September 30, 2011

Testers Found - Stained Glass Round Ripple 6 to 24 points

My not so great picture.  My version of the blanket is smaller


Testing is open for this wonderful round ripple blanket.  This blanket is very time consuming so don't volunteer to test if you can't devote the time it will require.  Once you get towards the final rounds it may take an hour or more just to do one round.  Size depends on the yarn you use.  I used Caron Simply Soft (a thinner 4 ply yarn) and a "H" hook and worked only 7 rows past the new points and it is 46" across however, Rhonda pretested the entire pattern and used Hobby Lobby yarn (a yarn comparable to Red Heart Super Saver) and a "H" and her's is over 70" across.  So I'd say that yarn type plus individual tension make a difference. You will need 9 skeins of yarn for the full pattern.

When I find enough testers I go back and change the title of this posting from Testers Wanted to Testers Found. Before emailing me, please go back and check this link to see if the title has been changed. If the title has been changed, PLEASE do not email me asking to test. If you are currently testing an item and I haven't received your picture yet from the current project, you should not ask to test this item.

1. Must be a follower of this blog and a subscriber.
2. Must be able to finish testing by Friday October 28, 2011
3. Must be able to send me a picture of your finished item attached to an email. People not following through and sending me a picture or not posting on Ravelry will no longer be able to test future patterns. 
4. Must be able to send me errors of any kind you find in the pattern. 
5. It is mandatory as of January 23, 2011 that all testers add their test projects on Ravelry after I post the link to the pattern. Once I post the pattern, you'll need to go back to Ravelry and link it to the proper pattern. If you posted your project ahead of time, it won't be linked to the pattern without using the exact name I called the pattern once it was posted. Anyway, believe me, I will be checking. If 10 people want to test, there should be 10 projects on Ravelry.
6.  You can use whatever brand of 3 or 4 ply yarn you'd like to use.  Please do not use variegated or striped yarn.    You will need 9 skeins of yarn for this pattern.  The pattern will give you the specific's.  

If you want to test, send me an email to the address below with your Follower name. Only the first people emailing me will receive the pattern to test. I respond to all requests. If you don't receive a response, send another email as your original email may have gone into spam. Please don't post a comment that you'd like to test. I can't send a copy of the pattern to a "comment." You have to email me as it states. Don't send me a comment through the Google feed that you want to test. You must use the email address below.


September 22, 2011

Are you participating? Want a free crochet pattern?

Are you participating in the SmoothFox - Online Angels Charity Square Drive???

If you are participating, we need you to register (see below) then you can also request my newest pattern called "SmoothFox's My Hubby's Sick and I'm Crocheting"   It is available to you for free if you follow the instructions in this posting at the bottom.  Just email the information requested below and ask that SmoothFoxHelperCindy email you the pattern for the free crochet square.

REGISTER PLEASE- Please send an email to Cindy at
to let us know that you as an individual or that your team is participating in the SmoothFox - Online Angels Charity Square Drive.

We are trying to get an idea how many people are participating. We've got some great prizes and yet I have not had any feedback to let us know if anyone is participating plus we want to make sure we do not have multiple teams using the same name. Remember, one square mailed in can win a prize and help charity.

Online Angels has some wonderful ladies who will sew the squares together to make afghans to donate to needy families.  If you’d like to see the Online Angel website - here is the link.
Be sure to click on the large angel.  If you click on the “Home” tab you can select the prior year to see how many charity boxes they have put together and shipped out. Contact info for Online Angels is: Mary Reinhart   570-544-5975

Below is what you need to tell Cindy in your email.

Your First and Last Name
Are you participating as an individual


Your First and Last Name
Are you participating as a team.  If so, what is your team name.

Now is the time to send in your squares for September so that we can get a few totals going for the Blog.


September 13, 2011

De'Anna's Peace and Love Blanket

De'Anna sent me these lovely pictures of her blanket she made using my heart and peace sign.  These are free patterns and available below:

Christmas Cheer Heart pattern

Christmas Cheer Peace Sign pattern

Way to go D'Anna.  Great job.


September 12, 2011

Lavina's Sweet Delights Baby Blankie

I just thought I'd show you this beautiful blanket that Lavina did using I believe Red Heart yarns and my Sweet Delights Flower Sampler pattern   I find this blanket very appealing in her choice of colors and how bright and cheerful it is.  Thanks for sharing your picture with us Lavina.  


Knitted 6"x6" squares

These sites were recommended to me for those of you knitters looking to participate in the charity square drive.  I'm sure there are other sites out there with lots of patterns.  Just make sure they aren't too stretchy like a square that is knit one row and purl one row.


September 11, 2011

The more the merrier


A knitter asked me if she could send knitted squares so I have added points to the charity drive for those sending in knitted squares.  Your knitted squares do not need to be complicated.  They can be very simple.

