Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sick Lil Monkeys Bubble Hooks: A Review

I want to start off saying that I am not receiving any compensation for this review. I love Kelli's hooks and just wanted to share my thoughts on them with all of you.

I have 2 bubble hooks from Kelli and am about to order another one to add to my collection. Here are the ones I already have.



The top one is a custom design to match my logo and I love it. The bottom one my son refers to as my Green Lantern hook. He is slightly obsessed with superheroes!

I love my Clover Amour hooks but they only go up to a J. So I get the larger sizes from Kelli. The next one that I am adding to my collection is a Bates L. These hooks are so comfortable and great to use. I have found that since using these if I try to use plain hooks, my hands get fatigued faster and start to ache. These ergonomic hooks are a must for me to keep on crocheting.

The other thing I love about Kelli's hooks are that they are priced very economically. I don't spend a fortune getting hooks that feel great in my hands! That is a definite plus in my opinion.

I hold my hook in a pencil grip but have crochet friends who use the knife grip and use her hooks as well and love them.

Have you ever tried any of her hooks? Do you use ergonomic hooks? Want to try out Sick 'Lil Monkeys Bubble Hooks? I have a special coupon code just for my followers. Isn't that awesome?

Use code: CTbLFansONLY for 25% through December 31st in her Etsy store! Isn't Kelli great?

Kelli also writes some great crochet patterns. Check out her Facebook page and her Ravelry pattern shop. And here is the link to her Etsy store for the hooks.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet My Testers: Sweet Potato Crochet Creations

Hello, everyone! I'm so happy to introduce myself to you all.

My name is Carol Rupprecht, and I'm a stay at home mommy to 2 crazy boys: my toddler who is one
(crawling since 5 months, walking since 9. Gosh,he's a handful.), and my husband who is a child at heart. I've only been crocheting for a little less than 2 years and I can't believe how far I've come since I started.

I didn't have the luxury of being taught by my grandma or any relative like so many of my awesome fellow crocheters, so I looked to YouTube, and for awhile, YouTube and I had a very exclusive relationship with one another. I used it to learn most of my basic stitches and how to make my very first set of baby booties. The booties were actually my reason for wanting to learn how to crochet. I had a little kicker growing in my tummy, and I wanted to make so many cool things for him to wear! However, as a newbie just learning, I didn't understand gauge and the reason for using the correct hook size. I think I was trying to use a G hook for everything??

I'm so glad those days have passed and I'm much better at what I do now! In December of last year, my husband convinced me to start my own business since I got so good at crocheting, so I did. It's going pretty well so far! Sometimes it's slow, but when that happens I get into this crazy pattern testing mode and offer to help out some designers...this happens even if I'm busy. Who am I kidding?! Leah knows this too well! I have a slight addiction to testing patterns. I just enjoy helping out others to make their pattern successful :)

I'm even trying to get into designing myself and am working on a cute little hat right now. I'll give you guys one hint (RAWR!). I'd love for you guys to check out my page, Sweet Potato Crochet Creations and see some of the beautiful crochet items that I make. You'll get to see some pretty cute pictures of this darling little blonde girl with dimples. She's also my sister-in-law and my photographer most times when I need pictures of myself! She's the most cooperative and awesome little model/photographer ever! I also have an Etsy page, but it's pretty bare right now. I'll have more items added hopefully soon!

Well, I think I'm going to go back to crocheting. I'm pretty positive I'm starting to get the first stages of withdraw, and we wouldn't want that to happen! ;) Thanks for reading about me and my crochet journey so far.

HAPPY HOOKING!

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Pamala Patterns

I've got three more Pamala patterns in the hands of my testers. I finished up my own Pamala Headband/Earwarmer last night and am wearing it today! It is nice and wide and quite warm.

The other two patterns with testers for that line are the Cowl/Infinity Scarf and the Boot Cuffs! I am really excited for these because they are in my mama's honor. If you haven't read about the motivation behind these patterns, you can do that here. And you can get the first Pamala pattern, the Buttoned Slouch, here on the Cre8tion Crochet blog.

I have some other very exciting ideas bouncing around in my head as well! Next week, I will finally get back to highlighting my testers! To read the first bit about one of my testers, Miss Hollie, you can go here.

Keep hooking!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Life Is CRAZY

Life has been super crazy for me, and I have neglected this little corner of my world. There have been many exciting things going on, and I have several new patterns in my pattern stores.

One of my recent favorites is the Sugar Pumpkin patterns that my testers are working on the coordinating items for this hat which is already for sale in my Ravelry and Craftsy stores. The inspiration for these items were the little candy corn pumpkins which is where the sugar pumpkin name came from.


Picture credit to Dsey Designs, one of my fab testers

If you want this fun pattern which comes with different options and sizes from baby to adult, you can click on this nice little buy now button which is through Ravelry.


There is a matching boot cuff pattern that is going to be a FREE pattern on Cre8tion Crochet soon.


Picture credit to Sweet Potato Crochet Creations, another fab tester

And my testers are working up the matching cowl which should release by the end of this week and legwarmers the early part of next week. I have several more items that are churning around in my super overactive brain for this stitch pattern and for others. I can't wait to show y'all what I am plotting!

