Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fundraising with Crochet

The Mount Dora Froggers chapter of the Crochet Guild of America has finished its second fundraiser with crochet this past weekend.  We participated in "Celebrate the Season" the annual fundraiser for our local food pantry, Lake Cares.

Because we are a new chapter we quickly crocheted items for sale including washcloths, necklaces (from my book Formal Jewelry), Ruffle scarves Sassy Fabric, faux fur scarves Boutique Fur (both made with Red Heart Boutique Yarns ), thread ornaments, coasters, camis, baby hats and more. 

We tracked our sales this year for inventory purposes since all our profits went to Lake Cares Food Pantry.
We raised $290 just with our crocheted items. We are thrilled with that and can't wait until next year. 

There were many donated new products from local businesses that were sold to raise money, and donated baked goods that sold out by the end on Saturday.

Wednesday night was a beautiful Gala that included a silent auction and live auction.  Of course there was food and adult beverages too.

As a new member of the Mount Dora community it was a great way for me to meet others that support our wonderful area. 

I couldn't resist posting this "sock monkey" wreath. We did not make this but was too cute.  

I mentioned that this was our second fundraising event. Our first was    Bra-Vo, a fundraiser for Breast Cancer, see pics here and here. Our "Lady Ta-Ta" sold in silent auction for $50 and much more was raised through voting for your favorite at $1 per vote. 

Our Mount Dora Froggers are a fun community minded group. Thanks to all who helped with this project.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Crochet Refresher by Sharon H. Silverman

Sharon Silverman is one of my favorite crochet authors, especially instructional crochet, here is why.  Disclosure: I received a copy to review and one to giveaway.

Crochet Refresher really impressed me in many ways.  First I always try to make something from the books I review. I chose Washcloth and Baby Hat in this book.  I forced myself to read the directions as if I hadn't crocheted in a long time because the instructions are that detailed.
If you have been away for awhile from crochet some things may have changed like abbreviations and new and improved techniques.

Each project teaches a technique, as well as,
clearly taking you through the stitches with written, picture and thanks to Leisure Arts video help too.

The Washcloth pattern
takes you through the woven stitch, edging and your choice to change colors, all well explained. I chose a self striping cotton from 
Lily-Sugar and Cream

Next I made both sizes of the Baby Hat. How adorable these are, I used Red Heart Yarns Baby Soft from my stash. 

Sharon takes you through carrying color up side while changing the color, making pom poms, illustrates the whipstitch for seaming.  I chose to make both sizes, the infant and toddler. One was with two colors and the other a solid (what I had in stash).  I did use my Clover Pom Pom maker which I love, but the instructions take you through making a pom pom without one.

There are clear instructions for the beginning stitches and basic stitches, all described for left and right handed crocheters.

I do believe this book is the perfect gift for the new crocheter and the one who needs refreshing.  Perhaps a new grandmother who has not crocheted since her children were born or the soon to be mom who hasn't picked up a hook since grandma taught her how to crochet at 9 years old.

I also think this book would be a great tool for instructors to use or include a copy for the students to continue to learn with confidence after their lessons with instructor are over. 

I am giving one lucky person in the US a copy of Crochet Refresher, see Rafflecopter instructions below.

All nine patterns in Crochet Refresher are for babies. Above are three of six blanket patterns that will continue to refresh and expand your crochet techniques.  Some of the techniques are surface crochet, ripple, join-as-you-go, working a blanket in the round.

Go to Leisure ArtsAmazon to purchase your copy of Crochet Refresher.

Stop by and visit Sharon's Web site Sharon Silverman Crochet to see her patterns and other books available. 

Thanks for stopping by I Hook Design

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Voting is open for Lady Ta Ta

The voting is open on The Crochet Guild of America Chapter that I belong to "The Mount Dora Froggers" entered an artistic crochet piece to raise money for those in need of breast cancer health care in Lake County FL.

Out entry is A8  "Lady Ta Ta".VOTE HERE

Each vote is $1, the entries will be for sale and/or auctioned off at the end of October. These pieces are on display the month of October at Mount Dora Arts Center, next to Artisans on Fifth.  100% of proceeds go to the cause.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Yarn Happy - Book Review and Giveaway

You never know where inspiration will come from. Author and designer Turid Lindeland found that out when an old sock pattern, dated 1887, was discovered in the wall of the Rosendal Turisthotell in Norway, that she and her husband purchased, became the inspiration of Yarn Happy. Yarn Happy is published by Sellers Publishing and available here at Amazon or your local yarn store.

