“Wraps for All Seasons” Blog Tour – Stop #4

Hi everyone. My book “Wraps for All Seasons” is going on a blog tour. We will be making 6 stops for this tour. Each of the bloggers will be giving away a copy of the book, so be sure to visit them to see what they have to share with you about my book.

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Stop #4 is with the amazing Tamara Kelly of Mooglyblog.com. Tamara and I met for the first time in real life at the 2014 CGOA conference in Manchester, NH. Since then we have gotten to be good friends and enjoy talking crochet and kids together. Tamara is a genius at designing simple fun projects that work up quickly, check out her blog for all kinds of patterns and crochet information.

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I think this Tidal Wave Shawl is so fun. It is crocheted with simple stitches and shaping that even a beginning crocheter can tackle. The added drama comes from the color changes you work in the last half of the project. Think of all the beautiful color combinations you could use! I’m thinking it could even be a great “stash buster”, since who says you need to stick to 2 colors only.

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For those of you that prefer making afghans and blankets, you’ll love the Happiest Blanket Ever. This is another fun “stash buster” project that you can play with color in. Tamara has provided sizing information in the pattern, so you can make the size that is just right for you.

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The next stop for the “Wraps for All Seasons” blog tour will be this Friday, November 11th.

You can purchase my book at the Annie’s Craft Store or on Amazon.com.

“Wraps for All Seasons” Blog Tour – Stop #3

Hi everyone. My book “Wraps for All Seasons” is going on a blog tour. We will be making 6 stops for this tour. Each of the bloggers will be giving away a copy of the book, so be sure to visit them to see what they have to share with you about my book.

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Stop #3 is with the brilliant, kind and talented Karen Whooley. As many of my long-time readers know, Karen is not only an incredible designer of both Crochet and Knit patterns, she was my CGOA mentor when I first began the journey of becoming a crochet designer myself.

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This photo is the two of us in 2010 at the Manchester CGOA conference. We’ve both changed a lot in our appearance, but our friendship is still strong. She is one of the people I can really depend on in my life to tell me when an idea or design is utter garbage, so I know when she has good things to say I’ve earned it. It’s good to have folks that keep you on your toes.

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Karen is a marvelous teacher and many of the books she has written over the years reflect that. She is the rock star of crocheted socks, she has all styles of sock patterns available in her shop on her website. I had a hard time picking a favorite, but I do love her “Mix and Match Toe-Up Socks” as the best pattern to purchase for the beginning of learning to crochet socks.

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Check out her beautiful pattern for the “Spring Leaf Shawlette”. This shawl is worked from side to side including the lace border, so once you reach the end of the rows you are finished. Definitely a good pattern to add to your shawl pattern collection. You can purchase it over on her website.

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The next stop for the “Wraps for All Seasons” blog tour will be next Tuesday, November 8th.

You can purchase my book at the Annie’s Craft Store or on Amazon.com.

What a Week!

Things have been a bit crazier than the “normal” crazy here at the Graves household.

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Mountain Top Beanie, Andee Graves/M2H Designs
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Pretty Crochet Edges, Andee Graves/M2H Designs

This past weekend I taught 2 classes at the Longmont Yarn Shoppe. My “Mountain Top Beanie” class on Saturday and my “Pretty Crochet Edges for Knitters” class on Sunday. It was great fun, but ate up a lot of time. Then Sunday was a super late night for me as I madly sewed and glued to finish Halloween costumes for my boys.

By the morning of Halloween day I was pretty wiped out. I slept in and Himself took the boys to school. Unfortunately that meant I didn’t get any good photos of the boys in their costumes. All the Halloween costume and décor stuff is packed away until next year now.

To keep the week even more interesting, my oldest wasn’t feeling great on Monday and by Tuesday morning he was running a fever and complaining of a sore throat. He ended up staying home for the day from school. Later that day I went down to pick up my youngest from school and get my hair cut.

In between everything I was writing proposals for new classes for the Longmont Yarn Shoppe’s Winter class offerings. Finished up with those about 8:30 p.m. then started working on editing Part 2 of the Fans & Lace Afghan Square video until 1 a.m.

Got up to see the boys off to school at 7 a.m. and then went back to sleep for awhile. When I woke up I had a text message from my husband that he was picking our oldest up from school. The nurse was sending him home because he was running a fever again.

This has all meant that my grand plan for having the video finished and up with a blog post today has been de-railed. It is the glamorous life of owning your own small (some might say “micro”) business. When you play all roles the juggling can get interesting.

To add to the fun I am beginning to feel like the bug my kid has is trying to catch up with me. Dosing myself with herbs and planning an early bed-time tonight to ward it off.

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Meanwhile I am getting a bit of crocheting time in, as that is something I can do while running boys to-and-fro and when I’m feeling a bit crummy. These 4 balls of Berroco “Vintage” are going to be another PWT Shawl when I finish crocheting with them. I’m deciding as I work if I will use both the balls of the dark blue or just one.

I will have the video of the Fans & Lace Square – Part 2 completed soon. Hopefully no one is too stymied by the last 6 rounds for the square.

I hope you are all staying healthy and having some fun with yarn this week. Be sure to stop by Friday as I’ll have another stop for the book blog tour to tell you about.