Month: April 2017

The Seaglass Blanket develops

When I bought this eye-pleasing palette of KnitPicks Brava Sport* years ago, I knew it was destined to become something unique and beautiful.  See my full review of this yarn here. I took the photo above in an attempt to capture the striking color combo, but the original inspiration pics definitely do it better.  Some seriously inspiring Better Homes and Gardens pages – I could thumb through the decorating photos section of their website all day long.  And I’m forever drooling over quilts on Instagram – peep these screenshots of a couple Maureen Cracknell creations – heart eyes!! Go check out her IG feed now… she’s a genius!  My middle daughter got a new dress a while back, and well I see a blanket everywhere I look 🙂  That dress inspired Desert Bloom! Teal, coral, olive, mint, lussshhhhh.  My Trellis and Chevron pattern features these colors as well.  It’s not out of my system yet either… So I bring you (drumroll please!) the Seaglass Blanket. It’s still in the development stage as I work through the pattern …

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Cottontail Blanket Free Pattern

My Cottontail Blanket patterns calls for a super squishy bulky yarn – Scheepjes Roma Big* – which is worked up into a cute and simple piece featuring rows of plush bobbles that look like little bunny tails.  All of these gorgeous photos and the sweet blanket are by the talented Iris Dongo of SouthernBelleCrochet.com.  See all related posts for more info!  The free pattern is available on Ravelry in PDF format – Go get the pattern, and have fun! 😁❤️❤️ Free Pattern available on Ravelry.com

WIP: Un-named Whirl möbius scarf 

Hello, y’all! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Today I thought I’d give you crafters an update on how my Scheepjes Whirl* WIP is going.  This is such a pretty yarn, and a total dream to work with. Check out my full review to get a better look.  I’m creating a free pattern specially designed for this yarn – a scarf which is not quite yet named… I can’t decide on a name!! But I’m thinking Rebecca Möbius Scarf will stick 🙂  Here is my progress so far with the gorgeous Blueberry Bambam colorway:  I am alternating between the outside and center of the cake for this pattern, so the color play is divine. You can see the color changes begin with the flecks of the next color slowly appearing. The special twist is perfection! The smooth transitions between colors is my favorite part. And take a peek at Tester Tribe member, Andrea Grimaldi’s WIP! (IG: ndrgrmld) She took some snapshots of her scarf, testing in the Green Tea Tipple colorway.  Look at Andrea’s …

Cottontail Blanket FO Reveal

Iris Dongo of Southern Belle Crochet fame (IG: @southernbellecrochet) – a fabulous member of the Tester Tribe – has finished testing the Cottontail Blanket! And just in time for Easter, too! She did an absolutely wonderful job photographing the project along the way. Could it be because she runs her own photography business with her husband? Just maybe! All of the beautiful photos in this post were taken by Iris. Enjoy ❤❤ Cottontail has been brewing in my idea bank for about six months. As soon as I laid eyes on the yarn, I knew it was destined for bobbles. It’s a super bulky yarn, so those are some seriously plush bunny tails!  And the beautiful thing about working with super bulky yarn? The speed… I cannot believe that the pile of Roma Big yarn* went from that pic above…. to this (heart eyesss!): And finally to THIS beauty! In such a short time!  It’s a fast and cozy make. Iris agreed with me that it’s so soft and squishy! Her words! Hehe What a cozy piece, …

Starting something fun and bobbly! 

When I got this Scheepjes Roma Big*  yarn back in about October of last year, I knew it was destined for greatness. It became a super fun project for my upcoming book (!)  And I ended up having quite a bit left over! So what’s a girl to do?? Write another pattern of course! Something bobbly this way comes… and just in time for Easter! Cottontail Blanket is in full swing, being worked up by Tester Tribe member Iris Dongo, of Southern Belle Crochet fame (@southernbellecrochet on Instagram). Iris is also a talented photographer – as you can see in her three WIP photos below – which is handy when you want to show off your impeccable crochet work.   This is some seriously chunk yarn, and those bobbles are so squishy! I worked up a sample before Iris got started, so even though she’s miles away in Kentucky, I can almost feel the squish of these blocks in her pic below. My favorite WIP shot! ❤❤ I get giddy when my Testers share their progress pics …

Working on a NEW Desert Bloom!

Hi, y’all! Since late 2012 when I began designing crochet blanket patterns, I have gotten oodles of feedback, but had little time to implement updates. So this year is all about designing new patterns and taking time to update old ones. I’m even having them tested to make them more “user-friendly” for you lovely crafters.  The first pattern is Desert Bloom – one of my favorites!  Here is the original Desert Bloom Blanket. The border still gives me heart eyes. Did you know that Desert Bloom was based on a dress belonging to my middle daughter? Take a look at the quick preliminary sketch and the inspiration dress: And check out some Desert Blooms that pop up in the #DesertBloomBlanket Instagram hashtag… Now these are some real beauties! The color alterations and craftsmanship – it is an honor to have such beautiful pieces made from my patterns. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• There’s just something about those flowers, and mixing motifs in the design takes it to another level. I mentioned I’m having this pattern tested, and …

Hearthside Blanket: The WIP that I never want to end.

Seriously. I’ve had some convos recently about how quick I am to frog something that’s just not doing it for me, so y’all know I cannot stand having WIPs laying around… But this yarn is so fun to work with, I had to jump into a project knowing full well I’d have to promptly cast it aside.  At least the play time was fun!! Read my full review of Scheepjes Secret Garden, and see for yourself how beautiful it is. I describe it as a sort of thick and thin tweed.. and it has all these marly bits. Every stitch is a surprise 🙂  Maybe the most fun part of this WIP (and  also the saddest… but really the funnest!) is the fact that I sent all the yarn off to a lovely member of my NEW CypressTextiles Tester Tribe! I’ll have the page introducing everyone up and running soon.  Now Robyn Axelrod is testing the pattern, and for that I am so thankful. Her work is really beautiful and I know she has a …