Dope Women Creating!

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Do you follow @channypeascorner on Instagram? Yes, you Rock! No? Well you should. One day Channy posted this quote, “Never Stop Creating New Stuff” and some of us responded. And she created the Dope Women Creating Collaboration. We are DOPE makers! We are offer enamel pins, patterns, yarn, stickers, stitch markers, project bags, earrings and so much more!! So get ready it all begins on Small Business Saturday, on Instagram with @channypeascorner

Now to introduce my contribution to Dope Women Creating… the Devica Cowl!

Devica Cowl

Thank you WeCrochet for supporting Dope Women Creating! The Devica Cowl Pattern uses Knit Picks, Paragon. It is a sport weight yarn, a blend of merino wool, baby alpaca and mulberry silk. It is a gorgeous, lovely yarn and so so soft! This pattern includes a funky cluster stitch, color work stripes, it is worked in one piece and joined together with a decorative seam. Included are helpful pictures in both right and left handed on how to work the cluster stitch.

Be sure to visit Dope Women Creating! Follow @channypeascorner for fun stuff this Saturday! Giveaways!

Enjoy! Remember Support Small Business!!

Operation Snowflake

Each year to give as gifts to family and friends, I make snowflakes. I give one to each of my co-workers, which works well for remembering how many years I have worked at the library. They are a token of my love and appreciation. Generally I make about 50-60 or more. Quick 2-3 round snowflakes work best for making so many.

Starting in 2018, I designed my first snowflake, Oriel. It works up quick in 2 rounds using double crochet, single crochet, clusters, slip stitches and chains.

Oriel Snowflake

Then last year, I had a picture in mind for a snowflake of clusters, and I drew out a sketch and created the Nova Snowflake. This snowflake is worked up in 2 rounds, using clusters, chains, double crochet, and picots.

Nova Snowflake

So then for this year, I drew out some sketches again. A picture came to mind and I set to work. Now to present this years snowflake, Vara. It works up in 3 quick rounds using single crochet, treble clusters, slip stitches, and chains.

Vara Snowflake

To finish all the snowflakes, I mix 1 part glue (Elmer’s) to 2 parts water, then brush each side using a craft paintbrush. Finally pinning them to shape! Each of these patterns is free on Ravelry. Feel free to try them all! Though I make them in thread, they could easily be made in any weight yarn! As you download the patterns, please favorite them too! If have any questions, contact me here or on any social media!

Enjoy!

The Inside Story of Elecktra Cowl

A day in the life of this yarn junkie. The story behind my Elecktra Cowl Pattern

Elecktra Cowl

Most days I am crocheting and listening to a book. I get ready for work then sit down with my crochet and an audio book, crocheting until I have to leave.  Most days I pay attention to the time but this one day in particular I did not.  When I finally looked at the time realizing I would be late for work, I hustled into my car opening the garage door as I started my car. I proceed to back out of the garage without paying attention to the rate of speed of the garage door opening. All of a sudden, I heard a kind of snap! I stop and realize I just lost the antenna from the back of the car, it is now stuck in the garage door.  All of a sudden, I have no radio station. As I am speeding to work, I scan for any possible radio station, and voila the only station is classic greatest hits, 103.9 BBO.  Some old songs make me giggle. Do you some old songs make you giggle too? 

The devastation of losing the antenna is most felt as we are passing by Point Pleasant (Hello Wisconsin) on our way to Chicago and the moment we could or used to be able to switch the radio to Chicago’s 93.1 XRT. This is the moment I feel most guilty for being a yarn junkie. 

Anyway, around Thanksgiving, the Fibre shop (my lys) had a trunk show with Blackcat Fibers. They create some fabulous colorways. I successfully limited myself to 3 skeins, I chose the color ways; Lucy Fur, Chryosilna, and Electric Ave. When I see or hear the words Electric avenue, I start hearing Rick James sing in my head, “We gonna rock you to electric avenue, and then will take you higher…” So, as I made my purchase all the while the song playing in my head. I picked out a stitch pattern from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary, Volume: 4 to use for this fabulous color way. I typed up the pattern, too my standard amateur pictures, sent it off for tech editing (Fiat Fibers). Lastly, I added a hand drawn stitch chart, and it is now available for purchase on Ravelry and my Etsy shop

Epilogue: Since I originally wrote this story, we inherited a newer car, my Dad now has this car and he doesn’t listen to the radio.  

