Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Welcome to RoseRed Designs

Thank you for your interest in checking out 
RoseRed Designs.



This is 'officially' a blog.  However, it is set up as a website.  There are quite a few free patterns and tutorials.  There are also posts, articles and lots of projects interspersed if you want to look back through the blog posts.  I love that Blogger allows blogs to have 'pages' so that a blog can be set up as a website.

 Please enjoy your visit here at RoseRed Designs.

For those that are interested in my 'pay for' patterns they can be found at both Etsy and Ravelry.  Ravelry offers instant downloads and has a library option.  Etsy requires that you must wait for me to receive your order before it can be sent out via email.  Etsy is looking into instant downloads of purchased patterns.  I do not know when they will offer this.



http://www.etsy.com/shop/roseredsdesigns


http://www.ravelry.com/stores/rosered-designs


If you look at the side bar to the right you'll find direct links to articles and free patterns.

You'll also see my Pinterest disclaimer.  Please feel free to pin my projects and patterns to Pinterest.  I only ask that you do not pin any of my personal pictures - especially those with children in them.  I'd hate to have to go through the blog posts and have to remove any of them.



And a couple of shout outs...

If you haven't already found Crochetville I suggest that you check it out.  It's a wonderful community of crocheters and an amazing resource for anyone who loves yarn.  It's one of my most favorite places on the web.



Jimbo makes the most amazing wood hooks.  I have several and they are awesome to work with.  He generally does auctions but you can contact him for custom work as well.  He also came up with a great specialty hook that was named the 'Hook Awl' in a contest he held.  They come in 2 sizes and they're super sharp and pointy for working  into fabric.


If you crochet - Ravelry is an amazing resource for patterns, ideas, yarn information, etc.  It has it's own forums - I don't belong to any of them but for those that are interested - it's there.  I have my bookmark set to the 'New Patterns' page.  It's a great way to get a look at what's been uploaded recently.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!


To all of my friends in yarn,

May you all have a wonderful holiday season and a happy & healthy New Year!

~Michele

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's ok to pin to Pinterest

After much thought and consideration I've decided to allow pinning.

I can't stop the wave of the future.  I'm still not thrilled with the changes that Pinterest has made.  I think they could've done more BUT what can you do.

All that I ask is that you please not pin the pics of friends and family that I have on my blog.  I would hate to have to go through the entire blog and remove the personal pictures that I have here.

Thank you,
~Michele
aka RoseRed

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Not so random thoughts

I come to this blog every day and check out the free pattern shown in the sidebar.  Every day I come and look I feel as if I should be posting something.  That without new posts blogs die.  They just do.

This is supposed to be my designing blog but I haven't been designing.  Don't get me wrong - I still have ideas, notebooks with doodles and diagrams, swatch patterns that have already been tested and are just waiting to turn into something.  And they've been waiting for me to turn my attention back to them.

I'm not one to post personal stuff on the internet.  I know a lot of people do but it's not MY thing.  Most of my readers know I had back surgery almost a year ago.  It's been a long and slow recovery.  Sitting like you would at your kitchen table is the absolute worst position for me to be in.  Standing comes in 2nd place at the pain awards. 

It's taken almost a year but I've finally reached the 4 hour mark.  At 4 hours I'm pretty much done for.  This includes sitting to drive, standing to walk, standing to rest while I'm walking, sitting to drive home, etc.  I can push it to 6 hours but them I'm in bed for a day or two and completely useless for much of anything.  Even 4 hours has me finished for the rest of the day.

You may be wondering what this has to do with designing.  Quite a bit actually.  In between running a home, trying to keep up with my teenage daughter, feeding my family and doctors appointments - I just don't have the intestinal fortitude to do much more.  I don't have the ability to do much more.

I've written a couple patterns but to tell the truth - pain brain does NOT make for writing easy to follow or well written patterns.  Pain brain saps the creativity right out of me.  Hell, pain brain can make it difficult to follow easy and well written patterns.  Those of you that either live in pain or have experienced it for a substantial length of time know exactly what I'm talking about.

I have a new design in a PIG (pattern in grocery bag) sitting next to my recliner (put a pillow under my knees and behind my head and I've found my comfy spot) and I can't bring myself to put it together and try to write it out because I've seen the mess I've made out of other patterns I've tried to write.

Now that the holidays are over (and we all know how much work those are) I'm hoping that life will slow down enough that I'll have enough time to sit (recline) and recover from all the over-doing it that I can actually get back to designing.  To writing out the ideas floating in my head.  To get back to creating new and wonderful things. 

I made 5 ghans for Christmas and as usual, I waited too long to get all of them started.  I haven't been crocheting much in the last week or so - my poor fingers needed the break.  I took pics so now I just need to put them up so I can share with you guys - my friends in yarn.

I'm not writing this as an excuse but I thought I owed you guys an explanation on why I seem to have stalled.  It's because I did.  And on that thought I'm going to close this blog post.  May we all have a healthy and prosperous new year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas & Solstice Greetings!

I just wanted to wish all of my friends in yarn a Happy and Healthy holiday season regardless of which holiday is celebrated.

I finally finished a 7 1/2 foot long ghan - now I just need to wrap it, a few animal hats for my daughter and have 1 last batch of cookies to make (30 dozen so far and still counting).

It's really hard to be in the Christmas spirit when it's 80 degrees out but I'm trying!

Friday, December 2, 2011

The mad Christmas rush!

I can't be the only crocheter who just realized how far behind I am and how close Christmas is.

UGH!

I have 2 afghans totally completed and washed just waiting to be gift bagged.

I have a 3rd ghan (2 strands and an N hook) yup - call me a cheater! I'm in a time crunch.  I could say that thick cozy afghans just can't be beat for presents heading north to the colder states and it would be true but it's mostly the time crunch.

I have a 4th afghan that I just realized I will NOT have enough yarn to finish.  I'm going to need at least another pound of red and possibly 2 more pounds of blue. Yup - another 2 strander but this is one of the VERY FEW truly custom ghans I've made.  I was specifically asked to make this one super thick and cozy so i don't feel like I'm cheating but originally - I only bought enough yarn to make it a 1 strander. 

Looks like I have a 100 mile round trip to hit Michael's and Joann's to HOPE they have the colors I need in stock.

So - how about you guys?  Are any of you done for Christmas yet?

Thursday, November 24, 2011