4.20.2016

Come hang out with Marly and me on Monday!

Tomorrow at noon (EST) Marly and I will be chatting away about crochet, life, dogs, kids, and more on her Yarn Thing Podcast.  We will be giving away 2 copies of the new book, Vintage Modern Crochet.


Be warned, we like to giggle.  A LOT

She is one of my favorite people, and I just love getting to spend time with her.  We usually end up giggling over nothing, which is the best kind of person I know.   No matter if you crochet or knit, Marly always makes you feel like you can do it all.  She is the perfect cheerleader for crafting, and I just love her.

You can catch up with some of our adventures over at Blog Talk.  They still make me giggle, even years later.

edited:  We needed to reschedule for Monday.  Hope to see you there!

Interweave Crochet Coloring Book

While in Loveland for YarnFest a few weeks ago, I got to see Interweave's newest coloring book.  And from the moment I saw it, I thought BRILLIANT!

Seriously

BRILLIANT

Interweave Crochet Team took some of the most beautiful stitch diagrams they had from over the years, and exploded the stitches so you can color in them.  We all know that stitch diagrams can be quite the work of art when done with care.  Now you can color them to make them even more stunning.

But what made me shout out BRILLIANT, was not another pretty coloring book; which it is.  But the fantastic color scheme tool that it can be.  Every stitch is exploded so you can color within it, but it still keeps similar thickness of weight of each stitch.  Meaning, when you color each round, you can use it to plan out the color you want in your project.  The thicker stitches will have more color and thinner or smaller stitches will have less (think a cluster or shell vs a single crochet or chain).  Now when you color you can see exactly how much the shells or other stitches standout, and how much the chains recede.  Plus, if you color the background, you can test out what shirts your shawl or sweater will look good when worn on top.

BRILLIANT, right?

I have a terrible time with color.  I might crochet 10 swatches for each color project and be on the fence with all of them.  But with the coloring book idea, I could color my stitch diagrams and really plan my color with out wasting my yarn.

Plus, when I hand a copy to my daughter, I get to envision what her uninhibited self puts together for color.  And we get to giggle and laugh the entire time.

Interweave Crochet has the coloring book for download on their site.  I think its like 8$, great deal for tons of fun.  They also have a free page you can download from their website as well.

I can't wait to hear what you think of it!




4.08.2016

Shawl Style

I am thrilled that so many of you liked my little piece in the Knit and Crochet Now Newsletter on ways to wear a shawl.  A few of you wished you could see other shawls shown in the same manners.  Well, luckily, I had the Rafael Shawl in my studio!  Here is what Candi Jensen's gorgeous shawl looks like as a cardi, vest, and wrap. (for details, go check out the newsletter!)

Cardi
I love how the edging really shines on the front panels of the cardi.  I also love how the extra depth gives you great batwing sleeves or cocoon sweater feel.































Vest
I love the cozy look of the vest.  Plus I see it with a great big shawl pin or belt for that extra polished look.


































Wrap
I am not sure, but I think I love the back as much or more then the front!  No saying you can't wear it the other way around!

Wrap Style- Front
Wrap Style- Back

























Hope they inspired you to break out your shawls and play!

4.07.2016

Spring into the New Season of Knit and Crochet Now!

Are you getting the Knit and Crochet Now Newsletters?  If not, think about signing up.  You can get an extra dose of me once a month, and you know we are crochet buddies already!

The April Newsletter is bursting with fresh ideas and blooming flowers.
Included this month:

3 Ways to Wear a Shawl without it falling off your shoulders.

























Yarn Review and Flower Motif Directions




Lena's new gorgeous Summer Love Collection at Annie's Signature Designs.


Check it out when you get a chance, there are some free patterns too!




4.05.2016

Spring into the New Season of Knit and Crochet Now!

It's airing!

The new season of Knit and Crochet Now starts airing today on the Create Channel.  So exciting to be able to show you all the fun we had this season.

I can't wait to hear what you think of the new set, new host, and new projects!  Deborah Norville was so warm and welcoming.  I really think you will enjoy her enthusiasm for crafting.  I can't wait!

