Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We Need Your VOTES!!!

It's been awhile since I've been blogging - and a LOT has happened since last time I've posted....

but what better way to kick off blogging again then diving head first into a competition?!  

Yup, that's right - I'm in a contest! A designing contest - against 4 other awesome crocheters! 

Sooo, you may be curious who are the competitors?  Well, they are all members of the Hodge Podge Crochet Group on facebook ~ who was created by none other Tanya Naser of Hodge Podge Crochet. 
So I'm in a HODGE PODGE SHOWDOWN!  Round 5 to be exact.  

The designers competing are:
~Myself (of coarse!)
~Shelly Jo of Tangled & Tied
~Michelle Wulf of Magic Mommy's Yarning
~Betty Margaret Johnson of Betty Johnson's Crochet Shop
~Daile Rois of Dragon Fey Designs

What an exciting round it has been so far!  
I approached this design just like any other design - scribbling ideas down, charting stitches out, working them up, frogging out what I didn't care for, and starting over and over again; as I'm sure my competitors did the same!  
I mean, just look at what I'm up against:

^^ So there's ALL 5 Entries!^^

Aren't they Fantastic?!  So now to get down to the nitty gritty....

The designers need Your VOTES!!!  Here's how you can vote:


It'll redirect you to a board on Pinterest that was created for this competition.

Then you'll need to sign into your Pinterest.  If you don't have one, then sign up for one - It's Free!

Next "Heart" (like) AND "Repin" (save) your Favorite Baby Blanket Design:

Just use your mouse to hoover/hold your finger on the picture on your cell phone over your favorite baby blanket design:

Pinterest App View
Pinterest Desktop View


Each Heart and Repin count as 1 Vote EACH!  So make sure you give your 
favorite design 2 Votes

You can repin your favorite to Any board you wish.  Just make sure you Save it once you select the board you want it in ;-) 

Voting ends: Sat, Sept 24, 2016 @ midnight PST

So GET YOUR 2 VOTES IN!  Then Share with all of your family, friends, yarn lovers, etc. to help your fav Baby Blanket design Win! 


All pattern designs will be available on Ravelry on Sun, Sept 25, 2016. 
But stay tuned for your chance to win my pattern once the competition is over!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015




I'm SOOO EXCITED that my Facebook page has over 2,000 fans now!!! So I reached out to some friends, who happen to be some amazing designers and/or crocheters, to help me turn my giveaway into a paaarrrrrtty! I'm beyond certain you'll absolutely positively LOVE the prizes that will be offered during this giveaway!

After some technical difficulties with Google, I was Finally able to set up a rafflecopter for my giveaway.  It may have taken me practically all day - well, in between taking care of my 7 mo, my 7 yo, crochet hook covering, and household chores, but Chrome decided we were friends again, and let me sign into my blog :-)

TO ENTER: All you have to do is scroll down til you see the rafflecopter box. Then just click on the option you wish to do for an entry. Keep in mind that some options count for multiple entries, and some can also be done daily as well ;-)
*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Looping with Love and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for prize notification and fulfillment purposes. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Looping with Love, not Facebook.*

Check out all the Amazing Prizes being (that were) offered!

Winners have been chosen for the 2K Fan Celebration! 
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!

The vendors will be contacting you via email, to the email that was used to enter the giveaway with rafflecopter. (So if you signed in with fb, then it'll be the same email you use to sign into fb with. Or if you signed into rafflecopter with a different email, then that email will be the one that the vendor is emailing your prize info to.) Keep an eye out on your inboxes wink emoticon

For privacy reasons, the winners on rafflecopter will be listed as their first name, and first letter of your last name, according to how you entered the giveaway with rafflecopter.

**Winners PLEASE reply to the vendor's email within 72 hrs to inquire about your winning(s)! If a vendor has not heard back from a winner(s) within 72 hrs (by Tues, Sept 29th, 2015, afternoon), then I will draw a new winner(s) for said vendor.**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for celebrating with me; and I look forward to our Next giveaway!

Happy Hooking!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Over 2,000 Looping with Love's FB fans!

It's been a long time coming, but my facebook page FINALLY made it over the 2,000 fan mark, and I couldn't be happier!!!  So what better way to celebrate then with a Big Giveaway!  I reached out to my fellow hookers to join me with my celebration, and I got an overwhelming responses of "I'm in!"  Right now I'm compiling all of the Awesome generous prizes from fellow crocheters into one amazing album (which will be posted on facebook, as well as on my blog).

