Crochet

Premier Yarns Sweet Roll…Sweet Deal!

Hey Y’all!

So, a few months ago you may remember that I designed a whole slew of patterns celebrating the launch of Premier Yarns Sweet Roll! It is still on of my favorite color changing yarns. The endless possibilities make designing a fun and challenging endeavor. Furthermore, all those colors make crocheting a simple hat easy as pie!

Well, Premier Yarns and Joann’s have extended a little information to me to share with y’all!

Premier Yarns Sweet Roll will be on sale for the price of 3 balls for $10 from February 19 to February 25. This is a significant discount from the regular retail price of $4.99. 3 for $10? What a steal and what a great time to stock up and get ahead on this years gift making!

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You can either catch this deal in stores or online here. Make sure to stock up! Sales like this don’t come along every day!

Talk soon y’all,

Rohn

Knitting

WINTER SUCKS!

Winter sucks. It sucks. I hate it.

Yeah, whatever. I live in the south. We aren’t made for snow. Never have been. Never will be. I’ve not been a southerner my entire life but after 7 years in this glorious place, I can officially say I’m a southerner.

This last week we got our annual winter storm.

I say annual because we get one. Just one. It comes at various points throughout the year but it never fails to happen.

This time was bad. Not as bad as previous years but bad enough. We essentially were shut down as a city for a few days. We’re just now getting back on track. Though I fell on my way to the mailbox this morning, that was fun. Who knew crocs and ice didn’t mix?

There’ve been lots of new and exciting changes happening over here at RS Headquarters. At the end of this month we will be moving into a new location, which means I’ve been packing up a whole lot of yarn and samples. The new place will have a great big studio/office space that doesn’t intrude on my personal living quarters AND it’ll have a gas stove. Which I know has nothing to do with knitting or crochet BUT y’all know I love to cook up a storm.

Speaking of knitting and crochet, I’m going to need your guys help.

I think we need to crochet/knit to convince Spring to show up. I’m tired of waiting around on him. He’s like that friend that borrows money and then you never see again. I want MY SPRING. GIVE ME SPRING.

So, lets crochet and knit some shawls? How’s that sound? I’ve compiled a list of shawls that I think would be particularly convincing AND if you use the coupon code, WINTERSUCKS, you’ll get 25% off every one of my shawl patterns.

Here are the links (beginning at the top left to bottom right)

Antietam (knit)

Fuente (knit)

Echeveria (crochet)

Crimson Brocade (crochet)

Winding Stitches Shawl (crochet)

So even though winter sucks. Let’s make shawls. Spring will be here soon enough!

Crochet, Knitting

Black Friday Has Come Early!!

Sometimes…well…I get a bit excited.

For some odd reason I thought TODAY WAS THANKSGIVING.

I blame the lack of a calendar in my house. Que sera sera.

I’ve decided to start our Black Friday sale early! So…starting Today, November 17th and running through next Friday November 26th, all the patterns in my shop are available for 75% off!

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So go! Stock up! This is the LAST sale of the year and the only chance some of y’all will have to stock up on our returning favorites!

That’s right…I’ve brought back ALL of the retired patterns previously retired.

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No coupon code is needed, simply add the patterns to your cart and you’ll be all set!

Happy Shopping!

Crochet

A Cowl for the Candy Lovers!

$2 Pattern Price is only good for the first 100 people! Get them while they’re here…chances are by the end of the day, they will be gone!

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This cowl, inspired by the golden leaves of fall, is an homage to my love for that strange confection…that’s right boys and girls…candy corn.

What is more iconic and more ‘octoberish’ than a big bowl of rock hard candy corn that your grandmother has had sitting on the table in the same candy dish for six years. Or is it sixty?

Anyways…

This cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up in a chevron/flame stitch accented with little candy corns. The cowl is quick enough to be worked up in a weekend or one sitting of your favorite holiday movie.

The pattern is fully charted and easy to customize. Want a longer cowl? Work more repeats. What a wider cowl? Work more rows!

It really is that easy.

Purchase the pattern here for just $2.00 and be one of the only 100 to get this pattern for this price!

