Crochetville Blog Tour: Welcome NatCroMo Campers!

Welcome, Crochetville Campers!

I’m glad you could join me around my campfire on the Crochetville Blog Tour. Grab a s’more  (B.Y.O.s’more), and let’s visit.

There’s been a lot of action happening around here, and I’m giving away lots of great stuff in celebration of National Crochet Month so we won’t dawdle, let’s get right to it.

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10 lovely crocheters can win a signed copy of my book, Poetic Crochet! Poetic Crochet is a beautiful collection of 20 crochet shawl patterns. I hope you love it.

To enter the random drawing for your chance to win a signed copy of Poetic Crochet, just leave a comment on this post, like this post, or share this post on social media using the share buttons at the bottom of the post and be sure to tag me! 

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Next up: YARNTOONS by Sara Kay

My needle crafting life has turned in a new direction with my burgeoning interest in creating art doodles, painting, and  working on whimsical illustrations. This new passion is spining out into a fun side project called  YARNTOONS by Sara Kay.

After my baby girl was born in 2015, I developed De Quervain’s syndrome in both wrists and couldn’t crochet or knit for awhile which left me heartbroken and afraid I wouldn’t be able to stitch ever again.

Thankfully, I learned about it and started to rest my wrists and learned to hold my sweet daughter with my hands in a different position, and the problem cleared up. It still flares up if I do extended stitching sessions, but thankfully it’s become very manageable. Phew!

While resting my wrists, my design energy was going crazy so I had to channel it into a new direction and discovered creative joy in learning about drawing and painting. One thing led to another, and I started doodling and lettering lots of goofy puns and yarn-related jokes and fell in love.

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I opened a Society6 shop where you can actually purchase my YARNTOONS artwork pieces on mugs, t-shirts, pouches, and more! It’s so much fun to make these products with so much personality and yarn pride, and the products are excellent quality. I know because my darling husband bought me a pillow and tote bag as a surprise. He’s a good one.

To learn more about YARNTOONS, click here!

To celebrate YARNTOONS, I’m offering a little freebie for anyone who loves yarn and coloring. A printable coloring page! Just print from the PDF link below, color, cut out along the black lines and frame for a kooky and fun 8 x 10″ piece of yarn-tastic artwork!

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Here is the PDF coloring page download: yarn-yarn-yarn-8-10-pdf

I hope you enjoy this fun little project when your hands need a break from crocheting!

Next up: New Pattern Launch

Meet Louisa: A Lace Shawl to Crochet

I’ve got a beautiful new lace shawl pattern to share with you just in time for the spring winds to start gusting!

Louisa is an enchanting top-down triangle with lovely shaping shells and a fancy shell and picot border available in my Ravelry Shop for just $6.50.

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And finally, my  Ravelry  Shop is doing a BOGO pattern sale for the entire month of March, so when you buy one or more patterns, you’ll get one pattern totally free! This promotion includes all patterns in my Rav shop including ebooks, crochet, and knitting patterns. Don’t miss out!

Thank you for hunkering down around my campfire to hear about what’s going on and come back soon, pardner.

Ever In Stitches,

Sara

 

 

Introducing Yarntoons!

Hey Yarnies!

I am really excited to share my new line of fiber art illustrations: YARNTOONS by Sara Kay! Creating Yarntoons is a new passion of mine.

What’s a Yarntoon? It’s a lighthearted artwork doodle that celebrates our love of yarn and yarn-tastic pursuits. I’ve been creating them using permanent ink, a brush of watercolor, and a splash of wit!

If you like them, you can buy my Yarntoons products and downloadable artwork from my Etsy shop to print on anything you please to celebrate your love of yarn, YARNTOON-style!

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Crochet by Sara Kay

 

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K-N-I-T by Sara Kay
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Knit Fast, Die Warm by Sara Kay

 

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Swatch Out! by Sara Kay
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One More Row by Sara Kay
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Balls to the Wall by Sara Kay

Pssst! Don’t forget to check out the coffee mug department at Society 6:

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I love yarn puns, sheep puns, wool puns, puns about balls, irreverent plays on words, and have many more in the works if I could just stop smudging my artworks right before finishing [true story. yes, more than once].

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for fresh Yarntoons, coming soon!

In Stitches,

Sara

Meet Louisa: A Spring Enchantment

Meet Louisa, the newest member of my lovely shawl family. Louisa is the perfect crochet project for this blustery early Spring! Made with just 2 hanks of Knit Picks Preciosa Tonal Fingering in the juicy Boysenberry colorway, I have to tell you–she makes you feel enchanting. Especially during the winter doldrums. The edging is so sweet and feminine, I just love it. The triangular shawl shape is classic, yet modern when swept casually around the neck like a bandana.

The pattern is $6 and includes full written and charted instructions and a schematic.

Thanks for visiting!

In Stitches,

Sara

Introducing Tess!

Hello Crochet Artists,

I am celebrating April Fool’s Day with a new shawl pattern. Meet Miss Tess, isn’t she pretty? I think of her as understated, elegant, and strong.

