1.15.2018

Get Squared with Riverwashed

If you've been following me around for any length of time, you probably know by now that I'm not a huge maker of crocheted garments. I don't really know why--but I'm always drawn to home-decor with color and whimsy. Maybe it's because wearing clothing with too much color and whimsy is over-the-top. Maye it's because I like to look at the color--but don't find myself looking it the mirrow so often so I would rather have it visible on the sofa or wall. Occasionally, I  make accessories like mittens or a scarf to jazz up an otherwise drab outfit with a pop of color, but I'm not inclined to much else in the wearables arena. But today, I'm stopping in to show you a sweater I made--or what's known as a jumper in many parts of the world.

Jenny King Get Squared sweater made with Scheepjes Riverwashed XL


1.12.2018

Working a Trio of Whirls

I'm still here! It may seem that things have been a little quiet from me lately, but don't fret. I've been super busy behind the scenes crocheting my fingers off. Literally, between the holiday decorating/undecorating, the nearly constant handwork and the winter weather, my fingers are cracked and sore. But no worries, I crochet through the ouchies--because crocheting is just too satisying, right? Fortunately, I've received a lot of tips from followers on my Facebook page how to prevent and treat those nasty little fingertip cracks, and they are on the mend. 

I can't wait to share with you what I've been working on. First, the yarn...


Scheepjes Whirl -- Brambleberry, Sherbet Rainbow, Blackberry Mint Chip

See, I've been "whirling"! The above three cakes are Scheepjes Whirl in Brambleberry, Blackberry Mint Chip and Sherbet Rainbow. I loooove these colors together and shipped them off to my friend Sandra in the Netherlands to help me make an additional sample of this new blanket design.

If you are not "whirling" you really need to jump in the action that everyone seems to be doing. If you are not familiar with Scheepjes Whirl*, you need to become familiar with it because I guarantee you'll be as thrilled with it and its lovely result as the rest of the hooky world.

Scheepjes Whirl -- Minty Black Velvet, Sea Breeze Tease and Green Tea Tipple with WIP of Felted Button Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern coming soon)

I mean, seriously, it does magical things! Magical, I tell ya! I think I actually end up crocheting faster with it trying to get to the next color change to see how the colors interact.

Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whir
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman
 I'm so tickled with the way the colors play from both color samples that I'm including both options in the free pattern--and 2 different dimensions for the blanket. Honestly, I think you'll be able to do some magic with almost any three Whirl cakes that suit your fancy. In fact, my post about my Lightfall Blanket has a bunch of 3 Whirl color combos that I think will look beautiful used in this design. Scroll to the bottom of that post to see the few I created, but there are thousands of more possibilities depending on if you pull from the outside of the ball or the inside. And since there are 39 colors of Whirl, 4 colors of Woolly Whirl, and 3 colors of Frosted Whirl, well, let's just say that's plenty of beautiful combinations and permutations!

Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whirl
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman

Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whirl
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman
Trio Blanket (free crochet pattern by Felted Button coming soon) made with Scheepjes Whirl
Photo used courtesy of Sandra Veneman


I'll be sharing a complete reveal of both sample blankets next week so stay tuned! If you are wanting to get your hands on some Scheepjes Whirl you can find it in the following places:

Local Scheepjes stockists can be found here.

The shops below all have international shipping, many times for free with a certain-sized order to the US and other places around the world...

Wool Warehouse (UK)*
Deramores (UK)*
Knotty House (Canada)*

I've got sooo many things to share with you this month, so please pop back by and see what's happening. I've got another free pattern coming this month using Scheepjes Our Tribe* yarn in my very own colorway--Felted Button. (Would you look at that!?)


Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn in colorway Felted Button


Also, watch for a showing off of my Scheepjes Studio Pack*. If you don't know what that is, take a peek at the video from Matt of A Boy & Bunting, here.

With healing hands, and with an excited spirit--I'm off to crochet some more and spend a little time with my son who's wanting me to take him to a local trampoline park! I don't think any back flips are still on my list of stunts--I'm hoping to simply not break a body part! ;) I hope you are finding plenty of time to create and life is peaceful and purposeful.

Take care!! We'll talk soon.

| On the Board | -- You can never cross the ocean unless you are willing to lose sight of the shore.


Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns

*This post contains affiliate links which don't cost you any more if you purchase through them but provide me a small commission. Thanks!



12.08.2017

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.

11.03.2017

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:

10.06.2017

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.

9.28.2017

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.

9.26.2017

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

8.25.2017

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.

8.18.2017

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.

8.08.2017

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.)

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