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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sampler Blanket

Back in March I had an idea to make this blanket to enter in the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) conference contest held in July. I am pleased to say that this was the 1st prize winner in the afghan category and I was there, at the conference in Charleston, South Caroline and was able to witness it!

Well, Summer was so busy with trips and family activities, but now that the kids are back in school, I am happy to announce that the pattern is finished, fully tested and I am hosting my first CAL (crochet along). So if you want to try this technique but have been a little intimidated, this is your chance because I will be in the group and provide support to help you along the way!

Here is the link to the CAL group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HHMCAL/


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Garden Trellis Scarf

The other day I was looking through my yarn stash and I saw several hanks of malabrigo rios and I felt the urge to create something with it. I decided to make a long scarf, but I didn't want it to be heavy, the yarn is just so beautiful that in my opinion the best thing was to make a delicate stitch pattern, so the Garden Trellis was created!
I worked on it all the way from Gig Harbor, WA to Florence, OR and back, it was such a fun project to work on once the repeats are memorized, it was flows.
I hope you love it as much as I do!
You can find the pattern here and here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Granny Square Blocker

Oh my stars, I am so excited to finally use my granny square blocker from Chetnanigans what a time saver to have this blocker instead of having to use pins to block them and make them perfect!

You can block a little 1/2" square and up to a 12"! The board is beautifully made out of red oak and 50 galvanized pins.

I sure like that I can stack the granny squares there and see my color scheme before. Blocking your work makes it look professional and simply beautiful!

You can find this blocker and many other crochet gadgets here.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Halloween Candy Bag

As much as I love Summer, I must admit that Autumn is my a close second. The beautiful color changing leaves, the crisp air, the foggy morning and of course, Halloween.
With my kids in mind, I created this Halloween candy bag, now that I come to think, I should have used glow in the dark yarn, that would have been so awesome!
Anyhow, the pattern for this sweet little bag is available in my shop.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Crochet + Button Necklace {Free Pattern}

I finally decided to update the button necklace pattern, it was my first written pattern and I feel like my writing style has changed a lot since then, so since I am making a new necklace to give to a friend, this was the perfect opportunity to blog about it.


- Size 10 cotton thread in your color of choice, I am using beige.
- Size 0 steel hook
- Assortment of buttons that color coordinate with the thread you picked (I used 46)
- Sewing needle (not pictured)

Ch 179, sc in 9th st from hook (button hole for closure made - picture above), 1 sc in each of next 65 sts. [(ch 5, insert a button, ch 5) 5 times, sl st into the same spot you start the 1st ch 5,  sc in next 5 sts] repeat 9 times, 1 sc in each remaining ch. Fasten off leave a long tail to sew a button at the end.

Watch the video where I am attaching the buttons here.

 Using the sewing needle, sew the button using the long tail. Weave in any loose ends.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kids' Washcloth Collection

I've been working on a pretty large project lately, which I can't share any sneak peeks and to change things up a bit, I decided to make these little washcloths since I have a friend that just had a baby, I thought these would make a perfect little gift.

You can find the pattern on ravelry.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Crochet Edge

I am packing my things to go to the CGOA conference in Charleston, SC and realized that once again I don't have enough crocheted wearables! I had promised myself that this year things would be different that I would take the time throughout the year to make things for myself, but guess what? It's time to go again and nothing has changed...  LOL
Pressure makes me thrive, so this past week I made two crochet necklaces and a top from one of Doris Chan's patterns since I'll be attending the hall of fame ceremony where she will be honored.
I also decided to crochet an edge around a linen top I bought at Target, simple, easy and very quick. While I was doing it, I took a little video for you to see, I took the sound off because my 8 year old was reading a chapter book to me and I don't really think you want to hear the story of Captain Toad. 
For this project, I used size 10 mercerized cotton thread and a size 10 steel hook. Enjoy!


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