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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Egg Cozies

Spring has finally arrived here in New England. All of the snow and ice has melted -- blooming crocuses and daffodils have taken their place.  Each day more and more greenery emerges- every morning the transformation is refreshing and uplifting.  The hope of life is in the air!

With Spring comes the joy of celebrating Easter and taking part in all of its wonderful family traditions.  We love to decorate Easter eggs.  I have some great memories of decorating eggs with my siblings while growing up and then hanging our creations on an egg tree made by my mom.

This Egg Cozy design can be found in the current issue of Crochet Today!(April/May 2014)  I used Aunt Lydia's Size 10 Cotton Crochet Thread and a steel crochet hook. The egg bases that you see in the photo were egg forms I found at Hobby Lobby.  They are similar in look and feel to plaster and come in more than one size.  They are intended to be painted and decorated but we decided to keep them their original soft white color shown here so that the crochet stitches and details could be seen.

Each cozy is made up of 3 crocheted pieces - when it comes time to sew them together, I recommend gluing each piece in its place on the egg (with a small amount of hot glue) so it is easier to keep all the thread lengths and spaces even as you sew.

Happy Easter - Happy Resurrection Day!



Thursday, March 6, 2014

Crochetville Blog Tour is here!



Welcome to Celtic Knot Crochet for the 2014 Crochetville National Crochet Month Blog Tour! 

I hope you have had  time to visit all the blogs included so far.  There are many beautiful projects and designs to see with a wide variety of neat offers, too! You can see all the posts here at: http://crochetville.com/blog/ in case you missed any.

I have met many of the designers on this tour at the annual Crochet Guild of America's annual conferences.  CGOA is a wonderful organization that provides great resources and opportunities for those who love crochet. I highly recommend joining to receive the many benefits.  (www.crochet.org) Number one benefit = Getting to meet and befriend the many talented crocheters.


In honor of the tour I am offering a this new FREE Celtic Knot crochet pattern that can be downloaded on Ravelry here - Celtic Knot Bracelet.



 
This bracelet is similar to another one of my designs, the Celtic Knot Belt, that can be found for FREE on Red Heart's website  here.
 
(Click on the page to the left, "List and Photos of Published Designs", to see other Celtic Knot Designs and where to find the patterns)



 
**For tips and a step-by-step photo tutorial of how to weave this knot, see the page to the left called, "Celtic Knot Belt and Bracelet Tips and Photos"**
 
St. Patrick's Day is in 12 days so you have time to make both quick projects in green and wear as a celebration of all that's Irish!
 
 
Speaking of quick projects, we invite you to make an animal hat to be given to Halos of Hope - the charity that Crochetville has chosen this year to promote.  Halos of Hope accepts donations of crocheted, knitted and sewn hats that are then given to hundreds of cancer treatment centers around the US. Visit this page to read more about this month's project, see links to free animal hat patterns and know where to send your hat.


Many thanks to Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka for all of their work to put this year's blog tour together! Make sure to check out tomorrow's 2 stops - Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Buggy Puppet Washcloths


Crochet magazine recently published a Special Issue called, "Crochet in a Snap".  It is filled with a wide variety of projects that can be completed in a short amount of time.


I created these Buggy Puppet Washcloths for this issue.  Made out of Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton, they are soft and easy to machine wash and dry.

 
I have always loved puppets - making my own was one of my first craft projects as a young girl.  I enjoy how you can make the animal come to life and make others laugh with its silly antics.  I thought these puppet washcloths would make a little one's bath time even more fun.


The Ladybug, Butterfly and Bumble Bee are very special bugs in our house.  When our daughters were infants, they each wore a cute 'bug costume' shown below.











Hope you have fun making these washcloths for a precious little one!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Farm Animal Hats - Crochet Today!


I had a great time creating these hats for Crochet Today! (Feb/Mar 2014)

Our family has always loved animals - we can never get enough of their cuteness and antics from our house pets to the backyard critters to the exotic animals you find on National Geographic or in a zoo!

For these designs I crocheted with Red Heart's With Love yarn - it is thick and soft so in addition to these hats being cute, they are also warm.  Even though the photo shows them on children, they can easily be adapted for any size.

You'll have to check out the magazine to see the other photos showing all the details included in these hats.

(Magazine is in craft stores and book stores now - or you can order it on-line at: www.crochettoday.com)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pretty in Pink Rug

Pretty in Pink Rug
made with Red Heart Vivid
 
Last May I designed and implemented a large community yarn art project.  Red Heart Yarns very generously donated hooks and brightly colored yarn to our project.  (You can see photos of the project on the page to the left)

That was the first time I had worked with the Vivid yarn and I loved working with it.  It is a great yarn for kids to learn how to finger chain and it is wonderful when creating large pieces for a yarn bomb.(Download a free pattern here  for our "Yarn Bomb Blossoms" using Vivid yarn)

Since we had some extra in our house to experiment with, one of my daughters grabbed a large hook and created her own chunky circle rug which she now has  in her room.  It looks great!