The PDF crochet pattern is available at a ♥ super special ♥ price of just 99 cents! Buy now because this launch price will expire on April Fool’s Day. ***4/1/2016: Launch price has now expired***

See more on Ravelry.

And stay tuned for the drawing for our giveaway of a signed copy of Poetic Crochet. It’s not too late to enter the drawing! I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow–April Fool’s Day–no foolin’!

Crochetville Blog Tour: Shawl Talk, Free Pattern & Book Giveaway

Update: 4/1/2016: The book giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Rubra! Thanks to all who participated!

Update: 4/3/2016: Bellamy shawl pattern is back to its normal price of $5.99.

Chugga chugga CHOO CHOO!

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Welcome to my stop on Crochetville’s NatCroMo blog tour. My name is Sara Kay Hartmann and I am a crochet designer and the author of Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems.

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Have you ever made a crocheted shawl? There is no project I enjoy more. Shawls are luxurious and beautiful. Even though they look exquisite, they aren’t difficult to make. The same kind of stitches you already use to make baby blankets or potholders can be worked to make shawls that will last a lifetime and add a little romance to your wardrobe.

How I Got Started Making Shawls

I was a relatively new crocheter, and spent a lot of time online admiring the work of other crochet artists. I am a passionate knitter as well, and often read about the process of knitting and blocking lace shawls. I thought making lace was too hard for me, and my finished projects never seemed to look like what I saw in pictures–crisp openwork, ethereal fabrics, and elegant styles. I learned that with the help of wet-blocking and steam-blocking techniques, even simple stitches took on new life and achieved a more polished look.

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Wearing Crocheted Shawls

Even though we are modern folk who no longer lose our amethyst brooches in the lace of our country shawls (Marilla Cuthbert, anyone?), I advocate the wearing and enjoyment of shawls–the lacier the better. But how to wear a shawl without feeling stuck in the 19th century?

It’s all about the wrap. Shawls look stunning when swirled about the neck and top of the shoulders, allowing the arms to move freely. Unexpected. Chic. Almost urban, with a little of that European flair for using scarves and wraps as wardrobe-enhancing accessories. Cowls are all the rage these days and most shawls can be worn cowl-style to great effect. That said, if you are comfortable rocking the full-body wrap, you should go for it and look amazing doing it. Ponchos, ruanas, kimonos and shawls have been coming back in a big way so it’s our time, shawl-makers!

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Freebies & Giveaways

Now for the good stuff…I have a couple fun things to share with you in honor of National Crochet Month!

♥ ♥ ♥ To celebrate National Crochet Month, the Bellamy Shawl is free for this week only! The pdf file is available here: this giveaway is now closed.

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♥ ♥ ♥ I am doing a giveaway of a signed copy of Poetic Crochet. To enter, just leave a comment on this post! On March 31st I will do a random drawing from the commenters and the lucky winner will receive a free copy of Poetic Crochet plus the bonus material shawl pattern–if you have purchased Poetic Crochet, let me know so I can send you your PDF free pattern!

Thank you for stopping with me on Crochetville’s blog tour, I hope you’ll leave comments to enter the book drawing, enjoy the freebie, and try making a shawl!

♥ Sara

 

 

 

In the Press: “The Romance of Crochet”

Hi Crocheters,

I Like Crochet Magazine published my article, “The Romance of Crochet” in their February 2016 issue, available now!

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In it, I talk about the unique nature of crochet as a craft and put a different spin on making romantic gifts for our “valentines.” Here’s a little excerpt:

Giving the gift of handmade offers more than picking out an item and spending money. You are giving of your skill, your time and effort, and your loving care for the receiver. That’s pretty romantic, if you ask me!

On Valentine’s Day we tend to focus on sweethearts, spouses, or romantic crushes, but take a moment to think of the other valentines in your life. The ones whose love is supportive, steadfast, and always with us. I’m thinking of our moms, sisters, daughters, and BFF’s. Those who understand, who help, and who encourage us through life’s turbulence. This year, consider making a romantic–in the crocheted sense–gift for one of these wonderful women in your life.

I also got a chance to talk about Poetic Crochet and some of the thoughts that went into developing the concept of the book and working toward my vision of presenting crochet in all its romance and loveliness. Don’t miss it!

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Happy Stitching,

Sara Kay

In the Press: Perfectly Pink Headband

Hi Crocheters,

Update 3/4/2017:

This pattern has been out for over one year, so I can now offer it to you free! Enjoy.

Free PDF Pattern Download: perfectly-pink-headband

I Like Crochet Magazine published a fun little design of mine in their February 2016 issue–the Perfectly Pink Headband!

If you’ve never worked with crochet post stitches, this is an easy design to get you started. I love the woven texture, and it’s pink for Valentine’s Day of course. Also, it’s a one-skein wonder making it a great stash-buster project.

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Happy Stitching,

Sara Kay