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..

January 31, 2013

Inspired: Creating a Block-a-Day

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday we got a good 4-5 inches of snow, so I spent a good portion of my day on the computer and crocheting.

In my adventures across the internet I came across a crochet blog where the lady was blogging about making this beautiful granny square afghan! She was simply making one block every day. No more, no less. I LOVE granny square afghans but if you were to ask me...I think making 10 granny squares in a row is the boring-est thing on earth. No offence if you love making granny squares obsessively. It's just not my thing! But 1 a day? That's manageable!

If you follow my Facebook page, you may have seen this picture I shared a while ago.

This woman has crocheted over 536 hexagons!!!!!! I can't even imagine it! Maybe I'd need to do 2 a day if I wanted to make one of these ;)

I really love following pages on facebook, pinboards on pinterest and crochet blogs because inspiration doesn't just have to be for designing. One can be inspired to do anything...blog every day for a month, crochet a block for a year, you name it. Is it just me though, or is it hard to find motivation to do some things without the inspiration driving you? That's my humble opinion.

One of the greatest periods of inspiration in my life was when I challenged myself to NaMoCroMo back in November of 2011. It was a challenge where I crocheted a new motif every day for a month and blogged about it. I don't think I ever missed one day. By the end of it, I really looked forward to blogging every day, and what my next motif would look like! The Pleiades Shawl swatch actually came from NaMoCroMo!

Look familiar? :)

I also have another shawl that is completed, waiting patiently for a photoshoot and pattern writing that came from NaMoCroMo as well. It's on my list of things to complete before Spring!

That is all I've got for you today! I'm going to spend the rest of my day pattern writing and chart making! A new pattern will be in testing phase soon!

Happy Crocheting!

January 30, 2013

A New Look!

Hi Everyone!

Want to talk about extremes? Yesterday it was 60 degrees. Today it was 30 degrees and we got a good 4-5 inches of snow! I spent most of the day cuddled up working on designing Crochet Collection's first ever logo!

What do you think?

I also changed the banner logo up a little bit and I'm hoping that I can have it as the header on the blog very soon!

In other news, starting February 1st I will be giving away 2 patterns to a lucky winner! This is a very special giveaway that will end when the Mad Mad Me facebook page reaches 7777 likes. There are so many awesome items that have been donated for this giveaway, you really don't want to miss it! Please be sure that you like my Facebook Page and the Mad Mad Me facebook page to stay up to date with the contest!

Here is my giveaway item. You know you don't want to miss out! :)

I'm going to go find my socks (it is getting chilly!) and carry on some more design projects! I'm looking forward to sharing them with you all soon!

Happy Crocheting!


January 29, 2013

Crochet Ear Warmers

Hi Everyone!

Today has been a fantastically warm day for a Wisconsin winter! It hit 60 degrees here in Janesville, and I was able to keep the windows open for my kitty. He LOVED it.

I don't think I've ever properly introduced Aslan the Lion Kitty here on the blog! We adopted him back in October and he is a fantastic cat! He is really good at not getting any cat hair in my projects — seriously!

Anyways, even with 60 degree weather today, we will be back to highs of 11 degrees by Thursday. That harsh reality calls for crochet ear warmers! When thinking of ear warmers, I generally think of hats and headbands. But I wanted to share some patterns that I thought were pushing the limit of crochet ear warmers!

Braided Ear Warmer - I love the large chunky cables in this ear warmer!

Bike Helmet Ear Warmers - Seriously, one of the most innovative ideas I've ever seen! I am not as into biking in the winter time...so I would have never thought of how necessary keeping your ears could be!

Julianna - I love the beautiful chevron headband!

Entwined Ear Warmer - WOW! A real stunner of a pattern. To get this pattern you have to get a hold of the book Clever Crocheted Accessories by Brett Bara.

Crossover Cowl and Ear warmers - I love this pattern because it has a great stitch pattern! I also think it is fantastic that she covers how to make a cowl and ear warmers in the same pattern.

Juice Hat - Very interesting hat design made from slip stitches I believe!

Do you have or know of any unique crochet ear warmer patterns? I'd love to see them!

Happy Crocheting!

January 28, 2013

Bringing WIP's Back to Life

Hey Everyone!

Today I spent a long part of my day thinking about what I wanted to blog about today. I wasn't feeling inspired until I pulled out a bag from my office (a large work-in-progress itself) that contained 2 different shawl designs that have been WIPs (Work-In-Progress(es)) for almost a year.

