We made it… sort of

Finally here!
Finally here!

We are all moved! Kind of. Most of our stuff made it — we actually had slightly more stuff than truck. Now the hubbs is flying back up to pick up the rest and our other car. I did marathon unpacking yesterday and am almost done with the inside of the house and all things crochet. So new videos, patterns and other things should be arriving shortly.

Advertisements

The Move So Far

So if you’ve been following along, you know that I’m moving. Today is/was move day and we did not quite finish. Unfortunately, the day we decide to move is the day it decides to rain for the first time in months. That slowed us by a lot and now we are calling it a night. Thankfully we don’t have anywhere to be at a specific date so we have some wiggle room.

So why am I telling you this you ask?

Just in case you need me for a question or some help, I might be a little slow in answering. It’s now 8pm and I’m just getting around to answering all my emails from today. So I’m super sorry for any delays, but tomorrow will probably more of the same (there is a 50% chance of rain again, so who knows when we will finish). Send no rain vibes my way if you can!

Get Started on Your Halloween Projects Today ~ With a Sale!

Wonderfully Horrific Crochet
On Sale Through Halloween!

If you haven’t already started working on your Halloween projects, now is the perfect time. I’m offering my Wonderfully Horrific Crochet eBook for half off! No promo code needed! Just buy and start creating. The sale runs all the way to Halloween (Oct. 31, 2013).

Plus I now have instant download available in my store so you don’t have to wait for me to email you!

A little about the book:

Wonderfully Horrific Crochet is an eBook containing 14 patterns of classic horror film images.

From Frankenstein and Dracula to the classic poison apple, this book is sure to have something that will make you shriek! Most props are to scale so they will look great at your next Halloween party.

The book contains 14 fantastic patterns as well as a supplies section and a tutorial section for all the stitches and techniques contained in the book.

Patterns Included (see pictures of all of them when you click on the book above):

Frankenstein
Zombie Girl
Black Widow Spider
Mummy
Mad Scientist
Ghost Girl
Little Bat
Dracula
Flask with Poison
Chain and Shackles
Vampire Stake
Cauldron
Psycho Knife
Poison Apple

The 80s Were Totally Rad! 50% off New Pattern

The Mix Tape Beanie
The Mix Tape Beanie

Here is the new pattern I promised to post before I move next week. It’s my homage to the mix tape.

So if you’ve ever sat through a DJ’s rambling to try to get the song on your tape without any talking, this beanie is for you. For those of you who don’t know what that meant, go ask someone who was a kid in the 80s. ūüôā

Also use promo code: mix50 during checkout to receive 50% off the Mix Tape Beanie. Offer is good until 9/22/2013 midnight Pacific Time.

If you missed this promo, be sure to follow the blog so you get the posts right away and never miss a great deal again!

 

Girls Love it too!
Girls Love it too!

Other things to do with your light up crochet hook — Make a Magic Wand

Perfect for your Harry Potter costume!
Perfect for your Harry Potter costume!

If you watched my review of the Crochet Lite crochet hook, you know that I said I would add some other things you can use your light up crochet hook for. Here is the first — your own personal magic wand.

The construction takes less than 5 minutes. All you need is:

1. Crochet Lite Crochet Hook 2. 8.5" x 11" Piece of Brown Construction Paper 3. Piece 'o tape
1. Crochet Lite Crochet Hook
2. 8.5″ x 11″ Piece of Brown Construction Paper
3. Piece ‘o tape

Now you’re ready to go!

Step 1: Take your paper and continually ball it up and flatten, until the paper is nice and soft.

This gives texture to your wand.
This gives texture to your wand.

Step 2: After your paper is soft, start rolling it from one corner to the other. Starting in the corners instead of just rolling it lengthwise will give you some extra length on the wand and makes a tapered hole to put your hook in that shows more of the light.

Don't roll too tight, you want to be able to fit your hook in the hole on one end.
Don’t roll too tight, you want to be able to fit your hook in the hole on one end.