Here is the whole line-up for this season:

7th Season Episode Guide                        
Episode 701 – Versatile Shawls                 
Episode 702 - Slip Into Slippers                 
Episode 703 – Vested Interest                     
Episode 704 - Mosaic Knit Scarves            
Episode 705 - Artsy Afghans                      
Episode 706 - Dolly Longlegs   
Episode 707 – Downton Abbey Gloves
Episode 708 – Shaped Cardigans
Episode 709 – Carry Along bags
Episode 710 – Itty Bitty Baby Projects
Episode 711 – Unique Accessories
Episode 712 – Dress Up Pup
Episode 713 – Springtime Tees


You will be able to download free knit and crochet projects and stitch patterns, view TV clips and receive additional instructions at KnitAndCrochetNow.com.  Check dates and times for broadcast at KnitandCrochetNow.com/schedule/
Annie's is generously giving one reader the entire DVD set of Season 7 of Knit and Crochet Now.  All you need to do to enter to win is leave a comment here, send me an email, or send me a message through twitter/ facebook/ or ravelry by Friday at noon (EST).  Good Luck!

4.04.2016

Plum Posy Filet Shawl

Plum Posy Filet Shawl

By joining the ends of the shawl together, it cocoons around the arms making it fun for all girls to wear and enjoy. The simple filet pattern keeps you entertained while zooming off your hook.
Yarn: 
Amelia and Wiggles Happy Tails (CYCA #1), 100% Superwash Merino, 400 yds/ 100g: #Coming Home, (1, 1, 2) hanks
Hook:
F/5 (3.75mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 
Yarn Needle
Stitches Used: ch Chain 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
dc Double Crochet 
tr Treble Crochet 
tch Turning Chain
Gauge: 
22 sts x 12 rows= 4” x 4¼” in stitch pattern
Sizes: 
Shawl is sized for a Child Small, Medium, and Large. Shawl shown is a medium. Main Triangle size is 46” wide by 15.25” tall (48” wide by 17” tall, 49.5” wide by 18.5” tall).
Pattern Note: Pattern uses a filet chart for main portion of the shawl, using written directions for increasing/ decreasing and finishing.
Filet Pattern Notes: Solid boxes on the filet chart are made of 4 double crochet. Empty boxes on the filet chart are made of 2 double crochets separated by a chain 2 space. Flower Boxes on the filet chart are a combination of chains and single crochets see stitch diagram for assistance.
4$, PDF Download


Fine Print: To use the PDF, you will need appropriate software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. By purchasing this pattern, you are granted a limited license to download the pdf file to a single personal computer and to print out a hard copy of the pattern, solely for personal non-commercial use.







Greyson Tunisian Cowl

Greyson Tunisian Cowl 

Giving thanks to plaid woven fabric for inspiration, this cowl makes a sophisticated statement for every occasion.  Cowl uses three colors that blend to create a wonderful tweed look.
Yarn: 
Amelia and Wiggles Pink Bear (CYCA #4), 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yds/ 100g: 
Fire Engine (A), Lilac (B), Forest (C), 75 yds ea



Hook:
L/11 (8.0mm) Tunisian hk or hk needed to obtain gauge 
H/8 (5.0mm) hk for edging
Notions: 
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins, (2) 1”dia buttons
Stitches Used: 
ch Chain 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
TSS Tunisian Simple Stitch
Gauge: 
15 sts by 15 rows = 4” (10 cm) by 4” (10 cm)
Finished Size: 
Cowl is 7” (18 cm) wide by 24” (61 cm) long

4$, PDF Download 
  

Fine Print: To use the PDF, you will need appropriate software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. By purchasing this pattern, you are granted a limited license to download the pdf file to a single personal computer and to print out a hard copy of the pattern, solely for personal non-commercial use.

