Saturday, December 30, 2017

Trio of Grande Winter Baskets - Free Crochet Pattern

I’ve had this idea in my head to work up a couple baskets, and I have, but I just haven’t been happy with the shape and look of the baskets only using two strands of worsted weight yarn together. I went back to my local JoAnn’s to get yarn to try with four strands when I came across some Grande yarn from Red Heart on sale. I picked up two skeins, and got started as soon as I got home. I definitely like the way they look and sit much better now - an alternative to this would be four strands of worsted weight yarn held together!

These little baskets are great for a variety of things, like using as a centerpiece on a table filled with lots of holiday/seasonal goodies, or filled with some yarn, or pom poms, around a jar as a cozy, or even on your bathroom counter filled with things like cotton balls, washcloths or rolled towels - to name a few.

Materials:
  • 30 - 45 - 70 yards of Jumbo Weight #7 Yarn - I used Red Heart’s Grande Yarn in Aran (about ⅔’s of a skein), Foggy Mist [Gray] (one full skein plus two rows), and Straw [Ivory & Gold Sparkles] (one full skein and about ⅔’s)
  • M13/9mm Hook
  • H8/5mm Hook for Weaving in Ends (or any smaller hook that fits comfortably under stitches)
Material Notes:
Four strands of worsted weight yarn (like Red Heart’s Super Saver) held together will work, two strands of a chunky weight yarn (like Deborah Norville’s Serenity Chunky) held together would probably work or possibly produce a slightly larger basket, or even a thick super bulky/chunky yarn (like Lion Brand’s Thick n Quick ) or t-shirt yarn and the pattern as written should work. Experiment, and have fun with it!
Yarn Notes:
As my first experience, I was very interested to see how this yarn worked up. Though I love the look and shape of the baskets, I found the yarn to be rather fuzzy when worked with. It reminds me a lot of Lion Brand's Hometown USA Yarn in feel and look, and the way it fuzzes quickly. Having washed a project made with Hometown USA, and seen that it just gets even fuzzier (just after the first wash), I can only assume the same with this yarn, making it a yarn I probably will not be using again in the future.
Time Spent:
Small Basket - About 20 minutes; Medium Basket - About 30 minutes; Large Basket - About 40 minutes.

Measurements:
    Small Basket: 5.25” in diameter by 4” tall; Medium Basket: 7” in diameter by 5.5” tall; Large Basket: 8.25” in diameter by 6.5” tall
Gauge:
    7 HDC by 5 Rows = 4” x 4”

Abbreviations:
HDC - Half Double Crochet
BLO - Back Loop Only
SC - Single Crochet

Pattern Notes:
The beginning chain does not count as a stitch.

Join to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

Instructions are shown for the small basket, with the medium and large basket instructions in parenthesis, as well as noted in some rounds near the round number.

I work my the beginning and ending of my crown and body a little differently than most to keep my seam straight. You can work as you are comfortable.

*When working the next round into the back loop only (BLO), I join my previous round differently so the bottom edge is consistent throughout, otherwise, the join looks out of place. To work this join: Work the last stitch of the round, remove the hook, turn work to the wrong side, pull the yarn you are working with to the side so it is out of the way, reinsert the hook under both loops of the first stitch (from the wrong side), pick up the last stitches loop and pull it through. Remove the hook, turn the work to the right side, reinsert hook and continue on to the next round. Your loop should look like it is behind the work.

I worked my final join as an invisible join - I have a photo tutorial in my Chunky Baby Beanies post - but using the smaller crochet hook, instead of a needle.
As seen above: Weaving can be done with the smaller crochet hook. Insert the hook under a few stitches, then pull the tail through a little and pull the rest of it through with your fingers. Treat it just as you would as if you were weaving in with a needle, and it will produce the same result.