Elecktra Cowl

Enjoy!

Aurelia Shawlette

This beautiful shawl is done! So my first project of the BIPOC MAL is complete and I really love the mesh lace! It is the Aurelia Shawlette by Brittany Garber.

I took these pictures real quickly one morning last week before having to go to work. The yarn is Mitchell Creations in DK wt. color is Lake Pontchartrain.

I love this detail the solid sections and the mesh lace. And this color is so dreamy! You can find the Aurelia Shawlette by Brittany Garber here.

Enjoy!

Work in progress Wednesday

So this is one of my multiple works in progress. I started my first project for the BIPOC MAL. I am working up Aurelia Shawlette by Brittany Garber. And at first I picked out some fingering weight because I will pick out yarn, wind it and then read the pattern. So since this pattern calls for DK weight, I wound up some gorgeous DK from at Mitchell’s Creations. This particular color way is Lake Pontchartrain.

I am really having fun with this pattern and now at the half way point.

And what am I doing with that fingering wt. yarn? I started a new design…

this on is with The Crochet Cove, Spectacular Speckles in Noelle. And the yarn pin is from Channypeascorner, I am a member of the Queen of Yarn club.

Enjoy!

New Warm Items

This is my recent design, Autumn Accessories Set published in Simply Crochet Magazine! The set includes an ear warmer, cowl and fingerless mitts. The yarn used in this particular pattern is Scheepjes Yarn, Chunky Monkey. It is a gorgeous, heavy worsted to bulky acrylic yarn. For this design, I wanted to incorporate a lacy pattern within solid stitches, creating beauty and warmth in one package. On Facebook a friend had asked if I sold any items like this and realized the Winter Warmth section of my Etsy shop was empty. So I went into my samples and added some warm items like these.

This is the original Autumn Accessories set,

it is made with Cascade Yarns, Eco Wool in Antique.

And then this one,

This set includes an ear warmer, and cowl. The ear warmer is embellished with a beautiful button. And the cowl is a button up cowl made in Tunisian Crochet. The cowl is the Velva Cowl, a design featured in the October 2017 issue of Crochet World. This pattern is available at here.

There are a few others warm accessories to check out! Enjoy!

Starting today!!

Join me in participating in the BIPOC MAL sponsored by Desamour Designs! It is running from October 1st – December 18. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, try new pattern and make new friends! There are some easy to follow rules and chances to win prizes!! I have picked out my nine patterns and looking forward to fun! Follow me on instagram to see my progress! You can find out more at Desamour Designs.

Beanie, Caps, Hats

Recently I design two new hats and reworked the pattern for a third. To celebrate the beginning of Autumn and the upcoming election to support the #warmtheline on Instagram, these hat patterns are only available on Ravelry. You can get a free copy of each of these hats, Wanda Hat, CrissCross Cap, and Boise Beanie now through November 3rd.

Wanda Hat
CrissCross Cap
Boise Beanie

Hello! A little bit about me…

As I remember it, my Grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet. It was tricky for her as I am left-handed. Immediately, I enjoyed crochet more and starting making clothes for my Barbie, and a pencil pouch. My love of crochet knows no bounds. I crochet goods for my shop as well design patterns for makers to enjoy. 

I  live with my family in Neenah, WI.  My day job is working at our local library.  I spend time everyday exploring the art of crochet.  Everyday life inspires my work from family to nature.

I hope to share with you inspiration, new designs, techniques, helpful hints to every crocheter!

Tunisian Shawls! Patterns with links!

 So I have been spending some time creating and designing in Tunisian Crochet.  I have some new patterns to show…

This is the latest.. Sylvi Shawl in two versions a Shawl or Shawlette…

And the Phoebe Shawl

in Sweet Georgia Yarns, Party of Five and
another version in a mini set from Casual Fashion Queen. 

Neveah Shawl in Fairy Tale Knits in Hippogriff Pride…

This one is Aveline Shawl in 2 different colors of Round Mountain Fibers,  Spruce.
Now for the latest waiting for testing…
Azure Dreams Shawl
new pattern coming soon!
Enjoy!