Because of you!

That donation made today is because of your support in purchasing patterns during the Help for Haiti pledge. Thank you so much for all your purchases. I hope that the money will be able to help those who still need assistance during this time.

In other news, I know I owe you an announcement. But the date got changed again and I can’t announce it until they do, so I’m stuck waiting. Hopefully soon!

Upcoming classes, important announcements, etc.

This Saturday (2/27/10), I’ll be teaching a workshop on my Broomstick Lace Wrap at A Good Yarn Sarasota. The class is from 1-3pm and is only $35. That gets you the printed pattern, my help to get you started, and instruction on ways to customize the wrap. If you’re interested, there is still room in the class. Call the shop and reserve your spot today!

On March 20th, I’ll be teaching a workshop on my Southern Lights Cowl at the shop. The class will be from 1-3pm and only costs $30. This will be an exciting class and again, you’ll get the printed pattern, some great tips and tricks, and help with the project.

I have other classes I want to talk about, but I can’t yet. But they’re going to be super cool and I can’t wait to announce it! One more week, and then I can post it. ๐Ÿ˜€

In other news, remember, my Help for Haiti pledge is still going on through this Monday. 50% of my pattern sale proceeds from all the pattern sales up to Monday will go to Doctors Without Borders for relief efforts in Haiti. Just because the news isn’t covering it anymore, doesn’t mean there aren’t still people needing help. Won’t you be a part of it?

Also, the Gulf Coast Crochet Guild of Florida will be having a work day meeting next Saturday (3/6/10), from 11:30-1:30 at A Good Yarn Sarasota. We’ll be tagging items and preparing them for hospital deliveries. I’m excited about this, because for a small chapter I know we’ve been working hard to make others lives a bit happier. If you’re in the area and would like to join us, please do! We’re always happy to welcome new members!

And what have I been working on? Well, I’m busy with a publication project (which will come out later this year), pushing submissions out the door so I can keep doing publication projects, and working on ideas and designs for my design line. There’s some great things coming down the pike, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Oh, and be on the lookout for a special blog post on Friday. Not entirely crochet related, but I’m allowed a few fun ones from time to time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Another new pattern: Comfort Squares

Comfort Squares:

I designed these squares for our crochet guild chapter to give to the local hospitals. I had heard from other cancer survivors that sometimes, even the hats are too much to have on them during treatment. So these little squares are like a portable blanket. Something for them to hold on to and rub and remember that someone was thinking about them and sending good thoughts.

The pattern for these squares includes both written and charted directions. These squares can also be joined together to make any number of items.

Won’t you give a little comfort today?

Pattern is available for $3.50 for PDF download both on Ravelry and on my website.

Terms of license: You may make unlimited items for your charity or hospital of choice. You may use these in a fundraiser for your charity or hospital of choice. You may not make these for other commercial use without prior written permission from me, the designer. Please contact me if you wish to do this.

Scarves done and in progress

I finished one scarf the other day for the 60 Scarves in 60 Days and I’m over halfway done with the second one.

The first one was done using Lion Brand Polar Spun (discontinued) and my pattern Lattice Mesh Scarf.

The scarf I’m working on now will likely be a pattern available soon. This one likely won’t be a freebie simply because it’s a little bit more complicated than the earlier ones. That and since this is my livelihood, I do need to make money to keep designing.

Here’s a sneak peek of that scarf:

Okay, back to working on the scarf. I’d like to get it finished so tomorrow I can write the pattern. Tomorrow is also an office day for me as I wait for yarn to arrive. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

It’s scarf time again!

No, not from the weather ’cause down here in Florida the high today is set to be 92. ๐Ÿ™

It’s time for the 60 Scarves in 60 Days Challenge. If you remember, I participated last year and cranked out quite a few scarves. While I’m busy this year, I’m still going to participate. I don’t know how many I’ll crank out, but scarves are an easy project that uses up stash and are great for me to work on when I need a break from other stuff. I’m not sure who I will donate to. This year Dee wants us to donate to a local charity and I’ll have to research that. ‘Cause again, hi, I live in the land of heat and humidity. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, expect to see some scarf projects showing up. And if you’re looking for a scarf pattern, I do have 2 free ones on the website: Fibers By Tracie. They download through Ravelry so if you’re already on Ravelry, then you can just click on my Rav Badge up at the top of the sidebar, click on “My Original Designs” and go from there.

Other than that, today sees me returning to work as soon as I get an email from my contact at the yarn company. So while I wait, I may go ahead and start a scarf. ๐Ÿ™‚

A finished project, a started project, and a couple of swatches

Completed project:

Project Linus blanket. Made from stash yarn. I think it turned out awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pattern is the Newbie Shell pattern from the Project Linus website.

Started project:

CGOA CAL socks. Pattern is Miniclustered Lace socks from the book Crocheted Socks! So far it’s coming along well. I did most of what you see while on the way to Disney and while at Disney on Tuesday. Coming soon, a pic of me standing in line at Soarin’ crocheting in the dark. Yarn is a fancy sock yarn that a Secret Santa gave me at Christmas time. It’s yummy.

Swatch time:

I missed yesterday’s swatch due to recovering from the Disney trip (I knew I would thanks to the fibromyalgia…any fun times always are balanced with a payment). So here are two swatches…yesterday’s and today’s.

From 365 Crochet Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

Date: March 5th
Stitch name: Filling Stitch
Hook used: J / 6.0mm
Yarn used: Worsted weight acrylic

Texture: The texture is subtle. It’s not seen unless you look closely but it can be felt.

