projectsMy crochet hooks were on fire during the month of March, man it’s been busy around here – at least behind the scenes of our website!  I really have to spend some time uploading the new items that I have for sale.  But for now, I’ll just give you a preview of what’s been flying off my crochet hooks in the last month.


puff stitch trimmed double wrap cowlI actually ended February by joining a Crochet Pattern Writing/Design Challenge that was hosted by Sara Duggan.  I have never written a pattern or designed any crochet item up to this point….but after making the Elegant Shawl with all it’s lovely puff stitches I kept thinking about a lovely, extra long cowl adorned with puff stitches.  So I broke out my hook, some Caron Simply Soft Yarn in a lovely olive green called Forest Floor and combined it with some Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Petunia and came up with the “Puff Stitch Trimmed Double-Warp Cowl“.  I absolutely love the finished cowl and have gotten a lot of compliments on it.  It can be worn 4 different ways.

The pattern is out being tested at the moment, but it will be available soon.  First I’ll be offering it as a free pattern and then a reasonably priced pattern.  Stay tuned for the details and be sure to sign up for our newsletter to find out more. 


leaflines shawlette-EdgewoodI received some absolutely incredible Rustic Fingering Yarn by Neighborhood Fiber Co. in a colorway called Edgewood as part of a subscription I have to Yarnbox.  While I loved the suggested pattern that came with the shipment, I really wanted to do something special with this yarn and after searching for a pattern, I found the Leaflines Shawlette.  This was my first experience with adding a lot of beads (294 of them to be exact).

Note:  This item will not be for sale, I’ll be keeping it.  It was just too labor intensive (I started it in January and didn’t finish it until the middle of March.)


I also made a couple of lovely little hats – which sort of strikes me as odd, because I am NOT a hat person at all – and some baby booties.

In the garden baby hatThe first hat is the cute little “In the Garden Baby Hat” that I designed to go with the the baby coat that finished out the “In the Garden – Baby Coat, Hat & Shoes” outfit.  I’ll be releasing that pattern soon, it’s still a Work-In-Process and I need to review it and get someone to test it for me.

If you are interested in testing this hat pattern, please contact me.

The next hat that I did, was one that kept popping up all over Pinterest and Facebook; and it was just so darn cute that I decided I needed to give it a try.   When I followed the link to get the pattern, I ended up on a Russian site where someone had actually scanned in the chart/graph and posted it as an image.

hat 1Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that crocheting from a chart or graph is tough for me – I’d much rather work from a written pattern.  But by the time I found the graph I was one possessed “hooker” and Mother Nature was once again dumping snow outside my windows, so I decided to give it a whirl, mainly because it reminded me of Spring and I desperately need some signs of Spring!  I’m actually quite pleased with the way it came out, I even wrote down a written pattern and thought of offering it as a free pattern translation.    I’ve asked how much trouble I’d be in if I offered this as a free pattern translation on a few Facebook groups that I belong to and while I haven’t got a definite answer, I’ve been told that copyright laws are different in Russia than they are here in the U.S.  – so I’m holding off on that for now.  For now, here is the link to the Russian site where I originally found the chart.

Note:  If you are interested in a written version of this hat, please leave a comment below and as soon as I figure out what kind of trouble I’ll get into by offering this translation – I’ll let you know.


unicorn

The last thing I did, was finish up this cute little Unicorn.  I have someone who was/is interested in it (and I need to check before putting him up for sale).  These unicorns are absolutely adorable – but there is 20 hours worth of work in them, so they aren’t cheap!  He’ll retail for $60.00.

So there you have it, my crochet hooks have been on fire while I try to ignore the falling snow here in Vermont.  As a matter of fact, my husband is out plowing about 6″ of snow off our driveway this morning.  Sigh, I better get to hooking before I go insane!

Nancy Smyth

Hi, I'm Nancy I'm a yarn addict, number cruncher/bookkeeper, and software developer. Strange combination right? I get the same feeling of joy when working with high quality yarns that I do when a column of numbers are all neatly aligned and add up properly.

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