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So I had these grand plans for the week. I was going to run to AC Moore this morning to grab some yarn for the process photos that I am adding to the Fall Leaves wrap, along with a 2 color leaf option (this means I will be making another wrap to show the 2 color option, made in yarn that can be bought from most craft stores.) Then I was going to make a Stitchopedia video for the linen stitch and get that up today. That way by the end of the week I could have the pattern for the Baker’s Tee up for you. That pattern will be free here on this blog, and I wanted the linen stitch Stitchopedia post done first as the Baker’s Tee is made with the linen st. Then there were other videos and patterns to be worked on over the week, along with getting more posts up. Oh the plans.

I have been staying up to late. WAY to late. Last night was the earliest I have gotten to bed in about a week. When I pulled up the covers it was 12:42. Oops.

Consequently, it was 9:20 before I was showered, dressed, and downstairs ready to start the week. Not the best way to get started. Somehow, catching up on my social media/email from the night managed to take an hour. Ugg. Eventually I got the girls into Thor (Doug was working until 1 today) and off we went to the craft store.

After much debate, I found a craft store yarn that would work for Fall Leaves Wrap 2.0, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. They have just released new colorways and I am quite excited about how this is going to turn out! Remember, you can buy the pattern from Ravelry for the rest of the month for just $4.50. After that I will be adding the chart, process photos, and 2 color leaf option, and the price will go up to $6.00. Everyone who has bought it will get the updates, so you are best off to buy it now while the price is low!

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By the time we got home, it was pretty much lunch time. So I fed the littles and came downstairs with my coffee to get going on the videos. I started to set up the camera and decided it was time I find a better way to set up. Over an hour later, I was finally ready to get started. So, I did. I started the same video 4 times before I finally stopped tripping over my tongue. Things looked good for the next take, until just over a minute in, when Doug came home. I work in the basement. Children running above me do not make for good background music on my videos. I went upstairs to find out if there was going to be quite any time soon. Doug said once he got settled he and the girls would watch Star Wars. So back down I went, working on a few other things while I waited for the girls to tell me they were going to start the movie so things would be quite. I should really know better. The girls and I have super hearing, but even with his hearing aids in, Doug does not hear that well. The movie was far too loud. There was no way to make the videos without having Star Wars in the background. I don’t hold out hope for any quite once it is over, either.

Doug will be working for several hours tomorrow, and I will send the girls out back to play at that time and film as many videos as I can while I have some quite. Once school starts I will have the house to myself during the school day and it will be much easier to get work done. Until then, I just have to plan a lot better!

So, want to see some pretty pictures?

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Have you heard about the “design a shawl for Stevie Nicks” contest? Well, it appears as though I am crazy enough to give it a go. I doubt a crochet shawl will win with just a sketch, so I bought some yarn (like, really fruu fruu, expensive, crazy yarn) to make a swatch to show with the sketch. Like I said, crazy.

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The girls made some art yesterday. Here is a snap of a little unicorn Kyla drew.

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And here are the artists with their creations. Sorry, it was too bright to get a good shot, but the girls were very proud and wanted a picture.

I have had so many ideas for patterns that have grown out of the Kat and Katherine patterns. Of course the next 2 will be the crochet kids coat, and the crochet adult coat, but then I think there will be a whole line of patterns that grow from there. So I decided they all need fairy names. The pattern I am working on right now is the kids coat, and it’s name is Lunette.

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Here is the start of Lunette in size 3/4. Some of the panels have an advanced option and an easier option. The 3/4 coat I am making while I write the pattern will have the easier options. I will then make 2 in the 7/8 size for the girls, using the advanced options. I am hoping to start testing this at the beginning of the school year, at which point I will start writing the pattern for the adult version.

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OK, sometimes I get a little silly with dinner. This was a side we had the other night, and it was pretty, so I took a picture. It’s just mini cucumbers with a little salt. It happens to be one of our favorite sides in the family. Just a little salt though, too much ruins it, but just a bit brings out the flavor. :)

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I had to put together a few new images with some of my sale patterns and my logo because I am one of the designers who has donated prizes (free patterns!!) for the Crochet Lounge Birthday Party!! Hop on over there and join in the fun, there are tons of great prizes!

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OK, we returned home on Friday, Mom flew back to Sicily Monday night, and we are still not totally unpacked, but it is time I start sharing the crazy with you!

Here are the girls in the days before we left. Kyla was getting some quality napping~on~Daddy time, and Vada built a castle to take on the trip out of some empty Baker’s Cotton spools. You’ll see why I have so many empty Baker’s Cotton spools as the trip posts continue.

