Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Yarn Pooling Made Easy : A Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

I don't know about you but a big trend last year in crochet was Yarn Pooling! Did you try it? I know I did and failed. Trying to find the right yarn, formulas and such wasn't easy on my own. Of course I didn't do a lot of research at first and was just grabbing variegated yarn I had on hand and just hoping it would magically happen. It didn't. I now have perfect solution and resource!

Yarn Pooling Made Easy 
By Marly Bird

Crochet Yarn Pooling

This new book has 32 pages of wonderful information on Yarn Pooling. 

*Tips and Tricks including a video link 
 Marly walks you through how too do this!

You can actually have access to Marly's video's and Blog via Youtube any time!

*Marly Bird's Yarn Pooling Playlist! *

*Marly Bird's Blog Links on Yarn Pooling*

*General Instructions
crochet terms, symbols, abbreviations and a few pictorial walk throughs of a few more intricate stitches. 

*Yarn information  
I love it when books include the exact yarn used. I find this very helpful especially in yarn pooling. 
As Marly is Red HeartYarns National Spokesperson as yarns used are Red Heart Brand.

*10 - Easy Patterns 
 a few scarves
a set: hat, cowl and fingerless gloves
Crochet Yarn Pooling

 Car Seat Cover
Child's Sweater
Baby Cocoon 

Crochet Yarn Pooling

I was really impressed with the variety of patterns.  
It was hard for me to choose one to make. 

I started with the Full Scarf, but I didn't just want a basic scarf and I messed up at the beginning so I pulled it out. 
I was drawn to the child's sweater but I didn't have enough yarn. 
So, I decided I would Make the Car Seat Cover just  a smaller version of it. 

I crochet for my daughters dolls a lot and thought it would make a cute mini babydoll blanket. 

I just happened to have a Skien of Red Heart Super Saver #906 Ocean. This was used for the scarf pictured above in the banner. 

I worked up a small rectangle using the yarn pooling method from the book and guess what it worked out!! Isn't this gorgeous. What I really loved was the border. It called for two contrasting colors but I went with a matching purple and the same variegated in the center and it made another lovely colorful border effect. 
I really love the way it turned out and my Daughter did too. 

So, if you were scared of yarn pooling. 
Marly Bird and this book will help you through it! 

I have to say personally. I've taken classes and followed Marly Bird for Years! She is an amazing women and you will learn so much from her! I can't say enough great things! Even if Yarn pooling isn't for you, You have to check out all her amazing designs and youtube tutorials.  

You will want to get your hands on this book! 

I'm hosting a Giveaway to win a copy of this book! 

Oh and there is more! 
Be Sure to Follow Marly Bird's Youtube channel

She is going to be having daily giveaways during this tour too for more than just the book!!! 

Be sure to follow along on the rest of the Blog Tour too!!

Here is the schedule for you! 

Calleigh's Clips & Crochet Creations  September 5, 2017 - That's me! 

 September 6, 2017 

September 7, 2017 

September 8, 2017 

 September 11, 2017

September 12, 2017

September 13, 2017 

September 14, 2017 

 September 15, 2017

 September 18, 2017

September 19, 2017

Thanks so much to Marly Bird and Leisure Arts for providing a copy of the book to me for review. This post does contain affiliate links which I may be compensated for when you make a purchase, however the review is my honest, un-biased opinion. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Calleigh's Clips Baby Blanket Mini C2C Graphgan - Joining the Squares, Border and Finishing

I haven't had a chance to "write" out the Joining the squares and Final Border Details! Life is just a little busy and crazy right now! I took a part time job and I'm learning to adjust with less time to crochet. I sure wished I'd wrote it out earlier when I did it LOL. Someday I'll learn that is the easiest way to write a pattern but I got excited to finish. 

I will add to this very soon. Hopefully by the end of the week if not by the end of March! 
I do however have the videos loaded up on youtube so you can follow along on how to finish up! I know of a few of you are patiently waiting so I hope this helps in the mean time! I'll add more to this post very soon! 

Part 5 - Joining the Squares using the Simulated Braided Join Method

Part 6 Final Border Details and Finishing!

If you want to follow my border. 
1 Round each of -Desert Glaze, Yellow, Mid Green, Peacock, Hot Rose
Ending with one Round of Ivory. Per video instructions. 

Here is a look at my finished product! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Calleigh's Clips Baby Blanket Mini C2C Graphgan - Edging Squares

Who's ready to Edge all those squares from 
the mini c2c graphgan so we can join them?

I found explaining the edging typed out a little confusing so I was sure to make a video showing you exactly what I did, along with the typed out instructions. Just don't over think it!


Join yarn in any corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) [First corner made],

sc in the next Square space, 

*(ch 2, sc in next square space) Repeat from * 12 more times), sc in next square space, 
(sc, ch 2, sc ) [2nd corner made]

(15 ch-2 spaces including both corners) 
Pattern continued below notes:

NOTES: Continue pattern around each side making sure you have 15 ch-2 spaces along each edge. See Video for further explanation. 

sc in the next Square space, *(ch 2, sc in next square space) Repeat from * 12 more times), sc in next square space,(sc, ch 2, sc ) [3nd corner made]

sc in the next Square space,*(ch 2, sc in next square space) Repeat from * 12 more times), sc in next square space, join with a sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off and Weave in Ends. 

If you have any questions, please watch the video 1st and then feel free to email me. We'll have joining instructions later in the week.