Happy Halloween!

Crochet

SWEET ROLLS! And a Free Pattern (Or Two)

Who’s ready for a free pattern…OR TWO!

Premier Yarns and I worked together to design a few patterns using my FAV new yarn of the fall, Sweet Rolls!

Sweet Rolls combine 3 different, but complimentary colors in each ball! The yarn is designed to create wide stripes in a regular repeat (meaning it is not a crazy variegated). It is sort of a gradient yarn except it doesn’t slowly change colors. Think of it like working with three different colored yarns but never having to join a new color which means…NO ENDS TO WEAVE IN!

Sweet Roll is the classic worsted/medium weight yarn in a gorgeously soft 100% acrylic yarn. Each ball comes with 245 yards which is more than enough to make a couple of hates. The colors offered range from pastels to bright feminine to masculine! There is something for everyone.

The yarn is now available in most Joann stores around the country. I popped into mine here in Raleigh and found it right away! I even picked up a few skeins to add to my collection.

You can also pick up the yarn online here! Now, Premier Yarns has offered us a coupon code! STRONG10 This will give you readers 10% off any purchase at http://www.premieryarns.com, and it is valid through October 31, 2016! Just click here!

I designed a Crochet Hat Pattern that is worked from side to side…perfect for beginners (click the photo for more info and to grab the pattern):

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And a Knit Slipper Pattern that’s super fun and easy to make (click the photo for more info and to get the pattern):

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Candles

A Little Something Different!

Hey Y’all! So…most of you know that my roots are in youtube. I decided to jump back on the train and in doing so…I present my FIRST haul from Yankee Candle! I thought it would be a fun way to show another side of myself…by sharing what I love!

All the candles featured here can be purchased via the links here:

Revere Storm w/ Timer Scenterpiece® Warmer – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/revere-storm-w-timer/_/R-1352072

Melt Cups
Crisp Fall Night – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/crisp-fall-night/_/R-1515929
Kitchen Spice – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/kitchen-spice/_/R-1316930
Midsummers Night – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/midsummers-night/_/R-1316908
Silver Birch – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/silver-birch/_/R-1319710

Pure Radiance Crackling After Dark – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/after-dark/_/R-1336541

Mudsummers Night (various sizes) – http://www.yankeecandle.com/search?Ntt=midsummers+night&Ns=DefaultSort&No=0&Nrpp=10

Balsam & Cedar Medium Jar – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/balsam–cedar/_/R-1062315

Autumn Gathering Small Jar – http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/autumn-gathering/_/R-1510034

Midnight Jasmine (various sizes) – http://www.yankeecandle.com/search?Ntt=midnight+jasmine&Ns=DefaultSort&No=0&Nrpp=10

Image and likeness (C) and courtesy of Yankee Candle.

☞ Are you a member of Yankee Rewards? Earn points from shopping to spend: http://www.ycrewards.com

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Crochet

Echeveria and Crimson

As part of my recent Aster collection, Echeveria and Crimson Brocade, are perfect additions to an already spectacular line up of shawls. You can purchase them here for just $5 each OR purchase the entire collection for only $10!

 

Both of these shawls are worked from the center out beginning with only a few stitches and working your way out to the edge. While both look super complicated they offer plenty of rows to catch your breath, just when you need it most. They use only one skein of sock yarn each, shown in gorgeous colors of SpaceCadet Yarns!

You can get the whole collection here on Rav!

 

Crochet

Aster, the new collection!

The entire collection can be purchased for just $10 on ravelry, a savings of $10 or 50%! That price will only last for a week, however. After that it will return to full retail at $20. You will not see a price like this again this year, I can almost guarantee it. So, head to ravelry and grab this deal before it’s gone!

Fall brings with it a whole slew of knitting and crochet projects. Sweaters, shawls, and hats occupy our hooks and needles which have been mostly empty all summer long.

We long for thick afghans and warm socks. It is just the nature of our craft.

This fall, for me anyways, brings with it another something special. Change. This year has been quite transformational and something I didn’t really expect. I decided to stop designing full time and focus on going back to school. Through this I’ve found something very special.

