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A Visit to Echoview Fiber Mill

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

Don't you love it when things just fall into place?? I know I do!! Especially when it involves buying more yarn! ;)

Last week we were on a family trip that circled up to Kentucky, back through east Tennessee, across North Carolina, landed in Hilton Head, SC for a few days (maybe you saw a few of my beach pictures?), up through Atlanta and back home to Nashville. 

Yes, a looooong trip with 4 teenage girls and a 4 year old boy! 

We had many highlights on the trip, but for me the last minute plan to visit Echoview Fiber Mill in Weaverville, NC was awesome! I have been wanting to see the mill for a few years now - ever since I meet Melissa and Amalia at STITCHES South 3 years ago. It was then that I discovered their wonderful, natural dyed yarns and learned about their unique, sustainable fiber mill.

Yarn Review: Raffia

Raffia Yarn review by Little Monkeys Design - Beach Bound Straw Bag crochet pattern

I've been seeing them everywhere - those lovely straw bags - large enough to hold everything you need at the pool or beach.

But I couldn't bring myself to purchase something that I COULD make!

So began the search for Raffia yarn, as I learned with some searching is what the straw yarn is called. It's not easy to find! Finally I found a way to order it on Amazon Jo-Ann's and Premier.

Tide Pool Tank in Interweave Crochet

Interweave Crochet Magazine Summer 2017 edition - Little Monkeys Design - Tide Pool Tank crochet pattern

Last year I worked up the courage to submit a crochet pattern to Interweave Crochet magazine.

You can imagine my surprise when they accepted my design for the Summer 2017 edition!!

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Giveaway - Baby Love Collection of crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design - baby blanket crochet patterns
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Baby Love Collection of crochet patterns

This collection includes 6 baby blanket crochet patterns. Each is unique and would make a terrific baby gift. The patterns include instructions on how to increase the blanket sizes in case you’d want to make one for yourself! ;)

Crochet Survey Question

Hey friends - let's talk crochet for a few minutes!


I was 8 years old when my grandmother taught me to crochet, so I don't remember every NOT knowing how to crochet. Over the years I've had a lot of people watch me crochet - especially in public - and ask, "How do you do that? Is it hard? I'd love to learn, but ... or I could NEVER do that!."

Is this/was that you?? Or maybe someone you have taught to crochet recently?

If you thought learning to crochet was beyond you, but surprised yourself by learning and loving it - I want to hear from you! If you're still in the consideration stages - I want to hear from you too!

Introducing the Baby Love Collection

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design

The Baby Love Collection is a beautiful collection of 6 unique baby blanket crochet pattern. Utilizing sport and worsted weigh cotton blend yarns, this collection of baby blanket crochet patterns create lightweight blankets perfect for summertime babies.

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design - Dreamy Waves chevron crochet baby blanket pattern

Dreamy Waves - beautiful chevron baby blanket crochet pattern. It creates a lightweight blanket perfect for summertime babies.

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design - Pure Love crochet baby blanket pattern

Pure Love Baby Blanket – a simple textured stitch is combined with a twisted shell edging to give this blanket a sweet and treasured appearance.

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design - Perfection! Crochet baby blanket pattern

Perfection! Baby Blanket – a soft ripple stitch is combined with modern color blocking to give this blanket a sweet and contemporary look.

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design - Royal Baby blanket crochet pattern - crochet baby blanket pattern

Royal Baby Blanket – a beautiful solid color blanket with a coordinating color edge stitch resembling a crown.

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design - Jewel Tones crochet baby blanket pattern

Jewel Tones Baby Blanket – using 4 coordinating yarn colors, a textured stitch pattern gives this blanket a contemporary look.

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design - Sea of Colors crochet baby blanket pattern

Sea of Colors – a simple V-stitch and a fun puff stitch are combined with an exciting color composition to give this blanket a wonderful texture and an ombre appearance.

Baby Love Collection of baby blanket crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design

 Who can resist making a gorgeous blanket for the newest little one??