Friday, April 27, 2012

spring sale has ended :(

To receive 15% off of your next crochet
pattern purchase simply visit
and enter the coupon code: Spring2012
at the checkout.

Offer expires May 2, 2012


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

have you seen the preview for the "vogue knitting" special collector's crochet issue?

It has been 18 years since Vogue last came out with an issue
 dedicated to crochet so I'm very pleased and excited!!! This gorgeous collection highlights the beauty and versatility of crochet and is a must see. Check out the preview here.

I'll be buying this issue for sure!


Monday, April 23, 2012

new pattern - chunky cables decorative throw by kim miller.

Wrap up in this luxuriously thick and cozy decorative throw. This beautiful cabled throw is crocheted using a N (10.00 mm) crochet hook and super bulky yarn so it works up fast and makes a beautiful gift that will be treasured for years.

The finished throw measures approximately 36” (91.4 cm) wide by 58” (147.3 cm) long.

This detailed crochet pattern has lots of illustrations to help you to successfully complete you project. The pattern calls for 12 balls of Lion Brand® Wool Ease Thick and Quick and uses the following stitches: hdc, dc, fpdc, bpdc, fptr and reverse sc.


Friday, April 20, 2012

sneak peek.

We are excited to share a peek of our latest crochet design that will be released soon.

This beautiful cabled throw is crocheted using a super bulky yarn so it works up fast and makes a great gift that will be treasured for years. 


Monday, April 16, 2012

how to crochet in the back or front loops only.

Normally, when you are crocheting you insert your crochet hook through both top loops as shown...

...but sometimes you will be directed to work into the front or the back loops only. It is important to follow these instructions as it will greatly change the look of your project.

To work in the front loop only you insert your hook through the front loop (as shown below), leaving the back loop unworked.

To work in the back loop only you insert your work through the back loop leaving the front loop unworked.

This technique will produce a ridge or a horizontal line across your work and it is often used to create a ribbed effect.


Friday, April 13, 2012

photo gallery.

We are always thrilled to hear from our customers!  We love to see how our crochet designs have inspired them to create something wonderful for themselves or someone that they love. We recently heard from Angela, who shared such beautiful photos of her finished projects that we just had to share the gorgeousness with you.  She used the crochet pattern "Hanging Storage Pouch" and she did two different versions of it. 

The first one is made up of a very thick wool. So thick, in fact, that she mentioned that it could even serve as a freestanding basket if she were to omit the hanging piece.  I love that idea! 

The second one she made up using a finer cotton blend and it is equally as beautiful!!  You can visit Angela's blog for more great photos of these pouches and be sure to check out all the beautiful items that she has in her shop "Simple Things Small Joys". A shop full of eye candy to make your space dreamy!!!


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

and the winners are...

Today is the day we announce our winners to the crochet pattern giveaway that ran through the weekend. Yay!!  Thanks to all who participated and for leaving us such great comments and spreading the word.  We love to hear from our customers!!

Without further ado, here are the winners!!

1st prize - SanDslnrs who left the comment "Hi!!! I love your patterns...hope I'm one of the winners :-)" Receives any three crochet patterns of their choice from our Etsy shop.

2nd prize -  an Anonymous commenter who said "Your patterns are great!". Receives any two crochet patterns of their choice from our Etsy shop.

3rd prize - goes to a customer who entered by direct email and said "like all the others I totally LOVE your patterns". Receives any crochet pattern of their choice from our Etsy shop.

All drawings were random using Winners will be contacted personally by email with details on how to redeem their prize.

Thanks again everyone for participating.  Can't wait to see you all again for our next drawing!!

Have a great week and see you next time!

tara and kim.

Monday, April 9, 2012

just for know that you've been crocheting too much when...

You own a crochet hook that lights up in the dark.

You have to wear a wrist protector when you crochet.

You take your crocheting to the theater.

You think that Afghan is the name of a country.

You consider crocheting "fast" to be a form of exercise.

You plan your family vacation around yarn and crochet events.

You have 7 or 8 crochet projects on the go at once.

kim and tara :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

random friday freebie.

With Tara moving, and this month being crazy busy, we thought that we would keep things simple and feature the same great giveaway as last time. With that said, we are excited to announce that this month we will once again be featuring three seperate giveaways for free crochet patterns!!!

The first giveaway is 3 crochet patterns of your choice from our etsy shop and...

The second giveaway is 2 free patterns of your choice from our etsy shop and...

yes you guessed it...the third giveaway is 1 free pattern of your choice from our etsy shop.

The draw will begin today and it will extend to Monday, April 9th at midnight (Pacific Standard Time). The winners will be randomly picked using on Tuesday April 10th and they will be contacted the same day by email. A PDF of the pattern(s) will be emailed to each of the winners the same day.

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 eligilble for one prize only. All entries must be in by Monday, April 9th, 2012 midnight PST to be valid.

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check back on Tuesday to see if you are one of the three winners!!

kim and tara.

Monday, April 2, 2012

new crochet pattern - robin's nest by kim miller.

Bring a touch of nature indoors with this whimsical little robin's nest! This crochet pattern for the robin's nest combines the softness of mercerized cotton with felted wool making for a natural looking robins nest perfect for home decor and photo props.

This crochet pattern calls for a partial ball of Patons Grace and Patons Classic Wool, and calls for the following stitches and techniques: adjustable ring, single crochet, front post double crochet, and front post double crochet 2 together. The felted nest measures approximately 5" in diameter and the eggs measure approximately 2" in length.