Just in time to whip one up for your upcoming Thanksgiving feast! This is adorable bib is an easy crochet pattern. If you can change color mid-row, you can make this cutie! Pattern available here: Pretty Spiffy
This is the third year for the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long and I’m so excited for it to begin. Every year has been a lot of fun and this year, it is bigger than ever and guaranteed not to disappoint.
What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!
Basically, 335 indie designers of knit and crochet patterns, have banded together to support each other and help everyone get their holiday to-do list done while having a lot of fun and possibly winning patterns and yarn and kits and lots of other fiber finds.
There is an amazing stats page you can find here: Indie GAL Stats!
In a nutshell there are:
335 designers from 30 countries.
Over 150 donated physical prizes, and more coming in…
Over 2,300 digital prizes (patterns!)
There are almost 16,000 patterns to knit or crochet that will make you eligible to win one (or more) of the fabulous prizes. Of the almost 16,000 patterns, 5,065 of them will be on SALE for 25% off! Yup! Big Savings so stock up on your favorites. The sale runs from Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US EST to Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST.
There will be Pinterest boards and Ravelry Bundles available to peruse for all the sale patterns. Each designer has at least 5 and up to 20 patterns on sale. Once you get your sale pattern, check out the other patterns the designer offers. All patterns are eligible for the KAL/CAL threads and all paid for patterns (self, or third party published) are eligible for prizes. Did I mention the prizes??? Tons and tons of prizes but you gotta’ be in it to win!
Check the Ravelry group for more information. And be sure to check my Facebook page as I will be featuring a GAL Crochet Pattern of the day, every day of the Gift-A-Long!
I’m super excited to share with you the finished Inca Blocks Lapghan! The pattern was adapted from Beth Graham’s Inca Block Wrap. The only change I made was to add some stripes and work a few less rows. Basically I worked the pattern until I ran out of yarn. The finished blanket is 42″ wide X 39″ long and should be a nice and cozy lapghan. I know it kept me cozy while I was stitching it 🙂
This blanket and the other lapghan I made earlier this year, will be donated to the local nursing home. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, the nursing home puts up a wish tree of items needed by residents who don’t have much or don’t receive many visitors. I always see lap blankets listed and I always wish I had time to make one. This year I (finally) thought ahead and made two ahead of time. The tree should be up this week.
Mark your calendars-The Third Annual Indie Design Gift-A-Long (GAL) will be here in just 2 weeks and will run from Thursday, November 19th at 8pm (US-EST) through the New Years Eve party, Thursday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST). What is a GAL? Find out more about it from last year’s post or check out the Ravelry group, Indie Design Gift-A-Long.Keep watch for more information as we get closer to the start date.
Wow, you know you are a little behind in posting blogs when you find one from -3 MONTHS AGO-that was never finalized and posted. Well, here it is, a little late and a little out of season. I’ll try to be a little more timely with the next one!!
August 2, 2015
It seems so odd to me to be thinking that summer is almost over on August 2, but it is; summer vacation anyway. I’ve lived in Georgia 18 years now and I still haven’t gotten used to kids starting school in early August. But we have open house tomorrow and the first day of school starts on Thursday. My oldest has already started his high school marching band practices (Nov. 1 UPDATE: one football game left in the season) and I’ve had my youngest “training” for middle school cross-country all summer. The first meet is just 3 weeks from tomorrow! (Nov. 1 UPDATE: He has completed his cross-country season and won the Coach’s award for being a good example and having a positive attitude! So proud of him!) Our summer has been busy with a nice family vacation, some friends over for sleepover parties, a camp here and there, getting wisdom teeth removed for one child and the other getting braces, and teaching the oldest to drive (wow!). With all this, I did manage to squeeze in a little crochet time.
In May the Peppermint Pals Hot Pad set was released and I was very excited to complete my charity lapghan for donation to the local nursing home in May as well.
Yesterday, August 1, I posted a holiday stocking pattern for testing and hope to have it available by September 1. (Nov. 1 UPDATE: It is now available!) It is hard to think of Christmas when the summer bugs are still singing but the holidays will be here in just a few short months.
The two months of no school and my adjusted work schedule have been nice but I am looking forward to the routines that the school year brings us. I’m always sad when the summer bugs (the singing ones, not the biting ones) go away. I love listening to them while I crochet on my back porch.
ILikeCrochet.com’s slogan is Live. Love. Crochet. Not only is this true for everyday life but it is perfect for the February 2015 issue. February is the month we celebrate those in our lives that we love with lots of pinks and reds and hearts and – in this issue – lots of owls! If you have followed my blog, you know I like to make hats, particularly silly hats for the little ones. This issue has an adorable Little Hootie hat that I will be making in the very, very near future. Another owl themed pattern in this issue is a cute owl candy holder. This is a great way to dress up a candy bar for your sweetie. And when the candy is gone, I bet the candy holder would make a great bookmark! The last owl, and personally, my favorite, is the amigurumi Owl Always Love You. I’m a little partial to this cutie as he is my design-shameless plug, I know. But, he is adorable and really, who can resist an adorable owl?