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..

May 02, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Charm and Flourish

Hey Everyone!

All of this beautiful Wisconsin weather had to end sometime...and it chose today. Yesterday it was in the higher 80's and I was sweating, and today I was running for my sweatshirt! It sounds like it will be beautiful again next week though, and boy, do I look forward to that!

Aslan and I enjoyed the rainy views from the couch together. He is such a good crocheting buddy :)

I took another picture of the future baby room today:

It's coming...slowly. I haven't had time to touch it the last few days, but I think I finally have my stash weeded through for the most part. I think I'll be doing a second sweep next week because it all has to fit in my closet! I need to get the storage totes in the back of the room organized one last time before they get brought up to Dustin's and my shared office space. Sitting on top is a whole pile of crocheted things I found that I'd like to blog about coming up!

Unfortunately I don't think I have a before picture of this shelving unit. This shelf used to house 90% of my crochet books and magazines. I have probably weeded out at least 5 boxes of materials that I don't really need or have any emotional attachment to. I kept quite a few patterns from my grandma that I knew she had made for me or books I knew I had started things out of that I still would like to finish...like the baby afghan I started YEARS ago that I haven't touched and may not be able to find yarn for anymore. Yeah...those projects.

Did I mention I need to do a second round purge? :)

I do know that I posted a picture of this shelving unit last fall. I haven't finished my first round of purging with this shelf yet because I have to get to the things around it first :) But...here is the before...

At this rate the baby will actually have a nursery by the time she's born! Hurray!

For your viewing pleasure today I have both motifs from days 23 and 24!

I really like the Flourish motif because it is very different from any other motif I created during Motif-a-Day! It is a cross between a triangle and a hexagon. There are two different kinds of points and therefore two different kinds of joins. The pattern actually has a chart that I made to go with it specifically for people like me who get confused very easily by written patterns!

You can see both joins in the above and below picture.

I think it would be fun to make this motif into something bigger and have different colored motifs - I think it would be very interesting with the different joins!

The charm motif is a kind of a hat tip to the obsession I've been experiencing with V stitches this week. This pattern includes them subtly. They would be much more prominent if you blocked this motif well!

I think that this motif would make a really lovely shawl. It is so delicate looking.

Don't forget! Now through Sunday May 5th you can get the Motif-a-Day e-book for just $9.95 AND get a free pattern from my Ravelry store valued at $5.50! Add the Motif-a-Day ebook to your cart and choose your pattern, then use the coupon code "spring" at checkout! add to cart 

Happy Crocheting!

May 01, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Stalled for the Day

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to quick pop by and say I didn't forget about you today! I really love the motif for Day 23, and the pattern is a little more on the difficult side. I wanted to be able to produce a chart to go with the pattern, and while it is almost finished I didn't get a chance to start working on the written pattern!

I will be sure to get it up right away in the morning when I have a fresh brain!

And, I'll blog about my baby room!

Happy Crocheting!


April 30, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Day 22 ~ Entwined

Hey Everyone!

Day 22...just 3 days to go! And it's April 30th - wow! Tomorrow is May day, and I'll officially be 6-1/2 months pregnant! These last few months have really flown by, I must say.

Today was almost too warm in Wisconsin, hard as that may be to believe! We almost hit 90 degrees and it was pretty humid too. But, I'd so much rather have this warm stuff than the 40 degree nastiness we've had up until now.

Today I made a lot of progress on baby Willow's room and the purging process. I am planning to post about it this week!

And now...the Entwined Motif!

I enjoyed creating this motif this evening after I spent the day working on organizational projects. I wasn't exactly sure where I was going to go with it, but I knew I wanted to have a lattice type of join. I love the crossing effect that it has in the middle.

I must say that I've really enjoyed working with the Caron Spa yarn, and I am so disappointed that it has been discontinued. I hopped on it's band wagon too late :( It is so drapey and light weight, it is so fantastic for summer wear!

Alright, so are you ready for your teaser for May's Challenge?

Clue #2 - Thinner and more lightweight yarns are frequently used for this category of design.

Good luck guessing! If you have a guess as to what the challenge may be, leave a comment! If you get it right you will win the e-book from the upcoming challenge!

Happy Crocheting!

April 29, 2013

Motif-a-Day: 21 ~ Prairie

Hey Everyone!

This weekend just happened to be the most beautiful weekend of the year so far! We had highs in the 60's and 70's both Saturday, Sunday and today, too! Tomorrow we are supposed to hit 80 - the first time for 2013!