One is an incredible lace weight shawl crocheted in Lorna's Laces Helen's Lace yarn with a size 0 (or C) hook. It has taken me hour upon hour to work on this shawl, and it got set down once I became engaged. It is literally on the last 2 or 3 rows and is GORGEOUS. Way more gorgeous than I remembered it to be. The stitch patterning is beautiful, the yarn's colorway is just as beautiful as I remember it. Why do things like this go missing for such long periods of time, possibly never to see the light of day again?

That's a great question. I have a few possible answers...in my case anyway!

1. I have a very creative mind. By the time I'm halfway through designing a project my mind is already dissecting my next pattern after that...and finding new yarns and swatching and maybe even sketching if I'm in the mood for a sadly formed figure sketch. I get bored of what is already getting old to me REALLY fast.

2. Loosing Interest. By the time I've made the 10th row I'm bored. I have troubles completing projects that have long repeats of the same stitch. Maybe that is my sign to start designing with more interesting stitch patterns?

3. Forgetting I'm in charge of the design process. Sometimes I'm just not sure where I should take a design next. Whether it be an edging or a short row, sometimes I wish I didn't have to make the call for a decision.

In 2013, I want to target myself when I fall into one of my "design traps" and turn my WIPs into Finished Designs!

I'll share a sneak peak of one of the few designs that have come out of hibernation WIP stage and moved into active WIP stage...

I shared this photo on my Facebook page back in March or April. to be perfectly honest there are only 1 or 2 extra rows on it since this picture was taken. But, that will change! And the pattern WILL get written! I solemnly promise you, my dear faithful reader!

Happy Crocheting!

January 25, 2013

Broomstick Lace Class!

Hey Everyone!

Today I'm trying to make a difficult decision: What kind of yarn I should order for my Craftsy Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace class. I'm getting ready to make the big kahuna project: the Rebel Lace Cardi.

Online Crochet Class

The Rebel Lace Cardi is the lovely cardigan that is in the above photo! I'm really excited to start making mine because it is something that I will be able to wear while I'm pregnant, and post pregnancy!

In the class, I've finished the first two projects that they give to work on, and I've been ready and eager to start working on the cardi...but the thing is, they recommend working with a in-elastic fiber. If you've read this blog for a while, you know that I'm an animal fiber girl! The more wool, alpaca and mohair you throw at me, the happier camper I become!

Being such, when someone says "cotton" I tend to hide under a rock. Bamboo and Silk are more up my alley, but I really love them best when mixed with wool...or alpaca. Yummy. I'm trying not to salivate too much on the keyboard right now ;)

Anyway, when a friend of mine on Facebook said she wanted to make a KnitPicks order, I knew this was my chance to pick up some yarn for the project! I'm finally getting myself to the point where I know I am not going to purchase my best fiber friend, but will take a leap out and buy plant fibers.

Right now I'm teetering between the lovely CotLin DK yarn and Shine Sport Yarn. If I was making a choice solely on color, I would probably choose the Shine Sport Yarn. But the only thing holding me back from making a decision right now is that I don't know what each of the yarns feel like. I don't want to buy one and have it kill my skin because it was too rough for me. This is why I love my LYS! It is so nice to have a petting zoo at your fingertips :)

Has anyone here worked with either yarn? Can you give me an opinion before I dish out the dough for yarn?

Hubby and I are spending the weekend at my parents so they can enjoy a well-deserved night away and not have to worry about the kiddos! I'm anticipating getting some projects finished! What are you doing this weekend? Have any great crocheting plans up your sleeves?

Happy Crocheting!

January 24, 2013

What's Inspiring Me: Pinterest

Hey Everyone!

As you probably know by now, this week I released my new pattern, the Genevieve Infinity Scarf. I thought it would be cool to show you how the inspiration for this pattern struck me.

I don't know about you, but I am absolutely in love with Pinterest! That site seems to be brimming with so many ideas that you may have never ever seen in your whole life. I know it's revolutionized the way I see food! Mmmmmm...This is what I see if I go under the food and drink heading. It doesn't take much to make me salivate!

I love using Pinterest for inspiration not just for cooking, but for crochet design! I follow quite a few crocheters on pinterest who post the most interesting things. In fact, as I was browsing through one day I stumbled across a picture of this beautiful stitch pattern that I'd never seen before. It struck me so much that I decided I was going to learn how it was made so I could design with it!

