This is the view from my bedroom window I admit to having some serious cabin fever right about now. So when I was surfing the web for some inspiration, imagine my happiness when I found "Mama In A Stitch"! I loved the subtitle for her blog page immediately "Simple Knit, Crochet & Artsy Things". I thought; "Hey, I could get into that!". I was "hooked" and the rest is going to be recorded for history :) Thus today's Indy Artist Blog.
You'll find that Jessica, proprietress of Mama In A Stitch, has been published a few times and featured a few dozen more :) Granted I'm not a maven of the blogosphere so I am impressed at the blogs and newspapers she's been featured in! She's maintained her autonomy which is all the better for us right? She can create to her heart's content and we reap the benefits of her creative muse! I'm all about autonomy. :) I enjoy highlighting Indy(fiber) Artists on this blog simply because they are incredibly talented and for the most part they share their designs with us for little or no costs. Something they put their blood sweat and tears into is now ours to share with others. I really have tried writing patterns and let me tell you it's NOT an easy proposition for yours truly. So when I find a blog like "Mama In A Stitch" it is always in the back of my mind how much work has gone into their offerings. I'm grateful. (Oh and by-the-way, how she keeps looking so amazing is a secret I want in on!)
Most knitters and crocheters I know spend some of their time using their talents to help others in one way or another. Free patterns help us do that without cutting into our costs. This is a real bonus especially if you have to watch the pennies in the first place. One of the best things about Jessica's blog is that it's super easy to navigate. (Okay I have to admit to a pet peeve here for full disclosure. As a dyslexic, I like blogs/websites that have easy to locate navigation tools and search boxes. If I can't find what I need on a blog or a website I often give up and move on.) This is a clean easy to navigate blog divided into sections with a search box available. Click the navigation button "Free Knitting and Crocheting Patterns" at the top of the pages and that will take you to the free pattern drop down menu plus thumbnail photos of each pattern available. Sweet! The charities I am or have been involved with would certainly love the "Starry Sky Crochet hat" (tutorial included!), the "Chunky, Squishy, Crochet Infinity Scarf" , or any of the adorable animal hat patterns for children found here.
My daughter and I make a lot of gifts. I knit, crochet, and now loom knit. My daughter crochets, and sews. (sewing machines and I have a fundamental disagreement LOL) I spent A LOT of time surfing Jessica's fabulous creations. I don't wear a lot of sweaters anymore. I am usually pretty warm and so is my daughter. However, I live in very Northern New York State which, like Jessica's native Colorado gets pretty cold at times. The collection of both knit and crocheted blanket sweaters seemed like a dream come true. The open styling and the relaxed fit are perfect. If you are new to knitting or crocheting and you are looking to create a garment these sweaters would be perfect. You'll find the collection in the Popular Projects list in the righthand sidebar on each page of the site. My personal favorite is the "Light Frost Easy Blanket Sweater Crochet Pattern". The pattern stitch is very pretty.
For those who might knit/crochet for children you'll find a variety of projects from the practical to the whimsical. My daughter loves Amigurumi. I think they are adorable but since bifocals became a part of my every waking moment, I don't do the whole toy making thing as much any more :). If you are looking for super cute toys look no further than "Mama In A Stitch's" Amigurumi page. I absolutely fell in love with the "Velvet Rabbit Hooded Stole/Cowl Pattern" CUTE! Plus the story of the Velveteen Rabbit has a sentimental attachment so it warms the heart. :) "The Loft" Pom Baby Blanket" is lovely and with the pattern Jessica talks about Project Linus. Also another subject close to my heart. <3
I am often commissioned to make blankets. Jessica Reeves Potasz has produced about 5 blanket patterns I would like to make, had I time :) The "Mod Heirloom Crocheted Blanket Pattern" from the "Full Winter Collection" on the Mama In A Stitch blog is gorgeous. I think it caught my eye because of the color choices but it also uses one of my very favorite crochet stitches. Check out the "Full Winter Collection". Amazing! In the "Early Fall Collection" there is another stunning blanket. The "Chunky Icelandic Throw Blanket" It's a quick crocheted project made with chunky/bulky yarn and a size "P" hook. The Fall and Winter Collection from Mama In A Stitch are marvelous.
Mama In A Stitch can be found on Ravelry, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. She's been featured in the "Blogs We Love" column in Inside Crochet Magazine (UK) and has a full pattern published in "Crochet! Magazine". Very Cool. She's very much a star on the rise.
Thank you Jessica Reeves Potasz for some wonderful patterns We deeply appreciate your gifts.
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.