My Travels: #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect

Back in March, I had the opportunity to travel to Long Beach, California for the #WeAllGrow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect. I had a great few days away and in today’s post, I’ll be sharing pictures from my travels!

When I got to Long Beach, apparently the weather was unusually cloudy. It was still quite a bit warmer than New York City — and beautiful! — so I wasn’t upset.

View from the grounds of Hotel Maya in Long Beach at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
View from the grounds of Hotel Maya.

The conference featured several “room drops” by sponsors. It was always fun to get back to my room in the afternoon and find some goodies waiting.

Dove room drop at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
Dove‘s room drop was particularly generous.

On Friday morning, I was part of a panel on podcasting with Bricia and Paulina from the Super Mamas podcast and Marianna from the Bilingual Avenue podcast. I stopped by the Dove booth for a little makeover on the way.

Marie with curls at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
A selfie — with curls! — taken after I visited the Dove booth.

After the panel, I visited several other sponsor booths.

My Intent bracelet at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
A personalized bracelet from MyIntent. You may remember that color is my 2016 word of the year.

One of the highlights was a stop at the Neutrogena booth, where I had the chance to speak to a dermotologist. She recommended a complete change to my skin care routine and gave me several products to try.

Neutrogena products at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
2/3 of my new skin care regimen.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve gotten some great feedback on my skin, so I guess it’s working!

I should also mention that I didn’t suffer from hunger at this event. The ladies who put #WeAllGrow together know how to feed you! The meals were fabulous but I also enjoyed the snacks, like the smoothies at the AVEENO booth.

AVEENO Booth Shakes Recipes at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
Yummy smoothie recipes at the AVEENO booth.
AVEENO Booth Shakes Recipes at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
Even more yummy smoothie recipes at the AVEENO booth.
AVEENO Booth Shakes Recipes at WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
I tried “Absolutely Ageless.” Yum!

I also picked up some great body lotion at the AVEENO booth. I starting using it right away and forgot to take pictures, though.

#WeAllGrow wasn’t all just eating and getting free stuff, of course. I also went to some great workshops, like Next-Level Pinning with Enid from Pinterest and Media Kits 101 with Lina from Everywhere Society.

I also had the chance to meet up with the team from TurboTax, which just happens to be the software I’ve used for my personal and business taxes since I launched Underground Crafter back in 2008. I even won a YOU Party kit, which gave me 50% off on tax software for me and four friends.

Turbo Tax YOU Party kit from WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground CrafterSince most of my friends had already done their taxes by the time I got home, I reached out to some of my blogger buddies for a virtual tax party.

Turbo Tax YOU Party kit from WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Underground Crafter
My virtual TurboTax party buddies: Carmen and “A Little Chick” from A Simple Homestead and Elisabeth from Calleigh’s Clips and Crochet Creations. Photos © the respective blogger.

 

(I also shared the codes with my dad. But, like me, he wasn’t quite in a party mood at tax time!)

All of this was fun, but the highlight of the trip actually happened away from the conference. Carolyn from The Purple Poncho happens to live in the area, and she picked me up from the hotel for a night out in Long Beach.

Underground Crafter and The Purple Poncho WeAllGrow Summit 2016
Is there anything better than a night out with another crocheter? Me (at left) and Carolyn from The Purple Poncho (at right). Photo © The Purple Poncho.

I had an amazing time at #WeAllGrow and I hope to go again in 2017. (Maybe this time I’ll arrive a day early so I can check out the local yarn shops! You can find tips for finding local yarn shops to visit during your next trip in this post.)

Mini interview with Tammy Hildebrand

Hairpin Lace, the Crochet Speciality of the Month for May, 2015 on Underground Crafter
Welcome to my themed blog series, Crochet Specialty of the Month! Each month in 2015, I’ll feature a specialized crochet technique, stitch pattern, or project type through several posts.

