It is totally beach inspired and fresh, yet timeless, elegant, and practical. Right up my alley – and I know some of you like this beach inspired crochet theme as much as I do.
Annies Spring Breeze Collection features tanks, tees, pullovers and cardigans all geared to an audience of crocheters in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50+. That’s us!
Here are my favs:
Can’t you just see the Sand Dollars on her top? and…
With the California sun warming my heart I am excited to present the Spring Breeze Collection. Every element of this collection reflects my never-ending love for yarn and the needle arts. I’m fascinated with the details of the seashore, the shells, the rhythm of the tides, and the infinite pastel spectrum of the morning sky. The theme and color palette I chose for this collection captures some of these delicate tones. Please join me in a walk along the shore. Our footprints in the sand may wash away, but my passion woven into this collection will stay on-trend for years to come…
— Lena Skvagerson, Lead Designer, Annie’s Signature Designs
They snuck in some darling afghans on the back cover with no pattern in sight yet, hoping they come soon!
I really appreciate their use of natural fibers in this collection and the color palette is amazing. I think you will like it too.
While I was there, I saw their new yarn arrivals. If you like yarn as much as I do, check out this new one. It’s recycled, so comfortable and look at those colors! YUM!
9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn! I have compiled a few ideas to increase our yarn stash without all that pesky guilt! Here are 9 ideas to help you save money and have a yarn stash worth bragging about!
9 Ways to Save Money on Yarn!
If you have a Knitting or Crochet addiction like I do, you may find yourself drooling over all the luscious fibers at your local yarn store only having to walk out empty handed because you just cannot justify the expense.
Don’t get me wrong, I treat myself all the time, but the guilt!! Especially when I know I have many works-in-progress waiting for me at home screaming at me to complete them before I buy more yarn.
I have compiled a few ideas to increase our yarn stash without all that pesky guilt! Here are 9 ideas to help you save money and have a yarn stash worth bragging about!
Craigslist is a classified advertisements website where you can find all sorts of things for sale, or free, including yarn! Here you mainly purchase yarns in “lots” for one low price. They also have a FREEBIE section.
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,000+ groups with 7 million members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. This may be hit or miss but who knows, maybe one of your neighbors is cleaning out their craft room!!
3. Take Apart Sweaters
Take advantage of deals at thrift store by buying sweaters and taking them apart to reuse the yarn. You may come across some beautiful fibers, like cashmere, and re-purpose that into something beautiful!
4. Buy Yarn In Discount and Dollar Stores
My local Dollar Tree does not sell yarn, but they do sell twine and hemp which I used to create rustic pumpkins last Halloween. I have heard from some of my crafting friends that their local dollar stores carry yarn! Check it out!
5. Garage Sales and Estate Sales
In the past, I used to make a hobby of getting up early on the weekends to peruse garage sales looking for a deal on furniture to refurbish. Every so often I ran across a yarn sale. You can get a HUGE stash for a steal!!
6. Make Rag Balls
Cut up your old T-shirts and make a large rag ball. There are websites that show you how to do this most efficiently.
7. Buy Wholesale Yarn
If you sell items at craft fairs or online, why not use a wholesale license to purchase your yarn? Keep in mind that you will probably have minimum purchases dealing with yarn retailers, but you can get yarn half off or more! Check with your local state department on how to get a wholesale license.
8. Swap with Other Crafters
Facebook is just one place that typically has local sales and swaps. You can use their Buy and Sell Groups to find people almost giving yarn away!
9. Buy Yarn on Clearance, Sale, or use Coupons!
Below you will find my favorite online retailers with GREAT deals on yarn!!
Craftsy is my new favorite for discounted yarn This weekend they are taking an additional 20% off their existing clearance prices to give you great deals on their project kits and supplies for only a few days. Craftsy has a GREAT clearance section!
Be sure to check out the deep discounts on your favorite brands before their Winter Clearance sale is over! Dates 2/27-2/29 @11:59PM MT.
Get 15% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter. Subscribe to their Darn Good Yarn Club It’s a bi-monthly subscription that delivers Darn Good Yarn brand yarn to your doorstep. You will get at least $35 of Darn Good Yarn in each pack. Once in a while you can expect little surprises from them too!
