Friday, January 1, 2016

My Latest Project: Crochet Baby Blanket

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and New Year.  I wanted to take a moment to share what I have been working on recently.  My latest crochet project is this gray and purple baby blanket.  

I started crocheting this blanket right before Christmas for a family friend who was expecting her first grandchild.  I just found out the baby arrived early, so I have been crocheting like crazy trying to make sure it's finished soon.

I found the pattern on Ravelry.  It's available as a free download.  The pattern is called, Little Miss Sunshine by Lyn Robinson.  I will post some more pictures of the blanket once it's complete.  Until then, if you would like to view the pattern, it's available here:

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Help Me Keep Tampa Bay Crochet Alive!

Help Keep Tampa Bay Crochet Alive!

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I started a Go Fund Me campaign to help me move Tampa Bay Crochet to a professionally designed website with its own domain.  Below, is my story.

I recently found out that Google disapproved my Adsense account.  They wouldn't give me very much information about it or contact information for anyone who could help.  I tried to appeal, saying I would be willing to make any necessary changes but they wouldn't reinstate me.  

While I do not write Tampa Bay Crochet merely for the money, I do need some sort of compensation in order to keep this blog alive.  I know I have mentioned my health conditions in the past but right now I am unable to work outside of the home because of a chronic condition I have been dealing with for nearly three years.  During this time, Tampa Bay Crochet has provided a much needed distraction from the pain and nauseous that I deal with everyday.  Also, any income that the site generates goes towards buying craft supplies for new patterns, and if there is anything left over, it goes towards my medical expenses.

Now, I no longer have any income from Adsense and in order to continue my work I had to think of what I wanted to do with my blog.  I decided the best thing was to buy my own domain and have my site set up by a professional.  This would allow me to continue offering free crochet patterns and tutorials while opening my site up to new advertising opportunities.  Unfortunately, I do not have the financial means to upgrade my blog due to my massive medical bills.

I am asking anyone who is a fan of this blog, and able, to contribute to my fund.  If you can't contribute, please share my story.  Any little bit will help. I hope to keep Tampa Bay Crochet alive for years to come.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Anyone Who Loves To Crochet

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Anyone Who Loves To Crochet

Christmas is right around the corner and hopefully, unlike me, you already have your holiday shopping completed.  For my fellow procrastinators, I came up with a list of items that would make great gifts for anyone who loves to crochet.  Unlike my previous post, these gifts are not homemade but rather items that can be purchased at just about any craft store or online.  

I would be thrilled to receive any of these gifts on Christmas morning.  I hope this list provides inspiration to those still searching for the perfect gift.

1.  Crochet courses through Craftsy:  Now through December 26th Craftsy is offering up to 50% off online courses.  If you haven't visited the online courses Craftsy page lately, they have added several new crochet classes. They are now offering a total of thirty five crochet courses! A few examples of the new offerings from Craftsy:

To see all the crochet courses currently offered through Craftsy: Click Here
Classic Crochet Openwork :

Quick & Easy Crochet Cables (w/Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby)

Amazing Crochet Textures (w/ Drew Emborsky)

2.  Yarn:   You can never have too much yarn!  If you're looking for a unique gift, get online and see if there is a yarn store in your area that sells locally spun yarns. If not, visit your local craft store and pick up a few skeins with a unique texture or color,

3.  Crochet Hooks:  You can also never have too many crochet hooks.  Eventually, they will get misplaced or  lent to a friend of family member.  It's always a good idea to have a spare set in the house.

4.  A new crochet book or magazine subscription:  There are so many great crochet magazines such as Crochet, Crochet World, Quick and Easy Crochet, Interweave...etc.  Each magazine issue comes with new patterns to try.

5.  Gift cards:  I know gift cards may seem like an impersonal gift but for someone who loves arts and crafts, a gift card to their favorite craft supply store would be a great option.
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