Stay Tuned for great pattern packs, finished items, and shop credits!

Giveaway will run Sept 16-25, 2015

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Attaching Pieces to a Hat Seamlessly

I'm not sure about you, but I'm not a fan of being able to see my stitch work resulting from attaching separate crochet items together.  I have also found that after normal wear and tear of character hats, that over time a running stitch becomes loose, thus leaving certain pieces (eyes, mouths, etc) to pull away, and kind of hang off of the hat.  That to me is very unattractive, and decided to find a better way to attach separate smaller pieces to a larger piece more efficiently, and seamlessly.

I have used the mattress stitch for attaching blanket squares together for a seamless look, and thought I could use the same stitch concept to attach pieces/appliques to a larger item. After countless failed tutorial searches for attaching together crochet pieces using the mattress stitch, I did the only logical thing I could think of - I created my own way to use the concept of the mattress stitch to attach smaller crochet pieces to larger crochet pieces. The one catch was how do I make it Truly seamless, where my stitch work won't show through on the inside/backside of the item? The answer: work Through the larger piece's completed stitches when attaching the smaller piece to it.

Let's get down to How to attach facial features to a character and/or animal hat. The tutorials below show  how to use the mattress stitch to attach flat pieces on top of each other, but you can use the same stitch concept to attach 3D pieces as well. If your 3D piece is an ear, then work the stitch down the front And back side of the same stitches on the ear. That way your ears will stand straight out/up, without the need to double up your crochet ear pieces to make them "stiff." This is how I attach all of my ears on hats ;-)

Materials Needed:
  • A Completed Hat
  • Smaller facial features to attach
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Long Ball Point Pins
  • Scissors

Next you'll need to complete your facial features with an Invisible Join.  I have a quick photo tutorial below of how to complete this seamless join, or you can Watch my video HERE.

Once your piece has been closed up with an invisible join, then you'll have to pin your piece in place to where you'd like it to be on your hat. (I have used yellow long ball point pins to attach this sock monkey's mouth onto the hat.)

Now the mattress stitch is done in about 5 steps for each stitch you'll be securing to your hat. (For this demo, it'll be every single white half double crochet stitch of the sock moneky's mouth.) 5 steps per stitch may sound like a lot, but once you get the hang of it, it goes rather quickly. 

First, you'll be starting in the stitch to the Right of where your working end is currently coming out from (photo 1). Slightly lift up the piece you're attaching, and slide your needle under 1 piece of yarn from a completed stitch of your hat. This technique is now working through the completed stitch from the hat, and Not working straight down through the hat's stitches, into the inside of the hat, and back out again (photo 1). Now you'll Skip over the next stitch (the one where your working yarn is coming from), and slide your needle under the top loops of the next stitch to the left from the outside of the piece in (photo 2). You just completed your initial attaching stitch :-) Now the rest of the attaching stitches will be worked as follows:
Insert your needle in the stitch to the right of your working yarn from the inside of your piece out, and while slightly lifting up the edge of the piece to be attached, slide your needle through the middle of a completed stitch of the hat (photo 3). Now skip over the next stitch (where your working yarn is coming out of), and insert your needle under the top loops from the outside of the piece in in the next stitch to the left (photo 4). Tug on the working yarn (the yarn piece in the middle) to make sure the facial feature is as close to the hat as possible (photo 5).  Then pull the end of the yarn (the yarn piece all the way on the left) until the gap between the facial feature and hat is gone (photo 6). 

Continue repeating the process of photos 3-6 for every stitch around your facial feature, while minding your pin points.

Once you have completed the mattress stitch for every outside stitch of your facial feature, remove the pins you used to secure the piece in place. Now you'll need to fasten off your tail. Again, this method of securing the tail is worked not only through stitches, but underneath the facial feature stitches and above the hat stitches.

First, slide your needle through the middle of the outermost stitches of your facial feature (photos A & B). Now, you'll be doubling back over stitches to secure your work; your needle needs to go back underneath a few stitches you just went through the middle of, being careful to not snag or go through the hat stitches (photo C). Go back through the middle of the stitches that you just went underneath of (photo D). Then work your needle to go back underneath a few stitches you just went through the middle of, being careful to not snag or go through the hat stitches (photo E). Then finally slide your needle through the middle of the very first stitches you went through (photo F).  Then hold the tail taught, and snip off any extra yarn.

Your attached facial feature should now be completely flush with your completed hat.

