Saturday, November 19, 2016

GIFT-A-LONG 2016

The Independent Designer Gift-A-Long is an annual event where independent knit and crochet pattern designers have the opportunity to showcase some of their creations and inspire others to make them.  The Gift-A-Long is essentially two events:
A Sale:  Each of the designers has chosen 5 – 20 of their favorite patterns and will offer them at a 25% discount from 8 p.m. Nov 22 – 11:59 Nov 30 EST when you use the code giftalong2016.  There are over 300 designers participating this year which means there are thousands of patterns on sale!
The GAL (gift-a-long):  an opportunity to knit and crochet at the same time with other like-minded crafters and have the chance to win amazing prizes!  ALL patterns created by the participating designers can be made during the GAL, however only the non-free patterns will be eligible for prizes. 
The GAL begins Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 8 pm (EST) and ends December 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST). While you are waiting, make sure you join the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group.  That is where all the chatting, friend-making, showing off of finished projects and prize awarding will take place.
Speaking of prizes … free patterns, pattern books, amazing yarns, yarn and pattern kits, stitch markers, project bags … there are hundreds of prizes this year! I've donated a book, the Crocheter's Companion, beads, crochet hooks and stitch markers.
You may make as many projects as you want.  There will be separate threads for 8 different categories:
  • giftalong2016head
  • giftalong2016hand
  • giftalong2016feet
  • giftalong2016kids
  • giftalong2016garments
  • giftalong2016shawls
  • giftalong2016neck
  • giftalong2016other
There is even a special prize category you can enter if you complete at least one project in each of the 8 categories listed above.
There will be more information appearing in the official Ravelry group as we get closer to the start date.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 International FreeForm Arts Guild Challenge




My work, for the 2016 International FreeForm Arts Guild Challenge — Flora and Fauna — is published.
You can see my, and the other artists' work that is included in the book here:




Saturday, April 9, 2016

Art Made in March

March was National Crochet Month and these are the works I created: Catfish (catghan made for charity), Joy in the Making, Way and Bird. The couch picture gives you a gauge as to their sizes.


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Happy National Crochet Month 2016

Happy National Crochet Month 
& Welcome to Day 12 of Crochetville’s 
2016 National Crochet Month Designer Blog Tour

This year’s blog tour includes daily visits with crochet designers and daily giveaways:
Daily Designer Schedule
Crochet Friendly Local Yarn Stores
Yarn Company Schedule

Party on Ravelry 
For the past several ears, I’ve participated in the Party for National Crochet Month on Ravelry, mainly by joining the FreeForm Crochet-Along, as both participant and designer for a day.  I’ve learned so much over the years from this.  The sharing and camaraderie are amazing.  It’s a joy to have an international brain trust of knowing hands whose efforts, exchanges, and endeavors inspire.

Free Patterns for National Crochet Month
It’s been a busy new year for me! I’ve created a number new patterns to use as fabric, appliqués and motifs.

From now until March 31, 2016, my Tiny Circles in Squares and Tiny Circles in Triangles patterns are available for free on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tiny-circles-in-triangles
 They were created to fill in those small spaces in crochet fabric in an interesting way.





Wishing you all joy in the making!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Native Flora and Fauna: International Freeform Challenge

This year’s theme for the International Freeform Challenge is native flora and fauna.
So far I’ve designed the NYS official bird, a blue jay, a red cardinal, trees, squirrel, black bear, bison, and  moose. 





I've written patterns for all of these and have tested the red cardinals, black bear and squirrel.
I'm considering adding a beaver, coyote and owl.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Heart Package, Heart Pouch

Valentine's Day, my play niece, and an ad for a class on creating felt pouches led to a new creative series. (Really? does one need a class on that?) I though I would go one better and made heart envelopes/ pouches out of felt, stamped them, layered them, sewed on glass beads and stitched them with delicious Rowan wool cotton yarn.

Then I thought -- why not crochet them. I began by designing intarsia hearts -- one in a rectangle and the other in a graduated flap and then created a textured body. They're about 5" x 3.5" and feel lovely.











Akua Designs's photo.







































Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Black Bear: Flora and Fauna

The International Freeform Guild holds an annual challenge that results in a book  whose sales are donated to charity. This year's theme is Flora and Fauna.
So thinking about the indigenous and area specific wildlife I might include, I thought about the second largest animal around: black bears. They wander the hills above my home at the edge of this town called a city. They crossed a friend's yard.
I looked at pictures of bears, but one particular drawing gave me the way in to creating this appliqué.






I'm testing the pattern and hope to offer it for sale by the end of the month.
My first finished design of the new year. Happy New Year!