Monday, March 30, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Linky Party #30 - Sweet Potato 3 Patterns Giveaway!

Welcome to the 30th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 13th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

In last week's WIP Wednesday, I shared a sneak peak at the Denim Blues Baby Blanket and the completed Ribbed Baby Hats and matching Diaper Covers. Yesterday I posted my review of the Hats and Diaper Covers. These are perfect for gift giving and I will be making two or three times over in the next few months as a bunch of my friends are having boys.
I also shared a sneak peak at my Sweet Fantasy Baby Blanket. 
It has been waiting on one ball of yarn so I can complete the remaining two and a half squares which I was able to pick up at a different Hobby Lobby than I normally shop. No big deal for me though, just happy I was able to get another ball of yarn. Yay!
I have a happy announcement this week too!
ALL of our links from last week received multiple clicks! 
That makes me SOO happy!! 
Let's continue to help each other out by commenting on and sharing each others projects. It will help us all build and grow in the end, not to mention the inspiration it will bring us!

Most Clicked:
From Left to Right:

Mini Rings of Change, part of the Five on Friday from Linda's Crafty Corner. This is a beautiful rug made by Linda as part of a CAL. It really is gorgeous! I would love to make of of these for my flooring.

The Woollen Baby Blanket from Roses' Crafts. This blanket is something that Richard has been showing with us a few WIPS Wednesday's now. It's nice to see the progress being made of this lovely blanket. Lots of time, work and patience has gone into this and it is showing!

Spring Dishcloths from Julie's Lifestyle. Such nice dishcloths! Love the combination of the Kiwi and Turquoise colors, and the pattern showing is very neat! Looks like it would feel nice against the skin as a washcloth.

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Kaleidoscope Coasters from Da's Crochet Connection. I really love these coasters! She has two sets featured in this post and I love how each color scheme presents a different feeling. The one featured here has more of a summery feel, while the other is more of a Springy feel. 

Cute Bunnies from Annemarie's Haakblog. These bunny appliques truly are just too cute! They would look great as pins for a hat or top, on front of a card, as magnets, on blanket squares, as nice coasters on a larger scale... The possibilities are endless!

Kitties in a Row Tote Bag from Posh Pooch Designs. As a cat lover, I have a special place in my heart for this bag. It is a very cute idea! And a free pattern makes it a steal.

Cock-a-Doodle Easter Mug Cozy from Happy in Red. Esther has a fantastic idea for Easter - a day of relaxation. Wake up, drink her coffee in a mug covered in this rooster inspired mug cozy, lounge around in PJs and catch up on reading. Sounds very peaceful. I, however, won't get so lucky. Hehe. I may work up one of these to drink my morning coffee in though.
Side note - make sure to tune in for Living the Dream Wednesday this week to see a special photo I have related to the "cock-a-doodle" theme.

Catnip Doves from The Fur Babies Momma. Not only do cats love chasing birds, but they also LOVE catnip anything. My Shiloh will definitely be receiving one of these catnip toys from me! I will be using Lily Sugar n Cream yarn though, as it is tougher than the I Love This Cotton Yarn - need something a little tougher to stand up to cat claws. Since they look quick and easy to work up, I will also make some to donate. :)

Granny Square Skirt from Little Crochet. I have had a skirt like this on my list for some time now, and haven't gotten around to it yet...::sighs::...but now it is a must! I am inspired again. What a lovely skirt :) And I just love the ripple effect.

Doily Easter Basket from The Honeycomb Home. Though this doily wasn't crocheted or knitted by Roxanne for this project, the idea is planted. This would make a lovely Easter/Spring centerpiece for the table, or for any season as just the bowl shaped doily. Great idea!

Solstice Sun Rising, CAL Block #6 from Milena Places. I really like the serene colors chosen for this square. At first glance, the square looks like a full blanket. Oh, it would be so nice!
I was showing it to my boyfriend, Chad, earlier today and he liked all of the designs and colors for all of the Moogly Block Squares I have featured. He asked why I wasn't working on some myself. Guess it is about time I jumped in, hehe. I told him my dilemma of choosing yarn colors, so he agreed to go yarn shopping with me :)


EyeLoveKnots Philosopher Favorite:
Did you know that The Philosopher's Wife also has a Wordless Wednesday link up? This image is from her last link up titled, A Wild Mom's Night Out.
If you have images of the kids playing at the playground, flowers from your garden, a silly or sweet picture of your animal/s or anything you'd like to share from life, make sure you take a trip over to participate in her Wordless Wednesday link ups! It's fun, and refreshing.