As part of this month’s focus on hairpin lace, I’m sharing a mini interview today with Tammy Hildebrand from Hot Lava Crochet. Tammy is a crochet designer, author, teacher, and blogger. She’s also the current Vice President of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)

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You can find Tammy online at the Hot Lava Crochet blog, and on Craftsy, Facebook, Pinterest, Ravelry, and Twitter.  (By the way, May 18 just happens to be Tammy’s birthday, so don’t forget to wish her Happy Birthday on social media!) After reclaiming her health 22 months ago using a nutritional cleanse program after 7 years of illness,Tammy is also a health and wellness coach. You can find her health and wellness Facebook page here

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tammy before here as part of her blog tour for Crochet Wraps Every Which Way, and you can find more details about her background there. Today, we’re all focused on hairpin lace, one of Tammy’s favorite techniques. All images are used with permission and are copyright Tammy Hildebrand unless otherwise noted.

Tammy Hildebrand, wearing her Celebration 2015 Hat, a free crochet pattern.
Tammy Hildebrand, wearing her Celebration 2015 Hat, a free crochet pattern.

Underground Crafter (UC): You have several designs featuring the hairpin lace technique. How did you first learn about hairpin lace? 

Tammy: A number of years ago I attended a Stitches West show to work in the CGOA booth. Jennifer Hansen (Stitch Diva) was giving a demonstration of hairpin lace on the show floor. She is such an amazing teacher and made it so easy that I picked it right up and loved it immediately. 

3 hairpin lace designs from Tammy's book, Crochet Wraps Every Which Way. Left: Irish Jig. Top right: You Are My Sunshine. Bottom right: Shimmering Pearls Wrap.
3 hairpin lace designs from Tammy’s book, Crochet Wraps Every Which Way. Left: Irish Jig. Top right: You Are My Sunshine. Bottom right: Shimmering Pearls Wrap.

UC: What do you enjoy about designing with hairpin lace? 

Tammy: I love how quickly it works up and it is very methodical and relaxing. Plus the end result is beautiful!

Hairpin Lace Vest, free crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand. Image (c) Red Heart Yarn.
Hairpin Lace Vest, free crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand. Image (c) Red Heart Yarn.

UC: Do you have a preferred loom or other specialty tools for hairpin lace? 

Tammy: I do! Jennifer sells a handcrafted Walnut frame on her site that is the best loom I’ve ever used. It adjusts to more sizes than the typical metal and plastic looms and it is much sturdier. 

Abstract Treasures Shawl, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.
Abstract Treasures Shawl, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.

UC: Are there any crochet websites or blogs that you frequent for inspiration or community?

Tammy: Well, obviously Stitch Diva! Ha, Ha. I also love to search for inspiration on Pinterest.

Amelia Broomstick Lace Long Vest, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.
Amelia Broomstick Lace Long Vest, crochet pattern by Tammy Hildebrand for sale on Craftsy.

UC: Do you have any new or upcoming projects you’d like to share?

Tammy: I will have a design in the upcoming issue of Interweave Crochet that I am rather proud of. It is unlike anything I have ever done before and it was a bit challenging but very rewarding!

Tammy, thank you for sharing your love of hairpin lace with us! We’re looking forward to seeing that upcoming pattern!

If you love these patterns, you may enjoy my Crochet Lace Board on Pinterest.

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Crochet Lace on Pinterest.

Tuesday PIN-spiration Link Party Week 36

 This week, I’m thrilled to join Amy from The Stitchin’ Mommy and Rhondda from Oombawka Design for the Tuesday PIN-spiration Link Party! Read on for more details.

Tuesday PIN-spiration Link Party Week 36Welcome to the Tuesday PIN-spiration link party! Make sure to stop by and pin the projects that you love the most and check out the Tuesday PIN-spiration Pinterest Board!

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Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2014: Crochet Lace Roundup

I’ve been highlighting some designs from the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry that celebrates patterns by indie designers with a sale, knit- and crochet-a-longs, and tons of prizes and chat.

