Thursday, April 23, 2009

Create Crochet Team Giveaway #1

The Create Crochet Team is happy to announce the first of three exciting team giveaways!

This giveaway features products from four of our team shops:

1) Two crocheted Olive Coasters from

2) A bath set (soap bag, scrubbie and washcloth) from

3) A skein of hand spun 100% bamboo yarn - 140 yards from

4) A $10 Gift Certificate from JB Crochet Delights:

The lucky winner of this giveaway wins all four of these lovely items!

The giveaway runs from Tuesday, April 2 to Tuesday May 5 at 11:59pm EST.

Now it's time to get down to the nitty gritty of how you can win this fabulous box of goodies.
  • If you voted in our Challenge, you have been automatically been entered into this giveaway.

  • Leave us a comment, as well as a way to contact you in case you win. This could be an email address, your Etsy shop, or something similar.

  • If you blog about the giveaway, be sure to leave a link to your blog in your comment and you will be get an additional entry.

  • Each entry will be assigned a number. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator. We will announce the winner on Thursday May 7, 2009 on this blog, as well as contact him or her.

  • Up to three entries per person!

Good luck to you all!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Think Summer! CreateCrochet Challenge Winner

The first CreateCrochet Team challenge has ended, and we have a winner! Jace, owner of the lovely Etsy shop Jace Makes, received the most votes for her cute Gerbera Daisy Cell Phone Charm.

Wahoo! Congratulations to Jace, and job well done for all the entries!

Stay tuned for upcoming CreateCrochet challenges!

Monday, April 13, 2009

New Shop Intros Part 12

The Create Crochet Etsy Team is growing by the day. We all share a love of crochet and a love of fiber--after all, crochet is the art of turning fiber into a something beautiful. Check out some of our newest fiber artists:

Barbara Crochet Studio

Barbara is a very talented crocheter who takes simple thread and yarn and turns it into a work of art. Her Etsy shop, Barbara Crochet Studio, is packed with lovely bags, doilies, belts, coasters, and jewelry.

June Bug Jan

Jan is a self-professed "crochet junkie" who just loves to create beautiful things with her hook and fiber. Visit this beautiful shop to see stunning hand crocheted flowers, scarves, hats, and afghans.

JB Crochet Delights

JB Crochet Delights is a new Etsy shop specializing in crocheted afghans, doilies, tablecloths, layettes and bed dolls. Shop owner Jennie loves to crochet and is happy to work up a custom order for you!

Jace Makes
Jaces Makes is a lovely little Etsy shop which specializes in handmade bookmarks. Shop owner Jace loves to read, and her handmade crocheted and origami bookmarks would be a luxurious treat for any book lover.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Think Summer! Create Crochet Team Challenge

Warmer weather is on it's way, and with it comes the first CreateCrochet Team Creative Challenge! For this challenge, team members were asked to create a crocheted item inspired by summertime pleasures--a "summer experiment."

Voting begins today, April 13, and the poll will be open
through Monday, April 20 (12 noon EST).

Every person who enters a vote for this challenge will be automatically entered in the next Create Crochet Team giveaway, which begins on Monday April 20th.
Please note! After you vote, add a note to the comments section so we can contact you if you win the giveaway!

Be sure to click on the item photo to be taken to the members shop for a complete description and purchasing details.

Thank you to all our creative members who entered this challenge!

#1: Pineapples for Baby Easy Crochet Pattern

A little bit different, this baby blanket is crocheted in the round, with very few ends that require weaving in once you are finished. Although this blanket may look difficult to make, it is rated as suitable for an advanced beginner. It would make a wonderful christening blanket or stroller throw!

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#2: Citrus Facial Scrubbies

These are the face scrubs you won't mind hangin' around. Set of 2 shell -shaped face scrubbies in 100% cotton ZESTY colored yarn! One Yellow and one Orange. And yes, of course, you could use them for many other things as well. Use your imagination!

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#3: Sun and Surf Dish Rags

These are so bright and vibrant in color. They remind me of a bright sunny day on the beach. The colors for three of these are blue,yellow and two shades of green. One of these wash rags is white, yellow, and a minty shade of green. This listing is for a set of four, three regular size and one jumbo.

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#4: Gerbera Cell Phone Charm

This charm is inspired by my book thongs. The entire charm was crocheted from one continuous strand of yarn – i.e. no joining of separate parts – hence its uniqueness.The charm can be detached from the cell phone strap so you can use it for something else, such as a bag charm.

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#5: Upcycled Plarn Market Bag

This is a large, fully lined upcycled market bag or beach bag. The bag is handknit with a combination of plarn(recycled plastic shopping bags) and new mill end polyester yarn. The straps were crocheted out of the same plarn/recycled yarn mix

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#6: Foam Green Crochet Baby Afghan

This lovely foam green crochet Baby Afghan is made with a soft yarn. The open pattern afghan is foam green trimmed with a white shell pattern. The afghan measures approximately 40 inches square.

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#7 Flower Pair Motifs

These crochet flowers are so cute and versatile... you can slip them on my small, medium and alligator clips, as well as headbands as seen in one of the pictures. Also you string them on ribbon for a necklace or as a brooch with a safety pin

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#8: Orange Sherbet Cloche

This is just the cutest little hat! The brim is perfect for keeping the sun out and can be flipped up or left down. It's made with 100% cotton yarn and has a ribbon tie that you can wear to the side or at the back. Shown in size 18 - 24 months.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shop of the Week: By Ging

By Ging is a delightful Etsy shop, filled to the brim with handmade love! Ginger, the shop owner, is a talented crocheter who also makes handmade cards and upcycled notebooks. Shopping at By Ging is a real treat--there is something for everyone in this online boutique. The Bold Capelet is a great example of Ginger's love of color and fiber, not to mention her talent at crochet!

Ginger learned to crochet from her Grandmother at the age of 10, and she's been working to improve her craft ever since. In addition to crochet, Ginger also draws and writes poetry. When she was a teenager, she wanted a pen name. Since everyone in her family calls her Ging (short for Ginger) she thought that By Ging would be cute. "For 23 years I've signed my artwork, my poetry and now my crochet, 'by Ging.'" Ginger makes items for all ages. Her baby bottle cozies are so practical, and just so cute!

Ginger says she is a "busy Christian mom with 7 children (two sets of twins!!) a husband, a dog and a pet snake." She uses her artistic skills to fill in the gaps after cooking, cleaning, and the other daily activites that keep moms so busy. All that activity must be good for the creative spirit, because Ginger is definitely an artist with her crochet hook.

Ginger has her own blog:, and she is a member of Ravelry (an online knit and crochet community) as GingerG. She is a very active member of the Etsy community, with membership in several teams: Etsy Artists of Color Team, Etsy Hookers Team, CCCOE Team, Inland Empire Team, and of course, the CreateCrochet Team.

If you're looking for a special item, Ginger loves to take on custom orders, just send her a convo and she'll work with you to create a unique crocheted item just for you! She offers free shipping on all items shipped in the USA, with the exception of Pay it Forward items. Be on the lookout! you never know when a Pay if Forward will be listed in the By Ging shop.

As an Etsy seller, Ginger loves to trade with other members of the Etsy community:

"I love to trade. I'm a stay at home mom and so we don't have much extra money, so I really appreciate the act of barter. I have made some excellent swaps. If you are interested convo me and let's see what we can do for one another. "