I started a new series called Living the Dream so I could participate in her link up, and share more of me than my craft. 
Last week I shared this image of my sweet cat, Shiloh :)

This Week's Giveaway is sponsored by Sweet Potato 3 Patterns! Three winners will receive their choice of three patterns. If you haven't visited this pattern shop, you definitely need to head over there right after you link up! Christine has the cutest baby prop patterns, scarf and hat patterns and more! I have chosen some of my Spring/Summer favorites for the above collage, but really, I have favorited practically her whole store. Hehe. One of the things I really love is that many of her patterns are available in multiple sizes! This is especially helpful for someone like me who sells finished products on Etsy.
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Shark Hat, Butterfly Cape and Hat, Snail Prop Set, Tulip Hat, Mermaid Set, Fishing Set, Turtle Shell and Hat, Easter Egg Display.
Must be 18 Years or Older to enter. US only. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification, or another winner will be chosen. Social media not affiliated with this giveaway. Sweet Potato 3 Patterns is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.


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Join the Party!

The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
Also make sure you are linking up to your blog post, and just just your blog's home page.
We encourage you to:

*Become a Follower of the blog where you linked up. Following both is also greatly appreciated!
Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots


Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife


*Check out the other Great Projects that have been linked up!

*Spread the comment love!

Features will be chosen weekly. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ribbed Boy's Blues Baby Hat and Diaper Cover - Crochet by Jennifer - Review

I wanted to get this post done yesterday (Saturday), but I had a case of writer's block. Today, things are much smoother. Sometimes, it just takes fresh eyes.

I have finished my Ribbed Boy's Blues Baby Hat and Diaper Cover Sets. This set was inspired by our title image, the Denims colorway of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn, and is inclusive of four colorways.

Materials I Used:
     - 1 skein each of I Love This Cotton Yarn in Denims, Pale Denim, Dark Denim and Dove
     - J10/6mm Crochet Hook (as recommended)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - 22m Buttons - 3 White Buttons (Hobby Lobby), 1 Black Button (Hobby Lobby), 2 Brown Buttons (JoAnns) stacked on each other
     - Pumpkin Hat Pattern (Paid Pattern by CrochetByJennifer)
     - Ribbed Diaper Cover Pattern (Paid Pattern by CrochetByJennifer)

Material Notes:
     The white and black buttons I used were from the Sewology collection at Hobby Lobby. These are my favorite buttons to use because they come in a variety of colors and sizes and are nice and sturdy. The brown buttons were some of out my stash at home. They are meant for hoop art projects and not really for closures as they are flat and flimsy. You can find out more on my button reviews in the Plarn Handbag post.

Time Spent:
     I was able to work up the hat and the diaper cover in about the same time - an hour and fourty five minutes each.

Measurements:
     I worked up these sets in the 3-6 month size, but multiple sizes available in patterns.

Pattern Notes:
     The first time I used this pattern, was to work up the Pumpkin Hat and Diaper Cover I made back in October of last year. It is such a great pattern set though, I have used it many times! Two thumbs up, and highly recommended.

Only thing I varied on this set was the Pale Denim diaper cover - I tried using two buttons instead of the one in the center and don't recommend it alone. I would suggest using three buttons - one in the center and one on each side - so the center flaps don't flap around.



Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing a Hat, Diaper Cover or Set?
     Please visit my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop and check my Baby/Toddler/Child section to see Ready to Ship (RTS) and Made to Order selections. As always, feel free to send me a message with your custom size and/or color request. View color options here: I Love This Cotton Yarn.

Linking Up To...
The Creative Exchange Link Party #55 - The Happy Scraps
Summer DIYs Funner Ideas, I'm Lovin' It {linky party} - Tidy Mom
Pin Junkie Pin Party #120 - The Pin Junkie
Creativity Unleashed No. 72 - Practically Functional
Worthwhile Wednesday #73 - Crafty Allie
Your Whims Wednesday #216 - My Girlish Whims
{wow me} wednesday #210 - Ginger Snap Crafts
272nd Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Party #37 - Live Randomly Simple
Hit Me With Your Best Shot #72 & {fun father's day ideas} - One Krieger Chick
One Dream to Reality #172 - The DIY Dreamer
Show and Tell Link Party - Flamingo Toes

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Reversible Hot Air Balloon Dangle Earrings - Easy Jewelry DIY

Back in the beginning of February, I shared an Easy Jewelry DIY for Floating Hearts Hot Air Balloon Dangle Earrings. I did say I was going to post this current one just "new week" but I ran into some motivation issues and have left it sitting in my inbox since. Shame on me. Today, that changes!

