Friday, November 29, 2013

Counting Our Blessings!

We're truly thankful for all who support us and encourage us. To show our thanks, we're offering 20% off in our Etsy shop now through Dec. 2. Just use coupon code THANKYOU20 at check out to get your discount!

For our crocheting friends, our patterns in Ravelry and Craftsy are 50% off now through Dec. 2! You don't need a coupon code for these.  And our fingerless glove pattern is free as always! 

Thanks so much to you all!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

And the winners for the give away are ...


So, for our give away we had two fun baby hats like the one pictured above. Now, thanks to Rafflecopter (which we officially LOVE!) we have two winners!

0-3 month hat: Alona Romanow

3-6 month hat: Erin Warren

Congratulations, ladies, and thanks for stopping by! We'll email you also to get your mail address.

And a huge thank you to you who participated in anyway. You bless us tons with your kind words and encouragement! :) 

Friday, August 2, 2013

2nd anniversary celebration is up and running!

Yes, we've had some delays, but here we are...celebrating at last! We promised more details, and here they are...

What: A celebration (a wee bit belated) of our 2nd anniversary of business as MotherDaughter Creations

Why: Because we are so very thankful for all of the support and encouragement that so many have given us over the past two years!

When: August 2-9

All the good stuff
1. First of all, the coupon code in our Etsy shop is up and running. Use coupon code 2ANNIVERSARY at check out and you'll get 30% off your order!

2. Our patterns on Ravelry and Craftsy are both 50% off! Yes, you read that correctly...50%! And you don't need a coupon code. :)

3. We have relisted some of our favorites that we had, quite frankly, just been too busy to think about relisting. In addition, we have two brand new items, with one more coming on Saturday, August 3. And this leads us directly to #3, because...

3. We have a special offer for you that we have never done before! One of the new items in our Etsy shop is adorable baby booties. This weekend only, August 2-4, when you buy a pair of the booties (take note of item #1 here ;), you'll get a matching beanie, with a handmade wood button, absolutely free! You don't have to ask for it; it will just appear with your order!

4. And finally, we're giving away two hats, one 0-3 months and one 3-6 months. These are not going to be offered for sale in the shop. So you should try for one while they're around! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, July 28, 2013

2nd Anniversary Celebration ... a little belated!

Due to unforeseen circumstances last month (i.e. life happens!), we had to postpone the celebration for our 2nd anniversary. At last, we've rescheduled and want to let you know what's coming up. 

Dates: August 2-9

Details: 
1. We're going to have a big 'ol sale in our Etsy shop and on the two patterns we have listed on Ravelry and Craftsy. The Etsy sale will be in the form of a coupon code that we'll post next Friday evening. The Ravelry and Craftsy sales won't need a coupon code.

2. We're going to release a few new items. (That number is vague because it depends on how busy this upcoming week is!) 

3. We're going to have a special offer on Etsy with one of our new releases that will be available ONLY next weekend. (Hint: Does the acronym BOGO make you happy??)

4. We're giving away two hats, one 0-3 months and one 3-6 months. (Don't miss them...they're not going to be offered for sale in the shop. And they're fun!) Sneak peek, anyone? 

This 3-6 month size baby hat will go to one lucky winner of our 2nd anniversary celebration give away!

Details will come later in the week about how to enter the give away. Be sure to check back!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pattern giveaway winners!

We had a small turnout for the giveaway...so small, in fact, that everyone who entered won!

Congratulations to Eunice Robison and Michelle Wulf!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Let's give a pattern away!

Giveaway is closed!

That's right, friends, we finally have our new baby sun visor pattern ready and up for sale (4 sizes included) on Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry


We first published this pattern on Craftsy last year as a free download with only the 0-3 month size. It was so popular--more than 350 have now been downloaded!--that we decided to expand the number of sizes available and publish it as a full pattern. We have it listed for a special intro price on all three sites mentioned, but this week, you have a chance to get it for an even better price...free! Yep, we're going to give a copy of this pattern away to 4 lucky winners! You know we like to keep things simple around here, so here's what you do to enter:
1. Comment on this blog post with how you'll use the pattern if you win it.
2. That's all!!


We would, of course, love it if  you would share this post with your friends. :) 

Contest will run now through Friday evening, May 17, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. We'll select the 4 winners via random.com.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

For the Crocheter...the Magic Circle

The magic circle is an amazing technique that you can use to begin anything you crochet that is in the shape of, well, a circle! It is also known as a magic ring, an adjustable loop, or any combination of these terms. I love the way a hat looks when I use this to begin. I hope that this brief tutorial will help you learn how to make it. If you need more help, feel free to contact us!

In this example, I'm going to show you how to make a magic circle with 10 single crochets. Normally, you'll see it used with single crochet, double crochet and half-double crochet. 

First, you make a circle by putting the yarn tail behind the working yarn (coming out of the skein). At first, until you master this technique, you'll want to leave a longer tail, probably 5"-6". Once you have it down, you'll be able to shorten that length. 


Next, use your hook to pull a loop through the circle.


Chain 1.



Now you begin your single crochets. The hook goes through the circle (as in the first photo), you pull your loop up around the circle and the tail, and make your single crochet.


Continue crocheting until you have the required number of stitches. Be sure that each stitch goes around the circle and the yarn tail.


Now, I realize that I didn't take this picture correctly! What you need to do at this point is remove your hook and make the loop from the hook bigger, just so that it doesn't pull out. Then you're going to hold the circle in one hand and gently, but firmly, pull on the tail until the circle tightens... 


...and looks like this! Insert hook back into loop and continue crocheting. Do be careful when tightening the circle as some yarns, such as handspun and rovings, can break fairly easily. I even had cotton yarn break once.


You will need to fasten off the tail so that it doesn't pull out; you can do that after you crochet a couple of rounds, or like me, just wait until you finish and do all of the fastening off at the same time.

If it's awkward at first...no, check that. It probably will be awkward at first, but I encourage you to practice, and I think in no time at all, you'll wonder how you ever crocheted round stuff without the magic circle!