Thursday, January 31, 2013

new crochet pattern - lacy llama fingerless mitts by kim miller.


Skill Level: Intermediate

These pretty crocheted fingerless mitts feature a feminine lace cuff making them both stylish and practical.

Instructions are written for one size (Ladies size S/M), but the post stitches allow for lots of stretch. The finished mitt is 6.5" in circumference but they stretch to fit 7.5" and they are 7" long.

This crochet pattern calls for a 3.25 mm (D) crochet hook (or size needed to obtain gauge), and 1½ balls of Drops® Alpaca. Please note that Drops® Alpaca is considered a sport weight (2) but, it works up like a fingering weight (1) so Berroco® Ultra Alpaca Fine makes for an excellent substitute yarn. The pattern includes detailed instructions, colour illustrations and a chart to help you with the lacy cuff section of the pattern.

The mitt is worked in the round from the bottom up. The thumb is constructed separately and then sewn on. Skills and techniques used are: sc, hdc, dc, front and back post stitches, and working in the back hump of the starting chain.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

new crochet pattern - baby cap & cozy by tara schreyer.

Well, this pattern has been sitting dormant for almost 2 full years!!  It was Debra, from My Crochet Kits, that gave me the motivation to get it done.  Thanks Debra for giving me the nudge that I so desperately needed!!

Skill Level: Easy/Intermediate

Picture your precious newborn cuddled in this delicate bunting bag and matching beanie for his/her very first photo session!  Precious! And once you are finished with it as your photo-prop, you can be sure your daughter will claim it for her favorite dolly.

This crochet pattern calls for 3.5 balls of Knit Picks Swish Worsted - a beautifully soft superwash merino wool, but another fiber of similar weight can easily be substituted.  The stitches throughout the pattern are simple stitches - chain, single crochet, and double crochet but the combination of these stitches give it the gentle wave and lacy pattern throughout.

Finished measurements:
Baby Cap - 4.5” height, 11” circumference
Baby Cozy - 9.5” width x 17.5” length when laid flat


Saturday, January 26, 2013

sneak peek.

Coming soon and just in time for the approaching warmer weather....a new crochet pattern for fingerless mitts...


Monday, January 21, 2013

and the winner is...

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!  We each had a great weekend and enjoyed reading your delightful comments as they came in.  We could never do this work without all of your kind and encouraging words.  We are constantly learning and receiving inspiration from our customers, which is why we enjoy doing these give-aways from time to time.  They are our way of saying thank-you for all that you offer us!!

Anyways, with all that said, let's get back to the give-away of the Drawstring Slouch crochet pattern along with the gorgeous Knit Picks yarn.  The winner is.....

.....Dawna S, who left us the comment through email, "I would love to win that pattern and yarn. Thanks so much. You are the BEST".  Thanks Dawna!  We hope you enjoy your new project!  We will be contacting you via email to make arrangements to send the yarn out to you!

Thank-you to everyone for participating in our first friday freebie of 2013!  We can't wait for the next one, and we hope to see you all again the next time around!

Have a great week!

tara and kim.

Friday, January 18, 2013

random friday freebie.

It's our first "random friday freebie" for 2013 and we are giving away the crochet pattern for the Drawstring Slouch and....

3 balls of Knit Picks City Tweed DK yarn in the colour "Kitten", which is enough yarn for you to complete your project. The 3 balls of yarn will be sent via standard mail to the winner, and a PDF of the pattern will be emailed to the winner on the same day. The draw is open worldwide so we look forward to hearing from our international customers too!

The draw will begin today and it will end Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at midnight (Pacific Standard Time). The winners will be randomly picked using on Monday, January 21, and will be contacted the same day via email. Be sure to check on Monday to see if you are the winner!!

To enter the draw:

Just comment to this post, even to say "Hi". Please make sure to leave us your email address in your comment so we can contact you if your name is drawn. If you prefer to keep your email private, just email us at

To receive a second chance to win, simply tell your friends about our blog via facebook, twitter, personal blog, whatever and come back and share the link with us in another comment. Again, please leave us your email address.
Maximum of 2 entries per person. Each entrant is eligible for one prize only.
All entries must be in by Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at midnight PST to be valid.


Update January 28, 2013 
and the winner is....

kim and tara.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

new crochet pattern - cables & lattice cowl by tara schreyer.

Skill Level: Intermediate
This cowl is worked flat as a rectangle and then the two ends are joined with buttons. The cables and lattice work gives it beautiful detail and the fiber chosen adds to it's amazing drape and a luxurious feel.

The finished size is 18” wide x 30” long (when blocked and laid flat). The length can easily be switched up by adding or subtracting repeated rows within the pattern.


Monday, January 14, 2013

sneak peek.

Another cowl pattern is coming to our shop soon! I love how soft and squishy it is and I can't wait to share it with you all!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

photo gallery - felted wine bottle gift bag.

I was feeling all headachie and blah when I woke up the other morning, but then I received these wonderful pictures from Jonelle, one of our customers, and they totally cheered me up!

For the owl bag Jonelle told us that the owl that she used to embellish the bag was actually from a ring. She just cut the ring part off and sewed the owl onto the bag...the rest she needle felted on.

I love the detail on the grape leaves...makes me want to dig out my needle felting kit!

If you are interested in making your own Felted Wine Bottle Cozy you can find the pattern here on Ravelry. Also, Jonelle has generously offered to answer any questions that you may have regarding the needle felting techniques used to make these beautiful bags. Just email us at and we will forward your questions to Jonelle.