Monday, February 29, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #56 - Week 1 - Lorna's Laces Shepherd Yarn Giveaway

Welcome to the 56th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 39th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

I have been so sick this month - I didn't get but three projects done and only one was for my blog! That terrible sinus cold got me, and for about a week in a half I couldn't even bring myself to pick up my crochet hook to crochet in bed. Finally, I am feeling better and have started working on the stuff I got behind in. I decided to take the rest of February off (except today) to get my house in order, play catch up and just rest. I wish you all well! Here's what I've worked on since our last party (with newest being last):
Two Tiny Hearts Dangle Earrings - Free Plastic Canvas Pattern & Jewelry DIY 
Cross Stitch Heart Earrings - Free Crochet, Cross Stitch & Jewelry DIY
Women's Ripple Fingerless Gloves - Free Crochet Pattern

Starting this week I will be more active on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page, and adding a Weekly Dose of EyeLoveKnots Finds segment to my blog. End of December 2014, I had a Daily Dose segment going but it was too much to keep up. I had a lot of fun with it though, and am going to try again.

Starting in April, I will also be hosting weekly/bi-weekly giveaways through the comments section of my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page. It will include a variety of items, so be sure to like the EyeLoveKnots Facebook page so you don't miss out!

Most Clicked:
From Left to Right:

Blueberry Hill Shawl from Stitches N Scraps - Free Crochet Pattern. This beauty is worked using the lacy and lightweight Solomon Knot Stitch. So many ways to wear this piece, and still show off the beautiful openwork. Bundled up it's better for the cooler days, and open as a shawl it's better for the warmer days. Warning: Blocking is critical.

Wool Coat from Ana Love Craft - Knitting Inspiration. What a gorgeous cabled sweater! Of course, I drool over the beauty of knit pieces, but I am also loving the creamy yarn choice over the dark turtleneck. Can't wait to see the second sweater made from the darker, tweedy yarn!

My Philosopher Favorite:
What a beautiful cardigan Rachel has knitted for her daughter, Catherine. It's the In Threes Sweater by Kelly Herdich, using the String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn she was given to review (and one of you also received). I think the yarn and pattern look like they fit so well together. I am jealous this pattern isn't available in adult sizes. This Practically Cardigan is close though.


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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by Philosopher's Wife follower, Carianne. One winner will receive four skeins of a limited edition Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport yarn - 100% Superwash Merino Wool with 200 yards per skein -  in the colors shown in the photo - The Light Side and The Dark Side - and a shawl pattern in either crochet or knit version.

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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. Carianne is 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!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Two Tiny Hearts Dangle Earrings - Free Plastic Canvas Pattern & Jewelry DIY

For this episode of Bling It Thursday, I knew I wanted to work up a cute little pair of Valentine inspired earrings. I used the plastic canvas pattern from my Small Plastic Canvas Hearts, but used a smaller mesh. I have been envisioning a two other jewelry projects using small hearts just like these so stay tuned for those. Hearts galore!

Materials:
     - 1 Yard/36" of Light Weight/Sport Weight Yarn - I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Sport Weight Yarn in Red
     - Small Pieces of 10-Count Clear Plastic Canvas
     - #20 Tapestry Needle
     - 2 Earrings Wires - I used the 20mm Stainless Steel Ear Wires from AliCsSupplyShop
     - 42 6mm Jump Rings (21 per earring) - I used some by Darice from my local JoAnns
     - Jewelry Pliers - I use two (one in each hand) but one will suffice.

Material Notes:
     I will caution you on using jump rings from your local craft store. I have found that they are pretty soft, and tend to open while jewelry piece is in wear. I recommend a stronger one like those from AliCsSupplyShop or CanterburyLane.

Also keep in mind the colors of the metals you are using if mixing types. For example, the stainless steel is a duller silver while the jump rings are a brighter silver. No one else noticed at all while wearing my earrings, but there is a slight color difference between these two.

Time Spent:
     It took me just over half an hour to complete the pair from cutting to stitching and assembling.

Measurements:
     1" Wide by 2.75" in Length

Pattern Notes:
     If you need help with cutting or stitching, check out my Small Plastic Canvas Hearts post.

     If you don't like the way your carried yarn looks on the back of your finished piece, you can add a piece of felt, just make sure you don't glue it too high as you will still want to get the jump rings through the holes in the corner. I didn't, as I like the way it looks and it isn't really visible to anyone.

To Open an Earring Wire Loop (or Jump Ring):
Grab one end of your earring wires with your round nose pliers - in this case, right side.
You will need to grab the other end with another pair of pliers or your fingers for leverage and stability - this case, left side (not shown).
Pull open the loops TOWARDS you, not side to side.
Close in the same manner.

     If you are running low on yarn, change it on the yarn row before beginning the whipstitching.

Pattern:
9 holes wide by 8 holes tall

Make 4.

Cut Heart shape out.

Work the red slashes as continental stitches, and then whipstitch around after.

