Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sneak Peek

For the last couple of days, I have been steadily and eagerly working to finish a fun new pattern!  The pattern went out to testers and will be available for purchase on Monday.  In the meantime, I wanted to give you, our amazing fans, a sneak peek.

Introducing, the Ninja Turtle Easter Basket... 

With the release of the new Ninja Turtles movie right around the corner, this is perfect for those turtle fans in your life.  The bandana is 3-D to give an authentic look.  Once Easter is over, the basket makes a fun way to store the small toys that seem to accumulate in kids' rooms.

If you don't crochet, you can purchase completed baskets in our Storenvy Shop - this one with the red bandana is the only one ready to go, but we will be accepting custom orders for bandanas in other colors (at no additional charge). 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Perfect Simplicity is finally here!!

A little over a month ago we introduced our Facebook fans to the Perfect Simplicity Set.  This set includes a Hat, Boot Cuffs, and Legwarmers.  You can purchase only the Hat pattern, only the Boot Cuffs and Legwarmers pattern, or both together as a set (and at a discounted price). 

The pattern was first released on March 1st in Entwine the Crochet Magazine.  It was our first published pattern and we were very excited.  And today, with the newest issue of Entwine now available, we are able to release the pattern in our own stores!!!!

Our Perfect Simplicity patterns will be available at an introductory price of $1.99 for each individual pattern or $2.99 for the Set through Sunday.  You can pick them up in either our Ravelry or Craftsy shop!!  There's no coupon code needed.  And as always, if you make something using our patterns, we'd love to see your photos!!



Wondering what you can do with this pattern?  Here are some of the designs we (and our testers, of course) came up with:


Monday, March 31, 2014

Sale & Giveaway

Spring is in full swing here in the South!!  To celebrate, our Carrot Top Hat & Cocoon pattern is on sale for only $1.99 through Saturday.


To help spread the word, we're asking our fans to share this Facebook post throughout the week.  Every public share that you do will get you an entry into a drawing that will be held on Sunday.  At least 1 winner will receive a free copy of the pattern.

Do you want to earn extra entries into the drawing? 
- Anyone who purchases a copy of the pattern this week will receive 2 additional entries into the drawing - if they are the randomly selected winner, we will refund you the cost of the pattern!! 
- Comment on this blog post and you will receive 1 additional entry.
- Share our tweet about this Sale & Giveaway on your Twitter page for 1 additional entry. 

Pick up the pattern in our Ravelry or Craftsy stores today!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

And the winners are...

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2500 Facebook Fans Giveaway Extravaganza!!!  And an even bigger thanks to the vendors who donated their time to help us promote the Giveaway, as well as donating prizes from their shops.  Without further ado, here are the winners and the prizes they have won:
 
 
 

ALLIECAT'S HATS AND CRAFTS
          Jacinta Wells - 3 patterns of choice from the Ravelry shop
ATTICS TREASURES (CROCHET FOR SURE)
          April Dudgeon Conner - $50 gift certificate toward purchase of $175 or more
BIT OF WHIMSY CROCHET
          JoAnn Trowbridge - $30 store credit from store
BRIAR ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY & BOUTIQUE
          Heather Jock - 1 free pattern from the Ravelry shop
CROCHET GERT
          Carina Plungis - a free copy of the Brooklyn Cap pattern
          Tina Dee England - a free copy of the Brooklyn Cap pattern
ENTWINE THE CROCHET MAGAZINE
          Leah Morgan - a free copy of the March 2014 issue and Entwine t-shirt
FOUR LITTLE MONKEYS
          Tiffany M Charles - Strawberry Shortcake Hair Bow and Shabby Flower Headband
HATCH-ED WITH LOVE
          Vinita McCall - 3 patterns of choice from the Ravelry shop
HOOKING HOUSEWIVES
          Sally Korneychuk - a free copy of every pattern released in 2014 via Ravelry shop
          Leslie Mansfield - 1 set of yarn ball stitch markers
          Shamci - a free copy of the Cupcake Lovey pattern via Ravelry shop
HOOKUP CROCHET
          Francie Christensen - any item from Etsy store
HOOTIES AND TOOTIES
          Stephanie Cummings - 2 patterns of choice
          Crystal Lamott - 2 patterns of choice from Etsy store
          Nicole Eckert - 2 patterns of choice from Etsy store
KELLI'S KREATIONS
          Claire Bell Krueger - 1 free item of choice from Etsy store
KRAFTY KREATIONS
          Carol Rupprecht - 1 pattern of choice from Ravelry shop
          Heather Staats - 1 pattern of choice from Ravelry shop
          Monique Holden-Reinke - 1 pattern of choice from Ravelry shop
NOT SO KNOTTY
          Amanda Thomas - free copy of Wyld Girl pattern from Etsy store
OOMBAWKA DESIGN
          Amber Keppler - free copy of Not Another Owl Hat in children's and adult's sizes
QT PATOOTIE DESIGNS
          Laura PoolGirl - free copy of 6 patterns shown here
          Stephanie Bean Nogle - free copy of 6 patterns shown here
SICK 'LIL MONKEYS
          Nicole Bridge - 1 free Pearl Bubble Hook
SISSYANNE'S STAMPS & STITCHES
          Kim Fary - free crochet-theme keychain
SNAPPY TOTS
          Tia Moreland - 2 free patterns of choice from Ravelry shop
SWEET POTATO 3 PATTERNS
          Ninette Blake Burke - free copy of Diagonal Collection pattern pack
SWEET POTATO CROCHET CREATIONS
          Susan O'Brien - Darla Slouch Hat in your choice of color
THE BOW HOUSE
          Brenda Earhart Burkett - Daddy's Girl Bow
THE ENGLISH ROSE
          Leah Field - 6 custom pens
THE HOOKERAHOLIC CROCHET
          Oressa Heilig - 5 patterns of choice from the Ravelry shop
THE KNOTTY GEEK
          Jessica Figueroa - free small adult or child's size Lion Hat
TUTU CHIC BOUTIQUE
          Linda Ziino - $20 store credit toward any ready-to-ship item
TWINKIE CHAN
          Isla Salisbury - a free pdf copy of each 11 available patterns
WEEPING WILLOW DESIGNS
          Katie Lynch - free copy of the Loopty Lucy Easter Basket pattern
YARN MEDLEYS FROM THE HEART
          Traci Hiatt Markland - 1 free pattern from Ravelry shop or this scarf

