Don't forget yourself in the holiday season!

We often get busy this time of year creating gifts for others that we forget about ourselves! I think you deserve to take some time to create something new and special just for you!!

My Top 10 Favorite Crocheting/Knitting Tools & Why I Love Them

Here are 10 amazing gift ideas perfect for all crocheters and knitters! These yarn related ideas are great for Christmas or Hanukah, anniversaries, birthdays, Mother’s Day, or any other special gift-giving occasion.  Go ahead and pass this list along to your loved ones!

Poncho Crochet Pattern Round Up

Little Monkeys Design crochet poncho patterns
Poncho Pattern Round-Up

Ponchos have been popular again this season. I've rounded up a few of my favorite ponchos crochet patterns. These would make great gifts for the girls and women on your holiday list!

Here's a few of my favorite ponchos up close.

Mountain Meadow Wool Mill Yarn Review

Yarn Review of Mountain Meadow Wool Mill by Little Monkey Shop
Alpine Ski Hat
It's not every day that you find a yarn company that you fall in love with! I was so excited when I discovered Mountain Meadow Mill through another yarn company that also worked with them. Ever since discovering Mountain Meadow I have been using their awesome yarns for my crochet designs. They have been very generous in their yarn support!

Cables! Cables! Cables!

Dreaming of the Slopes Hat crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Design

I don't think I'm the only one who has fallen in love with cables! 

As part of my new Winter Warmth Collection of crochet patterns, I published the Dreaming of the Slopes Hat. This unique hat has several cables running up it, plus a pom-pom on top.

The best weekend ever!

Christy Wright's Business Boutique.

I'm bursting at the seams with so much to share with you! This past weekend I had the opportunity to join other women in business from all over the US at the Business Boutique conference here in Nashville, TN. I was inspired to use the gifts and talents I've been given to serve others the best I can!

Echoview Fiber Mill Yarn Review

 From the raw fibers to the end products, everything at Echoview Fiber Mill is centered around the hardworking American spirit. Made in America is their all encompassing moto and it fits well.

Located in Weaverville, NC, Echoview Fiber Mill processes animal fibers (alpaca, goat, sheep, and llama) from its farm and other local farms into rovings, yarns, and finished products. This gives the local farmers value-added products to sell and a secondary source of income that they wouldn't otherwise have. 

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness
Photo credit: surfnstream

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Because one of my roles is as a lactation consultant, October is an important month to me. August is too, as it is National Breastfeeding Month.

My thoughts this month have been on how can we each as individuals support such a large cause. We know that early detection, education, and support are SO important!

Winter Warmth Collection

Winter Warmth Collection of crochet patterns by Little Monkeys Design

My newest collection of cozy hats, cowls, and crochet patterns is ready to present to you!

The Winter Warmth Collection consists of unique gifts and crochet patterns for winter hats, baby bonnets, and a cowl - everything you need to stay warm on the chilliest of winter days!

Have you seen the new Meadow Poncho?

The Meadow Poncho crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Design.

Who doesn't love a granny square? Well, actually, I'm not a real fan of the traditional granny square! Gasp!! But, I love a more modern take on the traditional granny square.

I created this poncho crochet pattern with the thought of creating a more simple, modern look.

This easy poncho crochet pattern - the Meadow Poncho - is a cute poncho pattern to crochet for the fall, winter or early spring. 

Sophia Poncho with a cowl neck

Sophia poncho with a cowl crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Design.

I am so excited to show you one of my newest creations! 

The Sophia Poncho is a crochet pattern for a poncho with a cowl for when you need a poncho to keep you extra warm.

I hear it is suppose to be a cold winter this year, so this will be a perfect poncho to throw on when the temperatures drop!

The Beatrice Poncho crochet pattern

 This lacy poncho crochet pattern for the Beatrice Poncho is a fun lacy poncho pattern to crochet for any time of the year. I created it to be a turn-of-the-season poncho.

Introducing the Hannah Kimono crochet pattern

Hannah Kimono crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Design

 The Hannah Kimono is a perfect kimono crochet pattern to crochet for the summer or fall.

Teaching crochet

Have you ever thought about teaching crochet classes and wondered if it would be worth your time? Marie Segares of Underground Crafter recently wrote a book to answer all your questions about teaching crochet classes.

I had the privilege of reviewing the book for her and loved it!

Dancing Shells Poncho Crochet Pattern

Dancing Shells Poncho crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Design

One of my newest poncho patterns is the Dancing Shells Poncho - an asymmetrical crochet poncho pattern for when you need to quickly crochet a fun and unique asymmetrical poncho.

O-Wool yarn review

O-wool yarn review by Little Monkeys Design
Don't you just love yarn mail?? I call it happy mail for sure!

