Friday, July 25, 2014

40% OFF

I think the fever has caught me, or maybe it is Fervor. Immaterial which might be the right term, I am excited!

As many of you know, the CGOA Knit and Crochet Show is going on this weekend in Manchester NH.

I was not able to put things together enough to attend, However, I caught some major excitement, from seeing the process of friends going,

Contest entrants, and oh so much more.

Last night, it occurred to me that I want to celebrate too. I am a part of the crochet industry. I Love the craft, or ART of it. I get huge thrills from creating, and seeing others start with a ball of yarn end up with one of my designs done in their own lives. It is a great feeling.

To help you reach that plateau, I am offering a 40% discount on every pattern in my Ravelry Shop  until 11:59pm Eastern Time, Sunday July 27th, 2014

You will not need any codes, there are no limits, just load up your cart with patterns you have been wanting to make, or maybe the one you haven't seen before.

When you think about the gifts you might want to make for the Holidays, it is a great way to start!

Crochet Away the Day!

Feel free to share the link with your friends, perhaps they will find the perfect pattern too!

Until next time,

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bargain Hunters Dream

 Bulky Yarn at "to die for prices"  & Free Crochet Patterns

Going through my email this morning, I came across the weekly Sale from  I have learned that the great bargains  are clearance, and usually discontinued products. Not what I want to use for designing new patterns. Since my business has shifted into more designs, and less finished items, it would be foolish for me to stock up on these fab bargains.

So what does that mean?

When I discover bargains like this one, I want to pass the info on to you!

What good is a deal on yarn, without patterns to make?

Well, I thought of that too, here are a few to choose from, select the ones you like, and then hop over to the sale page to buy the yarn at a bargain price of .99 a ball.  Limited time, and Quanity, it is after all clearance price.

You will have Christmas gifts all wrapped up before they put the Halloween Pumpkins on the sales floor.

Some of these are written for a specific yarn, Be sure you match Gauge, as we all know a fitted item wont if your stitches are not the same size as the pattern directs you to make.

Liz  from Jessie Arnest Rayot

Pinot Noir Infinity Scarf  

from Fiber Flux

From Fiber Flux

from Fiber Flux

Several Patterns available from Moogly's Creative mind

From Beatrice Ryan Designs

From Kim Guzman

From Posh Pooch Designs

From Posh Pooch Designs

From Creation Crochet

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Neice's "Dam - It" A Free Crochet Tutorial

My Grandmother, on my Mom's side was Necie Hunter.  (pronounced Nee-Cee)  
I learned a lot of crochet, 
                                      from her, 
                                                    and because of her.

This Technique is directly from her arsenal of tricks.  She never swore that I heard, so the first time she said Dam-It  to me I nearly died.  She used this to Hold things "inside", like a Dam holds water.
Hence, I call it Necie's Dam-It.
Ready?  Here we Go!

Starting with the surface you want to build off of.
In this case , A chain of 32, 2 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, DC in the next, and each until the last Chain. Place 3 DC in the first half of the DC loop, then rotate the chain to work the other side. Place 3 DC in the other side loop of the same chain. Pull the tail tight, to remove the hole. Finish the DC's down the chain, working over the tail and BOTH unworked loops of the chain.  At the last, place 3 DC in the last st. Join as I showed you in this post, and finish off.

Insert hook into any stitch, right at the top, under the two top loops. It is easiest to show this technique with DC, but it does work with any traditional crochet stitch.
Bring the hook back to the front, also right under the two top loops. On a dc, the 3rd loop sort of separates the area nicely for practicing this trick.
I have doubled my yarn here, and have pulled the fold of it through, under the post, now catch the double strand with the hook, pull it through, as a slst. It works well with a single strand too, but for this application, I want the extra bulk.
This tutorial is turning into multiple tricks, You are getting a bonus here!  As you can see, doing this, there are no ENDS to weave in later!
Insert hook into the same space it came up from on the slst, and bring it up on the other side of the post. See how the EYE of the stitch slides down the post to allow room, the top loops tend to roll down the other direction. Do not panic over this, it is all good!
catch your yarn, and pull it through, Yarn over, and pull through both loops to form a SC of sorts. It has the traditional top loops, but it does not look like a SC.
The EYE of the stitch is turned sideways, under the loops.
continue around your work, entering from the space you exited in the previous stitch. No increases, just building your DAM on the face of the DC's
When you reach the end of the round, you will insert your hook back under the post if that first st, with your hook on the OUTSIDE.  Catch your yarn, and pull through, yarn over and complete the sc
Now Move your working yarn to the inside of your work
Remove hook from working loop, insert it from the inside, under the first loop.  draw working loop through to inside.  ( If you are continuing with the same color, skip this, and move on with your pattern as written.)
Draw yarn through to end the round.
Cut tail, mid loop
Tug tails, to be sure that slip knot has tightened.
Here is a view of the side of the dam, with it's peculiar stitch pattern. It is dense, solid, and yet still very workable
This is a view with the beginning of a round of stitches, just to show you. These are not the stitches we will be using, just what I threw on it for a picture.
This is the bottom.  I do not mind the look, but when I bring you more of the pattern, We will cover this with another layer.

