Friday, July 4, 2014

Knitting for Babies (with free pattern links)

I just love knitting for babies! 
Baby projects are great take-alongs, offer quick gratification for my short attention span and the finished products are so darn cute! Not to mention they give me another way to give back to my community and the young men, women and children that I serve at the pregnancy center. Here are my most recent finished projects, along with my notes about the patterns used.

First up is the "Garter Stitch" Baby Booties by Knittin' Kiti
The free pattern can be found here on Ravelry or you can access it directly here.


I used Red Heart Luster Sheen Sport Weight Yarn and US size 2 needles. 
This was a great quick, easy pattern. I know that I will be making more of these booties in the future. I used 

Next is Whit's Knits: Toddler Socks by Whitney from The Purl Bee by Purl Soho
The free pattern can be found here.


I used Red Heart Luster Sheen Sport Weight Yarn and US size 2 needles. I have always loved patterns from The Purl Bee and this one is no different. As always, easy to read and follow. I made the legs of mine just a bit shorter. 

Last, but most definitely not least, is this sweet little baby bonnet Béguin de Printemps by Lili Comme Tout.
The free pattern download can be found here on Ravelry and is available in English and French. 


I used Jojoland Tonic Light Worsted Weight Yarn and US 3 and US 4 needles. 
I loved this pattern, and especially love the finished project! I didn’t have any problems following it and feel that it was well written. I will most likely be making more of these in a variety of colors! :-)

In the notes it is specified that the seed stitch pattern is an 8 row repeat, but in the pattern, it only shows Rows 1-7….Don’t forget row 8! (I’m bad to skip the notes and go straight to the pattern and almost went from row 7 straight to row 1 -- OOPS! Luckily, I wasn’t in mindless mode yet. :-P)

I made the smallest size, and when I got to 11 cm (approx. 4.3 inches) I was in the middle of the stitch pattern, so I continued until I completed the stitch pattern set before beginning decrease.

Decreasing as written, the bonnet ends up with a bit of a point at the end of the decreases. If I create another bonnet (which I most likely will…I LOVE this little thing!) then I will re-work the decreases so that it is more rounded and less pointy.

For the i-cord ties, the pattern called for 22 cm (approx. 8.7 inches) on each side, but I was afraid that wouldn’t be long enough to tie, so I worked for about 10 inches on each side. That was pretty good, but next time I may even go for 11 inches.

I hope that if you decide to try any of these patterns you will enjoy them as much as I did and that my notes may be of some help. 

In the meantime....


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For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1 ESV

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Friday, May 9, 2014

And The Winner Is.....

A great big thanks to the two ladies who were kind enough to offer some assistance in response to this post
Denise and Lotus, I truly appreciate your help!
I used the random number generator at random.org to determine the winner of the $15 Hobby Lobby gift card. 


Congratulations to Denise Briese!

While the giveaway is now over, I still would appreciate any input you would like to offer in regards to my original post

Thanks again! 

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Do to others what you would want them to do to you.
--Luke 6:31 NCV

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Featured Friend Cristina

This week I have the honor of featuring another fellow yarn artist who has so kindly allowed me to share her work with my friends. =)

Cristina from Tg. Mures, Romania created her little lamb using my free Little Lamb Crochet Pattern. ( http://aseknc.blogspot.com/2010/12/merry-christmas-from-me-ases-little.html )


Isn't she a cutie?
You can see more pictures and read all about her on Cristina's blog.

Please, go visit her and show her some yarn-friend love! =)

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"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." - Matthew 20:28

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


I hope you have an abundantly blessed and happy Easter!

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Friday, April 18, 2014

I've Had My First Troll ...and a Chance to Win

As I'm sure most bloggers can relate, I am always so excited to get comments on my posts. It doesn't matter if it's only one person that comments, or if it's 20...I feel like a child opening a gift a Christmas! In the years that I have been blogging, I don't recall ever receiving a negative comment....until recently when I got a rather ugly comment on my post A Crochet Hat & Free Pattern Link

The commenter criticized me for talking about my migraine, told me I should consult a doctor and not a bunch of crochet gals, then fussed because she couldn't find the link that I said was in the post...and that doing a search (I'm assuming on a search engine such as google) all she came up with was a bunch of places wanting her to sign up so that they can send you solicitations.  

