Monday, April 3, 2017

Come join our Mystery Crochet-A-Long for April!

Are you ready for a Mystery Crochet-A-Long?


I'ts been a while since we've crocheted together!  I am just finishing up another beautiful home decor collection and thought it would be fun to do a crochet along with all of you.  I can't tell you to much about the design or it would take the mystery out of it...BUT...I think you'll love it.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Rings of Ribbon Spring Afghan Release and BOS Blog Hop

Battle of the Stitches Round 13

Woot Woot!  I'm so excited to finally be able to show you the design I've been working on for the Battle of the Stitches round 13 crochet challenge.  If you're following along in the blog hop with all of us, you should be joining me from Kaleidoscope Art & Gift's blog and have already seen and voted for your favorites out of these 6 designs.  



If you're seeing this because you follow my blog, you'll want to click HERE to start at the beginning.  There are a bunch of fun new designs using this same stitch, you get to vote for your favorites AND you can enter to win various prizes along the way!  Be sure to follow through all 10 blog posts so you don't miss out on the big prizes at the end.

So, are you ready to see what I designed?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Crochet Style by Jennifer Dougherty Book Review AND Giveaway!

Hey everyone, how are you doing?  I have something fun for you today and hope that you'll be as excited as I am!

I received a copy of Crochet by Jennifer's latest book Crochet Style to review and all opinions in this post are my own.  I'm also thrilled that I get to give away a copy to 1 lucky winner!  

Giveaway open through March 25, 2017 11:59pm MST and is open to US residents only. 





Crochet Style has over 30 designs to help you stay warm and stylish at the same time.  Men, women, children, toddlers and infants...she's got you covered from head to toe!







Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links


Friday, March 10, 2017

Seafoam Tranquility Collection

We have had such a crazy winter here in Utah this year!  With a higher snow total than the past 5+ years and then an abnormal amount of rainfall, we have had quite the flood over the past few weeks.  I am SO ready for some warmer days with a little bit of R&R!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links

The Seafoam Tranquility Collection is just what I needed to work on in order to ease my stress.  There is just something calming in the color combination of Admiral, Sage and Snow.  


I chose to use Bernat Satin yarn for this collection because I love how soft it is and it shows the texture of this stitch well.  

This collection includes crochet patterns for the following:

Seafoam Tranquility Throw: My afghan shown ended up at 48"x62" in size and used just over 2400 yards of yarn.  It is so soft and snuggly!  The pattern includes instructions on how to customize to your own desired size also.  


Seafoam Tranquility Bolster Pillow:  The finished size for this is 6"x16".  This pattern includes instructions for making an actual 6"x16" pillow base AND the pillow cover.  It is designed so that you can easily slip the cover on and off the pillow for washing if needed.


Seafoam Tranquility Square Pillow: The finished size for this is 12"x12".  This design is worked from the bottom up with a flap that buttons to close for easy removal.  It also includes instructions for making the pillow base.


Seafoam Tranquility Rectangle Pillow:  The finished size for this is 12"x16".  This design is worked from side to side with a flap opening across the top using buttons to close for easy removal.  It also includes instructions for making the pillow base. 

Doesn't that just make you take in a big breath, let it out and say  Ahhhhhhh?  

This is the first of many home collections to come and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have!  For this weekend only, I'm offering a special discount for my blog readers for this entire collection.  Enjoy 20% off the eBook using code CFDBLOG in my Ravelry shop. (expires 3/13/17  11:59pm MST)
 Seafoam Tranquility crochet pattern collection

eBook: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/seafoam-tranquility-collection

Crafting Friends Designs on Ravelry:  http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kate-wagstaff


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Seafoam Tranquility Pillow eBook Release and Giveaway

I'm excited to finally have all 3 of my Seafoam Tranquility Pillows available! 



Enter to win a copy of the eBook OR you can grab them individually or in the eBook for $1 off using code Tranquility on Ravelry through Sunday 2/19/17.

Click on each photo to be taken to that listing on Ravelry
Seafoam Tranquility Square Pillow
Seafoam Tranquility Rectangle Pillow


Seafoam Tranquility Bolster Pillow
Seafoam Tranquility Pillow eBook
Enter below for your chance to win the Seafoam Tranquility Pillow eBook:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

You're Going to LOVE this early Valentines Special!

Winter is in FULL  gloom and doom mode right now in Utah!  While many are cursing the storms, I actually love the snow and appreciate the moisture it brings and the beauty of the white fields and trees around us.  Now is the perfect time to stay inside and  crochet your heart away so be sure to watch for a special code in this post!  



2016 was a good year for Crafting Friends Designs and my LOVE for crochet really showed through in many designs.  The world needs more love and 5 new crochet patterns were released during 2016 to help spread some love and cheer.




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Special Offers to help your holiday be filled with handmade love

The holiday season is a wonderful time to curl up on the sofa with your hook and yarn and favorite crochet patterns.  I love to sit and listen to Christmas music with the tree lit and just crochet the night away (well, until I doze off 5 times and finally decide I should concede and go to bed  lol).

 Diamond Christmas Tree SkirtThere is nothing better than working on an afghan and being able to keep warm while the snow is coming down outside my window.  I love that I can give what I make as gifts to family and friends and know that they appreciate my work and will use what I give.  
 Classic Cable Chevron Afghan

I also love the opportunities to give my things as a service to others in need in my community.  In years past, I've worked on many afghans for shelters and last year I was able to donate a lot of  hats.  This year, I've been working on scarves to donate.