Instructions:
    Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1. 8 HDC into the ring. Join. (8 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. HDC into the 1st HDC, 2 HDC into each of the next 7 HDCs, 1 HDC into the 1st HDC. Join. (16 HDC)

R3: Chain 1. HDC into the 1st 2 HDCs, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next HDC) 7x, HDC into the 1st HDC. Join *. (24 HDC)

R4, Medium & Large Only: Chain 1. HDC into the 1st 3 HDCs, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 2 HDCs) 7x, HDC into the 1st HDC. Join *. (32 HDC)

R5, Large Only: Chain 1. HDC into the 1st 4 HDCs, (2 HDC into the next HDC, HDC into the next 3 HDCs) 7x, HDC into the 1st HDC. Join *. (40 HDC)

*I suggest weaving in the initial tail here, otherwise, it will be harder to get to later.

R4, (5, 6): Chain 1. In BLO, HDC into the 1st HDC, and each HDC around. Join. (24, 32, 40 HDC)

R5 - 7, (6 - 9, 7 - 13): Chain 1. HDC into each stitch around. Join. (24, 32, 40 HDC)

R8, (10 - 11, 14): Chain 1. SC into the 1st stitch, and each stitch around. Join. (24, 32, 40 SC)

Fasten Off, and Weave in Final End.
And when all else fails, it makes a fun hat too - hehe!
Please feel free to make and sell your own Grande Baskets 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.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Eggnog Sugar Cookies - Recipe Review - Inside BruCrew Life

Remember last holiday season when I told you I had been doing A LOT of baking? I even shared a little about my Christmas Baking in my Living the Dream segment. Anywho, these cookies were part of that marathon, but I never got around to posting my review. Being that they are egg not, I decided to save them for now. Enjoy :)

Back Then: Christmas Baking!! I L.O.V.E. baking, but I don't really do it as often anymore as I used to. I do, however, make sure that every year for Christmas, we have tons of cookies! 

After working up the Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cream Cookies last year, I decided to turn back to Inside BruCrew Life for some more delicious, soft baked cookie recipes. First, I worked up the Red Velvet Peppermint Pattie Cookie recipe, next came to the Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies (which you will find a review on in January), and finally I've come to these Eggnog Sugar Cookies. What is Christmas baking without Eggnog something?!

Yields:
     24 Cookies

Prep Time:
     15 Minutes

Bake Time:
     15 Minutes

Cookie Ingredients:
     - 1/2 cup butter, melted - I used a whole stick of Country Crock
     - 1/2 cup brown sugar
     - 1/2 cup sugar - Winn Dixie brand
     - 1 egg - mine was medium sized
     - 1 teaspoon of Rum Extract - McCormick brand
     - 1/4 cup Egg Nog - I used Southern Comfort Traditional Egg Nog (1 quart)
     - 3 cups flour - Winn Dixie brand
     - 1/2 teaspoon salt
     - 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg - McCormick brand

Frosting Ingredients:
     - 1/2 cup butter, melted
     - 1/2 teaspoon Rum Extract 
     - 1/4 cup Egg Nog
     - 1/4 teaspoon salt
     - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

**All ingredients were easily found at my local Winn Dixie - not a sponsored post.

You'll Also Need:
     - Spatula
     - Mixing Bowl 
     - 9" x 13" Casserole Dish
     - Measuring Cup & Spoons
     - Cooling Rack - I found a 3-Tier Cooling Rack at my local Sav-a-Lot for $7
     - Aluminum Foil (optional)
     - Eggnog Sugar Cookies Recipe by Inside BruCrew Life

Ingredient Notes:
     Baking Powder: Recipe calls for it, but I didn't use it.

Foil: I used it to line my casserole dish.

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Recipe Notes: 
     When it came to the flour, salt and nutmeg, I first added the salt and nutmeg and mixed well, then I added the flour in one cup at a time for ease in mixing and combining.

