Today I have the great pleasure of announcing my first-ever Free Crochet Pattern!
Keep up with my New Years Resolution of learning Broomstick Lace!
Have you ever had a secret you wish wasn't a secret? That's how I always feel about my designs that are in the transit period between acceptance and publication!
Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Snowflakes!! I'm seeing snowflakes in my sleep we have so much snow. So, what's a girl to do? Why......crochet snowflakes of course..
December 25, 2009
Today, Christmas 2009, mom became an all around accomplished fiber artist! Not only can she spin yarn, felt yarn, and crochet yarn...she can KNIT it too! After years of frustration with knitting she picked up a learn to knit DVD at the library Monday. Within minutes of starting the dvd mom was knitting successfully! Little did she know that all these years she was yarning over the wrong way. But even so, mom states that she still prefers crochet to knitting (I can confirm that fact: She crocheted dad a hat yesterday and is crocheting him slippers now too!). Way to go mom! Here is to learning yet another lifelong skill before the new year!
December 24, 2009
Throughout the month of January we are going to be introducing some new products! We are very excited about these and cannot wait to share what we have up our sleeves.
Merry Christmas, and Happy Crocheting!
December 15, 2009
November 09, 2009
you guessed it......CROCHETING!!!!!
My parents are going on a mission trip to Uganda very soon. My mom plans to help the economic conditions of women by teaching them to crochet wash cloths to sell on her website
These washcloths are going to be designed by me to fit round and rectangular hand-crafted spa soaps. I am very excited to be a part of this project and wonder where this will lead me in my crochet career. Below is a donate button if you wish to make a contribution to this effort. All donations will be used strictly for purchasing yarn for this project. Also further below is a cool clip from Krochet Kids International who are also working with 10 women in Uganda. Isn't it cool to know crocheting CAN make a difference in the life of a woman!
While I was looking through my ravelry profile today, I noticed I never shared a picture of my Lilac Lace Dress all finished. The picture was taken at the Make it With Wool contest in September. I loved making this dress, from the very beginning stages of dying the wool from white to lilac, to the last details of weaving in ends. I accented the dress with an amazingly beautiful hand knitted shawl that belonged to my Great-Grandmother. I'm dying to wear this dress, I know that it will be much loved next summer!
P.S. Today is my birthday! I'm 17 now, it feels like I'm getting so old!
October 27, 2009
Beautiful Round Tablecloth Pattern
Valentine's Round Tablecloth
I hope you enjoy these!
Today I enjoyed some time looking through my favorite online pattern databases for free crochet patterns for round tablecloths. I found some gorgeous patterns that are made out of cotton thread that would make beautiful round afghans if made from a bigger hook and worsted weight yarn.
Round Pineapple Tablecloth
Round and Round Tablecloth
Round Pineapple Tablecloth
I hope you enjoy these free crochet patterns for round tablecloths! I had a blast looking through the numerous patterns and bringing you my favorites!
September 26, 2009
The Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet is out at long last, along with the third published pattern I am proud to call my own. The Orchard Mitt's were crocheted out of the gorgeous Manos del Uruguay's Silk Blend yarn in the woodland colorway. I designed these gloves last winter for my mom's Christmas gift, and they are very simple to make. The interesting stitch pattern makes the pattern appear much harder than it actually is. I hope everyone likes the pattern, and be sure to add it as a favorite on Ravelry!!
September 14, 2009
I have some amazing pictures from my trip to Pennsylvania now...thanks Gabrielle!
While I was visiting my friend, we took a trip to NYC and had the opportunity to visit Mood Fabrics! Yes, the very Mood fabrics that the amazing designers of project runway visited for 5 years in a row. The fabric selection was amazing, as you see in the clip of picture above. There was floor to ceiling shelves absolutely jam packed full of rolls of fabric. When you get in there, you're so overwhelmed by the selection, you wonder how you can ever choose just one fabric. I can only imagine having 15 minutes to try and pick fabric for a look....it would simply be overwhelming!
On a more crocheting note, I am starting to design a fall line of girls wear...stay tuned for more details!
