Monday, September 29, 2014

Zazzle Review and Giveaway!

I just discovered Zazzle!! They like to make your unique visions come to life! 

Did you know some of my favorite crochet buddies have some Zazzle swag! 
Check out the crochet and yarn goodness in storefronts 
(had to get crochet in the post somehow right!) 

Are you a techy? Do you have to get the latest gadgets? I'm not! LOL. 
However I'm so super thankful for them because I can get my work done from virtually anywhere! My hubby however is an Apple fanatic so of course he recently upgraded to the iPhone 6 Plus. Yikes I have to say that is a big phone. Finding just the right case for these new iphones isn't always easy especially if you are picky, but we recently discovered this awesome site called Zazzle where you can choose from 100s of unique quality case or even more fun a custom case. 

Since the case was going to be hubby's phone I let him pick one out. 
Now there is a story behind this case. He used to ref roller derby and they are called 
zebras so he picked out this silly case just for fun! 

This is an iPhone 6 plus Case-mate tough case. The phone fit perfectly in the case which has a hard sturdy shell but also has a soft shock absorbent liner! My hubby has broken a few iPhones so durability is important. You can also purchase a barely there case for a few bucks less if you do not want it so "tough".  The case is perfectly cut so you can get to all your sensors, ports and controls. The case is not super heavy and does not seem to add to much weight or bulk to the phone. The rubber liner gives a nice grip around the phone so it is not super slick. It is also raised a bit so your screen does not hit directly on surfaces to help prevent scratching.

The printed image is great. Not smeary and does not scratch off. The picture clear with vibrant color and trendy! The case it self has a glossy finish. 

The cases ship super fast and are printed in the USA! The price is worth the great customization options! Zazzle is always having great sales too. So be sure to see what sales they have going on so you can get savings! 

I wanted to customize a cool yarn or crochet related case! Which you can do! It is super easy to add a picture or your own text. You can view it as you create it! No surprises here. Maybe I will design a special case with my logo or business card info on it! Makes it great for designing marketing products! 

Want a chance to win $25.00 credit 
towards your next purchase!! 

Just vist on over to Zazzle look through the cases and let me know which one you would choose or maybe tell me how you would customize one!

Just leave a comment on the blog with your full name! 

This Giveaway will end Wed Oct 1, 2014 Midnight Central! 
Winner will be posted on this post on Thursday Oct 2nd! 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pattern Review : Rolling In The Deep Infinity Cowl

Yay! It's finally Fall! One of my favorite times of the year. Time to pull out the boots, scarves and hats! If you love warm fuzzy infinity cowls I have a great one for you! 

First of all this fabulous pattern is a freebie! The pattern very well written. 
It's actually a very easy pattern too once you get the rhythm of the chevron down. If you've never done a chevron stitch design then this would be a great starter because you are going to do it a lot for the short rows! 

The cowl is super long, but I love that. It can be worn in a number of ways, which you can find on Cre8tion Crochet's Blog post. I have mine wrapped 3 times in the pictures. 

I got distracted by other projects so I've been working on it in-between when I could. 
Took me about a week, but I bet you could whip it out in a couple days. 

I used Hobby Lobby's Effervesce in the color ways - Shadow and Petal. Just one skien of each was plenty.  I just adore pink and grey together. 

The Effervesce yarn is soo super soft and slightly fuzzy. It was nice to work with but not fun to unravel if you messed up on a stitch a few rows back (oops). It doesn't seem to leave little fuzzy's on your clothing though which is nice so you don't look like an animal shed on you. (LOL) 
 I hope it doesn't pill but it might. Just the nature of the yarn. 

Note that I did use an H- 5.00mm hook instead of the suggest to match gauge with this yarn and my tension. The scarf came out perfect! 

The pattern would be really easy to adjust if you wanted it shorter too! I just really liked the options with the long scarf! Just perfect for me. 

I look forward to it getting cooler so I can wear it! It's going to be a go to scarf for sure! 
I'm already thinking of making another one with different yarn in black and white or another neutral like tan since Zebra print is so in this fall! 

What do you think? Would you make it? What Colors would you choose? 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Free Crochet Pattern : Decorative Pumpkin Headpiece for Small Cats, Dogs or Stuffed Toys

Last week I got a fun custom order for some cat hats! Yes cat hats! Call me crazy but I like a challenge! Usually I leave the animal design to my awesome, super talented mom over at Posh Pooch Designs but this person found me first through my devil headband and cape set on Etsy and wanted something similar for her cat.  She gave me some measurements and I went from there freestyle. I made her a devil and unicorn headpiece. Aren't they so silly, but so cute! 
I'm allergic to cats so my kids shared their stuffed babies to model them for you. LOL! 

I thought this simple design would be fun to share with you since it can be used for small cats, dogs or as I will use them, for extra accessories for my kids stuffed animals! (they have way to many) 

I decided since it's just about fall that a pumpkin headpiece would be just right! 
I may design a few more seasonally but we'll see. 

I hope you enjoy the pattern! 

Decorative Pumpkin Headpiece

Sized for 2-3 inches between the ears and about 10-12 inches around the head

F - Hook 3.75
Worsted Weight Yarn of choice - Orange and Green 

*Chain stitch does not count in stitch count!
*The number at the end of each row is the stitch count for the row (#).

Terms and Stitches: 
*R - row or round
*ch - chain
*sc - single crochet
*sl st - slip stitch
*st - stitch

R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, join with sl st to 1st sc (6) 
R2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join with sl st to 1st sc (12)
R3: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (18)
R4: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc 2) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (24)
R5: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc 3) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (30)
R6: Ch 1, *(2 sc, sc 4) repeat from * around, join with sl st to 1st sc (36) 

Piece should measure approx 2 1/2 inches across.
R 7&8 will form the ear holes and ties

R7: Ch 24, sk 6 sts, sl st in next st, sc in next 11 sts, sl st in next st, ch 24, 
sk 6 sts, sl st in next st, sc in remaining st to beginning ch-24, DO NOT JOIN

R8: sc in next 12 chs, ch 46, sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and next 45 chs, sl st in next 12 chs, 
sc in next 12 sts, sc in next 12 chs, ch 46, sl st in 2nd ch from the hook and next 45 chs, 
sl st in remaining sts to 1st sc, Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Stem and Spiral Vine

R1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, join with a sl st to 1st sc (6)
R2-4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to 1st sc (6)
R5: Ch 11, 2 sc in 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across, join to next sc with sl st
Fasten off but leave a long tail. Sew step to center of hat or as desired. 

Image used with permission from Posh Pooch Designs.
She tested it for me!  Modeled by Max.