NEW YARN! Sock Weight, DK Weight and Mini Skeins

Various yarns and colours available more colours also available on my Etsy store.

YARN! New colours and yarn now available on my Etsy store SAVE 10% for a limited time. Various weights of yarn perfect for your knitting, crochet, weaving and other craft projects. New colours coming soon!

SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Yarn:

Includes the Tough Love Sock yarn from SweetGeorgia Yarns (fingerling weight) that is hand dyed with care. The super wash merino wool is soft and luxurious with a touch of nylon for strength and durability. It’s one of my favourite yarns to design with and make ready to wear items also available on my Etsy store. New colours coming soon in the Tough Love Sock Yarn so pop by late July or early August to see the latest colours. I have to say the new colours are some of my all time favourites of SweetGeorgia Yarns. You can also purchase many new patterns that use these yarns on my links.

Party of Five mini Skeins:

Party of Five mini skeins in various colours and more not shown are available on my Etsy store link. Add a touch of colour to your knitting, crochet, weaving and other craft projects with the Party of Five mini skeins sets. Beautiful soft yarn in gradient tones of Sock Yarn, mini skeins. Party of Five mini skeins includes 5 mini skeins of Tough Love Sock Yarn by Sweetgeorgia Yarns. The yarn is a 3 ply sock yarn weight merino wool that is soft and luxurious. Each Tough Love Sock fingering weight set contains five 105-yard mini-skeins for a total of 525 yards.

SweetGeorgia Yarns DK weight Super Wash Merino Wool:

Soft and luxurious hand painted merino wool by SweetGeorgia Yarns in various colours including gray (Silver), natural/ivory (Birch) and dark gray (Slate). This beautiful yarn is wonderful to use in your crochet, weaving, knitting and other craft projects. Made with 100% merino wool that is hand dyed to perfection with a tonal effect. I use this high quality yarn in many of my designs and crochet patterns.

Some of the patterns that use this yarn is shown below, other are also available.

NEW CROCHET PATTERN: Elegant Lace Shawl/Scarf

Available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com

The Elegant Lace Shawl Scarf features a beautiful lace design perfect for any wardrobe. EASY TO CROCHET. The centre of the design fans out slightly adding a unique feature to this design. The Elegant Lace Shawl Scarf keeps you warm and cozy with a beautiful lacy touch. Designed with sock/fingerling weight yarn so you can wear it in most seasons. The Elegant Lace scarf can also be made in a solid colour, multiple colours on each row, two toned colours, hand painted yarns or a solid coloured yarn to suit your wardrobe and style.

Can be worn as a shawl or wrap it around for a cozy scarf to keep you warm all year round.

Other Elegant Lace crochet patterns that match including scarves, shawl and hand warmers are also available.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Length is 72 inches, 183 cm by 8 to 8.5 inches / 20 to 21.5 cm width (width is measured at the centre of the scarf).

YARN: 2 skeins for the base of the scarf (approximately 400 yd / 365 m per skein). You can use most sock weight/fingerling weight yarns for this scarf.

(Shown in Tough Love Sock from SweetGeorgia Yarns in the Pink and CashLuxe Spark in the Gray).

HOOKS & NOTIONS: B -1 US / 2 – 2.25 mm crochet hook. Yarn needle to sew in ends. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Various crochet pattern, yarn and ready to wear scarves, shawls, hand warmers and more by Valerie Baber Designs are available on my Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com 

Various crochet patterns by Valerie Baber Designs are available at: 

Etsy store: www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com or Ravelry www.ravelry.com/designers/valerie-baber and Lovecrafts: LoveCrafts (search Valerie Baber Designs)

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Happy crocheting and have a fibertastic day!

Architectural Scarf Collection continued…

Here are some of the new pieces I have added to my Architectural Collection for Fall 2014. My inspiration continues to evolve with ideas for more designs. Stay tuned for more to come.

PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED MY ETSY STORE TO: http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.com so it cooresponds with my website and business name.

