Annie the Alien went on an exciting adventure this past summer. She joined us on our road trip from Georgia to Las Vegas, NV and everywhere in between. From the bright lights of the Vegas Strip to some of the most breathtaking vistas in the United States, Annie enjoyed them all. She wanted to share with you some of her favorite sites. Psst! See below for a special offer in honor of National Crochet Month, 2017!
Somehow a pink alien fit right in at infamous Las Vegas!
Annie the Alien LOVES Bryce Canyon. She didn’t want to leave…. Annie will be back. I’m sure of it. And she will bring her brother Arnie to see it all.
Annie the Alien enjoys the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The North Rim is so peaceful. We saw very few humans at the overlooks. BTW, the black bean soup at the little snack bar at the North Rim Visitor’s Center is REALLY GOOD!
Another view of Annie the Alien at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. WOW! It is AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL and OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!!
Annie the Alien started this hike at 6am to avoid the 110 degree weather. Boy, was it worth it! The arch is HUGE!!!!! Do you see the person in the middle of the arch and one on the left side?
Want to make your own Annie (or Arnie)? You CAN! In honor of National Crochet Month, 2017, the Arnie and Annie Baby Lovey Crochet Pattern is FREE with any Crochet by Darleen Hopkins purchase on Ravelry. Yup! With the purchase of any of my self-published patterns on Ravelry and coupon code “AnnieNatCroMo2017“, you can get the pattern for free. Happy Crocheting! Valid during the month of March 2017 only (expires 3/31/2017 11:59 PM EST) Use this link to get started. The pattern and the coupon are already added to your cart. You just need to figure out what other pattern you would like by clicking on “View all available items” at the top of the page. ENJOY!
Josh, dressed as a kitty for Halloween. He’s showing me his tail with his right hand and you can see Baby in his left.
Some people are dog people, some are cat people. I’m a cat person. I’ve had a cat for most of my life so it wasn’t much of a surprise that my youngest son, Josh, loved kitties too. When he was about three years old, my mother bought him a beanie type stuffed kitty. The kitty was named “Baby” and Josh carried her around everywhere. At night I had to wrap Baby in a blue cotton blanket. She had to be wrapped really tight, rolled up in the middle with just her head popping out. Baby went on many adventures and very quickly became one of many stuffed kitties that had to be in bed at night with Josh. But Baby was always his favorite and always the one to be wrapped up extra special. Like all sweet little boys, Josh has grown and is turning into an amazing young man (14 just last month!) and the kitties have been replaced with things like an iPad and XBox.
A few years ago I was working on a new method for a blanket design, Made with Love, Patchwork Heart Baby Blanket. When I was drawing it out, Josh watched me. After a few minutes he said I should make a kitty blanket. He said I should make it like the heart blanket, but a kitty. It took me a while but I did design that kitty blanket. Josh helped me a lot. He worked with me on the preliminary drawings. He helped me pick the right colors for both the kitty, blacks and grays of course, just like Baby, and the background, blue of course! And he helped me arrange the squares to avoid the placement of identical colors next to each other. The child is a puzzle whiz and his help was greatly appreciated! The naming of the pattern was easy, Baby Kitty.
This blanket has so many memories stitched into it. Not only the precious memories of Josh’s suggestion and help, but I made most of the squares while on a family road trip. It was a wonderful family adventure of which the blanket serves as a souvenir. This blanket will be treasured forever, as will Baby, with her matted fur and scratched up eyes. She is a sweet reminder of the past and of the sweet little boy who loved her.
Just Released, Sunny Days Baby Mobile, crochet pattern
Cold weather got you down? Make yourself this adorable Sunny Days Mobile and your forecast will be nothing but rainbows and sunshine! Also a perfect baby gift or room decoration for babies, tweens and teens. Pattern available here: Sunny Days Baby Mobile
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!
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.