Saturday, January 30, 2016

Beach Front Slanted Shell Infinity Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern

I was digging around in my stash and found practically full skeins of these Turquoise and Graphite colorways and thought they'd make a great pair together, but I wanted to do something different and I think this combination is pretty unique. The scarf was broken up into thirds and then worked in pattern and I really love how it turned out! 

When my boyfriend, Chad, saw it he told me this one should be named the Beach Front Scarf as the gray made him think of the rocks at the beach, and the turquoise of the waves crashing on the rocks. 

This pattern has been for sale in my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop for a bit now, but I thought it was a great time to release it here - Mid-Winter for us in the Sunshine State - as we send warm wishes to our friends and family buried in snow at the moment.

Materials:
     - 270 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn - I used about 3/4 of a skein of each of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Turquoise and Graphite
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love, Purl Essence Sincerely Everyday (JoAnn's).

Time Spent:
     This scarf took me just over four hours to complete.

Measurements: 
     61" in Circumference by 5.75" in Width

Gauge:
With I Love This Yarn and an I9/5.5mm Hook = 4" x 4"
     Chain 16, DC in the 4th stitch, and in each stitch across. (14 DC)
     R2 - R8: Chain 2, turn. DC in the 2nd stitch, and each stitch across.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:
     Typically, the slanted shell pattern is worked into the 2nd chain of an even numbered chain. I, however, feel that working into this stitch causes the project to come out uneven and bunched up. You will find my pattern is worked into the 3rd chain of an odd numbered chain.

     Color changes are usually worked in the last yarn over of the stitch, but I found that my edges were looking a little funny because of this so instead, I worked as: fasten off at the end of the row, pull loop up to secure final stitch, attach new color to that final stitch, chain 1, hold both color tails in place with your left hand index finger and work first cluster over tails. Continue on with row. This created a nice, consistent edge throughout the piece and practically invisible color change.

     Alternatively, you can work your color change in the last yarn over of the stitch, carry your yarn up the sides and then add a border around the scarf to cover the carries. This way you'll avoid having to weave in lots of ends. I don't like to carry my yarn though, and I didn't want to add a border. I really like the slight uneven edge created by the clusters.

     If you don't want an infinity scarf, simply leave off the whipstitch join at the end. If you do so, add two more rows of turquoise at the beginning, and leave off the last two rows of turquoise (or your color of choice!).

Pattern:
     With Turquoise, Chain 21. (SC, DC) in the 3rd chain from the hook, [skip the next chain, (SC, DC) in the next chain] across. (10 clusters)

R2 - 52: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Gray.
R53 - 58: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Turquoise.
R59 - 64: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Gray.
R65 - 70: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Turquoise.
R71 - 76: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Gray.
R77 - 82: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Turquoise.
R83 - 88: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Gray.
R89 - 94: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Turquoise.
R95 - 100: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Gray.
R101 - 106: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Turquoise.
R107 - 112: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Gray.
R113 - 166: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

*Change to Turquoise.
R167 - 168: Chain 1, (SC, DC) in the 2nd stitch stitch, [skip the next stitch, (SC, DC) in the next stitch] across.

Fasten Off with a long tail and whipstitch the ends closed, making sure the scarf isn't twisted beforehand (unless this is the look you're going for).

Originally, I laid my scarf down so the Right Sides were facing and then slip stitched across joining both layers, but I didn't like how this created a visible seam and ridge so I would recommend the whipstitch method.

Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own [Beach Front] Slanted Shell Infinity Scarf using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

*If you would like a PDF version of this post, you may get one through my EyeLoveKnots Etsy Shop or EyeLoveKnots Craftsy Shop for a small fee. This fee is to compensate for the view/s lost once you no longer need to return to the blog for the information, as you will have your own copy. Plus! It helps fund supplies for new projects to share with you!
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     I will be slowly adding these into my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop. I am happy to customize this hat in any size and color of your choice. View color options here: I Love This Yarn.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #54 - Week 4 - Happily Hooked Magazine & Haven for Hands Giveaway!

Welcome to the 54th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 37th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

For all of my fellow Etsian's or ANYONE with items that fit into these categories!! 
For my Fellow Etsians: You can join the Christmas in July Etsy Team and share your items from your shop in the threads for a chance to be featured on the Team blog! And here on EyeLoveKnots!
For my Fellow Crafters: Email me or Facebook message me with the photo of the item, link and a little story. 

