Awareness Ribbon Afghan Raffle Deadline



I don’t normally do a duplicate post, but I wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for purchasing raffle tickets for my afghan is Sept. 30th at midnight. That’s less than 24 hours! Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in the right sidebar (at the top of the page). If you are on a a mobile device you may not see that so I can email you an invoice. Shipping is free in the US.

Every awareness ribbon has been included (if you want to check me, feel free to ask and I’ll verify for you).

Awareness Ribbon Afghan

Ribbon CollageHere is a list of ticket numbers that are left. Awareness Ribbon Raffle

Drawing will be Oct. 1st. Winner will have 48 hrs to respond with mailing address. After 48 hrs I may choose to pick a new winner.




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The Crochet Awards, “Tag Ur It Game”

flamies crochet awards

Have you heard of The Crochet Awards called the FLAMIES? If you’ve never heard of them, here is an explanation straight from their website:

“The Flamies are the Flaming Hook of Justice Awards, also known as The Crochet Awards. Created by Founder and Fearless Leader of the Crochet Liberation Front, Laurie Wheeler, the awards are a celebration of the best of what the crochet universe has to offer.
These coveted awards are a collective voice to show appreciation to the makers, designers, publishers, and suppliers of crochet tools and yarn.  They are voted on by the passionate crochet community to show their pride and celebrate excellence.”
First I have to say, Jocelyn over at Cute Crochet Chat just about made me cry when she said she tagged me and said she was going to nominate me for Best Tech Editor. It is truly my passion, and I absolutely love tech editing. Just being nominated would make my year! (You can check out her post here.) 
I plan on doing a couple nominations of my own for The Crochet Awards.  To keep the flame going I’m tagging Shelby Allaho and nominating her for Best Crochet Designer for Accessories
shelby allaho bow necklace
shelby allaho cowlI couldn’t narrow it down to just one favorite.
Her designs are unique and fresh. Every time I see one of her scarves or necklaces, I think to myself, “Wow, I like that. That’s something I would actually make and wear.”  – and then I realize the designer is Shelby. You can check out her Ravelry shop here. Her blog Stitch-Story has some great tips, tutorials, and more.
Do you have someone you’d like to add to the tag game? Here’s how: Tag Ur It Game.
For general info visit The Crochet Awards. Nominations start Oct. 1st, so pass it on.
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Tunisian Crochet for Baby – Book Review

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Tunisian crochet. I’m not sure whether it’s because I love the look of knit but don’t know how to use needles, or if it’s because it is just a totally different look, feel, and fabric but still made with a hook. Either way, I was super excited to be given a copy of Sharon Silverman‘s new book Tunisian Crochet for Baby to review, which will also include a giveaway courtesy of Stackpole Books.

Tunisian Crochet for Baby

The first thing I noticed was the book draws you in with the great photos of the projects. (My first couple times through all I did was look at the pictures.) There are 16 projects in the book, but some projects have more than one pattern to them. (Ex: the christening set has the dress, bonnet, and booties but it is 1 project.) 

Tunisian Crochet for Baby CheckerboardCheckerboard Blanket

Tunisian Crochet for Baby Sharon SilvermanWashcloths and Nursery Box

All the patterns have symbols charts if you prefer that to reading a pattern. In addition to those there are color photographs of unique or unusual stitches which are actually right in with the pattern and not in the back of the book. (From someone who likes visuals, this was an excellent idea in my opinion.) 

Tunisian Crochet for Baby Cocoon HatCocoon and Hat Set

Tunisian Crochet for Baby Harlequin Harlequin Blanket

When you get to the back of the book there is a techniques section which is all color. Yay! (I love color photos.) I reviews basic crochet stitches (for the beginner) and then gets into the Tunisian stitches, color changes, how to read the crochet charts, and more.  

I scattered just some of the pictures throughout this post. There are many more that I loved, but I don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Head to Stackpole Books and look through the preview. All you have to do is come back and leave me a comment telling me which one is your favorite. 

Drawing ends Oct. 1st at midnight. Winner will be announced Oct. 2nd.



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Awareness Ribbon Afghan Raffle

I’m raffling off this completed afghan. It has 64 different cause ribbons (Most mean more than one thing. I can include a list of each meaning with the afghan). Raffle tickets are $5 each. You pick a number 1 – 100. 

There is a link to the graph (for some reason I can’t get it to show, but you can see it through the link). I will post updated number graph at least once a day. If you’re not interested, please share this with someone who may be.

Awareness Ribbon afghan

Awareness Ribbon Raffle (link to graph of numbers available)


Paypal button was not working so it has been moved to the top right sidebar!

In the event the number you have chosen is already taken I will contact you for a second choice. I will go in order of the tickets purchased. I will use to choose winner so there will be no contest about winner choice. Winner chosen is final. If winner is outside the United States you will be invoiced for the shipping charges.If you’re looking for the actual pattern you can find it in my Ravelry Shop here.


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CGOA Knit & Crochet Show Review

Every summer my husband, the kids, and I always head to NH for vacation. So, when I saw that the CGOA Knit & Crochet Show would be in NH this summer I asked if we could work our vacation around the show. Thankfully I have an awesome husband who said yes. So, last week, two weeks ago we spent an amazing vacation at the lake and I was able to attend 2 days of the CGOA Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, NH. (I would have loved to do more than 2 days, but I tried hard to remember this was our family vacation.)

I had never attended a show, so was a little nervous and apprehensive. I walked into the hotel and looked around for registration. As I turned, I saw Tammy Hildebrand walking through the door. She recognized me right away and gave me a big hug. That MADE my whole experience amazing! She walked me to registration and we chatted for a little while about life, and I even got a picture with her. I know she is a super busy lady, but it’s those little things that make a big difference.  Click here to visit her Hot Lava Crochet page on fb.

CGOA ShowTammy Hildebrand & I

(couldn’t believe hubby let me out of the house without makeup on!)

I met the very talented, down-to-earth and super friendly, Doris Chan. I couldn’t believe she recognized my name as an entrant to the CGOA Design Competition from last year!

Doris Chan & I

Doris, along with Tammy, have been 2 of those ladies who I have looked up to and admired for their work and dedication to the art of crochet. It was a huge honor for me! (The other would be Vashti Braha. She was there, but I didn’t have the chance to meet her.)

I took a business class by Linda Dean and a tunisian cables class by Kim Guzman. Both were great classes and I learned so much. I sat in on the fashion show and I took a walk through the marketplace. It’s a bad idea if you’re on a fiber diet, but surprisingly I behaved myself! During the show I met Shelby Allaho (link to her Ravelry shop). I love her designs because I would actually wear so many of them. At the show I went searching for these unique necklace kits that she designed with her husband. I had the every friendly Jenny King help me pick out the perfect wood/yarn combo to match my strawberry blonde hair. The necklace kit came in this nice gift bag. 

I can’t wait to share pictures of the finished item with you, but until then here’s a sneak peek. She’s only got a limited number to purchase, so click here to pick up yours before they’re gone! (This is not an affiliate link. Just my own personal opinion.)

wood necklace shelbyClick on the photo to go to her shop.

Overall, my time at the show was a huge success. I got to meet some of the people whom I have worked with in the industry and I also met some new people and now have new connections. If you ever have the chance to attend this show, as a hobby or as a professional, I highly recommend it. What an amazing experience!

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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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