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Nuts About Squares

For those of you who can’t get enough of afghan squares (guilty!), I am excited to announce that two of my designs will be included in an afghan block CAL called “Nuts about Squares,” coordinated by Esther of It’s All in a Nutshell. Esther is a designer and blogger who makes wonderful step-by-step videos. You have probably seen her work with Sophie’s Universe and the latest Scheepjes Hygge Shawl CAL.

Check out Esther’s blog for all the details: It’s All in a Nutshell.

Starts March 31 and there are 3 lovely yarn packs put together for it, please purchase through Esther’s Blog.

Can’t wait to see the videos, especially for my blocks hehe.


CALs Past Present and Future

How is everyone doing with our current CAL, Memories?  Here are a few pretty finished versions, by Isabella106 and DakotaStamper.  I love how everyone puts their special touch on the patterns.

Here are a couple of standouts from our last CAL, Spiral Hexaround, by marjos and crankyangel:

Here’s a version I did in Stone Washed XL with a single crochet edging:

I’m very excited about the next CAL – March-May, it is an original design and I’m trying to get yarn packs arranged.  The pattern will be a paid pattern with a pre-CAL discount.  Coming soon!

June-July – Free CAL to one of my old patterns.  Maybe we’ll do a vote!  Hexaghan or September Morning?

August-October – MYSTERYGHAN 2017 – Free up until the start of the CAL, like we did last year.

I also have a few more afghan patterns in the works – not sure of timeline!



Spiral Hexaround – How are we doing?


I love seeing all your progress on our Spiral Hexaround CAL.  Please follow along on my Ravelry board and Facebook CAL group for like-minded stitchers.  (Facebook search “Crochet Along with JulieAnny.” )

This is a fun and addictive hexagon worked in the round without joining after each round to keep the integrity of the long gradients in the color-changing yarn.  I used ten(10) skeins of Lion Brand Landscapes with a K hook, but you can use your favorite yarn.  Other suggestions are Lion Brand Amazing, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, Red Heart Boutique Treasures, Noro Silk Garden, Noro Kureyon, Knitpicks Chroma.    For a good price on Landscapes, I found Walmart’s regular price of $4.47 often beats sale prices elsewhere. has frequent sales, Amazon has everything, and please check out all my affiliate links to make your online purchase, and I will get a small commission.

I tried out the motif in Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, using a J hook, and it measured about 7″ point to point, 6″ flat side to flat side, and weighed about 11 g, so I would say you would get 9 per skein of Unforgettable (maybe 10) so for 37 motifs you will need 5  (five) skeins and the throw will be smaller, about 43″ across.  I am including a pattern for a half-hexagon if you would like to rearrange your motifs into a rectangle.

The pattern is now available for only $5.00 (plus VAT if applicable) but you can get 20% off the price with Coupon Code.  To download the pattern, go to the pattern page on Ravelry, hit Buy it Now, and input the following Coupon Code where indicated.  Hit apply, and the price will come down 20%.  The pattern will be stored in your Ravelry library, and you will receive any updates.  The coupon code is JULIE20 or JULIE 20, and is good for multiple purchases on everything in my Ravelry store.  Please make a Ravelry project page, and share progress and photos with the group.  If you post a finished photo of your afghan to your Ravelry project page I will give you a gift of any other single pattern from my Ravelry Store. PM me with which pattern you would like.

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!


New Affiliate – (Bargains) –

I have a new affiliate online seller – – and they have a nice selection of yarn and crochet tools.  I found my favorite Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hook in size D (the size I was looking for) for only $1.78!  It is just the D size at this price but I’m buying 2!  Lots of nice random bargains on (Look carefully at the prices!)   I bought a bunch of Berroco Comfort for my next design, yum.  If you get to the site through my links or banners and buy something,  I get a commission, and you get your same prices, thanks!

Sale at Deramores


Thanks to all who purchase their yarn through my links and banners.

Offer: 10% off at Deramores!

Code: DT4563

Valid: Now through August 22nd 2016

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What are you crocheting/knitting?

What are we crocheting/knitting now in January?  I’m waiting for the yarn packs for our next Crochet-A-Long to be ready. It is going to be a re-working of my Garden State Afghan and will be a free pattern given out over a period of 8 weeks. Here is a sneak peek:

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Planning future projects – I have a unique (paid) design coming up to rival Modern Blanket of Flowers in the beauty/style/ease of execution/fun department. Can’t wait to finish. Then our Summer 2016 free Mystery-A-Long is in the thinking stage and it will be awesome.

If you are interested in another afghan Block Crochet A Long, my good friend designer Margaret MacInnis is running a CAL on her Ravelry board and will be featuring a new block from “moi” in March. Get in on the fun with her group on Ravelry.  Her new Facebook page is  up now and she’s working on a blog.  Give her a “like” and tell her I sent you.  ;p