And that is how the Genevieve Infinity Scarf was born!

The picture I was inspired by is actually a pattern on NaturallyCaron.com and was designed by the Lovely Kristin Omdahl! I am hoping to be able to meet Kristin on my trip to Florida this March. She only lives about an hour from my Grandparents house!

Pinterest is a never ending supply of brain stimulation. If you want to see what is currently inspiring me you can Follow Me on Pinterest!! If you follow me, I'll follow you. How's that for a deal? I can't wait to see what is inspiring all of you too!

Please leave me a link to your Pinterest page in the comments! I know I am always looking for more crochet lovers on Pinterest!

Happy Crocheting!

January 23, 2013

Crochet Scarves Pattern

Hey Everyone!

Today is one of those days where I really wish I was good at getting up early. I know that it's a learned habit, but I usually have no desire to re-learn it...except when wake up and go to the gym and get home and it's lunch time. Maybe it's time for some change?

This week I've really been loving scarves! This week in Wisconsin we got the deep freeze. I wore my new Genevieve Infinity Scarf yesterday on my outing to Starbucks. It was so toasty! You know you want one!!
Genevieve Infinity Scarf

I also wanted to share some other patterns that I love! Crochet Scarves Patterns are not too hard to come by, so I really wanted to share my very favorites! Some of these are available free online, others are in publications. A few are paid online pdf patterns, too!

Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf

Ghost Cone Scarf - This is beautiful and inspired by broomstick lace!

Summer Snowflake Scarf

Peacock Tracks Scarf

Sparkly Scarf

Arachne's Path

Bluma Scarf

Multi-Gaps Scarf

Dentelle Cowl

If you are a new to the craft of crochet, crochet scarves patterns are a great way to make a smaller and manageable project while making something that could otherwise be out of your comfort zone. You can try different stitch patterns, lace, cables, the whole nine yards and only be committed to doing a little bit. Not that you couldn't rip it out later anyway ;)

Happy Crocheting!


January 22, 2013

Now Available for Pre-Order: Genevieve Infinity Scarf

Hi Everyone!

I got a lot of work done this weekend and I'm so proud to be able to say that the Genevieve Infinity Scarf is available for pre-order right now!

"The Genevieve Infinity Scarf is a simplistic scarf that is wonderfully warm for winter. 
The warmth that encapsulates your neck by this infinity scarf is a welcome reminder of the 
ocean waves and warm air it was inspired by"

The pattern calls for 3 Skeins of Mirasol Api, a beautiful 50% Wool, 50% Alpaca thick-and-thin yarn. It is lush and incredibly warm, just what we need this week in Wisconsin!

I have a special deal for all of my crochet friends! Right now you can pre-order the Genevieve Infinity Scarf pattern for just $4.50! It's a full dollar off of it's regular price! When the pattern comes out in full on February 1st, you will receive an email with the finished pattern. There is also a special surprise with this pattern! It is going to be the first pattern I offer with a chart! I have started getting emails from my friends abroad asking if other patterns come with crochet diagrams, so I'm very pleased to finally be offering them! I may begin adding charts to my previously published patterns as well :)

Happy Crocheting today! Let's see how much I get done...I have a lot of cleaning to do instead. I'll set a timer and try to complete it all and reward myself with some crochet time ;)


January 18, 2013

Friday Fun Day!

I know this is normally the day that I post about my craftsy class progress, but to be perfectly honest with you, I did NOTHING this week! I have to start looking to purchase yarn for my cardi project, so I've just kind of been waiting to find some extra cash floating around in the air...you know how that is ;)

But, I can tell you that the class is on sale right now!! You can get the entire class for only $29.99! I can't find anywhere that says how long the promotion is running, so you should sign up now! I am so excited to start implementing broomstick lace into my designs, so of course I want all of my readers to be able to make them!

Online Crochet Class

With feeling under the weather last weekend and into this week, I definitely didn't get as much crocheting done as I would have liked. But, I can share some pictures of what I did get done!

This afghan is something my mom found in my Grandma's craft room when they were cleaning it out for auction. Grandma must have started it and only got about 11 rows into it or so. I'm so glad mom saved it so that I can finish working on it! I've almost finished two of the pineapple repeats now. I'm not sure how big I'm going to make it...I guess I'll just know when it gets there!

It has been working up very quickly for me. I was able to finish 1-1/2 of the pattern repeats in just a few hours!

This next picture is a sneak peak teaser for everyone. It is the original swatch I made for my new pattern in the works!