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On Tuesday, July 22nd, I packed up the car with my stuff for the Knit and Crochet show, the girl’s stuff for some quality time with Grammy and her family in Beverly, MA, and, of course, the girls. We drove up to my grandparents place in Beverly, MA where my mom had just arrived. I dropped off the girls and spent a little bit of time with my Grammy and Grampy, and then headed up to NH. Less than an hour later I arrived at the pretty red house in Kingsland, NH, that belongs to my Aunt Diane and her awesome husband, Greg. I tried to get a little work done while there, but the cat had other ideas. I spent the night, and in the morning I was off to the Manchester, NH Radisson for the Knit and Crochet show.

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The very first familiar face I saw was Doris Chan. A big hug from the always adorable Doris (who was wearing a very cool TARDIS dress) is just about the perfect way to start a show! Of course, I was so thrilled to be there and seeing people, I forgot to get photos until I had been there for an hour or so. When I ran into Tammy Hildebrand I finally remembered to start getting photos!

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I had a few classes on Wednesday afternoon. One was “Mastering Crochet the CGOA way,” a class to give tips and advice to those working on earning Crochet Master status in the CGOA. I have enrolled in the Masters program, and have had the packet for nearly a year now, but I have yet to start the 42 swatches that need to be sent in for evaluation. After taking this class, I am motivated to get going!!

This awesome class was taught by Jane Rimmer, Susan Lowman, and Linda Dean. If you are even thinking of attempting the Crochet Masters program, then take this class!! It sounds like the goal is to offer this class at each Knit and Crochet show.

Now there is no “endorsements” for any books from the CGOA for the Masters program, however, there was a bibliography of recommended books for this class, and they had all the books there on a table. So I took a photo for you. I am going to have to buy and review most (or all) of these books.

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Now, during the class, Jane taught a little session on tips for weaving in ends. When she got to the bit about using a hook to weave in the ends when working thread crochet, it was very difficult for everyone to see what she was doing. So (with Jane’s permission) I stood behind her and took photos as she worked. They did not come out wonderfully, as my phone is not exactly the best at action shots, but I was able to find a few that are OK. I told the other ladies in the class I would post the photos here once I got home, so here they are. *I did receive permission from Jane Rimmer to post these photos on my blog. Thank you Jane!!

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As always, there was a knit and crochet lounge for people to hang out and play together. Here is a snap of one of my trips to the lounge. The second lady from the left is Tamara Kelly, who I was so happy to finally meet in person. We have known each other online for quite some time, but this was our first time meeting in person. We ended up in nearly all the same classes (other than the classes we took on Wed afternoon, the rest of our schedule was identical) so we spent a lot of time together. She was just awesome! I miss her already. Check out her post about the show here.

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I didn’t get many pictures during the day on Thursday, but I did remember to grab a snap of my awesome, fabulous, talented, beautiful mentor, Andee. Here we are just before the annual CGOA member meeting. (Can you tell I really like her? She has taught me so much, it would have taken me a lot longer to get where I am now, and where I am going, without such a wonderful mentor.)

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The winners of the 2014 CGOA Design Competition were announced at the end of the meeting, and the meeting was followed by the marketplace preview. I will share more about that and the rest of the show with my next 3 weeks of crazy post. I will leave you with a picture of the cake made for the 20th anniversary.

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Round-Up-Fall-Wraps

Soon the weather will break and fall will be here, are you ready? Try making some of these wraps to keep warm while you are out watching the leaves turn.
I decided on the theme for this round up in honor of my first place win in the Accessories category of the 2014 CGOA Design Competition. The first pattern in the round up is the winning piece, and the pattern is on sale for the rest of the month. The rest of the patterns in the round up are FREE!! I would also like to take a moment to thank Webs for sponsoring the Accessories category of the Design Competition.

Here are the names and links of each pattern from the photo above, along with a little something that each designer has to say about them.

1) Fall Leaves Wrap ~ CGOA Design Competition Winner ~ Crochet Pattern by Jessie At Home
Wrap yourself in the season and keep the chill off this fall! Each leaf is made individually and then joined with the border round using the join~as~you~go single crochet method. Add some beads down the veins of the leaves to bring some sparkle to your evenings.

2) Keiko Wrap ~ Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern by Kim Guzman
Tunisian drop stitch is combined with color striping in the striking wrap.

3) Midnight Breeze Shawl ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs
This beautiful shawl was inspired by cool summer nights in the mountains of Northern California…. And it would make a wonderful Prayer Shawl!!

4) Slanted Little Fans Wrap ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Jessie Rayot
After learning the little fans stitch, I just had to create more with it! I have always loved the slanted wraps, so I decided to mix the two.

5) Christmas Country Wrap ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Kim Guzman
This fabulous wrap is one of Kim’s most popular; just one look and you can see why.

6) Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl ~ Free Crochet Pattern by Beatrice Ryan Designs
Amazing Grace Prayer Shawl is the third design in my Amazing Grace Series. These Free Patterns are dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and in memory of my Dearest Friend Sandra Kay Gilb. I hope you enjoy these patterns and have an opportunity to “Pay It Forward” by donating one of you projects to help someone who is suffering or recovering from Breast Cancer.

Don’t forget to check out some of the other great Round Ups that have happened in Blogland over the last week!

