April RoundUp

Looking good, April!

Well now. April definitely treated me better than March did. What do you think? Are we starting to hit our stride with being homebound? Is the weather maybe, just maybe, starting to improve into a true and glorious spring? We all know that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, my Ambassadorship with WeCrochet is off to an amazing start, and I’m starting to feel really good about this. Please allow me to offer you an April RoundUp. We finished some items, wrote some patterns, became a Brand Ambassador and affiliate for WeCrochet, got two patterns accepted by Interweave, and man oh man, things are feeling GOOD just now!

Crossing the finish line

I had some pretty fun stuff falling off my hook and needles this month. Mittens for Alice, ear savers donations made from leftover Brava for our medical staff who are fighting so hard for all of us right now, a cat barf scarf, another Peaceful Poncho for the lovely Hattie, a Geodesic Cowl for Miss Sarah Ashley, and the Mother’s Day sets are still coming. Phew! Add to that the Blooming Hand Towel pattern I’m almost ready to release, the lace-weight shawl pattern I’m having a time with, the two patterns I’m getting ready to send to Interweave Crochet, and the sweater for EFA…. y’all. It’s been a busy month.

Patterns, you say?

The sweater I’ve been designing for Expression Fiber Arts is finished! Now I’m looking for testers. Let me know if you want more info on testing this textured beauty!

My very first garment pattern, Carnival Glass, went live in April. Crocheted in WeCrochet’s Muse Sock Yarn, this top is super stretchy and forgiving. The smaller size only takes a single skein!

Trivet In Bloom is the free pattern for April, and it has exploded! So many of you loved it, and are making your own. In fact, it’s so popular, it’s been voted in for our May crochet-along! Jump into the Ravelry group and join us for some trivets!

Changing and growing...

If I can break from this April roundup and get serious for a moment here, I just want to let you all know some things. It’s pretty clear that Rows and Roses is growing rather quickly. Affiliation, Ambassadorship, patterns accepted by Interweave (!!!), working with Expression Fiber Arts, a new YouTube channel… a whole lotta blessings being crammed into such a small package! It’s exciting, and scary, and sometimes really frustrating. 

I want you all to know that Rows and Roses will always stay committed to the roots of this little business. I will always be here to provide you with specials and customs, as well as FLASH’s for the holidays (most of them, at least.) We may reach a point where events are closed up sooner than you’re used to, and turnaround times will probably, eventually, be extended. I intend to release two patterns per month for the foreseeable future, one for free on my blog and one for sale in my Ravelry shop, so that we can stitch together, those of you who are also crocheters.

 You are all my people, and I won’t take off from here with starry eyes. I’ve seen it happen and that’s not me! You are all so important to me, and I appreciate your continued patronage more than I could ever put into words. You all are the life blood of R&R and I would never have gotten to where I am today without you. So thank you all for sticking around and cheering me on. My adoration for you all knows no bounds ♥

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