Today there's a chill in the air, snow on the ground, and a happy song in my heart. Why? Because The Crochet Crowd did an update to free patterns page. Then I discovered a new to me site entitled Brome Fields, a knitting site that offers a unique challenge. Now this blog is only going to touch on the highlights, be sure to check things out for yourself!
The Crochet Crowd is a site I have mentioned more than once on this blog. Recently, however, the Crochet Crowd has updated the free patterns page on their site. It's FABULOUS! (for you knitters out there, check out The Knit Crowd.) They've added patterns to The Crochet Crowd site, organized the patterns into categories (which isn't new) and the page has a clean new look!
This overhaul took a lot of work checking link, adding pictures, tagging projects, and creating "pop up" description boxes. The team has done a great job.
The snow today got me thinking about Christmas. I remember helping to starch snowflake ornaments as a little girl. We used to hang them from the tree. There were some very cute snowflake patterns available at The Crochet Crowd project page. The Snowflakes Pattern Gallery contains projects that would be just as much fun to do with kids at the YMCA or after school programs.
The crochet projects available for the holidays are just about endless. I know it's close on time to the Holidays but some of the projects in the "Crochet Christmas Project Gallery" are hard to resist.
Now for knitters there's a real treat! Brome Fields is a real treat for the eyes AND hands. I know many of you like a challenge for the new year so why not take Jennifer at Brome Fields up on her #100daysofknitstitches challenge. This challenge is part of the wonderful website Jennifer has created. (Add yourself to her email list to keep up with the latest!) If you want to know all about the gracious proprietress of Brome Fields you can find her biographical info here.
I do very much enjoy expanding my lexicon of knitting stitches. I've made sampler blankets with squares of stitches I've been learning. It is loads of fun! At Brome Fields' "100 days of knitting stitches challenge," the patterns are both in written form AND video! For example the "Sand Stitch" is featured on the Brome Fields blog. Here, you can see both the written pattern and a video demonstration of the stitch done by Jennifer. Why not jump into the challenge? You can always create a scarf or blanket for donation!
Jennifer graciously offers free patterns which you can find on her website and on Ravelry. Her patterns are full of texture and a striking simplicity. (She also gives beautiful names to her creations) The free patterns that would be excellent for donation include:
I do buy patterns to use for donation or for gift giving to friends who may need a bit of help or a smile. It helps the artist and it helps others. I think it is a "Win Win". I deeply appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating patterns for sale (which is why I don't sell patterns ;))
Brome Fields has a big variety of patterns that would be perfect to keep on hand for emergency needs like perhaps a house fire or a death in the family. It's deeply personal and a personal gift is often called for in those circumstances. Jennifer has offered ebooks, collections of her patterns, that would be excellent gifts of love.
Jennifer at Brome Fields exemplifies the gentle art of knitting. Her lovely natural looking patterns, the enticing textures, and peaceful names set the perfect mood for charity knitting.
I thank both the team at The Crochet Crowd and the lovely Jennifer at Brome Fields for the amazing work they do to provide patterns for all of us to work up for charity. Love is at the heart of why I started crocheting in the first place. That is why I do so much enjoy writing about giving.
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