Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chevron or Ripple, do you know the difference?


It's always fun to pick at the knowledge of other designers around me and see a little difference of opinion on things.  Many things in the crochet world are not "Set in Stone".  I love crochet stitch books and my favorite is this one from Robyn Chachula called Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia (**this is an affiliate link**)
I really enjoy looking through it to get ideas and see all the colors she uses and learn the names of the stitches she has worked.  The funny thing is with stitches, sometimes 2 people can see a stitch and call it 2 completely different names.
Reversible Textured Chevron Afghan

Which brings me to my questions...Is it a Ripple afghan or a Chevron afghan?  I was always of the opinion that the designs with the sharper angles are Chevron and those that are softer angles are considered Ripple.  To me, it's like a ripple in the water - more of a wave and that's how I relate them when designing.  Now,  in conversations with other designers, there are some that agree with me and others who consider my opinion backwards   lol, and that's ok! 









Recently, I've been designing 2 Chevron afghans and not just your plain jane play with the color chevron.  While I do love playing with the color, I didn't want my designs to be just "another chevron".  I wanted them to stick out and be unique. 





Crating Friends Designs Chevron Afghan

The first one I completed was the Reversible Textured Chevron afghan and I Absolutely LOVE it! It is completely textured and the front and back each have very different texture appeals.
Braided Cable Chevron Afghan

 The second one is a little more of a "Classic" style.  As most of you know, I'm the founder of the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge.  I always design something along with the challengers in each round.  Round 3's theme was "Winter Wonderland" and the focus stitch was the "Braided Cable".  Well, what could be better than a Braided Cable Chevron Afghan!?   This design works the Braids and Cables directly up the peak of each section to add a beautiful, simple and classic look to the afghan.  I'm excited to be able to give this specific afghan to my mom for her birthday this weekend.  It will be a perfect fit to her Living Room and I know she will love it!








So,  what do you think?  What do you consider Chevron and what do you consider Ripple?








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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall into Service 2014 Challenge



Each year, I like to try and find some service projects to work on.  I start thinking about the nights getting colder and snow will be here before we know it. Growing up in Utah, you KNOW that winter will typically be cold and we'll have at least 1 extremely big snow storm, maybe more. 

I have been very fortunate in my life to always have the things necessary to be comfortable whether it's gloves and a hat or blankets to stay warm.   I think we all go through stages in life where finances are tight, but I've never been "without".  It breaks my heart to know that there are so many families who are struggling right now and may not be able to afford warm items for their families this year or maybe they have lost their home for some reason or another and will need to rely on shelters to stay safe and warm in the months to come. 



Ribbon Candy V Scarf
I invite you to join me for a "Fall into Service" project for the next month.  What am I asking you to do?  It's simple.  Use your talents as a service in your community.  Maybe there is a hospital near you who could use some little blankets for preemie babies.  Maybe a Senior Center could use some handmade items to bring some love to the Senior citizens they care for (many of which may not have family close by or at all and a little service would be so appreciated by them) 
Maybe you have a Women's shelter that could use little dresses for dolls for kids to play with.  A Homeless shelter that could use hats, scarves, blankets, clothes, ets.  OR, maybe you just have an amazing neighbor who you would like to give something handmade to in appreciation of them.




Rocky Road Kitchen Towel Top
Whatever you choose to do, Service for others can make a HUGE impact on everyone.  So,  Choose how you will serve others in your area, take a photo of your projects and send them to me at craftingfriends4you@yahoo.com by October 31st with "Falling into Service" in your title.In November,  I will share the photos of all your projects on my page and will draw Random winners for Random prizes.  I will be giving away several pattern packs, Snappy Tots and Too Yarn Cute have also joined this cause and will be donating patterns too!

To help give you a head start, ALL individual patterns in my shop are 75% off through Sept 20th using code FALL14
      1.  Visit www.craftingfriendsdesigns.com & select Store
      2. Add any individual patterns to your cart that you think would help you in your service.
      3.  Check out and be sure to enter code FALL14 and select "apply"
      Discount will be given
There are also Many FREE patterns available too!
I would love to hear what other service projects you like to focus on.  Maybe it will help give others some ideas too!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fun in the Sun Afghan Release and giveaway

It's finally ready!  We began Round 2 of the Battle of the Stitches in June of this year.  The theme was Fun in the Sun and the crochet stitch was the Triangle stitch.  Since that time, I've designed a coaster, granny square, bolero and now an afghan using that stitch. 

Round 3 has just begun, so it seems fitting to end this collection now with the release of the Fun in the Sun Afghan. 
Fun in the Sun Afghan pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Large Fun in the Sun Afghan
I have always loved deep purple and yellow together, so when I saw this yarn on sale at Hobby Lobby, I HAD to buy it.  It is such a beautiful combo and I Love This Cotton is so soft and flexible, it was great to work with. 
Small Fun in the Sun Afghan pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Small Fun in the Sun Afghan
 Pink and grey combos are also really pretty in my opinion and worked well for the infant size afghan.
Small Fun in the Sun Afghan pattern by Crafting Friends Designs
Fun in the Sun Afghan on Ravelry
Now for the giveaway....

