2021 National Crochet Month CAL

Another National Crochet Month is here and I am helping the Longmont Yarn Shoppe celebrate by doing a Virtual Crochet Along project. I’ll be helping folks crochet my “Cool Snowflake Motif” via FaceBook Lives on the Longmont Yarn Shoppe page. The first session will be this Wednesday, March 3 starting at 1:45 p.m.

3 hexagonal crocheted motifs, 1 in single color of light blue, 1 in 2 colors of light blue in center with violet outside, 1 with yellow center surrounded by peach colored petals finished with bright green as leaves.

The pattern is available for free here on the blog or you can purchase an Ad-Free version in my Ravelry Shop that also includes some extras for planning your motif projects.

I made a fun spring time wrap using all the colors in the above photo. I’ll be unveiling it during the FB Live and later here on the blog.

2 motifs side by side. Darker blue one on left larger than light blue one on right.

I used Ella Rae “Cozy Worsted” yarn for this project, my motifs were a little smaller than the ones I worked in Red Heart “With Love” yarn. The Cozy Worsted is 75% Acrylic and 25% Wool, so the fibers are a little easier to block. I used my steamer to block the finished motifs and wrap. For the individual motifs I pinned them out then steamed. For the wrap I used wires to pin out the edges and steamed.

2 motifs worked in blue colors stacked on top of each other. Light blue one is smaller.

I’ll be sharing more tips and tricks thru-out the month here on the blog, including a photo tutorial on the Join-as-you-Go method I use in this pattern. Be sure to check back. Meanwhile I hope your NatCroMo is full of lots of crochet fun.

All the Work and some Fun

Oh my goodness, I have had a crazy busy couple of weeks. I have been preparing for teaching 2 different classes.

One is at Longmont Yarn Shoppe where I will be teaching this coming Sunday, September 15 from Noon to 3p. I’m teaching a striped hat class worked with 2 colors. You can still sign up for the class on the Longmont Yarn Shoppe website or call the shop at 303-678-8242.

It is definitely getting to be the time of year when hats will be needed again. The last couple of evenings the temperatures up here on the mountain have dropped into the low 50s and high 40s. Our days are still fairly warm, though I have to confess I am not missing the 90+ temperatures of August.

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I am sad to see less hummingbirds at our feeders in the evening. The photo above was taken one evening when our flock was at it’s largest. The whirring of their wings and the cloud of them around the feeders is impossible to describe. Now most of them have headed off to warmer climates, the few we are still getting are likely just stopping for a meal on their journey.

The other class I am preparing for is my ” Master the Tricks to Create Easy Perfect Crochet Spirals” at Stitch Makers Live next week. I am really excited to be one of the teachers at this event and I hope you’ll join me.

With the one ticket you will get 15 classes, and 15 patterns. It is quite the bargain at $80. The one class I was able to squeeze in at the CGOA conference in July cost me $85, and it didn’t include a pattern.

If you missed the Early Bird Price for Stitch Makers Live, and are sad because $80 seems like more than your budget will bear don’t despair. I have a coupon code for $20 off the ticket price for Stitch Makers Live. The code is: 2019SML20off. The code is only good until Monday August 16th at 11:45 p.m. Eastern time. Click here to buy your ticket now and join me and all the other teachers for an awesome online conference.