KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 4

Michelle Warwick:

I finally had a chance to get the fourth square from the KCACO-UK Crochet Along finished! I am really having a hard time choosing my favourite so far. Stay tuned; next week, MY square is the pattern of the week! Eek!

Harriett Square using Vanna's Choice; Lamb, Taupe, Brick, TerraCotta and Olive

Harriett Square using Vanna’s Choice; Lamb, Taupe, Brick, Terra Cotta and Olive

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

So we had a bit of fun with block 4, putting it out for a public vote, and I can now reveal that the square that received the majority vote was ‘F’ – the ‘Harriett’ Square!  Although we are on block 4 there is still plenty of time to catch up – the full schedule and details about the CAL can be found here.

I love this fun design which plays with an octagonal shape inside a square.  It’s all created with simple stitches and produces a lovely end result.

This square is currently free on Ravelry (and has been since June 2013).

Click on the link in the title below to go straight to the pattern.

Harriett Square 12″ by Carolyn Christmas

Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5 mm / US Size H
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works great with up to 5 different colours changes but I would suggest at least 2…

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KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 3

Michelle Warwick:

Square Three is ready to go! I LOVE how mine turned out! I cannot believe we are only three squares in! So much lovely left to come!

Square Three Pattern - Yarn Clouds

Square Three Pattern – Yarn Clouds

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

So it’s time for block 3 already, these blocks are coming round quick! 

So sometimes you just see some crocheted loveliness and think one day I am going to have to make that.  For me this CAL is definitely helping me fulfil my wish list.  I really feel as if I have had this next pattern saved FOREVER so it was a joy to finally make it up.  

This square is free (and has been since Mar 2011) on the Crochetville site.

Yarn Clouds by Amelia Beebe


Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5 mm / US Size H
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works great in single colours or up to 5 different colours changes.
  • Pattern available in US terminology for conversion chart please click HERE

Specialist stitches:

Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) - Yarn over, insert hook from back of work through side of specified stitch, going in…

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KCACO-UK Afghan CAL 2015 -Block 2

Michelle Warwick:

Exciting stuff! Block Two in the KCACO-UK CAL has been released! This was a new technique for me to learn and I LOVED how mine turned out!

Ladder Loop Square | From Home Crochet

Ladder Loop Square – Block 2 KCACO-UK CAL

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

Yay our next square is here!! And it’s a beauty!  This block has been designed by the fabulous Kimberlie of ShopKimberlie, a good friend of mine, who some of you might have got to know as one of my lovely Admin in the Facebook CAL Group.

You are going to LOVE this square!  I did because it introduced me to a new technique; the Jacob’s Ladder which I have COMPLETELY fallen in love with!  So without further ado may I introduce the…

Ladder Loops Afghan Square by Kimberlie Goodnough

This square will be available as a free Ravelry download throughout the end of the year 2015 (December 31, 2015).

ShopKimberlie

Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5.5 mm / US Size I
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works best in at least 4-5 different colours
  • Pattern contains English and American crochet terms: see the following link for a printable conversion chart: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/70437470329344/ 

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VALENTINE ROUNDUP!

Love is in the air! Check out this amazing

VALENTINE ROUNDUP!

featuring my Wrapped In Love Slouch by Hodge Podge Crochet!

Wrapped In Love Slouch | From Home Crochet

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KCACO-UK Afghan CAL 2015 -Block 1

Michelle Warwick:

I am so excited to take part in this CAL! One year. 24 squares. One amazing afghan!

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

Yay so it’s time for block 1!!! How exciting!!!  AND it’s my first design for 2015 so super exciting!!!  You can tell how excited I am by the abundance of exclamation marks!!!

Yes I thought that I would have a go at designing the first block for the CAL, I wanted it to be fun, yet simple to ease us into the CAL process.  Believe it or not this was the first 12 inch square I have EVER made or designed and it was sooo enjoyable after designing many 6 inch ones.  It seemed huge too but, I tell you what, it some how seemed so much more satisfying when I’d finished it.  Hope you enjoying hooking it up too – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

This square will be available as a free Ravelry download forever or scroll down the page to where I have also posted the pattern below.

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World Wide Artist Blog Hop!