You can expect to see a new Jewelry DIY from me every Thursday! Barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Onto the tutorial!

While shopping around my local Hobby Lobby, I found the most adorable Hot Air Balloon Charm! Cool thing about them - they are reversible! Today, I will be showing you how to make earrings that take advantage of the reversible-ness of these charms.
Materials I Used:
     - Hearts & Stripes Hot Air Balloon Charms by Pop Age Timeline
     - Hearts and Clouds Hot Air Balloon Charms by Pop Age Time
     - 12 (6 each pair) Antique Silver 8mm 18 Gauge Open Jump Rings from CanterburyLane
     - 4 (2 each pair) Surgical Steel Ear Wires Ball and Coil - AliCsSupplyShop
     - 4 (2 each pair) 12mm Silver Plated Lobster Clasps - AliCsSupplyShop
     - Round Nose Pliers - I use this pair. I also have a second pair that is more generic from a kit as I like to use two pairs, one in each hand but it's up to you.

Material Notes:
     I use and recommend the jump rings from CanterburyLane on Etsy because they are strong and professional grade. You cannot pry them open with your fingers so with pressure, they will not go anywhere. 

I have found that using the jumps rings purchased at our local craft store, that they are extremely soft and with pressure will open on their own resulting in the loss of bead/charm/pendant/etc. I do, however, have a large stash of them left from before I made that realization. In a pinch, they do work, just use them with caution. I suggest using two together, if you are using these instead of the professional grade - just for added security.

     I would also suggest using the Antique Silver jump rings, instead of the regular silver plated that I used so it fits in better with the lobster clasp and surgical steel earring wires. I just didn't have any on hand. OR, if you don't have ear sensitivities, just use a silver plated lobster clasp and earring wire and your jump rings will fit in just fine.

Time Spent:
     You can have the two pairs of earrings ready to wear in less than 30 minutes.

Measurements:
     Your earrings will dangle down about 2.5".

Tutorial Notes:
To Open a Jump Ring:
Grab one end of your jump ring with your round nose pliers. 
You will need to grab the other end with another pair of pliers or your fingers for leverage and stability.
Pull open the jump ring TOWARDS you, not side to side.

Jewelry DIY:
Open a jump ring, and attach it to your earring wire.
Set aside.
Open a jump ring, and slide it through the hole in the charm.
Then open another jump ring, and attach it to the previous jump ring.
DON'T CLOSE IT! (as I did - oops)
Before you close your jump ring, slide on your lobster clasp.
Then, close the jump ring.
Make sure your lobster clasps go on the same way on each of your earrings, otherwise it won't look right.
Now, you have the dangle portion.
Think of all the things you can do with this single dangle charm!
Now, you'll just connect the two pieces. 

Though you've only assembled one pair of earrings, with these charms being reversible, you now have two in one!

Interested in Purchasing Your Own Reversible Hot Air Balloon Earrings?
     Soon, I will be adding these four Reversible Hot Air Balloon Earrings to my Etsy shop. Feel free to send me a message with a custom order at any time.

Linked Up To...
Worthwhile Wednesdays #69 - Crafty Allie
Your Whims Wednesday #212 - My Girlish Whims
{wow me} wednesday #206 - Ginger Snap Crafts
From Dream to Reality #168 - The DIY Dreamer
Link Your Stuff Link Party - Lunamon Design
Link Your Stuff - Annemarie's Haakblog
Submarine Sunday #119 - USS Crafty
Bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase {May 30} - Bowdabra Blog
Share it One More Time #13 - Vintage, Paint and More...
May 2015 Sharing Time, Week 5 - Raising Memories
Hello Summer, Share Your Creativity Link Party No. 163 - It's Overflowing

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIPS Wednesday - New Quilted Inspired Blanket

Yesterday, I spent ALL day working on photographing the missing pieces of my Ribbed Boy's Blues Hats and Diaper Cover sets, and then had to save all the images to my computer, edit and post some Etsy listings for them so I could put together a Custom Listing for my friend Danielle. I didn't even finish the editing - I only did the ones I needed for the listings. Cheater, I know, but it was so much work for one day and I was getting tired. That side is definitely something I really didn't figure in for when I started on this blogging/crafting journey but it is a really big part of being a blogger, and takes time just like anything else - phew! Finally, I can show some photos of the finished sets! I will be posting separate posts for them in the next few days too, but for now, here's a sneak peak.
I'm also still working on many of the other projects I have shared in previous WIPS Wednesdays. I won't make you go through them all again since no progress has really been made. I will say though...
The closest to being finished next is the Sweet Fantasy Baby Blanket. I am just waiting on Hobby Lobby to restock the Fantasy yarn so I can pick up one more ball of yarn because I am just two squares short, plus half of a matching diaper cover short...::crosses fingers::...

