I want to introduce you to my wonderful June crochet sponsors. I appreciate their support of my site. I also think that they offer wonderful, amazing products that you might be interested in. Here they are:
Indie Gift Box
Have you noticed this great new trend of subscriptions to items that arrive monthly or semi-monthly at your home with an element of surprise but catered towards your tastes? I love this idea. One of the pups I petsit has BarkBox and gets a monthly delivery of various pet-related supplies and treats. A male friend of mine subscribes to a guys’ grooming box and gets products to try for hair, shaving, etc. I think it’s a cool way to try new products and experience new things at a discounted rate but geared towards what you like. And that’s what Indie Gift Box offers but there’s an extra level of awesomeness – all of the items are handcrafted by creative artisans. I adore it!
From the website: “We envision a world in which artisanal craftsmanship is valued and accessible. Our mission in support of that vision is to help you discover new artistic talent and amazing handmade products, and to help the artists and companies achieve their deserved success.” You can get one-of-a-kind creative items at a discount, supporting indie creators while enjoying new things for yourself. I think it’s wonderful and I’m happy to share it! They also offer items direct for sale from their site.
Newborn Knots has beautiful crochet baby patterns. There’s currently a sale and giveaway where you can enter to win five free crochet patterns (enter now because it ends soon!) You can explore the crochet patterns on Etsy as well as Craftsy and Ravelry. I think that the designs are stylish, contemporary, cute and creative. Designer Amanda Chapman does a great job on her patterns and offers good deals to her buyers.
I’m a little in love with the crochet kits sold by Warm Pixie. There are patterns for crochet baby blankets and amigurumi items along with the yarn and notions needed to complete any project. I love all-in-one-kits like these because they make it easy to get the yarn you need for your project in one place but more than that these kits also make great gifts for other crocheters that I know. The Warm Pixie designs are pretty and the yarn is luxurious. The yarn is also for sale on its own.
CourseCraft shows you how to easily create your own online class so that you can share what you know with others and make a profit from it. This is a great option for crochet designers and bloggers who want to create tutorial-based courses to help others learn our craft. They offer tools that are simple to use. From the site: “Manage every detail of your course from one place. Don’t try to piece together different tools that leave you scattered and disorganized. CourseCraft can be used to create any type of course all while keeping everything centralized.”
Careful’s Crochet Corner
This is a lovely Etsy shop selling finished crochet items. There are scarves, hats, crochet animals and more for babies and children as well as some items for women. I especially love the little outfits like the crochet baby cardigan pictured above but the stuffed animals are also a little bit irresistible. She sells some matching sets like baby blankets with stuffies that would make great gifts.
Jessie At Home
Jessie At Home is a lovely crochet blog that I’ve only recently discovered and am really enjoying. Jessie was a professional costume desiger and artist who is now a work-from-home mom sharing her love of creativity and fiber arts through this blog. She posts a lot of free knit and crochet patterns on the blog and she also sells some of her patterns around the web. Her free crochet patterns are very diverse and include patterns for hats, blankets, appliques, baby toys, kids’ clothes, jewelry and more.
Nothing But String
Etsy’s Nothing But String (operated by Em) is a terrific Etsy shop selling beautiful handcrafted thread crochet jewelry, home decor items and accessories. I love it all and often eye the detailed, colorful, perfectly-crafted Irish lace jewelry but what I am drawn to the most is the selection of yarn for sale. Nothing But String has hand-dyed cotton and linen yarn in terrifically surprising color combinations – perfect for summer crafting especially!
Knot by Gran’ma
I love the crochet monsters that are created by Knot by Gran’ma. They are fun, unique, creative, colorful and sometimes humorous. She also sells crochet patterns for people who want to make some of her creations, which include but are not limited to patterns for her crochet monsters; the cat cave shown above is one example of a crochet pattern she sells.
Wire Crochet Jewelry
You can learn to crochet a wide variety of wire jewelry using the ebooks, videos and pattern pdfs that Adriana Laura Mendez sells at WireCrochetEbooks on Etsy. She shares, “I will teach you step by step, without requiring any prior knowledge, how to create wire crochet jewelry, introduction to Peruvian Point and how to create geometric shapes with gold, silver and copper wire; how to choose the crochet hooks, types of wires, range of finishes and styles. By teaching you in an easy and innovative way, I believe that you will be able to design your own bracelets, rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces. My dream is to share my passion with you and guide you in the process of creating beautiful handmade jewelry.” She also sells beautiful finished crochet jewelry items.
Happily Hooked is a new online crochet magazine that has really made a splash already. They do a great job of putting together original and interesting crochet patterns along with articles and information of interest to crocheters. I’m a little biased, perhaps, because I have a monthly crochet column there interviewing people about how crochet heals them but I’m honored to be there in such good company with amazing designers and crochet artists that I adore. Get a free issue of Happily Hooked here.