Saturday, April 30, 2016

Team RWB

A few months ago, recruited by my friend Lisa, I started running with Team RWB. RWB stands for Red, White, and Blue. It's a group of veterans, spouses  and friends of veterans who wish to enrich the lives of veterans. While there is a book club, game night, cross-fit, ruck back-packing, and volunteering, I have mostly just met up with these fine folks for training runs and races. They have a great attitude of cheering and supporting one another regardless of skill.  I love being a part of team that includes such fine people.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Introducing Theo

Theo is so sweet. He loves people and purrs constantly. Minnie is scared witless and hisses and runs when she sees him. He's such a sweet little guy that he doesn't seem to notice that Minnie doesn't like him.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Winners Revealed!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win the National Crochet Month Giveaway!

Winners were selected by random number generator.

The 2 books prize pack winner is WKlager!

The International prize winner is Pattyks44!

I'll be contacting you both through Ravelry to arrange for your prizes.

Here's a random photo of Minnie for your entertainment.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

What's in a Name?

We brought this little guy home Thursday night but we can't decide on a name! Any suggestions?
We are toying with Theo or Louie but we are open to ideas!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Flashback! Tornados and Crochet?

Apparently it is Severe Weather Awareness Week.  The air sirens sounded at an unusual time this morning causing me to go searching for the cause.  Just a drill.  It reminded me though of THIS POST I wrote in 2008 that I had fun sharing.

Enjoy :)

Here's a photo for your amusement.

Here I am as a passenger in a teeny, tiny plane with clear skies all the way. (2014)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

National Crochet Month: Giveaways Galore!

Thank you for stopping at GoCrochet on the Crochet Month Blog Tour!

I am your host, Ellen Gormley. If you don't know me or are new to the blog, I'm the editor of Crochet! Magazine.   I also have a blog on the Crochet! Magazine site: Behind the Hook. Read all the way to the bottom because there are giveaways going on that I want to tell you about.

Can I offer you a virtual snack?

(my favorite cheeseball)
 
While you are here, I'd like to offer you a chance to win a PRIZE PACK or a FREE PATTERN! So I have TWO giveaways going here:
 
First for the PRIZE PACK: Leave a comment on THIS POST, with your name, last initial and either a city or something so I can identify you. If you are a Ravelry member, you can leave your Ravelry name, then it will be easier for me to track you down if you win. The prize pack giveaway is open to US Residents (as I will be mailing the package). I'll randomly select a winner from the comments. International friends please stay tuned to your digital giveaway below.
 
Second for the International Friends Prize Pack: International friends (Outside of the US) You may Enter to win
1. A link to access one of my Annie's Online Classes! (The same choices as above)
2. I'll send you a copy of my most popular DRIFTWOOD CAP pattern.
To enter, comment on THIS POST with your first name, or Ravelry name if you have one, and the word "INTERNATIONAL FRIEND". I'll randomly select a winner.
 
Both winners will be announced on Thursday, March 31, here on this blog, so come back to hear if you have won. Again, if you leave a Ravelry name, I'll also message you there.
  
Here's a photo of the Driftwood Cap:
 
While you are here, please check out the posts earlier this week. There is another GIVEAWAY on the Power Purls Podcast with the interview I did with Podcaster and Creative Knitting Editor, Kara Gott Warner. Check out the Post about the Power Purls Podcast. I think it may be the BEST interview I have done. Lots of inspiration, lots of tips about making it in the crochet business.
 
 
LASTLY: Please VOTE on the right sidebar for your dream crochet vacation destination!
 
Happy Crochet Month everyone!
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 Special Thanks to CROCHETVILLE!  For organizing this Crochet Blog Tour. Please check out the other bloggers for tons more giveaways and free patterns and inspiration! Click here for the full tour information.



Friday, March 18, 2016

Summer of Love! Coming Soon!

The most exciting collection Annie’s Signature Designs has ever presented.
Follow the excitement on Instagram Instagram.com/anniessignaturedesigns
Here’s one photo sneak peek for you but you can see many more crochet and knit inspiration on Instagram. The whole extravaganza with all the details will be revealed in early April.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Come back Saturday 3/19/16!

Power Purls Podcast and Crochet! Giveaway

Don't you love podcasts? And podcasts about our favorite hobbies are the best because you can stitch away while listening! It's very efficient crafting!
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Kara Gott Warner, editor of Creative Knitting, interviewed me recently for the Power Purls Podcast. We talked about many great things including some TRENDS that I see happening in crochet.

Here are some highlights:  Ellen’s eureka moment that led to a crochet design career.
  • Lesson learned- don’t go against your grain.
  • How a $100 investment turned into the beginning of her designing career.
  • The pay off of persistence– 1 year and 100 designs later led to a big payoff. Persistence is everything!
  • Why it’s important to study pattern books and magazines of publishers you want to work with.
  • Keep going until you get a YES.
  • A look behind-the-scenes at the fast and furious pace of the Annie’s PBS television series, Knit and Crochet Now!
  • Ellen shares the details about her “bridge from knit to crochet” scarflette design in Creative Knitting magazine.
  • Why Ellen considers herself more of a curator rather than editor.
  • Instead of finding work/life balance, Ellen refers to this as “taking turns.”
Click here for the interview and the details on how to enter to win a 1-year subscription to Crochet! Entries are due 3/21, So HURRY!

Crochet Dreams Come True!

I'm going to Ireland to Crochet! in June. The Ireland tour is currently SOLD OUT. But if you are curious, you can click here for the details.

I have a little poll for you... Where would you like to go if you were to go on a crochet trip of a lifetime?

Vote on the right sidebar!

While you are voting, be thinking about things I could do to make Crochet! magazine even better. Why do you buy or subscribe to magazines? What are the key features that make a magazine a great prize in your mailbox?

Here's a random photo for your entertainment:
Did I share this on here yet? This is Chickee and her date at her first High School dance. This was last month.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Starting a New Project


Guesses? 
BTW, I found a bunch of posts that I thought I had posted from my phone... but apparently they never posted. Also, it seems that I type very poorly on my phone leading to many typos. Lesson learned.

Sneak Peek

Poetic

Writing patterns, 
In the car,
On a box of Cheez-its

Crocheting for Work

It's been a while since I have just sat and crocheted. I forgot how fun it is. 

Sneak peek 

Instagram Giveaway!

On Instagram, right now, (3/14/16 at 10:23am EST) Annie's Online Classes is having a giveaway!

Here's the link: https://www.instagram.com/anniesonlineclasses/

Or log into Instagram, search and follow AnniesOnlineClasses
Like and leave a comment on the photo that says, "Video Class Spring Giveaway"

Good Luck!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Charlie

1999-2016
My favorite Christmas gift of all time.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rosedale Scarf in Action

Before I left for the office, I snapped a pic of my Rosedale Scarf. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meditation

When I need a break from crochet, I like to knit in the round. I find it very meditative. I tried a new yarn (new to me) ... Ella Rae Seasons. And since I can't stay away from crochet for long, I added a crochet edging. This yarn is a chainette construction and the extremely long color changes are great for crochet. I think this cowl is going to look great with my pale pink coat.


It's 1 degree outside but I went on the porch to take a selfie anyway.