I am currently looking for: 
Craft Booth Advice, Tips & Suggestions.
Next month I will start my journey into the beginnings of a storefront business with opening a booth at my local flea market on the weekends. I know I am not alone when I say, "HELP!" Hehe. 
For those of you who have had booths, what items have you found to be easy to make and good sellers? What suggestions do you have on merchandising/displaying the goods? What about packaging and custom order requests?
For those of you who have NOT had booths, your input is still appreciated! What kinds of items are you having success with in your shop currently?


Before I share what I have been working on, I would like to share my excitement with you on my first exclusive design being published in the Happily Hooked Magazine!!!!!!!!!!! You can catch a peak down below in the Giveaway section, and make sure to enter for a chance to win the issue (and others)! 

Since our last party I have shared the following projects. They are shown in the order of appearance, newest being last:
Leo's Ripple Afghan - Free Crochet Pattern
My first contributor post for The Stitchin' Mommy!

And I have a fun, warm weather inspired pattern to share with you this week! It's scheduled for Saturday at 9:00am EST - don't miss it!

Most Clicked (from the YFP#53):
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Rowan Hat from Lunamon Design - Knitting Inspiration from Personal Pattern. I really love the teal color paired with the fun cable across the brim of this hat. It's so neat to me how changing one simple thing as making a more elaborate brim on a basic beanie completely changes the piece. 
Love it! May just have to order myself one.

Northern Lights Dress and Intarsia Knitting from Ginx Craft - Knitting Inspiration. This little dress is so sweet with the polar bear walking through the snow. The dark blue color for the dress itself is a gorgeous tone for this project, and definitely adds to the feeling of being out on a cold winter night. Though there isn't a pattern available for this dress - YET - Ginny shares with us a program she plans on using to share future projects. I am going to have to check it out for graph patterns.
Does anyone else have any programs they use for designing patterns?

Christmas Tree Wreath Ornament from Creative Crochet Toys. Joanita designed this wreath ornament as part of the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop. There are some really fun ornaments on there! Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this point for the complete list and link up.
I like that this wreath is made like a donut - hehe. It can easily be stuffed, and decor changed to become a different type of ornament - not just a donut, but a tire and lifesaver also come to mind. What fun Joanita! Thanks for sharing :)
Did anyone else make ornaments for your own tree or to gift? I know I personally participated in two ornament exchanges, and gave crocheted ornaments to all of my friends and family this year.

Kreisel Fingerless Gloves from Knitting And So On - Free Crochet Pattern. What a great accessory to add to your cold weather wardrobe and what better pair to start with than "these stylish and unique fingerless gloves"? They start off in the round and spread from there. These look like so much fun to make, and wear. There are lots of photos and details to help you finish your own pair, as well as a bunch of good photo ideas should you be thinking, 'how can I photograph my own pair of gloves'? 
They're definitely going on my list to create, how about you? Or are you busy working up a bunch of different gloves? Share your links and photos below!

Quick and Easy Crocheted Slippers from Little Shop of Treasures - Semi-Crochet Review, Link Included. These slippers come from the Starlight Women's Slippers, a Free Crochet Pattern from My Hobby is Crochet. With a little adjusting, Darlene had a fun pair of boot slippers for her granddaughter. I love the combination of the cool, fun turquoise color paired with the bold red embellishments. Love 'em!
Has anyone else tried any projects using the Star Stitch? I attempted it once before and couldn't get my rows to come out straight so I frogged it, and haven't returned yet. Any tips?


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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Happily Hooked Magazine and Haven for Hands. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a year's subscription from Happily Hooked Magazine and a set of Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Haven for Hands! Two runner up's will each receive a three month subscription from Happily Hooked Magazine. Such generous donations! Good luck to all!
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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.
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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.
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Features will be chosen weekly. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

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Plastic Treasure Etsy Treasury - Etsy Finds & Features

Last week, my Dangle Heart Earrings were featured in this Plastic Treasure Etsy Treasury. It's such an exciting thing to log on and see that one of your items has been chosen for an Etsy Treasury. Just a little way that you can show your appreciation for others hard work and talent. 
Thanks for the feature, Brittany!

