Sunday, August 20, 2017

New Designs, A Crochet-A-Long, and a Sale!

Good Sunday Morning! 

Today I would like to introduce two new patterns; Winter Lodge (on the left) and Lumberjack (on the right). I'm going to tell you a story about how these two blankets came into being.

These two designs have gone through almost a year of metamorphosis into their final states. They both started out as a totally different blanket design. That design was then changed into Winter Lodge because I was submitting it for possible publication. That fell through and I didn't feel like pursuing outside publication anymore, so the Winter Lodge was set aside for a bit. 

However, there were more design ideas I wanted to pursue with the pattern. I picked it back up, changed the yarn I used, went with a new color palette, altered stitches in strategic places, and the Lumberjack was born. I guess you could call Winter Lodge and Lumberjack fraternal twins. They share traits, they share "DNA", but they are not identical. The Bizzy Crochet team (myself and Theresa, lol) decided to keep them together for whatever project came up next because they shared so much, yet were so different.  

Winter Lodge is a more delicate feminine look, and Lumberjack is a sturdier more masculine look. They are both 50" x 50" finished size and make a nice snugly blanket. I love them both.

Ok, so why am I giving you so much information about the story behind these two new blankets? Because we are having a Crochet-A-Long with them!! If you've never been a part of a crochet-a-long you are not alone. My first ever foray into the world of CAL's was this last January when I joined the Hygge (what's a Hygge?) moderating team with Scheepjes on Facebook (you can check out that group here). Before then I had seen CAL's, but I didn't understand them so I had no interest in them. What I learned, though, was that a CAL is a great little community where everyone works at their own pace on the same pattern, and everyone receives encouragement through sharing their pictures and the process together. Questions can be answered in a timely fashion. It creates a great group of new to experienced crafters. 

The CAL dates are September 16th to November 4th. We finish in time for gift giving! :) The patterns themselves will not be released until Sept 16th.  Then, they will come out in weekly installments. The last week both patterns will be bundled together in a final product for you. I have packaged the Winter Lodge and Lumberjack together so they are one price for two blankets. They will be on a weekly discount right up until the day before we start. The sale schedule will go as such: 

August 18-24= 60% OFF
August 25-31= 40% OFF
Sept 1-7= 25% OFF
Sept 8-14= 10% OFF
Sept 15th Full Price.

If you are planning to purchase these patterns- you get to decide how much you save on them. My suggestion? Jump on that bad boy now and get them at 60% off!! At that discount it's only $4.80 for two full afghan patterns! Two brand new patterns you can't find anywhere else.  

If you've read my blog before, you know that I have fallen in love with Whirl by Scheepjes. It's a generous 1,000m cake of fingering weight cotton that graduates in colors. I can't even say how many colors are in each skein. It seems like at least 6 or 7. Their gradations are so subtle and natural and smooth they create absolutely gorgeous end products. I created the Sapling Baby Sampler Blanket (free!) from the Lumberjack base using one skein of Whirl in the Melting Macaron colorway. 

Theresa really wanted to see what she could do using Whirl with the Winter Lodge and Lumberjack patterns. She used two cakes of the Salted Caramel Matcha. She said it reminds her of her home state of Alaska. I've never been to Alaska, but I've watched a lot of Alaska: The Last Frontier and Alaskan Bush People (lol) so I feel like I'm a bit of an expert 😂😂 and I can totally see the resemblance. 

But, seriously, Theresa has created a bonus pattern with elements of both the Lodge and Lumberjack to use up both cakes of Whirl. The bonus information will help you increase your afghan past 50" x 50" organically if you are wanting a larger finish. I haven't seen the finished product yet, the picture below is only a sneak peak, but I can only imagine how beautiful her blanket is!! 

My hope is that you join us on this fun fall journey of creation!

1 comment:

Barb Bartlett said...

I pd for the patterns, but when do I get the patterns for the blankets, I am leaving for florida the end of Sept. and will not have access to computer til I get back in Dec.