Book Review - Emoji Crochet

Monday, September 18, 2017

Title: Emoji Crochet
Author: Charles Voth
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

I'm a complete emoji addict, so when I saw Charles Voth had made a book of Emoji Crochet, I had to have it!


The book has lots of emoji projects for all over the house, like pillows and blankets. Charles has a great sense of humor and it really comes out in some of these designs - like the ottoman that's had just about enough of stinky feet.



Emojis aren't just for around the house though, you can try one of the wearable designs too! There are hats, slippers, a jacket, and even earrings. Yes, earrings.


The Brainiac Bag, with little buck teeth, is one of my favorites. I really like this cute Num Num Bib pattern too. It's just the thing to train up a whole new generation of emoji lovers.   



One thing that struck me is that these are not just variations of facial expressions on the same basic pattern. Instead, several different techniques are used to create the faces. The book starts with stitch definitions and instructions, including clear diagrams, which make these techniques and patterns accessible even for new crocheters. 


Each pattern is full of clear, close-up images so you can see exactly what things are supposed to look like at each step. There's even a Facial Features Directory to help you to achieve that perfect expression. Since we all know emojis sometimes say it best - here's how I feel about this book: 



Enter to win your own copy of Emoji Crochet! This prize is generously provided by the publisher, Spring House Press. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older, with a valid US shipping address and phone number. The winner will be contacted by email, and must reply to that email and provide the shipping address and phone number within 1 week in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be selected.

The giveaway ends on September 30th. Hurry and enter below! 

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Disclaimer: A free review copy of Emoji Crochet was provided by Spring House Press. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of copyrighted material are used with permission.

12 (Mostly Free) Crochet Patterns for Halloween

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and it's time for another seasonal roundup of crochet patterns designed by my fellow Crochet Guild of America members! (If you’re a crochet designer and a CGOA member and would like to grant us permission to use your patterns in these roundups, please contact me via my blog.)

This month’s roundup features 12 (mostly free) crochet patterns perfect for Halloween, including costumes for children and adults, home decor, and storage for all of those treats. Photos are used with permission of the designers. Enjoy!



Top row, left to right:

Second row, left to right:

Third row, left to right:

Bottom row, left to right:

Share this roundup on your favorite social network to spread the word about the talented designers in the Crochet Guild of America!

2017 Design Competition Winners

Friday, August 25, 2017




The 2017 CGOA has come to an end. The design competition had some amazing entries that were showcased throughout the weekend. Check out the amazing entries below.

The first slide show has all the photos as well as who designed each project.
The second video is a slide show of the winning entries.








Below is the slideshow of winners!


 


Start thinking now about what you will enter for next year!

Ava Shell - Part 6 - Finishing Touches

Thursday, August 24, 2017

You made it! The final touches have been added to the pattern! 
If you're just joining us you can get all the info about the CAL by beginning HERE.




This is the final week. You'll sew the pieces together, work the peplum, and finish up the armholes and neckline.    

Reminder: Once you've completed the shell post photos in our FB group for a chance to win a prize! 

The pattern is free so it's not too late to join us!




Head over to the Ava Shell pattern for the CAL instructions. 

Join in the crochet-a-long and share your progress with other crocheters.

  • Get more information about this crochet-a-long here.
  • Stop by our Ravelry group or Facebook group to chat or ask questions. We can’t wait to see your progress! 
  • Ravelry members can also add the pattern to your Ravelry favorites.
  • Share your progress on social media with hashtag #cgoasummercal and #cgoacal 


Kristine

Ava Shell - Part 5 - Back Top Shaping

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Part 5 of the Ava Shell has been added to the pattern! If you're just joining us you can get all the info about the CAL, including a complete schedule and links to previous posts HERE.




This week you'll be working the remainder of the back. We will complete the armhole and neckline shaping. Next week we will be doing all the finishing work - sewing, border, and peplum.   

Reminder: Gauge is critical with this pattern! I swatched 3 different brands of DK yarn and 2 had one gauge size and 1 needed a different hook size from the other 2 brands.

The pattern is free so it's not too late to join us!




Head over to the Ava Shell pattern for the CAL instructions. 

Join in the crochet-a-long and share your progress with other crocheters.

  • Get more information about this crochet-a-long here.
  • Stop by our Ravelry group or Facebook group to chat or ask questions. We can’t wait to see your progress! 
  • Ravelry members can also add the pattern to your Ravelry favorites.
  • Share your progress on social media with hashtag #cgoasummercal and #cgoacal 


Kristine

Chain Link 2017 Fashion Show

Saturday, August 12, 2017



The 2017 CGOA Chain Link conference is over and once again it ended with the Banquet and Fashion Show which was sponsored by Leisure Arts. The Fashion Show is a chance for all our CGOA members to show off what they have made. Some items are one-of-a-kind pieces made for the show, others are designs that have patterns available and some are designs that will be coming out in the coming year.
There has been a request for a list of the garments from the show and where the patterns can be found. Where known, the name of the designer and pattern availability is listed with the name of the Fashion Show garment below.

