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Monday, December 21, 2015

Last Minute Hostess and Kid Gifts!


Would you like to take something unique to the next Christmas party you go to for a hostess gift? Or do you need to make a cute little something for some special kids in your life?

Then I have two fun projects for you!

Back in July I wrote a guest blog post for Red Heart here titled, "Christmas Ruffle Tree".  It was part of their "Christmas in July" blog fun.  It is a different way to use their Sashay ruffle yarn - all you need is one skein of Sashay, a Styrofoam cone, your crochet hook and some sewing pins.  On the blog you'll see several photos with detailed steps of how to make your tree (including how to cover the cone with matching fabric). This tutorial is FREE!


The instructions for these Funny Finger Friends can be found on page 36 of the current issue of Crochet World (Dec. 2015) - which you can download here or purchase at your local craft store or bookstore.


These also use a Styrofoam insert to help give it the sphere shape along with basic amigurimi techniques.  They can be worked up in an afternoon and will provide hours of giggly fun.



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Deep Red Cowls for Christmas Gifts


This is a great time of year to wear red!  This Bangle Bead Scarf from the October issue of Crochet World (you can purchase here ) works up very quickly with Berroco's Captiva yarn.

Captiva (see Ravelry page here ) has a lovely sheen and when paired with the silver scarf bails and beads shown here, makes for an eye-catching one-of-a-kind cowl.

(I recently wore this project over a mint green sweater and received several compliments.)

This Crimson Beaded Neck Wrap also makes a great Christmas gift or accessory to wear to a Christmas-themed event.  This was crocheted with Caron's Simply Soft yarn and the edgings include glass beads.  The instructions for this cowl can be found in the October issue of the digital magazine, I Like Crochet.

There is still time to make either one of these for someone you love this Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Decadent Cookie Garland

Don't you love the look of a Christmas garland?  There is something whimsical and inviting about them and how they soften the sharp angles of a doorway or mantel.
This garland is made of cookies, candy canes, stars and pom-poms.  Each cookie and candy cane are 3-dimensional and stuffed with polyfil but are all calorie and sugar-free!  I crocheted them using Caron's Simply Soft Solids - this yarn has a wonderful sheen and comes in several vibrant colors.
This pattern is now available in the December issue of the digital crochet magazine:
I Like Crochet.

Click on the link below to check out the other projects in this issue and how you can order a subscription (which gives you digital and immediate access to all patterns from past issues!)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Quick Snowflake Projects



Well, it is that time of year again when the snowflakes will soon start to fall - at least in our part of the country.  Our family loves to watch the snow fall in the winter especially around Christmastime.  We are still waiting eagerly for the first official snowfall but until then, I'll enjoy the various snowflake ornaments and decorations we have up around the house.

I love the beautiful designs of snowflakes so much that I created two designs that are in the current issues of Crochet! and Crochet World magazines.

This Snowflake Photo Ornament can easily be made in an afternoon and given as a unique gift complete with your own special photo inside. You can purchase a print or digital copy of Crochet World magazine - December 2015 - here.

The Snow Crystal Cowl would make another perfect gift for someone who loves winter or to wear to your next Christmas party.  (I think it would be a great accessory to wear to a Frozen-themed party as well!)  For this project I used a double-strand of a luxurious mohair and silk yarn  - Stacy Charles "Luna" (see Ravelry page here )in a beautiful blue.  Each of the snowflakes was crocheted with a very classy silk metallic yarn by the same manufacturer - "Stella" (see Ravelry page here ). Both yarns have an elegant metallic sheen that gives the look of real ice or glass.


This pattern and many other great winter projects in the Winter 2015 issue of Crochet! magazine can be downloaded here.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ireland Photos and Beauty

In the current December issue of Crochet World my friend Bonnie Barker designed a beautiful throw made with Red Heart's Super Saver yarn in their teal color. 
This Hills of Ireland throw incorporates a variety of elegant cable stitches that give it a great texture. The full pattern can be found on page 45.
In addition to what you will find in the magazine, Bonnie has written an article for the Crochet World newsletter (Talking Crochet) that you can read here giving you tips on how to make the cable stitches shown.

And then if you hop over to the Crochet World blog post for Dec. 2nd here you will see another article/interview with Bonnie about her trip to Ireland.  There are many of her photos from the Emerald Isle that get me excited to head Ireland next year with Annie's and Craftours.

Would you like to come with us? Click on the photo of Ireland on the right and read about all the fun things we will do including crocheting together!

  Look at this gorgeous photo of Bonnie's - Ireland is breathtaking!