Time To Start Gathering

Squirrels are ready to start gathering their acorns for winter. So you better get a move on too.

A viewer requested an acorn ornament pattern and here it is.

 

Cute little acorn
Cute little acorn

Get started on your hoard today. Click here to download the pattern and watch the video.

Lefties click here.

Have a request?

Leave a comment below with what you would like to see and I’ll add you to the viewer queue.

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Last Few Days To Enter

Only 3 days left to enter to win the Silver Spun Yarn and Textable Gloves Pattern.

I just made up some more of the textable gloves, but this time using self-striping yarn.

I used Knit Picks Chroma Fingering yarn in Lollipop.

One ball was plenty for the gloves. I just wound it into two balls with the same beginning color to get the matching gloves.

Don’t be left out.

Head over to this post and enter to win now.

Here’s To My Mimi

My Mimi is my great-grandmother, and she is the one who taught me to crochet when I was a little girl.

Recently while visiting my parent’s house, my mom gave me one of my Mimi’s old granny square blankets.

I loved the look of this motif so much I had to remake it for this month’s Motif of the Month.

However, the blanket hasn’t held up real well. A lot of it has slightly felted, so trying to recreate it was a little difficult.

My version of Mimi's Square
My version of Mimi’s Square

This is my version of my Mimi’s granny square and it’s the newest Motif of the Month. It reminded me of a flower so I chose the colors you see for ease of viewing on the video tutorial. I highly recommend trying out some of my Mimi’s color choices though, they are fantastic!

Click here to download the pattern and watch the video.

Lefties click here.

We Have A Winner… and Another Winner

Congrats to Cropperhopper for being chosen as the winner of the Portola Crochet Shawl Pattern.

And congrats to Alison M. for being chosen as the winner of the New Market Shawl Knit Pattern.

Congrats to both of them and don’t forget there is only a few more days to enter to win the Silver Spun yarn and glove pattern.

Good News With The Bad

Today I received the latest edition of my Crochet Today subscription — but actually I didn’t.

You see, I received a letter stating that Crochet Today will no longer be published.

Good bye CT, I will miss you.
Good bye CT, I will miss you.

Without any warning, they are now out of business. I was very sad to hear of this, but there was a bright spot.

They replaced the Crochet Today issue that should have been there with a copy of Mollie Makes US edition.

Now on this side of the pond!
Now on this side of the pond!

My favorite UK crafting magazine is now offering a US version. Yay!!

Mollie Makes combines all kinds of crafts into a beautifully published magazine that I have coveted since the first issue I ordered digitally through my iPad.

I had held off on the print subscription though because it was close to $100 a year to make the trip from the UK to here. Though the print version did come with fun extras like crochet hooks and pin making kits, I just couldn’t find it in my heart and wallet to spend that much.

Now, however, the US subscription is only $24.99 for 12 issues. The cover price is a whopping $9.99 an issue so the subscription is definitely the way to go if you like this magazine as much as I do. There are a few questions I have that I will keep you updated on in case you are wondering like me.

1) The letter stated that the Mollie Makes would be sent in place of the Crochet Today issues that will never get to be made. However, Mollie is a monthly and CT is a quarterly so will I receive issues monthly until my subscription runs out in August? Since the subscription price is about the same I’m guessing I should get monthly issues. Fingers crossed.

2) Will the US edition of Mollie Makes have the monthly fun extra that the UK edition provides to its subscribers? I will probably subscribe either way as long as the quality of the magazine is on par with the UK version, but I just love the little kits (search Mollie Makes on eBay to see some) that they include.

So I’m sad to see Crochet Today go, but I’m super happy to see Mollie Makes US come.

Do you have a subscription to CT? What do you think about your Mollie Makes substitution? Let us know below.

 

Happy Easter ~ Today Only 40% Off The Whole Shop

Happy Easter everyone!

Today Only

Your Easter treat is 40% off all patterns in my shop.

Use promo code: egg

Enter the promo code at checkout to receive discount. Hurry this only lasts until midnight Pacific time.

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April 2014 Knit Crate Reveal ~ Pattern Giveaway

 

Knit Crate Int/Adv Knitter April 2014
Knit Crate Int/Adv Knitter April 2014

The newest Knit Crate is here. Read on to see what’s inside, or turn away if you haven’t received yours yet. However, if you turn away, you’ll miss out on a new giveaway. See more about that below.

Sneak Peek
Sneak Peek

My goodies this month include something I’ve wanted forever so I’m especially excited about this haul.

First the Goodies
First the Goodies

As usual, Knit Crate has chosen a beautiful knit pattern to offer us.

It is the New Market Shawl by Kristi Johnson ($6.00 value)

The beautiful edging on this triangle shawl is what makes it stand out. Read on below to find out how you can win the promo code to download this pattern for yourself.