If you're like me, you like a good deal and like to make a variety of things. I get bored making the same thing over and over.
Now is a great time to stock up on the crochet patterns you've been wanting!
I've teamed up with a LOT of crochet designers to bring you some fantastic deals on a large range of crochet patterns this year beginning Friday 11/25/2016.  This weekend, I'll be sharing all the deals I know of with you while I finish up my design for the CAL I will host in my Facebook group next week (Yay for crochet time!)

In my shop, I've set it up so the more you buy, the more you save.  All orders will receive a minimum of 25% off and if you order more, the discount is larger.
Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter to see all the deals from your favorite designers!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cowls or Infinity Scarves. What lengths are best?

 Mountain Lace Infinity Scarf
Mountain Lace Infinity Scarf
Every year at this time, we all start getting out our scarves and cowls to keep us warm. If you know how to crochet or knit, you may want to make your own but wonder how long to make it.

Over the course of designing a handful of cowls, I've compiled a list of suggested lengths and widths that seemed to work well for me, my girls and those who tested the patterns for me.  This isn't set in stone but more of a guideline with ideas of how each size will fit.


I made my Ribbon Candy Infinity Cowl with my older sister in mind (modeled here by my friend Ashlee from Ash & Co).  I love the stripes that the stitch pattern gives and thought it would be perfect for her.  When I took my little girl to get photos of the Ribbon Candy Scarf, it was a really cold day and I had that cowl in my bag.  I pulled it on her  to keep her warm.  Same size cowl, 2 different looks for different sizes - and I LOVE it!      Ribbon Candy Infinity Cowl
  
There are so many options and styles to choose from with scarves and cowls!  How do you know what size to make?

This is my basic guideline that I use when designing cowls and making them for friends and family.  This is just meant as a starting point for you to work from.  You can obviously adjust what you are working to your own desired size.  Do you like long, thin cowls?  Do you like them closer to your neck and taller?  Did you ever think about using your cowl as a wrap for a child? 


Friday, September 16, 2016

Heart Throb Scarf Crochet Pattern

Hello everyone!  It's good to see you following along with the Crochet for Charity Scarf Drive that Sonya over at Blackstone Designs has put together this year.  There are 18 new FREE scarf crochet patterns for you to enjoy (1 per week) over the course of 18 weeks.  We are on week 4, so if you missed the first few, be sure to click on their links at the end of this post so you can have fun with those too!

Each year, my girls' school collects hats, mittens and scarves to donate to locals who are in need.  I love the idea and last year, I let the girls take a couple dozen fun hats.  This year, I had already decided to make scarves for them to take, so when Sonya mentioned her Crochet for Charity Drive was scarves, I was excited to join. 



Heart Throb Scarf crochet pattern

I'm happy to introduce you to the new Heart Throb Scarf.  I love texture and wanted something simple yet something that would make you feel loved wearing it.  I hope that you will take some time to whip up a few for those in your local communities who will need a little something extra this winter to feel loved and stay a little warmer.


The PDF of this pattern is available on Ravelry for only $1.95.  It includes written instructions and a graph.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-throb-scarf-2


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Come Join Me in my new Neighborhood Challenge!

Lately, there has been so much hate and violence on the news and it so frustrating.  I have so many things that I want to say, but I don't want to focus on the negative.  I want to focus on the positive and all the good that is going on and I want to help others to see and focus on the positive too.  There is so much more love in this world than there is hate, but the hate is easier to see and react to.  

How much better could it be though if everyone would just slow down and set down their electronics for a few minutes each week to do something kind for someone?  Not for your normal group of friends and family (though that is fabulous too!), but for someone in your neighborhood that you don't know that well.  We live in a time where everyone is rushed.  Rushed to go to work, rushed to get the shopping done, rushed to get the kids to soccer or softball or a gazillion other activities, rushed to grab fast food for dinner because we don't have time to actually cook it.  To often, we "THINK" we just don't have enough time for others.  How many times do you "WANT" to help, but just don't have time?

I get it.  I do!  I've said it many times.  Honestly, it doesn't take a lot of time or even any money to be kind. I am challenging myself to be better.  I am going to make a concious effort to do extra this next month for my neighbors.  


NOW is the time to be kind.  NOW is the time to get to know your neighbors.  NOW is the tie to be sincere.  NOW is the time to strengthen our communities.  NOW is the time to make actions speak louder than words.

So, here is my "Neighborhood Challenge".  I'm not asking for big huge events (though that would be fun).  I'm just asking you to take a few minutes out of your week to do an act of kindness for someone you don't normally associate with.  Get to know your neighbors.  Let's bring back the friendly neighborhoods an get rid of the uncertainty and hate.

I've made a list of some things that we can try.  If you need to plan it out, go ahead and mark 1 day a week on your calendar or at least every 2 weeks to set aside time for acts of kindness.  Let's hold each other accountable.  Let's not just say we're going to do this, but let's do it!

Take a photo of what you're doing if you can and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #NeighborhoodChallenge

so we can see how much love is going around.  Let's fill our lives with the good!Do you have 20 minutes in the next month that you can spare?  Will you join me?

#becauseIcare  #spreadthelove  #lifeistoshort  #dontletitpassyouby