I will give away 5 copies of this pattern before it is released on Monday the 8th.  All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter below.  Pretty Simple!  There are a few ways to enter and the entries will be validated. Good luck everyone and thank you for sharing this giveaway. 

Congratulations to the winners!!!  Please send me an email to craftingfriends4you@yahoo.com with your Ravelry ID and I will send your copy of the pattern over today.
Elaine Sumner Rumsey
Jess Ica D
Pamela Emerson
Shelly Turner
Lisa Myszka Hudson

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crocheting in the fall

Fall is a busy time of year around here. I love to crochet and I love gae plant a garden and I bottle and freeze as much fruit and vegetables as I possibly can.  This year, I mrdening and some times - ok, all the time, it's hard to balance my time between the two.  Each year, wxexxxxxxx ay even try canning meat.  When our freezer broke a month or so ago, it was a terrible feeling having to throw things away.  Bottling more this year will give me a little more sense of security that we will have food in our home if anything happens in our area. 

So,  being busy with gardening, I haven't been able to design as much as I'd like to have, but I have been able to design a few things that I've loved so far. 
These patterns are coming soon to www.craftingfriendsdesigns.com 

 

The Fun in the Sun Afghan was made using the Triangle Crochet Stitch that we used for Round 2 of the Battle of the Stithces. I designed the cute Granny Square that was published along with my Bolero in the Too Yarn crochet magazine with the other Battle designs.

 After working the circle in the square for the granny square, I thought it would make a fun larger sized afghan. 
I haven't been able to get photos of the infant size yet, but here is the large size.

 Next up are the Side Step Pants.  Do you remember the cute Sassy Side Step Skirt that I made using Sassy Lace?  Crochet by Jennifer designed the Side Step Bonnet and we really needed some pants to go with them - Don't ya think?
 
Watch for the release of the Pants and Afghan over the next week.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Whooo has a Snappy fun personality and came to visit me yesterday?

For the past few years, I had hoped that I could find someone locally who loves to crochet as much as I do.  I love to get out and visit but it's not so easy with little kids.  Well,  Guess who lives within 20 minutes from me.... Snappy Tots!!!!  Woo Hoo!  I was able to meet her a few months ago and (heaven help me) she recorded us meeting in our local Walmart yarn section.  I'm very self conscious, so that was a little scary - but fun.  We've been able to chat a bunch since then and one of these days, I WILL get her to slow down for a while and bring her son over to play with my kids and nephews.  They would have a blast and we could talk and crochet - how awesome would that be!!??




If you follow Snappy Tots, you know that she is hosting a fun summer camp where she has different projects each week.  The first week we made little wiggly caterpillars and the kids had fun yarnbombing my mom's apple trees


This week is all about Monsters!
Yesterday, she stopped by my house and dropped off some way cute little ponchos for my girls to play with.  They were so excited and have NOT wanted to leave them alone! 

 They got a kick out of the Monster Poncho and I think they've all tried it on by now.


The little one is a bit harder to get photos of, but this one was so cute on her.  It makes me think of the song Flying Purple People eater (are those really the words?)


The Battle Bird was  Heidi's design from the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge.  My girls have hooded towels for bath time that they love and this would be great for them to take with them swimming and running through the sprinklers.  You can also use it as a hooded blanket which is a great option since it will start to cool down after next month.   So,  Woo Hoo for meeting one amazing lady!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Glamour4You Pretty In Plaid Jacket New Crochet Pattern Release and Giveaway

Glamour4You Pretty In Plaid Jacket patternOver the past 6 months, I have had the opportunity to get to know Ann from Glamour4You.  She is such an amazing Crochet Designer!  While she sets her standards high and is consistently releasing advanced patterns, her writing style and technique are very clear and easy to follow. 

Her new Pretty in Plaid Jacket design is above and beyond the normal crochet jacket!  I'm excited to be able to offer a chance for one of you to win a copy. 

All you have to do is Like Glamour4You and Crafting Friends Designs on Facebook and leave a comment here on the blog what colors you would or will be making with this pattern if you win (or buy) your copy.



Glamour4You Jacket pattern
I love this one that Michelle from Magic Mommy's Yarning made as a tester.  When I have time to make me one, it will probably be with Black, Deep Grey, Burgundy and Cream.  Hmmmm.... Or Maybe Forest Green and Navy Blue in there too.  Ohhh, decisions, decisions!!!  Maybe I'd better get out some graph paper and play around with the colors to see what I like best before starting. 

The color options are Endless!!!