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Slanted Little Fans Wrap

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Slanted Little Fans Wrap
Crochet Pattern
Intermediate Skill Level
Designed by Jessie Rayot

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Made with Caron Simply Soft 945 yards (3 full skeins), Country Blue with a US 10.5/K/6.50 mm hook by Lisa Janowiec-Young

After learning the little fans stitch, I just had to create more with it! I have always loved the slanted wraps, so I decided to mix the two. This pattern was written using Berocco Remix yarn, though it can be adjusted for various yarns and gauges. Check out the Stitchopedia entry for the little fans stitch to see a video showing how to make the stitch.

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Sizes:
About 14” by 80” or whatever size you want!

Yarn:
Berocco Remix in the colors of your choice (an example is given at the end of this pattern)
~or~ any DK/Light Worsted Weight yarn you can get gauge with
~or~ just about any yarn in any gauge if you want to adjust the starting chain length.

Hook:
US 10.5/K/6.50 mm

Gauge:
12 sts (3 fans) by 8 rows in the Little Fans Stitch pattern in a 4″ square
Stitches and Skills used:
ch ~ chain
sc ~ single crochet
dc ~ double crochet
st(s) ~ stitch(es)

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Made with Red Heart Super Saver by Brittany Umbaugh

Getting Started:
See this tutorial for the Little Fans Stitch pattern to make your gauge swatch.
Be sure to pay attention to the beginning and end of each row in the wrap pattern as they are what create the slant.

Pattern:

Row 1: Ch 81, sc in second ch from hook and each remaining ch. (80 sc)
**If you need to adjust the starting chain for a different size or gauge, then be sure to ch a multiple of 4 plus 1.

Row 2: Turn, ch 4, 3 dc in same st, *ch 1, skip 3, 3 dc in next st, rep from * until 3 sts remain, dc in last st.
**Note that there is NO ch 1 before the last dc, if you are getting a straight edge on one side as you continue the pattern it is most likely because you are adding in a ch 1 and then working into it on the next row.

Row 3: Turn, ch 3, * dc in next ch-1, dc in center st below the same ch-1, dc in same ch-1, ch 1, rep from * until the starting ch 4 from the previous row is reached, (3 dc, ch 1, dc) in the top of the ch 4.

Row 4: Turn, ch 4, 3 dc in the ch-1, *ch 1, dc in next ch-1, dc in center st below the same ch-1, dc in same ch-1, rep from * to until all ch-1s have been worked into, dc in the starting ch 3 of the previous row.
**Note that there is NO ch 1 before the last dc, if you are getting a straight edge on one side as you continue the pattern it is most likely because you are adding in a ch 1 and then working into it on the next row.

Repeat rows 3 & 4: to desired length.

Last Row: Turn, ch 1, [sc in each of next 3 dc, sc over ch-1 and in center st below the same ch-1] through last ch-1, sc in each of last 3 dc, 3 sc in starting ch 4 from the previous row.

Fasten off and weave in ends

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Color idea in Berocco Remix:
3924 Clemintine, 2 skeins, about 180g ~ Color A
3980 Lawn, 1 skein, about 140g ~ Color B
3949 Nightfall, 1 skein, about 90g ~ Color C

28 rows A,
6 rows B,
[2 rows C, 2 rows B] 3 times,
1 row C, 1 row B, 1 C,
2 rows B,
1 row C, 1 row B, 1 C,
[2 rows B, 2 rows C] 3 times,
6 rows B, 6 rows A.

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To find a printer friendly version of this pattern (text only, in black, no photos) click here. This will bring you to the listing for this pattern on Craftsy, where you can also find printer friendly versions of all my free patterns, and where you can purchase my sale patterns

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HOME!!

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I’m home. Mom, the girls, and I got back yesterday evening, but my computer cord only got back a few hours ago with Doug. I have TONS to share with you. I need to go through photos and get my head back in the game, but I should be back to posting in two or three days. My mom is still visiting until Monday night when she flies back to Sicily. I don’t get to see her often, so I am sure you will understand if I don’t dive back into everything until Tuesday. Plus there is all the unpacking. Oh the unpacking. Ugg.

Anyway, I seem to have quite the pile of patterns that are all just so close to ready to be posted, and I really want to get those published for you. Plus nearly a week of fun from the Knit and Crochet show to share with you, and two weeks of crazy medieval camping to share with you. I haven’t even counted the photos, but there sure are a lot. You have seen a sneak peak if you have been following along on Twitter and Instagram. So…my grand plan is to alternate between a yarnie post, and a K&C show/vacation post until we are all caught up. It should be some crazy fun over the next few weeks! 

Oh, and I will leave you with a giggle followed by a cute photo of my mother and the girls:

Last night~ Me: “I am going to shower. I am stinky. And groady. And I am pretty sure I am not really this tan.”

Mom: *laughs* (I am sure in agreement on all points.)

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