Monday, August 31, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #48

Welcome to the 48th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 31st as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

Monday seems to have snuck up on me again! At least this week, I got the party posted on the correct day. ;)

I haven't shared anything since our last party, but I am glad to see that many of you are still chugging along! A few reminders on some CAL's I am/will be participating in...
The Mystery Lapghan CAL is in progress!
Check out my post for a full list of all squares shared so far. 
First project will be shared Monday, September 14th.

Most Clicked: 
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:


Jars, Jars, Jars from Atelier Marie-Lucienne - Crochet Inspiration. These jars came out beautifully! And I am sure will be great sellers at  Marjans up coming fair. These jars would be cute for gift giving or using around the home. You can use them for some many things such as holding candies, potpourri as Marjan is thinking, cotton balls in the bathroom, wedding/baby shower favors, etc. 
What would you use them for?

Stormy Seas Bedspread from My World of Crochet - Crochet Inspiration. This bedspread is gorgeous! And a name that rings true. It is a beautiful shell pattern, in colors of a Stormy Sea. So inspirational! I am thinking with a few different colors, you could also have a peacock like colored blanket, or a retro one with varied colors, or even a fun neon colored blanket!

Lily Pad Pixel Blanket from My World of Crochet - Tutorial Link Included. This Lily Pad Pixel Blanket is amazing! It looks just like a cross stitched project from afar, but up close you can see the individual squares. I just LOVE this idea! I have a few pixel blankets using small granny squares in the works, but I have been distracted and need to bring attention back to them. Beautiful blanket Lisa!

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites: 
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Slippers from Anna Simple Crochet - Crochet Inspiration. I love the look of these long crochet boots/slippers. I have tried crocheting one pair for myself but they came out too tight and I have been unmotivated to attempt another pair, but seeing these definitely makes me want to work up another pair right now!

Knit Lacy Wrap from Kimberlees Korner - Knitting Pattern (Paid). This is such a pretty, and simple design but with the warm, elegant yarn choice, it makes it a very beautiful piece that says a lot. You can easily wear it over a nice dress for dinner, or pair it with some jeans. I think a wrap like this would look really nice in the Swanky Yarn, or something similar with the sequins. 

Story Time Blanket from Roses' Crafts. This blanket is so intriguing to me! There isn't much in the description underneath the WIP, which makes it more of a surprise, but also makes me want to see the final blanket even more! I am sure it's going to be neat! Can't wait to see! Make sure to head over to this post to see what else Richard has been working on :)

Magic Angel from Crochet is the Way - Free Crochet Pattern. These little angels are so precious! They would make great ornaments, or shelf decorations. You could add a little bell inside the dress part so they "sing". You could also hang in your car as a "guardian angel". I think I will be making a few for my tree this holiday season.

Summer into Fall Afghan from Kat Kat Katoen - Crochet Inspiration. This is such a pretty blanket, and will make a great addition to Sigrid's home come fall time. She explains color theory a little bit in this post, helping to guide us through her square placement. I know I have a hard time making random patterns - I like the consistency. Beautiful pattern though!

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Call for Contributors!
Are you a pattern designer - Crochet, knit, plastic canvas, embroidery, latch hook, pom pom crafts, and other yarny crafts... Or do you design yarn related graphics, shirts, buttons, printables, tote bags? Maybe you are a yarn dyer? Or perhaps you have a really large yarn stash and you are looking to do a de-stashing of them? We are in need of giveaway sponsors for the Yarn Fanatic Party! If you are interested in teaming up with Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife and I to sponsor a giveaway at one of our parties, PLEASE contact either Rachel or I.
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.

*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it. 
To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #47

Welcome to the 47th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 30th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

A few days late - I apologize! I have just started two new jobs, and ended one and it has taken a bit more out of me, and taken a bit longer to grow accustomed to. Truth be told - I am exhausted. But I have lots of things in the works, and looking forward to sharing them with you all shortly, as well as seeing what you have been working on! I just love all of the beautiful, fun, cute and inspirational pieces and stories.

