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Ripple Mania CAL: Week 3 – Ripple Variations

This week is all about ripple variations – how to make your ripples pointier, lacier, more or less textured, and so on.  This week’s Ripple Mania PDF includes four stitch patterns and one project.  Due to Hurricane Sandy, I didn’t take as many pictures as I would usually, but here are the patterns you will find this week.

I’m also very excited to announce two sponsors for the Ripple Mania prizes: Coats & Clark and Leisure Arts.

The CAL is free to join.  Each week, an updated PDF will be available to download on Ravelry, and Ravelry members can chat in the Ripple Mania CAL thread in the Underground Crafter group.  (You do not have to be a Ravelry member to download the PDF.)  Once the CAL ends on November 21, Ripple Mania will be converted to a “for sale” pattern ebook.

Ripple Mania CAL Schedule

Wednesday, 10/17 – Ripple Mania Kick Off!

Ripple Mania CAL Chat on Ravelry

Week 1 Chat on Ravelry

  • Supply list and project suggestions
  • Colorize Your Ripple: Choosing a Palette for Your Project

Wednesday, 10/24 -Ripple Basics

Week 2 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 10/31 – Ripple Variations

Week 3 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/7 – Squaring Up Your Ripple

Week 4 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/14 – Adding ripples to hexagon and square motif patterns

Week 5 Chat on Ravelry

Wednesday, 11/28 – The Big Reveal!

Visit Ravelry to get started with the Ripple Mania CAL!

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge, Week 25

The last few days have been really hectic due to Hurricane Sandy.  As of this writing, my family and I are safe and we are among the lucky folks who still have power.  To be honest, I haven’t been thinking much about holiday crafting for the past few days :).  Since revising my list last week, I’m feeling very secure because I only have a few projects left to make.  I took a little break from pressure crafting after banging out a series of projects on commission last week.  And, of course, with the storm, even if I did make something over the weekend, I wouldn’t be able to photograph it outside, so I decided to just take some time for myself.

How is your holiday crafting coming along?  Feel free to share your progress and links in the comments!

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Accessories: Autumne 2012 by Voie de Vie Blog Tour and Giveaway

I was thrilled when Denise from Voie de Vie invited me to be part of the blog tour for her new pattern collection e-book, Accessories: Autumne 2012.  I first “met” Denise soon after I started blogging, when I hosted the yarn swap adventure through the Blog Hub group on Ravelry.  (By the way, Denise was a very good sport about that swap.  You can read about her swap adventures here, here, and here.)  Denise has also been generous enough to offer a free e-book to one of my blog readers, so continue on for details about how to enter.

Denise has done a courageous thing with this pattern collection: She included both crochet and knitting patterns.  Even though it seems that about 60% of yarn crafters both knit and crochet, some folks seem to feel pretty strongly that they don’t want the two crafts to mix.  Not to worry – if you’re one of those people, you can also buy each pattern in the collection separately.

So what’s inside the collection?  As the name suggests, the e-book includes five patterns for fall accessories and is available for $14.99.  The e-book layout is like an online magazine, with full page photos, mini essays describing Denise’s inspiration, and many pictures of each design.  Denise also includes some process photos for broomstick lace and tassels.   A lot of designers skimp on pictures because they worry customers will complain about the ink required for printouts, but Denise has combined the best of both worlds here.  She has a visually stimulating layout, but the pattern pages are more-text heavy with only one or two pictures so you can save ink by printing just the patterns.

The collection includes one crocheted hat, Slouching Towards Tassels Cap, and one knit scarf, The Piaf Scarf, which are both for sale individually for $3.99, and three crocheted neck/torso projects, Enveloped Cowl, Le Bouquet Stole,  and Rustically Elegant Shoulder Warmer, which are for sale individually for $5.

My favorites are the Enveloped Cowl, which Denise blogged about here, and Le Bouquet Stole, which Denise blogged about here.

Enveloped Cowl. This about describes how I feel about the pattern.  I love the use of broomstick lace and the buttons are awesome!

Le Bouquet Stole is elegant and classic.

Denise is also hosting a JAL (join-a-long) in her Ravelry group here.  Besides all of the fun of working on your projects alongside other crafters, there are prizes involved for everyone who posts project pictures by December 9.

Thanks, Denise, for providing me and one lucky reader with a free copy of your e-book!  If I wasn’t worried about Hurricane Sandy, I might even be outside crocheting up a swatch for one of these projects.


Are you ready to win your copy of Accessories: Autumne 2012?  This giveaway is open to all readers with an email address.  Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 2, 2012.

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Year of Projects, Year 2: A quickie

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‘m sharing a quickie post today because I’m running out to meet my mom and join the lines of New York City shoppers preparing for Hurricane Sandy.  Public schools are closed tomorrow, but I haven’t heard about the colleges yet, so I may or may not be going in to work.  I hope everyone in the storm’s path remains safe over the next few days.

On a lighter note, I did make one charity square this morning.

This is the Dog Rose from Granny Squares: Over 25 Creative Ways to Crochet the Classic Pattern by Stephanie Gohr, Melanie Sturm, and Barbara Wilder.  (I’ll be reviewing this book soon, by the way.)  I haven’t woven in the ends because many of the charities ask that you don’t – it seems that some people just “knot and cut” and to make sure your ends are woven in sturdily, the charities ask you to leave the yarn tails hanging.  It doesn’t make for a neat photo, though.

For more Year of Projects posts, visit Come Bl0g-a-long on Ravelry.


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Red Scarf Project

It’s that time of year when crocheters and knitters are sending their handmade goodies to the Red Scarf Project.  If you aren’t familiar with the Red Scarf Project, it is a program operated by Foster Care to Success: America’s College Fund for Foster Youth.  FCS sends foster care college students care packages, including a Valentine’s Day care package with a crochet or knit red scarf inside.

This charity is close to my heart for a few reasons.  Early in my career, I worked with a youth program and made frequent visits to foster care group homes.  That experience definitely showed me the tremendous challenges that foster care youth face.  And, when I first started connecting my passion for crochet with the online crafting community, the Red Scarf Project was the first charity I learned about online where I could send my crocheted goodies.

Due to space restrictions, donations are only accepted between September 1 and December 15 each year.  In case you’re interested in sharing some of your crochet or knitted scarves with the Red Scarf Project, I’m including the guidelines from their website here:


Size: approximately 60” long and 5” to 8” wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front.

Style: Think unisex collegiate. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape, tie easily and be soft.

Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red.

Finished & tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, and more.

Mail to: Foster Care to Success, Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20166

NOTE: Scarves are accepted between September 1 and December 15 annually.  As we have limited storage space, please send your scarves only during this time period.

As I was looking over the Red Scarf Project website this year, I saw that there are links to nine pattern pages, but only one is to a crochet pattern :(.

After working relentlessly on secret projects for the past week, I’m in the mood to mindlessly follow someone else’s pattern.  Now that I’ve been so good about busting stash, I only have about 250 yards of red yarn left, so I did a Ravelry search for low yardage, unisex scarf patterns.  I came across the Eva’s Ribs Scarf Pattern by Vashti Braha (interviewed by me here).  I remember Vashti’s slip stitch explorations in her newsletter, so I’m excited to try this out.  Who knows, if I like slip stitching, I might end up making myself the Eva Shrug


Do you have a favorite charity that accepts handmade donations?  


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