Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blooming Arbor Beanie: A Review and Giveaway


I got the privilege to review this pattern by Krista over at Evergreen Shore. This is her first pattern, and I have to say I LOVE it.

The pattern is well written and the instructions are clear. Krista is a joy to work with and I am beyond excited to see what she comes up with in the future. The construction of the hat is a combination of bottom up and top down. There is some seaming but it is really a fairly simple hat. If you are wanting to learn cables, this is a good place to start. I added some rows to the cap portion of the pattern (with Krista's permission) because I wanted a bit of slouch. Krista told me she did a version just recently with a ponytail opening. I hope she adds these options in to the pattern; because they are great and I love a versatile pattern! One of my favorite things about this pattern is the options for color combinations. The possibilities could really be endless.

The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn but a lighter worsted like Caron Simply Soft. I used Lion Brand Heartland in three different colors: Acadia, Black Canyon and Yosemite. You can find it at Craftsy, JoAnn or Amazon (these links help support me, they are affiliate links).

And as a special bonus, the amazing Krista has given me a coupon code to share with all you lovelies AND a chance to win a copy of the pattern! When you visit her page, please let her know how much you appreciate it! The coupon code is for 30% off  and is "CTBLBLOOM" and the pattern can be found HERE. Add it to your cart, then add the coupon code for the discount.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Swirling Leaves - New Patterns Coming Soon

One of my favorite pattern lines is my Swirling Leaves patterns. I have two of them on Cre8tion Crochet as free patterns, the beanie/slouch and the blanket. The beanie was actually my first contribution to Cre8tion Crochet. I have more patterns coming soon from that line, and I am super excited about them. One of the items is going to be available on Cre8tion Crochet next month and the others will probably be sometime in late January, early February as well. I've designed my first clothing item. As an example of how absolutely amazing it is, here is an encounter one of my testers had regarding the vest!



You can find all my Swirling Leaves patterns in my Ravelry shop but to make it really easy they are all in a bundle HERE as well.

So far out of all my patterns in Swirling Leaves that are already released, my favorite is the coffee cozy. It has four different options and is very versatile. I have had several people tell me that their cozy has saved their hands when using their Keurig.


All of the above lovely pictures are from my testers. Don't they do an amazing job? I am so very blessed to have such wonderful ladies in my life! Like the look of this pattern? Click below on the Buy Now button to get your copy. Don't crochet? Contact me through any of the methods listed under my About Me tab and I can either hook one up for you or recommend a few shops that do amazing work.




What items do you think would look good in this pattern line? Who knows? You might see them in the future!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Meet My Testers: Pamela Emerson - Pammy's Bare Beanie

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I often say (and truly mean it) that I would not be able to do what I do without my testers. So as a small thank you to them, I feature them here!



This time is the wonderful Pamela of Pammy's Bare Beanie. She is an amazing lady and does so much for the crafting community. She shares posts, cheers designers and other crafters on and is one of the sweetest people I have met on this crochet journey of mine!

I asked her a few questions and here are her answers!

Who taught you to crochet? And how long have you been crocheting?

My sister taught me to crochet when I was 18. I crocheted off and on over the years but not much. I picked it back up a couple years ago and first tested for Janaya at Charmed by Ewe and Sarah at Briar Rose Boutique.


What other crafts do you enjoy besides crochet?

I enjoy most any fiber related craft: latch hook, needlepoint, sewing and, yes, knitting. My mom gave me the book "I Can't Believe I'm Knitting" when I wanted to learn. My grandma was a wiz with a pair of knitting needles.




Who and what is your crafting inspiration?

My Grandma Bare was and is my inspiration for learning to knit and crochet and is where the name Pammy's Bare Beanie came from. My family and designers have all been encouraging. If not for Crystal at Crystalized Designs giving me a little shove, I may have always been too scared to try garments. I have an ever growing family to create for so that is a big one. I have been married to my husband for almost 16 years. We have a blended family. Together we raised 6 kids under one, at times, small roof. We have 10 grandchildren and another due to arrive next month. I love that my husband supports my crafty habit.


Which other designers do you enjoy? Who are your favorites?

That's a loaded question! LOL

Heidi at Snappy Tots, Tara at Mamachee Crochet Makes Me Happy, Jennifer at A Crochet Simplicity, Kate of Crafting Friends, Kelli at Sick 'Lil Monkeys. 

It is a very long list and I could keep going. You have all been such an inspiration.


What is your favorite pattern of mine?

The Turtle Dude patterns (hat and drink sleeve) and the Pamala collection. I like the way the stitches look in those.



I hope that y'all enjoyed learning a little more about Pamela! Stay tuned as I continue to feature my testers. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Free Pattern: Interlocking Chains Scarf

Happy New Year! I have been super busy the last couple weeks just being Mom and enjoying having time with my munchkins. I hope that y'all had wonderful holidays and time with your families as well.

