I Love My Tribe

Welcome!! You might have arrived here from Rachele Carmona's blog, Cypress Textiles. See, I've got a tribe, and it's a very good thing. My tribe is the Scheepjes Blogger tribe. I love these people. They are MY people and it makes me very happy to be a part of their tribe. Let me explain...

It all started a year ago at Blogger Days when it was announced that they were going to produce a new yarn line. It was exciting as all of the new Scheepjes yarns tend to be. But when they proceeded to pull out bundles and bundles of paint chips from across the spectrum, I was intrigued. They told us that we were each going to be able to pick our own colors for our very own yarn--any six we wanted!! This color-crazed crocheter was in heaven! And this is what was produced from that magical day!

Scheepjes Our Tribe Yarn -- Colorway Felted Button (My very own yarn!)

Surprisingly for this gal who hates to leave a color out, the decision seemed to come quite easily. These six colors immediately just felt right. They seemed quite Felted Button-esque, I think.


Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book Review

When I was asked to review Sara Delaney's new book Design Your Own Crochet Projects, I held my hand high. See, I love math. Now don't get click away just yet if math is not your thing because, although this book may use math to get you to your own custom pattern, it (along with a nifty online crochet calculator) does all the work for you. Let me explain.

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

The book provides an incredibly detailed and cleverly simple way to design and make everything from hats, mittens, cowls, socks, scarves and fingerless mitts. It includes 18 already designed patterns for you to try, but then takes it all a step further by providing templates and formulas to design it your own way and in your own size based on your measurements.

Design Your Own Crochet Projects Book by Sara Delaney (Review and Giveaway by Felted Button)

Here are the basic steps:


Afremov Pillow Crochet Pattern -- Painting with Yarn

Things have been a bit crazy on the Felted Button front lately--ever since returning from Scheepjes Blogger Days. Where did September go? Oh, yeah...getting my littlest a bit more settled at school, a tragic family funeral, spending time helping my aging parents, and figuring out some tough personal stuff. But that's real life, right? Not everything has been bad, though. After waiting for the entire month of September, I've excitedly received some of the most amazing yarn from Scheepjes you could possibly imagine!! Watch here for bits and pics of the yarn and some sneak peeks of what I'm going to make with it. 

Today I'm popping in to share with you my newest crochet pattern! It's been a long time coming, but I'm super excited about it.

Meet my Afremov Pillow!

Afremov Pillow Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

After polling on my Facebook page for suggestions for a name, I immediately happened upon the name Afremov (suggested by Cam--thanks!) after the famous impressionistic artist Leonid Afremov. I love his story, and his color-filled work. You can see some of his beautiful paintings here. His use of color and the glorious feel of them makes me happy, and I feel honored to have his name attached to this new pillow design.


Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles Giveaway

While spending time with the fabulous Nerissa of Miss Neriss at Scheepjes Blogger Days this past month, I noticed she was wearing the coolest bracelet ever!

Wrist Ruler from I Love Handles -- Giveaway by Felted Button

When she told me she got her all-leather Wrist Ruler from ILoveHandlesI immediately ordered one upon my return. See, I KNEW that for this bracelet obsessed crocheter named Sue, it was a necessity. It's true, I love bracelets and am usually wearing 3 or 4 at a time.


Phone Pouch Free Crochet Pattern

Since my return from Scheepjes Blogger Days things have been swirling in my head. Just being with my "peeps" has bloomed so many ideas that I couldn't get them all done in a year. But, of course, I'll give it a good try. ;)

Left to right: Maria (Fifty Shades of 4 Ply), Jellina (jellina-creations), Carmen (Craftyqueens), Esther (Happy in Red), Tammy (Canadutch), Esther (It's all in a Nutshell). Me, Dedri (Look at what I Made), Christa (TheCurioCraftsRoom), Nerissa (MissNeriss), Tatsiana (LillaBjorns Crochet), Kirsten (HaakMaarRaak)
I'm currently waiting for some Scheepjes Whirl* to arrive. (Oh. My. Goodness. I am having a love affair with that yarn.) So, while trying to be patient, I have to keep my hook moving. (Tell me you do this, too. I am not good at being still.) I thought I would pop in today and share the stitch pattern I've been playing around with. I also got my hands on a really nifty purse frame that screamed to be used. Here's what I came up with...

Scheepjes Catona and Bloom Clutch (free crochet pattern) from Susan Carlson of Felted Button


Lightfall Blanket New Crochet Pattern

If you live in the US, you might have had the good fortune to see the eclipse that occurred earlier this week. Did you notice the way the light falls through the trees and creates little moon-shaped shadows rather than the typical dappled light? Here's what the shadows looked like on my sidewalk--you can actually see the eclipse with each separate shadow. Neat, huh?

Shadows through the trees during the eclipse (August 21, 2017) Photo by Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns

Well, I was out that day marvelling at the eclipse while weaving ends on my latest design and decided that the name Lightfall Blanket was perfect. Let me show you...

Lightfall Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I made this blanket with three cakes of Scheepjes Whirl*. Admittedly I didn't have a plan when I bought them. But I knew that I wanted to make something with all 3 together.


Modern Tapestry Book Review

When I got my hands on the new Modern Tapestry Crochet book by Alessandra Hayden of Just Be Happy Crochet I did a little jig right there in front of my mailbox! I discovered that she was working on this book last year when we met at the CGOA conference in Charlottesville--and I knew it would be a unique book.

Modern Tapestry Crochet by Alessandra Hayden--Book Review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

And once I browsed its pages, I knew I had to make something from it.


Make a Felted Button Bracelet

I love felt, buttons, crocheting and color! (Maybe that's why Felted Button exists?) So I thought today I would pop in to share a little tutorial on how to put my loves to good use in a quick and easy crochet project.

Felted Button Bracelet -- tutorial including quick and simple crochet, felting, buttons and color!

Several years ago I made a bunch of these and sold them in my Etsy shop when it first opened. Here are just a few. (Get ready for a photo-flood.)


Janus Blanket Crochet Pattern

When my newest blanket design came into being--with plenty of playing on my hook--I was in a pickle of a jam. Why? Because I couldn't figure out which side was the "right side". When I realized that they both were equally as beautiful, it was easy to choose the name Janus. Let me explain...

Janus Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button


Petrichor Hood -- Free Crochet Pattern

I'm super excited to share the free crochet pattern for my Petrichor Hood today! I shared my thoughts about the Scheepjes Stonewashed* yarn I have used to make it here and revealed the hood to you here, but today is the day for you to get your hooks flying! It works up in just a few hours and has a lovely result.

Petrichor Hood Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Petrichor Hood Free Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

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