Last week I wrote part one of this blog about the very talented Celina Lane (you can read it here)! Part one covered her website Simply Collectible Crochet. This week I will attempt to cover Crochet Street and Craft Coalition. Though I am not sure part 2 will do either website justice, I will try. (*The second half of the blog post will also serve as the Charity Idea OUTpost for Sunday February 12, 2017. You'll see why as we go along. ) I am not sure I can do the two websites justice in one blog but I will make an attempt.
Celina Lane is a busy wife, mom, crocheter, and social media maven. Like many of us who would MUCH rather be crafting than scouring the internet for great patterns or DIY ideas, Celina Lane found it was a lot of work to find just the right pattern. So she came up with a solution, create "Crochet Street" as a time saver! Here's what she says in her own words: "Crochet Street is a Roundup Directory designed to help you cruise through pattern Roundups, Collections, and Showcases that have been specifically and carefully compiled and featured on the Top Crochet Blogs." So it's like having a crochet cruise director! :) HOW cool is that?? I know I am always looking for places to direct my friends at Northern Adirondack Hats for Hope Initiative to great free patterns. What about those of us who are frequently asked to make projects for friends but they don't know exactly what they are looking for in style of hat or handbag, or what about the perfect Valentine's gift for that person who has everything? Yes, you know the people I'm talking about right? "Crochet Street" is ONE stop hunting, streamlined with an efficient search box.
Simply looking at the fantastic projects on the homepage of the blog makes one want to gather up your yarn and get started. However, that's just the tip of the iceberg. For instance, you'll find a collection of Gorgeous Infinity Scarves put together by Maz Kwok. My favorite in this collection is the Moogly Blog Neon Dreams Infinity Scarf pattern. Bright colors remind me of Spring and we could all use a bit more Spring right about now in Northern New York. If you are looking for something special to dress up that perfect outfit or bright and fun to wear with a Winter coat this collection has it all.
I really (REALLY) like ripple patterns. Why? It's the perfect way to use up scraps AND the patterns can be totally unisex, no fuss, no muss. I really like this ripple/chevron pattern roundup by Celina Lane. Fabulous.
Imagine what it would be like if there were a mega pattern roundup central? THERE IS! Yes and it's a stop on the"Crochet Street" cruise! (to borrow a phrase from Celina Lane) Follow your cruise director to the "Top Picks" page. This is the roundup capital of the universe. Seriously. It's like Candyland for crocheters! (be ready to get inspired!) I really don't even know where to start. Since I find I'm asked to do a lot of baby gifts and occasionally a wedding gift I thought this Top Pick Kitchen Crochet Roundup was very practical and FUN! This is a collection of collections. If you don't have time to stalk every pinterest page for the perfect kitchen or baby gift, try this Roundup. Now who can resist "250 FREE Crochet Patterns Just for Her". Wow! This is a compilation of 15 Roundups in one Roundup for ease of searching.
Speaking of searching, if you are looking for something specific try the search engine. My good friend loves baskets so I did a search for baskets and this is what I found http://crochetstreet.com/?s=basket
They say, "Two Heads are Better Than One" and that axiom has never been more true than in the case of "Craft Coalition". A production of both Celina Lane and her super crafty friend Mistie. Mistie Bush is the proprietress of "American Crochet" Both Celina Lane and Mistie Bush wrote about their vision for Craft Coalition: "CraftCoalition.com will be predominately crochet with a mix of other crafty goodness for your crafty pleasure. We will be sharing some of our previous content in a fresh way, plus adding brand-spankin’ new patterns, CALs, roundups, and anything else that strikes our fancy." (Great idea!) Now that we know what "Craft Coalition" is, let's take a look at the goodies :)
Free crochet patterns? Yes! "Craft Coalition" offers everything from 18 inch doll clothes patterns to washcloth patterns. There's even a cute Amigurumi pig pattern! What else have Celina and Mistie been gracious enough to share? Fantastic videos! How about how to wrap a "lovey" blanket around a teether? Or how about making a shawl toggle to fasten your shawls together? (Nothing like the right accessory to pull an outfit together right?)
For more crafty goodness don't forget to follow Craft Coalition on Facebook
If you are interested in seeing more of Mistie Bush's work you can find her on Facebook also.
I want to thank Celina Lane personally for her kind comments on Part 1 of this blog and also to say how much I appreciate Mistie Bush for her contributions to the crafting world. Please visit Celina Lane's various websites and if you stop by please tell her how much you appreciate her work. Mistie Bush is a hard working designer with a lot to offer her fellow crocheters. You know I envy them both as I cannot write a pattern to save my soul :). Thanks for the inspiration ladies!
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.