Happy Clappy Crochet

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Welcome Blog Tour Readers

on March 13, 2015

If you have arrived at this webpage because you read about me on the Crochetville blog tour, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome. I hope you find this blog both informational and entertaining, and that you’ll come back in the future to check out what is going on.

First of all, I love crochet. I love the feeling of calm I can achieve with yarn sliding over my fingers and looping around my hook. I love watching a pattern grow into something beautiful. I love all of the different ways you can crochet – broomstick, tunisian, hairpin, love knot, slip stitch. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish an item. I love the feeling of hope in my heart when I crochet something for charity.

I also believe that crochet can equally co-exist in the crafting world with knitting. Neither craft is “better” than the other. Both create amazing works from incredible designs and should be appreciated for that artistry. Plus, we all like to play with yarn, so why should there be a problem ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you will take a little time and look at previous posts, and that you will share your crochet journey with me in the comments section. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

ยฉLaura Krzak

ยฉLaura Krzak

Okay, now to the stuff you have been waiting for. Last week, I released my very first indie pattern on Ravelry – the What’s Behind the Ivy Cowl. In honor of being part of the Crochetville Blog Tour for the very first time, I am offering this pattern for free for a limited time. Between March 13-31, you can purchase the cowl for free on Ravelry with the coupon code “birthday” – because today is my Mom’s birthday. You may only use the code once during this time period, and after the 31st, it will go back to its regular price.

In addition, anyone who posts a (non-spam) comment on any of my blog posts from today to the 31st will be entered into a drawing to receive three (3) balls of Cascade Yarns 220 Superwashย in the colors of the winner’s choice. The yarn will be enough to make the cowl pattern I designed.

That’s it for today. I’m really glad you checked out my blog, and I hope you will keep coming back.

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46 responses to “Welcome Blog Tour Readers

  1. Kathy says:

    Love your designs! Thank you!

  2. Thank you for the free pattern! I’ve never made a cowl before, but I’d love to try yours. Also, your Gemstones Crocheted shawl is very lovely!

    • xnedra2 says:

      Thank you very much! The cowl is pretty easy to do, and you will probably find yourself using that technique again. The Gemstones shawl is probably my favorite design at the moment. I’m really happy with how it came together, and I have my beautiful friend Patti as a model.

  3. Jess D says:

    I loved reading about you on Crochetville’s post! That’s how I got here actually. The cowl is absolutely beautiful! But the code says it’s invalid when I try to use it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. Theresa says:

    I did find you because of the blog tour ๐Ÿ™‚ After reading your recent blog posts, I have added you to my list of the few blogs to follow. I found your posts informative and easy to read. The blog tour has introduced me to a whole new world!

  5. […] Visit Laura’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek […]

  6. Debi says:

    Lovely cowl. Love your other patterns. Thanks for doing the crochetville blog along. Great to get to know each designer. Debi

  7. Jackie says:

    I also love the feeling of calm I get when crocheting…however, being a beginner, sometimes my moment of “zen” leaves me because I forgot to “count.”

  8. Denise says:

    I’m not commenting to win because I’m annoyingly allergic to wool, but I’m pleased you are on the blog tour as I really like your shawls.

  9. mplemel says:

    I found you on the Blog Tour. I will enjoy making the Behind The Ivy Cowl, thank you for the free pattern.

  10. Maureen says:

    I’m so glad to have discovered your work! I love your shawl designs and I’m very glad to see more gorgeous and glamorous pieces for plus-size ladies!! Thanks and keep up the great work!!

  11. seelenfein says:

    Lovely cowl. Thanks for finding you through the crochetville blog hop. Great to find many crochet designer, that i missed before. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So sad, that peeps from the EU canยดt buy (or download) your patterns. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Had really tried your cowl pattern…

  12. Sherry Pitman says:

    I love cowls but never made one before, so excited……

  13. Laura Richardson says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful patterns. I’m a Cardinals fan, but I’m going to make Behind the Ivy anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Amy Shelton says:

    Laura, thank you so much for being part of the 2015 Crochetville Designer Blog Tour. I’m so glad people are discovering your wonderful blog!

  15. Anastasia says:

    Thank you for the free pattern! I have also added your designer’s page as my fav in ravelry and looking forward to trying one of your designs (the gemstones cowl? Looks very promising!)
    I also love working with lightweight yarns, I always feel the outcome is more elegant, even though it might take much more time to finish! Keep up he beautiful work!

  16. Crystal Wall says:

    I am so glad you were showcased for NatCroMo! You work and designs are beautiful. I am going to “purchase” the cowl, and a happy birthday to your mom, and a big thanks to her too ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I have another crochet blog to follow and enjoy, and I hope to make the cowl soon. I went yarn shopping yesterday, but fingers crossed for your giveaway. Thanks for sharing with us, I appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚
    ~Crystal

  17. Sumi says:

    Thank you (and happy birthday to your mother)! The blog tour has been great as it has introduced me to several new-to-me designers.

  18. Ann Le Roy says:

    I found you through the blog tour, nice Ivy cowl. I must go off and crochet now.

  19. cat says:

    Thank you for the free pattern and happy birthday to your mom

  20. Thanks for the free pattern.

  21. Jane Bratton says:

    Thanks for the cowl pattern! It looks very warm and cozy.

  22. Amanda Jowers says:

    I had not heard of you until today! So glad that has changed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Donna says:

    What a lovely cowl.

  24. Sandy says:

    Your shawls on the Crochetville blog are gorgeous!

  25. Renee says:

    Thanks for the cowl pattern! I’m glad to know about your shawl patterns also.

  26. Megan says:

    So far my crochet experience has been limited to blankets… which turn out super thick and heavy because I crochet tightly! I’m still learning though, and reading about you today gave me hope that I can continue to improve, and even foray into things other than human burrito wrappers! ๐Ÿ™‚ The cowl is ah-mazing… and as far as the piece from Crochetville, I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees motifs and thinks about putting them together! Def will be visiting again!

  27. Dana Armstrong says:

    I love your creations! Thank you for the freebie on Ravelry.

  28. airametj says:

    Thank you for the pattern.

  29. Alisa Arno says:

    love your designs and am happy to see someone else is hopeing for more plus size things in the future

  30. Hi! Thanks for the free cowl design. It’s really cool. I love it! Happy Birthday to your mom and thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Vickie says:

    Thank you for the pattern (found through the NatCroMo tour).
    Happy Birthday to your Mom!
    Vickie

  32. Carmen N says:

    I’m amazed at how different those cowl samples look based on the color of the yarn. Both look great!

  33. Ginny Brennan says:

    You have wonderful patterns! I found you through the NatCroMo Tour. I love the Tangiers Wildflower Shawl. That will be next to make on my projects list.

  34. Rayle Hobby says:

    Thank you for sharing your yarn journey with me. Look forward to more of your patterns to come.

  35. […] Laura gave a coupon code to get her pattern What’s Behind the Ivy Cowl for free from her Ravelry store. Good for the rest of March 2015. […]

  36. annette says:

    Wow! what a beautiful cowl! Thanks!

  37. Brittney says:

    Thanks for the free pattern – cowls are my favorite accessories!!

  38. Sheronna Rhodes says:

    Thank you very much for the free pattern. I am totally in love with your Gemstones Shawl. I don’t wear shawls but I have a friend who does and she would go crazy if I made it for her (I jut might as a gift). I enjoyed reading your blog post.

  39. stitcheanne says:

    I love making shawls and Gemstones is a beauty! Thank for the free pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. I love your designs & color choices, I look forward to seeing more of your designs! Thank you for sharing.

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