Changes coming to Sweet Kiwi Crochet!

Hi Everyone!

I know it’s been a bit quite around here lately, and I thought I should explain why, and what you can expect in the coming months!

Early last month my husband was offered a job in Arizona! I’ve been spending a lot of time decided what to do with the business, and I think I’ve come up with a good plan!

Nothing should change when it comes to the pattern end of the business, except pattern production will probably be a little slow over the next 2 months or so! You will still be able to buy patterns from Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy. Since my husband will be working full time, pattern production will hopfully get a lot quicker starting in August!

The hat end of the business will be changing just a little bit! Here’s some info on the shows in Utah I will be at through the end of the year:

  • I will still be at the Gardners Market in Logan off and on through the end of June. I will be back for the last time on Labor Day, September 1st.
  • I will be in Park City twice this year at the Park Silly Sunday Market. The dates for those shows are Sunday, August 12th and Sunday, September 2nd.
  • And finally, I will be in Salt Lake at Craft Lake City on Saturday, August 11.

I will still be selling hats at the Quilted Bear in Ogden as well! They will be there all year.

And you can always buy hats through my Etsy shop – www.sweetkiwicrochetshop.etsy.com There isn’t a lot listed there right now, but by October the shop should be fully stocked, and you’ll be able to order any hat through the site! The prices will be the same as they are at the local shows.

So there you have it! Life is a bit crazy right now, and probably will be for the next couple of months, but we’re grateful that we both have work, and I’m so glad that the business will keep running as well! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Kandice

CAL Update

For those participating in the CAL, but that aren’t part of the Ravelry Group, I wanted to share some of the great pictures people have added of their progress so far! If you’d like to joing us, head to Ravelry. You do need to be a member of Ravelry to join the group, but it’s free, and you’ll have access to all kinds of patterns!

From GenerationSue:

From NativeMomof2

From Snowsmoon:

There are also a few people doing their own templates, and they’re awesome! I’d like to get their permission beofre sharing them, but if you want to see them now, join us on Ravelry!

Basic Granny Square Pattern used for CAL & Joining Instructions

Below is the pattern to follow for each 2″ granny square used in the CAL starting tomorrow! Keep in mind that these sqaures will require a small hook. I use an E for mine, and they come in just over 2″. I wanted them a bit bigger, as the blanket is for my husband. Just try out some different hook sizes until you find the one that works for you!

Ch 3 at begining of each round counts as first DC.

Round 1: Ch 4. DC 2 times in 4th st from hook. *Ch 3, DC 3 times in same st*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Ch 3. Join with sl st at top of Ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3. DC in next 2 st. *[DC, Ch 3, DC] in Ch 3 space. DC in next 3 st*. Repeat from * to * 2 more times. DC, Ch 3, DC in last Ch 3 space. Join with sl st at top of Ch 3 and fasten off. Use tapestry needle to work in end.

Joining your Granny Squares

There are a couple different ways to join Granny Squares, but slip-stitchign them together is my favorite! I would have taken pictures and posted them here, but Attic24 did a much better job then I ever could have! Check out here blog here for great instructions and photo tutorials!

CAL – Getting Ready for Week 1

Less than 1 week until the official start of the Sweet Kiwi Crochet-Along, and there’s a couple of things to do to get ready!

#1: Head over to the ‘Templates’ post in the Crochet-Along section of the website and decide which blanket you’re going to make. Click on the picture and you can print it off, or email me and I’ll send you a PDF copy. Keep in mind, if you don’t want to use a template you don’t have to! Be creative and make it your own. Just be sure to use the same granny square pattern and to share your pictures!

#2: Once you have your pattern selected, check under the picture to see what colors of yarn you will need. Some have 2 different colors, others have 10. Now hit the store and stock up! Because I haven’t made any of these blankets yet, I’m not able to recommend how much yarn to buy at this point. I’m hoping that some of you will be kind enough to keep track of how much yarn you use in each color and let me know so I can provide that information to people in the future!

#3: Join the Ravelry Sweet Kiwi Crochet-Along Group and ‘Like’ Sweet Kiwi Crochet on Facebook so that you can ask questions of other people working on the project and so you can see everyones progress! Each week I’ll post about the progress people are making, feel free to ask questions in the comments there too and I will try to get to them!

#4: Get excited, and check back on Monday for the first assignment!!!

Crochet Along and Free Granny Square Pattern templates

Next week is the kick-off for the first Sweet Kiwi Crochet CAL! I’ve added a new section to site with some information about crochet-alongs in general, as well as some FAQ. You can check it out here.

For me, though, the most exciting part of this CAL process has been putting together Granny square templates:

There are currently 16 templates available for FREE under the Crochet-Along Tab here. There are also instructions for using the templates and joining the crochet-along. Check out the entire section for some great FREE templates and well as tips and tricks for using them! I’ll be posting updates here and on Facebook about the crochet-along, so join us next week and we’ll make some great blankets together! 

Spring Pattern Giveaway

In January I held a giveaway on my Facebook page offering 2 people the chance to win a FREE copy of EVERY  new pattern I released for three months. The final month is coming to an end and I thought it would be fun to do again for April, May and June! 

I can’t guarantee the number of patterns that will be released, but in the last three months there were at least 14! I hope to at least match that this quarter! We’ll see how it goes!

There are a couple different ways to enter, one of which is to leave a comment on this post! Click on the picture below to go to the post on Facebook where the other ways to enter are explained!So go get signed up, may the odds be ever in your favor!

(I may or may not have gone to see the Hunger Games this weekend!)

What would you like to see at SweetKiwiCrochet.com

So I have some exciting news, both personally and for the website! As you may have noticed, the site has been a bit neglected the last 2 months or so. I have a lot of things I would like to do with this site, but I just haven’t had the time to do them! Hopefully in the next month that will all change.
Last week I put in notice at my part-time job in order to crochet full-time! During the spring and summer I’m hoping to add a lot of new content to the website and I’m hoping that having a couple of extra  hours each day will allow me to really get the ball rolling!

So here’s where you come in! I’d like some input on what YOU would like to see on the site! Are you interested in tutorials? Links to other blogs and projects? I’ve thought about starting a crochet-along if anyone is interested, and thought it might be a fun project to start so whatever we make could be done by the fall, but I want to make sure people are interested!

So what do you think? Do you have some idea’s for Sweet Kiwi Crochet? Please share as much as you’d like! If you’d like your ideas to be private you can email me at SweetKiwiCrochet (at) Gmail.com