Blog Problems

As I was skimming through old blog posts earlier today I noticed that one of my posts from back in September isn’t working https://crochetonthebrain.com/2018/09/25/learn-to-crochet-back-loop-single-crochet-ribbing-photo-tutorial/. I’ve since sent an email to WordPress to help me fix the problem, but it could be a few days before I hear back from them. Now, I am wondering if any of my other posts aren’t working properly?

Have you found anything not working properly here? If so, could you please let me know what problems you are experiencing so I can get to the bottom of it?

Thank you! 🙂

Amanda

UPDATE! The problem with said post above has now been fixed 🙂 Apparently I had the post format set to “image”, so only an image would show. I don’t remember ever doing this, as the post originally showed up correctly. Hmmm. However, it’s fixed…yay!

Crochet On The Brain Is Back On Facebook!

After much deliberation, I finally decided to re-make a fan page for Crochet On The Brain on Facebook. The original one was deleted months ago when I permanently deleted my old Facebook account. I don’t regret that decision, and it feels good to start over again…a clean slate 🙂

So, please, could you head over there and show your support by giving it a “like”? You can find a link to it on the right-hand side bar here on the blog ->

Or you can click this link Crochet On The Brain on FB!

By liking the page you not only show your support, but you’ll also receive all the blog updates right in your newsfeed.

Thank you so much 🙂

Weekly Update- June 17, 2018

Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day!

It’s been a productive week for me. Well, two weeks really, since my last “weekly” update. I’ve managed to get a fair bit of crocheting in, as well as tying in some loose ends and some spring cleaning (had to get something done before Summer officially gets here!). I needed to clear out the old energy, and make room for new, better energy!

I wrote up a “to do” list about two weeks ago, and for a change I didn’t forget about it. A number of things were scratched off the list.

I frogged, finally, my knit sweater (which I wrote about and shared a photo of HERE). I’ve been considering, talking about, and planning to frog it for a long time now.  I began working on it back in the fall. I hadn’t touched it in quite a long time, and to be honest, I got bored with it and tired of it. So I took it apart and am currently figuring out what I’m going to make in place of it. I have 7 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (color Autumn Red). I’m thinking a poncho (crocheted). I did sit down on a few occasions since I frogged the sweater and played around with stitch patterns and gauge swatches to see what I could come up with. I’ve got a few great ideas brewing 🙂

That Ripple Blanket which I “finished” back in March, is really truly done now. I sat down a few nights ago and painstakingly tied in all of the yarn tails. As I was working on that, I turned to my husband and told him to never let me make another one again, lol. There were 22 colors, the color pattern repeated three times…too many tails! So now that it’s almost 100° F out there, the blanket is folded up, waiting for the cold weather to come back, in a large trash bag!

I published a couple of new patterns since my last update, and I’m happy that they’ve both been received well by readers. If you missed them, you can see them by clicking here: Bath Pouf- Free Pattern (With Photo Tutorial)  and The Orange Cat- Free Pattern.  I also re-blogged a couple of my older patterns, which you can check out here: Neck Pillow- Free Pattern and Best Friends Amigurumi- Free Pattern.

Chances are that if you’re reading/following this blog, you already know how to crochet. But if you don’t crochet, or you know of someone who wants to learn, I have begun a new series on learning! This is in response to the poll I recently held on the COTB Facebook fan page. The majority of voters chose that I publish How To’s/Tutorials for additional content on the blog. So, last week I published the introductory lesson, a post called Learn to Crochet- How To Make A Foundation Chain (FC)- Photo Tutorial. I plan to make regular posts on learning to crochet; the next one will be How To Single Crochet, which will also include a photo tutorial and probably a free pattern along with it. I will be doing tutorials for all of the basic stitches, and then I will move on to stitch patterns. I would love to do a video tutorial, but it’s not an option for me right now. We still live in a hotel, so we are all crammed into one room, and it’s never quiet. Well, the only time it’s quiet is when Olivia’s sleeping, but then Mommy and Daddy have to be quiet (relatively, lol). The TV is almost always on, even just as background noise. Anyway…point being…I have to stick with just photo tutorials for now.  And do you know just how difficult it can be to make a photo tutorial? I only have two hands, and we only have one window for natural lighting, and Olivia loves to “help”. A simple photo session can take me hours, just trying to get the best possible picture! Having said that, I do hope that I’m able to help people learn, and that the photo’s I provide are useful and beneficial.