Sunday Dustin and I took my family and his mom to see the Beloit Snappers play (the snappers are the A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics Baseball team). It was a fun game to watch, even though we lost to West Michigan. It's so cool to think that we could possibly have been watching future major leaguers!

Saturday I spent the day working on a major purge of what will become Baby Willow's nursery! I have already taken more than 12 boxes out to the garage to sell at my garage sale coming up in May. If you live nearby, there will be A TON of sewing and crochet related items. You won't want to miss it! I still have to work on purging my yarn stash. Anything I know I won't use is getting sold at the garage sale...hard as it is to part with it.

I can honestly say it's a good thing I must be starting my nesting phase because I don't think I would be able to purge this well any other time! I know I'll have to do a second and third sweep through to get rid of even more stuff - but so far so good. I would definitely say we've made a huge improvement since last October:

Bleh bleh bleh! That desk in the left corner has been moved up to Dustin's office which we are now sharing. I have to get the 2 short plastic drawers up there yet too - but there is no way I'm carrying them myself!

I can't wait to just be done with the process so I can start getting the baby room all prettied up. It is pretty hard for me to believe that there is going to be a little baby around here in anywhere from 8 to 13 weeks!

Now, before I get into motifs, I wanted to let you all know that I am running a special sale for the last week of the Motif-a-Day Challenge! If you purchase the Motif-a-Day e-book, you can choose any pattern from my Ravelry store that is valued at $5.50 for FREE! Just use the coupon code "spring." Who doesn't love a free pattern? :)

Alrighty, so I believe that I failed to share pictures of the Serpentine motif from day 20 - my bad! Here they are today:

I love that motif personally :) 
And today's motif, is another that I really like! I've had a lot of fun discovering the interesting things that square motifs can do. I am really looking forward to designing with a lot of the Motif-a-Day motifs!

I love thick and lacy look of this motif. It has a lot of substance to it while being nice and lacy. I experimented with the joining style on this motif, and I think if I were to do it again I would add an extra join in the corners of the motifs so they aren't as free hanging, but I do like it the way it is as well.
It's also hard to believe that it is the last week of Motif-a-Day already! I have been busy planning what I am going to do next month...I have some ideas, but I may play the tease card and draw it out all week by giving hints!
I am hoping that I can do another fun challenge next month and in June so that you all have lots of patterns to keep you busy while I go on my self-declared Maternity Leave :)
Clue #1 for May's challenge - It has something to do with motifs. Is that suspenseful enough for ya? 

Happy Crocheting!

April 25, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Day 19 ~ Feel the Burn

Hey Everyone!

I can't believe it's taken me 19 days, but I'm really starting to feel the burn of designing and writing a pattern every day. I mean...it's every.day. It never fails that I start a very large undertaking of a project like this and then accumulate projects for publication! My life is a balancing act right now between keeping my head above the water in my crochet projects and making sure the house isn't falling apart at the seams (it kind of is right now...does someone want to come clean for me? Anyone? Even better, throw all of my stuff into the ominous garage sale box, I'll never miss it if someone else does it!  :) )

I'm not really sure where today's motif came from...the dark creatively misty corners of my brain perhaps? Maybe that's where the best designs will come from yet! Ha! I'm very happy with how this one turned out. It kind of reminds me of a flower - I'd love to make it up in several different colors!

I was really trying to keep the corners of the points rounded so that it didn't look too star like - I think I did pretty well!

This is a design I think would be very pretty made into a convertible shrug/wrap type design. If you haven't seen one before, the idea is making a long rectangle that is wide enough to wrap around your arms as loosely as you'd like, and then adding buttons the length of your arm on both sides. The first design I ever saw like that was by my mentor Robyn Chachula and was featured in a very old Crochet Today! magazine.

I still think it's such a cool concept, 6 years after publication! I was actually planning on using the Spark motif for that design quite a while ago, but I ended up not having enough yarn to finish it and I changed the course of the design a bit.

I can't wait til I have more than 24 hours in a day to get everything I want to get done, done! I could have so many designs... :)

Happy Crocheting!

April 24, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Day 18 ~ Sparks

Hey Everyone!

I don't think I mentioned at all this week that today I was getting my maternity portraits taken. It was a really good week to get them done because:

1. I'm huge. I have no idea how I will keep getting bigger the next 12 weeks!
2. I've only just started getting tummy stretch marks. So they looked good and I have the satisfaction of knowing there isn't any photoshop going on. I know stretch marks are pretty much inevitable...but I will openly admit it is a hard thing to see them come! I know the end result will be so worth it though. Dustin jokes that we have to have a few more to make the most of the situation. I agree!
3. My friend who took them needed them to be done for a school project ;)

I have a sneak peak photo! I can't wait to see the rest, and I will be sure to share them all with you!

