Hello! The last couple of weeks have been busy finalizing patterns, running tests and taking photographs. I’m excited to share with you my two newest patterns available for download, The Winter Sky Cowl and Pretty in Pink, Change Purse or Eyeglass Case!
Both are easy patterns-you can do it!, are quick to crochet, and make great gifts. Click on the photos to be directed to the pattern pages for more information.
And as always, both are included in my Buy 2, Get a 3rd for FREE sale on Ravelry. No coupon needed. Just add 3 patterns to your Ravelry cart. Happy Crocheting!!!
I’m super excited to share the latest #CbyDH pattern! The Aleteo Scarf. This crochet pattern is very easy and is a great introduction to lace crochet. The pattern includes written instructions as well as a chart and works up really quick. I made the sample in a couple hours. It even includes blocking instructions and photos.
Did you know? Aleteo is Spanish for “flutter”.
While I was taking photos of the sample scarf, a baby cardinal was taking her first flight. The nest was located in the bushes next to my front porch. All spring the parents guarded the nest. When I set up my camera and white board for the photos I had no idea what was about to happen. The baby was ready to take her first flight. She flew back and forth over my head searching for a safe place to land. I could feel the flutter of her wings as she passed above me. What fun it was to witness the beauty of nature up close.
You can work this scarf in yarn weights from 1 to 3 (fingering to dk). And you can easily adjust the length and/or number of stitches.
I looooove novelty potholders. They are a fun way to add some whimsy to your kitchen and they make great gifts. Everyone has to eat and therefore everyone has to cook sometime. Even if it is only heating stuff up in the microwave.
I recently finished this adorable potholder that looks like a strawberry. When I found out a co-worker was planning on retiring I knew I wanted to make her something special. She and her husband had recently purchased a travel trailer and have plans to tour the US. I knew I wanted to make her something for the trailer and when I found out her only request for her going away party was a strawberry pie, I knew it had to be something with strawberries. I searched Ravelry and found this adorable Strawberry Potholder pattern by Doni Speigle .
Sticking with my goal to work from stash, the strawberry ended up pink rather than red. I used Peaches & Creme Iced Strawberry (pink) and Rosemary (green). The pattern worked up quick and was really easy. I love how the leaves are worked into the potholder. This requires some color changes and is the trickiest part of the pattern. I decided to carry the strands on the wrong side. You could work over the unused yarn if you prefer. Either method will work but you do have to have experience with color changes in order to work the pattern. I ended up using a key chain ring for the hanging ring. I love how the stem curls. Too cute!
Friday was Martha’s last day at work. I wish her much happiness as she enjoys the slower pace of life as a retiree.
Potholder Crochet Patterns by Darleen Hopkins
I’m super excited to share the latest #CbyDH pattern! The Tiffany Scarf. Create a beautiful lace scarf with this easy crochet pattern. If you use the suggested yarn, you can make the scarf as it is written with just one ball! Written for fingering weight yarn but instructions are provided to adjust the length for any gauge and any weight from lace to DK. The scarf is stitched the lengthwise. A chart is included with the full written instructions. The entire scarf can be completed in just a few hours.
So, why is it called the Tiffany Scarf? I don’t know! I just thought it fit. 🙂
Celebrate Christmas in September with New Holiday Bib Patterns
I live in a cute, small town. We have a well preserved town square with lots of specialty shops surrounding an old courthouse. It seems like every month there is a festival or a parade or some other hometown event. It is not unusual to see someone sitting on a bench in town playing a banjo, guitar or harmonica. And since we are located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, we have a great combination of southern and mountain small town charm. Something straight out of a Hallmark movie, literally.
photo by Gayle!
This past week, Hallmark has been filming a Christmas special in our town. A beautiful white building with a gorgeous front porch, located across from where I work, has been covered in fake snow all week. Last week I saw some of the crew carving snow drifts out of blocks of white foam. And every day when I drive home via the square I get this feeling that something isn’t quite right. Then I hits me, oh right, the Christmas decorations in September and the signs that say, “to set” and “base camp” on every corner. And now they have decorated for nighttime scenes too! This is the second time Hallmark has filmed here. It is fun to see the filming process and we are happy to host them.
Christmas in September is a little odd, unless you are a crafter. As crafters we have to get started early on all our holiday gifts and decorations.
For all you holiday crocheters, I am please to announce my latest patterns, a set of holiday bibs for baby. A Christmas Elf, a Gingerbread Baby, a Button-Nose Snowman (my favorite) and of course, Santa. Each is available for individual purchase or as collection with a discount in Crochet Christmas, The Bib Collection. If you have a heavy drooler (like one of my boys was) make yours in cotton or cotton blend yarn for maximum absorbancy. Or stitch in acrylic yarn for easy care. Either way, baby will be super festive for all you holiday events.
Last month was busy, very busy; both in crochet and personally. My family and I took a 13 day road trip. My husband’s goal is to have my boys see the US. So far, we have been to 46 states! Last month we drove from Georgia to as far west as Las Vegas. The trip consisted of sites of such extremes, from the massive natural beauty of The Grand Canyon, to the engineering marvel of the Hoover Dam, to the paleontological with preserved prehistoric dinosaur footprints, to the astronomical with the Meteor Crater in Winslow, AZ. (I can’t read, “Winslow, AZ” without singing “The Eagles, Take it Easy” in my head!) The trip was amazing and exhausting. We drove 5,291 miles. My husband drove the entire time and because the driver is in charge of the radio, we listen to RUSH, the entire time. That’s OK, the boys and I are fans too.
The trip was exhausting. It. Was. Exhausting. We got up early to avoid the heat and pushed ourselves with many hikes. We hiked The Narrows at Zion national park, hiked for hours at Bryce Canyon national park, hiked at 6am to avoid the 110 degree weather at Arches national park. Even that early it was hot. And we spent a few hours in the heat exploring the slot canyons in Escalante, UT. This was probably my favorite hike of the entire trip. It’s hard to compete with Zion and Bryce. But my husband and I had been to Zion and Bryce 17 years earlier so the slot canyons were a new experience for us. And the boys loved it too. And every muscle in my body hurt after. Even muscles I didn’t know I had hurt.
Because this trip was exhausting, extremely enjoyable, but exhausting-did I mention that?-I didn’t crochet too much. I had big plans. I brought yarn to make a number of hats for donation. I brought yarn to work on a new design for a fall decoration and I brought yarn to finish up a sample for another design that was 99% ready to go. I did finish up the sample and was excited to publish Arnie and Annie, Baby Alien Loveys when we returned home. The rest of the yarn just went on a very long road trip and returned back home unused.
A while back I posted about men in crocheted pants. That post has become quite a hit-obviously, who wouldn’t want to see men in crocheted pants! I get a lot of emails asking where to get the patterns. And I have always had to respond “Sorry, I don’t know.” Until now.
Pattern and photo by Kirstie Adamson with EcoCreate. Photo used with permission.
These amazing crocheted shorts can now be made with the awesome pattern by Kirstie Adamson. I haven’t tried the pattern…yet. I’m envisioning a pair of capris in blues and greens. I have the perfect yarn. I just need to find the time, and the guts, to go for it. If you decide to make a pair of these shorts, please let me know. I’d love to see them!!! The link for the pattern is here: Crochet Shorts Pattern by Kirstie Adamson. While you are there, check out the website and blog for some great upcycling ideas and tips.