Since our last party, I've shared the following:

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From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Yarn Tales Tuesday from Crochet is the Way. What an amusing story of how a man saved Jenny's yarn stash, and an very creative idea for drying yarn in an emergency situation.

Easy Knitted Lace Wrap from Chaleur Life. This wrap is knitted up of such a beautiful colorway, and stitch pattern! I will admit, I've never worn a wrap before, nor have I made any, but it's gorgeous! I am not into blocking so I probably won't be making one of these (not to mention the fact that I don't knit, yet - hehe), but that doesn't mean I can't sit and drool over it. Free Knitting Pattern included.

5 Ways to Wear a Crescent Shawl from The Knot Theorist. This is actually quite useful! I would have no idea how to wear a shawl if given one - I would probably try to wear it plain jane around my shoulders. Great post! Jess (of Chaleur Life) - did you see this post?

Le Chale Gris from The Knot Theorist. This shawl is quite beautiful! And! Being made of One Skein, and Low Maintenance make this a must on my list! Link to pattern included.

Lily Pond Afghan from Hakelfieber. I am in LOVE with this Lily Pond Afghan! And I will definitely be making one - perhaps as a gift for Christmas. The colors are really head on - it makes me feel serene and brings back memories of being at my grandparent's house as a child. They lived on a lake and we used to always be out in it, or sitting on the dock admiring the lily pads and minnows in the water.

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EyeLoveKnots
EyeLoveKnots
Call for Contributors!
Are you a pattern designer - Crochet, knit, plastic canvas, embroidery, latch hook, pom pom crafts, and other yarny crafts... Or do you design yarn related graphics, shirts, buttons, printables, tote bags? Maybe you are a yarn dyer? Or perhaps you have a really large yarn stash and you are looking to do a de-stashing of them? We are in need of giveaway sponsors for the Yarn Fanatic Party! If you are interested in teaming up with Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife and I to sponsor a giveaway at one of our parties, PLEASE send Rachel an email!
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.

*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it. 
To be clearer though, Raverly pages of finished projects are okay to share. Sorry for the inconvenience! That's per InLinkz guidelines. Thanks!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mystery Lapghan CAL - 36 Free Crochet Square Patterns

I’m excited to be joining the Mystery Lapghan CAL! I’ve teamed up with 29 other crochet designers to share 36 free crochet square patterns for a one-of-a-kind lapghan!

Each pattern will be 6-inches square using a worsted or aran weight yarn – yarn symbol 4 and a size US-I/9 (5.5 mm) hook. 

HOW TO JOIN IN THE MYSTERY LAPGHAN CAL
Every week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from August 17th through November 6th, a new square will be released.  You can join the Facebook online group at "Mystery Group CAL" or https://www.facebook.com/groups/488215101349495/. Release schedule is shown below.

* You can join in by crocheting each of the patterns as you have time.

* Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects! 

* By the end of the crochet-a-long, you’ll have a 36-square lapghan to gift or keep!

* And we have some goodies for you, too.   We're planning some great prizes to be awarded.  Stay tuned to learn what those prizes will be and how you can qualify to have your name entered into the drawing! 

The Line Up - Will Be Updated as Squares are Released: 

August 17th: Lacy Crimson Square from Crochet Memories

August 19th: Diagonal Box Stitch Square from Underground Crafter

August 21st: Petite Purple Square from Crochet Chiq


August 24th: Borderline Square from Raising Robertsons Crochet


August 26th: Posy Wheel 6" Square from Pink Mambo 


August 28th: Star Bright Square from Stitch11


August 31st: Sunshine Square from Stitches 'N Scraps


September 2nd: Bullseye Square from Pink Mambo


September 4th: Cotton Candy Square from American Crochet


September 7th: Charming Square from Mo Crochet


September 9th: Cuatro Esquinas de Abuela Afghan Square from EyeLoveKnots (Me!)