Yesterday when I went to visit Studio S in Delavan, I picked out yarn for the actual design sample! Debbie, the owner of the shop, was so helpful to me in finding the perfect yarn! I'm in love with how it is crocheting up...and I think you will love it too!

Api is a lovely 50% Wool, 50% Alpaca yarn that is spun thick and thin. It is an absolute dream to work with! If you saw my yarn buying habits lately, you'd think my favorite color is blue. I made the Evelyn cowl up in that lovely blue Madelinetosh (sigh, madelinetosh, je t'aime!), and I bought that lovely blue Universal Yarn that I made the sunglasses case in...But I still cling to my purple!

I have two more bits of exciting news! One, I am going to start teaching crochet classes at Studio S! If you live in the area and would be interested in learning to crochet a market bag designed by your truly, you can get in touch with Studio S! The class will be in March, and I am so excited! Secondly, today is the day that I get to schedule my ultrasound!! If you're a mommy, you definitely know how exciting this is! Yay!

What will you be crocheting this weekend? I'm going to continue working on my new design (I am hoping to bring it to you by the end of the month!), and maybe (just maybe!) get a start on my knitting project for the year. Dustin and I are driving 5 hours up north tomorrow for a wedding, and then driving all the way back the same night. So, I'll have plenty of work time!

Happy Crocheting (and happy weekend!)

January 17, 2013

What's Inspiring Me - Knitting Patterns

Hi Everyone!

Last week I wrote about finding my inspiration from new fashion trends and what's on the runway. This week I want to share one of my favorite ways (I have a few favorites, mind you) to find inspiration.

I believe I wrote a few weeks ago about wasting my time on Ravelry. Well, I still do that, but I try to be more effective in my time wasting! I enjoy looking at all of the lovely crochet patterns, but I try to focus on knitting patterns. There are so many more knit wear designers than there are crochet wear!

Today, I went onto Ravelry to see the ratio of knitting patterns to crochet patterns. I wasn't really expecting to see that there are nearly 2.5 knitting patterns out there for every 1 crochet pattern! But, this isn't what I want to talk about :)

If you look at the number of those patterns, knitting would seem to be far more fashionable than crochet. And, while I could see that being true, I think crochet is every bit as fashionable and WAY  cooler. After all, we're not confined to two different stitches and their variations! And when you factor in different crocheting styles, like tunisian crochet, we can make pieces that look knitted, even to an experienced eye. (True story. Just last week at Knitting Guild I modeled a tunisian crochet shawl. Before I modeled I was examining it's construction and had decided it was knit. Boy, was I wrong!)

Looking at knitting patterns always gives me ideas of where crochet could innovate next.

When I designed the Lena Wrap pattern, I had never seen a side to side constructed shawl in the crochet market, but they were extremely popular over in the knitting country! Shortly after my design hit Ravelry, there were many many side to side shawls that were hitting Blogs and Ravelry stores.

Crocheters, in my opinion, limit themselves when they don't open up and look for inspiration in the yarn industry!

I thought it would be fun to take a screenshot of what is Hot on Ravelry in knitting patterns right now! These 10 patterns are hugely inspirational to me...what do they say to you?

As for me, I'm getting ready to go visit a new yarn shop this morning before heading off to my favorite Open Knitting afternoon! I'm in search of the perfect yarn for this new design I have conjured up this week. Yes, it was partly inspired by a knitting pattern, but there was inspiration from somewhere else too...I guess you'll have to wait and find out next week!

Happy Crocheting!

January 16, 2013

Project Simplification - Getting the mojo back

Hi Everyone!

Before I delve into my project simplification, I have baby news! Dustin and I visited our midwives clinic this morning for our 14 week appointment! We got to hear the babies heartbeat again (it was 150 bpm!). It was really cool, she found it perfectly just resting it on my tummy and then it went away! Baby went and hid behind one of my veins, so when we found it again you could hear both of our heartbeats at the same time. She said that baby is very wiggly, we heard some of it's movement over the doppler! We also got orders in for the 20 week ultrasound...only 6 weeks left til we know if we're on team blue or pink!

With my hectic schedule last fall, I kind of failed at my goal of having project simplification on the blog! I'm intending to bring it back now that I've reached the "honeymoon stage" of my pregnancy! Today I'm feeling much better from my weekend ailment, and yesterday afternoon I even found an energy spurt! I had found some inspiration to start a new design and was fed up when I was having a hard time finding yarn for my project.

