Sunday, July 28, 2013

2013 Hat Donation

Every year since I began crocheting, I try to donate hats and/or money to charity. Before I even opened CSD, I did a "hats for cancer" challenge where every lady in our online group crocheted 10 hats & sent them.  (This is how I discovered my love for hat-making!)  One year I had a one-for-one sale... for every hat customers purchased, I'd donate one to charity.  Another year, I donated a percentage of my profits.  Usually, I gather up many of the "extra" hats I have in my stash (hats from pattern testing or that are "left over" from craft fairs or RTS sales) and I donate them to a charity.  In the past I have donated to several wonderful charities, including the Susan G Komen Foundation and Halos Of Hope.  
2008 - C models a hat I donated to SGK.
Yesterday, I rounded up 15 of my extra hats and 3 pairs of wrist warmers & I'm mailing them to Hats 4 the Homeless.  They give hats, gloves & scarves to the hundreds of homeless men and women in the NYC area.  I think it's a very generous thing for them to do, especially since it gets so cold there in the northeast in the fall and winter.  
2013 donation pile
If you have extra hats, scarves, blankets, or gloves hanging around in your stash, and if you have the means to make a generous donation to people in need, I highly recommend you box them up & donate them!
Happy Crocheting!
♥♥ Danyel

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Design Wars 4: The Yarn

It's that time again!  Design Wars 4 has begun... new faces, new challenge, new yarn.

For DW4, we chose Red Heart Anne Geddes Baby yarn.  I really like this yarn.  It's soft & lightweight, and has a nice stretch to it.  If you'd like to know a little more about the yarn, including where you can snag some, check out the DW Newsletter #6.

Two weeks ago, the 9 other challengers all started bragging sharing photos of their amazing yarn deliveries.  Liz even took a photo of her UPS man.  This stuff is seriously exciting!  Day after day, I anxiously stalked my front door, but my yarn didn't arrive.  I was really disappointed.  (I know, first world problems.  Boo hoo, I didn't get my free yarn.)  But I had to get started on this project, so I drove like 12 miles to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if they had any left.  I know 12 miles is nothing, but I had to drive through a scary part of town & it took me like 35 minutes to get there... with 2 kids in the car. They had 4 colors left in stock, and they were in bad shape.  I had the cashier tape the labels back onto the tangled skeins.  (I know... Boo hoo... I had to go to the store with my kids & buy my own yarn.  DW is spoiling me! LOL)

So I got started on my design using what I had.  I assumed my delivery from RHY would be lost forever.  One of the other designers FINISHED her design & I began to panic a little.  Then 8 days after everyone else got their yarn... TA DA... mine finally arrived!  The box looked like it had been kicked more than a soccer ball, but thankfully RHY bubble-wrapped my yarn & it was safe and sound.  (Why do they bubble-wrap yarn?  I don't know either.)  I opened that box & I could hear the angels sing.  OK, I'm being a little dramatic, but I was seriously excited.  The colors are bright and beautiful, and the skeins are so soft and squishy!!
And that's that.  I'm working hard on my design for DW4, and I know you're going to love it.  I love it so much, I'm going to keep one for myself!  Stop by the Design Wars Facebook page... "meet" the designers for this round, make sure you sign up for the newsletter, get ready for the sneak peeks, and enter the giveaway!  You could win patterns from 10 of the best crochet pattern designers around!  (I'm not saying that because I'm biased... I really mean it!)
We couldn't do DW without our fans.  Thank YOU for your support!
♥♥ Danyel

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Mountain Hat Design Contest

My Mountain is a site for hats and gear for the outdoors & active lifestyles.  They're currently hosting a hat design contest on the My Mountain Facebook Page.  Knitters & Crocheters interested in participating in the challenge can choose from a variety of Schachenmayr yarns & are then tasked with creating a fun, unique hat.  All the details, yarn choices & contact information can be found on their FB page.

I chose Schachenmayr "Bravo Big" yarn, and was given 2 skeins in jade and natural.  Bravo Big is a nice yarn!  It's super bulky (size 6) but it's quite plush & has nice stitch definition.  I played around with a few different ideas, but in the end I decided that something simple with a nice stitch to help show off the yarns texture and beautiful colors would be the best route.  I topped it off with a nice fluffy pom pom & am very happy with the results.

My husband graciously modeled the hat for me.  Doesn't he look handsome?  :)  I decided to call it the "Rainier Hat"... for no reason other than we live in the PNW & Mt. Rainier is beautiful!  Almost makes me want to go skiing... almost.  LOL
The design contest ends August 30th.  If you're looking for a challenge, stop by My Mountain's FB page for all the contest details... including info on the awesome prizes you could win!

Happy Crocheting!
♥♥ Danyel