Ready for Christmas fever?


Crochet Christmas Ornaments from Amigurumi BB - FREE Patterns!

Ready for Christmas fever?.

Vanja is really trying to keep me busy I think! I love her designs and I have made 2 of her fabulous patterns so far – and almost all of her designs are on my Crochet Bucket List –

Pop over to her blog to see all that she has to offer –

Happy Crocheting!


Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Free Pattern

There are some excellent Free Crochet Pattern Links in this post!!


Wednesday Facebook Fan Favorite… Free Pattern.

Another Busy Week! Free Crochet Pattern Roundups, Pinterest and Baking :)

It has been another very busy week here – my daughter begins JK this year (she is four years old) so we have been busily planning and organizing ourselves for this new endeavor!

I’m not sure how my son is going to take this – he has never been without his ‘big’ sister – maybe I will be happily surprised and he will LOVE – one-on-one Mommy time!

Believe it or not, I have been so busy, I have not yet picked up my crochet hook once since last Sunday!  I think that is a first for me – I am hoping tomorrow might bring me a few hours of crochet time 🙂

If you want to see everything I have been up to this week in my posts on my Blogger account, you can sign up for my Week in Review Newsletter – I still haven’t been able to figure out how to add the link on here –

Last Saturday I blogged about how to add your first pattern to Ravelry.

How to - add a pattern to ravelry

How to Add Your First Pattern to Ravelry

Monday – was a roundup of the Top 10 Free Patterns on Ravelry.

Top 10 Free Crochet Patterns from Ravelry

Top 10 Free Crochet Patterns on Ravelry

Thursday – was a roundup of free Crochet Purse Patterns.

Free Crochet Purses Pattern Roundup

Free Crochet Purse Pattern Roundup

Friday – was a large roundup of free Crochet Hexagon Patterns.

11 Free Crochet Patterns for Hexagon blocks

Free Pattern Friday Roundup! Hexagon Crochet Patterns

You will have to pop over to visit my blog if you are interested in the specifics 😉 Until I can figure out the Newsletter bit!

I did a bit of baking this week too 🙂 Made a fabulous recipe I found on Pinterest for Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake – from Chocolate, Chocolate and More – it was FABULOUS! The rest of the zucchini went into a recipe from a Company’s Coming Cookbook – for Zucchini Bread – and I am not overly impressed…wishing now that I had made more of the yummy zucchini cake!  If you love baking you need to check out her site – I have made a few of her recipes now and have been extremely pleased with each of them!

Much thanks and have a lovely, lovely weekend!


Last week in a review – Free Crochet Patterns, Link Party, Free Pattern Roundups and more…

Well this post is going to a wee bit more than just last week’s posts…it will be for 2 weeks! I guess in some ways that is even better as you can see everything all at once and decide if anything intrigues you enough to explore further 🙂

Let’s go in reverse shall we?

Free Crochet Patterns

Free Pattern Friday Roundup Five Free Shawl Patterns

Gregor Crochet Rhinosaur Puzzle (amish puzzle ball crochet)

A Crochet Bucket List Project – Gregor Amamani

Link Party for Fibre Arts ( Crochet Knit Tatting Sewing Felting Needlework Embroidery Cross Stitch)

Link & Share Wednesdays – So … What’s on your hook? Most Clicked Projects

Pattern Test

Pattern Test – Petals & Posts Beanie Pattern by Jam Made

Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial and Free Crochet Pattern

An Old Stitch, Done in a New Way – Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial, Video and Free Pattern Included in Post

Photography Sunday - Holland Photos

Photography Sunday – Netherlands

Inspired Crochet

Inspired Crochet

Free Pattern Friday Crochet Roundup Free Crochet Patterns Baby Bonnets

Free Pattern Friday Roundup Five Free Baby Bonnet Patterns

Something new! I am a Craftsy Affiliate on Blogger

Is it Knit? Crochet Hat Pattern

Is it Knit? Crochet Hat Pattern Testers Corner

Link Party for the fibre arts

Link & Share Wednesdays – So … What’s on your hook? Most Clicked Projects

Free Crochet Patterns

A Crochet Bucket List Project – Owl Key Chain Pattern

Free Crochet Patterns

Free Crochet Pattern Links

Photography Sunday - Netherlands

Photography Sunday – Netherlands

Did you know?

Did you know? You can submit your blog to search engines?

and that should bring us up to date 🙂

Enjoy and have a lovely long weekend!


Last week in review – link party, crochet mandala roundup, CAL updates and Crochet Bucket List Projects

I had lots on the go again last week 🙂 Here is my week in review post – including links to Free Pattern Friday’s Crochet Mandala Roundup,  a Link Party Link, Crochet Bucket List Project and CAL updates …oh and a great Cookie Recipe link 😉

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

candle holder2

Photography Sunday

shell baby hat with crochet dahlia flower my hobby is crochet2

A Crochet Bucket List Project

petals to picots cal edited

Petals to Picots Nesting Doll CAL

Link and Share Wednesday 2 (1)

Link & Share Wednesdays

cold at night handwarmers2

Crochet Camp

free pattern friday crochet mandala roundup

Free Pattern Friday Crochet Mandala Roundup

I hope you all have a lovely weekend 🙂

Happy Crocheting,


Oombawka Design

Giveaway, Link Party and more…

I have been very busy this week – I thought things would calm down after the blogging challenges finished but instead – they have been very busy!

