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NatCroMo 2015!


https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: NatCroMo 2015

HodgePodge Crochet was featured today over on the ‪#‎NatCroMo‬ 2015 Designer Blog Tour!! The Crochetville blog post is CHOCK FULL of tasty tidbits about myself and HodgePodge!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: NatCroMo 2015

In order to celebrate I’m going to offer up some FREEBIES over on my facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/HodgePodgeCrochet

If you’d like a chance to win, all you have to do is read the Crochetville blog and then CLICK HERE to post one fact from the blog post about myself or HodgePodge!

Winners will be selected soon and a new facebook post will go up with the announcement so make sure you have HodgePodge set to show up in your feed by clicking on GET NOTIFICATIONS under the liked tab!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: NatCroMo 2015

Best of luck to those who enter and don’t forget to share the love! ❤

7 Facebook Pages Worth Watching!


I really enjoy the thrill of hunting down smaller facebook pages to check out their content and see what they are all about. Since facebook has changed the way smaller businesses can interact with people using it, it’s become that much more satisfying to hunt down and find the diamonds in the ruff!

Here are seven pages that are worth checking out! If you have the time to look through their content, why not give them a like or drop a comment! I know they would love the support!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com 7 fb pages worth watching!


Page One: Hook Smart: www.facebook.com/hooksmart

As if being a wife, mom, doctoral candidate, and teaching assistant/online adjunct faculty weren’t enough, I decided to start my own business as well. I love creating handmade items that the “modern nerd” will love.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com 7 fb pages worth watching! Hook Smart


Page Two: Tangled & Tied: https://www.facebook.com/tangledtied

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. -DIETER F. UCHTDORF

Ok, so he wasn’t taking about yarn. But still, it carries a ring of truth, no? I make things to feed this desire. Tangled and Tied was born from a desire to create 100% handmade luxury quality products using premium materials.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com 7 fb pages worth watching! Tangled and Tied


Page Three: WL Creations: www.facebook.com/wlcreations1

I created my page as a way to share my passion for crochet and yarny goodness with family and friends. Hats are my all time favorite-I’m always searching for the “perfect” one! I love to add texture & bright, fun colors.

Whitney Lossie


 Page Four: Happy Hats: https://www.facebook.com/happihats

For me, being creative is something that comes from inside, a passion to make things for others to enjoy and it also keeps me out of mischief and I adore making funky hats for my baby’s. Before having two small baby’s I would keep myself busy with welding or spraying old VW campers.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com 7 fb pages worth watching! Happy Hats


Page Five: Little Treasures by Nancy: https://www.facebook.com/LittleTreasuresByNancy 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
This is what I strive for with all of my creations
A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association in honor of my late husband. http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR/Events/General?pg=fund&fr_id=1030&pxfid=12490

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com 7 fb pages worth watching! Little Treasures by Nancy


Page Six: Divine Debris: https://www.facebook.com/DivinedebrisJewelry

I learned to crochet as a kid but didn’t pick it up and actually create things until I was well into my 20’s. Something about it, after I did some growing up, seemed both peaceful and exciting to me, especially the ability to make something with just your hands, a hook (or two) and a whole mess of yarn. Now a day doesn’t pass that I don’t think about something new to make or see something that inspires me to continue creating.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com 7 fb pages worth watching! Divine Debris


Page Seven: Steff’s Simple Stitches: https://www.facebook.com/SteffsSimpleStitches

My dear Mum tried to teach me her immense yarn skills when I was young, but I lost interest when my first scarf became a long scraggly triangle. In 2010, looking for a hobby to help with some health issues, I took a crochet class at my local yarn store, and was instantly hooked (pun intended). I now craft daily, whether for family, friends, charity or customers, every piece is stitched with the love of creating things from pretty string!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com 7 fb pages worth watching! Steffs Simple Stitches


If you have (or know of) a really great facebook page that could use some love I want to hear all about it in the comments below! Note: Comments are moderated so they make take a few minutes to pop up! 

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VALENTINE ROUNDUP!


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Just in time for the month of love comes a plethora of patterns ripe for the crocheting!!

Wrapped In Love Slouch Pattern by From Home

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wrapped-in-love-slouch

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: From Home

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by MumblesMummy

http://mumbles-mummy.co.uk/crazy-little-thing-called-love/

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Mumbles Mummy

Lovey Dovey Valentine Hat Crochet Pattern by Illumikniti Designs

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lovey-dovey-valentine-hat-crochet-pattern

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: illumikniti designs

Mom Tattoo Hat Pattern by Whimsical Warmth

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mom-tattoo-hat-2

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Whimsical Warmth

Shabby Chic Twine Heart Pattern by Keep Calm and Crochet On UK

https://keepcalmandcrochetonuk.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/free-pattern-shabby-chic-rustic-heart/

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Keep Calm and Crochet On UK

Monkey Lovey Pattern pattern by Blankies by Jackie

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/monkey-lovey-pattern

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Blankets by Jackie

Chasing Hearts Ear Warmer Pattern by Crazy Hookers Crochet Creations

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chasing-hearts-ear-warmer

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Crazy Hookers Crochet Creations

