Katniss Inspired Cowl – Part Two

If you have been here awhile  you might remember my post about the Katniss Inspired Cowl that I was making for myself (you can see the original post by following this link: Katniss Inspired Cowl ). Well, I have finally finished it and taken pictures of it! I know! It’s been awhile (the original post was back in January of this year)! But things for yourself tend to get pushed off to the side when you have a family to take care of.

As I mentioned in the first part of this post, the pattern for this piece was created by Cogaroo Crafts. She was inspired to write this pattern by Katniss’ Cowl in the Hunger Games. I just LOVE the Hunger Games books so when I saw this pattern, I just had to make it for myself. I know, I know, I am a bit of a geek… and to be honest I am not ashamed of it. hahaha

This pattern was pretty easy to follow and put together. The cowl is made up of three pieces that you put together to create the final piece. I just LOVE the herringbone texture that the piece has and of course the yarn choice is one of my favorites too…. so soft and fluffy. Perfect for a cool fall/winter night here in California.

I wish that I could have taken a better picture of the cowl on myself… but sadly I don’t have long enough arms. hahaha If you enjoy this project then why don’t you stop over to Congaroo’s page and snag the pattern yourself! You can get it by following this link: Congaroo Crafts’ Katniss Inspired Cowl (Oh! Did I mention that the pattern is FREE!?!?!)

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September Guest Blogger – Christine N. – Coupon Code!!

My third Guest Blogger is someone that I know you have seen pop up on here before, because I have had the pleasure of doing plenty of pattern tests for her. Christine is the owner of Sweet Potato 3 and she makes all kinds of awesome projects from fun & funky hats to practical sets. She will be talking about owning her own business, her family life and an awesome Cancer Challenge that I urge everyone to join in on! Oh, and did I mention that she is also offering a 50% off coupon code for anyone that reads this blog post!?

So, let’s dive right into her post!

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Do you enjoy working with yarn?

Need a little down time in the evenings to wind down after a long day?

Are you a Mom who needs something other than cleaning up after the little ones?

Do you enjoy helping others through charities but kind of like being behind the scenes?

Well, I answered “yes” to all the above. And almost 5 years ago I started My Sweet Potato 3. I was a Mom to 3 young kids (ages of 4, 2 and 1) and as soon as they were in bed I needed something for me. I know, that may sound selfish. But, I believe everyone should have something that is just for them. Not only that but they need to make the time to do it. It needs to be something they love.

My name is Christine, and I love to work with my hands. To make a long story short: I have been crocheting for about 25 years. I started with making dresses and blankets for my dolls when I was young, to kitchen items for my Mom when I was a teen, and eventually blankets and hats for friends and family when they welcomed new babies into their families.

I did have one challenge though. It was difficult to find patterns that were easy to follow, or to find a designer that was willing to help out when I was stuck. So, I grabbed my pen and paper and started writing my own. 4 years later I have a crochet pattern shop with over 150 patterns. My passion with crochet is creating new patterns. Especially, when it is a special request from clients. Here are some of my favorites over the years.

My focus was on newborns, but as my children are growing up (way to fast too) I am starting to write more patterns for children and adults. The Cross My Heart Pattern was designed last year (2013) and I fell in love with it. This pattern has sizes from toddler up to adult.

I love doing charity programs as well. The last 3 years I have participated in, 12 Days of Christmas Preemie Challenge, that is hosted by Sunset Crochet. All the designers donate a free pattern to be used to make hats to donate to NICU’s all over the world. Last year we pledged over 4,000 hats.

I also am passionate about Cancer Charities. I have contributed to some over the last few years. But, this year it hit close to home when I lost my Uncle. I started my own Cancer Challenge asking others to make and donate hats. If you are interested please check out the details on my blog http://mysweetpotato3.blogspot.com/2014/08/cancer-charity-challenge.html, it will run through October 2014. My goal was to reach 500 hats pledged. Currently I had to reset my goal to 1000 because we reached 500 in the first couple weeks.

