Evelyn Cowl - A FREE Pattern!

Today I have the great pleasure of announcing my first-ever Free Crochet Pattern!

Broomstick Lace!

Keep up with my New Years Resolution of learning Broomstick Lace!

Pleiades Shawl - Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012

Have you ever had a secret you wish wasn't a secret? That's how I always feel about my designs that are in the transit period between acceptance and publication!

Free Crochet Snowflakes

Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Snowflakes!! I'm seeing snowflakes in my sleep we have so much snow. So, what's a girl to do? Why......crochet snowflakes of course..

December 16, 2010

New Business Opportunities in the Bush of Uganda

While in Uganda (Nov. 2010) Chelsea had the privilege of teaching women to crochet.  None of these ladies had ever crocheted before and I was amazed when I arrived 20 minutes later to see how fast many women had learned...they were crocheting evenly and several different stitches.  I enjoyed watching Chelsea's face as she saw how eager these women were to learn. 

Chelsea is busy working on simple designs that theses ladies would be able to make that we can bring home on our next trip to sell here in the US.

This group of women (about 50) survived the 20+ year war in Northern Uganda.  There husbands are dead as are many of their sons.  Most rely on growing grains and distilling them into alcohol (i.e. moonshine) to make enough money to barely survive.  We are striving to provide several income streams for these women.

Crochet Collection is offering one viable income stream for women who wish to improve their lives and the lives of their community and family.

Crochet Collection will continue to take yarn donations of all kinds for educational purposes and helping get this endeavor off the ground.

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement as Chelsea continues to spread the craft of crochet around the globe!

(Chelsea's proud mama)

December 15, 2010

Free Crochet Snowflakes

It's that time of year again! The snow is falling...in LARGE amounts here in Wisconsin! We have an abundance of the beautiful white stuff. It's much different than the beautiful lush green we saw in Uganda 3 weeks ago!

Free Crochet Snowflake patterns happen to be my very favorite right about now...with Christmas coming up next week (gasp, I just said it...and no, I don't have ANY Christmas presents ready!), crocheted snowflakes may be the way to go! Crocheted snowflakes will be treasured for years to come by your friends and family, and can be quite simple to make if you've had some experience crocheting. If you're new to the thread scene, like me, they can be a little more challenging, but I'm always up for one, aren't you?

My favorite free crochet snowflake patterns of 2010 are:

Beautiful Snowflake 1

Beautiful Snowflake 2

Beautiful Snowflake 3

Beautiful Snowflake 4

Beautiful Snowflake 5

Beautiful Snowflake 6

Beautiful Snowflake 7

Beautiful Snowflake 8

Beautiful Snowflake 9

Beautiful Snowflake 10

Gorgeous Snowflake 1

Gorgeous Snowflake 2

Gorgeous Snowflake 3

Gorgeous Snowflake 4

Gorgeous Snowflake 5

Happy Crocheting! I want to go pull out some white thread and get to work now!

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