I lined my casserole dish with aluminum foil for ease in removing and easy clean up. I found the dough to be a little tough so spreading wasn't too fun. I think next time I make these sugar cookies that I might just roll the dough, bake the cookies as I usually would and then frost.
Now to make your own, go check out Jocelyn's Eggnog Sugar Cookie Recipe!
Just for Fun, a little Behind the Scenes... This is what the kitchen was looking like when I got to finishing up these cookies. All those stacked containers are ready for gift giving. They contained two mint chocolate chip cookies, two red velvet peppermint pattie cookies, one of these eggnog sugar cookies in the center of the cookies, two brownie thumbprints and some chocolate kisses. They went over very well!


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Celtic Weave Ornaments and the Pattern Pack Pro Issue 39

Photo Courtesy of Emily Truman Photography for the Pattern Pack Pro.
My Celtic Weave Ornaments can be found in December 2017, Issue 39 of the Pattern Pack Pro. This issue features "Ornaments", these and six others!

If you don't already subscribe to the Pattern Pack Pro, it's a great monthly crochet magazine that focuses specifically on a type of project to help build your repertoire. Use this link to subscribe now - this contains an affiliate link, meaning if you subscribe using it, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! 
I worked these ornaments up last December (2016) as part of the One Artsy Mama Ornament Exchange. Then, I had only done up one size, and worked over a store bought bauble ornament. For this submission, I decided I wanted to add two additional sizes for more variety, and since doing so, I went with a styrofoam base. You could easily find a bauble that measures the same, and it is as your base instead - it is a really nice finish to have the existing hanger sticking out.

To complete your own Celtic Weave Ornaments, you will need a small amount of lightweight (#3) yarn, 2.4", 2.8" or 3.8" styrofoam ball/s (you can get them in a variety pack, or a pack of one size), and a G6/4mm crochet hook!

For mine, I used a combination of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight Yarn, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Sport Weight Yarn, and Lion Brand's Vanna's Glamour Yarn.

Issue 39 Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Santa Cube Ornament by Maxine Velasco
     - Beaded Bauble by Heather Gibbs
     - Snowman Ornament by Diana Moore
     - Nordmann Tree Stockings by Debbie Richardson
     - Upcycled Christmas Ball by Elena Lepretre
     - Ornament Trio by Shannen Chua

This Article:
     - Adding Beads in Crochet by Heather Gibbs
A couple of my favorites include the Santa Cube Ornament (left), and the Snowman Ornament (right)!
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Red Velvet Peppermint Pattie Cookies - Recipe Review - Inside BruCrew Life

Remember last holiday season when I told you I had been doing A LOT of baking? I even shared a little about my Christmas Baking in my Living the Dream segment. Anywho, these cookies were part of that marathon, but I never got around to posting my review. Being that they are peppermint, I decided to save them for now (even though peppermint patties are available year round, hehe). Enjoy :)

Back Then: Christmas Baking!! I L.O.V.E. baking, but I don't really do it as often anymore as I used to. I do, however, make sure that every year for Christmas, we have tons of cookies! 

After working up the Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cream Cookies last year, I decided to turn back to Inside BruCrew Life for some more delicious, soft baked cookie recipes and found this Red Velvet Peppermint Pattie Cookie recipe. Since the cookies and cream ones, I had red velvet in my mind - couldn't have worked out more perfectly, with an added bonus - peppermint patties!

Yields:
     24 Cookies (though I got 22 this go 'round)

Time Spent:
     Prep: The first half up to sticking the dough into the fridge took me about 20 minutes, then I waited on it for half an hour, worked up my balls in about 20 minutes and then popped in the oven.
     Bake: 22 minutes
     Cooling: 2 hours, 6 minutes
     Total: Nearly 3 hours, 45 minutes

Ingredients:
     - 1 Red Velvet Cake Mix - I used Duncan Hines Brand Cake Mix
     - 8 tablespoons of butter, melted - I used a whole stick of Country Crock
     - 1 egg - mine was medium sized
     - 4 oz of cream cheese, softened - I used half an 8 oz box of Philadelphia Original
     - 6 Peppermint Patties

