I miss doing the weekly roundup of Link Love shares, featuring all of the awesome things people are sharing and making in crochet, which I had to cut out of the blog because of how time consuming they are. Every once in awhile, I get an awesome sponsor who helps me bring an edition back, which is how this post comes to you today. A huge thanks to American Yarns for bringing us this post.
American Yarns is a company that brings popular US yarns to Australia. From the “about” page: “American Yarns was created from my passion of crocheting, I could not find quality nor the variety of yarn from the stores locally and hence I went looking elsewhere. During my research I discovered this wonderful opportunity to provide Australian lovers of craft quality yarn to complete craft projects at an affordable price. My idea was to provide only yarn to my customers, but, I decided to offer quality handmade products using the quality yarn that I could not find in Australia. All our handmade products for sale are 100% Australian handmade by our designers and our yarns are imported directly from the US. We provide in fashion colours that will match you’re in style home decor and or wardrobe. Our aim is to provide and deliver quality products made with love and care along with a friendly, reliable and quality service to all our customers.”
Adore this crochet art from Jennifer of Squirrel Picnic. It’s a piece called Pineapple Sunset that she entered into the CGOA Design Competition where it won for best artistic expression! Congrats Jennifer!
Twinkie Chan was at Renegate Craft Fair with her awesome crochet Bento Bar. Check out all the photos on her blog for a glimpse at serious cuteness.
Yarnbombing art: “the trees in Greerton, Tauranga are rugged up in winter woollies”; photo here by Alan Gibson, visit the link for all of the amazing photos
Sara Leighton of Illuminate Crochet has just published her first book: Nature’s Gifts for Baby
Mollie Makes named crochet as one of 5 terrific “slow crafts“. They write, “When the pace and stresses of life get too much there’s nothing like taking some time out to make to clear your head and refocus your energy. The slow craft movement celebrates projects from sewing to woodwork. Traditional techniques you can get lost in for hours.” They also quote Kat Goldin so I’ve included one of her pieces above; the crochet pattern is also on Mollie Makes. I’ve written about Slow Yarn here.
Lupey Loops had a good article about going outside of your crochet comfort zone, and how it can be difficult when dealing with chronic illness
Crochet News and Information
I’m always touched by the outpouring of support from the crochet community. I spent the past year posting all of the amazing submissions to Mandalas for Marinke, so I experienced it personally through that, but I’m always inspired to see it anywhere. Most recently, that’s been through the Jenny’s Blanket of Hugs project from Just Pootling created for the daughter of Amanda from Little Box of Crochet.
The Last Dance on the Beach CAL is complete so all of the patterns for it are now available. This is the 2016 Scheepjes CAL, which Marinke was working on when she died last year. “In accordance with the wishes of Marinke’s family, 12 of her online friends and bloggers have completed her unfinished design to present this beautiful and sensitive CAL in Marinke’s memory and as a tribute to her work.”
Bon Bon Bears free crochet pattern from All About Ami – cute small crafting for bits of yarn!
Sheila Z has created a set of three animal patterns (dog, cat and bunny) available for sale as sets in either a knit version or a crochet version. She also sells separate sets of little “houses” for each of them. Adorable.
Tiny giraffe crochet pattern from Annaboo’s House who is working on a new crochet book!
Lalylala has new Hawaii-inspired crochet patterns for sale
Cute camper van crochet pattern for sale from LoveCrochet, designed by Emma Varnam
Corner to Corner hot water bottle cozy free crochet pattern from Twilight Taggers who says it’s “a great pattern for taking on public transport, to the doctors surgery, to the kids footy training, or a night on the sofa watching TV.” You need to know how to c2c crochet to complete this pattern.
Mini granny square bandana free crochet pattern from Da’s Crochet Connection. So many great ways to use grannies!
Granny square halter free crochet pattern from Dream Crochet … when you get up close you realize it’s made of mini grannies.
Cable bag free crochet pattern from Kristi Simpson
Crochet pillar stitches wrist warmers free pattern from Family Craft Studio. Practice a new stitch pattern while making cute fingerless gloves!
Flower barefoot sandals crochet pattern for sale from Little Treasures
Glass cozy free crochet pattern from Roving Crafters perfect for avoiding a sweaty glass when you are drinking something cold on a hot day!
Geometric mandala crochet pattern for sale from Lillabjorn
Dreamcatcher mandala free crochet pattern by The Lazy Hobbyhopper
Bees Knees crochet rug free pattern from Moogly who says, “The Bee’s Knees Crochet Rug works up crazy fast with a big fat hook and Bulky Yarn, and while the hexagons and colors reminded me of a honeycomb, you can mix up the colors to fit your own decor – it would look just as fabulous in bold brights, jewel tones, or understated neutrals – in any room of the home!” Moogly also has a beautiful new shawl crochet pattern as well as a free pattern for a six pack carrying crochet tote.
How to crochet a granny square heart from Red Agape
How to crochet mermaid stitch from Illuminate Crochet
Creative Jewish Mom shared how to splice together small strips of t-shirt yarn to make a yarn ball that is easy to use. She also shares how to use your t-shirt yarn to make a giant granny square crochet chair pad, a crochet stool cover, a basket upcycled from empty strawberry baskets and a crochet vase.
Other Crafty Wonders
Fiber Art! Flower Loom Canvas photo and video tutorial from @jessie_athome. She uses an 18″ x 24″ Canvas
and Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn to make this pretty piece.