December Make Along: Interview with Naana @Narosedesigns

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When did you start crocheting/knitting, and why?

I learned 30+ years ago around 10 years old during one of my summers in Houston with my Dad. In brief, I made friends with a girl my age whose grandma taught me. I still have the first little rainbow blanket with fringe I made. I’ve been crocheting on and off ever since.

What are your favorite items to create and why?

I like creating bags, especially market bags because they are so useful, reusable, and fashionable.

Tell us about a design you are particularly proud of, and what sets it apart from the crowd?

I am proud of my first beanie design I made this year in honor of a friend who passed away and 50% of the proceeds go to an organization in his honor.”

Will you show us your contribution to the December MAL?

(I absolutely love this design!!! the texture and color combo is everything!!!)

Tell us a few features of this design and what you love about it?

“The Love on Me Lapghan is made up of basically two stitches – double crochet (with a little twist) and herringbone single crochet. Both allow the lapghan to look great from either side. I love that it works up quickly, the size can be customized, and it is so warm and squishy. You can make it in one color or as colorful as you want!”

Do you make other things besides yarn art? What are your hobbies or other products in your business?

“I also make jewelry. Primarily beaded stretch bracelets.

Tell me something about you that you want other people to know, or that you wish more people understood?

NaRose Designs is a combination of my name, Naana, and my mom’s name, Rose. I did not have as much time with her as I would have liked, but I do believe (and to some extent know) that she was a creative person. That is why I use the hashtag #mothersdreamdaughtersreality. I believe she would be proud.

Will you show us a few things you have designed or made?

Make sure you give Naana a follow on IG!

And go check her shop for all kinds of gift ideas for this holiday season!!!

You can even order gift cards for people on your list if you aren’t sure if you should get them jewelry or hats and scarfs!

Go check out her shop and patterns, and come back and tell me your favorite so far! My first NaRose bracelet is on its way to me, and I love so many more!!!

December Make Along: Interview with Leah Gordon @iplaywithfiber

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When did you start crocheting/knitting, and why?

“Started at 12, kicked it to the curb until 27 as a means to mend a strained relationship between myself and my stepmom.”

What are your favorite items to create and why?

“My favorite items to create are cozy hats and scarves because they’re wearable hugs in fashion statement form!”

Tell us about a design you are particularly proud of, and what sets it apart from the crowd?

The Regina Blanket Scarf, because it’s dedicated to my mom for teaching me how to crochet and always believing I was destined for creative pursuits.

Will you show us your contribution to the December MAL?

Leah Gordon of I Play With Fiber in her Levi scarf.

Tell us a few features of this design and what you love about it?

Filet crochet with intentional slip stitches create a fun, breezy, and seasonally transitional accessory!

(Side note: I made this scarf, and my favorite feature is that it can be tied in knots and worn a million different ways! It is SO fun to make!)

Do you make other things besides yarn art? What are your hobbies or other products in your business?

“I’m all about yarn, but I do have stickers and enamel pins reflective of my work in my shop.”

Tell me something that you want other people to know, or that you wish more people understood?

I wish more people understood that crafting can be life-changing, and everything about who we are as individuals is reflected through our work.”

Will you show us a few of the things you have designed or made?

Huge thank you to Leah for participating in this MAL and for letting us get to know her a bit and see her amazing pieces!

Follow Leah on IG for her Realness, and her Reelsness!

Are you inspired to make a statement piece now?!?

I’m adding a Regina to my closet ASAP!

Go check out Leah’s collection of patterns, and then come back and tell me which one is your favorite!!!

The Baby Unicorn: Crochet Costume!

It’s Halloween season again, and you just KNOW I’m over here doing the most for costumes!

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Listen. Mythical creatures are kinda my thing when it comes to costumes. What is the phrase? “Be you, unless you can be a Unicorn, and then be a Unicorn!”

It should come as no surprise that my children feel the same way I do! Each year a request is made for something outlandish to be crocheted!

And I mean. I can’t exactly say no…

Specs:

This project is made in Bernat Blanket which is a Level 6 super bulky fleece yarn.

For all sizes you will need 2 skeins of the Whipped Cream color, a partial skein of “Dark Grey” for the hooves and horn, and a partial skein of “Ocean Shades” for the mane and tail! But there are a ton of shades to try! All of them would make amazing costumes!

You will also need a 9mm hook or so.

A tiny bit of stuffing

A zipper

And the usual bits and bobs!

This costume is stitches flat and then seamed together. You can use any method you like, but I like to use a simple Whip Stitch to get it done quick, and it creates a pretty ridge along the edges!

I don’t know if I’m the first to use the method I use for making the mane and tail, but I couldn’t find anything about it when I was searching around. So I created a 21 photo step by step tutorial walking through each movement to accomplish it! This method can be used in so many ways in different patterns, so I hope you have fun playing around with it after you get the hang of it!

Before I’m done I wanted to offer some insights into other yarns that can be used for this pattern.
When I was first starting to read patterns I never could figure out the yarn weights and what was the same as another or different! So I will list a few yarns I think would be gorgeous in this pattern!

You know I love me some Lion Brand. And Hometown USA is a great Super Bulky yarn!

Like a wool blend? Of COURSE Woolease is in!

PaintBox yarns has an amazing number of beautiful colors that would work perfectly in this costume!!!

Stylecraft has some gorgeous shades!!!

Alright. Last look at my sweet little one in the costume!

And go get started! There is plenty of time!