Day 4 of “Texting Mitts” Tour

Stop #4 on the blog tour is a visit to Poetry in Yarn where we will hear from my good friend Lindsey Stephens.

Lindsey and I have a lot in common, not the least being we are both math geeks. Of course she is also a talented designer (crochet & knit), math teacher and technical editor.  We first met online in the chat room of the “Getting Loopy” podcast, then got to meet in person at the Buffalo, NY  ChainLink show in August 2009.

Lindsey Stephens, Karen Whooley, Me, and Charles VothAt TNNA Winter Show - January 2012
Lindsey Stephens, Karen Whooley, Me, and Charles Voth
At TNNA Winter Show – January 2012

The last time I got to see her in person was at the Winter TNNA show in January 2012.  But we stay in touch online celebrating each other’s new designs and successes (and more recently commiserating about the incredible amount of snow outside her door).

You can see more of Lindsey’s designs (and purchase her patterns) on Ravelry.

Day 3 of “Texting Mitts” Tour

Dinosaur Baby HatPhoto courtesy of Too Cute Crochet
Dinosaur Baby Hat
Photo courtesy of Too Cute Crochet

Our 3rd stop on the tour is to visit the lovely Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet Chat. Jocelyn is a talented designer of adorable designs for babies (as demonstrated by the photo above) and quick accessory projects for women and teens.

She has a knack for clearly written easy to crochet patterns. You can purchase her patterns in her Etsy shops. For darling accessories for babies and children visit http://toocutecrochet.etsy.com. For funky and stylish accessories for women and teens visit http://jocelyndesigns.etsy.com.

Be sure to visit her review of my Texting Mitts booklet and leave a comment to enter a drawing for an opportunity to win your own copy.

Day 2 of “Texting Mitts” Tour

Kathryn Vercillo of the wonderful Crochet Consupiscence blog is our host today.

I read her blog regularly because she always has sometime inspiring or thought-provoking on there.  Just be warned, her site is a bit addictive and you can easily find yourself spending a few hours reading and exploring links.

She also recently published a wonderful book, “Crochet Saved My Life”.  If you have felt like crochet was a big part of how you maintained your sanity you aren’t alone. You can find out more about this book on Kathryn’s website.

I was really excited when she agreed to review my booklet and do a give-away drawing for a copy of the booklet as well.

One of my goals this week for the blog tour is to show you the mitts from my booklet worked in different yarns from those pictured.

Xst mitts small

In the photo above I am wearing my Stagger Cross Stitch Mitts worked in Aslan Trends Natural Luxury Yarns “Santa Fe”.  This is a lovely 85% merino wool and 15% polyamide sock yarn that had been waiting in my stash for just the right project.  I made the Large size mitts for this pair, as I wanted to wear them over my glove liners. I also worked a couple extra rounds to cover more of my fingers.

These are the perfect extra layer over my liners for those nippy mornings when I drive the boys to school.

Day 1 of “Texting Mitts” Tour

Today’s host for my blog tour is the talented Susan Lowman.  Susan and I met in Buffalo, NY at my first official Chain Link show (also known as the Knit and Crochet Show) in August 2009.

Shari White, Susan Lowman, Me, Joyce BraggWaiting for Editors at Meet & Greet
Shari White, Susan Lowman, Me, Joyce Bragg
Waiting for Editors at Meet & Greet

We immediately got along because we both have a quirky sense of humor. We are also both crochet crazy.

Last year on my flight to Manchester for the summer Chain Link show I had a great surprise when I boarded. Susan was already on the plane. Since it was a Southwest flight it was open seating and we got to sit together the whole way. I’m sure the folks around us were wondering what sort of party they had stumbled upon.

Susan and I were both crocheting and talking about crochet pretty much the entire flight. Best flight I’ve ever had.

Susan is a talented designer, technical editor and inspiring crochet teacher.  So hop on over and take a look at what Susan has to say today on her blog, The Crochet Architect.

It’s in the Stores!

My “Texting Mitts” booklet is available in Jo-Anns stores now, a few stores will be getting it on their shelves in the coming week.

Photo courtesy of Leisure Arts Publishing
Photo courtesy of Leisure Arts Publishing

In celebration I’m having a blog “tour” with some of my online crocheting friends. Each day I’ll have a post with a link to the tour blog of the day, but if you want to check out their blogs before then the links are below.

Susan Lowman, The Crochet Architect

Kathryn of Crochet Concupiscence

Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet Chat

Lindsey Stephens of Poetry in Yarn

Karen Whooley of KRW Knitwear Studio

Ellen Gormley of Go Crochet

Julia of Aberrant Crochet

As additional celebration of the booklet being in stores I am going to be giving away a signed copy to one lucky winner.  Just leave a comment on this post before Noon (Mountain Time) on February 16th and I’ll announce the winner on February 17th. Unfortunately I do have to limit this prize to folks in the United States.

Valentines Day is Coming!

Luv Bug - M2H Designs
Luv Bug – M2H Designs

February is rocketing along already and Valentines Day is only a week away.  So I have released a new version of my Luv Bug pattern that is easier to use on a Tablet Device.

This is a quick little toy to work up as a gift for your Valentine. Depending on the weight of yarn you use it can be barely palm size 2 inches or a snuggly handful of 7 inches. The bugs feet, antenna, and nose are all worked as you crochet the pieces, so there are only 4 main pieces to sew together at the end. Add eyes and a bit of stuffing and you are finished.

Blog Photo of Tablet V

I was inspired to make this version by my own experience of reading my patterns on my tablet.  In the original version I had laid out the pattern so that it could be printed out as a 2 page booklet.  This new format has 4 pages instead of 2. All the diagrams, instructions and photo tutorials are the same.

You can purchase it in my Ravelry Shop by clicking Here.