New Pattern: "Primrose"

I've been holding onto this pattern since early June when it was first designed because I submitted it to the Crochet Guild of America's 2017 Design Competition. And now I can proudly say that this pattern is the First Place winner of the 'thread' category! 

When I first set out to design a pattern for the competition, I had originally planned to try an oval design. But about half-way through, I was just not feeling it. I frogged it back to the center and started over. And I'm very happy with what I came up with! 

This pattern features over 200 popcorn stitches, over 500 clusters, and an assortment of other regular and surface stitches to create a varied and textured look. 

This pattern will eventually be part of my "Primrose Collection" e-book that will contain this doily, a rug, a blanket, and a holiday tree skirt. 

New Pattern: "Briony"

My newest pattern is now available! This pattern was a real challenge for me. It's not a difficult pattern, but I kept losing my motivation and inspiration and had to frog 10 rounds no less than three times because it wasn't working out the way I wanted it to. I am happy to say that the final version turned out beautifully. 

The inspiration for the name "Briony" comes from the movie Atonement. 

This pattern is 28 rounds and requires 275-300 yards of size 10 thread when using a 2.00mm hook. I used a 2.25mm hook because of my tight tension, and I only used 214 yards / 196 meters of Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush. 


Upcoming Crochet-Along: "Evelyn"

Our newest Crochet-Along will be here soon! This pattern has not yet been released, which I think makes the best Crochet-Along experience. That means we will all be on the same page, working together, and helping each other along the way. And it's not a mystery pattern, so you'll be able to decide whether you like it or not first, before jumping on in. 

"Evelyn"

Details

  • 41 rounds

  • 450-500 yards

  • 2.00mm hook

  • 15-inches in diameter


Crochet-Along Notes

  1. To join the Crochet-Along, you will need to purchase the pattern. You will receive each part of the CAL based on the schedule listed below (scroll down to the section labeled 'Schedule.')
  2. Pricing = The price of the CAL pattern will be 50% off from now until Day 1 of the CAL (which is June 1st, 2017). At that time, it will return to full price. Also, the pattern cannot be combined with any other discount while it is already discounted. 
  3. Gauge = Gauge is not important. Your finished piece will not be exactly the same diameter as mine mainly because we do not have the same tension. The recommended hook size is only if you want to try to get as close to the finished size as you can. But, I actually do use a larger hook because my tension is very tight. I used a 2.25mm hook on this piece. So my recommendation is to use the hook size of your choice with the thread/yarn size you prefer the most.
  4. Color = This pattern would work well in any solid color or color combination. 
  5. Yardage = I used exactly 422 yards of size 10 thread. However, as mentioned above, my tension is very tight, so you will probably use more than I did. Keep that in mind when choosing your thread. Here are some of my favorite affordable brands:
    1. Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush
    2. Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet
    3. Knit Picks Curio
    4. Artiste Egyptian Cotton
  6. Please join us in one or both of our groups to discuss the Crochet-Along and any other of my patterns:
    1. Facebook Group
    2. Ravelry Group
  7. If you have never worked one of my patterns or similar-level difficulty pattern, please consider working one of my free patterns first to get an idea of how I write mine. In fact, try "Lorelai" since it comes with a photo-tutorial, which is what I include in my Crochet-Alongs, too.
  8. Please block your finished work. This is a tedious and sometimes extremely boring part of lace crochet, but it is absolutely necessary. There are several methods for blocking. You can find my video here showing how I personally like to block my work. 
  9. If you need help at any time with the Crochet-Along, post your question to one of the two groups mentioned above in #6. We will all be working together.

Schedule

The pace of this Crochet-Along will be much quicker than my other CALs. You do not have to keep the same pace, but if it would bother you to fall behind, then pay close attention to the amount of rounds assigned for each part.

  • Part 1 = Rounds 1-15 = June 1st, 2017
  • Part 2 = Rounds 16-23 = June 5th, 2017
  • Part 3 = Rounds 24-30 = June 8th, 2017
  • Part 4 = Rounds 31-37 = June 12th, 2017
  • Part 5 = Rounds 38-41 = June 15th, 2017

Updates on Francisco's Care

I thought it would be a good idea to create a dedicated post to share how the money collected for Francisco's care is being utilized. I'm not sure what the best method is to present the date visually, but I'll do my best. At the present, I keep the information updated in a table in a document and it is working well so far. 

To bring you up to speed if this is the first time you are hearing about this, my previous post announced a new pattern designed by me specifically to raise money for a gentleman that my husband visits at least once a week. He takes care of Francisco because no one else is around to do so. On his visits, here are some of the things he does for him: check and refill his medications, take him to the doctor or pharmacy, purchase groceries for him, bathe him, and coordinate his medical information with medical personnel or agencies. All the funds raised by the pattern go directly toward this care. Francisco actually bakes cheesecakes and sells them at a local venue, and the money he makes from those is very minimal.

I will keep this specific post updated as to where the money is going, but I won't be posting the total amount raised because that changes every single day. 

Date Amount Description
2017-04-10 56.95 Groceries
2017-04-14 12.69 Fruits
2017-04-19 87.39 Prescription medication
2017-04-19 64.72 Household items
2017-04-24 10.23 Fruits
2017-05-08 46.12 Foods and household items
2017-05-09 120.00 Medical appointment
2017-05-09 21.82 UBER home from appointment
419.92

New Pattern: "Francisco"

This new pattern you might think is a little unusual--I don't really name my patterns using male names. What I normally do is find female names I like and I add them to my list. However, this is a special case.

There is an older gentleman in our community named Francisco who is suffering from Parkinson's disease. He doesn't have family locally who can take care of him, so my husband stepped up to fill the need. Every week, sometimes twice, Steven drives across town to check on him and care for him. We found that he makes very little money, but thankfully a ministry in our area stops by weekly to provide food for him. 

In discussing as a family how we can help, I offered to the idea that I should design a pattern where all the profits will go toward his care. 

This is why the pattern "Francisco" will only be available at full price. This is to ensure that all profits off this pattern remain separate from all my other products. It creates more work for me to make it separate, but it's something that is necessary to ensure that all the profits remain separate and accurate.

This pattern has become my absolute favorite design. I know that that can change in the future, but for now, this is the design I am most proud of. It is probably because I designed with this purpose in mind--to design something special and fantastic that people would want it--I didn't want to let Francisco down. 

I hope you get as much satisfaction out of using this pattern. I have included links to 3 videos that I made for some tricky parts. I used between 300-350 yards of size 10 thread with a 2.00mm hook. And when I reworked the pattern in blue, I used a 2.25mm hook and still came under 350 yards. 

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry. All sales from this pattern will be going directly toward Francisco's care. If you would like to donate toward the fund to help Francisco, I would suggest you purchase the pattern as a gift for someone else. There is a "gift" option on Ravelry available that you can use to gift the pattern to anyone else. 

I want to thank you ahead of time for considering this pattern. I know you will enjoy it very much. If you need any help at any time with, remember that you can post your questions to either of our groups: Facebook Group or Ravelry Group.