UPDATE:  According to Barbara she said to mention not to make garter stitch squares as they stretch too much and are too hard to put a sc border around them.

UPDATE: Someone suggested this site for knitting patterns::


SmoothFox Bright Lights Round Ripple 8 Points

This is the first round ripple I've ever created without holes in it.  I believe it's very pretty and will make a great gift.  This pattern is on sale for $3.00 on Ravelry.  Please click on the link to learn more about the pattern.

SmoothFox Bright Lights Round Ripple 8 Points

September 10, 2011

Winter 2011 Charity Square Drive

WANT TO WIN $25.00 up to $100.00 ?????
Participate in the 

SmoothFox - Online Angels

10/4/11 UPDATE:  PLEASE REMEMBER TO REGISTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR YOUR TEAM NAME WITH CINDY.  HER EMAIL IS and remember to request your free pattern for registering.

9/11/11 UPDATE: I've been asked a question regarding those who want to send in knitted squares.  I updated the blog with point totals for those sending in 6x6 or 12x12 knitted squares. 

The rules so far are below however, if I make any changes to these rules I'll be changing this post so bookmark the post and come back to it. Mary of Online Angels has final say on determining if your counts are right and I have the final say in all disputes, changing OR implementing new rules as unique questions are asked.  Have questions? Email Cindy at


PRIZES:  There are three prizes;  (1)  Individual, (1) Random Drawing and (1) Group/Team
The prizes are a $100.00 gift card from Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Wal-Mart for the Individual winner.  $25.00 gift card from Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Wal-Mart for the Random Drawing winner or a $100.00 US cashiers check for the Group/Team winners charity/business or organization.  All winners will also receive a write-up on my blog along with their submitted picture.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED

If there are any businesses or individuals out there that want to donate any products such as new unused yarn, hooks, needles, notions, totes etc. to other winners, please contact me by email.  We can then update the prize list and send out a blog posting regarding your generous offer plus a link to your web-site.

YARN INFO: Use whatever color or brand of yarns you desire but the yarn (no cotton or wool) should be 4 ply medium worsted yarn.  Use whatever hook size you need to gain the desired size of either a 6”x6” or 7”x7” square or a 12”x12” square.   YARN TAILS MUST BE SEWN IN

GROUPS:  Examples of team/group names could be: South Side Baptist Church, Ravelry team 1, Crochetville team 5, Knitting Paradise team 1.   Online Angel members or groups/organizations with more than 20 active members who are participating in this charity square drive contest, must participate as individuals or break the groups into smaller teams of no more than 10 people per team working against all other groups/teams for the bragging rights of their team winning the most points and the prize for their organization.  Remember to keep the same team/group name during the entire contest.  A group/organization may have many teams but teams may not be larger than 10 people.

DEADLINE AND WINNER NOTIFICATION: In order to qualify for a prize, your squares must be received before January 14, 2012.  Please mail in your squares monthly so we can track your progress on the blog.  Winners will be notified by email, mail and certified mail after January 15, 2012.  Certified mail is available to US residents only

HOW TO WIN:  Earn the most points by crocheting squares as either an individual or a team/group or just be the lucky random drawing winner who submitted a square.  Even one square could win you a prize.

Squares made using SmoothFox patterns will receive higher points:
SmoothFox crochet 6”x 6” or 7”x 7” square pattern = 2 points
SmoothFox crochet 12”x12” square pattern = 8 points

NON SmoothFox crochet 6"x 6" or 7"x 7" square pattern = 1 point
NON SmoothFox crochet 12" x 12" square pattern = 4 points
Knit 6"x 6" squares = 2 points
Knit 12"x 12" squares - 8 points

Suggestions of SmoothFox patterns are below but you may use any SmoothFox pattern if 6x6, 7x7 or 12x12

I will be updating each of the above patterns with the form to mail in with your package or you can email to receive a copy of the form directly in your in-box by emailing Cindy at

The full set of rules will be included in the patterns listed above.

Tester pictures of SmoothFox Bright Lights Round Ripple

Testers - here are the instructions to post your project on Ravelry
1.     Click on the link below
3.     It takes you to the pattern page – you may need to log-in to Ravelry to see the “Hook it” icon in step 4
4.     Click on the "Hook it" icon in the top right area
5.     It will let you fill in the blanks, name your own name for the piece you
worked.  You can name it whatever you want.  Example:  Sparkles’s  blah blah blah.  It will let you rate the pattern also.  So you enter all the information about your "project" like, did you like it, did you have to add a round of sc's to make it the right size, what yarn you used etc and then you save that. General notes for other people who
will see it. 
6.     Then there is a tab so you can add your pictures of your blanket with the same pattern.
If you had already created your project on Ravelry before I posted the pattern, you will need to go to the link above – highlight and copy the BOLD name of the pattern that I named it.  Then go to your project page and put in this name as the pattern name link.

It's really kind of easy.