Halloween Purse Pattern – Free until midnight of September 29th!

My Halloween Purse poll got such a nice response, I decided to write a pattern for it.  Be warned – you will need a sewing machine.  Follow this link:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/halloween-purse

and use the code “halloweenfreebie” to download the pattern for free until midnight on September 29th.  Don’t forget, if you like the pattern but would like to use it past Halloween, just change the colors.  It’s a versatile, sturdy tote that will get you compliments – this has been field tested!

Enjoy!

Front

Front

My First Knit Blanket

So easy to make.

So easy to make.

With the days getting shorter, the leaves turning color, and here in California the rainy season has started, it’s easier to stay productive with

One day this little strip will grow up to be a comfy throw!

One day this little strip will grow up to be a comfy throw!

the yarn.  While I was making the Halloween Purse, I got a special request for some minion hats for Halloween.  Didn’t have a pattern, and since it was for my niece’s daughters, I threw in the pink.  Real simple.  And now, I’ve taken up my very first knitted blanket project.  Knitted, not crocheted.  I’ve made plenty of crocheted blankets because it just goes faster, but this is thicker yarn and I’m hopeful it will be done before Thanksgiving.  We’ll see.

 

Halloween Purse Finished

I just love Halloween. The change of the weather, the beautiful foliage and the giving out of candy to cute trick-or-treaters all go to make this my favorite holiday.  Because I’m such a fan, I decided to design and make my own purse to reflect this.  I used a spiral square to get the most effect for the colors, and I found a Frida Kahlo/sugar skull material for the lining.  The crochet portion went quickly, but the sewing portion was a nightmare – of course.  I must learn how to use this machine if I’m going to continue making things that require stitching!  Anyway, I was disappointed in the interior, but overall, I’m glad I did it and I’m going to use it until Halloween!!  Below is a poll – please answer!

Some Halloween Freebies

Click here for the link!

Click here for the link!

It’s coming up on my favorite time of year – autumn, and thereby, Halloween.  I loved running around our neighborhood and getting FREE CANDY!  I remember the costumes, some years really good, other years, just some makeup to grime the face and squeezing into old cast-offs for the “loveable” hobo ensemble.  So you’re not stuck with a last minute throw-together look, I’m putting a link to my Pinterest board aptly titled “Halloween”.  Not all of the pins are patterns, but they comprise an overwhelming majority.  This is by no means a comprehensive collection, but I figure it’s a nice start.  Enjoy!

 

 

Last Halloween Freebie Pattern!

I really do love my Halloween crafting, but the cooler weather heralds that most busy time for all of us who have crochet hooks or knitting needles:  Christmas.  I haven’t really started on anything yet and my hopes for having enough inventory for that big crafts fair in December dwindles with each passing day.  Boo-hoo!  Anyway, I had some fun making up this pattern.  I totally love how the horns came out…not too keen on the eyes.  I used Red Heart’s reflective yarn for those, and yes, they do glow when lights shine on them!  Of course, you can use whatever moves you.  If you want it but are already in the middle of the Christmas frenzy, I have it on my Etsy shop.  The links are:

Pattern

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Crochet-A-Long Finished!

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It is cute!

I finished it – then decided to put it up for sale!  LOL  However, sometimes I need a little feedback on the items I’m offering. I put this Halloween Pumpkin Face Throw on sale this morning on my Etsy account. It takes awhile to make, so I felt the pricing was good, but it is only 49″ square.  Feedback, feedback!  Click on the picture if you want to see the Etsy listing with all the pictures.  Thank you guys.

A Week into the Crochet-A-Long…

…where I appear to be the only one engaged in it! LOL No matter. I’m making something I want and I just wanted company.  I have finished the blocks and am now working on the face features.  It is SMALL.  The title should have been more along the lines of “Pumpkin Face Towel” or “Pumpkin Face Baby Blanket”!  I hadn’t really planned on using it heavily, so this fits in with my interior decorating scheme called White Trash Bed and Breakfast look.  On the plus side,  I’m going faster than I had anticipated, so if you’re on the fence about joining in with me, here’s the pattern link.  I guarantee it won’t mess up your Christmas projects schedule as it has taken me so very little time to get where I am now, and I haven’t been going full-speed on it.  In fact, as you can see by my video, I’ve even had time to trash a square and still be this far.

Talk to you all later – mwah!