Happy Clappy Crochet

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

Yep…I’m Still Here

It has been a long time since my last post – November 2016 to be exact. And with that knowledge I’ve come to a realization – I really stink at trying to blog on a regular basis.

It isn’t that I don’t have anything to say. If you have read any of my previous lengthy blog posts, you can see that writing isn’t the problem. Once I get started on a post, I can easily get between 200 to 300 words. What has been the problem, however, is motivation. Late 2016 / Early 2017 I pretty much lost the desire to create. That not only meant creating blog posts like this one, but crafting with yarn as well. There were some things that I HAD to crochet, and they got done, but they were the ONLY things that got done. The desire to sit and play with yarn just went away for a long, long time.

Part of the reason, to be honest, was politics. When you are on edge because the new office holder not only has no idea how to be a leader for a country, but also has no desire how to learn to become that leader, the day to day outrages add up. I didn’t have the energy to be creative with yarn because so much of my energy was spend being an active citizen. I’m still an active citizen, and will use this opportunity to remide you to register to VOTE for the November 2018 elections. If you are already registered, CHECK your registration on a monthly basis until election day. People in several states are being removed from voter rolls for no reason, and this impacts their chance to have a say in how they are governed.  (P.S. I will have not problem deleting comments and blocking people who want to start a flame war. I’m being honest regarding reasons why I haven’t blogged, but this is not an open invitation to attack me for it.)

Another reason crochet and yarn got less love in 2017 is that I found another avenue that did inspire some creativity. I was playing Dungeons and Dragons on a monthly basis with a group of friends. I found out that I really like the creativity involved in a role playing game, and I couldn’t wait for each session. The group I was playing with came to an end earlier this year, but I liked playing so much that I working on putting together a new group with a different set of friends, and this time I am going to run the game as DM (Dungeon Master, or GM for Game Master).

Then 2017 ended on a pretty high note, because several family members took a cruise to celebrate mine and my dad’s birthdays. That vacation, along with the knowledge that my middle sister was pregnant, helped me start 2018 with the desire to play with yarn again.

I’ll save my 2018 adventures with yarn for future posts. Most of them will have pictures, so you can see what I have finished.

I won’t promise to blog on a weekly or monthly basis, because I suck with that kind of schedule. Instead, I’ll post when the spirit moves me, and the posts may not always relate to yarn. I’m still all about Happy Clappy Crochet, but I’m not just crochet. I have other things that draw my interest, and may share them here as well.

Until the next post, may your joys outweigh your sorrows, and your laughter outnumber your tears.

 

 

 

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It’s Been A While…

The last time I posted was back in May… two whole months ago. You may have been wondering what I’ve been doing (or not, which is cool). Well, the reason I haven’t had time to post to the blog is that I was busy creating several new crochet patterns for Cascade Yarns – six new patterns, to be exact. In fact, the first pattern of the six has been published already. It is the Blue Skies Baby Blanket in Anthem by Cascade Yarns. It is a great baby blanket with texture created using post stitches. The name of the blanket was inspired by the name of the yarn. With a yarn called “Anthem,” what can you do but reference a song in your pattern name 🙂

© Cascade Yarns 2016

© Cascade Yarns 2016

The blanket is shown as a single color project, but it can easily be adapted for stripes or a multi-color rainbow look. It is all up to you!

As other new patterns are released from Cascade, I’ll talk about them here. Thanks again to Cascade Yarns, for providing free pattern downloads to crocheters!

What have you been busy stitching? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Friday the 13th – Quick Post

Marly Bird stated earlier today on Twitter that this is the only Friday the 13th for 2016, so something special should be done to celebrate.

I’m going to do that by giving you all access to a free hat pattern. It is the Cassi Hat, named after a good friend who challenged me to change a scarf stitch pattern into a hat design. Enjoy!

