Monday, August 29, 2011

Unyunga Ravelry Group

If you're on Ravelry and you like groups, please check out my Unyunga group.

It's brand new, so there's not much there yet. That's where you come in. Join the group and the discussion. I'll be posting threads for each of my patterns, so feel free to discuss them and post pictures when your Unyunga projects are finished. If you have questions about anything, don't hesitate to ask since my goal is for your crochet experience to be a successful one.

I'm considering doing a Crochet A-Long (CAL) for my newest pattern, the Waza Purse. So if you're interested in doing that let me know in the comments here or on the Waza Purse thread in the Unyunga group.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Beads in Your Needlework

I love beads, but I don't like beading. So I'm always looking for ways of using beads that I find enjoyable.

One of my very favorite ways of using beads is for closures on my crocheted bags. I like to add a slit on one side of the top edge and a dangling bead or pendant on the other edge that can be fed through the slit.

You can see that I used a couple of pendant style beads on my Waza Purse. The key is finding a bead that matches the color, look, and feel of your bag and is also the right size to have a little weight to it.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Waza Purse

I'm offering a new pattern for sale on Ravelry called Waza Purse.

Using the natural colors of handspun Churro wool, this tapestry crochet purse evokes memories of my childhood visit to Waza National Park in Cameroon. The strap is adjustable to suit your preference and the metal pendants aren't just decorative. They also serve as a closure.

Tapestry graph included.
Yarn: Worked in 3 colors in any sport-weight yarn.
280yds (256m) of brown, 350yds (320m) of black, and 220yds (202m) of gray.
Supplies: Size F-5 (3.75mm) crochet hook, yarn needle,
locking or split ring stitch marker, and 1.5"/4cm pendant or bead.
Finished Dimensions: Approximately 11"/28cm wide and 12.75"/32.5cm long.
The strap shown is 59"/150cm after stretching.

It's also available on 

Craftsy, Kollabora, and Patternfish.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Yarn Studio in Mintern, Colorado

Whenever we go to Leadville, I sweet talk Honey into taking the long way back through Mintern just so I can stop at The Yarn Studio.

This shop is jam packed from floor to ceiling with yarny goodness. The owner is always very welcoming and helpful and there's almost always at least one person in there on the couch working on a project.