Good afternoon. What a difference a week makes! While physically I haven't felt 100%, I've had some amazing opportunities. One of the coolest projects I finished this week was "topped off" by a pattern from bustingstitches.com. Stacey, creator of Busting Stitches, Crochet and so much more, has a plethora of wonderful crochet designs, recipes, sewing, spinning, crafts and DIY projects are beautiful and fun! I have a few of her crochet designs in my Ravelry favorites.
Stacey writes that she is "a mom of 5, wife and so much more". If you take a look at Stacey's designs, "so much more" hardly begins to cover it. She's incredibly talented. The fact that her stated goal is to "help you satisfy your crafty needs." Her website sent me into full blown crafty/cooking mania. Wow! Sometimes designers strike such a cord you really don't know where to begin, this is the case with Busting Stitches. However, since I do not spin or do I sew I will limit my discussion to what I do know, crocheting. As you know I crochet/knit mostly for children and if I am honest, Stacey's designs are some of my favorites on the net. Just stunning work.
Of course I always share my favorites with you. Since I have worked a couple of Stacey's patterns I can say they are tested carefully. So thank you to Busting Stitches testers for doing such an amazing job. :) Stacey has a huge online presence so she has plenty of testers from which to draw. It is obvious in the quality of the patterns on Busting Stitches. I recently made the "Boy's Elf Style Hat" twice :) I made them for twins recently born to a friend. The pattern is immaculate. Not a mistake in the pattern anywhere. You can find the Elf Style Hat here. I very much enjoyed making this project and I thank Stacey for making it available for free. In fact Stacey makes patterns available for a very small price on her website so one can obtain them without ads.
My favorite patterns designed by Busting Stitches must be the dress/tunic patterns Stacey designs. The sizes are perfect for my demographic and so beautiful! (I don't do stranded work however) The Garden Teal Crochet Dress is stunning and is available in sizes 2/4/6/8. The dress is perfect for school, church, special occasions. I love it. There are an amazing array of lovely, dresses and tops for girls on Busting Stitches, and as I said it was nearly impossible to choose a sampling of patterns. However, the Spring Flower Crochet Tank is stunningly dainty. It's flower style shell shapes and flower trim at the top near the neckline are the perfect touches to set off any outfit. I know a few little girls who would "Squee" with joy over this addition to their wardrobe! (Remember these patterns are available in download form for a small price)
We do a fair bit of charity work and gift giving around my home. So Stacey's designs for infants really make the gifting easy :) Of course it isn't as simple as choosing between adorable photo props or basic warm projects, you have the whimsical and charming to choose from too. One of my favorite animals is the Giraffe, and of course you don't often find a giraffe photo prop set. Naturally Busting Stitches has the most delightful giraffe photo prop set entitled "Unfuzzy's Giraffe Hat and Diaper Set". The "Girly Bunny Diaper Cover Set" is especially feminine. I hope one day to get this particular project made as a gift, however, everyone seems to be giving birth to boys these days :)
Of course adults are not left out of the collection by Busting Stitches. Recently Stacey finished the "Slate Vest". A lovely, lacy, modern look vest with style to spare! I like Busting Stitches designs because they are both beautiful and practical. Which is the largest reason I entered this business in the first place. To make things that make people happy AND that you can actually use. :) A project I considered making for myself (had I time) is the "All Night Bolero" Its very classy and would look fantastic with many of my outfits for fall.
Stacey has been really wonderful about complementing my efforts to show her patterns in the best light. Often designers who are tagged in a social networking site will ignore those who tagged them. Stacey was so positive about what I'd done using her patterns. I was proud :) You can find Busting Stitches on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and of course Ravelry. Thanks to Stacey for the wonderful patterns and being so accessible to those of us who use your designs. (Below my own humble attempts at the Busting Stitches "Boy Elf Style Hat" )
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