Cassi’s Hat

(a CROCHET pattern in U.S. Terms)

 Materials:            H / 5.00mm hook

Approximately 200 yds worsted weight yarn (Weight Category 4)

Two stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Size:                         Approximately 22” cir; 8” length

Gauge Measurement:             16 stitches = 4”

                                                   Crown diameter should be between six to seven inches for adults

 

Special Stitch: Textured Stitch: Alternating SC / DC

 

Foundation:     Ch 6; sl st in first ch to close ring

 

Round 1:          Ch 2; 15 dc into ring.  Sl st in first dc to end round (15)

 

Round 2:          Ch 2; 2 dc in same stitch as sl st and in each stitch around.  Sl st in top of first dc to end round. (30)

 

Round 3:          Ch 2; dc in same stitch as sl st, 2 dc in next stitch, *dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch; repeat from * around, ending with 2 dc.  Sl st in first dc to end round. (45)

 

Round 4:          Ch 2; dc in same stitch as sl st and in nest stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, *dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch; repeat from * around, ending with 2 dc.  Sl st in first dc to end round. (60)

 

Round 5:          Ch 2; dc in same stitch as sl st and in next two stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, *dc in next 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch; repeat from * around, ending with 2 dc.  Sl st in first dc to end round. (75)

 

Round 6:          Ch 2; dc in same stitch as sl st and in each stitch around.  Sc in first dc to end round. (75)

Place Stitch Marker in this joining sc; DO NOT REMOVE MARKER

 

TURN HAT SO RS FACES IN – This will help keep the texture to the outside of the hat.

 

NOTE: Use a second marker to keep track of round repeats.

 

Round 7:          Dc in next stitch; *sc in next stitch, dc in next stitch; repeat from * around until desired hat length is reached, ending with a sc.  Sl st into sc at start of row. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

 

Many thanks to Yvonne Tate, who taught me my favorite method for stitching the crown.

 

Copyright February 2013 © Laura Krzak.  All Rights Reserved.  Duplication of this pattern is a crime and will be punished by law.  Please observe all copyright laws.  Please contact the author for permission to use elsewhere.

 

 

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All Aboard!

© Crochetville 2016

© Crochetville 2016

Just 12 more days until National Crochet Month 2016 starts! Crochetville has really expanded the celebration for March, for not only are they highlighting 3 crochet designers a day, but also highlighting crochet friendly yarn companies and yarn stores as well! Just think of the amazing crochet resource you will have once the month is complete!

This blog will be highlighted on March 13th, and I have some nice things planned for you all – a new pattern release plus two (!) yarn and pattern giveaways! Stay tuned for my stop on the tour!

I hope you check out the Crochetville Blog Tour page on a daily basis. There are new designers to meet, as well as old favorites, and I’m sure you will find several somethings to love during the month.

See you here on the 13th!

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Holy Cow, y’all!

Just checked my blog site and found that you gave my swatch post lots of love over the weekend! And I mean lots of love – 481 views!

THANK YOU! to everyone who checked out my site this weekend. I hope you continue to find reasons to come back and check it 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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Winners Announcement

I have TWO lovely winners to announce today. The first winner is from my NatCroMo blog tour contest.  My original pick never responded to my email that she won, so a second pick was chosen using Random.org and their random number generator.

I’m very happy to announce that the winner of three skeins of yarn was Crystal W.! Congrats, Crystal, and I hope you enjoy your yarn!

 

My second winner is from month one of my three month CAL/KAL, and the winner receives a hard copy book of Molly Makes Crochet, published by Interweave Press.

I am very happy to state the winner for April is Amanda J.! Congrats, Amanda, and I hope you will enjoy the book!

 

 

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Under Construction

logo 3This year, I have lots of goals. A few of them have already been accomplished, like submitting to be included in a book and publishing my first independent design. Another goal is to have an official web site – a one-stop site that connects my Ravelry shop and my blog and whatever else I think needs connecting. I am working on that goal and I hope to have it all up and running very soon! Think of this post as a little teaser of what is to come.

Have a great day, all!

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Crochet Love on Twitter Pt 1

This morning, I decided to go through my list of who I follow on Twitter to share the crochet love. My hopes were that lots of the names would be familiar to you, but maybe you’d find one or two (or ten) new people to follow, and that would be a great way to help celebrate International Crochet Month.

Well, I started writing down names, and kept writing down names, and started a second column on the page, and at the end I had 59 Twitter names to share. That’s quite a lot of names for one post, and frankly, that would be pretty boring to read. So, I’ve decided to break things down into a couple different categories and spread it out over a handful of posts. Hopefully, you will join me for the whole journey, and maybe I’ll introduce you to a new favorite or two.

 

Since tonight is one of those “Final Rose” nights, I thought it would be great for the first category to be The Men of Crochet! In no particular order (except for history of how I started following them), here they are!

@thecrochetdude is the Twitter handle for none other than Drew Emborsky. Not only does Drew design crochet patterns, but he works with Boye to produce a line of crochet tools and he has his own yarn line.