When you look on the inside of the hat, you shouldn't see any of your attaching stitch marks.

I hope this tutorial has helped you, and made attaching smaller crochet pieces to a larger crochet piece a tad easier. Please share with me any completed items you've made using this technique!

Happy Hooking :-)

Here's the finished sock monkey hat :-)
(the ears were attached with the mattress stitch in the front and then the back of 5 stitches of the ears to the hat.)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday 2014!

I first must apologize that I neglected to make blog posts about my Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. But my neglect means BIG SAVINGS for you!!!  So for Cyber Monday, I decided to do a combination of sales, and having a big blow out on patterns And orders (crochet and/or clay)!!

So without further adue, 

Make sure if you're taking part of the BOGO sale for patterns in my Ravelry, that you enter the code: CYBERMONDAY14, Before checking out; otherwise customer will be charged the full price of the pattern. Buyer's failure to use the code prior to checkout will not result in a refund at seller's expense.Sale ends 11:59pm CST on Dec 1, 2014. 

I'd love to see what pattern you choose to make! So make sure you Add your Project on Ravelry, so I can see your beautiful work and add your project to the pattern page!

Happy Hooking :-)

Friday, October 10, 2014

National I LOVE Yarn Day!

Today is National I Love Yarn day!

To celebrate, I decided to make ALL my patterns in Ravelry 
50% OFF, ALL weekend long!

Just go to my Ravelry Shop, add the pattern(s) of your choice to your cart. Click on "use a coupon code," then 

Use code:

to get 50% OFF!

Sale ends 11:59pm CST on Oct 13, 2014. Customer is responsible for entering coupon code LOVEYARN before checking out, otherwise customer will be charged the full price of the pattern. Buyer's failure to use the code prior to checkout will not result in a refund at seller's expense.

I'd love to see what pattern you choose to make! So make sure you Add your Project on Ravelry, so I can see your beautiful work and add your project to the pattern page!

Happy Hooking!

Friday, October 3, 2014

*New* Skull and Crossbones Applique

It's Finally October, which means it's Fall and Halloween is around the corner!

So I decided to do some digging through my notebooks of scribbled down patterns as I went for custom orders.  I get many requests or this and that, and after posting said custom order to only have a new customer want the exact same thing - I learned to write the pattern down as I was creating. Little did I know at the time that I was a designer in the rough, and that I've literally been designing for over 4 years now, but just recently started to have my patterns tested and released into the crochet world. So with the holidays soon approaching, I browsed through my pass orders and patterns in notebooks.  Considering Halloween is my Favorite holiday, I was SHOCKED that I Only had a Jack Skellington hat available in my pattern shops! So that needed to change like yesterday!

So I decided to release not 1 BUT 2 Monster Hats!  I'm currently working on a "build a monster" e-book pattern - where the customer can pick and choose which features to add to their hat! I hope it turns out as awesome as I imagine it in my head!  If you'd like to see my monster hats already available, then check out this blog post about my Big Eyed Monster Hat, or check out my Scary Cute Monster Hat pattern ;-)

But THEN I remembered that I have a skull, and a skull and crossbones applique that can be add to ANYTHING!  So right then and there I knew THAT was my next pattern to release.  
It is my pleasure to introduce: Skull and Crossbones Applique
Now this pattern is a 2 for 1!  You can work the applique with OR without the crossbones :-)

Here's a few items I have made for previous orders using this applique:

A Child Size "Pirate Hat" 

complete with a multicolored mohawk, earflaps, and tassels

Baby Skull Scalloped Hat

1st skull applique I ever created,
done custom per request of customer

Newborn Biker Photo Prop

This was a fun one to create!
Believe it or not, but the Mom tat and the name are really dried hot glue that I painted on top of, then hot glued to the vest!

I sent out the pattern to testers. I LOVE how the neon green one turned out!  Didn't they do a great job?

As a Thank you to my fans, I'm having a Sale ALL WEEK LONG for my new pattern!  
Use code: SKULL 
here to get $1 OFF during Oct 3-10, 2014! 

Sale ends 11:59pm CST on Oct 10, 2014. Limit of ONE coupon use per customer.  Customer is responsible for entering coupon code SKULL before checking out, otherwise customer will be charged the full price of the pattern. Buyer's failure to use the code prior to checkout will not result in a refund at seller's expense.

I'd love to see what you add your skull applique to! So make sure you Add your Project to Ravelry, so I can see your beautiful work!

Happy Hooking!

Looping with Love