Happenings

Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber

Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber

We are open for business!

Finally! After two months of hard work, Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber is finally ready, and we are open for business!

The Grand Opening was a smashing success. No fire, no injuries, no explosions. Can’t ask for much more than that, amiright? We had an excellent turn out. Ethel Mae’s Bake Shop made us some gorgeous hand-painted citrus cookies. In addition to the cookies, we had plenty of hot coffee. The free mini-skeins were a hit, as well. All of our initial orders were here on time, labeled and stocked and ready for purchase. In fact, we sold so much that first day, I had to come home that night and place more orders!

Just in case you missed it, I want to share some pictures with you so you can really get an idea of what this little place is like. We’ve got the yarn shop on the right, and the workshop on the left, compete with winding station, work table, in-house library, and a sitting area that is very well lit. This place isn’t just for shopping, it’s for working too!

If you haven’t quite made it in just yet, please come check us out! Bring your current project and sit and stitch on one of our comfy couches. If you have a repair to make, or a skein of yarn to wind, or even a shawl to block, bring it and do it here so you won’t have to clear out an area big enough at home (and then try to keep your cats off it, if your house is anything like mine.)

If you DID come hang out with us already, be sure to come back soon so you can watch us grow. We’ve got new stuff coming in all the time, as well as a wishlist at the door where you can let me know exactly what you’re looking for.

Our two classes we have planned so far have both almost sold out already! If you are looking for a class to learn to crochet or learn to spin on a drop spindle, come on over and buy your spot before they’re gone. More classes coming soon!

Thank you all for being here and supporting my little business. I know it’s small for now, but my passion for yarn and plans for the future are MASSIVE, and there is soooooo much more on the way. Our local community needs a place like this ♥
In the meantime, check out my pattern shop on Ravelry and let me know which of my patterns you’d like to see as a kit of the month! (Psssst… Tilted is the kit for September, and it’s almost sold out. Come grab yours!)

Felici On The Double Doubled

Felici On The Double Doubled

Free pattern!

FOTDD

You spoke and I listened! You wanted a Felici On The Double cowl that you could loop doubled
around your neck for a close and cozy fit. Therefore I present to you, Felici On The Double
Doubled! Worked in chevrons still, but with spaces between the stitches so as to stretch the
yardage further, this warm and stretchy cowl is sure to be your new favorite. Just like before,
any two Felici colorways you want to pair together, same starting chain, just a little lacier in the
construction. If you liked the original, I bet you will LOVE this one!

Grab the printable .pdf for just $1.99 here.

Getting Started

Stitches: Ch, DC, DC2tog over next 3 ch or st (here, you just skip the middle ch or st)

Yarn: WeCrochet’s Felici sock yarn (218 yards,) 2 balls held double throughout

Hook: I9/5.5mm

Sizes: 36” circumference, 7” wide

Gauge: 1 patt rep x 5 rows = 3”

FOTDD doubled

Pattern

Ch 33

1) 2DC in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1, DC, ch 1, sk 1, DC2 tog over next 3 ch, ch 1, sk 1, DC, ch 1, sk 1, (DC, ch 1, DC); rep from * twice, ending with 2DC in last ch instead of (DC, ch 1, DC.)

2) Ch 2, 2DC in first st, *ch 1, sk 1, DC, ch 1, sk 1, DC2tog over next 3 st, ch 1, sk 1, DC, ch 1, sk 1, (DC, ch 1, DC); rep from * twice, ending with 2DC in last st instead of (DC, ch 1, DC.)

Rep Row 2 until you’re almost out of yarn. I got 62 rows altogether on my first one, but you may get anywhere from 60 to 64. This is fine 🙂

Slip stitch ends together to close circle. And you’re finished. Wasn’t that so easy and enjoyable? I’d love to see your FOTD Doubled! Just post to social media with the hashtag
#RowsAndRosesFOTDD so we can all see what you’ve created! If you need me, I’m only a click
or two away.

August Showcase

August Showcase

Yarn, yarn, yarn… and a shop.

(This post, like all my posts, contains affiliate links.)

