Tuesday, March 2, 2021

What Are You Doing? March 2021 Social Hop

What Are You Doing? February 2021 Social Hop

What Are You Doing? Social Media Hop

March is here again! It's getting close to 1 year since the pandemic began. Things have changed. New things have come. Things have been lost. What have you learned this year? Did you pick up a new hobby or passion? How has your appreciation of life changed?

What are you working on? 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress)? How-to videos? Have any interesting adventures or things you tried with your family? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. 
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What have I been doing?

In February I made a couple of hats and I picked up amigurumi.I am planning to try another clothing item. But I do enjoy the satisfaction of completing hats and beanies in a few days. 

What have you been working on? Share your work and start a conversation in the comments below, or follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Tiktok

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

What Are You Doing? February 2021 Social Hop

What Are You Doing? February 2021 Social Hop

What Are You Doing? Social Media Hop

Happy February! The year feels like it is moving faster every day. I hope we can stop and take time to enjoy the little things that the day brings. Are you doing something to make your day-to-day tasks different? Are you working on a new craft, or have you picked up another hobby? You can share your current projects here with any social platform.   

What are you working on? 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress)? How-to videos? Have any interesting adventures or things you tried with your family? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. 
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What have I been doing?

In January, I worked on a few crochet beanies. I didn't get to talk about the Christmas Tree hat I finished before the end of the year. I also worked on a knit-look bulky slouch for a friend, and I finished the Lavender Beanie from the #crochetcancerchallenge. I received a sale on Etsy at the end of the month, so I am completing the order with a crochet beard and a textured headband(Links are to Ravelry projects)

What have you been working on? Share your work and start a conversation in the comments below, or follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Tiktok

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

What Are You Doing? January 2021 Social Hop

What Are You Doing? January 2021 Social Media Hop

What Are You Doing? Social Media Hop

Happy New Year! I hope the remainder of your year has been happy and joyous. My holiday was full of old traditions and making new memories.  

We have a new hope for this year but also a new awareness. Let take each day as its own, and plan each day to be different than the day before. I know for me, the workdays feel monotonous. But making small changes to your daily routine will change your outlook on the day. How will you make small changes to your day?

What are you working on? 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress)? How-to videos? Have any interesting adventures or things you tried with your family? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. 
  • Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, or other social media platforms. 
  • Link to a post or page of your blog, not just the main site.
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What have I been doing?

In December, I started a TikTok. I'm trying my best to learn everything I can do with it. I added a few of the videos as reels on Instagram. Although I might keep the Instagram and TikTok accounts separate. I want to keep myself accountable and inspired to crochet this year. What are your New Year plans?

What have you been doing? Start a conversation in the comments below or on Hand Craft Love on Instagram

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Thoughts on the new year

A bonfire for the year-end.

January 1st. It's time to start anew. I look around my home, and I know it's time to start cleaning. At this point in our lives, life may seem mundane. But there are things we can do to make the new year feel new. 

First, we start by cleaning today.  Wash the holiday from the pans and dishes. Clean up the wrappings from Christmas. But as we do this, take one more look and find what can be changed. Find something that can be given away, moved to another room, or discarded.  

Yesterday, we moved a set of table and chairs from the patio to the backyard. I cleared the table of plants. I will find them a new place to live. Now I have a place to sit outside, enjoy a cup of coffee, and crochet in the morning sunlight. 

Don't forget to remove anything that hinders you from moving on to the new year. I had a book that was holding onto for no reason. I was not able to give it away to someone else. It had old writing in it, and it was not necessary for me to hold onto it anymore. So, on the night that we used the fireplace, I was able to destroy the book. 

Any small changes that we make can be a benefit to our daily lives. Just be aware of what is in our way and find a way to change it. You can make many resolutions. All it takes is a single step every day to make a small change, and in the end, it will improve your life immensely.

Time to clean up your mess.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Part 2: Free Pumpkin Patterns (Pumpkins I made in 2020)

This is part 2 of the free pumpkin patterns post. You can read part 1 of the first pumpkins in my previous blog post

I wanted to pick different pumpkin patterns this year, and I used leftover yarn from the Crochet Cancer Challenge beanies.  The pumpkins will have corresponding beanie patterns as well (some free and some paid). 

