Yarnspirations – Exciting News!

…Exciting to a “yarnie” anyway! 🙂

Hi Friends,

Yarnspirations.com is now the new home of Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily “Sugar n’ Cream”!  “Why is this so exciting?”, you ask. Free crochet and knit patterns, of course! 🙂 You will want to head over there soon to check it out.  I’ve done a little snooping and it looks promising.

Below are three screenshots from the website.  The first two are from the intro video.  Click on any of these images to be transported to the website.   I will also be updating my “Free Pattern Links” page today.

Have fun and blessings all!

Jackie

 

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Free patterns!

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Crochet + Pinterest = Love!

Hi Friends,

Here are some screenshots of my Pinterest Crochet Board. To follow my board or to take a closer look, click HERE. {You can also click on “Pinterest Crochet Board” on the main menu under my blog banner photo.}

And if you’re wondering what all the hubbub is about Pinterest:  Click HERE.

In a nutshell it’s a wonderful way to “pin” all your favorite things/ideas/DIYs/etc. onto your very own virtual bulletin boards. 🙂

Blessings!

Jackie

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Sunday Here Too

crochet baby hat 3 - roving with frame

Hi Friends,

I hope you had a nice weekend. It’s been a great Sunday here. My highlights were:

  • Seeing all my sweet friends at church
  • My son offering to help in one of the classrooms I oversee
  • A yummy and healthy lunch with my kidos and 2 friends
  • Down time at home
  • Crocheting the hat pictured
  • Dropping it off and visiting with a lovely little family
  • And looking forward to doing the elliptical before I go to bed

May we all have sweet dreams and a new week full of joy!

Blessings,

Jackie

crochet baby hat 2 - roving with frameCozy Bear is not sure if he wants to give this soft baby beanie away. You need to share, Cozy Bear. 🙂

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P.S. Here is a link to a post that I like to refer to for hat sizing: Click HERE and scroll down to see sizing chart.

Crochet Resources!

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Hi Friends,

If you are looking for some great crochet resources, check out my page “Free Pattern Links” on the main menu bar under my blog banner photo. Or click the image in this post. I have included some great websites and Youtube channels that offer free patterns and tutorials. WOOHOO! 🙂

Also, if you have some suggestions on websites I can add to my list {just not ones that have annoying pop-ups}, please send me a comment and I will check those out.

Thanks so much and have fun with fiber!  Oh, and don’t forget to check back often as the list is already growing!  {Just added the awesome Repeat Crafter Me to the bunch!}

Joyfully,

Jackie

A Pattern A Day *Interrupted* And A Secret Revealed

Hi Friends, Today I am going to change things up a little bit.  First, this:

I am SUPER EXCITED about my latest knit & crochet fingerless gloves! I’ve been having so much fun coming up with the pattern and making these {see below}!  Let me just stop right here and say that, sadly, I am not a great knitter.  I don’t get it.  I constantly drop stitches, I can’t figure out the beyond beginner patterns, and it doesn’t feel natural…or fun.   Whereas crochet, for me, is like riding a bike.  I learned as a young person and I just get crochet.   And it feels right.  But I love the beauty of both knit and crochet pieces.  So here’s my new secret…{ready!?}… I purchased an Addi Express circular knitting machine {the small one}! Seriously.  I am in love!  I found mine on eBay and saved about $80 to $100 from the prices I was seeing everywhere else.  Of course eBay is hit and miss, but it was the right price at the right time.  I used some of my earnings from my Etsy shop and went for it.  Seriously.  In love!  Youtube it.  Google it.  So much fun!  My next step will be to take some more Etsy-ready photos and list them in my shop. {But the first purple pair are for a friend’s birthday.} 🙂

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I used the Addi Express for the knitted section and hand crocheted the rest. So much fun!

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The game changer: Addi Express {small}.

And because you are probably expecting a crochet pattern post again today, check out the caption to this picture.  I think you’ll like it.

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Click image to go to Woman’s Day “Our 20 Favorite Crochet Sites”. Great resource!

So what are you creating that you are excited about?  Share the love, if you have time.   Blessings from Alaska!  Jackie

P.S.  But wait!  There’s more!  Check out these 3 youtube channels for some excellent crochet tutorials:

http://www.youtube.com/tjw1963

http://www.youtube.com/bobwilson123
http://www.youtube.com/Bethintx1
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Crochet Resources for Beginners & Wannabees…

What fun you can have creating when you know how to crochet!

I receive so much joy from crocheting! It makes me wish that I could share the how-tos with everyone!  I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, but I have just enough knowledge and skill to produce some lovely things.  {Don’t tell anyone, but there are still some patterns I can’t figure out.}  This post is my attempt to bring you the information needed to get you started on your road to crochet happiness!

If you are someone that admires beautiful crochet creations and wishes you had the knowledge to do it too, keep reading!

First, obtain a skein of 100% acrylic yarn in worsted weight {the tutorial suggests a medium color} and an aluminum crochet hook – size H.

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