I have a friend who has a friend who has a coworker who works at an energy company.
When I found this out, my first question was, “So tell me, is it better to keep my apartment cold while I’m at work, then crank it 10 degrees when I get home or should I keep it moderately warm during the day?” He told me it’s better to keep it cold, then warm it up.
Which means my apartment is a cool 53 degrees when I’m gone. I bump it up to 64 when I get home from work, but it’s a little frigid, brr. I keep whatever crochet project I’m working on in a basket in my living room so while my place warms up, I’ll work a few rows (and keep my hat on because again, brr).
My friends call me cheap for living in the cold, I call them fools for heating rooms when they’re not home. Since my apartment is over 100 years old, I’m always looking for ways to save a few bucks while staying warm.
When Duke Energy asked me to partner with them on an energy saving video, I was thrilled. I love saving money on my electric bill and of course, I love crocheting.
On a cold January evening, I literally packed a suitcase full of yarn (there wasn’t much room for anything else!), interspersed crochet hooks in my luggage in case TSA confiscated them (they didn’t, by the way – crochet hooks are fine to take on airplanes) and headed off to Boston.
The following morning, I found myself in Foxboro, Massachusetts working on an energy video and speed crocheting.
To prep for the shoot, I made three things:
- A chunky teal & green sweater (6 hours)
- A pair of mittens (20 mins)
- A draft door stopper (1 hour)
If you follow my blog, you know I like to stick to my hat-making so it was a treat to branch out and try new projects.
Making the video was SO MUCH FUN! We kept quoting the scene from Arrested Development where Lindsay and Tobias say, “…Cause then you have it,” when debating whether or not to take a particular shot. The team was incredible to work with and it was a full day for everyone. So much yarn everywhere.
Ironically, while we were making this video on how to winter-proof your home, Boston got slammed with the infamous Bombcyclone. This meant my flight the following morning was cancelled as feet of snow covered the city. I was stuck in my hotel room… with my crochet hooks… and tons of yarn… and a bottle of wine. I mean, I can think of worse ways to spend a Friday. J
I also got to do a little how-to video of working a front post double crochet. This is a stitch that works up nice and textured. It’s pretty similar to a double rochet, just worked around a stitch instead of in the top loops.
How to Make a Front Post Double Crochet
Pattern is worked across an odd number of stitches in the round. You can use any size hook and yarn, suitable for your project. I used worsted weight yarn and a size H hook.
Chain 10 + 2 (counts as first double crochet).
Rounds 1: Double crochet in each stitch across (11 double crochet). Turn work.
Rounds 2: Chain 2 (counts as first double crochet). Work front post double crochet into next stitch. Double crochet into next stitch. Repeat pattern across row, ending with a double crochet. (11 stitches). Turn work.
Rounds 3: Chain 2. Work double crochet into next stitch. Front post double crochet into next stitch. Repeat pattern across row, ending with two double crochet. (11 stitches). Turn work.
Repeat Rounds 2-3 for desired length.
I’m so thankful I got the chance to meet and work with some great people, sharing the craft I love and learning how to cut down on my heating bill.
You can check out the full write-up here (no judging!): https://illumination.duke-energy.com/articles/she-crochets-her-way-into-energy-savings
Energy efficiency tips provided by Duke Energy. Visit Energy.gov for more ways to save this winter.
RoseFebruary 24, 2018
Loved your story and how you are into saving energy. Must be awesome to crochet at your speed. I just tried your front post pattern and wondered if it would be possible to crochet a hat using this technique.
JJCrochetJuly 6, 2018
Thanks, Rose! I think you could easily use the front post stitch to make a hat from. It’d be nice and textured. Let me know if you decide to work one up!