That inspired me to do this:

I started emptying boxes! This box was one of the hardest for me to unload because it was filled with things from drawers in my old bedroom. Most of it was VERY unorganized jewelry. I threw a lot away, and sorted a big pile to donate. I still need to go through another time or two to donate more...but a lot of this jewelry belonged to my grandmother who passed away almost two years ago. It's very hard for me to let go of things like that.

But one box lead to another and I successfully finished emptying 3 boxes! The mess in that room is definitely going to get worse before it gets better, but I feel really good that I've been able to start attacking it. Someday in the near future I hope to have a home for everything that I decide to keep.

Please send me some love and support as I go through this process. Learning that things are only things is becoming a very real sentiment to me, yet I struggle with being able to let go. I know there is a lot that I need to be able to let go of...and I know that I will feel a whole lot better putting those things to better use through donation or some other sort of re-homeing process!

Happy Crocheting today! It's a gloomy day here today. I'm currently sitting at starbucks enjoying some vanilla blonde coffee and I'm ready to start crocheting...now!


January 15, 2013

Crochet Free Patterns Heart Earrings

Hey All!

First of all, I have to say ahh to the joys of pregnancy. The last few days I've felt like I've had glorified morning sickness...I've been exhausted, and nausea to boot. I'm not sure if it's the cold/flu thing that's been going around here lately (I don't feel sick), or if it's just a late hit of "morning" sickness. I was definitely under the impression that I would have more energy than I would know what to do with by now.

I'll stop complaining and giving you excuses why I didn't post yesterday. I should have...I just couldn't find motivation.

Anyways, with Valentines day around the corner, today I am bringing you: Crochet Free Patterns for Heart Earrings! I'm not usually one to get all decked out in Holiday style, but I would honestly make quite a few of these patterns myself!

Tiny Heart Earrings

Lobes of Love Valentine Heart Earrings - A Free Ravelry Pattern!

Valentine Heart Earrings

Crocheted Heart Earrings

Lacy Heart Earrings with Beads

Sweetheart Earrings

And there we have it! Crochet Free Patterns for Heart Earrings! You've got one month to go til Valentines day...I'd say that you've got plenty of time to whip up a pair or three of these cute heart earrings!

As for me...I'm going to try and lay low today so I hopefully can feel better for my doctor appointment tomorrow! It's hard to believe it's already been 4 weeks since the last one. I can hardly wait!

Happy Crocheting!

January 11, 2013

Friday Fun Day! - Broomstick Lace, Baby Booties and more!

I thought today would be a great day to share the projects I've been working on this week!

Online Crochet Class

In my Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace class on Craftsy, I started working on the lovely fingerless mitt pattern! I felt like I was a beginning crocheter all over again, that's how many times I had to rip out wrong rows! I guess I was pretty distracted while I started trying to make them. I'm mostly done with one mitt now,  but there are still a few finishing details that need attention. I'm crossing my fingers that I have enough yarn to finish the second one!! The wool I'm using was hand dyed as a gift, and my ball is definitely smaller from when I started. I think it makes a pretty cool mitt though!

Yesterday I had a ball being able to work at my old LYS, the Sow's Ear in Verona, WI. I enjoyed a delicious cup of french press while plugging away!

I really love the inserted broomstick lace over the wrist. I think it's so unique how the rows overlap each other. The rest of the body is made up in post stitches, which will definitely keep my hands toasty! I did a lot of modification over the hand of the mitts because my hands are so small. The pattern calls for a few more rows of crochet, but if I did that they would be up to my finger tips!

I wish I could have taken a picture of my hand and wrist together...but there was no way I was getting one by myself! It's a cloudy day here so it's hard to get a quality picture with one hand holding the camera!

One of my other projects this week is not crochet related! My mom and I took a wire working jewelry class on Monday, and this is what I made!

It was a lot of frustrating work, but I'm proud of myself! I learned so much, and I can't wait to try and make more with my mom tomorrow :) The basketweaving of the thin wire along the bottom of the earrings was definitely the hardest part...I broke my wire on one of them TWICE. The second earring was a piece of cake though. You definitely only get better by practicing!

And last, but not least! I started working on a pair of baby booties this week at the Knitting Guild meeting! I will admit I didn't work more on them til this morning because I wanted to have progress on my fingerless mitt :) As I was putting the edging on the bootie I decided I'm pretty sure I didn't make it quite right. The flap doesn't sit squarely in the middle of the bootie, so for it's pair I'm going to have to take a look at that. But hey, it's still cute!