My daughter inspired me to create my own version shown above. It is super soft, bright and works up quickly.

You can find the pattern for FREE here.

A couple pattern notes:
This pattern uses very thick yarn and a large hook - this can be hard on sore hands. You may need to work just one round a day/sitting if you suffer from hand pain or arthritis.

This rug is intended to go over carpeting - if you want to have it on a hardwood/smooth floor, it is safest to add a non-slid backing on the wrong side.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentine's Day Pattern #4

The latest issue of Crochet Today! (Feb/Mar 2014) is on newsstands now.

Inside you will find all sorts of great projects.

One of my designs are the Sweetheart Hangers.

 
They were crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  They make a great quick and practical gift.  The hearts are stuffed with fiberfil but I think it would be neat to stuff them with balsam or some other kind of potpourri to add a nice scent to your closet.
 
You can find this magazine in your local craft store, book store or on-line at: www.crochettoday.com.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Day Pattern #3 - Quick Last Minute Project

 
Looking for something new to wear for Valentine's Day?
 
Well, this Tie the Knot Necklace from Crochet Today!'s January 2014 issue would be perfect.
 
This is made out of Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 crochet thread and a simple necklace chain.
 
The double heart design is eye-catching and highlights my love of Celtic Knots!
 
All instructions and diagrams can be found by ordering the January 2014 issue at: www.crochettoday.com.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Valentine's Day Pattern #2 - Sweet on You

I designed this giant Donut Pillow for the January 2014 issue of Crochet Today!
I used Red Heart Super Saver and a large hook.

Make this for your child's room as a reminder of how much you care.  And remember, it is one of the few Valentine's gifts that has zero calories. :)



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Valentine's Day Pattern #1

Can you believe we are well into 2014 and getting ready for Valentine's Day?

Here is one design I created for Crochet Today!'s January 2014 issue  - Heart Mandala.

I crocheted it with Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 crochet thread in Warm Rose, White, Red and Lime.

This is an intermediate pattern since several motifs are crocheted and then worked into the overall doily shape. With its 19 hearts, it is sure to add a touch of Valentine's Day spirit to any table and home!

The issue is already off the newsstands but you can find copies of it at www.crochettoday.com.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Christmas Gift Designs in Crochet Today!

When it comes to making Christmas gifts for friends and family, are you like me? You become inspired late in the fall to crochet something for everyone only to realize that time is short, you need to change your plans and find smaller projects to make?  (And then, of course, you vow that you'll start earlier next year?)

Well, here I am late in posting about my 3 designs in Crochet Today's Nov/Dec 2013 Issue but realizing that they are great small projects to make.  (Good news is that even though this issue may not be in the newsstands, you can find it here in hard copy or digital form.)

Here are the projects:

Comet Cat Collars
 
These would be great for a small dog, too or even as bracelets for friends or children.

Prancer Sweater

This was fun to make and I used my own little dog as a model. Here she is:
 
 
And lastly there are the Dasher Gloves that can be made in your guy's favorite team colors.
"Cro-Shayley" recently posted a great photo tutorial on how she made these gloves and you can see that here via Red Heart's website.
 
 
 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

BOSTON STRONG and the BOSTON RED SOX !

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the World Series at home in Fenway Park!

 
Baseball is a great American sport.  I have wonderful memories of watching games on TV with my dad and going to several Yankees and Mets games in NY with him.  When I moved to New England, I started to root for the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics along with my husband who has been a lifelong New England fan.  It has been fun to watch our New England teams win so many championships in the past 12 years including the Bruins.  This one this year is especially triumphant after the tragedies that occurred at the Boston Marathon in April.
 
It is inspiring to hear the players talk about their teammates and how much they care for each other.  Their teamwork, hard work, character and heart are what earned them the great win.
 
About this piece:
I created this piece as another entry in this past summer's National Arts Program.  It hung in City Hall for two months as a reminder of the victims of the Boston marathon bombing and the great efforts of so many quick-acting and selfless people who helped those hurt that day.
 
There are 3 knot sections to this piece - an intricate star knot made of Aunt Lydia's silver metallic crochet thread, a larger circular knot made of Red Heart's With Love yarn in red and a thick braid made in Red Heart's With Love in white.
 
 

Friday, October 11, 2013

I Love Yarn Day!

I love yarn so I decided to celebrate by installing some new yarn graffiti overlooking a beautiful river over which I often ride my bike. (see photo to the right)

I made it in these colors as a tribute to the military men and women who serve, sacrifice and give their lives to protect our freedom.

How are you going to celebrate?