This month has been CRAZY! So much different than usual, for sure. I’ve crochet a bit, knitted a bit more, but mostly I’ve been renovating our new building downtown. By mid-September, Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber should be open for business!
I’ve already placed big wholesale orders with Universal YarnsBerrocoThe Alpaca CompanyMalabrigoDarn Good Yarn, and even a couple of indie artists, Treehouse Knits (you have GOT to see what this amazing chick does with color and yarn. It is unreal,) and Spinerosity for some hand-turned spindles! I could not be more excited about all of this, and I hope you are too.

So here are a few things I’ve made this month. I haven’t had much time, and I was finished with all orders by early this month, so mostly I’ve just been playing with yarn when I get the chance.

Yarny Goodness

I designed a clutch using Darn Good Yarns’ banana fiber yarn. This yarn is just so unique! I really enjoyed working with it and can’t wait to design some more. I sewed a magnet into the flap and body so that it closes on its own, and added a button on the front because why not? I love buttons!

I have a new pattern coming out next month using WeCrochet’s Wonderfluff. This is the softest squishiest cowl I’ve ever had my hands on; it’s like a cloud! You’re going to love how easy this is to make, despite how amazing it looks.

I released Reflect, a new pattern for hexagon dishcloths that are designed to compliment Blue Willow dishes. Cotlin Reflections was the perfect yarn for these: it’s absorbent, strong, and the colors match my dishes exactly! The best part is, the pattern is FREE!

How can I let a whole new batch of Felici come out without making more FOTD cowls?! I made a few, but even better, I designed a new FOTD cowl. The new cowl can be double looped for a cozier fit. I’m working on finalizing it, so watch for it soon!

Transition

If I can get serious for a minute here, I just want to say that the outpouring of love and encouragement and support for this yarn shop has been so much more than I could have ever hoped for. The facebook business page and group have grown beyond what I had expected, and I’m gaining new Instagram followers and newsletter subscribers every day. I thought that we really needed a yarn shop in town, and apparently so many of you thought the same thing. Opening a yarn shop is my BIG dream, and the apex of my yarn career; it is the big final goal I set out to accomplish “one day,” and now it’s happening. It couldn’t happen without all of you. I appreciate you all so much more than you can ever know. Thank you. Thank you for being here, and thank you for holding my hand through all of this.

If you’re interested in following along with me in all of my crazy yarn adventures, please do! Follow me on instagram, facebook, pinterest, and Ravelry. We’ll have a super great time, that’s for sure!

Darn Good Yarn

Darn Good Yarn

It is DARN GOOD!

(This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through them, it won’t cost you an extra dime but it will throw a dollar or two my way, so thank you!)

I have discovered something amazing, and you NEED to know about it. There is a company called Darn Good Yarn (DGY) and they sell some crazy amazing yarns that are hand-dyed and hand-spun in India. They offer fair wages to Indian women to make these amazing yarns, and listen: they are made out of the coolest stuff!! Banana fiber, sari silk strips, some of their yarns even come with beads and sequins actually spun into it so you don’t have to do it as you work!

I decided to take a chance on this company as they seem like they really know how to have some fun with yarn, and any company offering fair wages in poor regions for women to be able to work and support their families is pretty amazing in my book. Let’s take a look at some of this stuff!

The Black Box

After spending hours (seriously) clicking around the Darn Good Yarn website, I had found sooooooo much stuff that I wanted to get. But wow, after tallying it all up, it was, well… not quite doable at the moment. I found out, however, that they offer this really awesome item called the Mystery Black Box. Now, I’m not always keen on surprises. I have been burned before, getting all excited and then getting something I didn’t like and wouldn’t use. But I took a chance and this is the best chance I’ve ever taken with a yarn company!

It came with the most amazing stuff, I am seriously so impressed. Let me tell you what all this awesome haul included:

2 skeins 100% silk yarn, hand-dyed in ocean colors
1 skein Noro Downtown
2 Indigo Quail sock-of-the-month kits
3 skeins of pure Superwash Merino

And that’s just some of it! There was more yarn, a book, and a really cool pamphlet telling all about their company and what they do. Altogether, over $200 worth of awesome stuff.

In addition to the Black Box, I also snagged a couple of skeins of their Banana Fiber handspun yarn in “Light Sage” (shown above.) I couldn’t be sure that banana yarn would be included and I just HAD to try it. Another great score, because it is soft, strong, shiny, and so far I’ve made a wallet out of one of the skeins.

Did you catch the LIVE unboxing?