Enjoy some of the other wonderful features here! 
Permission has been obtained from these shop owners to feature their items.
These coasters are just stunning! Eight pieces plus a cute little storage box that would be great as a jewelry box as well make this an excellent buy. There is so much detail in each butterfly and the box - it definitely shows lots of time went into the making of these. I really think these would make great art pieces if placed inside a small shadowbox kind of frame.
This is such a fun pair of earrings! I am all about having a different pair of earrings for any occasion. These would be especially great for the summer, a rainy day or a festival, to name a few.
The texture created by the diagonal stitches definitely feed into the hypnotizing look, and I think would look great in any color combo such as an ombre effect or alternating colors like black and white.
These duck coasters would make a great addition to a wood cabin or on you little pop up table inside the tent. 
They'd also make a great gift for him for any occasion.
Maybe the ducks in your neck of woods aren't these colors? The ones around my home are mostly brown. Request a custom order from Barbara :)
Wow! This is such a precious ornament and keepsake.
One left at the time of this posting, and price has been discounted. 
Get it while you can!
Looking for a different breed? Check out the BarLeeCreations Shop for others!
For my dog lover friends, I will definitely be turning to this for future gift ideas.
These hamburger earrings are a fun way to express yourself.
They are very unique and would make a great gift!
I put together a tutorial on working a Small Plastic Canvas Heart for my blog, and decided afterwards that I wanted to make some earrings using the blank plastic cut outs. These have become one of my favorite pair of earrings to wear. They are nice and lightweight - you will forget you're wearing them! Until someone compliments you, hehe.
DIY Dangle Heart Earrings - Free Pattern & Tutorial
How cute is this set of doll patio furniture?! I have a similar pattern I purchased a year or two ago, but with all of the cutting and stitch skipping in this set, it wasn't something I wanted to pursue at the time. Props to Auntie Em though because this set is beautiful! I love the variety in cushions, and the little bit of red that was used just to accent the set. The props used in this photo too are so cute and together with the outdoor atmosphere definitely help set the scene.
What a great way to decorate for the big game! Or as a gift for a college student, graduate or teacher.
This is a cute little way to share the seasonal love, or afterwards when you want to share a cute little note with the one/s you love. I am constantly leaving little notes around the house for my boyfriend, but I know others who enjoy leaving little notes around for their children as well. What a fun, central location for all of the love to be and spread.
I can also see something like this at a teacher's desk for notes from the students, or when the students are passing out Valentine's cards to everyone.
Though checkbooks are used too much these days, these covers are still cute enough to be used in other ways. They could be used as a wallet or to hold a small handheld calendar.
I. Just. Love. This. Clutch! And BONUS - it has pockets.

I hope you have been inspired, and/or wishlisted a few items (hehe).
If you are a fellow Etsian, please heart the treasury and the items to share the love and build the hotness.
Plastic Treasure Etsy Treasury Curated by Brittany of 13CraftandCrochet.
Features Include (left to right, top to bottom):

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Celebrating Genealogy - Etsy Features, Crochet & Knit Finds

I absolutely love the idea of Genealogy! Researching and celebrating where you've come from and the family members/ancestors who helped you get there is so fun and exciting! I invited members of the Christmas in July Etsy Team AND my fellow blogging friends to share an item from their shop and/or craft project that represented family, and a story about their item or what Roots meant to them.
You can read about the items shown in my Genealogy with The Christmas in July Etsy Team post on the team blog.
I am including my item below though!

I'm sharing Custom Made Handwritten Letter from my EyeLoveKnots Shop.
I love to write old fashion letters and send them off to my family and friends! It is and has always been a great way of sharing a little bit of myself with those that I don't regularly keep up with in email/by phone or on Facebook. You can also send fun little trinkets or photos along with it. This is much like they used to do generations back as they didn't have internet, computers and cell phones. While men were off at war, I can picture my aunts, great-aunts, grandmother and great-mothers jumping for joy with a letter received from their loves.