@StitchStud is the moniker for Charles Voth. Charles designs patterns for both crochet and knit, and he really knows what he is doing because he is a technical editor of patterns as well. Want to learn how to read crochet charts? Let Charles teach you in his Craftsy class.

@FranklinHabit is none other than Franklin Habit. Franklin is known for his knitting, so what is he doing on a crochet list? What you may not know is that he has a wicked sense of humor and a love for 18th and 19th Century handknit and crocheted items. If you ever get the chance to hear him lecture – do it! Besides his blog The Panopticon, Franklin also monthly column for Lion Brand Yarns.

@strongandstone is the Twitter I.D for Rohn Strong. This southern gentleman has a passion for creating crochet items that combine a vintage style with a 21st Century flare. He also produces amazing crochet patterns that really flatter fuller figures.

 

My next category is going to be Crochet Friendly Yarn Companies, because we cannot do this craft we love without that essential fiber!

@LionBrandYarns puts their money where their mouth is when they say they support crochet. Vanna White, their yarn spokesperson for for over 15 years, is big into crochet. Lion Brand is also a big supporter of the Crochet Guild of America. For the month of March, Lion Brand is posting a link every day so you can learn a new crochet stitch pattern.

@KollageYarns carries yarns with great fiber blends. Not only will you find yarns with cotton and bamboo, but recycled denim, milk, and soy as well. If you are allergic to wool fibers, Kollage gives you some great alternatives to use. Kollage is also the creator of the square handled crochet hook. I have several of the original hooks and I love them. They recently came out with hook version 2.0, and I see a new hook collection in my future.

@RedHeartYarns is another major yarn company that supports crochet. They are also very active in supporting the Crochet Guild of America – in fact, they are sponsoring the DAILY prizes that are being given out for the Crochetville Blog Tour. They are also a sponsor for the Crochet Awards.

@websyarn is a big supporter of the art of crochet. Not only are they currently hosting an afghan CAL, but they often feature fantastic crochet designs created with their Valley Yarns line. They blog about crochet. Kathy Elkins talks about crochet on their weekly podcast. They even have Doris Chan as their 2015 Crochet Designer in Residence. Lots of crochet love here!

@TSCYarns is the handle for Tahki Yarns. With four yarn brands and several pages of crochet patterns available on their website, Tahki Yarns has supported crochet and crochet designers to bring stylish and fashion forward clothing and accessories to the public.

@CascadeYarns has stepped up their crochet support over the past several years. Not only have they invested in patterns from big name designers, but they also gave brand new designers (like myself) a chance to create patterns for a major yarn company, and the result has been a true gift for crocheters. Patterns range from beginner to advanced, and Cascade offers them all for free on their website. Cascade has made being a crocheter a win-win.

 

Okay – I think I’ve given you enough to think about today.  I hope you check out the different links and you find something you will enjoy.

Stay tuned for Part Two!

 

P.S. Is there a favorite male crochet designer or crochet friendly yarn company that I haven’t mentioned? Post a comment and share some crochet love yourself!

 

ETA: If you are looking for more information about the people listed above, please click on the link and it will take you to their Twitter page, where a link to individual websites are provided.

Disclaimer – while I follow all of the people and companies I have listed, and many of them follow me back on Twitter, none of them knew I was doing this in advance, and I am not being paid to promote them in any way. I just wanted to share some Crochet love with lots of my favorite people, and it seemed appropriate to do so during International Crochet Month.

 

 

 

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International Crochet Month 2015

In just a few days, March begins, which means International Crochet Month will be upon us.

One of the groups that does a fantastic job of celebrating crochet during the month of March is Party for Ravelry’s International Crochet Month. They have games, CALs, and prizes – I highly recommend checking them out.

Another group that does something for ITCROMO is Crochetville. They will be doing a Crochet Designer Blog Tour, highlighting one or two designers a day and linking to their blogs. Crochetville will be giving away prizes during the month, and many of the designers themselves will have giveaways as well – free patterns, yarn, or a contest on the blog to win something special. I highly recommend checking Crochetville out Every Day!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be part of the blog tour for the very first time. My blog will be highlighted on March 13th, and I share the date with Betty Hechtman, who writes fun crochet mystery books.

My goal during Crochet March is to try and post about crochet twice a week. I’ll have something special for blog readers on March 13th, and possibly something else, so please check it out during the months of March.

How will you be celebrating International Crochet Month 2015? Please share your thoughts and what you are working on in the comments below!

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