Celebrating National Crochet Month with Free Pattern!

Celebrating National Crochet Month with Free Pattern!

March is National Crochet Month…  There will be so much going on for people who love crochet like I do.  All month-long I  will be posting my original patterns for you to enjoy, talking about the history of crochet, sharing sites and links that I think are really great and spreading the word about this wonderful hobby!

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To kick off this celebration, I am posting my first FREE PATTERN!  This is an adorable mug cozy I designed recently.  I love my coffee, but not luke warm!  Not only do these cozy’s help keep a fresh, yummy cup of coffee warm, but they also act as a coaster… Love it!

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Twisted Stitches Coffee Cozy By Beatrice Ryan Designs

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These are simple to make and take very little yarn.  Great gifts too!  To view the free pattern, click here or on the Pattern tab at the top of my blog. Enjoy National Crochet month with me and come back often to see new posts and patterns.

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Let me know what you think… How long have you crocheted, What was your first project, Who taught you???  Post your answers in the comment section.. I would love to hear from you!!

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So here is to Crocheting and Celebrating National Crochet Month!

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Elena

Granny’s Baby Delivery

Today the Granny Baby Blanket was delivered to the little store where I sell my crochet items, just in time for someone to need a great little gift!  As an avid crochteter, I am so blessed to have a local outlet that will display my handmade items and sell them.  Alpine Originals has supported many local artist and they have a wide range of locally made, handcrafted items… Stop by and check it out if you are in the area (Mt. Shasta California)!

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Alpine Originals, Mt Shasta California

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As you may know, I started my crochet journey at the age of 10. Learning from one of the best! My Grandmother Beatrice Ryan Ramshaw… I loved the way my latest Granny Square Blanket turned out,,, I would have loved one of these for one of my children… But like most moms, I didn’t have much time to whip up a baby blanket in a couple of evenings back then!

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Great colors for a sweet boy!  I hope it finds a great home!

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I love this pattern due to the simplicity and the beauty all wrapped up into one great project.  I don’t mind working from a written pattern, but I much prefer crocheting while watching TV or riding in a car,  having to concentrate on a complicated pattern would have slowed down my pace… In just a couple of evenings of a few great shows (Downton Abby) and this blanket was done.

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The blanket is resting on my childhood rocking chair… It is now rocking its third generation!

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The next retro baby blanket is now started and I will post it when its is ready to be delivered too!

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So here is to Retro Baby Crocheting… And back to Downton Abby and Crocheting!

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Elena

Granny Baby…

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Another weekend and time to start another project!  My Sunburst Granny Square Blanket I started last a couple of weeks ago is coming along great!  But, that one is for me and it was time to make something for Alpine Original’s, the little store where I sell my crochet…

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So… I set aside the Sunburst Granny just for a few days and started this adorable Granny Square Baby Blanket.  I have a large stash of great yarn and was able to pick a beautiful combination.   This is the pattern my Grandmother Beatrice Ryan taught me at 10 years old… It has regained its popularity recently and I am blessed to have been taught this skill that will hopefully inspire many others to learn and love the Art of Crochet !

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The Original Pattern I learned 40 years ago, now the beginning of a baby blanket…

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Super Soft yarn and great colors!  Perfect for an adorable baby blanket!

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A Granny Square Baby Blanket almost complete….

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I will be finishing up in the next day or so, then off to the shop!  I will post a picture of the completed project… Let me know what you think!

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So, here’s to teaching the Art of Crochet!!! Pass it on…

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Elena

THIS GRANNY’S GRANNY….

THIS GRANNY’S GRANNY….

I remember so many days, spending time with Beatrice,,, My Grandma… She always had a crochet project she was working on!  My most fond memories where of her tablecloths and doilies, just sitting with her in her livingroom watching a little TV and seeing her working with her hands at the speed of light making her creations…

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I’m not sure I am quite as fast as she was at finishing my projects… But life is different in my day…In the 60″s  life was a little slower and I think there was more time to do the things they loved and still accomplish all the other daily tasks with not as much stress.  I have been working a couple of hours a day on my own crochet projects and it is truly my stress relief!  I love it…  My Sunburst Granny Square Blanket is coming a long quite nicely… It’s about 1/3 complete in just a week and I am starting to see the vision coming together!  Even with the other projects and activities I have been working on, I feel pretty good about my progress.  One of my favorite things this week has been my time with my granddaughter Ryan Renee!  I occasionally get her early in the morning and take her to school,,, It is way more fun this time around, when my children were school age it seemed to be so much more work…  She loves to watch me crochet and pretend with a ball of yarn and a hook that she is making something beautiful too!

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18 Sunburst Granny Squares Done!

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Just a little fun playing around with the squares!

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A basket of full of what will soon be a warm, cuddly blanket!

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I am really hoping to have many hours to work on my blanket over the upcoming weekend…  A run to the yarn store is in order for more cream yarn… And maybe some yarn for the next project… Love it!

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So here is to being a Granny working on a Granny!

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Elena

Charlie!!

This is Charlie,,, My 3-year-old Boxer….  If you know anything about Boxers, you know they are stuck in puppy stage for life… Overly energetic, a bit hyper, statisticians, athletic and of course they think they are somewhere in the top of the hierarchy in the family!  Of course Charlie is all that and more!!!

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Charlie, A Girl’s Best Friend!  He hangs out with me every chance he gets.   Sometimes a little to close!!… If I stop to do anything he is laying or sitting at my feet… I would trip and land very awkwardly… But by now,,, I always know he is there and just know how to move so I don’t go flying across the room…

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This is Charlie just being an energetic Boxer… Running as fast as he can to me down the path of snow… Hoping I will give him a treat!

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I say he is my best friend… But I think he has a lot of “best friends” in our house!  This is “his” cat-his other best friend..She loves him right back…

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This morning he was so excited over the new snow and the prospect of digging around in it to find his bones…  He loves the snow!  He would spend all day running through the yard plowing through it with his floppy dog face…

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Well, That’s my Charlie for now…  So here is to a girl having a faithful best friend!

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Elena.

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