Autumn Harvest Pumpkin
Autumn Harvest Pumpkin
The first pumpkin I made was from the Autumn Harvest Pumpkin pattern by Danielle from A Knotty Habit Designs. This was a wonderful pattern to follow, and I used up two colors from the remaining yarn that I made the Herringbone Slouchy Beanie from Underground Crafter
You can find the free pattern on A Knotty Habit Designs website


Pumpkin Spice
The next pattern I found on Ravelry was the Pumpkin Spice pattern from Jennifer Edwards. This website was interesting because Jennifer does a variety of crafts, and she has a few free patterns to choose from. You can find the Pumpkin Spice and other knit and crochet patterns on the Free Patterns section of her website. The links in red open PDF documents with the pattern.  
I made this pumpkin from the scrap yarn I had leftover from the Brave Beanie pattern by Made with a Twist.


Kelsi Pumpkin
The third pumpkin I tried was the Kelsi Pumpkin pattern from a Plush Pineapple. This is also a great pattern to use up scrap yarn. Since the pattern is made flat, you can add sections of scrap yarn as you go. I used the yellow scrap yarn from the last beanie pattern I used, the Garden Path Beanie (paid pattern) 


Pike Pumpkin Patch
The last pumpkin I made for the Oct/Nov month was the Pike Pumpkin Patch pattern from Maxine Pike. This is a free PDF download pattern on Ravelry. I liked how variegated yarn looks with the pattern design.

You can also find all these patterns on Ravelry to save in your Library. I hope you enjoy trying these patterns! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Part 1: Free Pumpkin Patterns (Pumpkins I Made in 2019)

For the last 2 years, I decided to focus the month of October on making pumpkins. I didn't write a post about the pumpkins I made last year, so here is that post. I am writing a separate post for the pumpkins made in 2020. 

In 2019, the pumpkin craze began with the Tunisian Fall Pumpkins pattern from Arunima Goel of Knitter Knotter. I was so excited to test a Tunisian crochet pattern, and her pumpkins came out great in multiple sizes. It gave me the desire to make more. 

I tested this pattern for Knitter Knotter, and you can find her free pattern Tunisian Fall Pumpkins on her website.


The next pumpkin I made was the Cutest Plaid Pumpkin pattern from Meg Made With Love. She also has two more pumpkin patterns that she made as a set. Check out her Three Rustic Pumpkins patterns on her website.


The third pumpkin pattern I tried was the Pretty in Gingham Pumpkin from Devine Debris. Both the plaid pumpkin and the gingham one were much larger than the others I have made. Looking at this pumpkin now, I can see that I might need to add more stuffing and change the way it lines up. But I really enjoyed making the pumpkin, and I am proud that I was able to follow the design. 


Next up is the Chevron Pumpkin pattern from Made by Mandy. I made the smaller pumpkin with some scrap yarn. I really like the look of this. I need to try the larger version of this pattern. 



The last pattern I tried was the Velvet Pumpkins from To Craft A Home. She had a small and large mini velvet pumpkin to choose from. I had a skein of velvet yarn, so I made the larger size. I also made another one with some leftover orange yarn I had. Overall it was a great pattern, and I love the shape of these pumpkins.

Those were my 2019 pumpkins, and stay tuned for the 2020 Pumpkins post!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

What Are You Doing? December 2020 Social Hop

What Are You Doing? December Social Media Hop

What Are You Doing? Social Media Hop

Hello and welcome to this month's What Are You Doing? Social Hop!

This is the last month of the most challenging year. We have learned many things. We had to let go of some things and had to make changes in our lives. We had to take care of ourselves and learn to care about others. I hope to take the things that are good and take them into the new year. 

What are you working on? 
Got any current WIPs (works in progress)? How-to videos? Have any interesting adventures or things you tried with your family? You can share whatever creative outlet your interest is in. 
  • Share a link from your blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, or other social media platforms. 
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What have I been doing?
Along with the Cancer Challenge beanies, I made some pumpkins with the leftover yarns. I am planning to write a couple of blog posts on the different pumpkin patterns I have tried so far. 

What have you been doing? Start a conversation in the comments below or on Hand Craft Love on Instagram

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