September 11th: Checks and Balances Square from Crochet Memories


September 14th: Lovely Lace Afghan Square from Julie Yeager Designs


September 16th: Triangles 6" Square from Creative Threads


September 18th: Stop the Madness Square from The Country Willow


September 21st: Golden Harvest Square from AG Handmades


September 23rd: CAL Afghan Square from Crochet N More


September 25th: Berry Block Afghan Square from Homemade Hats by Cheryl


September 28th: Sensational Sunburst Square from Anastacia Knit Designs


September 30th: C-A-L Square from Mainly Crochet


October 2nd: Sonya of Onyx Crochet


October 5th: Deborah of From Grammy's Heart


October 7th: Lynne of Das Crochet Connection


October 9th: Dearest Debi of Debi Dearest


October 12th: Amy of The Stitchin Mommy


October 14th: Sara of Posh Pooch Designs


October 16th: Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots - That's Me!


October 19th: Melinda of Mo Crochet


October 21st: Marie of The Underground Crafter


October 23rd: AG Handmades


October 26th: Rhondda of Oombawka Design


October 28th: Mistie of American Crochet


October 30th: Rebeckah of Rebeckah's Treasures


November 2nd: Carol of Sweet Potato Crochet Creations


November 4th: Deborah of From Grammy's Heart


November 6th: Lisa of Kaleidoscope Arts N Gifts


You have from November 6th through December 12th to finish up your squares, join and photograph them, and then you can link up your photos from December 12th through the 16th. Voting will take place from December 16th through December 23rd. Winners will be posted December 27th at 11:00am est.

And Don't Miss Out On the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-Long!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Holiday Stashdown CAL 2015

I’m excited to be joining the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long! I’ve teamed up with 14 other crochet designers to share 15 free crochet patterns for holiday gift and decoration projects with you!
Each pattern will be a one-skein project, or a stashbuster/scrappy project, so you can work from your own existing yarn stash to make a great holiday gift. (If you’d like to go ahead and buy some yarn just for the project, that’s ok, too! We love yarn as much as you do!)
HOW TO JOIN IN THE HOLIDAY STASHDOWN CAL
Every Monday from September 14 through December 21, 2015, a new crochet pattern will be posted on one of our 15 blogs.
  • You can join in by crocheting each of the patterns as you have time.
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #HolidayStashdownCAL2015 on all social media.
  • Chat with other crocheters in our Facebook and Ravelry groups.
  • By the end of the crochet-a-long, you’ll have 15 great gifts for the holiday season.
HOLIDAY STASHDOWN CAL 2015 SCHEDULE - I WILL UPDATE AS RELEASED
Be sure to visit and follow the participating designers so you can get first notification of new patterns!








Join the Facebook or Ravelry group by September 30 for your chance to win our first giveaway! See below for more details.








November 2: Eye Love Knots - That's Me!


November 9: KatiDCreations
November 16: Crochet Memories




November 30: Acorn Tree Creations


December 14: The Purple Poncho


December 21: Blackstone Designs


Crochet at your own pace.


January 11: End-of-CAL giveaway entry deadline. Share a picture of your finished project for a chance to win great prizes from our giveaway sponsors. More information about how to enter and prizes will be shared in December.


January 15: End-of-CAL giveaway winners announced.

HOLIDAY STASHDOWN CAL 2015 GIVEAWAYS!
After doing all of this holiday crafting, you deserve a gift, too, so we’ve organized two giveaways.
Our first giveaway is for two copies of Crochet for Christmas: 29 Patterns for Handmade Holiday Decorations and Gifts, courtesy of our sponsor Stackpole Books. Follow them on Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter.
  • To enter this giveaway, join the CAL by joining the Facebook or Ravelry groups through September 30, 2015. One winner from each group will be chosen at random.
We have even more sponsors for our end-of-CAL giveaway! For each finished project you share a photo of by January 11, 2016, you’ll get an entry into our giveaway with amazing prizes from our sponsors! Share a completed picture of all 15 projects and you’ll get 5 extra entries – that’s 20 in total! We’ll share more details about our sponsors, the great prizes they are sharing, and how to enter the giveaway soon. Until then, show our giveaway sponsors some love!
End-of-CAL Giveaway Sponsors





























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