First I would like to share RedHeart’s new eBook GET SPOOKY! It is a great one this year filled with festive party decorations, treats for the little ones and fun things to wear. They have showcased themes including Skulls & Bones, Ghost & Pumpkin Party, Bats & Spiders and Candy Corn & Treats. Look through the pages for the spooky projects that speak to you and get your yarn, hook and needles together to make this the spookiest Halloween ever!
Save Save Save!!
Red Heart – Save 15% Off Your Order at Redheart.com with Promo Code: SPOOKY15 Promo Code Valid from August 22, 2015 – October 31, 2015. Promo codes are case sensitive.
Yarnspirations – Get Ready for the Spookiest Night of the Year with Yarnspirations and their collection of free Halloween Patterns!! Fall into Autumn with 25% off All Yarn! This offers last only 4 days (September 6) so hurry!!
Michaels usually has a great selection of yarn on sale too! And, if your favorite yarn isn’t on sale this week, you can usually find at least a 40% off coupon! I LOVE using these to stock up on Simply Soft (no dye lot) yarn or even my favorite colors of large cotton skeins!
DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn
Tanya Naser from HodgePodge Crochet shows us how to “dye” yarn with Folk Art Glow in the Dark Paint Acrylic Paint. Imagine all the fun you can have with this stuff on Halloween!!
Free Halloween Crochet Patterns
Finally, without further ado, here is a new selections of Free Halloween Crochet Patterns, never before featured before here on Karla’s Making It! Get those hooks, make some glow in the dark yarn, and get hooking!!
I hope you have found some Halloween inspiration here today!! If you have any questions or comments, the best way to reach me is through the Karla’s Making It Facebook Page. While you are there, click the like button so you can keep updated with any new patterns or other content. If you prefer Twitter or Instagram, that’s fine too but I check there less often. I can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks!!
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If you remember, we have been drooling over these fabulous rugs…
UPDATE – The Dahlia Flower Crochet Rug Pattern is now available in the KMI Shop!
Man, every time I look at these I want one so badly!
I have been working with flower patterns, crocheting my little fingers to the bone and of course having a lot of do-overs. You know how it goes.
But I think I may have created something I can use here. I have been playing around with stitches and sizes. I don’t have a final final pattern created but I’m so darn close.
Maybe a vote is in order?? What do you think?
Above is the first pattern I came up with for the Crochet Flower Rug. As you can see, it is super large at about 14 inches. (wouldn’t that make a great pillow?!?).
It may be good for a huge living room rug, but I was thinking maybe a little smaller – even for a large room rug. Maybe 12 inch or even 10 inch flowers?
From what I can see in my favorite of the three Crochet Flower Rug Patterns below, it shows 8 flowers across.
So based on my calculations, if I used the 14 inch flower, I would have a final product of 9 feet across (assuming I would use all the same size flowers in the rug).
The 12 inch flower would produce an 8 foot side and the 10 inch would make a 6.5 foot side. I think that may be what I’m looking for in a living room rug.
But, lets back up for a minute. I really want to finish at least one crochet flower rug so I’m thinking of starting with a smaller kitchen rug for my first go at it.
Which brings us to the smaller flowers I came up with. I played around with different size stitches and hooks and these are my three favorites below.
The ones on the left are about 7 x 7 in and the center smaller one is 6 x 6 in.
I like the pattern of the small center one the best. In my opinion, it has the perfect sized petals and a nice soft texture (yes, I have been walking on them) that bounces back and isn’t too uneven to walk on.
What do you think? Can you picture a cute cozy little kitchen rug made out of these lovely flowers?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Thank you my crocheting friend for visiting me today! I truly appreciate you reading my random thoughts and creative ideas. I hope you’ll come again soon.
In the meantime, you can check out the hundreds of free patterns here on Karla’s Making It. From Afghans to Zebra Wreaths, you will find it here! I would love to showcase your free pattern!! Send me a couple images and a link to your website and I will add it for my readers.
How to Provide Comfort to a Loved One by Crocheting a Prayer Shawl
(Bonus – Mother’s Day Gift Idea, Story Lockets – a steal!!)
