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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Modern Baby Crochet Review

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.

Please visit the Martingale website for more photos of projects. (Click here to view all photos from Modern Baby Crochet)

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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

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Crochet Wraps Every Which Way

crochet wraps

When you purchase a book, or open a crochet magazine, do you pay attention to the pattern designers? I am one of those who reads every designer name…on every pattern. Each designer has their own style and over the years I have found that I lean towards certain designer’s patterns.

When I received my copy of Crochet Wraps Every Which Way by Tammy Hildebrand I was SO excited! Tammy is one of those designers that I have admired from the beginning of my crochet journey. Her designers are fashionable, fun, and always easy to read and understand. She is also the Vice President of the Crochet Guild of America. I decided to take this opportunity to ask Tammy a few questions.

How old were you when you learned to crochet?  I learned to crochet from my second grade teacher. One day she offered to teach anyone that wished to stay after school. I was the only one that stayed and I remember it like it was yesterday. We would sit at her big wooden desk working on a floppy, purple “hippy” hat. We are now friends on Facebook and I sent her a copy of my book!

Do you have a favorite stitch or technique? I love so many different stitches and techniques. I enjoy being able to jump around from one thing to another and never get bored but if I could only pick one, it would be lacy motifs assembled with a join-as-you-go technique.

Where do you get your ideas from?  They just pop into my head. Crocheting and designing are truly my gift from God and it just comes naturally for me.

What are your favorite items to crochet/design? If I don’t have to write a pattern or do sizing then I love making something lacy for me! Motifs and large lace patterns can be tricky to size. My favorite project just to relax and enjoy making while watching a good movie is an afghan.

Do you plan out your designs, then crochet them? Or do you sit down with a hook and “play” until a design forms? I never plan ahead which can be a very bad thing! I like to just grab some yarn and make it happen. Over the years I have learned that sometimes you do have to do a little planning in advance or you could run into big trouble when you go to do the sizing. But my favorite is to just wing it.

Do you have a favorite design in your new book? I really love “Waiting for Willow”. It is my favorite kind of design – lacy motifs using join-as-you-go to assemble it in a color that I wear often. I designed it while we were waiting for my first granddaughter, Willow, to be born so that makes it special too. (see photo below)

One crochet tip you have learned, that you wish you had known sooner? (maybe some simple thing that helps a lot?) The biggest thing that I have learned and this applies not only to crochet but life in general, is that you never stop learning. I’ve been crocheting for more than 40 years but I still don’t know all there is to know. I stress in my book to experiment and have fun. Sometimes people get so hung up on following a pattern to a tee that they lose some of the creativity. You need learn the stitches and techniques but then move on and apply them in new and exciting ways!

Below are just a few of the designs in the book.

Waiting for Willow

Waiting for Willow

Water lily Wrap

Water Lily

Aqua Marine

Aqua Marine

Cascading Rivers

Cascading Rivers

Purple Passion

Purple Passion

There are so many great designs in this book! I had a hard time deciding which pictures to include. I didn’t include my favorite because I wanted to see your choices! The book includes everything from tips & hints to photo tutorials of the different techniques so you can try something new! I particularly like the fact that the patterns are in sections by technique. The sections include: Traditional Crochet, Motifs, Hairpin Lace, Broomstick Lace, Tunisian Crochet, & Double-Ended Crochet.

Head over to Stackpole Books to see all the designs. I would love to hear what your favorite is.

Happy Crocheting!


 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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A Crochet Designer in the Making

This is how the conversation started, “Mom, do you have any yarn with all different fall colors?”

My response, “What do you want to make with it?”

Her reply was simple, “Josephina’s shawl.”

Josephina is an American Girl doll. And while our daughters don’t own any AG dolls, they do have knock-off versions.  You see, we have a larger family than most (6 children), and we just can’t afford the actual dolls, or their outfits and accessories.  So she had devised her own plan to make one that looked like Josephina’s. (pretty smart girl!)

I knew I had something that might work for what she was describing, so we headed downstairs to my yarn store stash and we found some Vanna’s Choice Autumn Print .

In less than 24 hours, my 9 year old daughter had made this. 24 hours may seem like a long time for something so little, but sometimes the smallest things are the biggest accomplishments.  She asked for no help with figuring out the number of chains to begin with, or how many rows she would need.  She did this 100% on her own.

Rachael's doll scarf logo

What makes me even more proud is that, because of her low vision, it was a struggle for her to learn to crochet.  I went out and got her a larger hook and that helped immensely, but this is still a huge accomplishment for her (actually for any child).

This is AG Josephina, and her shawl if you’re interested in the original where she got the idea from. You can click on the picture to take you to the AG site.


Happy Crocheting!


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