I also started ANOTHER blanket! As if I don't have enough going around. I was looking through a Quilter's World magazine last week and saw this BEAUTIFUL Rainbow quilt! It can be found on the cover of the Quilts for a Rainy Day magazine. Just from the one time of soaking in all the colors through the images, I decided I was going to make a crocheted version - since I don't quilt. I am really excited about it and have been chugging along. I am using the join as you go method which I am not as comfortable working, as I prefer the single crochet join but it is the perfect join for this blanket. Every once and a while, it's good to step a little out of the comfort zone.
I also have had quite a few ideas bud just while working the first part of this blanket. I jotted them down so I don't forget before I get to them.
AND! For anyone who works plastic canvas projects, I also want to work a Plastic Canvas version of the quilt. Plastic Canvas projects do take a lot more time then crocheting projects so that will be something I will start closer to the crochet blanket being finished.
I want to check with Quilter's World before I shared more than progress photos, to make sure I am not infringing on the copyright. I don't think I am though, so hoping to provide layouts for you to work your own crochet and plastic canvas versions too!

Living the Dream - Outside with Shiloh

I can barely get Shiloh to look at me when he's outside playing,
but here, I almost got lucky. Hehe.
I have decided "Living the Dream" will be my version of a Wordless Wednesday, except, it will be full of words since I can't go without. 

At first, when I started my blog, I figured I would focus on crafts and recipes, but the more and more I continue along, I feel like I am only expressing half of me. I take a lot of photos, especially of my cat, Shiloh, so why not share them here too?!

Going outside is part of the morning routine. I wake up, open the back door and sit outside with Shiloh as he soaks up the sun. He is primarily an indoor cat, but he does get a little time during daylight hours to play outside.
Shiloh is always on the hunt for lizards.
This plant is one of his stops.
I know you can't see it very well
but there is a little bird at the very top of this tree.
It was singing so beautifully to us.
Happy Wednesday!

Linking Up To...
Wordless Wednesday A Wild Mom's Night Out - The Philosopher's Wife
Wordless Wednesday Do You Cater to Your Cat? - Create with Joy
Worthwhile Wednesdays #69 - Crafty Allie
Your Whims Wednesday #212 - My Girlish Whims
{wow me} wednesday #206 - Ginger Snap Crafts
From Dream to Reality #168 - The DIY Dreamer
Share it One More Time #13 - Vintage, Paint and More...
May 2015 Sharing Time, Week 5 - Raising Memories
Hello Summer, Share Your Creativity Link Party No. 163 - It's Overflowing

Monday, March 23, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Linky Party #29 - The Philosopher's Wife Sponsored Giveaway - And My BIRTHDAY!

Welcome to the 29th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 12th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

This week, I have been busy finishing up my baby items and blankets, as I have been sharing. I don't have any photos to share at the moment though. I have tons sitting in my inbox, waiting to be edited and added to the blog posts so my free patterns and reviews can be shared. I just have been going to an unmotivated thing lately. I have some more words to share on this topic but later this week.

Did you know? Today is my birthday! I am 23 on the 23rd! That is partly why this party is posting later than usual. My boyfriend, Chad, let me sleep in this morning, and then he, his dad, roommate and I went out to IHOP for late breakfast/lunch. Was a great way to start out the day! 

Was also pretty neat to open my Google page and see the birthday wish from them! How cool.

On the 15th, we celebrated my birthday at my Grandpa's house. I have a really big family on my dad's side - I was just one of four birthday's being celebrated.
Here, I am wearing some baby bloomers on my head, and preparing
to start spinning. I made it 5 spins and then gave up. 23 is just too many!

Here I am sitting with my boyfriend, Chad.
We had just lit the candles on the cake for a third time so everyone
could sing me happy birthday.


Before we go onto the Goodies of our last Yarn Fanatic Party: I was a little disappointed to see that we didn't have very many clicks on our last party. One thing I love about this party is our availability to come together as a crafting community and support one another. Clicking on others projects and commenting on them is a big part of the supporting of one another. Please - be part of the party! Don't just link and run.