Creating a prayer shawl is a warm gesture of compassion and comfort for anyone that needs healing or even just reassuring a hug. When bad things happen to someone we know, we sympathize with their pain and discomfort and can offer solace through our creativity. Prayer shawls are a great project for not only helping to heal the recipient, but a great catalyst for healing ourselves.
You can call it whatever you want: Prayer Shawl, Comfort Shawl, Friendship Shawl, Peace Shawl, etc. The point is to offer blessings and/or healing to someone going through a rough time. In addition, Prayer shawls are not only for a tragedy, but also wonderful gifts for celebrations like pregnancies and weddings.
Reasons for a Prayer Shawl
Person undergoing a medical procedure
For a loss or times of stress
Marriages or birth of a baby
During an illness and recovery
Or just because
With every stitch, you can pray for (or send intention to) a loved one or someone else in distress. It is an opportunity to inspire, embrace, and celebrate, as well as to send strength, hope, and encouragement to anyone who needs it.
Many people think that Prayer Shawls are an indication of a specific religious tradition. That could not be further from the truth. Prayer Shawls are a comforting project whether you consider yourself spiritual or not. Below you will find information about the process of creating a prayer shawl even when you don’t pray.
Receiving a Prayer Shawl
A Prayer Shawl is a wonderful keepsake that offers comfort and warmth that can be handed down through generations or across to friends, offering recipients a reminder that there is someone who cares for them. The shawls are like a warm hug helping recipients to deal with difficult times; an illness, disaster, or grieving the loss of a loved one. The person can physically feel the hope, warmth, love and care that went into each and every stitch.
Making a Prayer Shawl
The process of making a Prayer Shawl has as many benefits as receiving one. Your own troubles melt away as you concentrate on intentionally sending good thoughts and blessings to the person who will receive your gift. It relieves our sense of helplessness when there is nothing else we can do to ease their pain. It connects you to another person spiritually, opening up your heart and bringing prayer or meditation into your life. It offers an excuse to pursuing creative projects and offers companionship by joining a crafting prayer/meditation group. Finally it can help you heal old wounds by offering comfort to those who are dealing with issues you went through.
If You Do Pray
This is a personal process and these are suggestions only. You could start with a prayer and a blessing as you begin your project. Your blessings, kind words, and intentions are continued throughout the project. You can finish with a final blessing before it is sent on it’s way.
Touching someone elses heart is so comforting to me. I made an extra large shawl for a friend of mine who’s baby was born with heart issues. She was so thankful and even cried when I gave it to her. To this day, she occasionally will send me a text of a heart when she and little Kasidy are wrapped up together in their shawl.
Practices for People who don’t Pray
There are no official practices to crafting a Prayer Shawl. This is a personal endeavor and whatever you are comfortable doing during the project is up to you. You can simply think good thoughts about the recipient, or you can intentionally send strength and healing. You can repeat a phrase, such as, “I wish you good health,” or focus on love and compassion as you make your stitches. You could choose a quiet space with dim lighting, burn a candle or incense, or whatever else you choose for meditative crafting.
You don’t even have to make a shawl! Chemo caps, baby blankets, lapghans, scarves, and many other items are wonderful for prayer crafting. See the Free Crochet Pattern Index for other choices in meditative crochet.
I have gotten some books over the past years with prayer shawl patterns in them that I really enjoyed making. I will add links at the bottom of this post with my recommendations for books you can pick up that have wonderful patterns and some also have touching stories. Another amazing book is Crochet Saved My Life: The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Crochet by author Kathryn Vercillo. Kathryn is an expert on using crafting to heal.
If you don’t personally know anyone who you could make a prayer shawl for, then visit my Crochet (or Knit) for Charity Page for places that would love to receive your donation. Alternatively, you could contact a local hospital, hospice, or church to see if you can join a charity gifting group or if they take donations. If you cannot find anything locally, then think about a cause that you care about (Cancer, Organ Transplantation, Premature Babies) and contact that group to ask where they accept donations.
How has it helped you to make or receive a knit or crochet prayer shawl? Which prayers, affirmations or thoughts do you use when crafting for others? Share in the comments below!
Karla’s Recommended Books for crocheting Prayer Shawls
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