One of my newest WIP’s- Crossbody/Sling Purse– is just about complete. I’ve cut and sewn the lining for the bag, and it’s now pinned into the bag waiting to be sewn in. I just need about an hour of uninterupted time to do that, since all of my sewing is done by hand. Then it will be done. I even made a child sized version of it for Olivia, hers being in a bright yellow and purple striped pattern (her choice…she loves bright colors!). It won’t be lined though, at least not for a while, as the owl print fabric that I bought for my purse doesn’t coordinate well with the color scheme of hers. On my next supply shopping trip I’ll pick up a fabric that will work well with hers. Once my purse is completed, I will publish the pattern here on the blog. I have to admit that I was surprised at how many views my post about this WIP received. I think that maybe readers were hoping for a pattern to go along with it? Well, if that’s the case, readers won’t have to wait much longer for the pattern 🙂

I have also been working on revising Olivia’s Chocolate Milk Hoodigan , using Red Heart Super Saver (acrylic) instead of cotton, since the acrylic is cheaper and I have plenty of it! It’ll be a long while before it’s done though. I am hoping to have it done by the fall, but we’ll see. I’ve gotten a lot of my other “stuff” taken care of this week, and like I said at the beginning of this post, there is now room for new, better energy (to work on other things!).  It does get to me to have so much unfinished business hanging around, cluttering up my space.

As for the Grenadine Doll, which I gave to Olivia, I’m not sure yet if I’ll be recreating it. I know in the beginning I thought I would be making a few of them, in different clothing and colors, as well as making a boy version. Maybe once I’m done with everything else that I’m doing, I’ll consider it again.

Yesterday was rainy and cool, a nice day to stay indoors and do a quickie project. So I created a new pattern, which should be published tomorrow sometime.

And I think that pretty much sums up this Weekly Update.

Until next post…

~Amanda~

Weekly Update- June 3, 2018

I’m hoping that I can get at least somewhat caught up here on the blog today, as well as with crocheting.  I haven’t touched a crochet hook or yarn in a few days!

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Weekly Update- May 20, 2018

As the past week progressed, I found myself full of ambition and drive to get things done on the blog. Like I keep mentioning, I have so many ideas that I want to implement. I can happily report that those things are (slowly) happening now!

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Weekly Update- May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful Sunday with your loved ones!

Well, it’s been a productive week here for Crochet On The Brain. I’ve been implementing some of my ideas, and trying to provide fresh and new content every day.  In case you missed some of the posts, here are a few highlights, as well as some follow-up:

Since my last Weekly Update in which I talked about blog statistics a bit, I’ve noticed there are quite a few more followers. These follows have come from WordPress subscribers as well as visitors who have begun following via email.  In addition to these, there has been a remarkable number of new Monthly Newsletter subscribers. So, I have been working on getting the newsletter up and running, and am planning to send it out to everyone on the subscribers list on June 1st.  If you want to be added to the list just fill out the sign up form that pops up when you visit the website, or, you can submit your email address using the new Contact Me form, which is listed in the menu under the site name at the top of the page,  and I can add your name to the subscriber’s list.

And speaking of the Contact Me form, I’ve decided to add it as a private way to get ahold of me, without having to make public comments on posts. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or need help or advice…whatever…just submit the form and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

In my April 29th Weekly Update I mentioned that I had left Facebook, meaning there was no longer a Crochet On The Brain fan page. Well, two weeks later I am now back on Facebook, and so the fan page is up and running again. I figured that it wasn’t fair to those readers who use Facebook as a way to keep up with this blog. Plus, there has been a bit less traffic to the blog because of it. If you aren’t already a fan of Crochet On The Brain on Facebook, you can click the link on the right sidebar of this page, or you can follow this link here. To be honest, I really am not a fan of Facebook anymore, but being such a huge social media platform it helps to bring the traffic to the blog. So, I have decided to not install the Facebook or Messenger apps on my mobile devices, and just visit the site via laptop.

If you are on Google, I have created a G+ Community called, of course, Crochet On The Brain (please let me know if there are problems with this link, thanks!). It’s purpose is to help promote the blog, but any and all members may post freely anything about crocheting/knitting. At this very moment there are no members, but it’s only a matter of time 🙂

Earlier this week I made the “first” of a new weekly post…WIP Wednesday I put “first” in quotations because a couple of years ago I tried the same thing, but I didn’t stick with it more than a couple of weeks.  So, fingers crossed, every Wednesday I plan to share with you my Work(s) In Progress!

I also reposted an old blog entry on Thursday, Crocheting On A Budget ,which I am also thinking of doing on a weekly basis. Being 3 years old, and getting so many new followers lately, I thought that maybe I could recycle some of my old publications.

Friday, which may just become “Free Pattern Friday”, I published a new original pattern: Pincushion. It works up fast and easy, and is great for using up your left over yarns. It would also be a good first project for someone just learning to crochet in the round.

And finally, yesterday, I published another roundup, 15 Free Sun Hat Patterns. These roundups are so fun to create! That is, when all links work and don’t direct you to only Pinterest, lol. Don’t worry, I always test, and retest, the links that I provide, so that they all lead directly to the patterns 🙂

Again, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and Mother’s Day.

Keep on hookin’ 😉❤

~Amanda ~