Little Love Bear Pattern by Gramma Beans

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-love-bear-2

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Gramma Beans

Valentines Day Buttoned Love Headband by Simply Knots

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216387158/crochet-child-adult-girls-womens

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Simply Knots

Valentines Day Buttoned Heart Boot Cuff Pattern by Simply Knots

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216388298/crochet-child-adult-girls-womens

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Simply Knots

Valentines Day Buttoned Heart Headband Pattern by Simply Knots

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216386956/crochet-child-adult-girls-womens

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Simply Knots

Valentine Hug Buddies pattern by Daughterofanace

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/valentine-hug-buddies

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Daughterofanace Craft and Crochet

Black Dahlia Cloche by KrissysWonders

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115301530/crochet-hat-patterns-womans-crochet-hat

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: KrissysWonders

Miss Momma Cat Pattern by Silverdragon Crafts & Critters

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miss-momma-cat

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Silverdragon Crafts & Critters

My Valentine Beanie Pattern by Knotted Notions

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-valentine-beanie

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Knotted Notions

Little Hearts by A Creative Being

http://winkieflash.nl/2013/02/04/free-pattern-little-hearts/

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: A Creative Being

Summer Hearts Mandala by A Creative Being

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-hearts-mandala

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: A Creative Being

Baby Mine Crochet Hat by Moogly

http://www.mooglyblog.com/baby-mine-crochet-hat/

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Moogly

Love-A-Saurus Dino by Too Yarn Cute

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/love-a-saurus-dino-valentine-theme-or-regular

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Too Yarn Cute

Very Valentine’s Hat pattern by Salter’s Stitches

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/very-valentines-hat-3-years-to-adult-large

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Salters Stitches

Emma Slouch pattern by Sincerely Pam

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/emma-slouch

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Sincerely Pam

Hearts go Round Valentine’s Day Crochet Hat Pattern by Cre8tion Crochet

http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2013/01/valentines-day-crochet-hat-pattern-hearts-go-round/

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Cre8tion Crochet

Floating Hearts Convertible Beanie by Blackstone Designs featured on Cre8tion Crochet

http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2015/01/free-crochet-hat-pattern/

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Cre8tion Crochet

“Knit-Look” Cabled Hearts Beanie pattern by A Crocheted Simplicity

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-look-cabled-hearts-beanie

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: A Crocheted Simplicity

Heart Song Hat pattern by Trifles N Treasures

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-song-hat

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: Trifles N Treasures

8-bit Heart Neck Cozy pattern by The Crafty Geekette

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/8-bit-heart-neck-cozy

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: The Crafty Geekette

EOS Lip Balm Holder / Key Chain pattern by Briana K Crochet

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/eos-lip-balm-holder—key-chain

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: BrianaK

Lovely Petals 6 Inch Square pattern by The Perfect Knot

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lovely-petals-6-inch-square

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: The Perfect Knot

Easy Joining Hearts Jewelry Set pattern by The Perfect Knot

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-joining-hearts-jewelry-set

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com :: Valentine Roundup :: The Perfect Knot

HodgePodge Shrug Showdown~2014!


Recently, HodgePodge Crochet hosted its first ever Shrug Showdown! Six designers stepped forward to take on the challenge of re-imagining a knit shrug design into a crochet version and what was produced was nothing short of amazing.https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Shrug Showdown 2014

I’m proud to announce WL Creations as the overall WINNER of the first ever HodgePodge Shrug Showdown contest!!! (Which was held over in the HodgePodge Crochet fb Community in case you were wondering.)

Her winning design was HANDS DOWN the crowd favorite and she pretty much blew away the competition with her jaw-droppingly beautiful shrug. I love everything about this one!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Shrug Showdown 2014

If you’d like to snag a copy of her Victoriana Shrug, so you can be dressed in your best for any future New Years Eve parties!!, head on over to her Ravelry today and you can be wrapped in gorgeous by the end of the week!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Shrug Showdown 2014

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Winner of the Best Use of Crochet Stitches category went to ShopKimberlie! Her gorgeous design was further highlighted by her delicious yarn choice making her shrug the hands-down favorite!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Shrug Showdown 2014

You can find the Showstopper Shrug over in the ShopKimberlie Ravelry shop!

HONORABLE MENTIONS!!  

This gorgeous shrug was created by Lacey Lady of Misty Makes. This pattern is not yet available.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Shrug Showdown 2014

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Scarlett’s Shrug was created by Jacqualyn Walker of The Crafty Geekette. You can find your copy over in The Crafty Geekette Ravelry shop.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Shrug Showdown 2014

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The Simply Shrug was created Addie Roberts of Simply Smurphy’s. You can find your copy over in the Simply Smurphy’s Etsy shop.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Shrug Showdown 2014

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The DonnyBrook Shrug was created by yours truly of HodgePodge Crochet. You can find your copy over in the HodgePodge Crochet Craftsy shop.

