Category Archives: patterns

A New Year, New Fiber Goals

As 2010 begins, it is a natural time to make resolutions and goals for the new year. Many resolve to exercise, loose weight, spend more time with family and be a better person.

Those are all great goals, but for those of us who knit, crochet, felt and spin, we often have different goals. So what are my goals? I plan to give knitting another try. I purchased some lovely needles from Knit Picks and am researching videos on YouTube to help with casting on. I plan to spin more. I didn’t get to spin nearly as much as I would like. I also want to continue to improve my skills on both the wheel and spindle.

I really want to write more. I have pitched several article ideas to fiber-focused magazines and I hope to hear something soon! My fingers are crossed!

From a design aspect, I plan to continue to design and am working on a pattern booklet idea I hope to pitch to different publishers in the hopes someone will like my ideas. I will also continue to design independently and list my patterns on Patternfish.

So those are my fiber-focused goals. A big list, I know, but I am determined!

What are your fiber goals???

New Patterns Designs Now Available!

Lisa’s Prayer Shawl

I am very excited to announce that my new pattern line is now available on Patternfish! These patterns include a prayer shawl, ear warmers, a child’s hat, fashion belt, scarf and dish cloths! These patterns can be worked up quickly for yourself or as a quick gift.

A special note about one pattern – Lisa’s Prayer Shawl. This shawl was created in honor of my friend Lisa. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor. She is an amazing person and a wonderful friend. For every purchase of Lisa’s Prayer Shawl pattern, I will donate $2 to Casting for Recovery. I met Lisa at a Casting for Recovery retreat where I was a volunteer. This wonderful organization provides free fly fishing retreats for breast cancer survivors. My husband Glenn and I have been volunteering with this organization since 2003.

I have put much though and care into developing these patterns. I
certainly hope you enjoy making these items as much as I enjoyed
creating them.

Rockaway Mall’s Stitching at Starbucks this Thursday

Just a quick reminder that the next Stitchin’ at Starbucks is this
Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 p.m. at the Starbucks coffee shop next to
Pier One in the Target strip mall at the Rockaway Mall, Rockaway, NJ.
We are having a great time getting together every few weeks and would
love to have more join in on the fun!

If you are on Facebook, search under groups for Stitching at Starbucks and join our happy little group! Hope to see you there!

Rockaway Mall’s Stitching at Starbucks

Just a quick reminder that the next Stitchin’ at Starbucks is this
Thursday, November 5th, 7:00 p.m. at the Starbucks coffee shop next to
Pier One in the Target strip mall at the Rockaway Mall, Rockaway, NJ.
We are having a great time getting together every few weeks and would
love to have more join in on the fun!

I will also be officially showing off my new pattern line and will have all the finished projects with me!

If you are on Facebook, search under groups for Stitching at Starbucks and join our happy little group! Hope to see you there!

Crochet Projects to get into the Halloween Spirit

Yarn manufacturer Lion Brand is getting in the Halloween spirit by debuting some adorable little crochet patterns!

These easy patterns make candy corn, ghosts and pumpkins…the perfect addition to you Halloween decor and work up quickly so you will have them out and about in plenty of time! They also have adorable little crochet patterns to make witch dolls and “Cody the Count” which would be the perfect treat for your little trick or treater!

A Witchy Good Pattern!

If you are looking for a unique way to top off your Halloween costume, you should check out the latest creation from Stitch Diva Studios. The creative minds of the Stitch Diva Studios, led by Jennifer Hansen, have developed a wonderful mask pattern made by creating hairpin lace. The pattern, called Masquerade,  would certainly look great with any costume! You can download the pattern for free as well as review a tutorial on how to create hairpin lace. You can also find beautiful quality tools to create your hairpin lace and the perfect yarn to use! If you haven’t checked them out, they are definitely worth a look!

Lion Brand Patterns Now Free

Lion Brand announced in today’s email newsletter that all their online patterns are now free. Understanding that we are all counting every penny, the company is now offering all patterns for free to help stretch your yarn dollar.

Lion Brand has over 2,700 patterns available for all levels of knit and crochet, as well as all yarn budgets. Some of my favorite patterns from Lion Brand only required one or two skeins.

I can’t wait to start exploring and I hope you do too!

Original Crochet Pattern Line Coming this Fall

I am pleased to announced that this fall I will be releasing my own original crochet pattern line! I have come to this decision after consulting with a few professional and trusted crochet friends.

I am going to do something I don’t do often…throw caution to the wind and put my ideas out for all the world to see! I must admit I am a little nervous, but I am hopeful.

My pattern line will be offered on my Etsy shop and on Ravelry as PDF downloads. Most will be projects that can be finished in a weekend, since many of us need to sneak in our crochet time in small time increments – waiting in a doctor’s office, sitting at the kid’s practice and at the end of the day is we have a few quiet moments.

I’ll keep you all posted on my progress – so keep an eye out for the big announcement!