If you aren’t a member of the facebook group, you weren’t able to join us for the live unboxing. YouTube has the replay if you want to go watch (and subscribe, maybe? I’d love it if you did!) This has been just the most amazing little adventure with such a fun yarn company, that I decided to open a wholesale account with them. That’s right, Darn Good Yarn will be available in the new yarn shop, Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber! Grand Opening is tentatively set for mid-September, so like the facebook page, subscribe to my newsletter, and keep checking this site for all the upcoming news.
In the meantime, why not check out some of my free patterns, such as the Reflect dishcloth designed to match my Blue Willow dishes, or the ever-popular Felici on the Double cowl? I bet you’ll love them 🙂

As always, thanks so much for coming. Rows and Roses would be nothing without all you wonderful yarny people lifting me up and cheering me on ♥

Reflect

Reflect

FREE crochet pattern!

Reflect cloths

Want to make a really fun dish cloth? Do you want it to match your Blue Willow dishes? Look no further! This yarn is a perfect match for those family heirlooms; indeed it will look as if you chose yarn that was absolutely MADE for them! Reflect is worked in the round from the center out, using griddle stitch, and includes a single-crochet edging in a second color. The griddle stitch is solid, perfect for scrubbing! Additionally, the linen content in this yarn makes it nice and strong, so your dish cloth will last through many many scrubbings and washing and dryings. And you know what? I bet you can’t make just one. And why would you want to?

Want a printable .pdf of this pattern? Grab it here for just $1.99

Pattern Info

Stitches:  Ch, sl st, SC, DC, SDC (standing Double Crochet)

Yarn:  Cotlin Reflections (70% Tanguis cotton/30% linen, 246 yards/100g) less than half a skein per color. Samples shown in Stream, Crest, and Eclipse.

Hook:  US7/4.5mm or size needed to obtain gauge. You will also need six (6) stitch markers.

Sizes:  9” straight across from tip to tip

Gauge:  6 SC x 10 rows = 2”

NOTES:

~ All odd number rounds are worked without increases.
~ All even number rounds are worked with increases.
~ Each even number round will increase by 12 st.

If you’ve never worked a SDC (standing Double Crochet) here’s a tutorial!

Let's do it!

Pattern:
Ch 4. Join with sl st to form a ring.

1) Ch 1, *SC, DC; rep from * five times. Join.  = 12 st

2) SDC, *(SC, DC, PM, SC) in next DC, DC in next SC; rep from * around, ending with (SC, DC, PM, SC) in last DC. Join.  = 24 st

3) Ch 1, *SC, DC; rep from * around.

4) SDC, SC,* (DC, SC, DC) in M, SC, DC, SC; rep from * around, ending with a SC in last st. Join.  = 36 st

5) Rep Round 3

6) SDC, *(SC, DC) to next M, (SC, DC, SC) in M, DC; rep from * around, ending with DC, SC. Join.  = 48 st

7) Rep Round 3

8) SDC, *SC, (DC, SC) to next M, (DC, SC, DC) in M; rep from * around, ending with SC, DC, SC. Join.  = 60 st

9) Rep Round 3

10) SDC, *(SC, DC) to M, (SC, DC, SC) in M, DC; rep from * around, ending with SC, DC, SC. Join.  = 72 st

Edging:

Join CC in same st for new round.

1) Ch 1, *SC to M, (SC, ch 2, SC) in M; rep from * around, ending with SC to end. Join.

2) Ch 1, *SC to ch-2 sp, (SC, ch 2, SC) in ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending with SC to end. Join.

3) Rep Round 2

4) Ch 1, *SC to ch-2 sp, 3SC in ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending with SC to end. Join.

Cut yarn, weave in ends. Block to measurements.

3 Reflect spread

All finished! Now go wash your dishes with their new best friend and see what they think 😉 I’d love to see your cloths! Share a pic to social media with the hashtag #RowsAndRosesReflect so we can all see what you’ve made (especially if you made them to match your RED WILLOW!) 

I have other free patterns available as well, such as Summer Silk and the ever-popular Felici On The Double Cowl. If you need anything or have any questions, as always I’m just a click or two away.