 As I've changed over to working with natural fibers I've had to find new yarn sources. Last summer I did a major search for all natural fiber yarns that came in beautiful colors, that were created with non-toxic dyes, and were affordable! You won't believe how hard that combo is to find!

Granny Square Bookmark

Granny Square Bookmark free crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Design

We we're invited to a lady's 90th birthday party. The invitation read, "No gifts, please."
How do you go to such a significant birthday party for a dear, sweet lady, and not bring her something??

I thought for awhile. What do you need at 90 years old? What was something small that I could give her that would fly under the "No gifts, please" radar?

How to change yarn colors

One of the hardest things to learn as you advance your crochet skills is how to change colors in your project without creating a mess!

The best way to change colors is to stop at the 2nd to last step of your last stitch with color A. Create a loop with Color B and use it as the pull through for the very last step of your last stitch. Then you will have a clean color change.

Gypsy Poncho

After a long hot summer, and thinking of the colorful fall ahead, I was ready for a fun poncho with lots of color! I think I succeeded with the Gypsy Poncho.

Introducing the Autumn Collection of crochet patterns

I am so excited to finally show you what I've been working on for the last few months! 

The Autumn Collection includes 6 crochet poncho patterns that are all written for a variety of sizes. Two doll poncho patterns are included as well so that your little girl's doll isn't left out of the fun!

Birthday Giveaway winners

And we have winners! 

Thank you to everyone who entered! Look for an email from me to see who won what .... and a special goody bag surprise for everyone who entered and signed up for the newsletter. 

Didn't sign up? Visit Little Monkeys Design and sign up in the pop up to join us!



Have you entered the GIVEAWAY? You have until midnight August 25 to enter.
Here is a little bit about each prize:

    $50 Gift Certificate for crochet patterns from Little Monkeys Designs   
 (That's me!) I've been crocheting for over 20 years and designing crochet patterns for the last two years. I love to work with natural fiber yarns and create patterns that will be loved and used over an over. My most popular patterns are poncho patterns and baby blanket patterns.

                                        Zippered Yarn Tote from Yarn Mamas
You may recognize Krista Cagle from Rescued Paws Designs . She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa with her family (furry and non furry ones) and is the Creator & Owner behind Yarn Mamas which is a company that focuses on simple fun designs for makers and high-quality, attractive apparel. 

                                   2 Skeins of Mountain Meadow Wool Mill yarn
Mountain Meadow is a spinning mill set below the Big Horn Mountains on the Western Plains of Wyoming.  It is a family operated mill, owned by Karen Hostetler, and dedicated to supporting local ranchers and raising awareness about ranching culture in the American West.  Mountain Meadow is committed to revitalizing the American wool industry through eco-friendly operations and fair prices for ranchers. 

2 Skeins of Echoview yarn
Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. They deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression. Echoview honors America’s pioneering past but always has an eye on the future. They are innovators, believers and dreamers. They’re also doers. Echoview intends to bring pride to the label "Made in America."

                               3 Skeins of O-Wool chunky merino yarn
O-Wool is a small company with the goal of providing knitters and crafters with a yarn that is environmentally responsible, affordable, and made locally in Philadelphia and the USA. O-Wool’s skeins are wound by a gentleman in Philadelphia, then dyed in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and spun in the USA. One of their three mills is located outside of Boston. The heart of O-Wool has always lain in its certified organic fibers. Jocelyn J. Tunney, owner of O-Wool, has made it O-Wool's priority to purchase humanely produced fiber for her yarns.

                     Making Money Teaching Crochet book by Marie Segares
Marie hosts a fun podcast - The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show. She has recently written a book covering all aspects of the business of teaching crochet. This practical, hands-on guide will get you ready to start teaching crochet for the first time, or inspire you to expand your existing crochet teaching business so you can make more money.

I hope you can see that I have some great prizes donated by some awesome companies/people! After entering the GIVEAWAY, please support all of these indie crafters by visiting their websites and considering them in your next purchase.

Birthday Giveaway

Birthday Giveaway by Little Monkeys Designs

It's my birthday this month and I'm hosting a big Giveaway!

6 winners will be chosen to win one of the following prizes:

                              $50 Gift Certificate for crochet patterns from Little Monkeys Designs  

                                        Zippered Yarn Tote from Yarn Mamas

                                       2 Skeins of Mountain Meadow Wool Mill yarn

                                       2 Skeins of Echoview yarn

                                       3 Skeins of O-Wool chunky merino yarn

                                       Making Money Teaching Crochet book by Marie Segares
Winners will be chosen August 26. 

Enter today and share with a friend.
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