Happy Clappy Crochet

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

Thank you & More Winners!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who came and checked out this blog during the Crochetville Crochet Designer Blog Tour 2016. I hope you were able to find something you liked to read on this site, and I hope you will stop by in the future to check out what is new.

Secondly, a huge THANK YOU to the 43 people who were part of the giveaway that I ran here on the blog during the month of March. I have the second and third winners to announce.

Congrats to Robin D. who won the yarn and pattern to make the Esme Scarf!

Congrats to Tammy B. who won the yarn and pattern to make the Friendship Shawl!

Please continue to check back here and see what is new, and share what is new with you as well!

If you are on Ravelry, you can find me there as Xnedra2, and there is a Happy Clappy Crochet group there. Please join and share your love for crochet!

 

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Contest #1 Winner

And we have a winner for Contest #1 – Congrats to Sarah L!  Sarah has won one skein of Roslyn yarn by Cascade Yarns, along with a signed copy of the Ginger Snap Scarf. I hope you enjoy it, Sarah.

© Cascade Yarns - used with permission

© Cascade Yarns – used with permission

It isn’t to late to enter the contest for either the Esme Scarf or Friendship Shawl – complete kits with pattern and yarn! Deadline to enter for Esme is 3-19-2016, and deadline for Friendship is 3-31-16. Please follow directions for entering the contest on this post https://happyclappycrochet.com/2016/03/13/pulling-into-the-station/

NOTE: Commenting on THIS blog post WILL NOT enter you into the contests. You must enter the contest on the “Pulling into the station” blog post! Thanks!!

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Pulling Into The Station

Welcome Riders of the Crochetville Express! This is stop # 38 of the tour and I am happy to have you here.

Since this is my second year on the blog tour, I wanted to do something special to celebrate being a crochet designer. That not only meant designing something awesome, but also finding the perfect yarn. Luckily, I know a gal who does a great job with hand-dyed yarns.

I contacted my friend Julie, of Happy-Go-Lucky Yarns, and we got together one Saturday afternoon and created this.

HGL Glittery in the colorway Gaia ©Happy-Go-Lucky Yarns; Used with Permission

HGL Glittery in the colorway Gaia
©Happy-Go-Lucky Yarns; Used with Permission

Isn’t it beautiful!!! We picked a fingering weight base with some silver metallic in it, and it adds the perfect amount of sparkle! I knew I wanted the colors to transition from greens to blues, and that I would need two skeins of yarn to create the shawl design idea I had in my head. We had a lot of fun that afternoon and I absolutely adore the yarn colorway we created.

So now I had the perfect yarn; I just needed to come up with the perfect pattern. Using a technique I learned from a class I took with Myra Wood, I started with a partial motif and worked from there. Originally, the shawl was going to be all one lace pattern, but after talking with friends, I decided to change things up and go with a couple different stitch patterns, each separated by a band of solid stitching. It took several sessions of stitch and rip, but I found a rhythm that worked with the color changes within the yarn. After several weeks, the Terra shawl was born.

©Laura Krzak

©Laura Krzak

©Laura Krzak

©Laura Krzak

I’m just thrilled with how this shawl turned out and I’m very excited to share it all with you. And in honor of National Crochet Month and my 2nd year on the blog tour, you will be able to get the shawl for $2.00 off the published price. Just enter the Promo Code DCDHGL2016 after you add the pattern to your Ravelry cart and you are good to go! Coupon code is only available until March 20th, so make sure to act quickly!

 

I wouldn’t be part of the blog tour as a designer if it wasn’t for Cascade Yarns. They have really invested in offering free crochet patterns on their website, and I am honored to design crochet patterns for them. To celebrate that partnership, I am offering THREE contests for NatCroMo!

Contest #1 – You will win one skein of Cascade Yarns – Roslyn in the 04-Orange colorway, as well as a signed copy of the Ginger Snap Scarf pattern.

Contest #2 – You will win two skeins of Cascade Yarns – Avalon Multis in the 314-Blue & Green colorway, as well as a signed copy of the Esme Tunisian Scarf pattern.