For today's motif, I pulled out a pattern that I designed back in the NaMoCroMo days...

This was by far my favorite motif from that project. I actually have designed something with it but have never written the pattern. I FINALLY did it today, and now I just have to put together the pattern for it's design! But you get the motif pattern first.


All I can ever see from this motif is the shawl that I have designed from the motif! What do you see it becoming? I have this pattern on the docket to be finished after I get 50 million other crochet projects finished. I will be crocheting forever and never get everything done. It's kind of depressing.

Happy Crocheting!

April 23, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Day 17 ~ Whisper

Hey Everyone!

I am so excited about what I get to share with you today!

Last night I got a facebook message from a lovely lady who purchased the Square Dancing motif very recently with a picture of what she is making!

Isn't it so beautiful! She has alternated turning the motif 45 degrees so some look square and others look diamond. I love the different colors and how she has it all laid out - I can't wait to see it all finished!

I am very excited to announce that you can pre-order your copy of the Motif-a-Day now on Ravelry! Right now, you get access to all 17 patterns that have been published, and an email update every day with your new pattern! Make sure you get it now for $9.95, after May 3rd the price will go up to $14.95!

And now... The Whisper Motif!

I think this is such a pretty motif. I love how lacy and effortless it looks - and it is super simple to crochet! It is also fairly sizeable, 6 inches in just 4 rows! I'd love to design a cardigan out of this motif someday.

What do you think? How does this motif inspire your creativity?

Happy Crocheting!

April 22, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Day 16 ~ Bloomin'

Hey Everyone!

I enjoyed a very relaxing Monday today! 

Today was a BEAUTIFUL day in the neighborhood. 60 degrees, mostly sunny...windows were open! Aslan was a very happy camper. We recently moved our sofa right in front of the big window in our living room, and it is his new favorite spot since he can see everything going on outside. And when the widow is open it is so fun to see him enjoy sniffing up all of the smells. 

I crocheted for a while before I had to pack myself up to go for the day. I created my motif for the day (another idea that I had for Willow's blanket), and organized my yarn and put-together motifs for the Enchanted Motif design. Any guesses what this new design may be? :)

And now...for the winner of the Motif-a-Day Giveaway...

Congratulations Sasha Kennedy Farnsworth! I got in touch with her over the weekend and she chose Ardor, Harmony and Svelte Motifs as her prize - all very good choices in my book ;) If you didn't win, never fear, I am planning another giveaway very soon!

And now, today's motif!

Today's motif pattern is another idea that I'm playing with for Willow's baby blanket, as I said. I wanted to create something that had a more 3-D effect flower. 

I am planning on re-shooting these pictures tomorrow. I was having technical difficulties with my camera equipment tonight (ahem, rechargeable flash batteries, I'm pointing at you!) and struggled a bit to get any kind of true color representation. But...you get the idea of the motif, and that's all that matters right? Who cares about pretty pictures...(besides me?) (that was sarcasm. everyone cares about pretty pictures!)

So, that's all I've got for you today folks!

Happy Crocheting!

April 20, 2013

Motif-a-Day: Day 15 ~ Ardor

Hey Everyone!

Whew, I'm glad I'm done playing catch up for this week now!

Today's Pattern is called Ardor.

My mom gave me a good idea for the motif I am going to use when making Baby Willow's blanket. This is trial run #1! I want the motif for her blanket to be inspired by a traditional granny square while being innovative and girly. I really love this motif, because when worked up in a thicker worsted weight yarn with a bigger hook, it would be a fantastic afghan motif, but when it's worked up like it is now in a light weight cotton/acrylic yarn it is phenomenal for baby clothes! I may or may not have something up my sleeve... :)

The only downside to this motif is all of the darned ends that you'll have to sew in. Unfortunately I'm not aware of any great ways to hide my ends in on a granny square - Do you have any tips or tutorials that you know of? I'm very open to them!!

Also, the yarn that I used to make this is by Bergere de France Coton Fifty. I picked up a few skeins at my LYS on Thursday. They were in the buy one get one free bin because the owner has never had much luck selling the yarn. I don't know why, I've absolutely loved working with it! I may have to go back and pick up a few more skeins to make baby things with. It is machine washable which makes it perfect!

Also, today is the last day to enter the Motif-a-Day giveaway! The winner will be announced on Monday :)

Happy Crocheting!

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