Tuesday, November 04, 2014

An Overdue Thank You to Paradise Fibers and a New Free Pattern

First and foremost, I'd like to say thank you to the bottom of my fuzzy soul to Paradise Fibers for gifting me this lovely swift and hanks of Cascade!

It was so thoughtful and made for a real "pick me up" after the end of a long day at the cube farm. Paradise Fibers is a great online resource for anything fiber related. I actually purchased my first spinning wheel from them years ago and it's still my go-to wheel for everything from spinning singles to plying. Love Paradise Fibers! Thank you!

Secondly, I have another free pattern for you. Sunflower motifs!

I have been working up sunflowers for months in various yarn weights, from thread on my little steel hook to worsted on a good old US G hook. Finally, I feel like the motif is ready for the real world after a gazillion pattern tests. I mostly tested it as a join as you go motif, but I also repurposed it as an applique as well.

Above the sunflower motif adorns one of my retro aprons, which my niece, Zoe, is graciously modeling.

So, if you're interested in trying your hand at this late summer flora, just pick up the pattern from my Ravelry store.

Happy November, kids!

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Pattern: Sea Turtle Applique!

I just listed a new pattern in my Ravelry store...

Nothing like a sea turtle appliques to brighten your summer wardrobe and accessories! This pattern is not only fun, but it's challenging too due to the fact that the turtle is made up of components. You just crochet a bunch of parts and then cobble those together to make a turtle. It's a fun little puzzle. And don't worry, I put schematics in the pattern so you won't get lost, turtle parts scattered about the room. That would be terrible, but it just won't happen because I have left a clear trail marked by green scaly breadcrumbs!

The turtle above is a thread version, but the pattern works just as well with any yarn weight and corresponding hook. I made a few DK weight versions that look cool too...just bigger. The little dude above is about 9 x 9".

So, if you're interested in turtling up your life you can obtain the pattern from my Ravelry store. Happy crocheting!

Friday, March 28, 2014


Take a look at what I'm doing when I'm NOT crocheting HERE.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

New Pattern - Duffel Bag for Crochet Today!

Just wanted to share my latest pattern with you...

This sporty duffel pattern can be found in the latest issue of Crochet Today magazine. It's a fun crochet, works up fast and has a surface pattern to keep your interest peaked as you work. Go get your copy today!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern - Valentine's Day Hearts!

Making your own Valentines this year and need a little crocheted doodad to give 'em some pizzazz? Well, I've got just the thing for you:

Crocheted thread hearts for holiday!

Yep, find some size 10 crochet thread and a 1.8mm steel hook and work some of these goodies up! Pattern is a freebie and can be found in my Ravelry store.

I am thinking about joining a bunch of these lovelies together and making a really obnoxious scarf to wear on Valentine's Day. Too much???


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Mexican Flower Motif Shawl

I thought it might be nice to infuse the cold vortex that is blanketing a good portion of the US with a dash of warm color...

This shawl was definitely inspired by Sarah London's Hawaiian Flowers motif pattern. I love her use of color and well, who doesn't love a good motif pattern? What I didn't love so much about Sarah's motif was the number of petals (her motif sports four petals). So, using Sarah's basic idea, I added a petal per motif and voila! The Mexican Flower Shawl was born! Um, err, crocheted!

The shawl was crocheted using Knit Picks Brava Worsted. This has become my go-to worsted yarn for working out designs. It is not expensive, washes nicely and comes in a variety of beautiful colors.

Check out the little star motifs in between the flower motifs. After a few versions, I finally settled on the stars pictured above.

I cannot wait to wear this shawl atop a pretty spring frock!

Happy New Year, everyone! Stay warm!