Book Review – Crochet for Baby All Year by Tammy Hildebrand

Melody Rose was the winner of the giveaway!

Crochet for Baby All Year 

I’m a huge fan of Tammy Hildebrand’s designs and was excited to be able to do a review for her new book which has just been released. 

Babies are adorable to begin with, then you crochet them something and it adds a personal touch to their cuteness. The designs in this book are no different. Every chapter has a theme  based on holiday, season, or other special occasion. You will find everything from christening outfits to Halloween costumes and many things in between.

Each design has a boy and girl version and the sizes range from 0-3 month up to 18 months.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

Create your own little cheerleader outfit (or football hat & jersey for boys). 

Crochet Cheerleader Dress

This adorable Christmas set! 

Christmas Crochet

Stanley the Stegosaurus costume 

Stegosaurus dinosaur crochet costume

 

Whether you’re a mother, grandmother, or someone who just loves cute baby crochet, there is something for everyone. Stackpole Books has generously donated a copy for me to give away, so head over to their site and check out the preview here. Then come back and leave a comment and let me know which design was your favorite.

To see more of Tammy’s work, please take a minute to stop by either her Facebook page or her Hot Lava Crochet blog and let her know you were here. I’m sure she would love to hear from you.

Giveaway ends Thurs. July 24th at midnight. Winner will be notified within 48 hours.

 

 

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WIP Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! And, I’ve been working a few more Oversized Chunky Infinity Scarves. It’s such an easy pattern and works up so quickly. My goal is to have one in every color for photos! I’ve had so many orders for various colors, that I think I only have a few colors missing. Here are the royal blue and lavender ones.  royal and purple

Link to your projects this week, visit some other blogs, make some friends, and share some love. I hope you’ll join in and show off what you’re making. Post a photo of a project you’re in the middle of….as much or as little of it as you want. Crochet, knit, sewing, quilting, you name it. Add the link to your project (using the Mr.Linky tool). Feel free to copy & paste my “WIP” button to add to your entry or blog (not required). It’s a fun way to let us know what you’re up to.

I hope you’ll join in!




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Crochet Hand-Me-Downs

Spring Daisy age progression logoSame daughter (2 year age difference), same hat pattern (2 different hat colors)

As my girls and I were headed home from a lunch outing a few days ago, my 2 youngest (5 & 4 years old) had this interaction in the back seat.

Kiera, my 5 year old, “Jess, can I have my hat back?”

One of my older girls said she was sleeping, so I told her to just gently take the hat off and give it back to Kiera. As soon as I said that Jessica’s hand went flying up to her forehead to hold the hat in place.

Me, “Do you need it back now? Or, can you wait til we get home?”

Kiera, “That’s ok Jess, you can keep it if you want.”

Awww, melt my heart. It was the perfect “mommy moment,” which was then followed by…..

Kiera saying, “I know, Mommy! Can you make me a new one so we can match? And, can you make it in the colors of Danica Patrick’s car?!?!?” (Danica Patrick is a NASCAR driver)

The mommy moment was over.

spring daisy 2 logoHere’s a link to the pattern on Ravelry

Here they are in their matching hats.

Do you ever have those crochet “mommy moments?”

 

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WIP Wednesday

It’s Wednesday! I had a busy weekend with my girls’ dance competition, but I’m still working toward my goal of being more organized with my business (and household). I’M a work in progress! as well as all my crochet projects. After Christmas I had posted a photo, on my personal fb page, of an infinity scarf I had made for a Christmas gift. I have so many orders I’m having a hard time catching up! I made a couple, then I get orders for a couple more! The good thing is that it’s a fairly quick pattern, so I try to work on them while hubby and I are watching TV at night. Here’s a few pics of them in different colors. (I’m working on a gorgeous royal blue one now!)

Oversized Photo Strip

 

Link to your projects this week, visit some other blogs, make some friends, and share some love. I hope you’ll join in and show off what you’re making. Post a photo of a project you’re in the middle of….as much or as little of it as you want. Crochet, knit, sewing, quilting, you name it. Add the link to your project (using the Mr.Linky tool). Feel free to copy & paste my “WIP” button to add to your entry or blog (not required). It’s a fun way to let us know what you’re up to.

I hope you’ll join in!




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Choosing Your Crochet Profession

In the crochet industry, many of us wear more than one hat. I started crocheting just to make gifts for others, then I added pattern designer to my crochet resume, and most recently I have become a tech editor. Some crocheters choose to be contract crocheters. Many more sell finished products. If you’re thinking about turning your hobby into a business, decide what direction you have in mind and set a goal. At some point you can reevaluate your path and see if you’d like to change/alter your course, but for now you’ll have a starting point. Below is a list of the most common job titles that a crocheter can have.

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Gift Giver – The gift giver uses her/his hands to make things for others. The recipient may be a family member, friend, or charitable organization.

Gift givers get no monetary compensation. They purchase the yarn and then get to work creating, just for the pure pleasure of helping/giving to others. Most people start crocheting as a hobby and are gift givers. I hope on some level all crocheter’s stay gift givers in one form or another.

Retail Sales – Anyone who makes, and then sells, finished crocheted items would (at least for this post) be classified as retail sales.