The card also includes some promo codes:

One for a free pattern of your choice from Hannah Fettig on Ravelry ($2+ value depending on pattern chosen.)

And free Minis with purchase of mini grab bags on Knit Crate. (approx. $10 to $20 value)

What’s a mini you ask? Knit Crate describes them as:

  • All KnitCrate Minis have approximately 30 yds of premium yarn in each mini skein
  • Each KnitCrate Mini package will contain 5 or 10 mini skeins depending on your chosen grab bag
  • All KnitCrate Minis are premium yarns that are hand painted / indie dyed mini skeins
  • Each KnitCrate Mini is individually labelled with the colorway and other pertinent information

They are perfect for working granny squares or other motifs.

Our next item in the Crate is the “Soothing Extra”: Caveman Cookies ($2.85 for three cookies)

These cookies are made without grain or dairy. They are great for anyone on the Paleo diet (where you eat only things you can get from nature, like a Caveman would).

As for the flavor of the cookies. You can definitely tell they are not like traditional cookies that use flour and eggs, but they are moist and the spices (ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon) really give the cookie a nice flavor. Though they are almost a dollar a cookie, it is really difficult to eat more than one in a sitting. They are very dense (like a brownie) and filling, so a package could last quite a while.

This is my favorite thing in the Crate.
This is my favorite thing in the Crate.

Now for the item I’ve been wanting for a long time.

This fun extra is a Wraps Per Inch Tool, or WPI tool with a Knit-Kard by Nancy’s Knit Knacks ($9.99 value)

Not only is the WPI Tool something I have wanted for a while, but discovering Nancy’s Knit Knacks website was a real treat. I am bookmarking it as I write this. The website has wonderful quality knit and crochet tools as well as some really inventive things I’ve never seen before.

But back to the WPI tool. This tool is used to figure out the weight of any yarn. You can watch the video below to see my explanation on how it works.

As for what a regular crocheter can use it for, it has a great use for mystery yarn. Those half skeins you’ve lost the label for can now be identified as a worsted or aran weight with this tool. This can help when you want to use it for a certain pattern and can’t remember what weight that yarn was.

It can also help with yarns that don’t give weights on their label. This can happen with independent yarn. It might give you a knit gauge, which we know is not very helpful for us crocheters, but no actual weight. This tool can be used to find the weight of the yarn so we can choose our hooks or patterns better for the yarn.

Such a pretty color.
Such a pretty color.

The yarn this month will actually put my WPI tool to use.

It is a beautiful Teal Blue from Shalimar Yarns called Haven. (approx $25 to $30 a hank)

Though the label doesn’t tell me, I believe it is a medium worsted weight. It has a generous 247 yards per hank so it’s great for a scarf or shawl. The yarn is 63% merino wool and 37% tussah silk and is beautifully hand painted. I’ve got plans for it already.

I’ll be using my WPI tool to get a definite weight on it, so stay tuned for a yarn review and a specific video on using the WPI tool.

As always the folks at Knit Crate did a wonderful job at sending items that are beautiful and useful and helping me to discover some really great brands.

Now for the giveaway.

I’ll be giving away my promo code, as I often do, for the Knit New Market Shawl by Kristi Johnson.

I will also be giving away a copy of my Portola Lace Shawl for all of us crochet only folks.

Perfect for the warm weather coming up.
Perfect for the warm weather coming up.

How to Enter

Leave a comment in this post letting me know if you are a knitter or crocheter (so you win the correct pattern) and what is your favorite shape of shawl (rectangle, triangle, etc…)

Entries open until Friday April 25th, 2014 midnight  Pacific time. Then I’ll announce the winners (one for each) the next day.

Don’t miss out on any of these great giveaways and promos, follow the blog now and check out the video reveal below.

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Winner of the Clover Pom Pom Makers

Congrats to Patrice who left the following comment:

I learned how to make pom poms from my Mum many years ago. I love to put them on kids hats and scarves. Somehow, I think the tool might be easier. I’d love a chance to check them out. Thanks for the opportunity.

She has won the Clover Pom Pom Makers. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Don’t forget, there are just a couple weeks left to enter the SliverSpun Yarn giveaway. Entries close April 30th midnight Pacific time. So go enter now!

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Starting A Two Color Spiral In Double Crochet

I had a viewer request on how to begin a two color spiral. I already have a pattern that has a two color spiral in it, so this was an easy tutorial.

Baby Sensory Tummy Time Mat
Baby Sensory Tummy Time Mat

The Baby Sensory Tummy Time Mat already had a photo tutorial in the pattern for the first round (which is usually the most difficult to make), so I made up a video (see below) for the first three rounds.

If you have your own spiral pattern and the stitches are different, just substitute those stitches for the ones I show and the spiral will work out just the same.

If you are a leftie, here is your video.