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Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Knit and Crochet Show - next week!

After a long wait for the Knit and Crochet Show to come back to NH, I can't believe it will be here again next week!!

 **Wednesday 7/23 to Sunday 7/27  - www.knitandcrochetshow.com **

I am looking forward to the classes and the Expo of all the pretty yarn and gadgets but most of all I am really excited to see all of the friends I made two summers ago at the last conference I was able to attend.

CGOA - the Crochet Guild of America - www.crochet.org - is having its 20th anniversary this year and we plan to celebrate with a variety of events.  I am working on one unique project - a Yarn Bomb! 

Here is a preview using Red Heart's reflective yarn for the flowers:


We plan to cover the lobby, lounge, Expo Center and courtyard outside with colorful knitted and crocheted squares and art pieces.  I have received over 500 squares from all over the country! Now we are busy sewing them all together to cover the park benches, trees, lamp posts, chairs, signs and more.

Over the next few months check back here for more photos of the yarn bomb & conference and information about the various large crocheted art pieces to be hung throughout our display.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Clare Beauty

(Photo courtesy of Annie's)

Clare Beauty
 
Crochet! magazine - Autumn 2014
 
 
Now the instructions to a simpler version of my prize-winning Connemara Beauty design are available on newsstands or at www.crochetmagazine.com.
 
 
This design features 2 large flower-like decorative knots.  (The model above is actually wearing the back on the front for this photo showing the versatility of the sweater.)  Tips and photos for how to weave the intricate knot are found on the page to the left.
 
 
The original design had 9 decorative knots in it - some can be seen in the photo below when it hung in the "Winners' Circle" of the CGOA Design Competition (for earning 2nd place in the Fashion Category) - so to make it simpler, the Clare Beauty has just the two main knots woven in a beautiful blue (like the original).
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Susan Lowman)
 
Unlike the original, the knot on the front is much larger and even from a distance, its intricacies can be noticed as shown in the photo below.
 
 
I loved creating this design - the blue of the yarn reminded me of the rivers and lakes in Ireland.  I even wove the knots while sitting by a beautiful lake near my home. 
 
 


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Beach Pebble Pendants

 
I love to walk along the ocean before the summer heat begins and look for shells, rocks and tidal pool creatures.  Beachcombing feels like my own little treasure hunt and makes me feel like a kid again.  Every summer I collect a few 'treasures' in hopes to make them into something when I get home - jewelry, ornament for the garden, mosaic - but often they are forgotten when the reality of 'adult life' sinks back in.
 
So, for this summer I finally used some of my beach finds - perfectly smooth little rocks that must have spent thousands of hours in the 'washing machine' of the surf making unique music as they rolled across other stones on the shoreline - and turned them into these necklaces.
 
You can find the pattern in the June issue of Crochet World. 
 
 
 I used a small steel hook and Aunt Lydia's crochet thread (size 10).  They work up very quickly and would be a fun project to do at the beach!  I think they would look great with some beads added to the necklace or some gems glued to the pendants.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lamb Vest - Crochet Today!

 
I enjoyed designing this cute little hoodie.  It is made out of Red Heart's Buttercup yarn - which is 'super soft' but can make it very hard to see your stitches.  So, all stitches are made in between the stitches below (since the stitch loops are impossible to see through the fuzzy yarn).  It works up very quickly and would be nice in other colors for other animals.  All you would need to do is change the shape of the ears (and tail - there is a little one on the back - not shown in this photo :) ).

Sadly, this is my last design for Crochet Today - they stopped their publication with this issue.  It was a wonderful magazine and I enjoyed working with the editor, Theresa Gonzalez.  She helped me get my start in crochet-designing by publishing my Celtic Knot Scarf in March 2012 (Now available free from Crochet Today by clicking name of design above).  Over the next year many of my new designs will be appearing in Crochet! magazine and Crochet World.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

CGOA 20th Anniversary - Special Yarn Bomb!

 
The Crochet Guild of America is turning 20 this year and we are going to celebrate!
 
This summer on July 23 - 27th the Knit and Crochet Show will be in Manchester, NH.  We plan to cover the hotel and courtyard in knitted and crocheted squares  (Yarn bomb-style) in honor of CGOA's milestone.
 
CGOA is a wonderful organization filled with valuable resources for crocheters and talented people for friendships!  I have attended many of their events at the Knit and Crochet Show and learned a great deal about the crochet industry. I highly recommend becoming a member. (www.crochet.org)
 
There is still time to participate in the special Yarn Bomb and show your appreciation for CGOA -
 
Simply crochet (or knit) a square 8" x 8" (or a rectangle 8" x 16")
and send it  ASAP to:
 
CGOA
1100-H Brandywine Blvd.
Zanesville OH 43701
 
**After the conference all donated -squares will be made into blankets and scarves for charity**
 
Visit www.knitandcrochetshow.com to find out more details about the Yarn Bomb and all the other fun events happening in July.
 
 
 
 

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.