While I love crochet and knitting, I wasn’t ‘in love’ with it.

That sounds like the beginning of a cheesy rom com but, truthfully, I just wasn’t in love with designing like I used to be.

After a short break from everything. A bit of a breather. I’ve found that I do, in fact, love what I do. I just was doing too much of it too fast.

I kind of think of it like cake. I love cake. I love all cake. Cheesecake. Apple Cake. Carrot Cake. Chocolate Cake. All the cakes. BUT I know that if I ate cake every day for every meal I would hate it, eventually. This is all hypothetical because I could never hate cake, ever. 

With my bit of a break I was able to catch up on finished projects that needed attention. Thus…ASTER!

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Aster is a collection of 4 crochet shawls. Each one will be released within the next four weeks in order of difficulty. Each of the shawls encompass my crochet journey from beginner to advance.

We begin with Sunny Almog, a top down triangle shawl worked in filet crochet with a few shells here and there. The shawl itself is deceptively simple making it perfect for working with variegated or gradient yarn.

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Each of the shawls are worked in a gorgeous yarn/colorway from the incomparable SpaceCadet Yarns. Stephanie and I have been working on this project for far too long to not share it with y’all! We’ll talk more about that later!

The shawls that will follow feature all over pattern, lace, and even a few pineapples! The last shawl is an all encompassing shawl worked in the most genius of methods sure to surprise and delight you.

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The entire collection can be purchased for just $10 on ravelry, a savings of $10 or 50%! That price will only last for a week, however. After that it will return to full retail at $20. You will not see a price like this again this year, I can almost guarantee it. So, head to ravelry and grab this deal before it’s gone!

And because I love y’all…I wanted to give you a sneak peek at next week’s shawl…

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recipe

A Cover!

My book has a cover.

I REPEAT.

My book has a cover!

This is such a MAJOR day! One of those kinds of days that you wait for and after months and months and months of waiting it is perfect.

Y’all know I’ve been writing a book, Step into Crochet, for the last year or so…even though it has been in the making for years longer. Well, after the photoshoot and approval and all that good stuff we FINALLY have a cover!

I present to you…MY book:

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Knitting

Focus on Fair Isle

This winter I am focusing on one technique that I really want to hone in.

Fair Isle.

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I’ve finished a hat, which rekindled my love of the technique.

Next I need to actually get to knitting a sweater. A task I’ve only completed once or twice before. Which I loved, but it is quite the undertaking.

So tell me, do you have any tips? Any ideas? Classes? Books?

I one of those obsessive knitters who needs to know everything he can about what he is about to accomplish. So, the more the better. More is more is more!

-R

Crochet

On Writing A Book

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When I sat down to write the first words of my new book, I went blank.

As blank as blank can get.

The page looked at me with monstrous intentions. It taunted me. Mocked me.

For a week it stared at me, daring me to put one word on the page. Knowing that one word would quickly be erased. The blankness consuming once again.

What changed that?

Honestly, I don’t know. I just sat down one day and started writing. I wrote as much as I could in one day. Something in the realm of ten thousand words. Of which, nearly fifty percent were deleted in the first rounds of edits.

The other half were cut in half again during the second round.

In the end what was 30,000 words were dwindled down to just over 10,000. That in addition to the twenty patterns I had to design.

Don’t get me started on those.

TWENTY.

TWENTY.

TWENTY.

I’ll tell you that story another day.

-R

 

Crochet

Crochet is Weird!

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Crochet is weird.

There I said it.

It really is weird though. Think about it. We stack little knots on top of each other to make something out of string. We use a stick and a bit of string to make something beautiful. Sometimes strange but all the same, beautiful.

I often wonder what I would be creating if I hadn’t found crochet. It is the ultimate form of self expression. At least for me it is.

I make socks, sweaters, coasters, wash rags, afghans, dog sweaters, and even a rug or two.

All with just some sticks and string.

Crochet is weird, isn’t it?

-R

Crochet, Inspirational

A Year In Review-ish

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This year has been something of a roller coaster. From losing my mother in law this time last year, to gaining an extra mouth to feed, filming a craftsy class, writing a book, and designing full time…I think I am just now seeing the trees through the forest.

