Monday Makings ~ Crochet Flower Potholder Review!

Monday Makings ~ Crochet Flower Potholder Review!

Another Monday and a little fun crochet to share!!  This weekend I decided to break out all the cotton yarn I bought a few weeks ago and get something done…  When I was trying to decide what to make,,, I remembered my friend Tamara over at Moogly had done a Potholder Round Up several months ago… I hopped over to her blog and could hardly decide which potholders I wanted to make…

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 Click here to see her fun roundup…

After scouring over all the great patterns… I decided on the Starburst Hotpad by Loretta Schepp… I have been seeing these fun flowers for several weeks now and had been wanting to make some for myself… The pattern is really fun!  It is fairly easy, the only slightly tricky part was figuring out how to join them once all the motifs were crocheted… But once I got it, I whipped 3 out in not time!!  If you would like to make these fun hotpads… Click Here

Flower Potholder Trio

Really fun and easy to make!

Flower Potholder

Bright and Cheery!

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Great collection of potholders!!

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I hope you will give these a try!!!  Have a great week and Happy Crocheting!

Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Monday Makings and Crochet Pattern Review…

I can’t imagine a week without crochet!!!  This last week I have had many hours to sit and create… I love to design new projects and  one of my favorite things to design has been my Amazing Grace Series!!  I am working on the 8th pattern in the series, if you have been following then you know.. It is a Baby Blanket!!  If you are new to Beatrice Ryan Designs or don’t really know the back story of this Amazing Grace Series… I have dedicated these patterns to Breast Cancer Awareness and my dearest friend Sandra Kay Gilb who passed away in 2007 from this disease!  The same stitch pattern is used in all of the projects designed in the series..  Now that I have several patterns in the series, I have expanded my dedication to making these patterns for all cancer types and anyone who is suffering or recovering from a major illness.  My hope is that if you love one of these patterns,,, You might make and donate one of your projects to the cause!  These patterns are for personal use too and I hope you enjoy making some for yourself or as gifts!!

So,,, This week I am over half way done with the pattern and here is another quick peek!!  The Amazing Grace Baby Blanket!!

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Amazing Grace Baby Blanket Coming Soon!!

Next up… A quick little pattern review… I am always wanting to make a quick fun project designed by someone else… So this week I made this adorable little Hedgehog.. This is a Red Heart Pattern and it is free… It was fun to make and I think any little one would love receiving this cute, soft toy!!  Click Here for the pattern!!

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And, I can’t resist showing you another picture of my favorite dog,,, Charlie… He is always with me when I am trying to photograph my projects… He posed for this one just after I took the pictures of  the Amazing Grace Baby Blanket…

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Happy Crocheting

Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Monday Makings… Crochet Fun and Yarn Shopping!

I love weekends!!!  Lots of time to crochet and spend time doing my favorite things!!

This last week was so busy, I couldn’t wait to sit down and get some serious crocheting done… And to top it off Saturday was a Yarn Shopping Day!!!  I have been so lucky to be able  to share my creativity with all of you,, It makes my design process so much more fun!!  Friday over on Facebook, We played a little guessing game… It was a blast!!  Every few minutes I posted a clue to “What will my next Free Pattern be”…  So many good guesses!  If you missed out on the fun, you will find out at the bottom of this post!!  Let’s get started on this week’s Monday Makings segment……

To start the segment off.. I want to share with you 2 Memory Blankets I made these last week!  You may wonder how I finished 2 blankets,,, Well ~ A Memory Blanket is a  small blanket 12″ or 15″ .. These blankets are being donated to our July ELK Studio From The Heart Charity Drive.  As most of you know, I have been working with Kathy from ELK Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs for almost a year with the charity she put together. Each month we donate to a designated charity.  Anyone can join us and if you are interested just shoot me an email!   For July, we are donating to Project Sweet Peas, Project Sweet Peas is a national non-profit organization coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families with infants in intensive care and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.    Maria from Pattern Paradise has organized this months drive and I have decided to donate these sweet little blankets…

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These Memory Blankets are a simple Corner to Corner Afghan and each measures approximately 15″.