When I told a few friends that I was going to share this technique with you, Tamara from Moogly offered a few links to patterns that you could use to practice if you like. You would just replace the BLO with this. follow the rest of the pattern as written
These are all great patterns, but they will lend themselves well to this trick.

 Birds Nest Bowl Set
 Birds Nest Bowl Set
Girls Night Out Wine Carrier

Stainless Water Bottle Sling

Until next time

Connecting behind the scenes. A free Crochet Tutorial

Today, I am sharing my trick, or technique to have a smooth join at the end of a round.  So many people have them out there, I may be duplicating some concept, I may not. I learned this from my Grandmother, way back when.  Never dismiss the concept that what you show a child is forgotten. It stays with them, for a lifetime.

Here we have a round of Double Crochet, that needs to be joined in order to continue our project.  I have removed the hook from the working loop
Here, The hook has been inserted into the second loop of the starting ch 2, from the front side of the work.
We reach over with the hook to grab the working loop
Simply pull the working loop through to the front side. From here, you can continue to follow your pattern, chaining as usual, or, if ending your work, continue with the next step.
Remove hook again,
From the back of your work, insert the hook between the posts, directly under the working loop
Catch working loop and simply pull to back side. Yarn over, and draw tail through loop
Pull tail to tighten. End is now secured to the back side, to be weaved in with a needle, Or, crocheted over if you have additional steps in your project.
All edge loops are normal looking, easy to work into, or finished nicely.
I like simple answers to challenging issues. Not having bumps, knots and major work to hide a join is always a plus.

Join me again soon, when I will be showing you the next of several steps for this project.  It will work it's way into a "Crochet Along"  Tutorial Style.

Post number 2 is up, you will find it HERE

Until Next time


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Look what I made!

Hey Everybody, Look What I Made

Look Familiar?  If you follow the Moogly Blog, it does. Check out The original pattern Here 

                    I changed it.  
I used different yarn, different hook, different stitches, 
Mine is not the same as hers!

If you believe that, I pity you. 
It is a copy of the concept, that is to die for great.    

I made these for the coffee stand that my daughter works in. We chose to use the School Colors. Our hope is to have the Students, Staff and Parents aware of them for Fall Sports Season.

This is an item I will be selling, finished. I will not be releasing the pattern for these, it would be in bad taste. I have had coffee that left a bad taste, I am not into it.

Do you want to place an order for your School Colors Coffee Carrier? Send me an Email, or Message me on Facebook.   I do offer Wholesale Pricing on orders of 10 or more

Have a great day
Until next time,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Grammy"s fixin Chicken Tenders

Several Years ago, I watched America's Test Kitchen. They showed how to do Homemade Chicken Nuggets.

I was very excited, but as they went through the ingredients, it was a longer shopping list than I wanted for one meal.

Into my pantry, to see what I MIGHT HAVE that might work.

I concocted my own, following the same general steps, Modification and tailoring is always a practice in cooking.  Restaurants balk at substitutions, but in your own kitchen, you do what you do.

I started with the Brine

2 Cups Water
1 Tablespoons Salt (iodized is best)
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

Stir well, until salt dissolves
Soak Chicken Tenderloin, in zip lock bag for minimum of 2 hours. If doing nuggets, (30 min to an hour is plenty)  I am the type to put them in first thing in the morning, so I do not get sidetracked, and forget.

For the Coating, it was really Easy, I use 1/2 cup of each

Then Add 1 Teaspoon of these

Pretty Simple

Now for the Egg mix, where it get's dicey

Add 1 Tablespoon of milk to the eggs in the bowl. ( Removing the shells is optional)
I don't know can you manage this?

Drain the liquid, and dry the chicken pieces.

 Dip the chicken Tenders in the egg mixture, and allow the excess to drip back in the bowl

Coat with the dry mix

Return to the plate, place in fridge for at least 10 minutes. I have been known to let them rest, covered, in the fridge for a couple hours.

Keep your dry ingredients, as you will coat the strips one more time before frying them, but if you have pets, go ahead and cook the eggs to feed to them.  You dd not spice them, so there is nothing there that will hurt your animals, and why waste the food?

Now, that time has passed, and it is time to actually cook your food, Lets rock and roll.

You will need Vegetable Oil,   these are Uber Healthy don't you know!
A cooking Method,  I like this,

I am really able to control the temperature easier.  Now if you own a deep fryer, you have this, go eat

Just in case you need my glasses, that says 375*

Re~bread your tenders

And slide them into the hot oil.

Allow them to cook about 4 minutes. Turn them over to cook another couple minutes.

They will be beautifully golden brown

Allow to drain on paper towels, or on coffee filters if all else is unavailable

And Perfectly Cooked

Now, for Dipping Sauce,  I recommend
In equal parts. Store unused in a closed jar in the refrigerator.

The only way this will be any better, is if you add mashed potatoes, country gravy, corn on the cob and a big glass of fresh Lemonade.

Until next time