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SAVE THE DATES: Mandalas for Marinke Art Show!!

I am thrilled to announce that the mandalas created by the crochet community for the Mandalas for Marinke project will be on exhibit soon. It was amazing to me to see each of the mandalas as they were submitted and then to see them growing together as a big group that shows off the work, efforts, talent and love of so many people from around the world. It is a dream come true to finally have a space where others will also be able to see them as a group. If you aren’t familiar with the project, it was created in honor of the work of Marinke Slump, a crochet designer who died by suicide in 2015. It was a big online project to raise awareness about depression and suicide; take time to read through some of the posts here. Healing Circles: Mandalas for Marinke I have been so lucky to

Annie’s Signature Autumn Glow Crochet Pattern Collection

I have really been enjoying the seasonal crochet pattern collections from Annie’s Signature Designs. Much like the world of fashion, these are collections of patterns that fit a theme and are released periodically throughout the year. The designs are timeless in the sense that they can be used again and again and really do translate to additional seasons across the years but each collection as a whole evokes the mood of the season in which it is released. I’ve previously shared their Spring Breeze, Summer Love and Autumn Bliss collections, and I’m happy to share that now that fall is almost here we have another one: Autumn Glow. Lead crochet designer Lena Skvagerson shares, “My lifelong love of working in yarn makes me so excited and proud to present this Autumn Glow Collection. Traversing the globe from traditional Nordic heritage to boho Californian influences, a thread is woven through this collection,…

Free Crochet Heart Pattern to Raise Funds for Cancer Care

This cute red and blue crochet heart is a free pattern created specifically for the purpose of donation to the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF). It was designed as part of a project by Ali of Get Hooked on Crochet in response to her own experience of living through head and neck cancer. I’ve been inspired by her strength and beauty as I’ve watched her go through her own journey online. Let me tell you all about how you can helpCrochet Heart Pins for DCCF You can find the free crochet heart pattern on Ali’s website; note that the instructions are in UK terms. The idea is that you crochet one or more hearts and attach tac pins / brooch pins to them. The completed pins will then be sold as part of a fundraiser for DCCF. You can crochet as many heart pins as you want and there is

Check Out This Helpful Crochet Organizer for People Crafting in Bed

There are many reasons that we crochet in bedfrom the joy of relaxing there to the necessity of finding something productive and creative to do when stuck on bed rest. Por desgracia, it is common to lose crochet hooks and notions in the bed, something annoying for the able-bodied and worse for those with physical limitations. Chetnanigans helps solve the problem with the smart, simple solution of a bedside organizer.

Crochet Helps Syrian Refugees in Greece Cope with Boredom

There are many organizations and crafters sending crochet blankets, toys and clothing to people in Syria. Karen Kirk wanted to do something different to help the Syrian refugees temporarily housed at camps in Greece. She wasn’t sure what skills she could offer but she went to Greece to do her best, and it turned out that crochet skills and supplies were something she could contribute.