Reflective Pantsuit – Gina Gallina   Modeled by Gina

Pineapple Miranda Pantsuit – Gina Gallina   Modeled by Sparky

Blues Vest – Kathryn White   Modeled by Kathryn


Nan’s Shrug – Laurinda Redding  Modeled by Sharon


Sargassum Shawl – Pia Thadani  Modeled by Elisa


Celtic Filet Shawl – Susan Lowman   Modeled by Amy


Stormy Weather Vest – Cathy Robbins   Modeled by Nancy


Summer Seaside Shawl from “Wraps for All Seasons” – Andee Graves   Modeled by Creusa


Oswego Sunset Shawl – Shari White   Modeled by Shari


Adalene Cabled Vest – Jennifer Pionk   Modeled by Heather


Granny Square Shawl – Michele Maks   Modeled by Regina


Beaded Gray Shawl – Susan Lutz Kenyon  Modeled by Tammy


Beachside Wrap – Laurinda Reddig   Modeled by Lauren



California Wildflowers – Barbara Hynes  Modeled by Barbara


Krpa Silk Dress – Cathy Robbins  Modeled by Danielle



80’s Diva – Urmie  Modeled by Rani


Cozy Quilted Vest & Scarf – Margaret Hubert & Nancy Smith  Modeled by Nancy


Cascading Lace Cardigan – Juliette Bezold  Modeled by Kathryn


Reina Cardigan – Jennifer Pionk  Modeled by Heather


Bling It On! Poncho – Shari White   Modeled by Shari


Midnight Sparkle – Joan Davis (modified from a Jenny King pattern)  Modeled by Regina


Tunisian Crop Top – Lily Chin  Modeled by Sharon


Greek Holiday – Jenny King  Modeled by Amy


Scoop Neck Top from “Fringe Benefits”  – Melissa Leapman   Modeled by Danielle


Cherry Schwimm Vest from Leisure Arts publication “The Long & Short of It”   Modeled by Elisa


Winterfall Ruanna from “Wraps for All Seasons”  – Andee Graves   Modeled by Lauren



Rainbow Circle Vest from Red Heart.com – Tammy Hildebrand   Modeled by Tammy

Jewelled Sweater Coat  - Creusa Gillmore  Modeled by Creusa


70’s Princess – Urmie   Modeled by Rani



by Andee Graves
Mamas 2 Hands

Ava Shell - Part 4 - Back Bottom

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Part 4 of the Ava Shell has been added to the pattern! If you're just joining us you can get all the info about the CAL, including a complete schedule and links to previous posts HERE.




This week you'll be working the back of the shell. You will begin at the waist and work up to the armholes. Next week we will be working the armholes and neckline of the back.  

Reminder: Gauge is critical with this pattern! I swatched 3 different brands of DK yarn and 2 had one gauge size and 1 needed a different hook size from the other 2 brands.

If you're just joining us, here's a little sneak peek of the stitch pattern for the main body of the shell.




Head over to the Ava Shell pattern for the CAL instructions. 

Join in the crochet-a-long and share your progress with other crocheters.


  • Get more information about this crochet-a-long here.
  • Stop by our Ravelry group or Facebook group to chat or ask questions. We can’t wait to see your progress! 
  • Ravelry members can also add the pattern to your Ravelry favorites.
  • Share your progress on social media with hashtag #cgoasummercal and #cgoacal 


Kristine

Book Review and Giveaway - Rainbow Crocheted Afghans

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The book reviewed in this post was provided by Search Press. All opinions are those of Jessie At Home. This post contains affiliate links.


Rainbow Crocheted Afghans by Amanda Perkins is an amazing and beautiful crochet book that every crocheter should have in their library. It is full of colorful afghan patterns and great tips and tricks.


Amanda starts the book as most do, with an introduction. From there she moves onto a couple of pages on color theory. Her color choices throughout the book are stunning, so pay attention to this part, she has a lot to teach!


Next we move onto equipment, such as yarn and hooks, and then techniques. Amanda is great at making sure she explains the techniques you will need to succeed in creating the afghans in this book, and even more of your own design.


There is even a section on "how to use this book" that explains the best way to use the book. Amanda goes on to teach a bit about crochet charts as the book is full of them - but don't worry, the patterns are written as well!


Now that all the pre-pattern business is done, it's time for the patterns. Each one is full of color and amazing design. There is a little introduction to each pattern along with the supply list and other tips you will need to make the pattern.


The patterns are well written and full of charts and graphs that show color placement and motif placement. Amanda has thought of everything you will need to succeed in replicating her lovely afghans!


You can get your own copy of Rainbow Crocheted Afghans from Amazon HERE.

Would you like a chance to win a copy? Well here you go! To enter the Rainbow Crocheted Afghans giveaway you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid shipping address in the contiguous US. Giveaway ends on August 14, 2017 at end of day. One winner will be contacted by email for their valid shipping address. They will have one week to reply or another winner will be chosen.

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