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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Break











The kids had the week off from school for Spring Break. On Monday we went to Penrose Point State Park to enjoy the beautiful weather, the kids were exploring the beach to find sea creatures. On Tuesday we went to our little town's museum in the morning and to a playground in the afternoon. On Wednesday I felt like I was getting hit by a cold, so we just played in our neighborhood with spray chalk and bubble wands. Sure enough, on Thursday I felt like poop... (lol) I was feeling like a truck hit me, so the only entertainment I provided for the kids was a volcano experiment that we had started  on a few days before. On Friday I felt much better and took the kids to Washington State History Museum and we also had friends over for dinner. On Saturday I was determined that it would be the day to teach my son to ride a bike without training wheels and to my surprise it did work like that, he was just ready and now that is all he wants to do. Life is good, I feel so blessed.
Cheers!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Amazing Bag





The Amazing Bag is my newest crochet pattern, it's a roomy bag, I tend to make things the way I like to use. I have kids, so my bag is always full.
The yarn I used is called Amazing by Lion Brand and to give it a contrast, I used Fisherman's Wool (oatmeal) for the lighter colored bag and Baby Alpaca (black) for the darker colored bag.
The pattern is now available, just click HERE.

Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lemonade




 It's Spring Break week for my kids and we lucked out with the weather, it has been fantastic! On Sunday we kicked off our fun activities by having a lemonade stand on our driveway. The kids went to the grocery store and picked out the lemons, squeezed them at home and tasted the lemonade to make sure it was just right, then we set up camp outside and invited friends and neighbors to stop by.
The difference between our lemonade stand is that all the money the kids are raising will be used to buy a little neighborhood library, where the kids bring a book and take a book home.  The kids are super excited and it has been great to see them working for something good.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review: Amazing Yarn by Lion Brand




I received a box of Amazing yarn from Lion Brand to create a Design Wars design. The colors are pretty amazing just like the name of the yarn suggests. I love how each colors blends into the next, I also like the fuzziness of the yarn. My not so favorite thing when working with this is unraveling it when I make mistake, it feels like the yarn bonds together in each stitch you create, which makes the fabric look beautiful, but not so good when frogging something.

I can see myself making some cowls and hats with this yarn in the future, it is definitely a cooler weather type of yarn.

Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Yoga Bag - Crochet Pattern


(Photo credit: Lucy Williams / Inside Crochet)

My Yoga Bag design, that was previously published on issue 73 of the beautiful British magazine, Inside Crochet, is now available in my craftsy shop and ravelry store. The file has been modified to American Crochet terms.
This is by far one of my favorite tapestry designs, I simply love the colors and how it all came together. I feel like I should find some time to go back to yoga just to use this bag, I am not even kidding. 

Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Crochet Bunting {Free Pattern}


This adorable bunting can be used to decorate a bedroom or even a birthday party! It is a fun and rewarding project, it works up quickly = instant gratification! 

To make this project, I used Anne Thread and a 2.25mm crochet hook, a pair of scissors and a yarn needle to weave in the ends.

Abbreviations:
Ch = Chain
Sc = Single Crochet
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Sc2tog = Two Single Crochets worked together to decrease


Row 1: Ch 22, sc in 2nd stitch from hook and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (21 sts)
Row 2: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 17 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (19 sts)
Row 3: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 15 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (17 sts)
Row 4: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 13 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (15 sts)
Row 5: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 11 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (13 sts)
Row 6: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 9 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (11 sts)
Row 7: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 7 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (9 sts)
Row 8: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 5 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (7 sts)
Row 9: Sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (5 sts)
Row 10: Sc2tog, 1 sc in next st, sc2tog. Ch 1, turn. (3 sts)
Row 11: sc the 3 sts together. Ch 1, sc crochet around the triangle you created, making 3 sc in each corner to ensure that you get a nice and flat shape.
Fasten off, weave in loose ends.


I used a different color of thread to string the triangles, by simply making a chain and slip stitching the triangles along the way.
Enjoy!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Career Goals


First, I would like to say that when I was 8 years old and learned to crochet from my grandma in Brazil, I had never in a million years imagined that crochet would become my career. I grew up, went to University and got my bachelor's degree in Social Communication, with a major in marketing. 
Fast forward life to almost 30 years from that point and here I am, with a pattern I designed on the label of a major US yarn company.
I went to Joann's yesterday to get some yarn to finish a blanket that I am working on and I saw the picture of my design when I was walking through the yarn aisles. I was smiling so big, people passing by must have thought I was crazy. 
Anyhow, I just wanted to share the moment with you, this was one of my goals as a designer, I'm so happy to see it come true.

Happy Crocheting!
Designed by Jackie's Design Studio