I’ve been storing these mini skeins from Allison Barnes Yarn for months now, and I decided that I needed to try making something with them instead of just appreciating them for their beauty! When I started looking at different patterns on Ravelry, this one jumped out at me.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love the attitude of “collaboration over competition” that exists in the online crochet community. When I looked on Instagram under hashtags related to pattern testing, it was so neat to see all these beautiful patterns out there! I was excited for the opportunity to collaborate with someone new, and that’s how I stumbled across this pattern!
A couple of months ago, I volunteered at the Etsy Edmonton market, and I absolutely fell in love with this colourway from Allison Barnes Yarn. I ended up spending most of my volunteer dollars on this skein, but it was definitely worth it. Since then, I’ve been waiting for the perfect project.
I know it’s been over a year, but I’m still not over Caron Cakes and the idea of ombré yarn cakes in general. When Michael’s had a huge yarn sale a few weeks ago, I took advantage and stocked up a bit, and started hunting for good patterns to try. The bold look of this cowl on Ravelry instantly caught my eye!
I’m an absolute sucker for braided things. Maybe it reminds me of my childhood, but there’s something timeless about them. When I stumbled across this pattern on Ravelry, I fell in love.
Something about earflaps and tassels just makes me smile, and when I saw this pattern, I knew I wanted to give it a try, if only for the joy it would bring me. I was not disappointed by the end product, even if I did end up making a lot of modifications before getting there.
Pattern testing is one of my favourite parts of the crochet community! It allows me to make new friends and try patterns that I might not otherwise get to try. Recently, I was chosen by Barkley to test her Carter Cable Beanie, and it was a great experience!
One of the things I love most about the online crochet community is the atmosphere of collaboration and support. I have so much respect for the creativity of other makers, and I love it whenever I can be a part of that! When Holly, from Storyland Amis, asked me if I would be willing to pattern test for her again, I was overjoyed.
I’m not sure if anyone has actually ever picked up on this, but my Inspiration posts typically run on the third Tuesday of each month. I screwed up this month, but I think the thoughtfulness of this week more than makes up for this late post! This was inspired by the project that Justine at Chubby Knots is working on, as she is trying to send 500 toys to Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon this Christmas.