**All ingredients were easily found at my local Winn Dixie - not a sponsored post.

You'll Also Need:
     - Spatula
     - Mixing Bowl 
     - Baking Sheet
     - Measuring Cup
     - Knife (I used a butter)
     - Cooling Rack - I found a 3-Tier Cooling Rack at my local Sav-a-Lot for $7
     - Red Velvet Peppermint Pattie Cookie Recipe by Inside BruCrew Life

Ingredient Notes:
     - Peppermint Patties: Recipe calls for minis, but that word did not make it onto my shopping list so I came home with a family size bag of regular sized peppermint patties thinking that's what I'd need, but after I relooked at the recipe, I found they should have been minis. To accomodate, I cut each peppermint pattie into fours.

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Recipe Notes: 
     I rolled all my balls out at the same time, but only managed to get 22 balls. Then I took the peppermint pattie quarters and broke each ball in half, stuffed and re-rolled. After the first 12 were re-rolled on the baking sheet, I stuck them in the oven, and went back to finish up the others.
*When I worked the Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cream Cookies (also by Inside BruCrew Life), I found that my cookies really needed one extra minute to take the correct shape, so for these, I just went ahead and added the extra minute to the baking time (even though the recipe says not to over bake), and they came out perfectly to taste and shape.

In between batches, I put my dough back into the fridge. It definitely gave the dough a nice, solid feel so rolling was quick and easy, and not a big mess.
Now to make your own, go check out Jocelyn's Red Velvet Peppermint Pattie Cookie Recipe!


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Ribbed Granny Stitch Cowl - Free Crochet Pattern

Yay! We have made it to the LAST GrannySpiration Challenge of the year. I am a little sad that the challenge is over, but I am quite proud of myself for sticking to the schedule and theme throughout the whole year. It was a personal challenge that I posed for myself at the end of last year for 2017, and asked a few friends to join in on, and it was awesome working alongside them and seeing what they came up with. At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's MEGA giveaway, and link up. I have a lot to share about the giveaway below, so brace yourself - hehe!

12/03/17 Update: Okay, so originally I was working on a pattern review of a top I recently discovered. I was so anxious to finish, and even bought a new skein of yarn to finish up, and then at a check point spot (last Thursday night no less), I realized the top was not on point, and would need to be tweaked way too much to be ready in time for this challenge, plus I really didn't want to have to review a pattern for fun, and do a bunch of adjusting to it - call me lazy ;) I ended up putting the yarn back in my stash - I will definitely use some Sweet Delight in future projects.

I sat and thought long and hard about what to make for this challenge... I thought about a Christmas ornament... a tree skirt... a new pillow... finally a cowl idea popped into mind. I jotted the idea down, and went to bed so I could start fresh on the idea.

First thing Friday morning, I pulled out the last skein of Berroco's Vintage yarn from my stash, and got to work on my vision, and the cowl turned out perfectly!
I made the ribbing wide so that it could be pulled up over my face to keep it and my ears warm if it was windy. When not windy, just fold over the ribbing, and it makes for a beautiful collar to go with the granny stitch handkerchief-like pattern.

This cowl only requires one skein, and would make a great holiday gift. Make this in your favorite color, or work the ribbing longer, wider or shorter for a custom fit (and adjust the granny stitch pattern as needed). One last thing I will say about this before I go on to the actual pattern - I wanted mine to be a little looser, but the ribbing has lots of give to it, and stretches about four to five inches. If you want a tighter cowl, shorten the ribbing section by one inch.


Onto the free crochet pattern, awesome giveaway and link up! Thanks for all your support this year!

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Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create


Materials:
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:
     Yarn Alternatives: Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Red Heart's Soft

Time Spent:
     I worked my cowl in two seatings for a total of about three and a half hours.