Is that how the saying goes?

Anyways, I always like to take a look back at the year and see how things have changed. To see how everything worked out (or didn’t). What better day than today?

With the death of my MIL, brought a new set of challenges but it also brought a renewed focus to my life. I realized just how short life was and how insane it can be at times.

To say that the death was life altering, is true in more ways than one.

After the death and subsequent events, I filmed my class Learn to Crochet Socks and Learn to Crochet Easy Hats. Both of which are incredibly successful over on the Annie’s website.

I wrote (well am still writing) my book with Interweave, Step Into Crochet, and love that process. If I could just write one book a year, I would be as happy as a clam.
I also managed to fit in a few new designs, launched a sock club, a popular crochet sock group on Facebook, as well taught around the country.

Craftsy called and I filmed a class with them, which also focuses on crochet socks.

Then I decided to shift my focus and go to school to study scientific illustration and native plants in hopes to bring awareness to the dwindling cactus population. Which you will be able to read about more on my soon to be launched blog and website.

With all that going on, what did I learn?

To relax.

This year taught me that I am a bit too uptight when it comes to certain things. Foremost my personal life. That, however, is another story.

I learned to not get too stressed out about my designs being perfect or about finding the next cutting edge thing.

Now I let life happen and I embrace everything as a moment in time. Perfection is a great goal to strive for but not something I need to waist my time stressing out about.

All in all it has been a revolutionary year, and I look forward to the next.

-R

Crochet

Socks…every which way but loose!

Most, if not all, of you know that I am a bit obsessed with Crochet Socks. It’s not my fault, really. I am a crochet sock evangelist. It is in my blood.

These past two weeks I started a few college classes and I fell everyone about crochet socks. Everyone. I think I might become known as the ‘crazy crochet guy’ if I’m not too careful…but then…is that such a bad thing?

I didn’t think so either.

This week I get to announce the winner of our Seaside Shells Pattern from last week! It was Debbie Thurmond! Debbie, send me an email or Facebook message and I will get the pattern to you!

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I also wanted to let y’all know about two exciting things! First, we have a new pattern coming next week. It is a toe up sock with a square toe, all over extended single crochet, a toe up heel flap, AND a long cuff, which makes these easy to fit to a wide variety of feet!

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Theres something special about these though. I don’t make one penny from the sale of the socks. Not one. Every penny earned is then given. The cost of the pattern is a bit higher than normal, $5, but I wanted to be able to make as much money as I could on this fundraiser and I know that y’all will pull through!

All the proceeds will benefit Urbanpeak.org, a youth shelter out of Denver. Last year, we raised enough money to buy 1800 pairs of socks for teens that are currently homeless. Most homeless teens have been abused by family members or others. No one chooses homelessness over a happy home life.  If you want to learn more about the statistics, click here.

Socks are one of the most needed items in shelters. We can show these teens that someone out there is caring about them, when the world seems to be against them.

 

I know what you’re thinking…why not just make the socks for the young men and women and send those? Well, that doesn’t often work. The socks just don’t last as long as commercial socks and while the gesture is appreciated it is not a practical way to look at the situation.
So, click here, to preorder the pattern, it will be released in full next week! Share with your friends, spread the word, let’s raise as much money as we can! The more money we raise the more homeless teens we will be able to help!
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Lastly, I wanted to let y’all know that Rohn Strong’s Crochet Sock Club is going strong! We’ve had THREE designs (one the first month, and two the second) uploaded and people are loving them. If you would still like to join, click here, and you’ll get a few dollars off the retail price!
Thanks y’all!
Have a great week!
Rohn
Crochet

Summer Socks are Super + Giveaway!

Socks. Socks. Socks.

Everything I do lately is somehow related to socks…I think I’m addicted! Send help…or just sock yarn. Either way…I’m ready!

This week I have a NEW-ish sock pattern! The Seaside Shells Socks.

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Why new-ish? Well, it was published as part of my Greenway MCAL, but you had to choose just the right options to get this exact sock AND I loved it so much I just decided it needed to be its own pattern with its own yarn and that would be that.

