Tuesday, July 31, 2012

End weaving Day

It's end weaving day! Weaving in a blanket's worth of ends is my main goal today. Do I dread it? Nope.  It's just work that has to be done and I like seeing the snippets add up into a bigger and bigger pile.

Oh!  Amy Shelton of Crochetville is hosting a booth at CGOA's Knit and Crochet Show in Reno.  She'll be partnering up with Red Heart and I'll be able to sign THIS book there!  I can't wait!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Sharon Hernes Silverman has come out with yet another strong techniques based book!  You may remember her last book, Crochet Pillows, with Tunisian and Traditional Techniques.
And don't forget her Tunisian crochet book: Tunisian Crochet: The look of Knitting with the Ease of Crochet.
You won't be surprised then, that no only are there beautiful TUNISIAN and Traditional techniques taught with the scarves in this book, but ALSO she teaches Broomstick too!  She also has projects with lace, filet patterns, basket weave patterns, and shells.
There are 21 scarves in the book (one is a cowl).  Scarves are really terrific learning projects.  Move through the book, learning all the techniques making scarves along the way. As you know, scarves make excellent gifts and charity projects. Think of them as big, functional swatches :)  I like to think of scarves as a way to bring a pop of flattering color to the face when in the midst of gray weather.

Many of the projects caught my attention, but the one I will try first is the above photo, Premium Cable.  This is a simple Tunisian CABLE pattern.  There are 21 photos that illustrate step by step how to do this technique. Don't be scared though, 21 photos doesn't indicate how hard the pattern is, but how thoroughly Sharon teaches!  Have I brought home my point yet? The point is... this book is about learning new things... and scarves are just the vehicle to make great projects in the process. You can apply these techniques and stitch patterns and apply what you've learned to any project.

If you want to stick with traditional crochet for now, the Sea Splash Scarf (blue above) is really lovely. The rolling wavy edge on both sides makes this scarf really feminine.

Sharon and her team at Stackpole publishing are offering a copy of the book to one of you readers!  US residents may leave a comment on THIS post with:
* your First name and last initial
* your town/village/street (one of those to help identify who you are)

by WEDNESDAY 9:00 PM EST August 1, 2012.  I will announce the winner first on my Ravelry Live Chat 9pm EST (here's the link...) I will then announce the winner here on the blog on Thursday. The winner will need to check back to see if you won, then email me at Ellen @ GoCrochet dot com with your MAILING address by August 7, 2012. Good Luck!

Friday, July 20, 2012


It's the big breath, pulling my head above water after nearly drowning in work this week. I'm so excited to move forward. Here's your Friday photo:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Knit and Crochet Show

You all have heard me talk about the Knit & Crochet Show's of years past. NOW is the time to think about RENO in September!  I'm already signed up for a few classes.  It's the best opportunity to learn from pros. A flood of learning all in one week!  For those of you who are interested in becoming a knit or crochet professional, the Crochet Guild of America will be presenting the Professional Development Day on Wednesday, Sept 12.  (I'll be helping with PDDday). After that, it's non-stop learning, shopping, and fun.  There is a Fashion Show and Dinner on Saturday night.  Here's the link to learn more about the event.  If you aren't a member of CGOA, it's ok, you can still attend!  If you are a member, you can message your friends in the CGOA yahoo membership group. Perhaps you can "hook" up with your online pals and go in together on rooms and travel. That's what I always do! Hope to see you there.
 Cari Clement, Kimberly McAlindin, Marty Miller, Renee Barnes
 Vickie Howell and me at last year's event in Minneapolis.

Monday, July 16, 2012


I say it with every pattern, and I'll say it again.... If I had the chance to re-do it, I'd do it a little differently.  LOL Every single pattern teaches me something. One day I hope to make something that comes out EXACTLY as I envisioned it.  Really, I'm only speaking of garments. Garments seem to take on a life of their own. 

I just love a photo of deep winter in the middle of summer. :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Photo Friday

Maybe this chicken is smarter than the rest? Standing in their water bowl during this heat?

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I met a new (to me) yarn company while at TNNA this year, Baah! Yarn had two lovely weights in MANY great, vibrant, colors. Handpainted by Mira Cole, these beautiful yarns caught my attention. I can imagine many gorgeous accessories specifically in these accent colors.  A representative of Baah! actually met us at the door to the trade show floor with tiny hanks of their yarn! (You better believe that generosity made me go visit their booth!).  I tried out the LaJolla Fingering Weight but would love to give the Sonoma DK weight some attention. See some projects and pattern ideas on Ravelry. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What was I thinking?

I was thinking that I have too much going on to post today. :)  This morning I had a meeting that will require me starting a new binder. (That's code for 'really big undertaking' generally involving multiple designs).

While I'm working on multiple projects... I am carrying around a really funny looking swatch as I work on my left-handed crochet at least 10 min per day.

