Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New Crochet Necklace Pattern Release: The Julia Necklace!

My love for designing jewelry patterns is alive with my latest pattern release, the Julia Necklace!

A modern mix of metallic and non-metallic yarns and crocheted beads add lots of interest to this elegant necklace. The pattern could also be used to crochet trim to embellish the neckline of a top. You can alter the length of the necklace easily by changing the number of repeats you crochet. It could also be more casual if you changed the metallic yarns to regular yarns.

To celebrate the release of this pattern, I am offering a 50% discount on it to the first 5 customers. To purchase the pattern, go to this link, and to get the discount enter: FIRST5

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Our Spinerations Handspun Yarn Now on Etsy!

As you may already know, my daughter Sara and I love spinning yarn, and we have turned our love of fiber ino a business! We have been on Instagram for a while, talking about our spinning adventures and have been selling yarn at the Sadu House museum gift shop in Kuwait. Our next adventure is branching out to sell our Spinerations handspun yarn on Etsy in our eWoodstory shop. We have our own unique way of blending fibers and spinning thick and thin yarn that is wonderful for giving texture and personality to weaving. We also like to incorporate recycled yarn and fabric scraps into our yarns whenever we can. We are excited to get our yarns into the world and hope it will be used in some fun projects!

Monday, February 3, 2020

New Larger Etimo Crochet Hooks!

I have been a real fan of Etimo crochet hooks since they first came out, but I have always wished that they came in larger sizes. I do have a rare 10.5mm that I found on eBay, and I was hoping that one day they would make even larger hooks! I just found out that they are now making 10mm, 12mm, and 15mm hooks in the Etimo Grand line. I decided to order the 12mm to try. It is plastic, so I am not sure I will like it as well as the metal hooks, but I am hoping that it will be just as comfortable to hold. As soon as I get the chance to try it out, I will report back to you with my review. Fingers crossed, I will like them and get to order the 10 and 15mm sizes! If any of you have tried these hooks already, I would love to hear what you think of them!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A Variation on the Catena Scarf

When submitting a design idea to a magazine, sometimes things change based on what the editors are looking for. In the case of the Catena Scarf for Interweave Crochet Magazine, the look of the scarf changed because of the yarn choice. When I made the sample, I used yarn that I found available in Kuwait in my local yarn shop, and when they went to choose yarn for the magazine project, they couldn't find anything similar in the brand they wanted to use. 

The original swatch used yarns from the Turkish Nako company: "Sport Wool" & hook size H/8  for the base of the scarf, and "Spaghetti" & hook size N/15 for the surface crochet. 

So if you prefer a little warmer and chunkier version of the scarf, you can switch to heavier loftier yarns. For the original sample, I also chose the two yarns in as close to the same color as I could get, and in the magazine we used two different colors. You could also go the other way and use 2 very contrasting colors for another look.

This sample emulates a shaker knit

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

My Catena Crochet Scarf in Interweave Crochet Magazine!

Winter is an amazing time to crochet, and I am super excited to have a fun scarf pattern in the new Winter 2020 issue of Interweave Crochet! This scarf is such fun to crochet and it includes my favorite technique, surface crochet. You begin by crocheting a mesh base, then you surface crochet into it with a heavier weight yarn, to create a lovely warm textured scarf. You can really be creative with your yarn choices with this pattern!

There are many beautiful patterns in this issue! Head over to the Ravelry Page for the issue to favorite the patterns you like the most!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

More on Using Crochet to Finish Weaving Projects!

I am always finding a way to use crochet in my projects, no matter what technique I am using. I find that it is a great way to finish the edges of a purse. I crochet along the sides so I can make neat seams, and I find crochet is the best way to make fastenings and handles. For this purse, I crocheted two strips, then crocheted them together on the edges to make a strong handle that won't stretch out. I also crocheted a bobble that I stitched to the body of the purse, and I crocheted a fastening loop to the flap of the purse. Because you can insert your hook anywhere, crochet gives you the flexiblity to change the look and shape of the woven piece after it is finished! 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Crocheting on a Cracker...Looking at Snacks with New Eyes!

I thought I had tried stitching into everything in the house that had holes in it, but Crochet! magazine inspired me to try something a little crazy. Crocheting on a cracker! It was a fun exercise in patience in creativity! I had to handle it very delicately, but the cracker was stronger than I thought it would be. After seeing the Facebook post by Crochet! magazine, I immediately wanted to try this and went to my kitchen looking for crackers with holes in them. I was thrilled that I had Tuc crackers on hand,because I was able to embroider the name as well! 

Now, what to do with an embellished cracker? I may try setting it in resin as one of the posters suggested on the Facebook post... Stay tuned!