Earring Tutorial:
Pre-Assembly - Here's the basic layout.
Jump Rings will go into the farthest holes on the top row.
The holes are tight, so you may have to enter from the back to the front to get the jump rings into the canvas.
Begin linking the jump rings. You'll need to attach six to each side, as shown. 
Grab your second heart, and attach one jump ring to each side,
as well as through the top jump ring from the first heart.
Be carefully not to twist your jump ring chain, 
but it's an easy fix if it does get twisted. 
Attach three more jump rings to each side. 
Grab your final jump ring. Hook it to the jump ring on the right, the jump ring on the left, and put on your earring wire. Close.
Make sure the part of the earring wire that goes into your ear is facing away from you. 
Make second pair.

Please feel free to make and sell your own Two Tiny Hearts Dangle Earrings 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.

With so many color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page!

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Interested in Purchasing Your Own Two Tiny Hearts Dangle Earrings?
     I will be adding some to my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop, but feel free to send in your custom requests :)

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

20 Yarn-Tastic Jewelry Projects - Yarn Fanatic Party Features

Shared Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

I am going to be gathering up all of my finished projects, and head out to a local flea market this month to begin my journey into storefront sales. I am really excited to start and see where it takes me, plus it opens the doors to future craft fairs. I have been in search of quick and easy projects to work up to take with me, and add to my EyeLoveKnots Etsy shop. I have searched through previous Yarn Fanatic Parties for some jewelry projects to add to my list. Below you'll find crochet, knit and cross stitch patterns and inspirations for jewelry and hair accessories. If you have any patterns you'd like to share with us that fit this category, please leave them in the comments section and/or share them at our current Yarn Fanatic Party #55!

ROW 1:
A Little Owl from Little Crochet - Free Crochet Pattern. Here's another keychain, but can you see these dangling from yours ears? Alternatively, they would make really cute ornaments too!

Pom Pom Keychain from Made in a Day - Free DIY with Photo Tutorial. Even though this is a keychain, I was thinking how absolutely adorable would this be if made into a dangle earring?!

Tiara from Haak en Maak - Crochet Inspiration with Pattern Link Included. I really love this little tiara! I think more than anything, I love that it's more simple. It has just a sweet little edging with a few beads - nothing over the top. And made in a simple gray, versus an in-your-face gold or pink (though I think it would still look pretty in these!).

Crochet Hearts Collar from Crochet For You - Free Crochet Pattern. I am envisioning this collar made in red over a cream colored shirt for the upcoming Valentine's/Love season. How cute it would be! Or with the same concept as a baby's blanket. So sweet.

Shell Stitch Dog Collar from Posh Pooch Designs - Free Crochet Pattern. Who said jewelry was just for humans? I just love this little dog collar that Sara worked up for Rosie! Alternatively, you can use the pattern to make yourself a headband.


ROW 2:
Flower Headband from Little Treasures - Free Crochet Pattern. What a sweet lacy little headband! It can easily be adjusted to fit a range of head sizes. Pattern includes notes on adding a button closure. Alternatively, made in a thicker yarn weight, I think it would make a nice spring or summer scarf!

Granny Square Earrings from Marmarel - Crochet Inspiration. If you are a regular follower here on EyeLoveKnots, you know about my soft spot for Granny Square projects. I really like the color twist on these earrings. I made some granny square earrings from thread and was not comfortable working color changes with the thread yarn, but after looking at these earrings, perhaps a fingering or sport weight yarn would well and may even hold it's shape.

Nautical Knot Heart from Howling at the Moon - Knitting Inspiration. This knot is really neat! It's created by a method of french knitting (similar to loom knitting), but an icord would work just as well. It would make a great pendant in a statement necklace. Alternatively, I think it would look cute framed and hanging on the wall.

Kids Summer Bracelet from Hip met Haken - These bracelets would be a fun summer camp or slumber party project. Alternatively, they'd also make great favors at a little girls party. They only take 5 minutes and a small amount of yarn.

Broomstick Lace Bracelet from A Day in my Life - Crochet Inspiration with Pattern Link Included. What a fun bracelet idea! Elegant enough to pair with a dressier outfit, but casual enough to wear every day! I haven't tried the broomstick lace technique yet as it's very intimidating to me, but I did see that Jenny of Crochet is the Way has a great photo tutorial for it!


ROW 3:
Sea Glass Pendant from KBB Crafts & Stitches - Free Crochet Pattern. This pendant is constructed similarly to wire wrapping pendants, but made especially for the yarn enthusiasts! With a few simple chains and joins, you can have a new pendant out of practically anything! Keep in mind the weight of the item chosen though.

Celtic Knot Shamrock Pendant from Crochet is the Way - Free Crochet Pattern & Photo Tutorial. This pendant is great for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day/Luck of the Irish holiday. If you don't want the whole pendant, you can stop short of the border and have a cute little four leaf clover. Alternatively, it would look cute on the front of a handmade card, or you can make it in worsted weight or chunky yarn to make an afghan square or coaster.

6 Petal Poppy from Purfylle - Free Crochet Pattern. Another beautiful flower applique that would make a great pair or earrings, hair clip or brooch! Especially in celebration of Remembrance Day.

