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Friday, January 31, 2014

Yummy Merino Sock Yarns

After my first encounter with Merino sock yarn I fell in love!

I have been looking for some more to make another shawl. I really love all the beautiful hand dyed and hand painted merino sock weight yarns that are available on Etsy.

Here are a few lovely ones that I hand picked to showcase. Enjoy.

Police Box Self Striping Sock Yarn

Hand Dyed Superwash Merino 4ply Sport yarn -N0RTHERN LIGHTS- Hand Painted Yarn

Snowy Owl- 100% Superwash Merino Sock Yarn

Hand Dyed Yarn - Superwash Merino, Classic Sock Yarn in Black Cherry

More handpicked Merino Wool Sock yarn here.

Have you ever tried Merino wool sock yarn? What are your favorite patterns to use with this yarn?


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Free Baby Afghan Crochet Patterns Round Up

I just found out today that one of my cousins had a little bitty 6lb 13oz baby girl! YEY!  Congratulations!

So, to celebrate I figured why not do a round up of all the cute little free baby afghan crochet patterns that are available out there!

To organize this round-up we will be starting with the easiest patterns and ending with the most extreme!

  Ready? Lets go!



Fast Easy Crochet Baby Blanket by Amy Solovay

Simple Hooked Baby Blanket

Crocheted Starburst Baby Blanket by Sara Rivka

Baby Afghan #70454AD by Lion Brand Yarn


Easy Baby Afghan by Aesthetic Nest

More Free Easy Baby Afghan Patterns


Blackberry Salad Striped Baby Blanket by Tamara Kelly

Color Me by Andrea Mantler



Lyn's Round Ripple Baby Afghan by Lyn's Designs

2 Sided Baby Afghan by Janet David


Faeries- Baby Sampler Afghan by Elizabeth Mareno

(I have this blanket hibranating in my WIP drawer. I am making it for my DD. I am on round 35.)

More Novice Baby Afghan patters here.


Doctor Who TARDIS-blanket by kejsarinna Astrid

August Moon Baby Blanket by Marilyn Losee

Heirloom Baby Blanket by Joyce Nordstrom

Snail Blanket by Bernat Design Studio

Diagonal Lace Afghan by Diane Poellot

More Expert baby afghan patterns here.


I am not sure which blanket I will make for the new little girl.

Which is your favorite?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Crochet Alice in Wonderland Top Hat Contest

Mad Hatter's Contest

Sponsored by Crochet Crowd, Red Heart and Creativ Festival


This is not my contest, I am only passing along the information.

I am planning to take part in this contest. It is a big one! I will be using this as my dissertation for Nerd Wars T10! I hope you follow along and take part in this contest with me! Good Luck all!

This contest is running from now until April 1st. Instead of sending in a photograph, we will need to mail the physical finished project to Mikey! So, submissions need to be postmarked by March 31st.

There are going to be 5 top prizes of $500 worth of awesome goodies from the sponsors! Also, the top 5 will get to be displayed at the next show in October! WOW!

There will be a panel of judges to pick the top 10 before the Creativ Festival starts. Then, all those in attendance will be able to view all the hats and vote on their favorite from the top 10.

Let me stop rambling on and let Mikey tell you more about it!

Here is a link to the pattern.

So know that you have an idea of what this contest is all about here is a link to the contest details.

Wait a minute... For those of you who would rather watch a tutorial than read a pattern we've got you covered too! Check out this sweet tutorial by Mikey!

Click here for all of the details you need to get started on this awesome project!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I haven't done this in awhile so here is everything currently in my WIP drawer.....

Baby Owls for my Bestie

 I lost the safety eyes after they came in! Ugh! Now if I can't find them in time I will have to order more! Bleh!

Free SmoothFox's Charity Square Nbr 2

These little guys are for the Never Ending Granny Square Swap. I hope my partner will love them! I just need to weave in my ends. :P

Simple Crochet Bunting

I need to finish the tassels and weave in one end. Shouldn't take too long.

Tunisian Kid's Shawl

 This is a fun project. I am making the pattern up as I go. This was requested by E. She has been begging me for her own little shawl and Caron Simply Soft Brites is her favorite yarn! She is loving it so far.

What are you working on today?

Finished Tunisian Wingspan

I am sorry it took so long to post this. If you have been following along you know I was going to attempt this amazing new project. This project had a lot of firsts for me! I have never used wool before this, I didn't even know what Tunisian crochet was before I found this pattern and it was the first shawl I ever made.

I was very sick between Thanksgiving and New Years, so I didn't get to finish it on time for the Nerd Wars challenge. It worked out though because I submitted it to detention in HPKCHC for January.

Without further adieu let me show you some pics of the finished shawl...

Don't I look cheesy in my smurf shirt? Haha. Well it doesn't get too cold in South Louisiana even in January, so shawls are a rare find here!

About the Yarn...

Thanks again to the amazing Tiffany (a fellow Slytherin and Nerd Warrior) from Sunset Stiches for custom making her Bellatrix Luvs Voldemort Self Striping Sock Yarn in the 100% merino base for me. I cannot say enough about this yarn! It is so soft and the stripes look so good in this pattern.

About the Pattern...

I LOVE this pattern! I am so glad that I have found this! I have always drooled over the beautiful wingspans that I would see knitters submit on Nerd Wars. I was always so jealous. I gave up trying to knit about 18 years ago when I realized crochet was much more my style. When I came across the Tunisian Wingspan by Amy Depew and Beth Graham. I fell in love! Finally a wingspan for crocheters! There are many options with this pattern. I chose to use the Trs for this shawl because I wanted to follow the pattern as it was such a major first for me. This pattern was super easy to follow and worked up lovely!

Future Plans...

I am planning to make another soon using a different yarn from her shop and a different stitch using the same pattern. I would love to use the Tunisian Knit Stitch next time to get a different look. Maybe I will use Sunset Stitches Slyther On Slytherin Self Striping Sock Yarn or Merlotte's Fingering Weight Yarn. Either way you know I LOVE green and now I LOVE merino!

PS... If you like the shawl pin in the photo you can buy your own here.     


PSS... Many more are finished and ready to be put into the shop too, so keep an eye out!


Have you ever crocheted a wingspan? How do you feel about Tunisian crochet? Share your thoughts below.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Our New Amazon Store is NOW OPEN!!!

I have spent the last several weeks putting together my favorite crochet items from Amazon.

I have compiled all of these into a small Amazon store for your convenience. The best part is you can shop from this site without ever leaving, while still using Amazon's secure checkout.

I am planning to add more yarn and some of my favorite crochet books soon. I hope you all enjoy the new store.

Click here to visit the new store.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Free Harry Potter Inspired House Scarf Crochet Pattern

Free Crochet Pattern : Harry Potter Inspired Super Bulky House Scarf 



 I have been crocheting for over 20 years, but I still love the simple easy ones the best.

I finally got sorted out in HPKCHC! Sir Hat decided to put me into Slytherin! Imagine that! ^_^

I designed this super bulky house scarf last term for Herbology class.

I am offering it as a free Ravelry download now!

(Mainly because I hate paying for patterns!)

Whether you choose Slytherin or a different house I have included suggested colorways for all the houses in the pattern. It comes out to be pretty large, but you could use worsted weight with a H hook to get a smaller scarf.

Here is my boys tangled up in it like the Devil's Snare. They had way too much fun testing it out!

I would love to see your photos if you make this scarf. I would love to feature your photos on the Ravelry pattern page.

Please leave some comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts!


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Super Bulky House Scarf by Candice Veazey 
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