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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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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” .

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…

I Need Some Cuteness Therapy. How About You?

Yesterday, on Crochet Concupiscence’s Tweet site,  there were links to some cute, Japanese Amigurumi sites. I especially liked this Japanese commercial. I love looking at Amigurumi and other kinds of crochet and handmade dolls, but I don’t like actually making them. The tight crocheting hurts my hands and I don’t enjoy sewing the pieces together.

Here is some cuteness to balance out the heaviness from yesterday’s blog post.  I tried to make the pictures click to the websites but it didn’t work. I will try again later:

Toadstool, yeah!

Tiny Sock Monkey

Doll from CrochetMe. Click on pic and keep scrolling down. Loads of cuteness!

Hello Kitty makes me happy! Pattern book on Etsy

Here’s some Mochimochi:

Stackable Cats

Teeny, Tiny, Candy Corn. Click and scroll down but don’t forget to look at the other stuff on the page!

Look here for more knitted cuteness: Mochimochi Land

Get Thee Over To Craftsy!

I just joined Craftsy about 3 months ago and its already one of my favorite new websites!  Here’s an excerpt: from the home page:

Welcome to Craftsy!

We’re a community of people who love to make things – learning from, inspiring and helping one another.

A list of what this website offers:

  • Online video courses, ranging from 0$ to 39$, in Cake Decorating, Food Craft, Gardening, Crocheting, Knitting, Holiday, Jewelry, Paper Crafts, Quillting, Sewing, Spinning, and Weaving.
  • “Craftsy Workshops are tutorials from amazing designers that include the pattern, instructions, and step-by-step photos. And, the BEST part: you’ll never get stuck…just ask the pattern designer for help!”, $11.99 to $15.99.
  • Patterns, free and for sale.  This is my favorite part of the website.  The listings are very clear, the pics are big, and your purchased pattern is downloaded from their servers. If you want to list your patterns, this place is way better than Etsy and Ravelry because there are no fees, listing is fast and easy, and THERE ARE NO FEES! Craftsy is where I sell the most patterns.
  • Project listings, just like on Ravelry.
  • A Blog
  • A Page called, “Deals”, with listings for yarn, fabric and assorted supplies. I haven’t explored this yet.

The entire website is clean and easy to read and navigate. Lots of stuff but not too busy!  Check it out! Comment below if you find anything cool  over there I need to know about.

Crochet Fashion Pattern Inspiration

For years I wanted to design crochet fashion but fear kept me from doing it.  First of all, I have no knowledge of fashion design. Second of all, I always thought of myself as not being original or creative. And then, something changed inside me – whether it was menopause, age and experience, or that extra cup of coffee everyday – I suddenly felt more assertive, more willing to take chances, more willing to fail! Around the same time, I had a minor epiphany: how many people in this world are truely original? All artists derive inspiration from somewhere, and I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. That worry I had about not being original was keeping me from realizing my potential originality! Finally free to be the derivitive artiste I was meant to be, I started looking at fashion not as, “Why didn’t I think of that”, but as, “I can copy/crochet that”!

Now, every knitting pattern I come across is a potential crochet pattern. All my favorite shirts, sweaters, blouses in my closet are potential crochet patterns. That cute, oversized sweater at Kohl’s Department Store? A crochet pattern. Here are some things that are inspiring me right now. Some are closer to becoming a crochet pattern than others:

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From Pinterest “The Yarn Yogi Inspiration” Board