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Crochet for Cancer Crochet Along and Givaway!!!!

Are you ready for another Crochet Along?? How about helping out those in need?? And an awesome prize package!!


You know I have a heart for Cancer Awareness and Charity!!  So~ I would love for you to join me and 9 of my Crochet Blogging Friends… Over the next two weeks we all will be participating in an all out crochet, hat making fun time!!  We all will be making hats and other crochet items to donate to Crochet For Cancer and Hooks of Hope!!  And to top it off,,, My Crochet Friends and I have put together a whole list of Free Crochet Patterns just  for you to use!!!  And guess what else??  Red Heart has put together a great prize package to worth $125



Great Cause, Free Patterns and a Giveaway!!

My Friend Sara at My Merry Messy Life has organized this wonderful event…  and here are my other great friend who have provided some of  their free patterns…


Petals to Picots • I’m Hooked •

 Curious Tiff Crochet • KT and the Squid • 

EKKStudio • Moogly •

 Grammy Dirlam • Tales of a Crafty Mommy


This is such a great chance to meet some of my Crochet Blogger Friend,,, Try some new FREE Patterns and Pay it forward!!  Here is a list of our Free Patterns:

My Merry Messy Life

Beatrice Ryan Designs

I’m Hooked

Curious Tiff Crochet

KT and the Squid

Elk Studio

Grammy Dirlam


The Crochet Along will run from now through April 21, 2014. In order to qualify for the Red Heart Yarn prize package, you must complete 4 Hats or 2 larger projects like Shawls and or Blanket and mail them to Hooks of Hope.  Here are the requirements for your donation, per the Crochet for Cancer website:

  • Must be new – never worn
  • Clean – free of perfume, pet hair and smoke
  • Placed individually in clear ziplock style plastic bags
  • Soft yarn is best­ cotton, acrylic, silk, fleece or a blend is best.
  • Do not use wool or alpaca as they can irritate the scalp.
  • We accept baby, children, youth, and adult hats.
  • Please use patterns that do not have gaps or large holes.
  •  A tighter stitch is best so that it covers the scalp.
  • Be sure to wash your hands on a regular basis while making the caps.

If you would like to donate another item or something else… Here is what they will accept!!!~

  • Scarves
  • Blankets (all sizes)
  • Prayer Shawls
  • Be creative, we accept any type of gift item to give to a person fighting cancer. For
  • example, a crochet pink ribbon pin to support breast cancer awareness.
  • Yarn, Yarn, Yarn!!!
  • Gift cards to purchase yarn and supplies from the following locations:
  • Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, AC Moore Crafts, Wal­Mart, and JoAnn Fabric.

Please Mail Your Package to:

Hooks of Hope
c/o Melissa Wortmann
P.O. Box 163
Neffs, PA 18065

International Readers

We would still love for you to participate by donating your projects to your local hospitals

or charities. Let us know what you’re up to by sharing on social media!


RH prize

The Fabulous Prize ~ $125 Worth of Yarn From Red Heart!

In order to qualify for the Red Heart Yarn prize package ~

The Crochet-A-Long is open worldwide, but the contest is better suited to residents of the US and Canada, although anyone is welcome to mail a package to Hooks of Hope. Contest rules:
1. Complete the challenge by making at least 4 projects (or two large projects, like a blanket or shawl)
2. Mail your package to Hooks of Hope (address above)
3. Make sure your package is postmarked on or before April 28, 2014
4. All packages with that postmark will be entered into a raffle three weeks after April 28 on May 19 (to give time for all the packages to come in the mail).
5. The first package drawn will receive the grand prize from Red Heart. The 2nd through 5th packages will received handmade plarn bags with yarn goodies inside from Hooks of Hope!

I will be Hosting a CROCHET FOR CANCER Show and Tell on my Facebook page each Friday to show off what you are making and donating… Feel free to post to my Facebook Page any day and especially on Friday evenings at 5pm EST… Make sure you put the hashtag #CrochetForCancerCAL anytime you show off your work or talk about it on Social Media.. That will help us all find each other!!!  




Happy Crocheting …



Throw Back Thursday Crochet…. The 1940’s

I have always love the styles of the early through mid 1900’s!!!  I decided to check out what crochet styles were popular starting with the 1940’s…  Oh how I love this crochet era!!!!  So many fabulous Hats, Snoods, Shawls, Purses and Filet Crochet Art Pieces!!!

My Grandmother Beatrice Ryan would have been in her 30’s in the 1940’s… She would have had two young boys and have just moved to the United States from her home in Canada!!  Her life was changing rapidly! They moved to Mt Shasta to start their own general store, which is still run by my family today!!  A few short years after moving to the US,,, my grandfather was killed in an automobile accident in 1946…  Beatrice was left to run the store with her teenage sons.. After serving in the Korean War, my father took over the family store and transitioned it into a hardware store.. almost 70 years later and my father, two brothers, my husband and  all of our children are(or have) working in the store in the same building Harold and Beatrice started in!

I think in the 1940’s Beatrice probably didn’t have much time to crochet!!!  But, when she did… I bet she made some great, stylish pieces…  I love the pictures of the Crochet Styles and wanted to see what you think…  Do you love this style or is there another era you love??


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Happy Crocheting!!











Hats and Bags….

I have been working on a few new items to take to Alpine Originals for the upcoming Artwalk…  I am finally getting a good variety of different crochet items to share and sell… Since the Artwalk isn’t until the 21st, I have a couple more weeks to get a lot done!!! I have some really great things planned… But, for now I thought I would share what I just finished…


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Cotton Brimmed Hats…


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Large Square Bottom Tote Bags…


These cute cotton hats are a pattern I found on Ravelry by Drops Designs and you can find the pattern here


These awesome totes were also found on Ravelry by bobwilson123 and you can find the pattern here


Both of these patterns are very easy and work up quickly… I was able to complete each one of these in just a few hours…  They would make great gifts or would be nice to keep for yourself too!!!


Stay tuned for some really great 4th of July items I will be working on in the next couple weeks!


So here is to Bags, Hats, Artwalks and Summertime! Enjoy!!



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