It was an honor to write this blog post and I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my work. As a thank you I would like to offer the readers a 50% off coupon code, in my Ravelry shop. Just input code “CraftingMommy” at checkout. This coupon will be good through December 2014.

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You can see Christine’s awesome patterns by checking out the following links!

Pattern Test for Sweet Potato 3 Patterns – 03

This little set was just too cute to pass up when she asked if I would be able to test this pattern! It totally makes me think of Thanksgiving, Peter Pan (my kids have been watching that lately) and my Native American ancestors (my Mom’s Grandma was French/Native American). It also reminded me of when I would go with my family to the County Fair and walk around the Native American area. They always had traditional clothing on and shared with everyone the ways of their ancestors.

This pattern had a couple of stitches to it that I don’t normally use so, for a beginner it might be a little harder but it wouldn’t be difficult to look up how to do the stitches. I love that you can totally changed up the colors or leave the embellishments off. The pattern size that I tested was the Child size which is the biggest size available. It also has sizing for Newborn up to Child.

Ravelry Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/indian-princess-set-headband–ankle-cuffs

Etsy Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203977888/pattern-indian-headband-crochet-head?ref=shop_home_active_5

 

Did I mention that you can also get this pattern in a pattern bundle?!

The pattern bundle is very cute! It includes and Indian Hat with Braids, a Pilgrim Hat, and an Indian Headband! Just imagine how cute your kids will look this Thanksgiving all dressed up in these!

Ravelry Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/thanksgiving-pattern-set/patterns

Etsy Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203997281/thanksgiving-pattern-pack-pilgrim-hat

 

You can get the other pieces of the pattern pack separately as well just follow the links to her pattern shops!

August Guest Blogger – Jackie Ramsdell

Here is my second Guest Blogger! For some reason my it didn’t post in August like I scheduled it to post. So, it’s a couple of days late. But I think it’s well worth it! Jackie has shared some seriously adorable Loveys that she makes up herself and sells. She also sells the patterns for her designs! She was gracious enough to tell us a little bit about how her business came about as well as how she balances her work with her family life!

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Hi my name is Jackie Ramsdell. I am a wife, and a stay at home mom of two beautiful girls. I learned to crochet back in high school for home ec. My homeschool teacher taught me how to make pot holders, and a ripple afghan. The ripple afghan was the first crochet pattern I had ever seen. I was hooked and couldn’t stop making the pot holders and blankets for gifts. Then when I got my first job after high school, I slowed down and then I almost stopped crocheting. But when I found amigurumi toys, I couldn’t get enough I made all sorts of different things for all of my family members. My mom and sister still have the things that I have made.

It wasn’t until after my cousins started having babies, that I started making different kinds of baby blankets and baby clothes. I taught myself how to read crochet patterns to try to make new things. I started getting really serious about crocheting when I found out I was have my first child. Then I started finding more difficult patterns and making harder blankets. After our first daughter was born I started my own business called Blankies By Jackie. It didn’t take me too long after that to figure out that I was able to write my own patterns out of basic shaping techniques. So the thoughts went flying and I created my very first lovey pattern. (see pic below)

I was in love with my own creation. I thought why not try some more and see what I can do. So I made a horse lovey. (see pic below)

Then when I got my first custom order, for a dragon lovey I panicked a little. I took a deep breath and dove in with both feet and this is what came of it. (see pic below)

Life with a husband and two young girls has its challenges, but throw in a from home crochet business and it adds some more. I mainly utilize the time after my girls are in bed for the night to crochet. Sometimes I get lucky and can work during the day, but with two girls under the age of three I don’t get much time while they are awake. I love watching them grow up and I try not to work while they are up. Time is fleeting and they won’t be this little for too long.

I am coming out with some more new designs in the next several months, including a baby blanket with a new stitch I made.

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You can check out Jackie’s super cute creations are by checking out the following links!
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/BlankiesByJackie
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/BlankiesByJackie
Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/jackie-ramsdell
Twitter: @joyofchrist777

Jackie would love to see your finished projects if you use any of her patterns, so be sure to share your photos!