Happy Crocheting...and keep an eye out for Make it With Wool look number 2!
As you probably know, the Wisconsin Make it With Wool contest was this weekend. Being the ambitious teenage girl with a mission, I created two outfits for the contest this year, finishing both outfits only 3 hours before it was time to leave for the contest (the 2 hours were spent sleeping and the 3rd getting ready to leave). This outfit displayed here is the duster I made with Cherry Tree Hill's Oceania yarn. It is a boucle yarn with a strand of nylon and a metalic running through it. The duster is amazingly gorgeous and sparkly, It will be fabulous to wear all the time! The suit is made from a fabric bought off the $5 fabric table at Paron fabrics in New York City. The suit pattern is a vintage simplicty pattern from the 1970's, bought for a dime at a local thrift shop. I heavily modified and fitted the pattern with my friend, her mom, and grandmother as well, while visiting her in Pennsylvania. I had a great time talking to the judges about this outfit, and while it didn't win, the sewing skills I put into this outfit were 100 million times better than any other sewing I've done in my life. I'm very proud of my work, and I plan to keep up sewing and have them near perfect by the next make it with wool contest.
Happy Crocheting...stay tuned for pictures of outfit number 2!
September 06, 2009
Hot off the hook, my duster is finished! I got it done in 4 weeks, and I just have to block it, and sew a few more ends in. There are only 6 days left until the contest, and every spare minute has been spent preparing! I am about 3/4 of the way done with the sewing for this outfit, and I'm almost done with the sewing for the purple dress! Everything is falling into place perfectly...I'm "Making it Work" as Tim Gunn would say on Project Runway :)
Happy Crocheting...I'll update again this week with more pictures!
P.S. Isn't the yarn lushious?! It's Cherry Tree Hill Oceania in the Cabin Feaver color way. I bought it while I was in Buffalo New York for the Knit and Crochet Show! That is a whole new blog post to write, but now I've got you curious! Check back soon for a show report!
September 02, 2009
I've been pretty quiet for a while. I got the opportunity to go to Pennsylvania and visit one of my best friends for 2 weeks, and I got a lot of work done on my Make it With Wool outfits! Here is a picture of outfit number one, which is about 80% of the way finished. Not cool, considering the contest is only 10 days away!
Enjoy the picture!
(p.s. my arm isn't broken, it's an opera length gauntlet! The other one is just in very beginning stages!)
July 14, 2009
So, after yesterday's post about Make it With Wool, I'm going to continue on and show off the plans for this years outfits. Just for the fun of making you wait, I'm sharing with you the outfit that is still in the planning stages. I picked up this vintage Simplicity pattern at St. Vinnies (remember Marianne? That's where we got her too!), one of our local thrift shops, for a dime. I can't believe I found it in this condition, every piece is there...and it's just the perfect size for me! The view I plan on making is the one in all red, but I'd like to add a belt like the red shirt/plaid pant ensemble. Since I am taking a trip next month to visit my friend Gabrielle (who actually won the Junior division at the Nat'l MIWW contest the year I went!), I'm planning on constructing the entire garment while I'm vising her, getting the sage advice from her, as well as her mom-who got 5th in the nat'l adult contest last year-on my sewing!
Now, for the good stuff! In Doris Chan's book Everyday Crochet: Wearable Designs Just for You, I saw this amazing duster. I knew the very first time I saw it that it was MIWW contest material. I'm planning on making it out of the recommended Berroco Ultra Alpaca yarn, which is 50% Wool and 50% Alpaca. I'm very excited to see how it turns out! I'm still deliberating on a color combo, but I like the Autumn shades they chose for the model. I may go along with the 70's look provided by the sewing pattern, but I still haven't made my mind up...
Be sure to check back tomorrow for the first half-way finished outfit!
