Newest Pattern: "Hera"

This pattern was designed back in August but since it is so large, it took quite a long time to finish testing. When I started it, I wanted to design something big. I wanted to see how big I could go without getting frustrated with it, which is usually what happens if I try to design too large. Once you get to a certain point, you feel burnt out or unoriginal, and I didn't want that to happen. 

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Fittingly, I named this one Hera. It's regal and sophisticated and not for the beginner. It consists of 53 rounds and lots of interesting stitches. The suggested yardage for this piece is at least 900 yards. 

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Because of its size, it would make a lovely table-topper or centerpiece all on its own. 

New Books & New Giveaway!

I know this is quite delayed, but books 4 and 5 are finally here! Many of you have been waiting patiently for their arrival, so I'm very happy to say that the day is here. The day is today.

Designs included in book 4 = Holly, Rosemary, Vanora, Constance, Frances, Glenda, and Jane

Designs included in book 5 = Bella, Marjorie, Rhoda, Emma, Isla, Winter, and Shoshana

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And like every other time I've announced a new publication, I will be giving away a free signed copy of each! 

RULES: Contest is available only to U.S. entrants. Only 1 entry per household. Free shipping and handling for both winners. Each winner will receive only 1 book; the first winner will receive book 4 and the second winner will receive book 5. Each copy will be signed by me. Books will ship in 2 weeks.


If you do not want to wait for the giveaway to end, you can go ahead and purchase here:

Signed copies of all my books (will ship in 2 weeks)

PDF e-versions of all my books


Website Rebranding

You may have noticed that the header image on my website here has changed to a simple graphic of my name. For the past few weeks, I have been mulling over the decision to rebrand because of the confusion caused by my previous business name. I can not tell you how many times I have been called "Emily" when that is not my name at all--too many times to count.

Rebranding has a lot of consequences if not done correctly. Doing this required me to change my business name, domain name and website, Facebook page (though as of today 8/23/2017 it is still in limbo whether or not FB will let me change it), Facebook group page, Ravelry group page--just to name the big ones. All image headers had to change. I'm not sure if I'll change my instagram page since someone else already own @gracefearon.

Currently and probably for several years, the domain emilyandthe.com will forward to the new domain, so if anyone is directed there, they will be redirected here instead of getting lost in cyberspace.

I hope during this transition phase I do not lose any of you along the way. It will now be much easier to find me, since my domain is now my real name.

I'm not sure if all external links will forward correctly, so if you want to find me, just go directly here to the website.

Thank you!

Grace

New Pattern: "Selma"

Today's pattern is called "Selma" and it is named after the city in Alabama and its history with the Civil Rights Movement in America. 

This pattern is 29 rounds and works up very, very quickly. A pattern with this little number of rounds usually doesn't turn out this big but the open spaces midway through give it a good amount of extra diameter and elegance. 

"Selma" requires about 325-350 yards of size 10 crochet thread. I used  Padova Ritorto Toscano, which was given to me by one of my testers. I really enjoyed working with this thread a lot. My preference for thread is for those brands that are slick and can take a beating because designing requires me to do a lot of frogging. This thread was perfect! 

As usual, I used a 2.25mm hook (though I recommend smaller) because my tension is very tight. I use a regular steel hook, nothing fancy, except I do use it with a Boye ergonomic hook holder. I'm on my second one right now because they don't last very long (though they are cheap, so I don't mind). I crocheted without one for a few weeks after my first one broke and it was awful; my carpel tunnel and hand swelling came back in full force. Definitely worth the cost to use an ergonomic handle!

"Selma" was one of the patterns that I did not enjoy during the designing process, but once it was blocked, I am in love! It's weird to me how that works. It wasn't complicated to design--I think I was just bored by it. But now that it's finished and presented, I am totally in love with it. I hope you enjoy it, too.

It's time for another giveaway!

You ever reach that point where you look at your stash and ask, "Am I a hoarder?" I don't think I'm anywhere near that, but then again, I probably would never admit it if I were. Would you? But every time I work a new project, I think I'm getting closer to whittling it down, though instead it continues to grow. So maybe if I give some away I'll get closer to that goal. 

Today I'm giving away three selections of crochet thread from my stash. Each selection offers a variety of brands in a thematic color. If you've never tried these brands before, this would be a good time to do so in order to find out which ones you like best. 

The three lots of pictured below. The first winner will be able to select from the three choices. The second winner will select from the remaining two choices. And the last winner will end up with the remaining selection. You may click on the pictures below for a better view.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this giveaway, feel free to share the Facebook post or a link directly to this page! 

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Choice #2

Choice #3

Terms & Conditions

  • Free shipping is only available to U.S. winners. International winners will have to pay for shipping and handling or forfeit his/her prize to another entrant. 
  • All winners will have 24 hours to respond to the winner notification email or s/he will forfeit his/her prize to another entrant.
  • Contest will run from noon EST July 30th, 2017 until noon EST August 2nd, 2017. Winners will be notified by email within a few hours after the contest is finished.
  • Only one entry per person.