I recently released a pattern to my pattern testers –  I have 20 lovely ladies currently testing out my new design:

crochet hat looks knit

I read a very informative ebook by Sara Duggan,

Hooking for Cash: 10 Ways to Make Money with Your Crochet Blog2nd Edition,  Author: Sara Duggan; Price: $4.99 (USD)
and have 1 copy to giveaway on my blog (giveaway ends today! in just over 11 hours). You can enter HERE.

I finished A Crochet Bucket List Project –


Announced the most clicked links from my 1st “Link & Share Wednesdays – so…what’s on your hook” party.

Link and share Wednesdays week 1 most clicked entries

You can add your link to this week’s party HERE.

I posted about some of the August CALs I have come across (if you know of any I missed please let me know!):


and today’s post is my first “Free Pattern Friday Round-up!”.  I have included 5 links to free patterns for crochet dolls.

Free pattern friday round-up with oombawka design crochet dolls week 1

I also spent hours (and I mean HOURS) trying to figure out how to add a weekly Newsletter option to my blog- it is a visual newsletter showing a photo from each post I make during the week – each image can be clicked to take you to the post – that way you can ‘pick & choose’ any that are of interest and pop over to learn more 🙂
If you are interested please sign-up for the newsletter on my homepage HERE– it is delivered on Saturdays each week.

I hope you all had lovely weeks – and enjoy your weekends –

I can’t believe it is already August – my daughter starts JK this September – I am so nervous (and she is so excited!)

Happy Crocheting!


Day 30 & 31 (Yeah!), a Giveaway and a Link Party!

Woot! I’m done my blogging challenge 🙂

Here are the links to the last 2-posts in the CBB and UCB Blogging Challenges:

Day 30

A Crochet Bucket List Project – Trek Bracelet


Day 31:

Link & Share Wednesdays – so…what’s on your hook? (1)

final L and S button

The Inspired Crochet Giveaway ends tonight (11:59pm EST) (GMT-5).

You still have time to enter to win one of two copies of the August 2013 issue of Inspired Crochet 🙂
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’d also love to see you link up at my first Link Party!

final L and S button

Happy Crocheting!


Day 26 to 29 of the CBB Blogging Challenge

ive been hooked large

Day 26:

kara bracelet GOOD

A Crochet Bucket List Project – Flower Bracelet

Day 27:

jamcal use3

African Sun Square – A Jam Made CAL and Crochet Bucket List Project

Day 28:


Photography Sunday – Hot, Hot Summer Days

Day 29:


A Crochet Bucket List Project (times two!) – Rose and Baby Head Band

Remember you still have time to enter my giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 2 available copies of the August 2013 Inspired Crochet Digital Magazine!  You can enter daily!  Giveaway ends July 31, 2013 at 11:59pm EST (Canada GMT-5)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some time playing with their yarn!  I’m currently working on a pattern test for a fabulous hat Designed by Jen of Jam Made and designing a hat pattern of my own – I will be looking for some pattern testers soon 🙂

Happy Crocheting!


Oombawka Design

Day 17 to Day 25 of the CBB Blogging Challenge

I’m in the final week of the blogging challenge now! Woohoo!

Here are the links to the last 9 posts – many of them are part of ‘a crochet bucket list project’ – and most contain at least one link to a free crochet pattern.

ive been hooked large

I’m also hosting a giveaway 🙂 See the post for Day 23 for details!!

Day 17:  My Crochet Bucket List – Tau – the pattern


Day 18:   My Crochet Bucket List – Sleeping Buddies


Day 19:   Crochet Bucket List – Masa Bag

masa bag

Day 20:  My Crochet “Bucket List” – Little Flower Brooch

2 purple and white

Day 21:  Photography Sunday – Jackie’s Garden


Day 22:   Sponsored Post – Leisure Arts Publication – Cute Little Animals by Amy Gaines


Day 23:  Giveaway Time! Sponsored by Inspired Crochet.

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Day 24:  A Crochet Bucket List Project – Southern and Sassy

southern and sassy HAT2

Day 25:  A Crochet Bucket List Project – Cherry Delicious Pot Holder


My friend Jen is also holding a giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of her new 8″ afghan square pattern – Blooming ’76

I was lucky enough to be able to test this square – I love it! and you can do so much with it 🙂

Jam made: Crochet Giveaway

Blooming 76 Pattern Test

I hope everyone had a lovely week – and you could find something here to inspire you.

Happy Crocheting!


Oombawka Design

Day 12 to Day 16 of the CBB Blogging Challenge

Here are the links to my 5-most recent CBB Blogging Challenge posts.

I hope you find something of interest here 🙂

Many of the posts contain links to free crochet patterns (not the Amateur Photography post though!).

Day 12: My Crochet Bucket List – Dahlia Flower

3 dahlia use

Day 13: 5 Awesome Links You Will Want to Thank Me For


Day 14: Amateur Photography


Day 15:  My Crochet Bucket List – Deco Rose, Zinnia and Veined Leaf Projects

deco rose edit

Day 16:  My Crochet Bucket List – Colorful Yarn Flower

1 red flower

This challenge is keeping me very busy this month!

I hope everyone is making time to play with their yarn 🙂

Happy Crocheting!


Oombawka Design