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(Team) Pineapple goodness

I may have mentioned something about the Nerd wars group on Ravelry at one point or another, it’s a fun crafting tournament of geekiness and I’ve participated in tournament 3 and tournament 4 on Team Pineapple (which is based on my favorite tv show Psych) I really love the fun we Pineapples have and I want to take a quick moment to thank a few people:
Our team captain: laweinberger
Our team manager: Loveofnature
Our team blogger: lebeau
Oddstitch
knittinfiasco (who introduced me to the team)
and all the rest of my fellow Pineapples!!
I’m hoping to be on Team Pineapple for T5 as well (since it’s where all fans of delicious flavor tend to end up ;))

Thanks guys!!

I had a lovely surprise at the end of round 4, I won the beautiful yarn you see to the right in a drawing!!! So thank you Oddstitch, laweinberger, and Loveofnature!!!! I don’t yet know what I’ll make with it but I’m sure I’ll think of something!

Congratulations to the Nerd wars T4 champion; Team Rangers!! And to the runner-up; Team Squints!!
And if anyone’s interested in joining in all the Nerd wars fun, sign-ups are May 15 – 26, 2012.

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Moose in the woods hat (crochet)

I just finished another test crochet for Holly Marie! This time it was for her crochet version of her Moose in the woods hat Here is a picture of mine:

And here are my notes from my project page:

Notes

Testing for holly1223 again, loved the skull and bones hat to much to pass this up 🙂

Finished! Love how this turned out, I used an H hook for the whole thing and added a row of green Sl St on the bottom for a little more color.

This is a great pattern! Easier color changes than the skull hat so it would be really good for a beginner in Tapestry work 🙂

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Interview with Melmaria

Recently I had an idea to do a series of interviews with various people in the crochet world. Luckily, the people I’ve talked to so far think it’s a good
idea too 🙂 so here is the first of (hopefully) several (totally randomly spaced) interviews!

I was lucky enough last year to come across several patterns by Melmaria, a designer with great taste in jewelry (and her Versailles gloves are exquisite!) You can find her at www.Melodiadesignercrochet.blogspot.com or at her Ravelry designer page So here it is:

You recently had 2 patterns (Zinc and Creausa) published in an e-magazine (Clotheshorse), what was the process like for that? Did you learn anything from it that you’ll take into the next time you publish a pattern?
The process was exciting! I learned so much about submitting designs and working with editors – there’s a lot involved, but it built up my confidence for the next time I publish.

What are your plans in the near future?
For now, I’m going to keep designing and self-publishing my own stuff, and keep submitting to publications. I really enjoy what I do, and I enjoy the outlet for my creativity.

What is your very favorite crochet technique?
Lace crochet! I love using teeny tiny hooks and fine thread to make doilies, jewelry, and accessories. I foresee many new designs including this technique.

You have a page on Pinterest, do you ever see something on there and think “hmm, I should really make that”?
Oh, yes. I recently found a gigantic doily rug that I want to make, and a curtain made of paper flowers I want to re-create.

Where is your most favorite place to crochet?
In the corner of my squashy leather couch!

If you could make sure people know one thing about crochet, what would it be?
It’s fresh! A lot of people think of crochet and immediately assume that it’s a hobby for old people, but crochet has fast become a popular craft. More and more innovative designs are making their way to the crafting world, and I want people to know that crochet is fresh and new and full of possibility.

Do you belong to a crochet and/or knitting group?
Not at the moment. I’d like to start one soon in my area!

You design some really beautiful jewelry, where do you get your inspiration for such unique pieces?
Antique lace, old patterns from the 1800’s, flowers, etc.

Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that you would want to add?
No, this is quite satisfactory! Thanks so much for interviewing me!

Thank you for letting me! 🙂

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Bare Bones hat (crochet version)

I was lucky enough to get to test the crochet version of the Bare Bones hat from Holly Marie Designs and I really love how it turned out! So here is a picture and my notes from my project page on Ravelry:


Loving this pattern, I’ve never worked a hat from the bottom up before but it’s a lot more fun then top down.
Used an H hook for the whole thing including the band because I have a large head and G wouldn’t have fit.

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National Quilt day

March 17th is National Quilt day here in the U.S.A. and I thought to celebrate that, and St. Patrick’s day, I would redecorate with a green quilted background!
And if you would like to join in the fun and make a Ohio star with a Mariner’s Compass center designed by Martha Ethridge then you will want to check out the National quilting association‘s free projects page for the PDF of that pattern and several others as well.
I’m a beginner quilter so I don’t think I will attempt much (if anything) this year but I’m enjoying the Craftsy: Block of the month course which is a free introduction to quilting with 2 new squares a month!!

Since it is also National (International) crochet month I’ve been working on several crochet projects including a thread rose, a scarf, and a pair of slippers.
I’ll at least have the slippers done this month but who knows about the rest 🙂

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Celebrating Ravelry and National crochet month!!

Ravelry is celebrating two great events this month! They just reached their 2,000,000th member!!!!!! Wow!!!! Congratulations to the whole Ravelry team and all of rav’s great members 🙂

And this month is also National crochet month here in the U.S.A. but Ravelry celebrates it as International crochet month every year so everyone can join in the fun and if you want to check out their great 5th annual party (includes Cals, prizes, and just general fun) here is the group link You can find me participating in the Mystery cal and maybe some of the games 🙂

March is also National craft month so it’s a great time to drag out any unfinished projects that have been hanging around (I have several!) and finish them. I will be celebrating National craft month the same way I’m celebrating National (International) crochet month: LOTS OF CROCHETING!!!!! 🙂 Although I might throw in some jewelry projects too and maybe try my first tatted doily or bookmark.

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