July Showcase

July Showcase

Monthly Roundup

(contains affiliate links. If you click, and then purchase, I may get a percentage, so thank you!!)
My KnitCrate Top

Hi, how are you? Are you having a great summer? I know I am. I’ve been playing with SO MUCH YARN! Between signing up for KnitCrate and anxiously awaiting my first package from Darn Good Yarn to arrive, this has been one fantastically yarny month for me. Here are a few things July has seen come to pass.

Just a few clickable links for you…
~ Check out Darn Good Yarn if you like exquisite and unique yarns, as well as Sari skirts.
~ So many of my projects are made with WeCrochet yarn. Like probably 90% of them! Go shop, you will LOVE their prices, not to mention their quality.
~ Get 50% off your first box at KnitCrate, and guess what? You are not locked in to a subscription! That’s right, you can cancel anytime, and even come back anytime you want. How’s that for freedom?
Join my Ravelry group for monthly CAL/KALs. We have so much fun!

Patterns, you say?

Summer Silk was the free July pattern on my blog. I really enjoyed doubling up on the 100% silk Luminance yarn. It’s so buttery and looks great with anything!

Here’s my latest Ravelry pattern. Fairy Kisses hit the shop in July, and isn’t it just gorgeous? Crocheted with Hawthorne and Aloft held together, it feels so dreamy ♥

Keep an eye on my Ravelry shop for this little number! This scarf is absolute luxury. 100% silk, and I know you are going to love it!

We’ve still got a whole lot coming up in August, so be sure to join the facebook group so you don’t miss anything. And as always, thank you so much for being here with me. Your friendship means the world.

Weaving in Ends

Weaving in Ends

Taming the squiggles

We’ve all been there. You finish a project and you just can’t WAIT to wear it! But…… before you do, you need to weave in all those yarn ends. If your project just so happens to be made in multiple colors, you may have A LOT of those little squiggles hanging off every which way. How many of us sometimes just say, “I’ll do it later” and toss the project somewhere, where it sits…. and sits…. and sits? 
Sometimes weaving in ends seems like such an insurmountable task. Today I’m going to show you how I do it, in hopes that maybe I can offer some help.

Joining a New Strand

I always try to use the 1-2-3 method of weaving in ends.  This means having the yarn end go underneath the stitches first forward, then backward, then finally forward again before cutting. When joining a new strand of yarn, I can actually work the 1 in when the joining happens, so I only have to do the 2-3 when the project is done! Let me explain.

This picture is taken from the back side, and shows you the blue strand of yarn, which is the new strand just joined. After I joined it in the last stitch, I crocheted OVER TOP of it for about 6 stitches, holding the strand against the back. This secured the end for about 2 inches.

Once I have finished the project and am ready to weave in the ends, I got back to where my ends are. I thread the end through a tapestry needle, skip one “strand” or “leg” of the last stitch that secured it, and run back the other way, under all stitches for about an inch.

Don’t pull too tightly here! Just pull enough so that you don’t have a big loop hanging out. We’re going to snug everything up in our very final step, so if you pull too tightly during this step, you may have puckering in your fabric at the end.

Step 2 of weaving in ends

Finally, we finish up with step 3 and a tug.

Going forward once again, I skip one “strand” or “leg” just like in step 2, and slide the needle underneath four or five strands, giving a slight tug (but again, not too much!) Time to cut!

Cut the yarn close to the fabric, being careful not to cut the fabric itself! Now take it in your hands and, with one hand on either side of the area you’ve woven into, pull. Just give the whole a good tug. This will simultaneously pull ALL of the back-and-forths at the same time, securing everything very well.

step 3

Bulky

bulky

Bulky yarn, however, is usually a whole ‘nother story. Whether single ply or multi-plies, it is a rare occurrence that a great big strand of bulky-weight yarn can be woven in one whole piece without making a lump in the fabric.

When weaving in bulky weight yarns, I will split the plies (assuming it’s a multi-ply) and weave them in opposite directions. This alleviates the risk of lumping up the fabric. I like to use a needle threader to make it easy.

If your bulky yarn is a single ply….. well, we’re giving it to God. Just do the best you can, making sure to go in each direction even farther than you would normally go. If you only weave under two or three stitches, you will most assuredly have a lump, but if you weave under 10 stitches, then it’s much less noticeable.