Contest #3 – You will win four skeins of Cascade Yarns – North Shore in the #11-Coral colorway, as well as a signed copy of the Friendship Shawl pattern.

Contests are open to EVERYONE – worldwide! Yes, I will ship winning yarn internationally!

HOW TO WIN:

Comment on this blog post with your name and country, and let me know which contest you want to enter. Please only enter one so everyone has equal odds.

Contest #1 needs to have all comments entered by March 19th. Winner chosen by March 21st.

Contest #2 needs to have all comments entered by March 26th. Winner chosen by March 28th.

Contest #3 needs to have all comments entered by March 31st. Winner chosen by April 3rd.

Winners will be contacted by email so I can get shipping information. If a winner doesn’t contact me back within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

If you have any questions, please comment below and I’ll get back to you.

I hope you enjoyed your stop! Now get back on that train and check out all the other wonderful designers, yarn stores and yarn companies that are part of the tour!

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Monthly WIP Update – Post #2

Checking in on the Work in Progress project. I’ll admit, I haven’t be able to work on this as much as I would have liked, but paid professional projects that were on a deadline had to be finished first. I am on the 4th section of 5, so the blanket is 3/5 done. Over halfway! Yay!

How are you doing with your WIPs? I’d love to hear an update!

I also want to remind you that I will be part of the Crochetville NatCroMo blog tour this year. It will be my second time on the tour.

© Crochetville

© Crochetville

Please go to the Crochetville website daily starting on March 1st and follow along with all the amazing stops on the tour. When the tour stops here on March 13, 2016, I have some fun things happening – a new pattern release, plus some giveaways. You’ll have to come back to check it all out!

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Live and Learn

Okay, so the WIP CAL/KAL hasn’t been as popular as I hoped it would be. Only had two people participate in April, and none for May. So as of today, I’m ending it.

Thanks to the few who did play along – I appreciate it more than you know. Maybe I’ll try this again sometime in the future, once I’m a little more well known 🙂

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WIP CAL/KAL – Start of Month Two!

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Welcome to Month Two of the WIP CAL/KAL! I’m glad you are here and I look forward to all the stitching goodness we will finish over the next two months.

 

As a reminder, here is how you can participate.  Comment on this blog with your name and either a link to your Ravelry project page OR a note that you will be emailing the project information to me at decchilddesigns@gmail.com. Project information should include the following:

  • Project name
  • Pattern name (if applicable)
  • yarn used
  • hook / needle size
  • (if possible) a current picture of the WIP

 

At the start of each month, I will post a blog (like this one) to remind how to participate and to be a starting point for sign-ups. In order to be eligible for the prize drawing, you must have a comment on this blog with your starting info as well as when you post your finished item.  Once a week, probably on Sundays, I will have a progress blog posted.  If you have completed your WIP, you need to do one of the following:

  • Comment under the progress blog with your name and the Ravelry link to the completed item OR
  • email me at the gmail address listed earlier with your name, completion date for your project, and a picture of the finished item.

Once I have received both the starting comment (on this blog) and the completion comment (on a future blog), you will be added to the list for that month’s drawing.

 

What’s the prize for this month? YARN!!!

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You could win one of these sets of Yarn – either Milky Whey from Kollage Yarns (50% Milk / 50% Soy) or Simplicity by HiKoo / Skacel (55% Merino Superwash / 28% Acrylic/ 17% Nylon). You will be getting the exact yarn sets as pictured – winner chooses which one they would like.

 

Join me on this journey to finish those projects and who knows? You might win some lovely yarn as well!

I look forward to seeing the finished items!

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WIP CAL/KAL Update

Hey all! So far I just have one completed entry for the April drawing. If you are interested in winning a prize this month, check out this post for the rules AND this post in order to sign up!

 

I’ve been crocheting when I can as well. While I can’t show actual WIP pictures because they are for future patterns, I can share some close-up pictures so you can see what is being worked on.