Most Clicked:
Left to Right:

Granny Square Blanket from Lunamon Design. I have a soft spot for Granny Square projects. It is the one pattern that I feel ANYTHING can be done with - including this cute pink, green and white one. Perfect Spring colors!

Spring Wreath from Keeping it Real. I love this bright, fun Spring Wreath! Yarn Wrapped and embellished by adorable little floral pieces. Perfect addition to your door this season.

My Yarn Favorites:
Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Brown Granny Square Pillow from USS Crafty. You may remember from a couple parties ago, T'onna had shared with us her first Granny Square Pillow. I love the contrast between the two as far as the colors go. Beautiful example of how one pattern can be altered to your liking.

How to Mend Holes Using Crochet Patches from Shimra Designs. What a neat idea! Sometimes I get holes in my clothing, and I just get rid of them but Shimrit has a great solution to holes! I'm thinking even without holes, some patches on the knee area of a pair of pants or elbow area of a long sleeved shirt would be kind of neat. Oh the possibilities.

Rainbow Blanket from My World of Crochet. The moment I saw this blanket, I immediately jumped over to check it out further. While there isn't a pattern attached, this is such a great inspirational piece! The colors are perfect for Spring, and a great decor piece when not in use.

Bunny Toy from Creative Designs by Sheila Zachariae. Such a cute Bunny Toy for a little one! Made of cotton yarn, this could be a great teether toy. I would probably replace the fiberfill with a teether ring though. 
I really love the adorable floppy ears, and faceless face. Just as described by Sheila, "simple and classic".

Pom Pom Bunny from Ash and Crafts. This is a guest post, so you'll have to also visit The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. Ashley has a nice photo tutorial showing how to make a circular pom pom, and an oval one too! Simple, and easy. Also a quick project! And ADORABLE! I am so glad she shared it with us - I can't wait to make my own little bunny.

Lightweight Large Blanket from Lunamon Designs. At first glance, I thought this blanket would match the Brown Granny Square Pillow, but closer up it's a gray color - still BEAUTIFUL though! Made of a light weigh yarn, I'd say this is also a great Spring make.

Moms Crochet Clutch Purse from A Day in the Life. What a cute little wallet! Complete with pockets for your change, dollars and cards. It is finished with a tie and lacy back. I just love it. Definitely need one of these!

Spring Cowl from Posh Pooch Designs. Sara shows us three ways this Spring Cowl can be worn - very versatile - and with the numerous color combinations, this can be made to anyones liking. 

My Philosopher Favorite:
This time in 2013, Rachel was participating in a Crochet Along with One Dog Woof, in which she made these four beautiful cowls. Another nice Spring make.

This Weeks Giveaway is sponsored by The Philosopher's Wife. One winner will receive the Vintage Flower Collection eBook. This eBook contains crochet patterns for 20 different floral pieces. What a lovely addition to the crochet library for Spring.
Source: Amazon
Must be 18 Years or Older to enter. US only. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification, or another winner will be chosen. Social media not affiliated with this giveaway. The Philosopher's Wife is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots.


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Join the Party!

The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
Also make sure you are linking up to your blog post, and just just your blog's home page.
We encourage you to:

*Become a Follower of the blog where you linked up. Following both is also greatly appreciated!
Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots


Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife


*Check out the other Great Projects that have been linked up!

*Spread the comment love!

Features will be chosen weekly. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Some Beautiful Azalea Flowers!

Today, I got up semi-early to get to work on the last leg of my newest baby blankets, hats and diaper covers because I am anxious to get them done, photographed, into the shop and sent out to my friend, Danielle, to get some photos done! 

And so I can share my patterns and reviews with you, of course! 

I finished my photos of the Denims Blue Baby Blanket just in time - before I had to leave for work - but then forgot my phone at home and am not able to get my photos from it right now! Urg!

I did, however, snap some photos of these Beautiful Azalea Flowers just outside my front door and sent them over to myself. I wasn't really planning on sharing them, but since I am not able to share what I want to right now, and I really want to share something with you, I decided to share my Beautiful Azaleas.
A side view.
I was sitting right next to these, photographing my blanket.
I couldn't help but snap a shot when I looked over and saw this.
A view from the front of the bush.
Azaleas EVERYWHERE!
I wish this photo would have turned out!
If you look near the center, you can see the dark spot in the flower.
It is a bee! He was flying around so fast, from one flower to the other.



Hope your day is/has been as beautiful as these Azaleas!