If you haven’t tried this type of afghan, they are all the rage and are easy to make… Red Heart Yarns has a great pattern you can follow… Click here for the details!  This is the third time I have made this type of pattern and it is addicting!!

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Next up is the  really fun stuff... I want to share with you my Saturday Yarn Shopping Trip… I left late morning to head up to Medford to get a little work done on my car… We live a little over an hour away from a town with any major stores, so when we go… We fill the day with shopping!  I collected all my coupons for JoAnn’s and Michael’s…  JoAnns had 4- 50% off, 1 – 40% off and then 15 % off the entire purchase coupon… Michaels had a 25% off the entire purchase coupon… So this was a great day to go yarn shopping!!  Here is what I got…  6 soft skeins of Red Heart Baby Yarn for my next new Free Pattern (See that announcement at then bottom).. Some Cotton yarn for my stash, a new hook and some place markers…

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Colors for my new project….

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This weekends yarn haul!!!

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Now… What you have been waiting for… After much thought ~  My next Free Crochet Pattern will be the 8th pattern in my Amazing Grace Pattern Series!!!  When I was trying to decide what to add, I realized I didn’t have a pattern for children yet!  Since the Amazing Grace Series is dedicated to Cancer and Illness, our little loves need something to wrap up in when they are suffering and recovering!!  So… My next pattern is ~ Amazing Grace Baby Blanket…  Here is a small sneak peek of this fun pattern… As usual we will be using the same stitch pattern that is in all the Amazing Grace projects… It is easy to follow and  the finished afghan will be cheery!!  Are you ready to make one??  The pattern is still in the works and should be finished before the end of the month!!  Stay Turned!!

Amazing Grace Baby Blanket Beginning

Also,,, Just for fun I did a quick manicure using these peacock fingernail stickers… Fun stuff!!

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Happy Crocheting!

Elena

Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Crochet Pattern Preview… Happy 4th of July!!

HAPPY 4th of JULY

 

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Charlie and a Crochet Rag Wall Hanging/Rug, I make one of these every year to sell… If interested… it may still be available in my Etsy Store!!

 

 

Pattern Sneak Peek…

While I was on my short trip to take my daughter to college orientation,,, I was able to get some really fun yarn and start my next Free Crochet Pattern DesignIt is still in the design process,,, But I hope to finish it up this weekend and get it out to all of you next week!!  I thought you may like a little sneak peek!!  I’m not telling what it will be yet… Some of you have requested this project…  I hope you will love it!!

 

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Fun yarn and Fun New Pattern!!

To finish up this celebration,, I wanted to also share a collage of some of the fun flowers in my garden!!  Have a great 4th of July Holiday and make sure you get some crochet in while celebrating our countries freedom!!

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Happy 4th of July!!

Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1

Wednesday Crochet Facebook Fan Favorite~Week 41

Alot of great crochet going on!!!  This last week we all fell in love with so many projects.. and this weeks Daily Free Pattern Find from Facebook had a clear winner…  It is from our friend Lorene at Cre8tion Crochet!  Queen Anne’s Lace Headband.. I will be making several of these for my granddaughter and friends too!  Hope you will stop by and check out her website for more great patterns!!  Click Here for this weeks Facebook Fan Favorite!

 

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Next up is our Fan Favorite Round up…

This Round up was a great collection of Free Crochet Patterns using Cotton… It was put together by our friend at String With Style!!!    Tons of great patterns and perfect for this summer… Hop over and take a look… Click here for the Round up!

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And personally here at Beatrice Ryan Designs… This weeks most popular pattern was my new Sunshine and Shells Summer Hat Pattern… It is a great summer hat and lots of fun to make…  You can find this pattern and many more in my Free Pattern Tab at the top of the page…

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Next up is a new pattern to be released hopefully next week… Tell me what you think??  I have tons of fun making these quick, fashionable bracelets… Hope you love them…

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Have a great week… and Happy Crocheting!!

Elena

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Runs from Aug 29-Sept 1
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