I admit that I immediately got offended and defensive and responded accordingly, telling her that she didn't have to visit my blog if she didn't like. That what I had to share on MY blog, was my business and that I considered many of my readers to be friends and that is the kind of thing that you share with friends. I told her that the link is hyperlinked* in the words "this post" just above the pic of my finished hat, but that I also gave the full link in the comments that goes straight to the blog post by Michell - no searching, no other links, no need to sign up for anything. And that if she could not leave comments in a respectful manner, and/or didn't like the way that I conduct my blog, by all means, it wouldn't hurt my feelings if she didn't come back. 

I no sooner hit the submit button on that comment that I felt remorse and shame for allowing myself to respond with such offense and deleted both, the offensive comment and my own. I talked to my husband about it, who agreed that I never should have responded. He said, "That's just a troll." Apparently, they are very common in forums and, as he puts it, they get their jolly's by posting hateful and ugly comments to others, trying to get a rise out of them and/or bring them down. I've never heard of such a thing! 

Wayne said that he was surprised that I hadn't experienced it sooner, but I'd like to think that it's because most of us in the knitting/crochet/creative community have good ol' fashioned values, morals, common decency, courtesy and respect for others. That most of us in this wonderful community have learned and live by "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," and the golden rule to "do unto others as you would have done unto you." 

Alas, what's done is done and the best thing that I can do is learn from it. This is where I need your help.
In the prior comments on that same post, there were others who asked what the link to the pattern was as well. If there are others, who thankfully were much nicer about the way that they asked about the link, then I have to wonder if I should be doing something different. So...

I am going to reward you for your help! I will give one commenter a $15 Gift Card to Hobby Lobby. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday, May 5, 2014 (though answers to these questions will always be welcome!)

To qualify, please answer the following questions:
  • Are you using a computer? If so, what operating system? (example: Windows or Mac)
    OR
  • Are you using a tablet? If so, what operating system? (example: iOS or Android)
  • Which browser are you using? (example: Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox)
  • Are you able to click on the hyperlinks* within my blog posts?
  • Are the hyperlinks* clear? (I do have the settings set so that words with hyperlinks* are a different color, and on my end they indeed are a different color and the hyperlinks* are clickable and work as they should, but what about on YOUR end?)
  • Do you know if it works different depending on what browser or computer you are using?
  • Do you think it would be a distraction to post the full link in the post vs. a hyperlink*?
  • Do you think it would be more helpful to post the full link in the post vs. a hyperlink*?
  • Do you have any other helpful suggestions regarding linking and hyperlinking*?
I appreciate your help!

*Edited to add: A hyperlink is where the link to a website, page or document is linked to a word or image, so that when you click on that word or image you will be taken directly to that website, page or document. This is used instead of (or sometimes in addition to) actually having a typed out URL (which can sometimes be quite long) in your post. For example: In the first paragraph of this blog post are the words "A Crochet Hat & Free Pattern Link" and those words are hyperlinked to my original post with that title. (Also, as per my settings, those words should be an aqua color). 

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So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 NIV

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Featured Friend Marcia Cristina

This week I have the honor of featuring another fellow yarn artist who has so kindly allowed me to share her work with my friends. =)

Meet Ophelia. Marcia Cristina from São Paulo, Brazil created her using my free Little Lamb Crochet Pattern.


Isn't she a cutie?
You can see more pictures and read all about her on Marcia's blog.
( http://desdeotempodavovo.blogspot.com.br/2014/03/ofelia-ovelha-em-croche.html )

Please, go visit her and show her some yarn-friend love! =)

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But those who hope in the lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Featured Friend Julie Kulp

I am always honored when I learn that someone has enjoyed one of my patterns, and equally delighted when someone shares pictures of their finished projects with me. Julie Kulp has kindly given me permission to share the Flower Fairies that she has made using my free Flower Fairy Crochet Pattern.

