Two new patterns out

I’m so excited to be able to tell you about two new patterns of mine that are out now! Both patterns use new yarns and so I get to tell you about them, too!

The first one can be found in Crochet World April 2011 issue. Glitterbug is made out of Simply Soft Party and came about during the Knit and Crochet Show last year. Michele Maks took my amigurumi class and we met afterwards to talk about designs. I sketched this out for her and had it to her a month or so later.

Okay, here’s a picture of the little guy:

Photo copyright DRG

I just love him so much! Let me tell you about the yarn. Simply Soft Party is all the goodness of Simply Soft with a metallic thread running through it. Now, metallic threads tend to feel itchy to me, but this is actually soft. How soft? Well, at that same conference, I had a crocheted chain of it (double stranded) around my neck as a choker for the Dance Party. I never noticed it on because it was that soft.

The other great thing about the metallic thread? It’s the same color of the yarn it’s in. Which gives it a very subtle glitz. I really love it and can’t wait to design a few more things in it.

So, I hope you’ll check out the April issue and give it a try. It’s a great beginner amigurumi pattern. The only sewing you have to do is to sew the legs and antenna on. The body is made in one piece. Oh, and here’s the Ravelry Link.

The second pattern is a great home piece. It’s a quick project and can dress up the little storage ottomans that you can get at Target for under $20. It’s simple to make and works up fast because it’s a chunky yarn.

Here’s a pic:

Photo copyright Coats & Clark

The Granny Ottoman Cover (Ravelry Link) is made with the new Red Heart Super Saver Chunky. This yarn is just as hard working as regular Red Heart Super Saver, but in a new speedy weight. This will be a great yarn for making thick scarves and hats or quick afghans. Or, ottoman covers!

I hope you check out both of these patterns and if you give them a try, let me know!

I should hopefully have a few more patterns to show you soon. I’ve seen them in the newest Aunt Lydia’s catalog (oh, could that mean they’re thread items?) and once they get them up on the website, you will hear about them.

Also, speaking of thread, there’s a CAL over on the Fibers By Tracie group on Ravelry for the Natural Beauty Wrap. We’re running until the end of April because we’re all so busy. I do hope you’ll come on by and check it out and join us! There will be prizes!

Okay, gang, that’s all for this week! I hope you have a fabulous week!