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! 🙂

Ahana Infinity Scarf

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Love the look of the knitted ribbed garter stitch but don’t knit? Then Ahana is the perfect project for you! Worked in the Tunisian knit and purl stitch Ahana is the ideal project for an advanced beginner. The soft and squishy texture  of Lion Brand’s Mandala Yarn is a delightful barrier against the chill of winter. The bright colors will also bring cheer to any dreary day!

Hop on over to Ravelry to buy your copy today!

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?

Finished!

I love these quick knits! This yarn was extra bumpy — those aren’t dropped stitches, it’s just the way the yarn worked up. Once blocked it should even out and the loops will be less apparent.

This photo shows more of the true color of this gorgeous hand-dyed yarn!  Isn’t it fun what you can do with just 300 yards of fiber?

Knitting Again!

I really wish the colors were more true — they are very saturated jewel tones. I love to do mindless knitting when I’m between jobs, it’s a great way to relax. One of my very favorite items to make are cowls — I have a closet full! 🙂 I love wearing them too! They are a fantastic way to add a pop of color to a t-shirt and dress them up. Since that’s pretty much all I own, cowl’s are a must!

My standard cowl is simply 40 stitches on size 8 circular needles. I knit every row, so no keeping count of stitches! It’s a wonderful (and colorful!) way to use any single skein yarns you have!

Beaded Bracelet

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I love beads! Especially Fire Mountian Gem beads! I also love quick and easy projects. This beaded bracelet took about an hour from start to finish and that includes the photos I took!

First, I gathered my supplies. Fire Mountian Gems graciously provided the clasps, blue and purple beads and thread for my project.

I dug out my beading crochet hook and a larger crochet hook. It turns out I crochet loose enough that I didn’t need the larger hook. You might, so keep one handy.

I love, love, love these clasps! Aren’t they gorgeous? Before we begin we need to unclasp them. Next, we will pull a loop through the first circle on our clasp and chain 2. Then we will pick up a purple bead with the beading hook and pull the thread through the center of the bead.

Chain over the top of the purple bead to close the stitch. Next, make another chain and then pull the loop through the center of the blue bead. Chain over the top of the blue bead to close the stitch.

Keep repeating the color sequence until you reach the desired length of the bracelet. This bracelet fits me perfectly with 15 beads.

Now we want to slide the clasp back together and work into the corresponding circle. To join we will single crochet into the first circle. Our first row is complete.

To begin our second row we will single crochet into the second circle and chain 1. Then we will pick up a blue bead and pull the thread through the center of the bead. Chain over the bead to close the stitch and chain 1 more. Pick up a purple bead and pull the loop through the center of the bead. Continue chaining and beading as we did in row 1.  Don’t forget to keep rotating the colors as you bead!

When we get to the end of our second row, single crochet into the circle of the clasp and then single crochet into the next circle. Repeat the first 2 row’s color sequence and then fasten off.

Secure the ends in your preferred method. Some people like to use a dab of glue to keep the thread secure. I simply made a small knot and once I was sure it was secure I trimmed the ends.

This is a fun and easy project! It’s perfect for gift giving or just to make a little bling for yourself!