8.30.2010

International Crochet Day Giveaway!

In honor of International Crochet Day Sunday September 12th, I will be doing my first blog giveaway!  How fun!  I have taken a few pictures of this roll-up style crochet hook case that I designed and made myself so that you can get a good look at it.  This is the prize for the giveaway.  It is made in cotton fabrics: off-white with black butterflies, and mauve.  The ribbon tie is sheer mauve.
Their is interfacing between the layers to give it added stiffness.  I bound the edges just like a quilt and sewed it all by machine.
There is a flap to cover the tops of the crochet hooks so that they won't fall out when the case is rolled up.  I used a decorative stitch around the edges of the flap.
The crochet hooks are not included with the case, but they are there for demonstration.  The pockets are of graduated sizes, and are made to fit standard aluminum and steel crochet hooks.  On the right of the hook pockets, there is a pocket for small notions.  I use mine for stitch markers.

So, how do you win this beautiful handmade case?  Purchase a pattern from me beginning at12:00am CDT Wed Sept 1st, and ending at 11:59pm CDT Sat. Sept 11th.  You can do so through my etsy store: http://aprilcreates.etsy.com/ or my ravelry pattern store http://ravelry.com/stores/april-creates-designs-by-april-garwood.  I know that I only have 2 available to purchase right now, and that doesn't give you a lot of options.  Sorry!  For each pattern purchased, you get one entry.  You can also get one entry by blogging about this giveaway on your own blog.  Please comment below with a link so that I can find it.

I'll draw a name and announce the winner on Monday Sept 13th.  Good luck to everyone!

Happy stitching!

April

8.26.2010

Design Submission Finally Finished!

Well, it has been a full 10 days since my last post.  Sorry, it's been a little boring lately.  However, I did reach a milestone this evening.  I finally finished this submission package that I have been working on for the last few weeks.  Now, I can dive back in to the design project I was working on before I started on this.  This design gig is difficult.  I have very limited time in which to work on projects, I'm not nearly as organized as I ought to be, I am flying by the seat of my pants (aka, learning as I go) when it comes to both design and accounting (the part of this that I dislike most), and there is so much waiting...I really don't like waiting.  I am still waiting to know about my last two design submissions.  However, I still love doing it.  So, I just keep going, hoping that I don't mess up the accounting stuff too badly, and frogging and fixing my design mistakes as I work on things.

For instance, the project that I am just about to get back to...Several rows ago I made some decreases that left comparatively large holes in the fabric in a place that would definitely show.  I DETEST ripping back, so I just kept going, rationalizing that it wouldn't be all that noticeable....and then, a few nights ago, I finally gave in to that nagging voice inside of me, telling me to go back and fix it.  I ripped out several rows of work, went back, changed the way the decrease was worked to fill in the holes, and then I had to make changes to the written pattern as well, for several rows.  I'm still not back to where I was, but the design will be better for my ripping and re-doing.  Next time hopefully that nagging voice will convince me more quickly to make the change so that it isn't so involved and time-consuming.

Also, International Crochet Day is coming up on Sept. 12.  My friend Jimbo (who makes exquisite wooden crochet hooks) is hosting a contest via his blog for the occasion.  You should definitely go check it out!  I will be doing a giveaway on my blog as well for International Crochet Day, stay tuned...

Until then, happy crocheting!

April :)

PS-If you haven't yet voted for my Chain Reaction Afghan Block entry, tomorrow (Fri Aug 27th) is the LAST day to vote!  Please go to http://crochetme.com/ and vote for my block!  There is a link directly to it in the right sidebar.  Last time I checked I was in third place :)

8.16.2010

YAY! My afghan block is a semi-finalist!

