yarns – Worsted

Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn”
This yarn is, and always has been, my go-to yarn for animal hats and other projects. Though 100% acrylic, it is extremely soft and incomparably priced at $3.99 for 350 yards.

Lion Brand’s “Vanna’s Choice”
This yarn wins my award for best color choices. It’s more expensive than Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” but the color choices really are unbeatable. This is my favorite yarn for fancier products like scarves and ear warmers.

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Yarns – Chunky/Bulky

Lion Brand’s “Hometown USA”
I can’t get enough of this super bulky yarn. Some of the colors I’m not very fond of, but the natural shades are AWESOME. Los Angeles Tan and Santa Fe Tweed are my current faves.

Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Chunky Yarn”
Not too many color choices in this product yarn, but the ones they do have are rich and soft!