Pattern will be available here: Pretty In Plaid Jacket crochet pattern on Ravelry


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, July 25, 2014

TGIF #5
Welcome to The Greatest IFiber Link Party, where everyone gets to show off their own handmade fiber creations!
This link party is for YOU to link up YOUR handmade fiber creations created by YOU!! You can link any handmade creation, as long as it is made by YOU - finished items, patterns, tutorials, etc. - paid or free.
Let's take a look at the TOP 5 most clicked on Links from last week's TGIF Link Party!
The BEST thing about this link party is - your ONE LINK will be seen on as many as 7 different websites!
The participating websites are (THANK YOU!!):

 Too Yarn Cute
 Glamour4You
Glamour4You
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3 Boys & a Ball of Yarn
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Sandy's Cape Cod Originals
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SnApPy ToTs    
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Crafting Friends Designs
WINNING LINK

AG Handmades
Winner of
SnApPy ToTs
5 patterns of choice!!

Please contact
Heidi of

SnApPy ToTs


to claim your prize!
Rules:
  • PLEASE grab the TGIF Link Party button below & display it on your blog page you are linking in the link party. This will link back to the link party from your site increasing the amount of people that see your link.
  • If you do not have a blog, then you can link from FB, Etsy, Ravelry or other social media, but PLEASE SHARE this post to get others to see your link. (Sharing will count as placing the Link Party button if you do not have a blog.)
  • I would LOVE if you follow me on any of my social media sites (Facebook, Pinterest, Google+) - links at top of my site.
  • ONLY fiber related links to your handmade creations will be accepted - any other links will be removed.
  • Your link should link to an actual handmade item or a pattern/tutorial that produces a handmade item, any of which can be for sale or for free. Please DO NOT link to other link parties, giveaways, your general FB wall, or a homepage of a website.
    TGIF Link Party

TGIF Link Party!! 

  • Please link YOUR handmade creations below. 

  • Each Co-Host has the same LinkUp - so only link a particular creation once.

  • Click on your favorite link - the 5 most click on links will be Featured in next weeks link party!

  • Please also choose 3 links to share to your favorite social media site!!

  • Linking will stay open until the following Tuesday after the current Friday's post date.

  • This is all about cross-promoting & supporting Handmade - the more you support, the more you get back!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Featured Crafter: Too Yarn Cute by Stacy

Too Yarn Cute by Stacy is our Featured Crafter for this week.  You may remember the review I was able to do a few months ago for the magazine - well,  This is the gal behind the scenes and she has many of her own designs to share.  I've had the chance to get to know Stacy over the past few months and work with her closely during the Battle of the Stitches crochet challenge. She has such a HUGE heart and a desire to help everyone around her.  I have come to appreciate her as a designer, a business woman and a friend! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

T.G.I.F #4 The Greatest In Fiber Link Party Fun!!!

TGIF #4


Welcome to The Greatest IFiber Link Party, where everyone gets to show off their own handmade fiber creations! 


 This link party is for YOU to link up YOUR handmade fiber creations created by YOU!! You can link anyhandmade creation, as long as it is made by YOU - finished items, patterns, tutorials, etc. - paid or free.



Let's take a look at the TOP 5 most clicked on Links from last week's TGIF Link Party!
1 - Star Creations - Pattern test of Tardis Hat by Misty Makes
http://6starrcreations.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/i-love-testing-patterns/
2 - The Purple Poncho - Sparkle Hoop Earrings
http://www.thepurpleponcho.com/sparkle-hoop-earring-pattern/
3 - AG Handmades - Les Trois Rayures
http://aghandmades.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/les-trois-rayures.html
4 - KatiDCreations - A Crochet Ring
http://katidcreations.com/put-a-ring-on-it-a-crocheted-ring/
5 - Harvester Products - Do You Want To Build A Snowman
http://harvesterproducts.com/blog/do-you-wanna-build-a-snowman/
The BEST thing about this link party is - your ONE LINK will be seen on as many as 7 different websites!
The participating websites are (THANK YOU!!):


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Trifles N Treasures
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Too Yarn Cute
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SnApPy ToTs
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Crafting Friends Designs
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3 Boys & a Ball of Yarn
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Glamour4You
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Sandy's Cape Cod Originals
Rules:
  • PLEASE grab the TGIF Link Party button to the right & display it on your blog page you are linking in the link party. This will link back to the link party from your site increasing the amount of people that see your link.
  • If you do not have a blog, then you can link from FB, Etsy, Ravelry or other social media, but PLEASE SHARE this post to get others to see your link. (Sharing will count as placing the Link Party button if you do not have a blog.)
  • I would LOVE if you follow me on any of my social media sites (Facebook, Pinterest, Google+) - links at top of my site.
  • ONLY fiber related links to your handmade creations will be accepted - any other links will be removed.
  • Your link should link to an actual handmade item or a pattern/tutorial that produces a handmade item, any of which can be for sale or for free. Please DO NOT link to other link parties, giveaways, your general FB wall, or a homepage of a website. 
TGIF Link Party

TGIF Link Party!! 

  • Please link YOUR handmade creations below. 

  • Each Co-Host has the same LinkUp - so only link a particular creation once.

  • Click on your favorite link - the 5 most click on links will be Featured in next weeks link party!

  • Please also choose 3 links to share to your favorite social media site!!

  • Linking will stay open until the following Tuesday after the current Friday's post date.

  • This is all about cross-promoting ∧ supporting Handmade - the more you support, the more you get back!!

    Just for fun...