Bouncing into the New Year!

2015 brought many new experiences, and challenges.  I am amazed at how my business has grown and changed over the past year.  Through custom orders I had the chance to learn new techniques and fine tune some common stitches.  I have gained confidence both as a business owner and a crochet artist.  Instead of sticking to patterns created from others, I have branched out to changing  patterns to meet my needs, combining ideas of two patterns to create a brand new one, and actually writing my own patterns!

As 2015 comes to a close I am thankful for all of the ways I have been blessed. 2016 is sure to have its own excitement and new experiences.  I am hopeful to take some of what I learned this year and apply it to the future.  I am hoping to blog on a consistent basis about a variety of topics.  I am also hoping to boost my ready to ship stock, and continue to branch out through community events.

In 2016, I am planning to donate hats to the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign.  This campaign raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.  I know two brave fighters that were born with congenital heart defects.  Learn more about Little Hats, Big Hearts here: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Little-Hats-Big-Hearts_UCM_470829_SubHomePage.jsp#

 

If you would like to donate yarn for the project please purchase Red Heart Brand (super saver, with love, soft are different styles).  This brand is available at Jo Anns, A. C Moore, and Walmart.  The Heart Association has specified that certain yarn is to be used for the project.  I would also appreciate hats that you have knit or crocheted as well.  Please refer to the website above for patterns.  If there is interest we could even have a crochet/knitting night at my home or elsewhere to work on a group of hats!  Let me know if you are interested!

 

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Simple Scarf using bulky yarn

I LOVE Charisma yarn from Michael’s Craft Stores!  Recently it was on sale for much less than the regular price of almost $5/ skein. I bought up a bunch of colors.  I was so excited!  When I brought the yarn home I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it.  I had picked variegated colors and needed to find a pattern that really showed off all of the pretty colors.

I started a simple v stitch scarf.  This worked but make the colors into a block pattern.  It was starting to look like a striped scarf and the colors didn’t change at a consistent rate.  I wasn’t happy.

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So I tried something a little different. I love the way this pattern worked out.  The colors really showed well.  This pattern is very simple but the yarn really makes it special.  I have tried the same pattern with Serenity yarn from JoAnns with similar results.

Materials:

1 1/2 skeins of Serenity or Charisma Yarn (5ply yarn would work)

N 10mm hook

Pattern:

Chain 160 (88 inches) or a length you prefer for an infinity scarf.  Slip stitch together.

Row 1:  Chain 1.  Single Crochet around.  Slip stitch together.

Row 2:  Chain 3.  Double Crochet around. Slip stitch together.

Row 3:  Repeat row 1.

Row 4:  Repeat row 2.

Row 5:  Repeat row 1.

Row 6:  Repeat row 2.

Row 7:  Repeat row 1.

Finish off.

Enjoy!

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Christmas Egg Buddies

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I am so happy to share a FREE PATTERN with you!  The Egg Buddies are crochet around plastic eggs.  This allows you to hide treats or little presents inside of them!    I really enjoy designing new characters for this line.   I have finished designing the Christmas Egg Buddies and want to share one of them with you.  The additional designs can be purchased on my etsy site individually or as a set.  The reindeer is included in the set as well (so you can keep all the patterns together).  As always feel free to share your pictures and contact me with any questions.  What other characters would you like me to design?

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REINDEER

Supplies Needed:

Size E (3.50 mm) crochet hook

Bernat Cotton Yarn in Brown

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cotton Yarn in Black

Plastic Egg (about 2.5” x 1.5”

Red pompom

Brown Felt

Abbreviations:

Sts – Stitch

Sc – Single crochet

Ch – Chain

EGG TOP:

With Brown cotton

Round 1: Start with a magic circle. Work 6 Sc into magic circle. (6 sts)

Round 2: Work 2 Sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)

Round 3: *Sc 2, then Sc 2 in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (16 sts)

Round 4: *Sc 3, then Sc 2 in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (20 sts)

Round 5: *Sc 4, then Sc 2 in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

Round 6-8: Work 1 Sc in each stitch around. (24 sts)

Fasten off but leave a long tail.

The tail will be used to stitch the bottom and top of the egg together.

 

EGG BOTTOM:

With Brown cotton

Round 1: Start with a magic circle. Work 6 Sc into magic circle. (6 sts)

Round 2: Work 2 Sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)

Round 3: *Sc 1, then Sc 2 in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Round 4: *Sc 2, then Sc 2 in next stitch.* Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

Round 5-7: Work 1 Sc in each stitch around. (24 sts)

Fasten off but leave a long tail.

The tail will be used to stitch the bottom and the top of the egg together.

Attach the bottom to the top across 6 stitches to create a good connection.

FACE:

Stitch eyes to Row 6 of top

Glue red pompom between rows 7 and 8 of top

Stitch mouth to bottom using embroidery couching stitch across row 7-8

EARS:

With Brown Cotton

Row 1: Ch 3

Row 2: Work 1 Sc into each stitch. (2sts)

Row 3: Ch1

Use two tails to tied ear on row 3 on each side of top

ANTLERS:

With brown felt cut out two antlers and glue to top piece between the ears.

FINISHING:
Put a little hot glue on the bottom half of the plastic egg and press firmly into the bottom of the body. Also secure the edge of the bottom piece with glue. Do the same with the top half of the plastic egg. The egg should be able to open and close with a little squeeze.

Copyright Info:

This pattern is copyrighted by Amy Moseley (2015). Any reproduction and/or distribution of this pattern in any way is strictly prohibited. You may print a copy for yourself. Please refer others to one of my site for their own. Commercial use of this pattern is prohibited. Small Scale sales (such as local boutiques or swaps) are ok as long as the product is made by you. Finished products may also be sold in your own online shop as long as it was made by hand, by you. No other resale is permitted. Although not required, reference to me and/or my shop in your listings is appreciated.

Please contact me with any questions: mamamoseleycreations@gmail.com

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Craft Show Set Up

I believe height is very important for a display.  Your items need to grab a customer’s attention from a distance and bring them into your booth.  My husband created two displays for my craft tables.  One is a stair step display.  I LOVE this display.  It has clean lines, plenty of room and folds flat for transport.  The second display he made from PVC piping and it holds my crochet kitchen towels.  I may use it to hold scarves in the future.  Both displays add height to my craft show display and helps to organize my items.  How do you display items at a craft show?  Any creative shelving ideas you’d like to share?

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Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf

I love this scarf pattern!  It works up quick and makes many types of yarn look great!  I had some Bernat Sheepish that I wasn’t sure what to do with.  Sometimes the yarn was quick in color changes, sometimes it took longer between colors.  In some places the yarn was thicker, and in others thinner.  This looks great in a solid color as well!  Please let me know if you try it out!  The colors shown below are nightish and earthish.  http://www.mooglyblog.com/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf/

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Community Day

Yesterday my town held a community day.  It was a great event with many booths set up for local businesses, non profits, and family activities.  The weather was sunny, and warm most of the day.  This was my first craft fair of the 2015 season.  Many people commented on the Halloween Egg Buddies, and turtle bowls.  I plan to make more of them for the remaining craft fairs.  One of my best sellers was the elastic towel topper.  For this item you simple crochet around a hair elastic and then make a rectangle about 9 across and 15 rows in length.  Add a button hole and crochet around to give a finished look.  This item is a great alternative if you prefer a full towel instead of the fingertip half towels.  Most crochet fingertip towels are full towels cut in half.  Below are a few pictures of my booth.  Have a blessed week!

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