I've kind of decided I think the baby is going to be a boy. I've only dreamed of it being a boy (the whole 2 times I've been pregnant)...but still, if it's a girl I am not complaining! I have picked up way too many adorable girls clothes to wish too hard any particular way :)

What are you planning on crocheting this weekend? I'm not sure what I'm going to work on yet, but it'll be something awesome! Maybe I'll start finding yarn for the incredible rebel lace cardi for my broomstick lace class. The cardi is in the picture for the class up there ^^ I can definitely wear it while pregnant!!

Happy Crocheting!


January 10, 2013

Baby Bump, And Inspiration - Spring/Summer 2013

Who wants to see a baby bump? You're some of the first to see this...I only just posted it on facebook this morning! I've been denying that it's really a baby bump and just a whole bunch of fat...but I think I've settled entirely on the fact that it's my baby bump now :)

On to today's blogging matter!

Lately, I have been trying to regain some of my designing mojo. I don't know what happened, but it just isn't there! Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones...but today I decided that it's time to get some inspiration to fuel my creative soul.

When I need some creative stimulation, there are a whole bunch of places that I look to for inspiration and a direction to go. I've always been a fashion-a-holic, but I kind of fell into a rut while wedding planning. But now with a baby on the way, I have so many limitless amazing fashion possibilities! Maternity style is way better now than it ever has been. But, this isn't the topic I was trying to get to!

Anyways! I really enjoy looking at trends for the upcoming season. Seeing the incredibly beautiful (and sometimes bizarre) runway shows online is fantastic inspiration. My tastes lie in the arena of "vintage is best," but there are a lot of forward thinking designers right now who are incredibly talented at mixing old inspiration, with new techniques.

Here are some pieces that I felt spoke to me:

Giles S/S 2013
Donna Karan S/S 2013

Donna Karan

Antoni & Alison S/S 2013

Antoni & Alison

Zac Posen S/S 2013

Zac Posen

Zac Posen
I think my favorite collection I've seen so far is Zac Posen's. He really had a vintage-modern take this season...and I'm gobbling it all up. If you have any connections to getting those dresses...can you hook me up? ;)

I thought the first dress from Giles was was very inspiring as well. Actually, their whole collection was inspiring as a crocheter. There are many dresses with beautiful eyelet detailing such as the dress above, but I wasn't sure if some of it would be appropriate to post on my blog or not! If you would like to see the rest of the collection, you can visit this website.

Where do you get inspiration from? This is just one of many avenues of my own sources, but I'd LOVE to hear from some other people!

Happy Crocheting!


January 09, 2013

Janesville Knitting Guild and Tunisian Crochet

Last night was my first visit with the Janesville Area Knitting Guild! I went being quite skeptical about crocheting in a group that seemed very knit-centric from it's website, but was pleasantly surprised at the large amount of crocheters in the group!

When I arrived, I was happy to see that my new friends Judith (she owns the bead shop here in town!) and her daughter Katelyn were already there, so I sat with them. I was quickly introduced to all of the other ladies who were there, and pulled out my crochet project. I brought along some purple lambs pride I found in a large bag at goodwill this summer and made my first baby bootie! I found this sweet little moccasin pattern that I wanted to try out as a first bootie. I'm about 95% of the way done with my first one, and that was with a lot of distractions and pulling out a few rows because I was too busy talking to count :)

The guest speaker at the meeting tonight was Sheryl Theis. She is a knitting and tunisian crochet extraordinaire! She has 4 books to boast of, with the fifth on the way in March! I was lucky enough to get to see the projects ahead of time and even model one...naturally I forgot to ask someone to take my picture.

Here are her books to date:

She was wearing the cover shawl of Knitting by Nature. It was so incredible!

The shawl being worn in the bottom of this picture was from the knitting with nature book too!

Next month the knitting guild is hosting a Knit-In in Delevan, WI with Franklin Habit being the main speaker! I am hoping that I can go for one of the days. I know he is teaching a class on learning to knit from vintage patterns...that would be such a cool class to take, because I'm sure the knowledge is very similar to crocheting as well. And I'm a ravingly uncontroled definitely a vintage crochet pattern lover.

Do you attend any meetings like this in your area? What is your favorite part of the meeting?

Happy Crocheting! I'm headed back to my little booties :)


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