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Big Craftsy Mother’s Day Sale!

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Starting May 11th through May 12th, a select number of Craftsy classes are up to 50% off. Click on the link above to get the deal.

Craftsy offers:

  • A wide selection of online crafting classes from the best instructors from around the world.
  • Watch your classes from anywhere, from any device with an internet connection.
  • Take them anytime you want, as many times as you want. Your access never expires.

Find your perfect class:

You can also try one of Craftsy’s free mini classes!

I bought the Curvy Crochet: Plus Size Techniques class by Marlybird. I haven’t finished it yet but so far, Marly is fun to watch.

P.S. – Craftsy classes make the perfect last minute Mother’s Day gift!

Click on the banner below to get your 50% off select classes

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2012 in Review: Cool WordPress Stats Report

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 23,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Introducing The Not-A-Poncho Top Pattern

Not-A-Poncho - Back

Not-A-Poncho – Back

 

The Not-A-Poncho - Side View

The Not-A-Poncho – Side View

 

Here is my newest pattern, available on Craftsy, Etsy, and Ravelry. It looks like a poncho but it’s not! I find ponchos annoying – they are always getting in the way when I wear them and they make me look like a lollipop with fringe on two sticks. The Not-A-Poncho has sleeves and a waist with ties that you can tighten for a more fitted look or loosen for a more poncho look. And it is a great pattern for beginner crocheters, super easy and fast. It can easily be customized to make it shorter or longer, slightly less easier to make it narrower or wider. But since it is already very loose and oversized, it will work for a wide variety of shapes and sizes without making any changes.

Not-A-Poncho FAQS

Skills Needed:  You should already know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet and know which loop is the front and which is the back.

Materials:  Worsted Weight Yarn, approx. 600-900 yards. Hooks H and J or size needed to get close to gauge.

Purchase The Not-A-Poncho Top Pattern At These Fine Online Establishments

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Etsy

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The Somerset Shrug – A New Pattern

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Here is another Yarn Yogi Shrug Creation – The Somerset Shrug. A very easy pattern for beginner crocheters and experts alike. The model shown is the smallest size and I show you how to make it as big as you like. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat for the shrug in the pictures.

This shrug would be perfect for fall and looks good over long or short sleeves. Great for chilly offices and folds up nicely into a backpack or carry-on for traveling. Looks good on all body types and sizes!

I provide FREE customer support for all my patterns!

Materials Needed: Worsted Weight Yarn 800-1000 yds, Crochet Hooks H and I, Stitch Markers.
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate Easy

Buy this pattern at the following websites:

Craftsy, Etsy and Ravelry

SMALL PRINT: This pattern may be used to make items for your own personal use, for gifts, or for charitable donations. You may make copies of the pattern for your own personal use. You may not distribute the pattern in any hard copy or electronic format. You may sell the finished item, I just ask that you reference “Deanna Young, Designer, http://www.TheYarnYogi.com” .

Now Available – Crochet Shirttail Top Pattern!

Pattern Tester, MrsGillis

It’s been a long time in the pipeline, but it’s finally here – my Crochet Shirttail Top. The skill level is intermediate, however, I do have a beginner crocheter testing it and she is challenged but doing fine. She had problems with counting the beginning chain 3’s as double crochet’s. She kept forgeting to skip that first stitch at the begining of the row then dc in the top of the chain 3 at the end of the row.  I remember those days – good times, good times… The pattern calls for sport weight yarn. MrsGillis, on Ravelry (pink top above), tested the pattern using Patons Grace. I used a chinese yarn that I bought on Ebay (see my post here ) for my top (white top above). It was listed as sport weight but worked up more like fingering weight. I was able to get gauge using Knit Picks Shine Sport. Another tester is using Bernat Satin Sport but is having a hard time getting gauge because it is working up more like dk weight. If you purchase a sport weight and your gauge is too big, I recommend making a smaller size top rather than going down a hook size in order to get gauge.

The Crochet Shirttail Top PDF Pattern can be purchased at the following websites:

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Etsy

Ravelry

 

What Is On My Hooks

I could not find a stock photo that depicts how I feel today but I am doing much better! I did The Work for a while and burned through some crazy thoughts that I mistakenly believed to be truth.  Then I bitched and moaned to my husband and he helped me discover another silly story that I was telling myself that had absolutely nothing to do with reality and that silly story let go of me.  As you can see, by the fact there is less grunting and incomplete sentences in this post, I am much less stressed today.

So, here is what I have on my crafting plate:

I am still in the pattern-testing stage for the X-Stitch Shirttail Top.  My testers have been wonderful, finding typos, confusing instructions, and math errors. Someday, I will be a rich and famous crochet designer and be able to pay my testers cash but for now it’s just a couple of free patterns.

X-Stitch Shirtail Top

The recent stressful crap in my life has curtailed my crochet design creativity so I decided to make something for me! I am currently knitting Patons Grace Drop Stitch Top. You have to sign up for free on the Patons website to view their free patterns.  I already had to rip out about 50 rows and start over again because I dropped a stitch on a row before a drop-stitch row and therefore, couldn’t just pick up the dropped stitch.  This is why I don’t knit much.

I am also almost finished crocheting the shrug for my next shrug pattern. I just need one more skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease to complete it but I haven’t been able to find the time to drive the 20 miles to the nearest Joann’s to buy it! This should be a super easy pattern so I won’t need any pattern testing.

Crochet Blog Fail – What I Am Doing About It

This is NOT ME at this time
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Right now I am the exact opposite of the happy, carefree shopper above. She is wearing a cute, knitted shrug though!

I never made through the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  I am so stressed right now I can’t even described what I am stressed about. Let’s just say its about me, husband, Mom and Dad.

I am having problems writing this post! So, look at the stock photo above and imagine the opposite and that’s what this post is all about.

Going to do some of The Work right now…