July 13, 2009
By now I'm sure all my faithful readers are familiar with the Make It With Wool Contest. For those of you who have not heard of Make it With Wool (MIWW here and throughout!), this contest encourages people of all ages to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns, and also encourage creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving wool fabrics and yarns. For the past 2 years I have participated in this contest. The first year, 2007, I crocheted a purple trench coat that won my state contest, qualifying me to attend the National MIWW contest. While I didn't place at the national contest, I had an amazing experiance and gained a friend that will last a lifetime.
This past year I had another great MIWW experiance, although I learned a dissapointing pitfall to our state contest. While the contest is open for every kind of use of wool, as stated above, there seems to be an emphasis placed on the importance of sewing used in the contest. In my 2008 outfit, I spent well over 50 hours creating a beautiful, unique, one of a kind coat that I took from icky, greasy fleece to dying, to spinning, and crocheting. Then I decided that since I really wanted to go on and win the National contest, I'd sew a pair of pants to complete my ensamble. As you may have surmised, sewing my pants ended up being a major disaster that compromised the coat that could have won very well on it's own. Not winning our state contest last year made me more determind than ever to learn to sew WELL and be able to pull of a victory at the 2009 contest.
This year, I've taken on 2 new challenges in the contest -
1. I am no longer in the Junior Category. Now that I'm a "Senior" I have to battle it out against the other 17-24 year olds, most of whom have much more sewing experiance than me.
2. Rather than entering the typical 1 outfit like everyone else, I'm making 2 outfits! I'm very excited at this new challenge, and am putting every ounce of perfection I can into every piece that goes into each outfit.
Now, are you excited or what? Why don't you find out if you have a Make it With Wool contest in your state...Yes, they have an adult category! Check back here over the next few days to see what I've made so far for the contest!
Today our lovely friend Jodi came to our house for a visit! While we were talking and enjoying ourselves, she whipped out her current knitting project - a pair of baby socks. The yarn that she was using was so pretty. Naturally, I asked what kind it was. Mom and I were amazed when she told us it was Red Heart's "Heart & Sole", a super fine sock yarn with aloe in it. The yarn's self striping looks great, and it knits up to be the cutest socks (as you can see over on the left). So what happened to Red Heart being the super clunky, obsolete yarn on the market? As much as I don't enjoy working with Acrylic yarns, Red Heart stands up to the test of time by washing and wearing better than most yarns. While I agree that other more luxurious yarns are much more fun to work with, if you're going to make something that will be used a lot, Red Heart is the way to go. And hey, if Red Heart is going to start making more green, eco friendly, fun yarns that colors don't suck, isn't that an added bonus?!
What do YOU think? Comment away!
July 08, 2009
I found this neat crochet website that offers a great, FREE 5 day crochet tip course! What is even cooler: They are also offering "the official guide to crochet" workshop for sale, and as an added bonus are including over $400 of extra vintage patterns that are hard to find! You can find them at Official Guide to Crochet. I hope you enjoy the site!
P.S. Keep your eyes on the blog this week! I have lots of updates for you!
P.P.S. Did you know the ad links all over my blog make me extra yarn money? Click them to your hearts content!
May 27, 2009
Happy Crocheting, and expect pictures of cute lambs soon!
March 19, 2009
March 17, 2009
Remember the totally no fair sneak peak I gave you back in January? Here is the end result, found today on www.insidecrochet.co.uk!
The yarn, as you may remember, I spun and dyed myself from wool grown in my own back yard!
Enjoy looking, and happy crocheting!
March 04, 2009
February 11, 2009
Right now he's living in our kitchen and Chelsea is the new mama. Heisman has been a good little lamb and Chelsea hasn't lost any sleep due to feedings. He goes 7 - 8 hours between his night time feedings and usually wants to eat every 4 - 5 hours during the day. By next week he'll be
down to 4 feedings/day and will graduate to living in the barn.
Any guesses as to what breed he is?
hint: this breed is small/medium and quite often raised for meat although they have soft short staple wool.
February 07, 2009
February 05, 2009
I needed to run to the Willy Street Co-op (one of the natural food co-ops our family belongs to) so I suggested we make the morning of it and also run to the St. Vinny's Store one block away. St. Vinny's is a charitable thrift store, and this particular store specializes in retro clothing, so Chelsea is always thrilled to take a peak at what is in the store. I walked into the area where the home furnishing stuff was and standing right before me was Marianne. It was like God placed her there right for our family. Let me tell you why.