Yesterday, I shared a roundup of my favorite 9 crochet patterns for men in the Gift-a-Long, along with a link to the Pinterest board I set up of all the crochet patterns on sale. Each of these patterns is 25% off through November 21 with coupon code giftalong2014.

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 12 of my favorite Gift-a-Long patterns that feature crochet lace. Unless otherwise noted, images are copyright the designers.

You can find direct links to the designers and patterns below (listed from left to right).

Top row: Allegro Wrap by Melinda MillerFilet à Papillons Shawl by Lindsey Stephens, Walden by Sara Peterson.

Second row: Phosphene by Marnie MacLean, Autumnal Cowl by Loraine Birchall, The Secret Garden by Lily Go.

Third row: Soft as Butter by Sarah Jane, Ink Ripples by Elena Fedetova, Bridges Wrap and Scarf by Akua Lezli Hope.

Bottom row: Reserved Seating Wrap by Janet Brani, Stitch Sampler Cowl by Beth Graham, and Nacogdoches Night Scarf by Betty Fay Wallace.

Self-promo alert: I have two patterns including lace, Thaden’s Asymmetrical Shawl and Visit to the Kantcentrum, in my Gift-a-Long sale bundle.

If you’re looking for more great crochet lace patterns, check out my Crochet Lace Pinterest board.

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Crochet Lace on Pinterest.

NaBloPoMo

I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.

Indie Design Gift-a-Long 2014: Spotlight on Crochet!

I mentioned last week that I was participating in the Indie Design Gift-a-Long, an awesome virtual event on Ravelry that celebrates patterns by indie designers with a sale, knit- and crochet-a-longs, and tons of prizes and chat.

There are almost 300 participating designers, most of whom have knitting patterns only, so I decided to make things a bit easier for all of you crochet lovers who want to participate (and buy patterns before the sale ends!) by creating a Pinterest board of all the crochet patterns on sale. Each of these patterns is 25% off through November 21 with coupon code giftalong2014.

Follow Underground Crafter’s board 2014 Ravelry Gift-A-Long: Crochet on Pinterest.

It turns out there are about 300 crochet patterns on sale, including several that would make great gifts for men. I know it’s tough to find patterns that men will love, so I thought I would share a roundup of 9 great patterns for men in this collection. All images are copyright the designer unless otherwise noted.

Purple Gold Scarf by Yuliya Tkacheva

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Purple Gold Scarf by Yuliya Tkacheva

 

Scarf Go Round by Beth Graham (interviewed here)

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Scarf Go Round by Beth Graham

Subliminal Message Scarf by Janet Brani

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Subliminal Message Scarf by Janet Brani

Buttoned Cabled Cowl by Akua Lezli Hope Crocheted Goodin Cowl by Margaret Kendall

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Buttoned Cabled Cowl by Akua Lezli Hope. Image (c) Knit Picks.

mister mister by Kati Mohr

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
mister mister by Kati Mohr

Diagonally Scarf and Shawl by Lindsey Stephens (interviewed here and here)

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Diagonally Scarf and Shawl by Lindsey Stephens. Image (c) Vivian Aubrey Photography.

Gilbert’s Hat by Jessica Bolof

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Gilbert’s Hat by Jessica Bolof

Cubed Hat by Darleen Hopkins

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Cubed Hat by Darleen Hopkins

Crocheted Goodin Cowl by Margaret Kendall

9 Crochet Patterns for Men Roundup on Underground Crafter
Crocheted Goodin Cowl by Margaret Kendall

Self-promo alert: I also have a great bulky scarf that’s great for men, the Columns with Shells Scarf, in my Gift-a-Long sale bundle.

If you’re looking for more great patterns for men, check out my Crochet for Men Pinterest board. 

Follow Underground Crafter’s board Crochet for Men on Pinterest.

NaBloPoMo

I’m participating in BlogHer’s National Blog Post Month (also known as NaBloPoMo) by blogging daily through November, 2014.