Are You One of the Yarn Heroes?

yarn-heroes-logoI am pretty good at keeping secrets, but I don’t always like to do it! For a while now, I’ve been holding back on sharing something with you all. Today, I finally get to tell you all about it.

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As regular readers know, I’m a long time charity crafter. Sure, I believe in doing my share of “selfish” crocheting and knitting and I love to make gifts for family and friends. But, there’s something very powerful about using our hands to create something to provide comfort to someone we don’t even know. Earlier this year, I even started a monthly charity spotlight where I feature a charity that accepts crochet or knitting gifts along with a free crochet pattern that would be appropriate for donation to that organization.

Charity Guide

I’m not the only crochet and knitting designer and blogger who feels charity crafting is important, and the folks at Lion Brand decided to bring together a group of us for a celebration of the Yarn Heroes who contribute their time and talents to help others.

I’ll be updating this post regularly through December 15, 2016 to include more details — including links to free crochet and knitting patterns that are perfect for charity projects — but I wanted to share some key information with you since the official Yarn Heroes announcement is being made today on the Lion Brand Notebook.

  • Get $5 off any $20 or above yarn purchases for charity crafting at through December 15, 2016 with coupon code YARNHEROES2016.
  • Be on the lookout for giveaways! There will be plenty of chances to win yarn over the next few weeks. (These giveaways will be open to those with mailing addresses in the U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Use the hashtag #YarnHeroes if you share your version of one of the featured projects (or any project you make for charity) on social media.
  • Lion Brand is on the lookout for 4 Yarn Heroes who will each win $250 in yarn for the charity of their choice. You can learn more about how to share your story and enter here.

You can check back here for updates throughout the Yarn Heroes campaign, or you can subscribe to my weekly email list. I’ll include links to the latest Yarn Heroes patterns and giveaways each week (and you’ll also get access to the other goodies that I share exclusively with my subscribers).

In the meantime, feel free to check out some of my posts and patterns that are perfect for charity crafting. Click on the image to link to the post.

3 Tips for Making the Biggest Impact with Your Charity Crochet or Knitting, with a roundup of 10+ free #crochet patterns for charity on Underground CrafterSandy Dunes Binky, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter | This beginner-friendly motif blanket is perfect for donation to the Binky Patrol or as a stashbuster.How To Get Started Crocheting or Knitting For Charity in Your Local Community on Underground Crafter including a roundup of 15 free crochet patterns perfect for donation!Not Too Fussy Cap in 4 Sizes, free crochet pattern in Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn by Underground Crafter | This unisex beanie has just enough texture to keep things interesting but not enough to make it “fussy” for the wearer. It’s designed to meet the donation requirements for Christmas at Sea, a program of the Seamen’s Church Institute that provides warm accessories to mariners during the winter months. You can learn more about this program here: Heroes Patterns and Giveaways

These links will be updated during the blog hop after they go live.

What’s your favorite way to donate your crochet or knitting projects?

Underground Crafter around the web!

Apparently, this is going to be a very exciting week for me and Underground Crafter!

Yesterday, I was the featured designer on Posh Pooch Designs. You can read my mini interview with Sara Sach here.

And, Lindsay Lewchuk from Knit Eco Chic shared an interview with me here!

Yarn Thing Marly Bird

But wait, there’s more! Tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, 2015, I will be on Marly Bird‘s Yarn Thing podcast! You can listen in live at 9 a.m. PT/10 a.m. MT/11 a.m. CT/noon ET here for your chance to win some fun prizes. And, if you miss out on the live interview, check back later on the link for the recording.

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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Ripple Mania CAL: Giveaway

Whether you’re just joining in or you’ve been participating in the Ripple Mania Crochet-a-long since October, I know you’re excited to hear more about the prizes!  The Ripple Mania CAL has four fantastic sponsors, Coats & ClarkLeisure ArtsLion Brand Yarn, and Magique Enterprises, who have each put together a great prize package.  This post describes the prizes, explains how you can enter the giveaway, and includes the schedule for the Ripple Mania CAL.  All images are used with permission.