I continue to add new designs to my Etsy store and my website at http://www.vbaberdesigns.com

For more information about these designs see my Etsy store link and check out the listings there.

Have a wonderful week. Get out and enjoy nature today.

My Knitting has gone to the Dogs!

Dog neck warmer or is it an ear warmer?
Dog neck warmer or is it an ear warmer?

My knitting has gone to the dogs, Mocha in this case.  This is our family dog Mocha who is an amazing dog for sure. The only thing negative about her is she would probably lick you to death. 🙂  The other day she was bugging me to play with her so I grabbed my daughters ear warmer and off we went.  I was so proud of my daughter when she asked me for some yarn to knit something.  Such a special moment for any artist to see their offspring want to dabble in their form of art.  We sometimes sit beside each other in knitted bliss working away on our next project.  I love every moment of it! 🙂

Back to my dog knits….. sometimes I get distracted.  When I threw this lovely ear warmer on Mocha she loved it and just pranced around.  Had to take some pictures to show her modeling skills.   I think my daughters mocha coloured ear warmer found the perfect home on Mocha! Who would have thought you could share your accessories with your dog!  I am inspired again by something I hadn’t thought about.  Have you made any pet knitwear?  Just think of the fun it would be to design something outrageous for your favourite pet.   Have a great week!  Happy knitting and crocheting.

My daughters ear warmer
My daughters ear warmer

Garden Surprise

Surprise Marigold
Surprise Marigold

While sitting my deck this morning having a coffee to start the day off right I noticed a garden surprise mixed within my herbs.  I couldn’t believe what I saw.  You see I am not the best of gardeners by any means, but every year I try and try again.  There is nothing better than success after trying a task over and over.  Even better when you didn’t expect the outcome.  So here is it…..  Marigolds! Yes, they are growing aimlessly amongst my herbs and flowers.  Thing is I didn’t plant any this year!  Surprise, there they were!  The best part is they are growing where my other flowers keep dying because we have had a lot of wind this year and it is breaking my flowers.  I have replaced them twice already adding new ones to take the space of the ones lost.  Tis why I am so excited that out of the blue (or in this case orange) these wonderful Marigolds popped by for a visit to replace the space I had once again lost flowers from wind breakage.

More Marigolds
More Marigolds

Gardening is a hit and miss hobby and I am so happy to see a hit out of the park this time with the surprise Marigolds.

To add to this moment of gardening bliss I noticed the snap peas I planted have actually been fruitful!  I am in utter shock as I have tried growing tomatoes here for 5 years with success only one of those years.  The weather is not always dependable and my lack of a green thumb doesn’t help.  I decided to ditch the tomatoes and try the snap peas.  The snap peas add a double surprise today and have decided to grow!  Here is my first bowl of these delicious garden delights.

Snap Peas
Snap Peas

I was seriously thinking of knitting a garden full of wonderful produce instead of planting them.  I figured I could knit and crochet a bumper crop!  It is nice to see that my thumb might have a bit of green after all.  I am inspired to try some garden knitting and crochet in the future.  Maybe it is how I will warm up the winter days thinking of next years garden adventure.  Who knows what will pop up next year.  What’s in your garden of delights?

Snap Peas 1
Snap Peas 1

Free Baby Hat Pattern

baby hat free

Free Baby Hat Pattern:

http://www.vbaberdesigns.com/page28.html

Free Infant Baby Hat pattern on my website is available at this link above. I truly believe that helping others is always an important goal to achieve in life. I will be adding more free patterns in the future, check back soon.

This pattern was designed as a free pattern with the request that since it is free you pass it forward and knit one for a charity of your choice. You can make more than one for the many Charities local to you and abroad. Then make whatever you want for yourself. That is all I ask as I would like my free patterns to help support others. To bring happiness and warmth to each of them and you as you make something special for someone you don’t even know. It will warm your heart and theirs.

I hope by giving this free pattern to you the gift of giving yourself to others will be passed on and on and on. Enjoy and pass on the warmth.

Valerie Baber of Valerie Baber Designs, http://www.vbaberdesigns.com