And from my blogging friends...
Concetta of Crafting in Yoohooville shared this post on Handknit Hose and Daniel Walker (1172-1851), photo credit to Donna Flood Kenton out of the Archives. The idea of searching for your ancestors is very interesting to me, though I haven't attempted finding any of mine YET. In this post, it sounds like Concetta has given a lot of thought to one man that puzzles her, Daniel Walker. In the search of documentation with more information on Daniel Walker and family ties, she discovered these Handknit Hose designed by Donna Flood Kenton as these are the same type of stockings her late ancestor would have worn back in his time over in England. What a neat way of bringing back a little history, plus they look really warm!
Deborah from From Grammy's Heart shared this post on The History of Granny Squares, and her personal collection of 3 Generations of Granny Square Afghans! In most of my older relatives homes, I have spotted retro looking granny square afghans in such beautiful colors. Deborah, like I, believes they should be out and appreciated! Honestly, I did not begin to appreciate them until about three years ago when I began crocheting. Up until then, I really did not know much about them. Deborah has done quite some digging on the History of Granny Squares and has some great resources shared in this post including a five part series from Robin of Crochet Nirvana.
Leah from Creative Threads by Leah shared this post on her Pamala Pattern Line, designed with her mother in mind but to benefit cancer patients and survivors everywhere through awareness and donation. Above you'll find patterns in this Pamala Line. They include: the Pamala Buttoned Hood, Pamala Earwarmer, Pamala Cowl/Infinity Scarf, Pamala Boot Cuffs and the Pamala Buttoned Slouch Hat with 50% of profits going to Crochet for Cancer.

Lots of things can represent family and for many different reasons. I'd love to hear your stories and see your crafted items!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #54 - Week 3 - Happily Hooked Magazine & Haven for Hands Giveaway!

Welcome to the 54th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 37th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

For all of my fellow Etsian's or ANYONE with items that fit into these categories!! 
For my Fellow Etsians: You can join the Christmas in July Etsy Team and share your items from your shop in the threads for a chance to be featured on the Team blog! And here on EyeLoveKnots!
For my Fellow Crafters: Email me or Facebook message me with the photo of the item, link and a little story. 

I am currently looking for: 
Cupid - God of Love, Lust, Attraction & Affection.
For as long as I can remember, Cupid has been an iconic part of my Valentine's celebrations as Santa Claus has been an iconic part of my Christmas celebration. There are many other love-gods such as Juno Februata, and Eros as well as Saint Valentine... I would LOVE to learn more about YOUR Valentine's tradition, and how you celebrate. Does Cupid appear on many of your cards and decorations too? Or do you celebrate with someone else in mind?
Craft Booth Advice, Tips & Suggestions.
Next month I will start my journey into the beginnings of a storefront business with opening a booth at my local flea market on the weekends. I know I am not alone when I say, "HELP!" Hehe. 
For those of you who have had booths, what items have you found to be easy to make and good sellers? What suggestions do you have on merchandising/displaying the goods? What about packaging and custom order requests?
For those of you who have NOT had booths, your input is still appreciated! What kinds of items are you having success with in your shop currently?


Before I share what I have been working on, I would like to share my excitement with you on my first exclusive design being published in the Happily Hooked Magazine!!!!!!!!!!! You can catch a peak down below in the Giveaway section, and make sure to enter for a chance to win the issue (and others)! 

Since our last party I have shared the following projects. They are shown in the order of appearance, newest being last:
Moray Slouch Hat - Crochet Pattern Review
Penguin Earrings - Free Plastic Canvas Pattern & Jewelry DIY 
Cowl Shower Cozy - Crochet Pattern Review

Most Clicked (from the YFP#53):
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Rowan Hat from Lunamon Design - Knitting Inspiration from Personal Pattern. I really love the teal color paired with the fun cable across the brim of this hat. It's so neat to me how changing one simple thing as making a more elaborate brim on a basic beanie completely changes the piece. 
Love it! May just have to order myself one.

Northern Lights Dress and Intarsia Knitting from Ginx Craft - Knitting Inspiration. This little dress is so sweet with the polar bear walking through the snow. The dark blue color for the dress itself is a gorgeous tone for this project, and definitely adds to the feeling of being out on a cold winter night. Though there isn't a pattern available for this dress - YET - Ginny shares with us a program she plans on using to share future projects. I am going to have to check it out for graph patterns.
Does anyone else have any programs they use for designing patterns?

Christmas Tree Wreath Ornament from Creative Crochet Toys. Joanita designed this wreath ornament as part of the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop. There are some really fun ornaments on there! Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this point for the complete list and link up.
I like that this wreath is made like a donut - hehe. It can easily be stuffed, and decor changed to become a different type of ornament - not just a donut, but a tire and lifesaver also come to mind. What fun Joanita! Thanks for sharing :)
Did anyone else make ornaments for your own tree or to gift? I know I personally participated in two ornament exchanges, and gave crocheted ornaments to all of my friends and family this year.