The first she made was this cutie.



She made her for her daughter's friend's birthday.  She couldn't find safety eyes so she embroidered them. This is a wonderful option, especially recommended if the recipient is a younger child. 

The next one she made was for her daughter. This time a little blonde cutie. 


She used safety eyes for her, modified the wings to make them a little bigger and used 2 strands of yarn for the arms and legs to make them thicker.

Aren't they both absolutely precious?

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. - Galatians 5:22-23


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Little Creativity (with Free Pattern Links)

As much as I get the chance, I have been keeping as creative as possible. I go through seasons....sometimes all I want to do is draw, other times crochet and still yet other times knit. Here's what I've been up to (creatively) over the last couple of months.

Some commissioned character drawings & digital designing for a flyer and business cards...




Some knitting....

This one I made for hubby. I used the free pattern by Sophie De Lisio found on Ravelry
I was so honored that she asked to feature my hat on her pattern page. =)


It was a pleasure to knit up!

I made this little sweetie to donate to the Pregnancy Center where I work. I love the bright colors, don't you? I used the free pattern by Chiaki Hayashi found on Ravelry (or directly from her website here). 

This one was super quick and easy. Even a slow knitter like me was able to knit it up in a matter of just over an hour or so. =)

And even some knitting....

How cute is this little guy? I used the free pattern by Lucy Ravenscar on Ravelry. I just adore him and my son staked his claim on him before I could even get finished making him. 


I had a hard time getting the spine sewn on straight, but I'm sure it's more noticeable to me than anyone else. I made a few loops around the nostrils with the yarn to enhance them a bit, but I don't know that they really needed it. 

So there you have it. This is what I have been up to. :) 
Thank you for letting me share with you!

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Know therefore that the lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. - Deuteronomy 7:9

Saturday, January 4, 2014

End of Year Update and Free Pattern Links

I have to say, that while I really feel bad for neglecting y'all, I am a bit relieved that it hadn't been as long since I posted as I thought it had been! Nevertheless, I am sorry that it has been so long. It is amazing at how fast life goes by, especially when you are working full-time. 

There are times that I really miss being home, but I couldn't see myself not being at the pregnancy center. I have never had a job before where I felt like I was a part of something bigger, where I knew I was being used (by God) to make a difference.

Work isn't the only thing that has kept me from writing. Over the last several months, Wayne and I get one day off together each week and we have been using that day to unplug, get out of the house and spend quality time together. It would be so easy to fall into that "Life is too busy" frame of mind in our marriage and we have to work extra hard not to do so. 

I have also tried to make time to be creative as I can. I need my creative outlets like I need air! Here are some of my favorites since my last post....

-Knitting-

Owl Puffs




...aren't these guys absolutely adorable? I love how each one kind of takes on it's own character. I followed the free pattern by Jenna Krupar found on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-puffs and I really enjoyed making each one! 

Borderless Feather Fan Cloth


This is one of my most favorite dishcloth patterns. I used the free pattern by Beth Van Horn, found on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/borderless-feather-fan-cloth. It also turns out to be one of my favorite dishclothes. This isn't my first time making this pattern, and it surely won't be my last!

-Crochet-

Amigurumi Cupcake Pattern


I've worked up several little projects, but I don't think any of them made me smile like these little guys and they only take about 10 minutes each to work up. The free pattern is by Ami Amore and can be found on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amigurumi-cupcake-pattern or directly here: http://amiamore.blogspot.com/2013/08/celebrating-with-free-cupcakes.html

-Art-

I must admit that this is where I spend most of my creative time these days. Here are just a few of my faves:





I have had a few commission orders for custom character drawings (my FAVORITE artistic thing to do!) and recently got an order for one and the customer wanted it to be put on a mug! 




So what have YOU been into?
I hope that you had a wonderful 2013 and that you have an even better 2014!

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But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:7 (NIV)