I got to spend some time crocheting and relaxing which was wonderful as well. I am super excited about some of the items that I have coming soon. There are some more Swirling Leaves patterns and I am working on some slippers in the Pamala line with 2 options, basic and cuffed.

One of the other things that was on my hook over the break was my Interlocking Chains Scarf done in a super bulky yarn. We have had some cold weather move in and I have been very grateful for its warmth because I don't like cold!



To get the pattern, go HERE to the Cre8tion Crochet blog where I am a contributor. It's a free pattern, and I hope you enjoy it! Let me know, what colors would you work it in?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Roundup - Free and Paid Patterns

I love Christmas;  SO, I decided to do a roundup of some of my favorite free and paid Christmas patterns! There are so many that I like that I had to stop myself after a while and decide which were my absolute favorites.


All pictures belong to the designers listed.



FREE PATTERNS

1. Countdown Calendar
This first one is from Heidi at SnApPy ToTs. I wanted to do this for my kids this year but time just got away from me. I will definitely be doing it next year (probably working on it over the summer when things are a bit slower for us) so my kids can count down to Christmas!

2. Trees go Round Adult Hat
This one reminds me of the Christmas nougats that my mom always seemed to have around during the holiday season. And Lorene at Cre8tion Crochet also has the toddler size so you and your mini-me can match!

3. Christmas Wine Bottle Wrap
Lorene makes the list again with this pattern. I love wine and so anything that can make gifting it pretty is great in my mind. But if you aren't a wine drinker, I am sure this could also be used for the sparkling juices.

4. Christmas Tree Coffee Cozy
For me, this one is not limited to just Christmas but evergreens mean winter in my mind. I love this cozy pattern and have made a few as gifts. Moogly always has some of the neatest ideas!

5. Preemie Elf Hat
A cause that is near and dear to me is the tiny babies (and some not so tiny) that are in the NICUs and their parents. I have had 2 nephews in NICU when they were born. Often the only personality that they can have is the little hats that they get to wear. So I always enjoy seeing what Janaya at Charmed by Ewe comes up with for preemie hats. She has several others besides this one, so please give a look around and maybe make some hats for those little ones!

PAID PATTERNS

6. Lovely Christmas Garland
One & Two Company has some very wonderful applique and garland patterns. I think this is one of my favorites because I like holly and it just says holidays to me. This pattern is also available in a pattern pack with 3 appliques and another garland pattern.

7. Reindeer Booties
One & Two Company makes the list again with this absolutely ADORABLE pattern. Both of my children are begging me for a pair of these. They may get them in their stockings! Besides the child size, she has them in baby and toddler as well. You can also get all three sizes in a pattern pack.

8. Elf Hat - Newborn to Adult
Janaya of Charmed by Ewe gets another mention! The newborn through adult size of her preemie hat listed above is a paid pattern. I just love the look of this one so much that I had to include it here as well!

9. Santa's Night Cap Set
This cute pattern from Sarah at Briar Rose Boutique uses the crocodile stitch which I absolutely LOVE using. It is one of my favorites! The set is for 0-6m and 6-12m but she also has just the hat for toddlers through large adult.

10. Christmas Stocking
And last but not least is Schere from Schere's Crafty Corner. Her Christmas Stocking is one of my favorite patterns, especially as it is super easy to take on the go with me. I am working on a couple of them right now for a customer and am going to do a slight adaptation at the top because she wants names on them.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas roundup! What are your favorite Christmas patterns to make?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Birthday Celebration

Yesterday was my birthday. I had a pretty good day and am looking forward to celebrating with my hubby later in the month when the third Hobbit movie comes to theaters. I have a big celebration going on over at my Facebook page with a sale and daily deals but I want to throw a little extra something in over here as well.

I am offering three prizes for this giveaway. The first is a year long Ravelry pass that will allow the winner to get every pattern that I release in 2015 (I have done almost 100 this year alone) for free! The second is a code for a 10 pattern pack. The third is a code for a 5 pattern pack. The way all of these will work is the winners will receive a special coupon code from me to use on Ravelry.

Enjoy the specials and I hope y'all have a great day!


Monday, December 1, 2014

NEW PATTERN: Pamala Earwarmer

I previously wrote about my mom and her battle with breast cancer. You can read about that here. This pattern is the next one in the line and there should be two more (boot cuffs and cowl/infinity scarf) that I am going to release either today or tomorrow.

I am in love with this pattern line and hope that you will love it too! My testers really liked the pattern, and the texture is wonderful (I love texture).






You can purchase this pattern from either my Ravelry or Craftsy store.


I hope you enjoy this pattern. If you decide to buy and make this pattern, please share your finished projects with me!