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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Brazil - Part II

(Praia da Enseada, Guarujá - SP)

(Salto Grande, SP)

(Salto Grande, SP)

(at the playground in Marília, SP)

(random picture from an art studio)


(Tapioca, oh so yummy!)

(a delicious little clown)

(Mercadão de São Paulo)

(Praia do Perequê, Guarujá - SP)

Brazil 2015

I've been missing in action, I apologize, but it's for a good reason. I was in Brazil visiting my family and  it was awesome! 
We visited some amazing places, ate delicious food and had great fun. We even went on a trip to Chile, but I will write a blog post about that next time.
Anyhow, here are some pictures I took while I was in Brazil, the crochet ones are samples from the yarn shop I visited.
I hope you guys enjoy them and I will come back soon with more pictures to share.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Crochet for Christmas

I had the pleasure to contribute four designs to "Crochet for Christmas", a book that contains 29 brand new crochet patterns created by some of my favorite designers, gathered by Salena Baca and published by Stackpole.

My designs are whimsical and fun, just the way I like it! 
(Poinsettia topiary, Snowman wreath, penguin ornaments and light coffee sleeves)

And here are some of the other designs in the book. The talented designers are: Danyel Pink, Jonna Ventura, Jennifer Pionk, Rohn Strong, Tara Murray, Carolina Guzman, Charissa Ragsdale, Susan Carlson, Abigail Haze, Sarah Lora, Sascha Blase, Cara Louise, Crystal Bucholz, Pam Dajczak and last but certainly not least, Salena Baca.

You can find the book at Michael's, Joann's and of course online! Click here to view the book on amazon.com. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crochet Guild of America Conference 2015

The Crochet Guild of America Conference 2015 was held in San Diego, CA and I am feel very lucky to say that I was able to attend it. I was excited to go to receive my Master of Advanced Crochet Techniques pin (I completed the course) and also very excited to take Karen Whooley's sock workshop. 

I managed to convince my friend Jennifer Pionk (a crocheted simplicity) to attend the conference and be my roommate. We had a blast! Here you see us at the Crochetville/Red Heart's booth signing the book "Crochet for Christmas".  Both Jennifer and I have contributed patterns to the book.

 Here Jennifer, moi and Carolyn Calderon.

It was great to meet Marly Bird in person! She makes fantastic videos for Red Heart Yarns and she has taught how to make a scarf from my pattern in one of the videos, which I thought it was pretty cool!

 Here's me with Tamara Kelly (Moogly):

 And last, but definitely not least... here is a picture of me and the crochet super star Lily Chin!

Looking forward to the 2016 conference in Charleston, SC!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monster Pencil Case - Crochet Pattern

Summer is just going by way too fast, so I have been thinking about the things I have to do to get ready for the new school year. I am a planner, what can I say? Sometimes being a planner is a good thing, sometimes it's not. I think in this case is good. :)

I have already finished purchasing all the school supplies and the clothes for my kids, I also came up with this "monster pencil case" idea because the pencil cases I saw at the store were just... "blah"!

This is a quick pattern, fun to make. I am thinking about attaching a little hand sanitizer to one of the ears. Wouldn't that be cute? Or you could make a little coin purse or add charms or a key chain?

The pattern is available in my ravelry store and on craftsy, too.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Dainty Flower Crown Pattern {Free}

Copyright 2015 Alessandra Hayden. All rights reserved.

Please do not sell this pattern or post it on the internet. If you sell anything made with this pattern, please give me credit for the pattern.

Difficulty: Easy

Gauge: Not crucial for this project


- Crochet Cotton Thread Size 10
- Crochet Hook Size 1.75mm
- Needle (big enough to use with the cotton thread)
- Small Pearls (Optional)
- Scissors

- ch = chain
- hdc = half double crochet
- sl st = slip stitch

Flower (Make 12, or more!)

Make an adjustable ring, *ch 2, hdc 2, ch 2, sl st* - 5 times. Pull the ring closed. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing a small pearl (if desired) and sewing the flower to the crown.

With green thread, make a 31” chain. Sew the flowers, weave in ends. You’re done!

If you would like to download a PDF file, click here.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Crocheted Phone Cord

I don't know if you have the same problem that I have, but in my house phone cords seem to have legs, they just vanish. I believe they walk away while we are not looking and just don't come back. I found a solution for that problem! I now crochet around the cord and it seems like it makes them happy and they don't leave anymore. 

Friends, family bring their phone and take your charger home with them? Well, not when they are colorful and crocheted... LOL

So here is what I did, I started with a slip knot in my crochet hook and left a long tail. I single crocheted around the cord and over the tail so I didn't have to weave it in, at least not the beginning tail. 

 I used a 1.75mm steel hook and Red Heart Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread Size 10, the color I used is Mexicana (ID#154_250).

 Throughout the way, bring your stitches together, so there are no spaces between them and make sure to crochet tightly. When you get to the other end, fasten off and leave a long tail to be weave in with a needle.
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