Drape: Due to the double crochets there is quite a bit of drape.

Opacity: Even with the double crochets, there is a good amount of opacity. I would still wear something underneath if this was in the body of a garment, though.

Comments / Thoughts: I switched to ch2 instead of ch3 for the turning chains and that worked much better for me.

From 365 Crochet Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

Date: March 6th
Stitch name: Hexagons
Hook used: J / 6.0mm
Yarn used: Worsted Weight acrylic

Texture: The main texture is created through the open and closed areas of the swatch.

Drape: This has a lot of drape due to the openings.

Opacity: No. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comments / Thoughts: This stitch is adorable. It looks like bows in the open spaces. It’s really simple, too, and would be a quick stitch to do. I like it a lot.

That’s all from me today. I’ve been out most of the day hanging out with a former coworker. I was supposed to get her started on her first crochet project today but she got busy when we got back to the station so we didn’t have time. She’s going to come by tomorrow and I’ll get her going on it. She’s thinking of joining CGOA too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! I’m doing my part to fuel the revolution! Hook salute! ๐Ÿ™‚

Work and stuff

So I mentioned yesterday that I had other things to talk about. And I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a class tonight….3 students…and that makes me happy. That also means because I’ll be working late tonight, I can “go in to work” a bit late. ๐Ÿ™‚ I make it all balance. So I think I may finish up the Project Linus blanket this morning. The easy somewhat mindless stitch pattern helps me disconnect for a bit and let my creative brain think. I have some design ideas, I just need to figure out where they’re going.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that the education coordinator at the store had me pick up a box yesterday. She found it while cleaning up the office and she’s not sure why it was there. Well, it’s full of crocheted (and some knitted) squares and 2 already done small blankets. She asked if I could join them up and donate them to a charity. I told her I’d be happy to do so. I counted this morning. There are 37 crocheted squares and 13 knitted ones. There are also 2 completed baby blankets. So, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll lay them out and stitch them together and add them to my Project Linus box. Some of them are crocheted so tightly! Wow. I remember when I crocheted like that! My other worry is they have such short ends!!! I’m going to have to work really hard to make sure they don’t fall apart. Cut your yarn long….I can always cut it shorter, but to steal a phrase from my old job, “They don’t make cable (yarn) stretchers”.

I need to finish up a project for submission (just need to block, write up the proposal, and finish up the instructions) and then start working on a few more projects. I updated my spreadsheet and have now highlighted the cells that are done and the ones that are ready to be focused on next (these are the ones are either halfway done or have been finished but not written up). This week I’ll focus on those and click through them. I’m hoping to get more patterns up on the Lulu storefront. I’ve got one or two that will be submitted, too.

Pictures will be forthcoming of the squares and such. My camera died while I was taking pics. I may just put them all in one post to have the before and after thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also need to work on my stuff for the CLF book. I think I’m going to submit an article as well as a pattern or two. That’s all due next month so I need to get to it.

It’s official

My contract for SSP#1 arrived today. Squee! This means this is official and all that. I’m officially a designer that’s going to be in a magazine. OMG OMG OMG.

I do find it amusing as I hit these various milestones on my designing journey that each one makes me happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yeah, when the magazine comes out y’all will be pulling me off the ceiling. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I’ve now signed my contract, filled out my I-9, and it’s ready to go in the mail tomorrow. If I felt better (yes, I still have the migraine although I am on the tail end of it I think) I’d go run up to the post office and get it out today. But driving right now is so totally not a good idea.

Today is a lazy day. Going to work on the Project Linus blanket since it’s an easy stitch pattern (It’s the Sideways Shell pattern from their website) and I can do it without really thinking about it. Which is good for me right now. Trying to read a pattern or even swatch a stitch pattern right now is a really bad idea. So it will be mindless crocheting.

Scarf #5 done

Woo hoo!!!!

Scarf #5 is now done, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! I feel productive and stuff.

Tomorrow will be my post for Stitch Stirrers. It will be funny. “If someone was to walk into your house would they know a crocheter lived there?” Hahaha. It’ll be up tomorrow. I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

Things accomplished this weekend so far

This will be picture heavy. Sorry. But, I’ve gotten quite a few things done.

I finished the sponges for the kitchen baskets. Well, the ones out of color yarn. I still need to knock out 2 more in white. See?

Then Friday night and Saturday I worked on a remote control holder for my Dad’s gift. The pattern gave me fits and there’s a few things I would have changed. I’m not happy with it, and I may redo it better in December. I don’t know. I was cranky anyway yesterday, so that may be some of my displeasure with it. Anyway, here’s a few pics of it. One laid out flat, and 2 from each side.

And finally….I knocked out another scarf. I’m proud of this one. After last night’s unhappiness with holiday gifts I decided I needed to work on something else. So I searched through my queue on Ravelry (I love that feature) and found the One-Skein Scarf from the Happy Hooker. I grabbed a skein of Patons Classic Merino that I had in stash and started it at kickoff of the football game (go Bucs!). At the start of the 4th quarter I was weaving in ends. Here it is:

I really like this pattern and I may grab the single skein of red that I have and knock another one out this afternoon. I don’t know yet, so don’t count it in my count, Dee. ๐Ÿ™‚ But, that would mean 4 total from me with a little over 2 weeks left to go. I’m going to try to knock out at least one more, and maybe 2.

Okay, off to finish watching the game (10-3 Bucs so far). Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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