Sunday, March 30, 2014

Startitis strikes again

Start-i-tis:   A burning desire to start a new project, when there are several needing to be finished.  Common among crafters of all kinds.  Often brought on by the purchase of new supplies, the latest crafting magazine release, or browsing the internet.

Ahhh, yes.  Good ole' startitis. 

In my case, it was caused the purchase of two lovely skeins of hand painted Ring Spun Rayon from YarntopiaTreasures on Etsy. 

The lovely blue and green yarn is called Rainfall.  And….even though I’m about a day or two away from having a pattern ready for testing, another half finished, and have at least three or four works in progress, I pulled out my notebooks, pencils, swatches and began a new pattern. 

What can I say?  I guess I’m hopeless.  
At least I’ll never be bored or run out of things to do.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Cute Easter Bunnies

Aren't these little bunnies the sweetest thing ever?  I found the pattern on The Green Dragonfly Blog.  The instructions are very clear and have photo guides to help.  I made these four in a couple of evenings.  All you need is small bits of yarn, poly fill to stuff them and a couple safety eyes or buttons.  I must warn you.  They are addicting.  I want to keep making them, and I already have enough for the grand-kids. 
But.....maybe I really need more bunnies.  

Maybe....I need some for me. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My St. Patrick's Day Stole

I'm a little late in posting this, but here's my St. Paddy's day shawl.  It's crocheted in a super soft merino blend yarn and is beaded down each side.  

Many of my shawls are given away or sold, but this one is all mine.  I don't normally wear anything as long as this stole, because I'm a shortie.   However, I totally fell in love with this piece.  The yarn is Shalimar Breathless in fingering weight.  I'll be writing the pattern soon.  

Right now, I'm taking a little break from patterns.  I felt the need to take a couple of week to do some relaxing crochet.  Besides, Easter is quickly approaching and I have grandkids that need bunnies.  I found this really cute pattern on Ravelry.  Easy Easter Bunny 
I've added those to my to-do list.

Have a blessed day.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Honey, Honey Shawlette

I just release a new crochet pattern called Honey, Honey Shawlette.  The pattern can be found here Honey, Honey Pattern.  Until the end of March, there is a 50% off coupon code that can be found in this Ravelry thread Shalimarch coupon code.  Note:  to get the discount, you must purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store, not my Etsy store.

This shawlette works beautifully gathered around the neck as a scarf, or thrown over  shoulders as a light shawl. This is a quick one skein project with optional beading. The body is an easy-to-remember two row repeat, and the shape is a half hexagon.  There are easy instructions for increasing the shawlette to full shawl size, but additional yarn would be needed. Included are written instructions and helpful charts.  It's rated intermediate and uses US terminology.

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn—450 yards 
Recommended yarns: Shalimar Zoe Sock fingering weight yarn in Curry, or color of your choice.
Size after blocking: 55” wingspan and 20” deep down center of back.
Optional beading: approximately 300 #6 glass beads with holes large enough to pull your yarn through with a small steel crochet hook.
Hooks: 4.5mm (#7) crochet hook, or one that gives the desired fabric. (Opt.) Steel hook small enough to pull yarn through beads.