Monday, February 6, 2017

February Granny-Spiration Challenge

Welcome to the February edition of the Granny-Spiration Challenge!  Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary -- you can see my Be My Valentine: A Free Crochet Pattern right here!

Join the Challenge!

You will be able to link up from 9am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through 11:59pm EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway! (Feel free to read more about it at EyeLoveKnots.)

Please share projects that are family friendly and GRANNY INSPIRED!  It could be a "regular" granny square, a solid granny square, a granny stitch pattern, a pattern review, or an inspiration piece -- we're pretty open minded.

*Please make sure to link to your post, and not your homepage.
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*Features may be chosen at the discretion of each host. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

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Enter the Giveaway!

This month's Granny-Spiration giveaway will be for two skeins of Yarn Bee's Andres Alpaca Yarn in the Foxglove colorway.  Sponsored by EyeLoveKnots.

Void where prohibited.  Sponsor is responsible for prize shipment and fulfilment.  Must be 18+.  US only. 

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Be My Valentine: Crochet Heart (Free Pattern)

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Here's a unique Valentine to give this February!  Of course, it makes a sweet little gift anytime of the year!

I used Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn and an H hook. (I find it rather amusing that all but one of these colors has "hot" in the name.)

Pattern Notes
This is not a tested pattern.  It also presupposes a basic knowledge of crochet.  I'd rate this as an advanced beginner pattern.

Free Crochet Heart Pattern

Round 1 (Hot Pink)
Chain 4. Join.  Start like a basic granny square: chain 2, 2 dc, chain two, three dc. chain two, three dc.chain two, three dc. chain two, three dc. Chain two, join.

Round 2 (Beach Glass)
 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc in each corner, chain one between each corner.

Round 3 (Hot Purple)
Slip stitch to join in a corner.  10 triple crochet stitches into the chain one space.  Slip stitch in corner. 10 triple crochet stitches into the chain one space.

Round 4 (Hot Blue)
Single stitch around.
Note: Chain 2 at heart point.
Note: On purple, single crochet in each stitch but chain one between each stitch.

Round 5 (Hot Orange)
Slip stitch in back loop of the blue.
Note: Chain two at the point.

Weave in your ends and enjoy!

As always, I enjoy sharing my projects around the blogosphere.  Here are the some of the places where I link up!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I Love Travel Giveaway (Ends 2/15) US

Rustic Pathways I Love Travel Giveaway

Sponsored by:
Rustic Pathways
Hosted By
~1 Winner~
Open to US
2/1  12am ~ 2/15 11:59pm
$500 Travel Gift Certificate 
(either airline or hotel)

A special shout out to our Co-Hosts 
 Deliciously Savvy,  Fabulous and Brunette, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, IMHO Views Reviews and Giveaways InezbyDesign,  Michigan Saving and More, and Oh My Heart

From the host: 

Rustic Pathways is a leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students around the globe. Rustic Pathways was founded in 1983 and offers spring and summer break experiences as well as Gap Year programs and customized experiences for educators and small groups.

Operating in over 20 different countries, Rustic Pathways focuses on areas of interest from public health, medicine, and education to the environment and community service. 80 percent of Rustic Pathways travel programs involve a service element where students give back to the communities they are visiting. From Morocco to Myanmar, each program is designed to help students make meaning of their travel experiences, identify interests and passions, gain confidence, and grow as individuals.

Across the globe, Rustic Pathways employs local staff and fosters lasting relationships with the communities in which it operates, enabling students to have immersive and authentic travel and service experiences. Rustic Pathways  was recently voted the Best Youth Tour Operator at the 2015 World Youth Student and Travel Conference (WYSTC) by 7,500 young travelers. 

For more information call 800.321.4353 or visit You can also follow the company on Facebook or Instagram, watch  Rustic Pathways  on YouTube and check out the Rustic Pathways LinkedIn  page.  
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