Armband from Lunamon Design - Crochet Inspiration. Link to Free Pattern Included. I really like the sweet little shell edge on these bracelets, plus the pretty color combinations. I would wear one, or two... or five.

Butterflies from My Little Shop of Treasures - Free Crochet Pattern. These butterflies are also not jewelry pieces, but made from a thinner yarn I believe they would make such cute earrings! Or sewn onto a chain necklace. With a medium weight yarn, they would make cute little hair clips or a brooch.


ROW 4:
Blooming Scrap Bracelet from Sustain my Craft Habit - Free Crochet & Knit Pattern. This cute little scrap yarn bracelet seems simply, yet it is a beautiful accessory that I feel can be paired with a dressy or casual outfit. As just a cord and flower, it can easily make a nice little headband or necklace as well. This project requires crocheting for the flower, and knitting for the cord. It sounds a little intimidating, but with the video, you are sure to have your new bracelet in no time!

Sea & Sun Cross Stitch Pin from KBB Crafts & Stitches - Free Cross Stitch Pattern. I highly suggest this pin for anyone buried in snow at the moment - hehe. This project would be a great distraction as would the warm colors of the ocean and beach. This project is great for beginners or experts alike. Make in any color to match your scheme. I think this pin would be cute on a crocheted or knitted scarf to hold the two light layers over your shoulder.

Flower Hair Comb from Little Treasures - Free Crochet Pattern & DIY. These hair combs are so simple and pretty! Though, I do not think hair combs are as popular today as they once were, they are still a big hit at weddings!

Nautical Wrap Bracelet from Chaleur Life - Free Knitting Pattern. Made to distract from the larger Fitness Tracker, this cute little wrap bracelet has a lot of potential! It can be made in several colors, with a million different charms and in a bunch of different lengths to match the look you're going for. Made of fingering weight yarn, it is light enough that you won't mind wearing it to the gym, but can be made in any weight yarn really. Fun idea!

Crocheted Paillette Necklace from KBB Crafts & Stitches - Free Crochet Pattern. I fell in love with this necklace the moment it was first shared with us. Made from materials you may have at home, this is a nice rainy day project. I, however, don't have sequins hanging around but have stopped to look at them at Hobby Lobby almost each time I go with this very necklace in mind. Crochet one single strand or several strands as Kathleen has done, this necklace is a quick, easy, and stunning piece to add to your collection.

I really enjoyed looking through past parties and looking further into each of these projects :) 

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #55 - Week 1 - The Silk Drop Sponsored Giveaway!

Welcome to the 55th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 38th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

While searching through previous Yarn Parties I came across the first one and realized that last month marked my One Year Anniversary of co-hosting the Yarn Fanatic Party!! Woo!! How exciting, and they keep getting better and better! Thanks for sharing with us, and being a part of the Yarn Fanatic Party family :)

Since our last party I have shared the following projects. They are shown in the order of appearance, newest being last:
Plastic Treasure Etsy Treasury - Etsy Finds & Features
Lots of fun Plastic Canvas Finds here!

Most Clicked (From the YFP#54):
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: 

Wintersky Beanie from Lunamon Design - Paid Knitting Pattern. This is a very pretty hat pattern. I really like the dark pink, gray and white color combo. It makes the "snow" pop. The way the hat closes up is really neat too - in a spiral!

Making Tiny Gifts from Van Dani - Crochet Inspiration. These adorable little flower earrings began as a gift idea, but after the first pair, Van Dani couldn't help but work up a few others and I can't blame her! So cute!

Easy Textured Washcloths from Olives n Okra - Free Crochet Pattern. Washcloths are one of the easiest and quickest projects to work up and make a great addition to your home as well as great gifts! Stock up, and add these to your "gift closet" - a concept not new to us, but great idea. My friend Marie from Underground Crafter wrote a nice little article if you need help getting started.

Slippers from Anna Simple Crochet - Crochet Inspiration. These slippers do look oh so warm and comfy! I really like the placement of the stripes in these too - very clever and appealing.

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
20 Yarn-Tastic Jewelry Projects - Yarn Fanatic Party Features

My Philosopher Favorite:
Have you seen what Rachel has been working on? Find out more in her WIPS: Sick & Knitting post. She also shares a dilemma I am sure MOST of us can relate too - me especially, hehe.


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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by The Silk Drop, offering "high quality silk and luxury yarns, hand dyed with professional acid dyes at amazing prices." One winner will receive an $18 Gift Certificate to purchase some luxury yarn from The Silk Drop! Make sure you stop by and visit The Silk Drop on Facebook. I recently became a fan myself and I just love all the random giveaways they have, and all of the great pattern ideas they share that would pair well with their yarn plus notifications to newly clearanced yarns and sales!
I am loving these yarns! Earth Tones DK Weight Yarn, Electric Blue Worsted Weight Yarn, Coral DK Weight Yarn, and Silver Lining Beaded Silk Novelty Yarn. How about you?

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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. The Silk Drop is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.


Remember you can enter multiple times by coming back daily. The entries will reset so you can reclick them, but the counters at the top will not - those will have your total entries for the month.


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!