Kreisel Fingerless Gloves from Knitting And So On - Free Crochet Pattern. What a great accessory to add to your cold weather wardrobe and what better pair to start with than "these stylish and unique fingerless gloves"? They start off in the round and spread from there. These look like so much fun to make, and wear. There are lots of photos and details to help you finish your own pair, as well as a bunch of good photo ideas should you be thinking, 'how can I photograph my own pair of gloves'? 
They're definitely going on my list to create, how about you? Or are you busy working up a bunch of different gloves? Share your links and photos below!

Quick and Easy Crocheted Slippers from Little Shop of Treasures - Semi-Crochet Review, Link Included. These slippers come from the Starlight Women's Slippers, a Free Crochet Pattern from My Hobby is Crochet. With a little adjusting, Darlene had a fun pair of boot slippers for her granddaughter. I love the combination of the cool, fun turquoise color paired with the bold red embellishments. Love 'em!
Has anyone else tried any projects using the Star Stitch? I attempted it once before and couldn't get my rows to come out straight so I frogged it, and haven't returned yet. Any tips?

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

I had A LOT of favorites from the Yarn Fanatic Party #53, but I just can't share them all... today... Hehe. I am breaking them up and featuring them through the month since this party will last through the end of the month. Today, I am sharing 6 Yarn-Tastic Warm Winter Items. You can find my 5 Yarn-Tastic Hats in Week 1 of the YFP.

Simple Reversible Boot Cuffs from Simply Hooked Mom - Free Crochet Pattern. Boot Cuffs are in season! These are quick and easy to make with a beautiful pattern. They make great gifts, and can be made in a large variety of colors to match any outfit!

Handverwarmend/Armwarmers from Kat Kat Katoen - Crochet Inspiration. Armwarmers are also in season! And much needed in this cold, windy season we are experiencing here in Sunshine State, especially if you have to be outside or even driving. These armwarmers are so sweet! And they have such a nice texture to the hand portion. With the pink and white color combo and the sweet shell edge, they definitely support Sigrid's last statement, "Bye Bye thief look, welcome lady look" Hehe!

Squeasie Child Size Winter Headband from Sustain my Craft Habit - Free Knitting Pattern. Not only does this pattern have a super clever name, but it also looks super cute and warm! It works up quickly and seems easy enough for even a beginner to follow along with. With a slight adjustment in the beginner casting process, this can easily be made to fit any size.

Chunky Long Cardigan from Van Dani - Crochet Inspiration. I am wishing there was a pattern attached to this post because I just LOVE the Cardigan! It looks so comfy and warm. Beautiful piece! And I am feeling inspired. I will be adding this to my Craft List. 

Cherry Heart Stripey Mitts from A Day in the Life Of - Crochet Inspiration, Link Included to Free Crochet Pattern. The yarn chosen for these Cherry Heart Stripey Mitts is a really beautiful colorway and the 'fabric' looks warm. I also really like the cute little picots along the top part of the mitts, and don't even get me started on the buttons!

Shell Stitch Afghan from Our Side of the Mountain - Link Included to Free Crochet Pattern. Jessie calls this a "labor of love". For anyone who does make afghans definitely can relate... That's why I stick to baby blankets. Haha! This afghan came out beautifully, with a fun beachy color scheme to hopefully help out with the 56 degree weather they are experiencing in Maine (though, I am sure it's much lower as I write this, than the day of posting). I also really like the idea of the "Journal" post. Very entertaining.

My Philosopher Favorite:
What a cool Crochet Dragon Hat from Rachel of The Philosopher's Wife!!
Hop over to see the two color combinations, and for the pattern link.


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Shown in this image is the current issue of the Happily Hooked Magazine, #21, in which my Caramel Mocha Cowl is featured as an Exclusive Design! As well as the Ergonomic Hooks, kit and goodies you'll be receiving if you are the grand prize winner (top right), and my hooks along with Review (bottom right). Stars not included... Unless you want them - you can email me hehe.

This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Happily Hooked Magazine and Haven for Hands. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a year's subscription from Happily Hooked Magazine and a set of Ergonomic Crochet Hooks from Haven for Hands! Two runner up's will each receive a three month subscription from Happily Hooked Magazine. Such generous donations! Good luck to all!
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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. Happily Hooked Magazine and Haven for Hands are responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.



Call for Sponsors!
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!