Measurements:
     As WIP: 6 5/8" Wide in Ribbing, 19" Long Before Sewing Ribbing
     Finished: 9.5" Wide at Ribbing, 11.25" at Tallest Point
     Sized to fit Average Woman/Teen - Ribbing has lots of give

Gauge:
     14 DC by 8 Rows = 4" Wide

Abbreviations:
     SC - Single Crochet
     BLO - Back Loop Only
     DC - Double Crochet
     RS - Right Side of Fabric

Pattern Notes:
     Beginning chain 1 does not count as a stitch, but beginning chain 2 in the granny stitch pattern does.

In the ribbing pattern, it's indicated to work the first and last stitches into both loops as normal. This is to keep a straighter, cleaner edge.
I worked my join in Row 92 with a simple slip stitch, which creates a seam that hides on the wrong side of the cowl, but is visible if you fold the ribbing part down. If this seam bothers you, you may opt to fasten off with a long tail after Row 91, and whipstitch the two pieces together, then you'll rejoin your yarn to begin the granny stitch pattern.

In the first round of the granny stitch pattern, you will work evenly around. In single crochet, this means to work on stitch per row.

Joining will be done to the first stitch, not the beginning chain.

A cluster is referred to as a grouping of 3 double crochets that forms the granny stitch pattern.

Work the slip stitches in the granny stitch pattern loosely as you will work back into these stitches in the final round.

In Rounds 95 through 98, even though there isn't a chain space before and after the center (formed by 3 double crochets, a chain 3, and another 3 double crochets), you will still count it as a chain space to work into as you go.

Pattern:

Begin Ribbing
     Chain 29. SC into the 2nd chain, and into each chain across. (28 SC)

R2 - 91: Chain 1, turn. SC into the first SC, now working into the BLO: SC into the next 26 SC, back in both loops: SC into the last SC. (28 SC)

R92: Chain 1, turn. Fold, and lay right sides together. Working through both layers, slip stitch into the 1st stitch, and across. (28 stitches)

Begin Granny Stitch Pattern
     Turn ribbing so the right side is facing out. Slip stitch into the next stitch. Chain 2. DC into each of the next 2 stitches, chain 1, skip the next stitch, (DC into each of the next 3 stitches, chain 1, skip the next stitch) 22x. Join. (23 clusters)

R94: Turn. Slip stitch into each of the next 3 DC, and then into the chain 1 space. Chain 2. Work 2 DC into the same space, chain 1, (3 DC into the next chain space, chain 1) 9x, 3 DC into the next chain space, (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC) into the next chain space, (chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space) 10x. Do not join here, or until the final round. (22 clusters + center)

R95: Turn. Slip stitch into the 2nd and 3rd DC, and then into the chain 1 space. Chain 2. Work 2 DC into the same space, (chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space) 11x, (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC) into the next chain space, 3 DC into the next chain space, (chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space) 10x. (22 cluster + center)

R96 - 98: Turn. Slip stitch into the 2nd and 3rd DC, and then into the chain 1 space. Chain 2. Work 2 DC into the same space, (chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space) 10x, (3 DC, chain 3, 3 DC) into the next chain space, 3 DC into the next chain space, (chain 1, 3 DC into the next chain space) 10x. (22 cluster + center)

R99 (RS): Chain 1, turn. SC into the 1st 46 stitches, (SC, chain 3, SC) into the next chain 3 space, SC into the next 45 stitches, 3 SC into the next DC, SC into the side of the next DC, (SC into the next 2 DC, 3 SC into the next DC, SC into the side of the next DC) 4x, SC into the next 3 DC, SC into the side of the next DC, (3 SC into the next DC, SC into the next 2 DC, SC into the side of the next DC) 4x, SC into the same stitch as the 1st. Join. (148 SC)
Fasten Off, and Weave in Ends.
Please feel free to make and sell your own Ribbed Granny Stitch Cowl 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.

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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by myself, Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots. One winner will receive the 2017 YARN GOODIES ($130 Value) to include...
...A cute little yarn winder [Yarnology], a Luxury Wooden Yarn Bowl [Yarnology], and two skeins of Malabrigo's Rios - a worsted weight, pure merino superwash yarn made in Peru - in the Piedras colorway - a mix of pretty autumn colors.