I'm working on a post for you for tomorrow about a new to me yarn company I met at TNNA.

Here's a photo of Chickee at the WWII Memorial in Washington DC.  I met a WWII Veteran yesterday at the haircut place (of all places) and while I waited for Chickee to get her haircut, he and I and Chief had a nice conversation. He had just visited the WWII Memorial as well, as part of the Honor Flight program.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Carlotta Crescent Shawl

I really enjoy Lorna's Laces yarns. So much that a few months ago I asked them if I could do a design in a yarn and color of their choosing.  Amanda sent me some lovely Sportmate in Cummerbund and I was off and running! Every one of their yarns comes in every one of their solid or multi-colors. Here's the design I came up with:

I plan on having the Carlotta Crescent Shawl PDF available by Sept 1. But wow, is time flying.  The pattern is worked top down from the back neck. It decreases on the edges to make the points, and increases at the body to make the length.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday, Monday

Many of you like it when I write each weekday. Today is one of those days when I don't have much to report! 

On my to-do list this week are many mundane tasks...
June came and went, so my half-year check of my balance sheets is in order.  Making sure I've been paid, sending out 2nd notices, making sure I haven't been slacking off on my basic accounting.
My mid-year reflection on 2012 goals needs to happen.  I love seeing that I accomplished things that never even made it on to my list!  One thing that happened, that will reveal in September, I hadn't even dreamed was possible to know to put it on the list!  (Very cool). 

I'm in the midst of a set of 3 projects that all have to go out ASAP. I need to write the pattern for the Carlotta Crescent Shawl. (OH!  I can write about that tomorrow!)  I need to get a submission or two together, ASAP.  I have a past project that the buyer wants another one in a 2nd color, ASAP. It's all part of the business.

While I'm doing all those things, Chief has a check-up on his broken arm (Did I tell you he broke it again? the same one.)  Chickee has to be run back and forth to volleyball camp all week. Both have swim team practice, so just another boring week ;)

Here's a flashback photo. This is the Girl Scout trip to Washington DC last month.  We visited the Arlington National Cemetery's Women in Military Services for America Memorial. The girls wrote cards and drew pictures to send to women currently deployed and were able to deposit them here for shipping. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Winner and Book Review: Slip Stitch Savvy

And the winner is.... Kacy from the Texas Boonies!  Kacy, you have until 7/10 to email me at ellen @ gocrochet dot com and give me your email address. I'll pass along the information to the fine folks at Interweave to get your digital copy of Unexpected Afghans to you!

And now, NEW from designer Rebecca Velasquez, an e-book of slip stitch accessory designs called Slip Stitch Savvy! It includes 5 designs in one e-book for $12.00. (a great value!) (2 cowls, 1 shawlette, 1 hat, 1 scarf)

Each pattern adds a different technique of slip stitch to create a unique effect.
Each pattern in this collection has been tech-edited for accuracy and has complete written instructions along with a clear diagram and schematic.
Also included is a Printer Friendly version of the pattern.

 I've never tried this slip stitch technique and it's just fascinating the different drapey fabrics that can be made from slip stitching! The 5 patterns graduate in skill level so that your skills grow with each project.
 These projects, as you can see, look fantastic in solid or multi-colored yarns.
I think there are some great yarns in my stash that would make some fantastic slipped stitched gifts this holiday season!  Stash-busting accessories are always a hit. At minimum, I'll have to try out the patterns just to explore the possibilities of this under-utilized but EASY technique.  Get all the info with this Ravelry link.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Learn Bruges Lace

Book #2 has now been revealed!  Check out the 'Coming Soon' section of the Annie's Website. You can sign up to be notified when they are ready to take orders!  Here are a few photos from the 8 projects that are in this book. Full step-by-step photos on the basics of Bruges Lace are included so that you can make the projects! Ranging from beginner to Advanced, I hope you'll find a project or two that you'll love.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mimi Dress Revealed!

For all of you who enjoyed the Zoe 'one day' dress, here's another toddler dress to enjoy. The Mimi Dress is made of Caron Spa. It is sized from 3 mos to 4T. Professionally tech edited by Shiri Mor, it also includes a symbol diagram for the skirt pattern and a full schematic. Modeled by Mimi Zimmerman, this easy fitting garment lets little girls prance and play. The button-up the front makes it easy for toddlers and little girls to dress themselves.  The button-up the front makes it easy to change diapers on the littler ones.  The skirt is worked from the bodice down so it is easy to add length for taller children. The cap sleeves make it easy to get arms through the holes and allow for unrestricted movement. It is now available as a PDF pattern download on Ravelry and Craftsy.  Enjoy!

Buy the Mimi Dress PDF now for $6.00 USD

Also, in case you missed it, here's the Zoe 'one day' dress:
Zoe Dress PDF buy now $6.00