001 Here is a close up of a pattern I am working on for Cascade Yarns. It’s about 2/3 done, and I’m hoping to have it ready for blocking by the end of the month.

 

002 (2) Thanks to Jenny King, I learned how to stitch the Solomon’s Knot, also known as the Love Knot. This is for an accessory I am hoping to finish so I can wear it at Stitches Midwest in August.

 

003 I had to get really close in for the detail on this one, and I have to say, it doesn’t do it justice. This is a lace weight yarn from Mountain Colors, and while lace can take a while to stitch (There are only 9 rows rows in this picture), I love how it looks when it is finished.

 

004 This item is actually all stitched! However, I still have some ends to weave in, and a pattern to write up in order for it to be completed.

 

So that is a quick peek into my busy project bags.  What are you working on?

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Finished Projects – Week One

Rosewood II FL  Ready to cross the finish line? Have a finished project? Enter your information in the comments section below or send an email to decchilddesigns@gmail.com and you will be entered to win a copy of molly crochet from Interweave Press!

 

Interested in participating? Check out this link here.

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And the Blog Tour Winner is…

As part of the Crochetville Blog Tour, I did two things to celebrate being part of the tour. I offered my first indie pattern to you for free with a special coupon code, and I’m pleased to report that 94 of you took advantage of that special sale! Thank you!  The other thing I did was host a comment contest. Anyone who commented on any of my blog posts from March 13, 2015 to March 31, 2015 was entered to win three skeins of Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash yarn in the colors of their choosing.  I had 41 people make comments over that time period! Using the random number generator available at Random.org, I entered my parameters and the lucky random number was #10.

I had created an Excel list with names of people who commented, in order from the first comment made on March 13, 2015, to the most recent comment received last night. I checked my list for who was #10 and I am please to announce the winner!


 

The winner of three skeins of Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash is…. MAUREEN!

I have already sent her an email letting her know how to get her yarn.  Congrats, Maureen!

 

Just an FYI – I really giving away stuff, and you have three more chances to win something by participating in the WIP CAL/KAL. Check out earlier posts for more information.

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WIP CAL/KAL – Day One!

WIP_Roundup_2+Image-largeWelcome to Day One of the WIP CAL/KAL! I’m glad you are here and I look forward to all the stitching goodness we will finish over the next three months.

 

As a reminder, here is how you can participate.  Comment on this blog with your name and either a link to your Ravelry project page OR a note that you will be emailing the project information to me at decchilddesigns@gmail.com. Project information should include the following:

  • Project name
  • Pattern name (if applicable)
  • yarn used
  • hook / needle size
  • (if possible) a current picture of the WIP

 

At the start of each month, I will post a blog (like this one) to remind how to participate and to be a starting point for sign-ups. In order to be eligible for the prize drawing, you must have a comment on this blog with your starting info as well as when you post your finished item.  Once a week, probably on Sundays, I will have a progress blog posted.  If you have completed your WIP, you need to do one of the following:

  • Comment under the progress blog with your name and the Ravelry link to the completed item OR
  • email me at the gmail address listed earlier with your name, completion date for your project, and a picture of the finished item.

Once I have received both the starting comment (on this blog) and the completion comment (on a future blog), you will be added to the list for that month’s drawing.

NOTE: If you are looking to earn extra entries by making hats for Halos of Hope, you need to comment on this blog with your name and the statement that you will be crocheting and/or knitting a hat / hats, then when you complete your hat(s), send an email to the gmail address with your name and a picture of each finished hat. I will email you back with an address of where to send the hats, and will add you in for that month’s drawing.

So, all this talk of a drawing and what will be the prize?  For April, the winner will receive a copy of Molly Makes Crochet, published by Interweave Press.

©Interweave Press

©Interweave Press

Finally, will I be stitching along with all of you? Oh YES! If you remember from a previous post, I have way too many WIPs at the moment, so I look forward to using the next three months to finish what I can. Now, some of those WIPs may become future patterns, so I can’t spill the beans too much, but I’ll share what I can over the next 91 days.

Okay – On your marks, get set – STITCH!!!

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