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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crossroads Throw

I feel like I am on fire, after a creative funk, I am now feeling very creative and productive as well. I am also in love with fair isle crochet technique, it really gives nice and crispy designs.
This is my newest pattern design, the Crossroads Throw, it's a clean and modern design, worked in black and white, but I can't wait to see the color combos people come up with for this pattern!

You can find this pattern in my craftsy, etsy, ravelry and also in my website.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

[NatCroMo] National Crochet Month Blog Tour 2015

I am so excited to be one of the designers participating in the National Crochet Month Blog Tour hosted by Crochetville. This is my first time participating, so if you haven't "met" me before, here is a little bit about me:

My name is Alessandra Hayden, I am a 35 year old mom of a 6 year old boy and 3 year old girl, we live in Gig Harbor, Washington. I learned to crochet from my grandma Dirce, my dad's mom when I was 8 years old and have always loved it, but never in a million years thought crochet would end up my job. 

I was born and raised in Brazil, I have a bachelor's degree in social communications and came to the US to improve my English, but ended up meeting the love of my life. After a year and a half dating, we got married in Brazil, we have been married for 10 years this July.

After the loss of our first baby, that was a stillborn at 36 weeks, I started crocheting like a mad woman, counting crochet stitches kept my mind busy and helped me grieve. I was accumulating a lot of finished projects, so I decided to open an online shop to sell them, that was when I started receiving inquiries about my patterns, so I started writing them.

Here is a collection of some of my favorite designs:

And this is my newest, the "Twisting Colors Throw" and you can get it at 50% off today and tomorrow only, no coupon needed, the throw is already discounted. Click here.

And to celebrate the National Crochet Month, I am offering a 40% discount on all my patterns, except the Twisting Colors Throw that is already marked down. Offer valid in my ravelry shop only.

I hope you enjoyed my Blog Tour post and if you would like to stay in touch, you can find me on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, too!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Treehouse Point

Months ago I was on Pinterest and came across a pin about a treehouse hotel, when I clicked on it I found out it was in Issaquah, WA - just one hour away from where I live. 
I talked to my husband and told him how excited I was, he is such a good sport and gave me the green light to book a night, so I got in touch with my mother-in-law and arranged a date that she could watch the kids overnight for us, since kids under 13 are not allowed in the treehouse hotel.
It was even more magical than I had imagined, the tree houses are just so beautifully built, the inside is was so clean and cozy, the forest and the river were the perfect place for a relaxing walk, the fresh flower arrangements that were inside of the house just showed that they care and made us feel so welcomed.
As you can see, I brought my crochet along, I didn't crochet a lot, but I wanted to work on a few stitches in such a beautiful place.
I feel happy, life is good.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Designer Spotlight Sarah Lora - Ball Hank n' Skein

Well, I wanted to celebrate other crochet designers that I admire. Today I am celebrating Sarah Lora, she is the designer behind Ball Hank n' Skein, she is based in Portland, Oregon and she has become a friend, I am so lucky! Sarah has a beautiful style, I love her creations and to show you how much I really love them, I added pictures of items I made for my kids throughout the years from her patterns.

This is the newest project I worked from her patterns, this is the Dot Hat:

The "Inline Pullover" is a favorite of mine, my little man loves it, too!

 Here is the "It Girl Slouch", it has a beautiful texture!

The "Fairly Isleish Cardigan" is just adorable, I need to make time to make another because this one no longer fits my sweet pea.

The "Pop Hats" are so fun to make and they work up so quickly! I donated them to Halos of Hope.

And last but certainly not least, the "Pillow Case Crochet Dress", this little dress has a simple construction and it is a great dress for Summer days!

You can find her on Ravelry and connect with her on Facebook.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hooks & Yarn Giveaway

March is the national crochet month, so to celebrate I am having a giveaway!
What am I giving? A set of bamboo hooks and this beautiful hank of yarn!
How do you enter? By following the directions in the rafflecopter widget below.
When does it end? March 8, 2015 12:00 AM.
Winner will be announced the following day.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Update: Winner is Shanda Vance!

Good luck and happy national crochet month!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tapestry Crochet Charts

When you are following a tapestry crochet chart, you have rows or rounds to follow and color color changes. You can mark the rounds/rows you already worked with a pen or pencil, but if you are working on a pattern that repeats itself several times or if you intend to make the same item again, you would have to print out another copy, so I have a couple of times for you.

Tip 1: use post it to cover the rows/rounds you have already worked on. Just take it off and move it. Easy peasy, right?

 Tip 2: Magma pattern holder by Knitter's Pride! Oh this is my favorite thing, I was tickled pink when I found this at my local yarn shop. This is a magnetic folder, you place your paper, secure it with the magnets that it comes with and then you follow your pattern with the magnetic "ruler". This not only works perfectly for chart, but it is great for following written patterns, too!

You might also like this tip or this technique.

FYI: I am not sponsored by Knitter's Pride, this is just a product I really like and decided to share my experience with you.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Aztec Scarf

This is my newest crochet pattern, first of 2015, the Aztec Scarf. I am so in love with fair isle, I should even say I am addicted to it. Most of the patterns I have been working behind the scenes are fair isle. I had a real hard time sending this scarf to the photographer, I really wanted to keep it!
Fair Isle (usually a knitting term) is a tapestry crochet technique, where you have work with two strands of yarn at the same time to create color work. You have what we call "working yarn" and you carry another strand and you switch back and forth to create shapes. It's fun and it's rewarding, it takes crochet to another level, in my humble opinion.
Don't be afraid to try, it is really not hard at all. 

You can find the pattern on etsy, ravelry and craftsy.
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