Congratulations to all of our winners - you have until the end of the day on Tuesday to contact the vendor and claim your prize!  All unclaimed prizes will be re-drawn for new winners on Wednesday morning.  All of the links you'll need to claim your prize are included in the description.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's no longer a surprise!!

A few weeks ago we posted a sneak peek of a new pattern on our Facebook page and asked our fans to make their guesses.  Here is what we showed back then:

As you can see, it left a lot of options to guess from (which was part of the plan).

With today being the first day of Spring, we decided it was the perfect day to release this pattern. 

DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....................

Introducing.........................................




THE CUPCAKE LOVEY!!!!
This pattern was inspired by the yarn itself - Bernat Dippity Dots.  My testers and I discovered that this yarn can only be purchased at Joann's or through the Yarnspirations website.  It's a baby weight yarn that comes in fun pastel colors with mini pompoms attached to it. 

 
To celebrate, the Cupcake Lovey pattern (normally $3.99) will be available for only $2.99 from today through Sunday, March 23rd.  You can also get any of our other patterns on sale for 40% off - no coupon code is needed.  Visit our Ravelry shop to take advantage of the sale!!!  (The sale is not effective in our Craftsy store except on the Cupcake Lovey.)

Pattern Review: Loopty Lucy Easter Basket

One of the patterns that has been donated for our Giveaway Extravaganza is the Loopty Lucy Easter Basket by Weeping Willow Designs.  This was the first pattern I'd seen by the designer, Melissa Gorski.  My daughter was never a huge fan of the LaLaLoopsy Dolls, but she has friends who were, so I'm quite familiar with the brand.  The Housewives have also made several Loopsy Hats for customers. 

I have to say that I was very happy with the pattern.  I noticed a few quirks here and there, but nothing major that kept the pattern from working up successfully.  The instructions were clear and easy to understand, plus Melissa included pictures to help you along the way.  The one negative thing for me was that there was no gauge give on the pattern.  I've learned the importance of gauging over the last couple of years since I know that I tend to crochet tighter than many other designers.  I was fortunate this time - I worked it with the hooks listed and my sizes matched up to Melissa's perfectly.  YAY!!!


For my basket, I chose to make one with turquoise hair rather than pink.  I think the blue-haired girls get less love than the pink-haired. 

I think the pigtails are my favorite part of the entire Basket - they are so cute!  :)  You can pick up your own copy of the Loopty Lucy Easter Basket pattern in the Weeping Willow Designs pattern shop on Ravelry.  It's actually on sale for only $3.99 right now.  You can also visit their Facebook page - show them love and let them know the Hooking Housewives sent you!! 

This completed basket is now for sale in our Storenvy shop for $18.00 (plus s&h).  If you prefer a different color, send us an email and we'll create the item for you to purchase it as a custom order!!