So, here’s the Seaside Shells Socks!

The socks are worked toe up with a star toe (comfy as all get out), a strong heel (comfier as all get out) and a single crochet ribbed cuff (comfiest as all get out). The all over shell lace stitch is easy to work and super stretchy.

The heel is something I’m REALLY happy with. I wasn’t sure if it would work…and for a minute it didn’t. Then it did. I’m beyond happy.

Seaside Shells are already getting a lot of love on Ravelry and Craftsy where you can purchase the pattern for just $4.50 a whole $1.00 off the retail price. I’m a sweetie pie like that.

If you have any doubts that crochet socks are pretty, summery, and comfy…these will change your mind. I hope.

Grab your copy of the pattern today and crochet on!

Comment on this post to win a copy of this pattern! I’ll be choosing the winner next week…when I have ANOTHER PATTERN FOR YOU ALL!

Rohn

Crochet

New Pattern…and a Couple of Kits!

One in a while we designers have to admit a big secret…

We didn’t get it right the first time.

Or at least, we could have done it a touch better.

That’s how I’ve always felt about my Candied Crossbones socks. While they’ve been the most popular crochet sock pattern I’ve designed, to date, a few things irked me after awhile.

The yarn wasn’t the right yarn for the design, the heel was an (GASP!) afterthought style, and the yardage didn’t work for most. Last year, I was contacted by Craftsy to work on a couple of kits featuring their new yarn, however this meant I needed to restitch the socks.

It was the perfect opportunity to change things up!

That’s exactly what I did!

Introducing the NEW and IMPROVED Candied Crossbones Sock Pattern!

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These socks are worked from the cuff down, just like the classic design! The cuff is a bit shorter to save on yardage (a concern for some crocheters) and I changed the heel to an afterthought heel. The body is still in extended single crochet with a star toe.

What’s all this mean?

A new and improved fit that works for a wider number of crocheters! The sizing is for Small, Medium, and Large but making adjustments is super easy, and I encourage you to do so!

Don’t fret, if you want the afterthought heel instructions and the classic full length leg, you’ll still have access to the original pattern! So, it’s like getting two patterns for the price of one!

Pick up the pattern here for just $5.00! 

Rohn

Crochet

Who’s Ready for a Crochet Sock Club?

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I’ve been teasing y’all every now and then…but it is definitely happening! I have officially started my Sock Club!

Until the end of day on Thursday I am offering the entire club for just $12.50! Just add it to your cart, no coupon code needed!

We’ll be featuring fun and exciting yarns from companies like Unplanned Peacock Studio, Premier Yarns, Lion Brand Yarn, Cloudborn Fibers, SweetGeorgia Yarns, and Classic Elite Yarns!

We will also have CALs for each sock along the way!

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Share this post with your crochet friends and let’s get crocheting!

Join me for SIX months of fun and innovative crochet socks that will test your hook and thoughts of what crochet socks can be! We will focus on modern and wearable sock designs from one of the best crochet sock designers out there…ME!

I’m humble…can’t you tell!

This club will lead us right up to the 2017 Crochet Sock Club which will also feature some new and exciting info from my forthcoming crochet sock book with F&W!

So, who’s ready to join me for a fun an exciting crochet sock club? You can join at any time and you’ll get all the past patterns as well as any future patterns.

Until the end of day on Thursday I am offering the entire club for just $12.50! Just add it to your cart, no coupon code needed!

The first pattern will be released this Friday, July 1st and is called Bluebell. I designed a toe up sock using a square toe and featuring two of the best crochet stitches for socks, linked half double crochet and extended single crochet.

Full pattern and photos will be released on Friday!

And…if you promise to keep a secret…I have a few extra patterns that I’ll be throwing in here and there over the next few months!

You can pre-order the full collection here or if you just want to try out one pattern…you can do that here!

Let’s get crocheting y’all!

Rohn

Crochet

Free July Sock CAL!

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Hey Y’all!

It’s been a few days so I wanted to jump on and share some EXCITING news!