Why these items? Well... I discovered Malabrigo's Rios yarn earlier this year, and started learning to knit with it. I will say that besides it's soft feeling and gorgeous colors, it's a durable yarn that will easily withstand multiple frogs as well as machine washing without getting very fuzzy. I did purchase both skeins together, and although the tag says "no dye lot", I picked the two that were closest in colors. To go with this yarn, you will need a ball winder to wind your skeins - otherwise you will have a big mess trying to work from the skein it's currently in, and why not have a luxurious wooden yarn bowl to go with the Malabrigo's yarn? This yarn bowl has a large hole in it thread your yarn through, and pull from.
...A blue zippered pencil pouch with three binder rings [7.38" by 10.25"; Imagine], a small notebook [7" by 5"], a set of five funky colored mechanical pencils with extra lead [0.7mm Lead; Inc], a small calculator [DG Office], a set of two pink erasers [Imagine], a Clear Storage Caddy with 6 exterior pockets [8.5" by 5" by 6.25"; June Tailor, Inc] and the best little bright green Soft Handle Scissors [5.25"; Caliber - not photographed].

Why these items? Well, I think a pencil pouch is the perfect accessory to have to hold all your non-hooking supplies. I know that my crochet hook case only has a small pocket in it only big enough to hold a few hooks that don't fit in the spots, a few tapestry needles and stitch markers. I always carry around a pencil pouch filled with my calculator - a must for working out crochet related math problems, numerous pencils and erasers (plus the odd ball pen or two), a notebook for writing down notes as I go along either pertaining to a pattern I am reviewing or an actual pattern I am designing, as well as scissors (which I am also including in this giveaway, but didn't get a chance to photograph) and miscellaneous items. Though I don't have my own caddy, when I saw this one, I thought it would be a great addition. It's small, but holds all your goodies, and would help keep your workplace a little tidier. Wish they had two on the shelf when I went to the store! I definitely would have gotten myself one.
...AND... four sheets of white felt [9" by 12"], two sheets of 7 count clear stiff plastic canvas [10.5" by 13.5"; by Darice], a 3-in-1 Needle Threader [for fine threads, medium weight yarns and heavy yarns; DMC], set of six tapestry needles in sizes 18 to 22 [Yarnology], set of eight Removable Stitch Markers [Clover], a super cute retro looking tin needle case, four black Sew-On-Snaps [Size 4; Dritz], set of six small leather labels ["Made with Love", "#TeamDIY", "Handmade with Happiness" and "100% Made with Love"], four different sets of Organic Elements buttons made of coconut by Blumenthal Lansing [two 1" red hearts, two 1" yellow and blue/green squares, two 1" blue/green ovals, and one 1.5" grayish rectangle], and a pair of Long-Nose Jewelry Pliers [Darice].

Why these items? Well... These are great tools and embellishment pieces.
When I work up little purses, I love to line them with felt - it's one of the easiest fabrics to work with, and won't fray on you! Before sewing in the lining, I like to cut a corresponding piece of stiff plastic canvas to keep my bag stiff and upright. Both can be washed, which is a big plus! You could also use these two items on a handmade basket.
Personally, I use the needle threader, size 18 and 20 tapestry needles for weaving in my ends and sewing pieces together, stitch markers, snap buttons in various projects, and the jewelry pliers. You may think that jewelry pliers may be an odd one to include in a yarny giveaway, but they're great for using to pull your tapestry needle through when weaving in the ends specifically in projects that require a little more energy - like when using cotton or bulky yarns.

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Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to all countries. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen. Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots (that's me) is responsible for prize fulfillment.
This week I am featuring, from left to right: Dean's Day Blanket is Done, Crochet Inspiration Liefs van de Breimeisjes, and Donation for Sahel eV III (A Granny Square Blanket), Crochet Inspiration from HakelLine. 

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