My 12"x12" afghan block has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the "Chain Reaction" Afghan project.  Interweave Crochet, and their crochet community website Crochetme.com, is sponsoring this project.  They have had 10 of their frequent designers design afghan blocks that have been published in the Summer and upcoming Fall issue of Interweave Crochet.  They had readers and Crochetme.com users design blocks and upload them into a contest gallery.  They have now chosen 25 semi-finalist entries to be voted on by registered Crochetme.com users.  The 10 entried receiving the most votes will win a contract and $100 for the designer.  And, the 10 winning squares will be published in either the Winter or Spring issues of Interweave Crochet.  If you are not a registered user of Crochetme.com, and you crochet even a little bit, you can register here.  Once you are registered, PLEASE vote for my block by clicking here and then finding the "Vote for This" link on the right-hand side!  Thanks guys/gals!

Happy stitching!
April :D

8.12.2010

Finished, Yarny Inheritance, Swatching


I finally finished a Bella Dress for my own baby and I love how it turned out!  I started making it in this pink and really hoped I could find a good fabric to use that would have both pink and orange in it.  The fabric has white w/ pink flowers, orange flowers, and yellow w/ pink flowers on it.  Perfect!  She was a perfect little model for me while I took pictures in the front yard.  Next spring I can sell my own version of the pattern on Ravelry for folks to buy.  When I do, the sweet pictures I took of my baby will grace the pages.

My yarny inheritance...My husband's aunt passed away recently.  I'm glad for her that she is free from the health problems that she has suffered with the last few years.  I'm sure that her spirit is feeling so free without the oxygen tank she's had to have with her for the last several years.  Rest in peace Barbara...  She was a crocheter until the last few years of her life.  She had stockpiled lots of acrylic yarn.  No one else in the family crochets, so hubby brought 4 trash bags filled with acrylic yarn for me.  I might actually work up a swatch for a design submission with some of it.  Mostly though I plan to make stuffed animals and blankets to donate to charity with it.  Most charities really want items that can be machine washed and dried, so acrylic is perfect for that.  That is one of the bags with several skeins on top in my closet.  I better hurry up and use some of this so that the bags aren't taking up space in my closet and room for very long!

I was amused by this particular skein that came in those bags and others of the same brand.  Some of this yarn was obviously purchased a long time ago when acrylic yarn was in its hay-day.  Most yarn labels don't like to trumpet their being made of acrylic anymore.  It is my understanding (and not my first-hand knowledge, cause I'm still somewhat young when compared with numerous other crocheters), that when acrylic yarn became available it was all the rage because it was easy care and inexpensive.  Previously, most yarn would have been made with wool that was probably scratchy because it was not treated and spun in a way to produce softness, and it had to be hand-washed and dried flat, and it was expensive.  So, back in the day, acrylic yarn was the thing to have!
I am posting this to show you something else that I do on occasion--decorate cakes!  Now, I am no professional.  Infact, I've never even taken a class.  A good friend of mine that had taken classes showed me some things, and I have a book that I have used for guidance.  I only do this for family birthdays.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it.
Other than all that, my week was pretty productive until yesterday.  I'd been feeling for awhile like my neck could use a trip to the chiropracter for a good popping.  Then yesterday morning at some point the muscles in my left shoulder and the same side of my neck knotted up and I could barely turn my head to the left, and not a lot to the right either.  Not so fun.  Mr AC came home from work in the afternoon to take me to the chiro. since I didn't feel like I could drive safely.  It is feeling a little improved this morning.  Hopefully, I'll be back to normal within a few days.  I think rest, ice, and IBuprofen will probably help me along.  Also, the call for patterns for next Summer's issue of Interweave came out on Monday I think.  I was a little overwhelmed reading through it the first time because it was a lot more specific than previous ones.  After contemplating for awhile I came up with lots of great ideas, more than I care to work into a submission, but I will probably submit 2 or 3.  I worked on a swatch for that yesterday and will probably finish that one and start on another today.  Previous to that, I've been working for the last week or so on a design project and I am really pleased with how it is turning out.  I'm not sure yet if I will submit that one to a magazine or self-publish it.  We'll see.  Well, I'd love to hear from my blog readers once in awhile....so please, feel free to speak up and leave a comment.  I'd love to know what you think about what I've been working on, or what you've been working on, or what you'd like to see me working on.  Drop me a line!

Happy stitching!

April