Opal Knot Cowl

Opal Knot Cowl


Soft and lovely, this cowl feels as light as a feather around your neck. Solomon’s knots mixed with traditional crochet make for a striking lace fabric.  Solomon's knots on the edging lend whimsical feel.  One skein makes for a quick projects to whip up in an evening. 
Yarn: 
Amelia and Wiggles Puppy Frenzy (CYCA #3), 85% Superwash Merino, 15% NEP, 231 yds/ 100g: #Rainbow Soft, 1 hank
Hook:
H/8 (5.0mm) hk or hk needed to obtain gauge
Notions: 
Yarn Needle, Spray Bottle and Rust-Proof Pins
Stitches Used: 
ch Chain 
sl st Slip Stitch 
sc Single Crochet 
tr Treble Crochet 
tch Turning Chain 
ch-sp Chain Space
Gauge: 
3 ch-4 sps by Rows 1-9 of pattern = 3.75” (9.5 cm) by 4.5” (11.5 cm)
Finished Size: 
Cowl is 11” (28 cm) wide by 36” (91.5 cm) long

4$, PDF Download


 


Fine Print: To use the PDF, you will need appropriate software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. By purchasing this pattern, you are granted a limited license to download the pdf file to a single personal computer and to print out a hard copy of the pattern, solely for personal non-commercial use.

2.11.2016

Yarn Fest 2016

About a month after the giant Pittsburgh Show, I will be heading out west once again to Loveland, CO for Yarn Fest 2016.  It is a beautiful part of the country with lots of friendly, welcoming, and crafty people.  I will be teaching a number of classes there and I hope you can join me for a few!

Here is my lineup:


Thursday 9am-12pm

Do you love crochet stitch dictionaries for their beautiful motifs but do not know what you could do with them? Have you mastered joining a few motifs together in a strip but wanted to know how you could transform that into a sweater or a bag? Then come join me as I walk you through how to build and construct your next project with crochet motifs. I will guide you on how to join square motifs seamlessly, as well as how to spice them up with a fun crochet joining that makes a totally unique fabric. I will show you how a simple trip to your local office supply store can be the key for unlocking those motif sweater layouts. I will break you out of the box with how to lay out hexagon, octagon, or circular motifs. Lastly, I will show you that keeping your old swatches can make joining and filling in voids in your fabric fun. Come join me and get ready to grab your hooks and stitch dictionaries after class to build your next gorgeous crochet motif project.



Unexpected Lace Crochet
Friday 9am-12pm
Tired of the same old crochet patterns? Ready for what’s next? Come with me as we explore the wide world of crochet through fun unusual stitches. We will play with foundation stitches, extended stitches, linked stitches, Solomon’s knots, broomstick, Belgium lace, X stitches, P stitches and more! Just bring your hook, yarn and some basic knowledge of crochet (no matter how rusty) and we will have a ball exploring all the unexpected stitches.



Crochet Finishing Techniques
Friday 130-430pm
You have crocheted all your sweater panels and now what? In this master class, we will answer just that. We will discuss using the right seam, best way to block, and perfect buttonholes. Everything put together and it still looks wonky? No problem. We will talk about ways to fix and straighten even the biggest mistakes. This class is geared to take the beginner sweater crocheter to the next level with just a few simple steps.



Tunisian Color Play
Saturday 9am-12pm
Looking for a woven fabric without the hassle of warping a loom? Then come check out Tunisian Crochet. Even with the simplest stitches, just by adding a bit of color you can have powerful results making the most unique woven like fabric. In class we will review the basics of Tunisian Crochet then dive into adding color. By the end of the class, we all will be masters of color and laughing all along the way.



Beyond the Basics
Saturday 130-430pm
Looking to add a few new skills to your crochet tool box? In this class, you will master crochet color work just from making dressed up stripes that make amazing stitch patterns. We will conquer the post stitch cable and fake cables for stunning textured projects. We will also imagine gorgeous lace fabric from small motifs we can carry with us anywhere. All you need to bring is your yarn, hook and a passion for crochet fun! This class is great if you want to sample a little of a bunch of different techniques.



Crocheting with Color
Sunday 9am-12pm
Come get a taste of how you can get powerful results in all your crochet color work projects! We will discuss the simplicity of mosaic crocheting, the joy of slip stitch embroidery and easy ways to stay on track in charted color. This class will get you excited about color and give you inspiration to go have a color explosion.

2.10.2016

Crafting for our Furry Friends on the Knit and Crochet Now! Newsletter

On this month's Knit and Crochet Now! Update, we talk a bit about knitting and crocheting for our pets and some of the things you need to be on the lookout for while crafting.  I catch up with Lena and all her amazing work, and get a ton of notion advice from my friends.  Plus there are two dog sweater patterns (one knit and one crocheted) for you.   If you wanted to get the newsletter to your email, you can sign up online.  Hope you enjoy!

