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! =)

"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!

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)
  • 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). 

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! =)

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?

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!

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