Step 3: Ensure your hole is large enough to fit your hook but not too big that it will fall out. Re-roll if necessary.

Test if the hook will fit without falling out before Step 4.
Test if the hook will fit without falling out before Step 4.

Step 4: Once you finish rolling, use a piece of tape to secure the corner to the middle of your wand.

I only had packing tape for my move on hand. Scotch tape will work just fine also.
I only had packing tape for my move on hand. Scotch tape will work just find also.

Step 5: Stick your hook in. If you are using it right now, turn it on before putting it in.

I pushed the hook in until the top was even with the top of the wand.
I pushed the hook in until the top was even with the top of the wand.

Now your magic wand is complete and ready for spells. Got any other useful or fun things you use your light up hook for. Let us know below.

All done!
All done!

 

Ever Wonder How Bright These Are?

A picture sometimes just doesn't cut it.
A picture sometimes just doesn’t tell you everything you need to know.

I purchased one of these Crochet Lites a couple of years back and just made a little video about it to share with you. I bought the hook out of shear curiosity as to how well it would work and how bright it would actually be.

I have found it to be useful in certain situations (which I talk about in the video), I have found it to be even more useful in other situations. I am working on a separate post right now that will show my next favorite way to use the hook. It will be up in the next day or two, so stay tuned.

Do you have a Crochet Lite? How do you like it? What do you use it for?

Vintage Male Models

wintuk ad
One thing I love more than crochet pants — Vintage male models!

I don’t know why, but every time I see any of these vintage ads with a male model in them, it makes me smile.

It could be the fact that most times, the sweater they are modeling would probably look better on a woman?

Or it could be the serious expression of yarn lust they are clearly wearing?

But, I think the real reason is that they are just so purely 70s from the shag hair to the orange color hazed photo filter.

I always wonder if the orange color is from age, or was everything just that color?

Interesting Fact: DuPont (see their little logo in the bottom right hand corner of the picture) created the first acrylic fibers in 1941 and trademarked them under the name Orlon (Dupont website). They have since moved on to producing Kevlar fabric and sold it’s fiber business to Koch Industries (Dupont).

I Call Him… Mini Motif, bwah ha ha ha… (evil laugh)

Sorry for the Austin Powers reference, can’t say mini without picturing him.

Just 2 rounds, so fast and easy!
Just 2 rounds, so fast and easy!

Anyway, here is the newest Motif of the Month. It was a viewer request. She wanted basically a granny square with no spaces and just a few rounds big. This is the little guy I came up with.

These would be great for just about anything. You can piece them in so many ways: scarves, shawls, blankets, you can even use them as is for face scrubbies. Also get creative with the color. I used a variegated yarn, but you can make them two-tone, or a bunch in a rainbow of colors. Options are endless.

Let me know what ideas you have for them below, and go pick up the pattern and watch the video here. Lefties, I got ya here.

Countdown is on.

moving-boxes
17 days to be exact.

Okay everyone, I’ve got less than 3 weeks left to move. In the mean time I’ll be adding a few things here and there (at least one new pattern, maybe more). However, for the most part, I’m packing up my yarn and goodies so new videos will be few and far between.

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up so you didn’t think I was checking out. ¬†I will still be here to answer questions and I’m coming up with some good stuff to add once I get all settled in. New free pattern videos, new patterns for the colder months coming and some great ideas for crochet related uses for ordinary objects around your house.¬†I will also be adding the next installment for those interested in self-publishing.

If you don’t want to be out of the loop, start following the blog now and get notified when the new things are added.

In Case You’re Out of Ink

spr9

I’ve recently begun selling my patterns on eBay. The difference with eBay and all my other sites is that eBay is strictly selling paper copies of my pattern (they don’t allow digital in their normal marketplace).

So if you ran out of ink or just would like a pre-printed pattern in a nice protective sleeve, you can head over there to check them out. They are the same price as digital, and if you order 5 patterns you get free shipping!