Free Pattern and Crochet Savvy Magazine Fall Issue

Wafle Crochet HeadbandThe Fall issue of Crochet Savvy magazine is available for download. This is the third issue of this new magazine dedicated to “Fashionable … Trendy … Modern …” crochet “for the Crochet Enthusiastic.” Visit the website at and check out the yarn reviews, featured designers, recipes, crafts, and contests. You can download the magazine for free on the Crochet Savvy website or from MagCloud.

The current issue of Crochet Savvy has a free pattern from This Is Crochet — Waffle Crochet Headband. This is an accessory for girls of all ages. The instructions are for both the narrow and wide versions.

Hot Summer Crochet

Summer fun at Daytona Beach

Are you surviving the heat wave?

It has been super hot down here in the Dirty South. My yard and flowers are all burned up, and I’ve been fighting ants like crazy.

But, it’s never too hot for crochet. Instead of dealing with itchy wools, I’ve been playing with lots of silk, cotton, and bamboo yarns.

June was my vacation month so there was no newsletter. I went to Orlando and Daytona Beach. Lots of good food, sun, and the beach. I wish I could go back right now.


Tuesday Morning Finds

Aslan Trends "Class" yarn

Do you all have Tuesday Morning stores where you live?  Tuesday Morning is a discount retail store that sells upscale items.  I was in there in April, and I saw a nice section with yarn, crochet and knitting tools, and books. I left out of there with several skeins of yarn and a crochet stitch book.

There were some 1530 yd cones of Ironstone Warehouse “Flake Cotton” for $5.99, which retail for $6.60 for a 328 yd skein.  I bought one cone in grey.  I also bought three skeins of Aslan Trends “Class”  in Citrus Blend for $4.99/each.  This yarn sells for $12.35/skein online.

Some of my friends have gotten good deals on knitting needles and other tools.  Tuesday Morning gets new merchandise every week so it is always a surprise what will be in the store.  It’s hit or miss, but when it is a hit, it is a big one.

Stitches South Was Fun!

I didn’t get to report about Stitches South in April because I wasn’t feeling well, but I wanted to make a post about all the goodies I bought and the people I met.

It was held in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria.  I was able to go on Saturday and Sunday.  This was my first time attending Stitches, but I was told that the event was much larger last year.  I got to catch up with my former coworkers and old stitching buddies.   They introduced me to some of their friends, and we ate and shopped.

stitches haul

Here’s most of the stuff that I got.  Starting at the upper right corner:  Malabrigo “Silky Merino” in Lettuce (from Friends & Fiberworks); some pretty purple Toho hex beads (from Moss Hollow Pottery); Neighborhood Fiber Co. “Studio Worsted” Superwash Merino in Rock Creek Park; navy and violet silk ribbon 6-strand wrapped yarn (from Hand Dyed Fibers); natural 100% mulberry silk yarn (from Leilani Arts); and “Djinni Sock” 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon in Heroine (from Dragonfly Fibers).  Underneath everything is a big-A Tunisian hook in size S from Bag Smith.

On Saturday after we shopped we went to the annual dinner at Scalini’s that is hosted by the Knit Witch.  I met even more people, and won one of the raffle prizes, which was a certificate for a free skein of yarn from Dragonfly Fibers.

At Stitches, I also got to meet some of the crochet designers that I have talked with online for years.  I finally met Tammy Hildebrand and Amy Roberts Shelton.  I also met Marly Bird and Kristin Omdahl.  I took a class from Myra Wood about template-based design, and I can’t wait to try her methods.  I didn’t get to talk one-on-one with Myra because I didn’t want to disrupt her class, but I look forward to seeing her again.

Can’t wait for next year.