Friday, January 29, 2010

First Pattern Up for Sale!

I am thrilled to be able to present to you, my "Child's X's and O's Scarf" pattern. It is a fun project that utilizes simple stitches in an effective way, to create a cheerful scarf that will brighten any child’s day.

Skill level:  Beginner
Finished Measurement:  50” (127 cm) long x 4 1/2” (11.5 cm) wide 
Yarn:  Berroco Comfort DK
(178 yds/165 meters, 1.75oz/50g)
per skein
One skein each of the following:
A:  Teaberry (2730)
B:  Sunshine (2719)
C:  Purple (2722) 
D:  Turquoise (2733)
Hook size:  E/4, 3.5mm, or size to achieve gauge
Notions:  Tapestry needle

It is available for $3.95 via Ravelry.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crochet Guild of America's 2010 Design Contest!

I am very excited that the Crochet Guild is having their design contest again this year.  I just can't resist a good contest!  This year will be the best yet as there are more categories which means more chances to win.  The prizes are quite generous with the grand prize being $1000!

I have decided on a category and the basic idea of my design.  Since they don't require a pattern, I can let the freeformer in me out!  It is so strange to make something and not take notes as I work.  Such wonderful freedom!  I have been designing and taking extensive notes for the past 6 weeks, so this will be like a vacation!  I am hoping to pass by my local yarn store this week, to buy some lovely yarn and get started.  Thank goodness the deadline is not until June 15th as I will have to work on this between other projects.

The purse pictured above is one I entered in the 2008 design contest.  It won 2nd place in the accessories category.  Accessories is always my favorite category!  I would love to make a woman's garment as that category is the most popular and it would really get me noticed in the design world, but I might have to save that idea for 2011.

The contest is open to all members of the CGOA and if you would like to read more about the contest, Doris Chan, the chairman of the contest committee has posted about it on her blog here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Best Baby Gifts Are Crocheted!

This pattern is called "Sleepy Sarah" and it is designed by the talented  Mia Zamora Johnson.  Check out her Etsy shop, "Owlishly", for some adorable Amigurumi patterns!
I fell in love with this pattern and knew it was the perfect addition to the gift of a hand knitted baby sweater I had just made.  I put a rattle inside, to make it multi functional.  I love details and couldn't resist adding a little embroidery here and there.  If you need a baby gift, think of Sarah!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Teaching a Child to Crochet

Now that I found the perfect hook for my daughter to learn to crochet, I am interested in the best way to teach her.  I was going through my vintage crochet magazine collection, and came across this wonderful article.  Mrs. Schmidt, has given me some great tips and my daughter will like the "story" that goes along with it.  What lucky little girls to have had a teacher like her!

Friday, January 8, 2010

And the winner is...

My daughter had the honor of drawing the winning name out of her hat...  And the winner is: Tracey, aka Knittinella on Ravelry.  Congratulations!  Please email me at: with your mailing address.  I want to thank everyone who has stopped by my blog to check out my Blossom necklace pattern, and to enter the contest.

I have had a lot of interest in the kntting needles, and would like to offer some for sale. I am selling them for $6.95 including shipping. They come in two sizes, either 3.25mm (US size 3), or 4mm (US size 6) and are 18mm (7") long. The sets also come in two different color combinations;  Blue & Orange or Red & Yellow, as pictured below. If you are interested, please email me at: to place your order and I will send you my Paypal address.  Thanks again, and I hope all of you will become regular visitors to my blog!