The Prizes

Red Heart Ripple Mania Prize Package (Retail value: $75)

Red Heart is sponsoring a fabulous Ripple Mania package including an issue of Crochet Today! and a copy of the Ripple Effect pattern booklet,  along with everything you need to make the Windsor Ripple Throw – 8 skeins of Red Heart With Love yarn (2 skeins each 1530 Violet and 1814 True Blue D; 1 skein each 1907 Boysenberry, 1701 Hot Pink, 1401 Pewter, and 1805 Bluebell) and a 6 mm (US J) Susan Bates bamboo handle crochet hook.  And, to make it easy for you to work on your project on the go, they’re also including a Red Heart tote bag.



Leisure Arts Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $48.85)

Leisure Arts is sponsoring an awesome Ripple Mania prize package including 69 ripple patterns in 5 pattern books!  The package includes 40 Favorite Ripple Afghans (Ravelry page), Beauty of the Earth Afghans (Ravelry page), Vanna’s Choice Color It Beautiful Afghans (Ravelry page), Ripple Afghans to Crochet (Ravelry page), and Rippling Effects (Ravelry page).  These books will definitely keep you crocheting for quite some time!



Lion Brand Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $33.16)

Lion Brand Yarn is sponsoring a wonderful Ripple Mania prize package – 4 skeins of Amazing in Strawberry Fields, enough yarn to crochet the Candy Color Ripple Cowl.  You’ll have a fashionable accessory just in time for the deep cold of winter!


Magique Enterprises Ripple Mania Prize Package. (Retail value: $24.95CAD)

And for those of you who have been longing to try an Eleggant crochet hook after reading my review, Magique Enterprises is sponsoring a set including the Eleggant comfort crochet handle, six interchangeable hooks (in steel sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and in aluminum sizes 3.5 mm, 5.0 mm, and 6.0 mm), and o-rings.


Now that you’ve heard about all the amazing prizes available, you may be wondering how to enter this giveaway.  Read on for details!


Ripple Mania Giveaway Rules

To enter the Ripple Mania giveaway for your chance to win one of these great prizes:

  • Join in the Ripple Mania Crochet-a-long!  You can participate in the Underground Crafter group on Ravelry, in the comments on this blog, on the Underground Crafter Facebook page, or by Tweeting @ucrafter #ripplemania.
  • Photograph your Ripple Mania project!  Smaller projects (accessories, baby blankets, cozies, washcloths, etc.) must be completed.  Larger projects (adult sweaters, large throws, or bedspreads) must be at least 1/3 finished.
  • Projects must have been started and/or completed during the Ripple Mania CAL (between October 17 and November 28).  You can use any crochet ripple pattern, though of course I’d love it if you used one of mine :).
  • Share a photograph and description of your Ripple Mania project by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 28.  Each project counts as one entry in the giveaway.
  • To share your project on Ravelry: Add the project to your notebook with the tag ripplemania.  Share the project  in the Ripple Mania CAL Giveaways thread.
  • To share your project on Facebook: Post a Wall photo on the Underground Crafter page.  (Remember that if you don’t “like” the page, I won’t be able to message you on Facebook, so you’ll have to check back to see if you’ve won.)
  • To share your project on this blog: Post a link to a project photo (on your blog, Flickr, etc.) in the comments.
  • To share your project on Twitter: Tweet @ucrafter #ripplemania with a link to a photo of your project.
  • This giveaway is open to all crocheters worldwide.
  • By entering the giveaway, you are granting permission for your project photo to be shared in a collage of all entries on this blog.
  • On or about December 1, 2012, four winners will be chosen at random and contacted for mailing addresses.  Winners must respond by December 15, 2012 or their prize will be forfeited.
Thanks so much for joining in, and I can’t wait to see the projects!

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!

Stop by Ravelry to join in on the CAL.