Yes, that is an Elephant above the flower!
He is part of a water fountain :)
Linking Up To...

Wordless Wednesday Spring is in the Air! - The Philosopher's Wife
Wordless Wednesday Do You Cater to Your Cat? - Create with Joy
Worthwhile Wednesdays #69 - Crafty Allie
Your Whims Wednesday #212 - My Girlish Whims
{wow me} wednesday #206 - Ginger Snap Crafts
From Dream to Reality #168 - The DIY Dreamer
Link Your Stuff Link Party - Lunamon Design
Link Your Stuff - Annemarie's Haakblog
Submarine Sunday #119 - USS Crafty
Bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase {May 30} - Bowdabra Blog
Share it One More Time #13 - Vintage, Paint and More...
May 2015 Sharing Time, Week 5 - Raising Memories
Hello Summer, Share Your Creativity Link Party No. 163 - It's Overflowing

Monday, March 16, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Linky Party #28

Welcome to the 28th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 11th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

This week I've been working on some baby blankets. Almost done! Can't wait to send them off to my friend, and receive some cute pictures of them in use :)
On this week's WIPS Wednesday, I showed a preview of the Denim Blues Baby Blanket (Left), and the Sweet Fantasy Baby Blanket (Right).
I am now just working on the border of the Denim Blues Blanket, and then will start joining the Sweet Fantasy one tonight.

Most Clicked:
Left to Right:
Lacy Grey Crocheted Cowl from Kiku Corner. This free cowl pattern is worked in fingering weight yarn, making this cowl a great accessory for the upcoming Spring season.

How to Crochet a Shamrock from Midwestern Moms. Devon has shared a free crochet pattern for creating some cute little shamrocks - just in time for St. Patrick's Day! Sew on a pin back, and you've got the perfect pinch-proof accessory.

Sophie's Universe CAL Week 5 & 6 from Alice in Hobbyland. Alice is doing a fantastic job working on her Sophie's Universe CAL. This is going to be one beautiful blanket!

My Yarn Favorites:
Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
Tunisian Spiral Blanket from Roses' Crafts. I really love how this blanket is coming along. Similar to the Log Cabin pattern. I really love the idea, and I think I am inspired to work up my own version.

Pineapple Thread Table Runner from Lunamon Designs. Number 1: Beautiful pineapple pattern; Number 2: Cute little flowers; Number 3: I LOVE THE COLORS!

Crochet Edge on Fleece Blankets from The Friendly Red Fox. I LOVE working up fleece blankets with the crochet border. I have done a few, and they have proven to be quite popular on the blog, and with the recipients of the blankets. So nice of Kali to provide us with five, easy and fun patterns!

11" Fashion Doll Blue Ball Gown from Tess and Annie. What a gorgeous dress! I love how the crocheted top is added to a Tulle skirt. How lovely!

EmbROADery Summer Road Trip Keepsake from Sadie Seasongoods. What a neat idea! I have only been on a few major road trips, and all to New Jersey to see family, but I have been talking to my boyfriend, Chad, about going on some small road trips around us, since we're not really too far from surrounding states. I think I may have to borrow this embROADery idea in our next trip to add to my memory book.

My Philosopher Favorite:
I went back to this time, 2012 to see what Rachel was working on and found this Girlie and Graceful Crochet Ruffle Scarf. I have a scarf that has been a WIP for quite some time now, with one of my niece's in mind that is similar to this but a shell edge, no ruffle. This version is super cute though! And both colors she worked up look great. 

This Week's Giveaway is sponsored by Carlinda of The Hook Hound. Not sure about you, but I have been drooling over her Cabled Owl patterns for quite some time now. I have many favorited and on my list of patterns to buy and items to make.
One lucky winner will receive the pattern to make the It's a Hoot Owl Texting Gloves, and a second winner will receive a pattern of their choosing.
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:


Must be 18 Years or Older to enter. US only. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification, or another winner will be chosen. Social media not affiliated with this giveaway. The Hook Hound is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.
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Join the Party!

The Yarn Fanatic Party will begin every Monday afternoon, and run through Sunday night. You have all week and weekend to post your fantastic yarn related projects!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and YARN RELATED; ie Crochet, Knit, with an extension to include Cross Stitch, Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas and Embroidery.
Also make sure you are linking up to your blog post, and just just your blog's home page.
We encourage you to:

*Become a Follower of the blog where you linked up. Following both is also greatly appreciated!
Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots


Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife


*Check out the other Great Projects that have been linked up!

*Spread the comment love!

Features will be chosen weekly. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.