The designs are classic Scandinavian, the colors were inspired by the amazing glaciers shades of ice and the vibrant summer landscapes of the area
There are 30 traditional Norwegian designs of knit and crochet.  I have to say there are only three crochet patterns, but they are lovely and well written.

 If you are bi-stitchual or a knitter this book has wonderful designs for body and home.  Included are comfy socks for those chilly days and nights.

Cozy sweaters for cool nights.  The patterns include detailed charts.

 I personally love the designs for the home that are throughout the hotel, such as pillows, chair covers, seat cushions, storage bags and more.


The photography is stunning and you can see Turid's inspiration everywhere in the photos.

Something else that I appreciated in this book is the Resource Guide in the back.  The yarn used in the book is listed by distributor and includes their color charts.  But the resource guide is practical in that it gives you options to substitute with online and in store choices.

This would be a great addition to your personal library and I encourage Yarn Stores to add it to their inventory.

Disclosure:  I did receive a copy of Yarn Happy for review.  I will be giving one copy to a winner from the US as well.  See below for details.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Bra-Vo

As many of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A few of the women in my Crochet Guild of America chapter have fought this battle and won. Here in Mount Dora FL there is a fundraiser every October sponsored by Bra-vo. Sponsors purchase a bust form to decorate or add a bra to and decorate the bra.  All proceeds help men and women in need get mammograms. 

The money is raised by voting for your favorite design.   The designs will be on display at Artisans on Fifth Mount Dora for the month of October.  Voting can be in person or online HERE, every dollar counts as one vote.

This is what we designed, of course all crochet.

Step 1: The Ta Ta's.  I found a great organization called Knitted Knockers that gets knitted or crocheted prosthetic breasts to the people who need them. Check out their site if you have a need, know someone who does or would like to make them for the organization.  They supply the patterns for knit and crochet. Check them out at

Step 2:  we decided to dress her a little.  We used a simple mesh camisole and left it a little short.

Step 3: added crocheted beaded chains and looped them through the loops of previous row.

Step 4: added crocheted beaded chain straps and neckline.

Step 5: attached the ta ta's to the painted mannequin bust.

We named her Lady Ta Ta.
There is a reception at the gallery on October 9th, I encourage anyone in the area to come and check out all the designs.  
Thanks to all that come see her and vote in person or online.
I will post pics of all designs once show opens.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Old Meets New

I'm spending part of my Sunday afternoon winding about 12 hanks of yarn. The modern technology is my yarn swift, purchased on ebay years ago, and my ball winder purchased at a these two items have made it so easy to wind, rewind and clean up odds and ends of yarn. The old way was husband or chair back to hold yarn while I wound into a round ball.

The ball winder gives me beautiful cakes of yarn with a center pull and no rolling all over the floor.  When a whole cake is not used I easily attach the end to ball winder and rewind left over yarn into a new cake.

It strikes me as interesting that my craft uses the simplicity of a hook, swift, ball winder and a computer that produces the patterns that are in my mind. Remarkable.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Visit Naples

My BFF in Naples is very into Halloween. We stopped in Spirit Halloween, wow some crazy stuff. Here for the weekend. Went to 5 garage sales and 4 thrift today...loving it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sorry to be gone so long...

I  know I haven't written since March.  We traveled in April as well as bought a home.  We've been very busy getting the new place in shape.  The previous owner lived here for forty years, so we had original aluminum windows to replace, 40 year old shag rugs to replace and a lot of painting.
We love it and continue to make it our own one phase at a time.  Next phase is kitchen.

our view from enclosed porch

New leather sofas

regular balloon lift offs over lake in front of our windows

shabby chic on navy accent wall.

My husband discovered Hobby Lobby and oh boy

In coming days and weeks I will post about Crochet Guild of America conference in San Diego.  A new book coming in January and I am working on book 4 now.  I am also starting a CGOA chapter here in town, our first charity event will be decorating a bra for Bra-Vo, a breast cancer fundraiser,  of course we are crocheting the design.  Also on the calendar are two book reviews and giveaways in October. 
Sorry it's been so long, good to be back.