Last Thursday I was on Marly Bird’s podcast. We chatted about everything crochet including my new crochet book, my current anniversary sale, and a new Crochet Sock group I’ve started on Facebook!

I wanted to touch on the latter a bit more!

The Facebook group is called, Crochet Sock Addicts! and will be everything crochet sock related! I’ll be offering exclusive patterns, support, coupons, and more! If you’d like to just go ahead and join…you can do that here! Read more about the group in this post. 

To celebrate the group we are going to be kicking it off with a Crochet Sock Along. The pattern for which I’m going to share with you today!

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I designed and published these socks a few years ago with Inside Crochet. I loved them and actually crocheted TWO pair in two color ways in my size…which is no small feat! I wear a size 15, so crocheting socks for myself is a journey…to say the least.

These socks are great fun and pretty simple. They work with self striping yarns, variegated yarns, and solid yarns! They do use a bit more yarn than a single skein because of the post stitches but they fit like a dream and the post stitches help give the sock a big shot of stability!

I’ve worked this in two different sock yarns in different fibers to see if it would work. They worked SO well!

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This pattern is usually $5.00 but if you join my facebook group I’m going to be offering the pattern for free! You just need to head to Facebook and join the group…you’ll see the post, download the pattern, and get ready to get started!

The CAL will begin on July 1st and run through August 1st.

This will give you some time to download the pattern, buy your yarn, and swatch a bit to get started!

If you want to join in, just join my Facebook group here and download the pattern!

Let’s do this!

 

Crochet

Hear me Ramble On…LIVE!

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Hey y’all!

Exciting news today. Well…if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’m going to be on the Yarnthing Podcast with Marly Bird! Just head to this link here and listen LIVE for your chance to win a special prize! Don’t worry though…if you can’t make it live you can always listen to the recorded show and enter to win a prize on Marly’s website!

The show will have all the specific details…all you need to know is to tune in at 12pm EST and listen to us ramble on!

Later y’all!

R

Crochet

A New Facebook Group for Crochet Sock Addicts!

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Hey y’all!

Happy Wednesday…I hope y’all are enjoying the week as much as I am. Today is about as gorgeous as a Southern Summer can get. Carolina blue skies, low humidity, eighty degrees, and an incessant squirrel that wants to break into my outdoor office more than I want a candy bar.

Anyways, I wanted to pop on here and let y’all know that I have started a new Facebook group! A special group all for crochet sock addicts like me

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All you need to join is head on over to Facebook and request to join. I will personally approve everyone and am also serving as the moderator.

What’s so special about this group? Well, I’ve noticed that a lot of crocheters don’t have a forum just for socks that they can hang out on while pursuing Facebook! We will have Crochet Alongs, share free and pay for patterns, inspiration, yarn love, and even what tools we love for sock crocheting!

I’ll be sharing group only discounts, book exclusives, class deals, and even giving personal advice to anyone who needs it!

Join in on the fun over on Facebook and let’s get crocheting!

R

Crochet

It’s My Anniversary!

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So…I’m celebrating something fantastic! It’s my anniversary! Today in 2011, I decided to design! I started doing a bunch of research and it led me to right here and now! How awesome is that?

It was in December of 2011 that I would publish my first pattern…Sparro!

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To celebrate I am offering a HUGE SALE!

For the next 10 days (June 7th through June 17th) I am offering every pattern in my Ravelry Shop for only $1.00! How awesome is that? No coupon code needed, just add as many to your cart as you want! On June 17 all of my patterns will go back to their standard pricing.

I won’t be offering another sale like this for quite some time so now is your time to stock up. A few of you were able to cash in on the deal starting at the beginning of the month but this is my official announcement!

Head to my Ravelry Shop here and stock on up!

Thanks y’all,

R

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Simple Mornings and Daylilies

“I paint flowers so they will not die.
I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.
Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
Painting completed my life.
I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”

 – Frida Kahlo

I’ve always loved this poem. And it is a perfect introduction to this post. Last week I finish up my next painting and I wanted to share it with y’all.

