Tuesday, August 2, 2016

An Update, BOTS R10 Winners, and an eBook Giveaway

I've contributed to several rounds of Battle of the Stitches, but I've only been a challenger in Round 1 and in Round 10 that just ended.  Round 10 came after a long break from crochet while enjoying Kindergarten with my daughter as Room Mom and summer busyness.

My last post, in October, introduced the Love Knot Lattice bags to you.  Since then, I've released four additional patterns.  Plaid-ish Stocking is a super fun and trendy Christmas stocking.  It has the look of plaid without being actual plaid.  The pattern includes two sizes...stocking and socking lengths.


Next came the Autumn in Bloom Poncho Set.  This set includes a poncho and an ear warmer with an oversized bow.  What girl doesn't love a big bow???  It can be made in any size, infant to adult, using just a few simple measurements.

After the poncho set, my daughter had a special request.  They were having hat day at school the week before Halloween, and she wanted a pumpkin hat, with leaves and flower.  And, since she does the majority of my modeling without payment, I don't mind being commissioned by her.  Besides...the hugs and kisses as payment are totally worth it!  :)  If you've ever looked around the internet for crochet pumpkin hats, there is no shortage.  Everyone has their own version.  And, while she would have been completely happy with any of them, I decided to design my own.  And, as a result, the Emilee's Fall Favorite was created.  It is a convertible cowl and hat style hat.  It includes the pattern for the ruffled leaf and pumpkin blossom.  White it looks cute in pumpkin colors, it definitely works in any color you choose.  It can be made in any size and works up super quick!

The last design of last year was the Cuddle Up Cardi.  This is still one of my daughter's favorite pieces to wear.  It can be made as a vest or a long sleeve cardigan, and features a shaw colar.  It's perfect for those days when you just need an extra layer.  This would make a great sweater to keep at the office for those days the AC is working a little too well for your liking (or if the heat isn't working well enough, maybe) or to cuddle up in while out running errands.

Battle of the Stitches came at just the right time.Wearable Waves in Autumn, and the stitch was the ripple lace stitch.  After the theme was revealed, I knew what I wanted to make.  Then came the stitch, and it was a matter of making it work for what I had in mind.  It took some working the stitch repeats a little different than it is in the stitch tutorial linked above, but it worked, and I am in love with the result.

 Wrapped in Waves is a triangle wrap that can be worn as a shawl style wrap, a triangle scarf, at wrap around the waste, or as a head scarf.  it turned out better than I could have hoped for, and, it was voted the Fans' Favorite design for the round!  <3  The ebook for round 10 is full of wonderful designs.  Knowing that the wonderful fans like you voted for the one I created as their favorite was such an honor!

I was ready to get back into designing, but needed a place to start.  BOTS was the perfect thing.  I had a theme to focus on, and the stitch was chosen for me, so no worries there.  Plus, there are strict deadlines that have to be met, so I couldn't slack off even if I wanted to.  The theme was

As a challenger of Battle of the Stitches, I have been given a copy of the eBook for round 10 to give away to my wonderful fans.  In addition to the ebook, I'm giving away five copies of the Wrapped in Waves individual pattern (to be sent when it is released on August 15).  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below.  Share the post with your friends and give them the chance to enter, also!  The winners will be drawn on August 7, 2016.  Good luck!!!

Bonus: For my blog readers only, take 50% off your purchase of two or more patterns from my Ravelry shop this month only!  Use code LLSBlog816 at checkout!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Love Knot Lattice Bags and Thank You!

First of all, thank you all who joined us for the 3000 FANtastic Fun Week celebration.  We had a lot of fun giveaways and freebies, and over 1000 new fans joined us.  It was truly a wonderful week of getting to mingle with the LLS community.  <3

This time of year starts my busier design time, and, if I get everything done that I'm planning, it will definitely mean a great many new designs for you!

Today, I've released the Love Knot Lattice Bags pattern on Ravelry and Craftsy.  These bags turned out so much better than I even imagined.  They have so many great uses, too!  Market bags, beach bags, totes, gift bags, hostess gifts, Secret Santa gifts...just about anything you would use a disposable bag for, you could use a crocheted market bag.  The Love Knot Lattice Bags hold a TON!  The lattice design is created in a unique way that allows for a lot of stretch.  Just look at the photos below, and you'll see what I mean.  The large round bag measures 14" tall x 9" diameter when at rest.  I was able to fit a 10lb bag of potatoes in it.  Pictured here, it has a large bunch of bananas, a whole pineapple, three apples, two pears, two lemons, an orange, and a pomegranate, and there is still a good 1/3 of the bag left to fill.

In addition to the Large Round, there is also a Small Round bag (12" x 6.5") and an Oblong bag (12" x 9" x 5") included in the pattern.  These bags work up super quick, and have so many uses! 

If you sell things at craft fairs, these are sure to be a huge hit with your customers.  So many grocery chains are starting to charge for their disposable grocery bags that it just makes more sense to buy reuseable bags to save money in the long run.

Whether you sell them or gift them, do yourself a favor and make at least one set for yourself.  You're sure to find yourself using them for everything!

(c) 2015 Sarah Smith of Frankenstitch
(c) 2015 Kayla Hemingway of Hooks & Twists

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ch-ch-ch-changes, milestones, and more

Good morning, Luvlies!  It's been an exciting time here in the LLS house.  Since my last post, we had an amazing vacation in Florida, which included my daughter's 5th birthday, a 5-day Disney cruise (HIGHLY recommend!!!!), and lots of family time.  This summer, my 13-year-old niece came from Florida to spend a couple months.  After vacation, it was time for Round 6 of Battle of the Stitches.  It was another successful round filled with wonderful designs, which you can check out here.  July was spent enjoying time with my daughter and niece, and then preparing for school.

Two weeks ago, the little cutie you've seen in most of my wearable designs started KINDERGARTEN!!!  She's way more excited about it than I am, but it's growing on me.  It's a big adjustment when you're a SAHM and your only child goes from being with you all day, every day to just a few hours each day.  But, it has given me time to get some things done that I've been wanting to do around here, though the list is still long.  If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that the Luvie Birds have been busy redecorating.  There's a new logo, a new watermark on the photos, and the blog has had a complete makeover, also.  The website is next, but that will have to wait until next week.

Since my last blog post, there have been a couple of new design releases.  And, if you use code BLOGGER915 at checkout (valid 9/10-9/18/2015, you can get them for 50% off.  Click on the photo captions below to be taken to Ravelry to purchase.

Silted Sweater and Dress

Tilt-a-Whirl Skrt

Serenity Book & Tablet Cover

Last week, we reached a new milestone on Facebook. We now have 3000 Fans!  There will be a week long celebration (FANtastic Fun Week) beginning 9/21/2015.  Several other designers have donated patterns to be won.  I'll be giving you all a new free pattern (maybe more!), which you'll see below, along with giving away a few goodies (yarn, stitch markers, yarn drum, finished items, etc.)

 Every quarter, there will be a NEW, FREE design up on the blog.  Today, I bring to you the Beads & Brackets High-Low Sweater.  I love the way the two textures complement each other!  Even better, there are no seams!

This Fall Freebie will be released here on the blog as part of our FANtastic Fun Week.