2.08.2016

Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Only a month away and we are so excited for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival!

Amelia and Wiggles are joining me in cooking up some fun surprises at our CROCHET booth.  As always, we will have all my books, DVDs, and patterns.  We will have their furry friend inspired yarn, which is fantastic to crochet.  We have made kits of our favorite projects, and brand new ones for each class that I will be teaching.  We hope a number of our friends will be joining us in the booth with all their wonderful crochet notion, yarn, and patterns too.  No matter what, stopping by booth 20-21; you will find crochet exploding from every corner.

This year I am teaching a number of new classes, and I am so excited to see you at some of them!  Here is my full line up.

Irish Crochet For Today


Friday 12-3pmIrish Crochet is one of the most striking lace fabrics and can be quite intimidating to the untrained eye. In class, we will break how Irish Crochet to its basics; motifs and lace netting. We will highlight the beauty of each individual motif and how they themselves can make amazing projects. We will show how to use simple stitches to create a netting to join the motifs together. This class will show you that Irish Crochet has a great history but truly can make lovely projects for all today. This is an intermediate level class.



Crochet Your First Top Down Sweater
Friday 4:30-7:30pm
Looking for some instant gratification, crocheting top down sweaters could be for you!  In class we will walk through everything from picking out the best yarn, the best stitches, how to shape the yoke of the sweater, how to join for the body and sleeves, and on through finishing.  By the end of class you will be completely equipped to make the perfect sweater for you, and halfway through our class sample doll sweater. This is an intermediate level class.








Modern Filet Crochet 
Saturday 9am-12pm
Think you know filet crochet?  Think again.  Sure, we have all seen the incredible vintage thread designs, but filet can be so much more.  In class we will quickly master the basics and move right into with simple twists we can make incredible fashion forward fabrics.  By the end of class, you will be on your way to your own unique shawl of your own design. This is an intermediate level class








Solomon's Knot Lace
Saturday 2-5pm
Come join me as we fall in love with a beautiful vintage lace technique.  Solomon’s Knot Lace is an amazingly easy lace to crochet once you master the basic stitches. In class, we will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add sparkle with beads, and how simple it is to combine it with classic crochet stitches.  If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the lace technique for you! This is a beginner level class, and students must know chain and single crochet.




Tunisian Color Play
Sunday 9am-12pm
Looking for a woven fabric without the hassle of warping a loom? Then come check out Tunisian Crochet. Even with the simplest stitches, just by adding a bit of color you can have powerful results making the most unique woven like fabric. In class we will review the basics of Tunisian Crochet then dive into adding color. By the end of the class, we all will be masters of color and laughing all along the way. This is a beginner level class, students must be familiar with the basics of Tunisian stitches.




101 Ways to Wear a Handmade Shawl
Sunday 130-230pm
We all love shawls, but unless you have a wedding or other occasion to wear it when does it come out of your closet?  Come join me in learning a number of ways to twist and turn your shawl into many different shapes.  Armed with some shawl pins and know how we can turn any average shawl into a bolero, cowl, wrap, skirt, and more.  Bring your favorite shawl and shawl pins, and get ready to have some fun. This class is suitable for all levels and for anyone who owns a shawl. A perfect class to end the weekend

I really hope to see you at the show this year.  Its our first year at the convention center, and I can't wait to hear what you think about the new location!

1.04.2016

Start the New Year with a Free Annie's Online Class!

Man, ask and you will receive!

I just got work from Annie's that they want to help us start the New Year out right too!

They are offering one special reader a free class of mine at Annie's Online Classes.  If you win, you can choose from Learn Yarn Substitutions for Crochet, Learn to Crochet Sweaters, or Learn to Crochet Jewelry.

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is tell me (via, twitter, facebook, email, the blog) what is one new crochet technique you hope to learn this year.  Be sure to leave me one way to get a hold of you (email, ravelry name, twitter name, etc).  Leave a comment by Friday at Noon EST, and I will have one of the monkeys pick a winner.

GOOD LUCK!