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Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2015 Designer spotlight, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway: The Purple Poncho

Designer Spotlight on Carolyn Calderon/The Purple Poncho on Underground Crafter: Mini interview, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway #HolidayStashdownCAL2015I’m sharing a mini interview with Carolyn Calderon, the crochet designer behind The Purple Poncho, along with a roundup of 6 of my favorite free crochet patterns from her collection. This is also the giveaway page for the Festive Bottle Cozy, the fourteenth pattern in the Holiday Stashdown CAL, so read on for details.



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Mini Interview with Carolyn Calderon

Carolyn Calderon.

Carolyn Calderon.

Underground Crafter (UC): How do you know if someone is crochet-worthy?

Carolyn: I like to make things for people who really appreciate the work that goes into the item. I’ve found that people who aren’t crafty don’t know what it takes to complete a project for them. You never know though until you see how the recipient takes care of the item or uses it. For example, I  had given a custom purse to my daughter’s friend for her Quinceanera, and when I asked her later how she liked it, she said has it on display in her room and that it is too special to use.  She is definitely crochet worthy, and I wish she would use it, I’d make her another one!

UC: What are your favorite types of holiday gift projects to crochet?

Carolyn: Some of my favorite holiday gifts to crochet are snowflakes and angels. I’ve found that snowflakes fit nicely inside Christmas cards. I also like to make a bunch of scarves and hats and then play the white elephant game with my relatives at Christmas. It’s so fun to see them stealing the gifts from each other. It’s also a great way to see who likes what items and what colors.

UC: How do you hold your hook? Pencil, knife, or something else?

Carolyn: I’ve always held my hook like a pencil. I’m comfortable with that hold, and I think that’s why I feel so awkward to knit or do Tunisian crochet.  I’ve recently taken up knitting and I’m trying to get used to holding both needles in the knife hold. It’s so hard for me.

UC: What’s on your crochet holiday wishlist?

UC: On my crochet holiday wish list would be more yarn, of course, and more time to crochet! I have several WIPs going of items for me that I never get around to finishing. I’m hoping to unwind over New Year’s and complete them.

Thanks for sharing your answers, Carolyn.

Craftsy

Free Crochet Pattern Roundup

Designer Spotlight on Carolyn Calderon/The Purple Poncho on Underground Crafter: Mini interview, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway #HolidayStashdownCAL2015Pictured above are 6 of my favorite free crochet patterns from Carolyn’s collection. Each would make a great holiday gift. Photos are copyright The Purple Poncho and are used with permission.

  1. Recycled Jar Cozy (free pattern available here)
  2. Easy HDC Beanie (free pattern available here)
  3. Herringbone Infinity Scarf (free pattern available here)
  4. Island Breeze Bag (free pattern available here)
  5. Classic Winter Beanie (free pattern available here)
  6. Sparkle Hoop Earrings (free pattern available here)

You can find Carolyn on The Purple Poncho or follow her on Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry


#HolidayStashdownCAL2015 Giveaway!

This is the giveaway page for the fourteenth pattern in the CAL by The Purple Poncho.

  • Get the free Festive Bottle Cozy pattern.
  • Find out more about the Holiday Stashdown CAL here.
  • To enter the end-of-giveaway CAL for this pattern, share a picture of your completed Festive Bottle Cozy using the link up below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 11, 2016.
  • You may share one picture of each project you complete using the Festive Bottle Cozy pattern.
  • Each completed project will count as one entry in the giveaway.
  • Please link directly to the Ravelry project page, Instagram photo, or blog post, not to your main blog or profile.
  • One giveaway winner will be chosen from these entries at random to win one of the end-of-CAL giveaway prizes.
  • If you share a completed project picture for each of the 15 CAL patterns, you will receive 5 extra entries (for a total of 20) for an end-of-CAL giveaway prize.
  • The most clicked on projects from each of the 15 CAL patterns will be entered in an additional giveaway for the “Viewer’s Choice” prize.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaway.

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2015 Designer spotlight, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway: Acorn Tree Creations

Designer Spotlight on Jenny Thomas/Acorn Tree Creations with crochet pattern roundup and interview on Underground Crafter #HolidayStashdownCAL2015I’m sharing a mini interview with Jenny Thomas, the crochet designer behind Acorn Tree Creations, along with a roundup of 5 of my favorite crochet patterns from her collection. This is also the giveaway page for the Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy by Acorn Tree Creations, the twelvth pattern in the Holiday Stashdown CAL, so read on for details.

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Mini Interview with Jenny Thomas

Underground Crafter (UC): How do you know if someone is crochet-worthy? What are your favorite types of holiday gift projects to crochet?

Jenny: I’m careful about who I crochet gifts for because I want to know they’ll actually appreciate the gift and I’m a pretty practical gift giver at heart. I hate for things not to be used. Typically, I crochet more for my husbands’ family than my own because his mother is a knitter, so they’re used to and appreciate handmade gifts. On my side, I’ve tended to give things like ornaments or novelty items (Santa scarf for my dad, character hats for the kids.)

UC: How do you hold your hook? Pencil, knife, or something else?

Jenny: I’m definitely a knife holder, but I think I hold it differently than a lot of other knife holders. I’d love to get in a room with other crocheters and compare notes!

UC: What’s on your crochet holiday wishlist?

