Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall into Service 2014 Challenge

Each year, I like to try and find some service projects to work on.  I start thinking about the nights getting colder and snow will be here before we know it. Growing up in Utah, you KNOW that winter will typically be cold and we'll have at least 1 extremely big snow storm, maybe more. 

I have been very fortunate in my life to always have the things necessary to be comfortable whether it's gloves and a hat or blankets to stay warm.   I think we all go through stages in life where finances are tight, but I've never been "without".  It breaks my heart to know that there are so many families who are struggling right now and may not be able to afford warm items for their families this year or maybe they have lost their home for some reason or another and will need to rely on shelters to stay safe and warm in the months to come. 

Ribbon Candy V Scarf
I invite you to join me for a "Fall into Service" project for the next month.  What am I asking you to do?  It's simple.  Use your talents as a service in your community.  Maybe there is a hospital near you who could use some little blankets for preemie babies.  Maybe a Senior Center could use some handmade items to bring some love to the Senior citizens they care for (many of which may not have family close by or at all and a little service would be so appreciated by them) 
Maybe you have a Women's shelter that could use little dresses for dolls for kids to play with.  A Homeless shelter that could use hats, scarves, blankets, clothes, ets.  OR, maybe you just have an amazing neighbor who you would like to give something handmade to in appreciation of them.

Rocky Road Kitchen Towel Top
Whatever you choose to do, Service for others can make a HUGE impact on everyone.  So,  Choose how you will serve others in your area, take a photo of your projects and send them to me at by October 31st with "Falling into Service" in your title.In November,  I will share the photos of all your projects on my page and will draw Random winners for Random prizes.  I will be giving away several pattern packs, Snappy Tots and Too Yarn Cute have also joined this cause and will be donating patterns too!

To help give you a head start, ALL individual patterns in my shop are 75% off through Sept 20th using code FALL14
      1.  Visit & select Store
      2. Add any individual patterns to your cart that you think would help you in your service.
      3.  Check out and be sure to enter code FALL14 and select "apply"
      Discount will be given
There are also Many FREE patterns available too!
I would love to hear what other service projects you like to focus on.  Maybe it will help give others some ideas too!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fun in the Sun Afghan Release and giveaway

It's finally ready!  We began Round 2 of the Battle of the Stitches in June of this year.  The theme was Fun in the Sun and the crochet stitch was the Triangle stitch.  Since that time, I've designed a coaster, granny square, bolero and now an afghan using that stitch. 

Round 3 has just begun, so it seems fitting to end this collection now with the release of the Fun in the Sun Afghan. 
Fun in the Sun Afghan pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Large Fun in the Sun Afghan
I have always loved deep purple and yellow together, so when I saw this yarn on sale at Hobby Lobby, I HAD to buy it.  It is such a beautiful combo and I Love This Cotton is so soft and flexible, it was great to work with. 
Small Fun in the Sun Afghan pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Small Fun in the Sun Afghan
 Pink and grey combos are also really pretty in my opinion and worked well for the infant size afghan.
Small Fun in the Sun Afghan pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Fun in the Sun Afghan on Ravelry
Now for the giveaway....

I will give away 5 copies of this pattern before it is released on Monday the 8th.  All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter below.  Pretty Simple!  There are a few ways to enter and the entries will be validated. Good luck everyone and thank you for sharing this giveaway. 

Congratulations to the winners!!!  Please send me an email to with your Ravelry ID and I will send your copy of the pattern over today.
Elaine Sumner Rumsey
Jess Ica D
Pamela Emerson
Shelly Turner
Lisa Myszka Hudson

a Rafflecopter giveaway