This is just a small piece of what I have been doing. Keep being creative!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pamala Pattern Line - Coming in October

I love my mom. She is a strong woman. 

My mom and dad right after the diagnosis

My mom is a breast cancer survivor. She underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction and chemo and now deals with the lymphedema from the removal of lymph nodes when she had her mastectomy. She has been cancer free now for three years as of the end of June so she has a little less than 2 years to go until she will be considered at less risk for recurrence. She lives in Houston so most of the time doesn’t have to deal with really cold weather but still needs something on her head when it does get cool. Also, her hair is still wispy so during warmer months when she is out and about she needs to protect her head.

My mom and sister right before Mom's surgery

Mom and Dad - December 2012

I wanted to do something special for my mom and decided that this year in October I would start the release of a pattern line named and designed in honor of her. When I was visiting with her last week (in July), I asked her what she would want in a hat and showed her one of my books of crochet stitches. She picked a couple stitches that she liked and the designing began. I am now working with some of my testers as I develop the hat in 2 different yarn weights, worsted for cooler weather and a fingering weight for warmer weather.

The first pattern, which will be the hat, will be released for free on the Cre8tion Crochet blog. The rest of the patterns (so far I am planning a prayer shawl, a cowl and a scarf) that I develop will be released as paid patterns and 50% or more of all proceeds of these patterns for as long as I sell them will be given to a cancer related charity, and I will post the contributions for all to see. For now, my choice of charities is Crochet for Cancer. To pull directly from their website: “We are a Christian, volunteer based non-profit organization that gives free hand-crafted hats to those who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other cancer related treatments. People from around the globe volunteer their time and talent to crochet and knit hats for oncology patients. They mail their items to one of our Official Crochet for Cancer Chapters and they distribute them to cancer centers, doctor offices and hospitals in their community. Join our efforts and show your love and support to those in the fight of their lives.“ I didn't want my contribution to go into a CEO’s pocket. I understand that there are operating costs but it isn’t necessary to pay some of these CEOs what they are receiving. Again pulling from Crochet for Cancer’s website: “100% of funds received goes toward providing free chemo caps to cancer patients.”

I feel like this is something that might seem small to some but having watched my mom fight cancer and still be struggling with the hair loss and other effects from her treatments this gives me great joy!

My mom is more than a survivor!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Products I Love: My Clover Amour Hooks

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DISCLAIMER: I am receiving no benefit from this review. I am just writing it because I am that enthusiastic about this product.

I love my Clover Amour crochet hooks. They are my go to hooks. I have the set of hooks that is sized from B to J. One of the things that I most love about these hooks is they have a size 7 hook which is the 4.5mm hook (between a G and H hook). And I am really excited about the fact that they now have steel hooks in the Clover Amour line! I love working in thread crochet but after a while my hands will start to hurt.

These hooks have an ergonomic grip. The grip isn't hard but it isn't squishy soft either. When I try to use a "normal" hook anymore it just feels strange in my hand. Try the Clover Amour hooks! You will find them wonderful in my opinion.

What hooks do you like?




Friday, June 6, 2014

Meet My Testers: Hollie Bobo

As I said earlier this week, I wouldn't be able to do what I do without my marvelous testers. They help me to make sure that my patterns are what they should be before I release them for the public to use. The first one that I am going to highlight is the wonderful Hollie! She is my right hand with my pattern test lab. I love working with her, and we recently found out that we were born only 3 days apart! So here is Hollie and a little bit about her in her own words:


Hello fellow hookers!! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Hollie Bobo, and I am addicted to crocheting. Oh wait....wrong group.... Well, since you're all here, let me tell you a little about myself!! My mom taught me the basics of crocheting and how to read "the language" about 9 years ago when I was pregnant with my 3rd son. Before that, the only time I picked up a hook was to make a baby hat entirely out of slip stitches!!! Needless to say, it was incredibly tight and would never fit ANY baby!!! After that, I decided I wanted to learn how to REALLY do it. And now here we are 9 years later, and I'm officially hooked!!! *pun intended* There are a few crochet related items I can't live without....my clay hooks covered by the super talented Kelli Wohlgemuth over at Sick Lil' Monkeys, cotton yarn (especially I Love This Cotton), any yarn spun by the lovely Shannon Kilmartin, better known as The Hookeraholic Crochet, and a fun and different pattern written by the fantabulous Leah, of course!!!

I was born and raised in good old Pennsylvania and currently live in Bernville, PA which is about an hour and half west of Philly. I met my husband of 13 years, John, at college out in Indiana. I am a stay at home mom to 4 wonderful children. My oldest son, Alexander, is 12, Ashton is 10, Aiden is 8, and my little princess, Ansleigh,
is 3. They are seriously the loves of my life, and also my little models for all the things I hook up!!!! When I am not crocheting, I can be found in the kitchen most likely whipping up some cupcakes. I love to cook and bake for my friends and family.

Well, that about wraps it up. Thank you so much for sticking around and getting to know me better!!!! I hope to "see" you all around Facebookland really soon!!!!


I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Hollie. Stay tuned for more features on my testers.