Chelsea has been begging for an adjustable dress form for years. Our first dress form was a homemade creation made with duct tape. We duct taped Chelsea in a turtle neck. Chelsea looked like an astronaut by the time we were ready to cut off all the duct tape. That first dress form was a pretty sorry substitution for the real thing.
Then Chelsea found a great deal through Jo Ann Fabrics, but all the reviews of the product were so disappointing that we decided a good deal would be wasted money if the reviews were any indication on the quality of the product.
Chelsea has been scouting eBay for a long time, but the cost of shipping really made the purchase prices on the forms she found prohibitive. How incredible is it that an adjustable dress form would be waiting for us this morning! And the price was right! Thank you Jesus!
Marianne is modeling a vintage satin wedding dress that Chelsea gleaned at a garage sale for about a quarter (could be a dime....it was put as much into a bag as you could squeeze in for a dollar). The 100% natural felted wool wrap was hand made by a close family friend from Finland. The pin was a vintage looking Walmart find and the pearls are old costume jewelry from my box.
We look forward to allowing Marianne model our crochet creations. It's a happy day at our house.
(PS We found a very cool crocheted shirt at St Vinny's too. Marianne will be modeling that tomorrow!)
February 03, 2009
Today, I'm bringing you Beginners Crochet Projects! I did some research looking for attractive, yet easy projects that beginners could easily handle. There are many, many projects out there, but many can be so boring. I'm sharing some of my very favorites with you!
1960's Inspired Belt
Be My Valentine Scarf
Be A Friend Shawl
Cheerio Lacy Shrug
Lativan Wrist Warmers
Enjoy crocheting your new beginner crochet projects!
February 01, 2009
As a homeschooler, Chelsea has a lot of flexibility in her schedule. But as a teenager, knowing how to prioritize to get the job done doesn't always come naturally. Heck....this can be difficult for adults! So we utilized this opportunity to learn how to take a deadline and work backwards -- making sure there was sufficient time to complete each part of the project. I have to say she was pretty successful with this. I had imagined an entire week of all-nighters working on finishing and she really only had a couple of late nights at the very end.
She had to have her hat crocheted in her own sheep's wool that she carded, dyed and handspun herself to England by Friday, January 30th. That meant it had to be finished the week ahead to get mailed soon enough....it still had to go Global Express but it arrived on time. She also had to have her pattern completed before the 30th so she could have testers make the pattern to make sure the instructions were clear. The article that was written had to be sent on the 30th and it was! The first revision is already completed and it looks as though the project is about finished.
Whew! This was a pretty big deal for a 16 year old. I think it is a pretty big deal for an adult. But for a teen with high aspirations when it comes to wool, yarn, and crochet.......it's a dream come true.
So I couldn't be prouder of you Chelsea....you did a great job! I know you have more publishing goals for the year and I'm sure you will meet every one successfully. I just hope I don't get more gray hairs over worrying about your deadlines. But I guess you've proven that I don't need to worry. You are learning to prioritize and manage your time without the "micro-manager" (yes....I did get accused of micro-managing her time....ouch!)
Can't wait to see your article, pattern and pictures in print!
January 30, 2009
January 22, 2009
Here is some lovely yarn I was dying at the beginning of the week. It's a beautiful lilac color, which of course the camera can never capture accurately! I've learned this week that dying is definitely one of my favorite things to do with yarn! Look out, hand painting, here I come!
This yarn is going to be used in this years make it with wool contest. I'm making a beautiful dress that was designed by Doris Chan. I'm so excited about it!
Until tomorrow's sneak peak,
January 17, 2009
So, I promised a sneak peak this week, but I'm not quite done with my project yet. Here is a peak into my dye pot. I spun about 300 yards of my sheep's wool, and now it's sitting in my dye pot.
January 08, 2009
Until the next break!