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com/ The DonnyBrook Shrug

 

 

 

Worldwide Artist Blog Hop!


I am SO happy to be part of the Worldwide Artist Blog Hop!! For those of you who don’t know what that is, think GLOBAL DOMINATION!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

Okay…maybe it’s not that extreme, but it’s kind of a way to thread together super crafty artist types through their blogs with a series of questions and answers. If you are curious about other artists who have contributed, a quick Google search of ‘Worldwide Artist Blog Hop’ will yield enough results to keep you happily entertained for weeks!

I was nominated by Crystal from Crystalized Designs to participate and a bit later, I’ll be nominating three others to join in the fun! Crystal’s AMAZING blog can be found by clicking the following link! http://www.crystalized-designs.com/blog/

So the way this works is for each nominated blogger to answer 4 simple questions about themselves and then nominate 2 or 3 other bloggers (You’ll find my nominations at the tail end of this post and I promise that you’ll find some amazing content over in their blogs I link!!)

Onward to the questions!

  • Why do I do what I do?

I do what I do because I honestly LOVE it. My mind is always thinking about new ideas—and not always of the yarny variety—to try. My inquisitive nature is to blame for things like DIY glow in the dark yarn, DIY paper mache yarn bowls, and the crochet Indian cross stitch.

I’m sure if you’ve spent any amount of time looking through my blog you will realize that I’m not all about the yarn! I really love anything arts and crafty and I enjoy getting my fingers dirty to experiment and then share my experiments with all of you!

  • How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think my work is different because it’s unpredictable. Most other crocheters are stressing out over deadlines and creating the next big thing while I’m over here going with the flow and taking my time to enjoy the entire process.

I tend to crochet what I’m in the mood to crochet and let that guide me. I trust that whatever I’m doing is the thing I’m supposed to be doing and that it’s also the right time for it to get done.

I also don’t have a set style. I could be into highly textured crochet one month and thin sock yarn the next. If you look through my patterns you will see that reflected in them.

  • How does my creative process work?

This is a REALLY hard question to answer because I don’t have a process. Creativity just happens and I let it…I suppose that could be considered a process but I’m totally organic and generally have a, ‘whatever gets done is what’s supposed to get done’ outlook on life.

  • What am I working on now?

At this moment in time I have just finished a shrug pattern for the first ever HodgePodge (The Facebook Community) Shrug Showdown! I can’t wait to share it with you all because it was a MONSTER of a pattern to write—it will be offered in sizes from 6 months to an adult XL—and an even bigger monster to get tested, but I’m super happy with the outcome and I hope you’ll all love it as much as I do!

I’ve also recently wrapped a project that is slated to be included in the November issue of The Pattern Pack, put out by Happily Hooked Magazine! You can find this amazing digital mag right here: http://www.happilyhooked.com/ and I will be sure to update with links to my contribution as soon as I have it!

In my downtime I’ve decided to tackle the Double Take Pillow, designed by Delma Myers and published by Red Heart Yarn. So far I’m in love with the simplicity and with the fact that it’s a fast working pattern! At the rate I’m going, I’ll have all four pillows covered in a week!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

I’ve also recently wrapped my second granny square exchange hosted by ShopKimberlie. I LOVE her exchanges because everyone involved is amazing and I always have so much fun seeing what everyone comes up with. As soon as my squares come back I will have 80 of them to assemble (aren’t you all jealous?!?) These are the granny wheel squares I sent out! (The free pattern can be found on the minspiration blog by following this link: http://minspiration.blogspot.com/2010/04/granny-wheel-square.html )

fall square

I’m also continuing the exploration of the Kreinik yarn that was a recent addition to my stash! More to come on that very soon!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

Also, on a more personal note, if you’ve been following the HodgePodge Facebook page you know that our family was recently adopted by two of the most adorable kitties!! We call them Midnight and Chaser and they probably call us, ‘Those people who feed us and keep us warm.’

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

Now it’s time for me to nominate!!!

I’d like to nominate:

Jacqualine Calderon of http://crochetcouture.net/

Michelle Warwick of http://fromhomecrochet.com/

and

Cassidy Frazee of https://wideawakebutdreaming.wordpress.com/

All of these blogs are run by amazing women and are FULL of incredible content that you don’t want to miss!!

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

Mickey Mouse Inspired Cup Cozy :: Free Pattern by Jacqualine Calderon of Crochet Couture

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

Holly and Berries :: Free Crochet Pattern from Michelle Warwick of From Home

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Worldwide Artist Blog Hop

Her Demonic Majesty by Cassidy Frazee

 

Head on over to bookmark and don’t forget to leave them a comment once they post their own blog hop!

If you enjoyed learning more about me I’d love to hear from you in a comment below! (Comments are moderated and will be approved if this is your first time.) Once again, thanks to all of you who make HodgePodge what it is today because crochet is so much better when you do it with friends ❤