Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng

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A copy was of this book was given to me for review and I’m so glad it was! Are you ready to play with some color? I mean lots and lots of color? Then you will adore Crochet Kaleidoscope by Sandra Eng!

Sandra begins by teaching us how to choose our colors. Good color combinations don’t normally just happen. Believe it or not, most designers/artists have to think about where to place each new color. One misplaced hue will change (even ruin) the concept you are going for. The good news is, with a little practice, it can become second nature.

There are 100 motifs to crochet and with charts for each one! How cool is that? Each motif is worked in a different color combination to get your creative juices flowing!

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5 fun projects are included so you can get the hang of making and joining your new motifs.

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Now comes the fun part! Who wants to win a free copy of Crochet Kaleidoscope? To enter simply leave a comment below telling me what your favorite color is! (Open to US residents only.) The winner will be announced on March 7, 2018.

A Giveaway is Coming Soon!

Ben clearly approves of my Celebration Plaid Afghan <3 He’s my baby!

On to business! Be watching — my next blog post will be a book review with a giveaway! It’s a lovely book that I can’t wait to share with you. Once I wrap up the update I’m working on I’ll get the party started, Stay tuned! 🙂

Ellen Gormley is on YouTube!

This month is just flying by! I have a feeling the whole year is going to at this rate. So many fun and exciting things I want to share – but all in due time! 🙂

Today, I want to share a wonderful new resource for every crocheter – Ellen Gormley now has her own Youtube channel! Ellen is a phenomenal teacher, she was the featured crocheter on The Knit & Crochet Now TV show for many years. She’s taught several online classes, edited Crochet! magazine and has even written books. There’s no doubt Ellen knows crochet and she knows how to teach. Ellen will continue to grow her channel with new stitches and techniques – be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any new videos!

Ellen also launched her own newsletter and a new website. Be sure to click on over and sign-up today. There are many new adventures on the horizon –  be sure to check back often for updates!

 

Happy New Year!

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It’s a new year, time for a new project! Are you looking for a unique wedding or anniversary gift you’d like to make? If so, this is just the pattern for you! My Celebration Plaid Afghan’s colors are plotted out based on special dates. The colors and spacing in the afghan above are based on my own wedding anniversary. How fun is that?

To get the instructions, hop on over to Annie’s and download  Crochet World’s February 2018 issue today!

Paul’s Afghan

I made this lovely afghan for my brother Paul. You know you must be pretty special if I’m willing to spend weeks working on a gift just for you! The colors are ones he chose. I really enjoy the light to dark play on color.

I adore crocheted afghans that look like quilts. I especially love ones that use up leftover yarn! I hate to sew (I can but don’t enjoy it) so a crocheted quilt is the next best idea!

And, yes, this puppy is HUGE! 🙂

What is your favorite crochet quilt pattern?

Go Crochet Wellness Coaching!

Ellen Gormley, from Go Crochet,  has decided to expand her coaching services to include wellness, fitness, motivation and career goals!

As many of you already know, Ellen was one of my crochet designer mentors. She’s a great motivator and really understands how to help you make the right decisions to get you where you want to go.

Coaching isn’t telling you what to do – anyone can do that. It’s a more refined skill to help you find the right answers that work specifically for you. It’s helping you see the big picture and then making a plan on how to reach that goal or goals.

I’ve known Ellen for many years, she’s a beautiful person inside and out! Why not click on over to Go Crochet and get started with Ellen today?

Tunisian Shawl

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The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of writing. I am always amazed at how quickly time slips by when I’m writing. I did take some downtime in the evenings to work on this Tunisian shawl.

It’s an asymmetrical shape made in a stitch I came up with while swatching. It’s also Ben approved, as you can tell! 🙂

I added beads to the border to help keep the shawl in place when I wear it. It’s made with a lovely hand dyed lace weight bamboo that would slide off easily.  Adding a bead to a chain stitch is very easy to do, you simply pick up a bead with a super small tipped crochet hook:

 

Then pull the yarn through the center of the bead with the tiny hook:

Next, we remove our tiny hook and insert our regular hook:

And finally, we chain over our bead to close our stitch:

Pretty easy, isn’t it? You can find a huge selection of beads at Fire Mountian Gems!

I have amassed a nice collection myself – it’s like yarn, one color is never enough!

Tunisian Bracelet

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This morning I was looking for a quick and fun idea for scrap yarn. It’s been one of those mornings where I wanted instant gratification – not an easy thing to achieve with knitting or crochet! The above bracelet is the result of that!

The yarn is a bit fuzzy which is why the photo appears a little blurry. It was a fun and fast project!

I started with my Denise hooks, some pretty scrap yarn, my scissors and a yarn needle. I chained until it fit around my wrist loosely, for me, that was 30 chains using an F hook. My yarn is a sock weight so if you use a thicker yarn you’ll want to go up in hook size. I worked 3 rows of the Tunisian knit stitch and then fastened off. I then sewed the ends together and weaved in the ends! That’s it! Done!

You can do as many or few rows as you’d like. Whatever you do, don’t block it! This is the one time we want the curl! The curl is what gives it the lovely bangle shape.

These are perfect gifts or even stocking stuffers you can whip up in no time! What a great way to use up pretty bits of yarn you just can’t stand to part with!

Quick Tee Embellishment!

I love shopping! Not because I like buying things (unless it’s yarn!) 😉 I just really enjoy the inspiration I find while out and about.

This tee was actually pretty ordinary until I noticed the crocheted pocket on it. What a delightful idea – and a fantastic way to use small swatches that are too pretty to throw away but hard to use in another project.

I have a drawerful of swatches and way too many tees, maybe it’s time to combine the two? What a fun and fast way to spruce up my wardrobe!

What fun and interesting ways have you seen crochet used while out shopping?

Do You Want A Career In Crochet?

Many of you know Ellen Gormley as the fabulous designer behind the Go Crochet brand. She has authored several books, edited Crochet! magazine, published over 300 (and counting!) patterns, tech edited,  is an online video teacher, and is the crochet expert on the tv show Knit & Crochet Now! Nice resume, don’t you think?

Ellen has held a position in pretty much every way possible in crochet. She also mentored others during her career — and I was fortunate enough to be one of those she mentored! I have my career because I had the help I needed to begin moving in the right direction. It was an invaluable experience that helped me define where I wanted to go and exactly what I needed to do to get there. I learned how to put together a proposal, found out how to find the contact information for submissions, and was given feedback on my ideas.  Everyone could use a gifted mentor, especially one who cares if you succeed. That’s where Ellen comes in.

Right now Ellen is offering to mentor/coach anyone who is interested in taking their crochet career to the next level. If you are serious about finally turning your hobby into a career hop on over to Go Crochet and get started today!