So, there’s this thing called the World Wide Artist Blog Hop that my a-maaaaaazing friend Tanya clued me in to when she nominated little ole me to participate! You can find her, and her bloggy goodness over at http://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ (and trust me… there is a LOT of awesome yarny goodness there)

You can find my nominees at the bottom of this post. They are worth sifting through boring old me to get to… promise. ;) And, of course, to find more of the participating blogs, jump in your Google search bar, and enter World Wide Artist Blog Hop, and you will find oodles of amazing and talented artists.

Now, on to me…

Why do I do what I do?

My husband was working two jobs so that I could stay home with our daughter. And, most nights, I was BORED! I would finally get Grumpers to sleep, and he would be headed out the door to work for a couple of hours, so I wanted to find something to pass the time. Not only did it become a passion, but my hobby turned in to a nice little business that keeps me just busy enough to help contribute to our household and still keep it from falling apart. Plus, I get to work from home. It is the best part in my opinion. ;)

How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

Now, this is a tough question. I don’t know that I differ from everyone else. I do know I take a LOT of pride in my work. If I hate it, I don’t want you to have it, so I can be REALLY picky about how I piece my work together. I am not afraid to tackle new things, so that does not limit my abilities in any way.  This really is a tough one for me to answer. Way to go… you’ve stumped me.

How does my creative process work?

It just… does. If I get an idea, I play with it for a bit. I will work and rework it to make sure it is how I like it, This means some frogging and a little cursing, but the end result is always something I am pleased with, otherwise, it gets scrapped until I decide to revisit it. (I have a scrap bin to prove it)

What am I working on now?

Lately, I’ve been chilling a bit on the orders and hooking. After our move (twice) this summer and my Etsy shop was slammed with business, I decided to step back and take a bit of a pre-holiday rest. I am still working on orders, but rather than the dozen plus I was doing per week (which can be VERY difficult when you have a family) I am working on half as many, and finding myself much less stressed.

I’ve revamped a few of my patterns, and written the new Hailey Slouch and matching Cowl. I also have a few more things that need a working pc to finish up (yes, we are having technical difficulties in my world) so, I am waiting on that little kink to fix.

The Hailey Slouch| From Home Crochet

The Hailey Slouch

The Hailey Cowl | From Home Crochet

The Hailey Cowl

Revamped Winter Lattice Pattern | From Home Crochet

Revamped Winter Lattice pattern

I’ve also just finished up a square exchange with some friends from the Hodge, and have been working up a number of Woodland Animal Cowls, Yoda hats (some in Dobby the House Elf colours) and of course, Moose hats!

Custom Order Request

Custom Order Request

It's Moose Season!

It’s Moose Season!

Grumpy do I look?

Grumpy do I look?

It’s nomination time! I am going to nominate TWO blogs to participate. I choose my friend

Heather from over at http://keepcalmandcrochetonuk.wordpress.com/

and

Renee from over at http://fortheloveofscarves.wordpress.com/

Kimono-So-Cosy Adult Poncho pattern by Heather Gibbs

Kimono-So-Cosy Adult Poncho pattern by Heather Gibbs

Serendipity Scarf Pattern by Renee Kelley

Serendipity Scarf Pattern by Renee Kelley

Head over to snag these free patterns, and leave them a comment to say hi!

Thanks for sticking around to learn more about me and why I do what I do. I really love and appreciate all of the support I receive from all of you who follow me! I’d love to hear more from you, so leave me a comment below. :)

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DIY Glow In The Dark Yarn

Michelle Warwick:

Brilliant. Quite literally. ;)

Awesome Tutorial on how to create Glow in the Dark yarn by Hodge Podge Crochet!

Originally posted on HodgePodge Crochet:

hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn

Lately I’ve been having all sorts of fun experimenting with ‘dying’ acrylic yarn all kinds of colors for all sorts of projects! My latest was a cute shade of pink that I wanted to use in a brand new design I’m working on!!

hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com DIY Glow in the Dark Yarn For those that missed the process on how to dye acrylic yarn, make sure you check out my ‘How to ‘DYE’ Acrylic Yarn’ blog post before going any further to find out how to make your own!

I’ve been wanting to try some new ideas using the ‘dying’ technique, so a few weeks ago when I found myself wandering down the craft aisle of my local WalMart–which is actually quite depressing…but that’s a whole other blog post–toward the paint, I had no idea what I’d find until I started hunting…and then I had an idea!

I happened to see a bottle of this stuff sitting in among…

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