Friday, May 31, 2013

random friday freebie - win a digital copy of the june 2013 issue of inspired crochet.

We are excited as one of our crochet designs has been chosen to be featured in the June 2013 issue of Inspired Crochet, which means that we are able to offer you a chance to win one free digital copy!
Kristi of RAKJpatterns and co-editor Shannon are the creative energy behind Inspired Crochet, and in addition our crochet pattern for the Baby Ribbon Shoes this issue features 13 other crochet patterns that are sure to keep you inspired!
Baby Ribbon Shoes by Tara Schreyer
The draw for a digital copy of Inspired Crochet will begin today and it will end Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 6 pm (Pacific Standard Time). The winners will be randomly picked on Sunday evening using We will announce the winner here on our blog on Monday June 3rd, 2013. The winners email address will be sent along to the ladies at Inspired Crochet, who will then forward the happy recipient their own personal copy. Be sure to check back on Monday to see if you are the winner!!

To enter the draw:

Just comment to this post, even to say "Hi". Please make sure to leave us your email address in your comment so we can contact you if your name is drawn. If you prefer to keep your email private, just email us at

To receive a second chance to win, simply tell your friends about our blog via facebook, twitter, personal blog, whatever and come back and share the link with us in another comment. Again, please leave us your email address.
Maximum of 2 entries per person. 
All entries must be in by Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 6 pm PST to be valid.

kim and tara.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

new crochet pattern - marigold mile by kim miller.


Skill Level: Easy

Whether you dress it up or down, or wear it as a scarf or shawl this versatile wrap, with ruffle edging, is sure make a lovely compliment your wardrobe!

The crochet pattern calls for 1 skein of Blue Heron Yarns® Bamboo Lace (0) [5.29 oz/1260 yds per skein]. This gorgeous yarn is comprised of 100% bamboo which translates into a soft fabric with a hint of sheen and amazing drape. Plus the properties of bamboo will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Also, this pretty shawl is simple to make making this a great pattern to practice with lace weight yarn. The pattern call for the following crochet stitches: ch, sl st, sc, and dc. To compliment the written pattern, charts have been included.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

now available...double twist crochet cowl in a kit!

If you have been eyeing the Double Twist Cowl crochet pattern and you just haven't taken the plunge because there are just SOOOO many colors to choose from, I just may have the answer for you today!

Knit Picks has recently released their very first crochet kit!  There are two different kits to this particular pattern to choose from, each of which includes 4 balls of Gloss DK and the Double Twist Cowl crochet pattern. Look at how scrumptious...

 I am loving this colour combination!! Done in Knit Picks Gloss DK


And something fresh and bright for spring! Done in Knit Picks Gloss DK

Both of these kits are available at and are only $19.99 USD. By purchasing a kit versus purchasing the yarn and pattern separately, you will save 23%!!  Of course, if these particular colours are not speaking to you, there are all kinds of color options available and you are welcome to purchase the materials separately.  And...want to know a little secret...if you wish to purchase the pattern download itself, Knit Picks is where you will want to grab it is offered there at the lowest cost you will find on the web!



Friday, May 17, 2013

sneak peek.

Where I live it has been a tradition to remove the grass in some of the meridians and in its place to plant marigolds, the city's official flower. Although we use the metric system in Canada the long rows of orange flowers has been dubbed the Marigold Mile.

As I was working on this pattern and watching the colours emerge to form a pretty swirling design it reminded me of our meridians, jam packed with orange coloured blossoms, and I knew that "Marigold Mile" would be the perfect name! 

The yarn that I chose for this project is Blue Heron Bamboo Lace which is comprised of 100% bamboo. This translates into a soft fabric with a hint of sheen and amazing drape, so this super versatile scarf/shawl hangs perfectly no matter how you wear it. Plus the properties of bamboo will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

I just have to finish up a chart for the edging and then the pattern will be coming your way!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

cow baby slip-ons.

I was just searching through our etsy archives when I stumbled across this picture of some Felted Baby Slip-ons that I had made way back in 2009, and I just had to share.

Aren't they super sweet? They make me smile! I remember that I couldn't get the spots right so I had to get my daughter, whose very artistic, to needle felt them on for me. I have some baby showers coming up and finding this picture has inspired me want to make up another pair.
This great little pattern for the "Felted Baby Slip-ons" is designed by my friend and business partner, Tara Schreyer. They are quick and easy to work up, and once they are felted they make an excellent blank canvas to embellish or needle felt anyway that your heart desires.
Felted Baby Slip-ons by Tara Schreyer
If you are interested in purchasing the pattern you can find it here on ravelry.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

vogue knitting 2013 crochet issue - interview with lee ann dalton.

To say that we were thrilled when writer Lee Ann Dalton contacted us, and asked us if we would like to be interviewed for the Vogue Knitting 2013 Crochet Issue, would be an understatement! We didn't feel like we had anything Vogue worthy to talk about, but Lee Ann was fabulous to work with and she put together a lovely article that we will always treasure....good memories....

The Vogue Knitting Special Collectors Crochet Issue hit the newsstands yesterday, so to read the article and, most importantly, to add lots of amazing patterns to your collection be sure to buy your copy soon! They went super fast last year and Tara's still kicking herself for not buying a hard copy of the 2012 edition.

Look for this issue on newsstands or visit Vogue Knitting to learn more about ordering online and instant downloads from iTunes.

kim and tara.

Monday, May 6, 2013

furls crochet - fiberarts 2013 catalog.

Furls Crochet, the world's only provider of luxury crochet hooks, has just released their Fiberarts 2013 Catalog!

Tara and I have been drooling over Furl's stunning collection of hooks for some time now, and as you scroll through the pictures we are sure that you will understand why.

These sculpted works of art are not just for looks. These exquisite hand crafted hooks, made from the finest exotic woods, are also designed to be ergonomic.

Tara and I recently received our own personal copy of the the Fiberarts 2013 Catalog and not only is it full of beautiful pictures of the Furls collection of luxury crochet hooks, but it is also complete with coupons and discounts from many of our fellow fiber artists. If you've been thinking of purchasing your own Furls Crochet hook then you will definately want to invest in the catalog as Furls has included a 15% off coupon.

Tara and I have also included our own coupon code for 25% off of all crochet patterns at The coupon is good until December 31st, 2013 and there is no limit to how many times you can use it. If you plan on purchasing several of our crochet patterns over the remainder of the year then the savings will easily pay for your own Fiberarts Catalog.

For only $5.00 USD you can purchase your own Furls Fiberarts 2013 Catalog here.

kim and tara.