Instant gratification. Not something one often reads in a blog about crocheting or knitting but I must say that Olive and Brook provides just that :)
The artist who created Olive + Brook, Nettagyrl, is a talented writer and designer. Her blogs both Olive + Brook and YarnOver Designs are only part of the many and varied talents of Acquanetta Ferguson.
Nettagyrl is a single mom of two boys working 40 hours per week so designing patterns is really a sideline. She writes; "I am also a busy single mom, who works 40 hours a week at my day job, and freelance write on the side, which leaves me no time to devote to long crochet projects. I am all about creating awesome in either a matter of hours or in a weekend, which is why hats, scarves are right up my alley." I am impressed with her ingenuity and her tenacity. I also appreciate that while she sells on Etsy she does post patterns for free on her blogs and also on Ravelry. Those of us who donate our work with charity certainly appreciate those who are willing to share their patterns
I found Olive + Brook on Ravelry while searching for patterns to share with my friends at Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative on Facebook. Nettagyrl is very talented! I think one of my favorite patterns for donation to Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative or the spin-off groups would be The Easy Pixie Hood, the hat covers the ears, neck and face comfortably. The Weekend Slouch and the Downtown Urban Slouch are also patterns I've shared with the group. The patterns work up quickly, which is the hallmark of Olive + Brook designs! Her designs are very trendy so they are appropriate for teens as well as adults.
Some of my favorite patterns are from her collection of "12 Days Of DIY Crochet Gifts to Make" The patterns start with the October 25. She links back to when the patterns were originally posted but I think the sequential ideas helps those of us who want to dedicate time just to charity crafting. However, if you are like me there's at least one month out of the year when many of your friends/family have either a birthday or anniversary. I've come to writing all my project ideas in a notebook. This 12 days of DIY makes things SO much easier. My favorites from this project roundup include the "Small Chunky Cowl", the "Treble Hood Scarf", and the Chunky Slouchy. I love lists like this because it makes my life so much easier!
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