Many moms love this line of work because they can stay home with their children and possibly even help out financially. Crocheter’s love to be able to create, and this allows many to do what they love and purchase tons of yarn. (Yay!) If you are looking to have a crochet business like this consider one thing for me. You may think your business is growing too slowly one day and the next day you’re buried in orders and you are stressed out because you don’t know how you’ll finish them all by their deadlines. My advice: draw out a plan and stick with it.

Contract Crocheter – Do you love to crochet? Do you have attention to detail and good finishing skills? Contract crocheters get paid to make a finished piece for yarn companies, retail stores, publishers, and designers.

Attention to detail is a must! And you probably can’t plan on making it your full time job. If you’re looking for more information on this contract crocheters, the CGOA recently did an excellent article on just this topic. Click here to read the article.

Designer – Do you have all these design ideas floating around in your head, or (for more organized people) drawn in a sketchbook?  Do you love to come up with your own project and wonder if you could sell the pattern?

Let me ask you this. Do you like math? If you don’t, you may find designing difficult. There is a lot of math involved in stitch counts, sizing, etc. The other piece of advice I have is to ask what your friends/family think of your designs. If they love them have a few crocheters test out your pattern and see what they think of how it’s written. Designing should be just as fun as crocheting! If you love designing, but not writing out the patterns, you can always incorporate it into your retail sales and just sell the finished product. Be creative!

Tech Editor – Tech editors (sometimes referred to as pattern editors depending on the publisher) review patterns, fix errors, and write the pattern according to the publishers layout guidelines.

Math skills are a must, as well as attention to detail. Finding one error in a pattern is different than finding all the errors in a pattern. (not to dissuade you, just being realistic). You also need to be well versed in all forms of crochet and techniques. If you think you’d like to try to get into tech editing, start with designers on fb. Ask around and see if there are any that would be willing to let you look over their patterns.

If you’re not sure what professional niche would be a good fit for you, just continue doing what you love! If you’re just starting out on your crochet journey start and you’re not sure where you hope to land, I suggest trying them in this order. Spend a while on each one. They are (to some extent) in order of experience. You may find that you’re happy just making gifts for people! I, for one, think the world needs more of a givers heart.

If you’ve only done this as a hobby so far, but you think you’re ready to take the leap at making your crocheting a business, check out my post Starting a Crochet Business.

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Modern Baby Crochet Review & Giveaway

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. WINNER IS BRENDA.

I recently had the opportunity to review a new crochet book called Modern Baby Crochet.

Author Stacey Trock, aka FreshStitches, is well known for her amigurumi patterns, but in her newest release by Martingale she goes beyond just amigurumi. There is something for every skill level from easy to experienced. Below are some of my favorites.*

Mondrian-Inspired Afghan

Zabby the Giggle Monster

Colorful Wiggle Pillow

Oakley the Owl

Buzzy Bee Mobile

Asymmetrical Basket-Weave Blanket

The patterns are sectioned off by colors used. So whether you’re looking for something Bright & Bold, Pretty in Pastel, or Naturally Neutral you’ll be able to easily find a pattern that will appeal to you.

Not only does this book have some adorable patterns, but it has a wealth of information on hooks and yarn, tips for new crocheter’s, tips for specific projects in the book, and help for beginners; including stitches and technique help sections.

Martingale is generously donating a digital copy of this book to one lucky winner. Please visit their website, then come back and tell me which pattern from the book is your favorite. (Click here to view all photos from Modern Baby Crochet)

Contest will end Monday, March 3rd at midnight. Winner will be announced no later than Friday, March 7th.

*Photographer: Brent Kane; photos used with permission from Martingale.

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Flower Cluster Baby Afghan Set

It’s Wednesday! Usually my WIP is a secret, for fear that the recipient will see what I’m making, or even that it is for a publisher and I can’t show you. So, I was super excited when I realized that this week I can show you what I’m working on! It is for a gift, but I’m confident the recipients 1) isn’t on my blog, and 2) has no idea I’m making something for their baby.

You see, this baby blanket and hat set is actually for a waiter we know, who’s wife is pregnant. We go to NH every year for vacation up near Center Harbor/Lake Winnipesaukee region. There is this little mom & pop breakfast place known as Sunshine & Pa’s. We love the food, and Pat is by far the best waiter I’ve ever had my entire life. He remembers our names every year (all 8 of us)! He goes out of his way to make sure my food is piping hot because he knows moms don’t get hot meals too often. And he asks if you like your bacon crispy or more fatty. Those little things make all the difference in the serving industry! Last summer he told us that they had just found out his wife was expecting again. I knew I wanted to make something for them. So, here’s my WIP for this week. We’re hoping to make a quick trip up their for breakfast on Friday (Valentine’s Day).

cluster flower square logo

The squares are almost all sewed together. I just need a name for this project! Please help me! If I choose the name you suggest you will win a copy of the pattern. The flower and squares are made completely from the cluster stitch. (if that helps you come up with a name)

Link to your projects this week, visit some other blogs, make some friends, and share some love. I hope you’ll join in and show off what you’re making. Post a photo of a project you’re in the middle of….as much or as little of it as you want. Crochet, knit, sewing, quilting, you name it. Add the link to your project (using the Mr.Linky tool). Feel free to copy & paste my “WIP” button to add to your entry or blog (not required). It’s a fun way to let us know what you’re up to.

I hope you’ll join in!




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