Introducing, Simple Mornings,

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This painting was such a process of labor and love. It began with a rough, very rough, outline. I also worked from the center out this time…something I hadn’t thought about until reading further through some of the botanical books I have. Roses should be painted from the center out, it gives it a more organic look and feel. I think it made all the difference.

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A few days later I filled in the rest of the rose.

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Then it was time for the background. I wanted a really nice dark background but just flat black wasn’t working for me. I layered Dark Grape and Violet followed by a nice layer of black to burnish. It made all the difference.

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Here’s the finished piece again!

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Thank God for Instagram! I love being able to track my progress as I go.

I also whipped out this Ivy Leaf quickly on Friday…quickly being 5 hours. HA!

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I’ll be working on a Hemerocallis Buttered Popcorn…or Daylily…this week! Along with all the crochet/knitting/teaching stuff I need to get done!

Have a good week y’all!

R

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A May Photo Shoot…In June!

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This last weekend was all about photos. I think I mentioned last week that I had a photo shoot scheduled for the weekend with a new model. While that didn’t pan out (the model ended up calling out sick) I still decided I could take advantage of the day and let Mother Nature model for me.

Here are a few of the photos I am just in love with!

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Inspiration abounds! Here’s to a happy week and an inspiring summer!

R

Friday Round Up

Weekly Round Up 5/23 – 5/27!

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Written by Rohn Strong

The last full week in May came in and went quicker than winter in the south.

Also…this gif…the funniest thing I’ve seen all week. I cannot stop laughing. CANNOT. STOP.

This week on the blog we focused on a few interesting topics. Monday, I released a few new patterns into the wild that cost just $1 a piece. Tuesday y’all followed me on Snapchat and watched me work through Day 2 of my juice cleanse. Wednesday was all about my newest colored pencil painting. Finally, we wrapped up the week yesterday with a new recipe for Apple Pie Buckwheat Waffles (they were a HIT)!

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Have a happy and safe weekend y’all!

R

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Apple Pie Buckwheat Waffles

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Written by Rohn Strong

Buckwheat waffles are one of the few things I remember my father loving. He would rave over buckwheat pancakes and talk about how much ‘better’ they were than the regular bisquick pancakes I grew up on. These aint no bisquick pancakes…these are some gourmet waffles right here.

Yesterday while getting ready to make a batch of Apple Pie Muffins, I had a quick thought. What if I put these in the waffle maker? I’m sure they’d turn out good…right?

These aint no bisquick pancakes…these are some gourmet waffles right here.

In fact, I would venture to say these little beauties turned out BETTER from the waffle maker than they did from the oven. The quick cooking time means that the apples still retain a bit of their crispness while not being too overdone.

The secret to these waffles is the allspice. You have to use good allspice. Really good. Splurge. They give the apples a hit of something special that is really, absolutely, unequivocally needed.

A lot of people don’t know that allspice is not a combination of other spices but is, in fact, it’s own spice. Allspice is made from the dried pimenta fruit of the evergreen myrtle plant Pimenta Dioica. If you don’t happen to have allspice on hand you can combine equal parts of cinnamon and cloves, then add in a dash of nutmeg. It takes a few tries to get the right mix but if you need a waffle fix…it’ll work out fine.

The awesome thing is that these waffles are sugar free, oil free, dairy free, vegetarian, gluten free, and really low in calories! I do recommend adding a bit of jam or pure maple syrup. If not, these can be a bit savory. Which isn’t a bad thing! They would be fantastic with some fried chicken! Maybe some steak? CHICKEN FRIED STEAK.

Okay, anyways here’s the recipe.

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1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon course salt
4 large eggs
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
1 apple, very finely chopped
Optional: 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

Preheat your waffle iron (or heat up a griddle for pancakes).

Combine flour, powder, and allspice in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Almond or Coconut flour may be substituted for the buckwheat flour.

Add salt, eggs, banana, and honey. Mix to combine. Fold in apple. If desired add in a bit of flaxseed. The batter will be quite thin.

Pour by 1/2 cup servings into waffle maker or onto griddle. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes each side. Serve immediately with warmed syrup or jam.

These can be frozen for up to three months in the freezer or 2 days in the refrigerator.