Jenny: More DK and sport weight yarn! I’ve been branching out from my worsted weight comfort zone and love the lightness and drape of things made with thinner yarn.

Thanks for sharing your answers, Jenny.

Craftsy

Crochet Pattern Roundup

Designer Spotlight on Jenny Thomas/Acorn Tree Creations with crochet pattern roundup and interview on Underground Crafter #HolidayStashdownCAL2015Pictured above are 5 of my favorite crochet patterns from Jenny’s collection. Each would make a great holiday gift. Photos are copyright Acorn Tree Creations and are used with permission.

    1. Chunky Lacy Reversible Crochet Headband (pattern for sale here)
  • Quick and Easy DC Stitch Beanie (free crochet pattern available here)
  • Dinosaur Crochet Hat (pattern for sale here)
  • Little Sailor Anchor Hat (pattern for sale here)
  • Elsa 3 Button Headwarmer (pattern for sale here)

Find Jenny at Acorn Tree Creations or follow her on Facebook | G+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry | Twitter | YouTube.

300x250 ILC bDecemberBanners#HolidayStashdownCAL2015 Giveaway!

This is the giveaway page for the twelvth pattern in the CAL by Acorn Tree Creations.

    • Get the free Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy pattern here.
  • Find out more about the Holiday Stashdown CAL here.
  • To enter the end-of-giveaway CAL for this pattern, share a picture of your completed Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy using the link up below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 11, 2016.
  • You may share one picture of each project you complete using the Holly in the Snow Cup Cozy pattern.
  • Each completed project will count as one entry in the giveaway.
  • Please link directly to the Ravelry project page, Instagram photo, or blog post, not to your main blog or profile.
  • One giveaway winner will be chosen from these entries at random to win one of the end-of-CAL giveaway prizes.
  • If you share a completed project picture for each of the 15 CAL patterns, you will receive 5 extra entries (for a total of 20) for an end-of-CAL giveaway prize.
  • The most clicked on projects from each of the 15 CAL patterns will be entered in an additional giveaway for the “Viewer’s Choice” prize.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaway.

 

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2015 Designer spotlight, free crochet pattern roundup, and giveaway: Stitches ‘n’ Scraps

#HolidayStashdownCAL2015 Designer spotlight: Mini interview with Pia Thadani/Stitches 'N' Scraps, roundup of free crochet patterns, and giveaway!I’m sharing a mini interview with Pia Thadani, the crochet designer behind Stitches ‘N’ Scraps, along with a roundup of 5 of my favorite free crochet patterns from her collection. This is also the giveaway page for the Non-stop Slippers by Stitches ‘N’ Scraps, the eleventh pattern in the Holiday Stashdown CAL, so read on for details.

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Mini Interview with Pia Thadani

#HolidayStashdownCAL2015 Designer spotlight: Mini interview with Pia Thadani/Stitches 'N' Scraps, roundup of free crochet patterns, and giveaway!

Pia Thadani.

Underground Crafter (UC): How do you know if someone is crochet-worthy?

Pia: Everyone is crochet worthy once, for a smaller item. Beyond that depends on how they react (if they don’t like it, why give them more?) and how they care for the item.

UC: What are your favorite types of holiday gift projects to crochet?

Pia: Anything that is not particularly size dependent – blankets, purses, bags, stretchy mitts, scarves, etc.

UC: How do you hold your hook? Pencil, knife, or something else?

Pia: Knife – I wrote about it here.

UC: What’s on your crochet holiday wishlist?

Pia: For me? Really nothing this year… for giving, I dunno yet but I do need to get started! There are several people I want to make for, I just haven’t figured out what I want to make yet.

Pia emailed me her answers back in September, so let’s hope she has started her handmade holiday projects since then! Thanks for sharing your answers, Pia.

300x250 ILC DecemberBannersFree Crochet Pattern Roundup

Holiday Stashdown CAL designer spotlight on Pia Thadani Stitches N Scraps and free crochet pattern roundup on Underground CrafterPictured above are 5 of my favorite free crochet patterns from Pia’s collection. Each would make a great holiday gift. Photos are copyright Stitches ‘N’ Scraps and are used with permission.

  1. Fierté (available here)
  2. Gift Card Holder (available here)
  3. Spiral Seashell Bag (available here)
  4. Asymmetrical Cowl (available here)
  5. Accidental Beanie (available here)

You can find Pia on Stitches ‘N’ Scraps or follow her on Facebook | Pinterest | Ravelry.

Craftsy

#HolidayStashdownCAL2015 Giveaway!

This is the giveaway page for the eleventh pattern in the CAL by Stitches ‘N’ Scraps.

To enter the end-of-giveaway CAL for this pattern, share a picture of your completed Non-stop Slippers using the link up below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 11, 2016.

  • You may share one picture of each project you complete using the Non-stop Slippers pattern.
  • Each completed project will count as one entry in the giveaway.
  • Please link directly to the Ravelry project page, Instagram photo, or blog post, not to your main blog or profile.
  • One giveaway winner will be chosen from these entries at random to win one of the end-of-CAL giveaway prizes.
  • If you share a completed project picture for each of the 15 CAL patterns, you will receive 5 extra entries (for a total of 20) for an end-of-CAL giveaway prize.
  • The most clicked on projects from each of the 15 CAL patterns will be entered in an additional giveaway for the “Viewer’s Choice” prize.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaway.


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