Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Meet the Blog Stalkers










Blog Stalkers!! What are we? Stalkers… the fun kind! 



Yes, we stalk blogs and a variety of kinds! There are three of us and we each have our own interests, though crochet is what brought us together. We decided to share with you the things we love, crochet and more! Each of us will feature a post or article written by a blogger we love and then we’ll be sharing it with you! These blog stalking posts will be shared with you on a monthly basis on all of our blogs!

So now, without further ado, here’s our blog stalkers and a small peek at what they might share with you!



Hello! I’m Crystal, founder and designer behind Crystalized Designs. I’m happy to be a part of the Blog Stalkers! You’ll mainly find I follow crochet related blogs but I can’t turn my back on blogs with great recipes. Other blog I follow relate to doing fun activities and crafts with children. I love doing fun small things with them, keepsakes to remember the younger years by! I’m looking forward to sharing with you some amazing posts from others!



Hello! I’m Lisa, the person behind Pink Snail Boutique. When I was asked to be part of Blog Stalkers I was honored and excited to be on the team. I have a bit of the crafting ADD bug so my tastes are all over the place when it comes to reading blogs. I will admit most of my blog following has come from searches and pins I have found on Pinterest. From crochet to homeschooling to planning parties. As a mother of 3, all of which are crafters themselves, I am sure I will have something for everyone. Little Lisa factoid- My ribbon and bead stash are almost as out of control as my yarn stash. I can’t wait to stalk some blogs to share with you.



Hello there!!! I am Stephanie with Smalltown Dreamz. I am so thrilled to be part of the Blog Stalker Team. When it comes to overall crafting I like to dip my hands in everything. I love to learn new things. I follow many types of blogs because you never know where your next inspiration can come from. I have been blessed to have a crafty husband so we have been able to teach our oldest son how to build and create things for himself. I am looking forward to sharing all the inspiration that I find.




Stay tuned for next month to see who we have been stalking!!!!

You can also find Blog Stalkers on Facebook!!!



If you have been stalked and would like to add our button to your page please feel free





Meet the Blog Stalkers

Photo Tutorial- Linked DC and Linked TR in round with join

During the design phase of my Battle of the Stitches- Round 4 piece, I looked for a stitch that would provide a solid foundation for my purse. I didn’t want to line the purse with fabric. A friend of mine suggested using the linked stitches. I quickly did a search and found 2 blog posts that helped me greatly. A Crocheted Simplicity and Moogly. For the joining of the linked tr I turned to one of my testers, Nondas. She shared her technique with me. I created this post to go along with my Pattern for the Amelia Handbag. Feel free to use it for other purposes. 10685509_391924467642100_6019059217576046269_n

Linked DC Tutorial


(Diagram A) First Linked Double Crochet (l dc):   Ch 3, insert hook in the second chain from the hook, yo and draw up a loop (2lps on hook) Insert hook in the same st as the beginning ch3 and draw up a loop (3lps on hook). (Yo, draw through 2 loops) twice.

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(Diagram B) Rest of Rnd- Linked Double Crochet (l dc): Insert hook in lower horizontal bar on same stitch, yo, draw loop through, insert hook in next st on row you are working, yo, draw loop through, (yo, draw loop through 2 loops on hook) 2 times.

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Linked Treble Crochet Tutorial


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(Diagram C) First Linked Treble Stitch (l tr):  Ch 4, insert the hook into the 2nd ch from the hook, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the 5th ch from the hook, yo, and pull up a loop, You now have 4 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yo and pull through the next two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops.

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(Diagram D) Linked Treble Stitches (l tr):
 Insert the hook into the upper horizontal bar of the previous stitch, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the lower horizontal bar of the previous stitch, yo, and pull up a loop. Insert the hook into the next st, yo and pull up a loop. You now have 4 loops on the hook. Yo and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yo and pull through the next two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops.

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(Diagram E) Linked Treble Crochet Joining Tutorial-


Thank you to Nondas from Yarn Medley’s from the Heart for sharing her joining technique with me. 

Insert the hook into the upper horizontal bar of the precious stitch, Insert into the lower bar, insert into bottom of row st, yo and pull through, insert into lower bar of first st of the round, yo and pull though, pull through 2 more loops (leaving 3 on hook), insert into upper horizontal bar of first sts, Yo and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yo and pull through the next two loops, insert into top st of first and join with sl st through last 2 sts on hook. Ch 4 to begin next rnd.

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Photo Tutorial- Linked DC and Linked TR in round with join

Monday, December 22, 2014

Battle of the Stitches Round 4

Battle of the Stitches Round 4

The Challengers are:

Melanie Padron, 3 Boys & A Ball of Yarn


Sonya Blackstone, Blackstone Designs


Stacey Williams, Busting Stitches


Christine Norris, Chris~Cross~Crafts


Kate Wagstaff, Crafting Friends Designs


Rebecca Goldsmith, Desert Diamond Crochet


(ME) Lisa Egan, Pink Snail Boutique




Sheri Weber, The Country Willow


Jacqualyn Walker, The Crafty Geekette


Michelle Ferguson, Two Brothers Blankts


Vote Here for your favorite design- Can you guess mine? Leave a comment with your guess.


Battle of the Stitches Round 4

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Twas the Night Before Saturday

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Twas the night before Saturday and all through our homes,
Pam, Lisa, Crystal and Stephanie were working on this poem.
Our Stocking patterns were designed with lots of love and care.
In hopes that you’d make them so your mantels would be less bare.
With patterns listed on Ravelry, and coupon codes ready,
Yarn and hooks all picked out, crochet fast, hands steady!
Papers flying, hooks wielding, the final product in sight!
Oh no! Weaving ends! Always gives us a fright!!
With our beautiful stockings hung up for all to see,
We can be so proud knowing they were “Made By Me”.
Staring out the window on this cold and blustery nigh,
We hold our hooks tight and give out a cry.

“Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen!
Hung by the chimmeny! Hung up on the wall!
Now hook away! Hook away! Hook away all!!
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Twas the Night Before Saturday Sale –  40% off each pattern using

coupon code: STOCKING

in each store through this Sunday, November 23rd.


Sincerely Pam

Smalltown Dreamz

Crystalized Designs

Pink Snail Boutique

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stocking Pattern Collaboration Giveaway

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It’s that time of year again! Decorating, shopping, cooking, more shopping…. but most of all, it’s the season of giving! Sincerely Pam, Pink Snail Boutique, Smalltown Dreams and Crystalized Designs have collaborated in bringing YOU Santa and his 8 reindeer stockings! And we’re giving away a set of these patterns to FOUR people!! Yes, you read that right! Four people will get the Santa Stocking, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen… are you signing along yet?? Want to meet them??

Santa Stocking by Smalltown Dreams

The Santa Stocking by Smalltown Dreamz



Dasher Stocking by Pink Snail Boutique

Dasher Christmas Stocking




Dancer Stocking by Smalltown Dreamz

(Dancer) Snowflake Stocking by Smalltown Dreamz




Prancer Stocking Bunting by Crystalized Designs

Prancer Stocking Bunting by Crystalized Designs


Vixen Stocking

(Vixen) Victoria Stocking by Sincerely Pam


Comet Stocking by Crystalized Designs


Comet Stocking by Crystalized Designs


Cupid Stocking by Pink Snail Boutique


Cupid Stocking by Pink Snail Boutique


Dylan Stocking by Sincerely Pam



(Donner) Dylan Stocking by Sincerely Pam


Blitzen Stocking by Crystalized Designs


Blitzen Stocking by Crystalized Designs






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Stocking Pattern Collaboration Giveaway

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Worldwide Artists Blog Hop

I was invited to participate in the Worldwide Artists Blog Hop earlier this month.  This is a blog hop of all sorts of creative artisians from all over the world share their answers to 4 questions.

I was nominated by Sheri from Country Willows Designs. I met Sheri online and have tested a few of her patterns. She introduced me to a Crochet Bloggers Group and the rest is still in the making.

Now on to the 4 questions.

Why do I do what I do? hmmm, I love to see people smile and that is what I see when I either give a crochet piece away or talk to people at a local event about my pieces. I will be honest though, my business helps support my family. With the struggles of having children in school and trying to work around their schedule, we decided as a family for me to stay home. Pink Snail Boutique income goes to things like clarinet and karate classes, Christmas and Birthday presents and hopefully one day we will even be able to take a family vacation.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Within the crochet design industry there are a lot of similarities and that is to be expected. There is a basic shape for a hat or a cowl. The differences come in the stitch and even then there are only so many stitches. My work differs in that I try to find a stitch that has not been used. When I go to make an item if I find a pattern I really like that already exists I will use or buy that pattern. If I am unable to find exactly what I am looking for I will start from scratch and make my own.

How does my creative process work?

Opening a stitch book often begins my inspiration. I may start with an idea, for instance, I participated in the Battle of the Stitches challenge and we were given the stitch of braided cable and our theme was Winter Wonderland. I immediately thought of a poncho. I researched different poncho designs and as I was working up my piece my creative mind took over and my final piece was quite different than my original sketch.

Braids & Cable Poncho 2

What am I working on now? 

I just finished up a Market bag. I am also gearing up for the Christmas boutique season. One of my busiest times of the year.



Now I would like to introduce you to 2 of my blogging/crafty friends. Stacy from Too Yarn Cute, who I have worked with as a newsletter publisher and contributor to Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine. The second is Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz, I met Stephanie as a member of the Mad Mad Makers group and we are in each others pattern testing groups.






Worldwide Artists Blog Hop

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Will it fit? Sizing for everyone- Hats and Headbands

 Hat and Headband Sizing.


Please measure your head for a perfect fit. 


(Note that some yarns stretch up to 2″)


Age
Hat & Headband

Circumferance

Hat Height
Preemie 5-6lbs12″4″
Newborn13″4.5″
3-6 months14″5″
6-12 months16″6″
Toddler18″7″
3-10 years19″8″
Pre-Teen & Teen20″8.9″
Adult Woman22″9″
Adult Man24″9.5″


Please use this chart when ordering from Pink Snail Boutique.




Will it fit? Sizing for everyone- Hats and Headbands

Test Post from Pink Snail Boutique

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Anchors Away Market Bag

Introducing the Anchors Away Market Bag
(Named by my fan- Amanda)
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Recently the state I call home banned the use of single use plastic bags. While I never considered them single use with the many ways I use them. Wet clothes bags, trash can liners, and the list goes on.
However, that is all going to change and the need for stronger and a more eco-friendly alternative is needed.
I scoured my "The Crochet Stitch Bible" for the perfect stitch to use in the body of the bag. I picked the Triangle Mesh Stitch. I added a full single crochet base to the bag to give it a solid bottom. I used Bernat Cotton yarn for easy care. Machine wash/dry.  You will love this bag and find many uses for it. 
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All my patterns are tested prior to release to ensure accuracy.
For this pattern I would like to thank two of my testers.
yarnmelodysfromtheheart
whimsystitchbysarah
Pattern is available on Raverly  and Craftsy for $.99