4.11.2017

WIPs anyone?

If you are anything like me, you probably have more than one project going at a time. Maybe you need one for "on-the-go" types of crocheting--the portable ones you can do while waiting. Maybe you need the mindless one that you can work on while you are binge "watching" your favorite Netflix show. Or maybe you've got that one that takes a bit more focus--counting or interesting stitch placements--that you work on when you are feeling motivated and inspired to make something really incredible. And don't forget those that you're getting ready for the next craft fair or as gifts for the arriving new one. I've got one in almost each of these categories right now! (Sadly, I've got several I can't show you just yet. But I will soon, I promise!)

Here's a peek at some of the yarn I'm working with right now.


Undercover Otter Yarn

I picked up this incredible yarn last Fall while shopping with Atty, my fellow Scheepjes Blogger in Amsterdam. I didn't even hesitate when I saw it. I snatched it all up and giggled the whole time. 

4.01.2017

Have You Been Embraced by Angels

I'm tickled to share with you my newest crochet pattern...



Embraced by Angels Blanket Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I think the blanket is lovely for so many things...

~a newborn photo prop or welcoming gift
~a gift to an angelic child or grandchild
~a baptism or blessing blanket (it would be stunning in all white, I think)
~a blanket to comfort someone who has suffered a loss
~made in edgy colors it could be cool for a teen to "wear"

3.10.2017

Free Scheepjes Catona Pattern for NatCroMo

It's National Crochet Month! I'm so happy to be a participant on the Crochetville NatCroMo Blog Tour. In celebration, I would like to share with you a free crochet pattern I showed off last week here using one of my favorite yarns ever--Scheepjes *Catona. I hope you enjoy it! I named it:


Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover


Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover (free crochet pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

3.03.2017

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover Revealed

Last week I shared a sneak peek of what I was working on with the brilliant Scheepjes *Catona. You can see that post here. But today let me reveal what I made with those colorful little yarny balls.

Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover (free pattern) by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I'm calling it Crisscross Catona Cushion Cover. (Now that's an alliteration, huh?!)

2.24.2017

Can't Stay Away from Catona

Since becoming a Scheepjes blogger and having the chance to work with their wide range of yarns (including the new "secret" ones--shhhh), one of my favorite go-to cottons is Scheepjes *Catona. You can read more about my thoughts on this yarn here. But, to be brief--it has the most amazing color range, a lovely sheen, crisp stitch definition, affordable pricing, and a soft hand. Can it get any better than that? 

Take a peek at some projects I've made using this fabulously colorful mercerized cotton:

2.23.2017

Crochet Pattern: Parrotlet's Flight Blanket

My hook has been flying lately! Want yours to take flight, too? Here's my newest blanket design ready for your hook...

Parrotlet's Flight Blanket crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

I've named it Parrotlet's Flight Blanket because the fabulous colors were inspired by my son's Pacific Parrotlet, Elend. Let me introduce you.

2.17.2017

Free Border Pattern from Every Which Way Crochet

If you read my review of the new book by Edie Eckman (Every Which Way Crochet Borders), you'll know that I love it! If you missed it, read more about it here. I'm also able to share with you a FREE pattern from the book!! Nifty, huh?


Every Which Way Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman

Remember, each of the 139 patterns in the book is unique and includes a color photograph, written instructions, a crochet symbol chart, and explanations of any special stitches right there on the page. Here's a really cool one right from the book...

Every Which Way Crochet Borders: Book Review

Edie Eckman has just released a new book called Every Which Way Crochet Borders, and I'm thrilled to review it and to participate in her blog tour.

Every Which Way Crochet Borders (Review by Susan Carlson of Felted Button)

Lucky me--I've got my hands on this really amazing book. I'm not just saying it's amazing because they gifted it to me. Let me tell you why I love it.

12.16.2016

Felted Button Temperature Blanket CAL 2017

One of the best parts about this crochet designing gig is the people. Yes, people. I have met literally thousands of folks around the globe with whom I share a common love of yarn, hooks, creating, and color! So, with the new year approaching, I thought of a way to connect better with you and decided to conduct a temperature blanket CAL throughout next year!

Here are a few details that hopefully answer questions you might have about how to participate...

1. What is a CAL? 
CAL stands for Crochet-A-Long and is a fun and interactive way to be working on a common project at the same time with other like-minded folk. I have set up a Facebook group where we can chat about yarn, colors and pattern choices, share projects/progress, and talk about the weather. Why weather, you ask? See #2.

2. What is a temperature blanket?
Typically a temperature blanket is worked in varying colors of yarn depending on the daily temperature (high, low, average, both...) of where you live. You can choose the color range and temperature ranges for each color depending on your climate. If you are in the US there is a good site to see temperature ranges by state/city here.  If you want lots of color make your ranges small--if you want just a few, make your ranges bigger. (I'm thinking that because of the temperature range in my neck of the woods and because I love lots of colors, I'll probably have 5 degree increments which give me about 18 colors.) You do what works for you. Bust that stash and have fun! By the end of the year--or whenever you want to finish--a unique and "story-telling" blanket.

3. How do I join?
You can use any Felted Button blanket pattern (free or premium, your choice). Since I'm a bit obsessed with blankets, you have a LOT to choose from. You can browse in my Ravelry shop here. You should also join the Facebook Felted Button Temperature Blanket CAL group here. Just click "Join" and when approved read the group rules posted in the Files section at the top of the page. You might also want to read through the feed for any info that might help you.



Above is just a tiny sampling of Felted Button blanket designs. Some of these would not be ideal for the CAL, but some would be fab! (We'll talk more about this later.) 

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