Extra Help

I hope this post has been helpful to you. If so, I have other posts in the “Tricks of the Trade” category that may also help you when it comes to blocking your finished items, choosing the right hook, how to get started spinning yarn, and so much more. Furthermore, if you’ve found value in this post, please consider sharing, giving it a like, or leaving a comment. Everything you do for Rows and Roses is so appreciated ♥

Summer Silk

Summer Silk

FREE crochet pattern!

Summer Silk

Wrap your head in liquid luxury with this silk kerchief. Crocheted using a single skein of Luminance, two strands held double, Summer Silk head scarf will be your best friend all summer long. The open, lacy stitch pattern offers plenty of breathability, while the picot edging creates a cute border. Extra long straps cascade down from underneath, completing the look of playful elegance.

Grab a printable version of this pattern for just $1.99 here.

Pattern Info

Stitches:  Ch, sl st, SC, Standing DC, DC

Yarn:  WeCrochet’s Luminance (100% silk, 439yards/50g, one skein) held double

Hook:  G/4mm, or size needed to obtain gauge

Sizes:  Adult, size S/M (can be easily adjusted by adding an extra repeat or two!)

Gauge:  4 SC x 8 rows = 1” (gauge worked in SC only)

Summer Silk

NOTES:  
~ I like to wind my skein into a center-pull cake, and then use both the center and the outside strands held together. Some like to wind half the skein, cut, then wind the other half and use them like that. This is totally up to you!
~ For Summer Silk, I use a Standing Double Crochet (SDC) to start my DC rows. Here is a tutorial on how to do this, but if you’d rather use ch 3, that works too.

Let's Do It!

Pattern:

1) Ch 5 (counts as DC, ch 1, here and throughout,) (DC, ch 1, DC) in 1st ch. Turn.  = 5 sts

2) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, (DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  = 7 sts

3) Ch 1, 2 SC in first st, sk ch-1 sp and next DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp, 2 SC in last st. Turn.  = 9 sts

4) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next SC and next DC and next ch-1 sp, SC in next (center) DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC and SC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  = 11 sts

5) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp, (DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  =13 st

6) Ch 1, 2 SC in first st, *sk ch-1 sp and next DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp, SC in next st; rep from * to end, ending with 2SC in last st. Turn.  = 15 st

7) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next SC and next DC and next ch-1 sp, *SC in next (center) DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC, (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next st; rep from * to end, skipping the next to last SC and placing your last (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in final st. Turn.  = 17 st

8) (Standing DC, ch 1, DC) in first st, sk next ch-1 sp, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC,* (DC, ch 1, DC, ch 1, DC) in next SC, sk next DC and ch-1 sp,, SC in next DC, sk next ch-1 sp and DC; rep from * to end, putting (DC, ch 1, DC) in last st. Turn.  = 19 st

9-25) Rep Rows 6-8 five times, and then rows 6-7 once more. You should have a stitch count of 53.

Summer Silk Chart

Wrapping It Up

Now you will begin working in rounds.

1) Ch 1, SC around entire triangle, putting 3SC into each corner. Join to first SC with sl st.

2) Ch 1, SC in each stitch to first corner, (SC, ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, SC) down left side and up right side. Join with sl st. Cut yarn.

(If you have an extra stitch left over, it’s totally fine. Nobody will ever notice if you fudge it.)

Strap:

1) Ch 80, SC in first SC from last round and in each SC across front, ch 81. Turn.

2) Ch 1, SC in each ch and SC to end. Turn.

3) Ch 1, SC across to end. Turn.

Repeat Row 3 four more times. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

Summer Silk

All Finished!

And you’re finished! I sure hope you get as much use out of your Summer Silk kerchief as I’m getting out of mine. I’d love to see yours if you want to show it off! Just post a picture to social media and tag it #RowsAndRosesSummerSilk so we can all see what you did! Be sure to check out the other free patterns on my blog, as well as the patterns in my Ravelry shop.  As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.

Sati Glenn, owner and operator of Rows and Roses Fiberworks. 
Email: sati@rowsandroses.com
Website: www.rowsandroses.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/rowsandrosescrochet
Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/rows-and-roses

June Showcase

June Showcase

Monthly Wrap-up

Well, wasn’t this just the greatest month ever? We finally got to get out and about, see some friends and family, do some shopping, eat at a few restaurants, and enjoy the summer. I’m sure glad we did, too, because now it’s looking like we may be staying home again for a bit. Of course I’m okay with that, seeing as how much yarn I have here at my disposal. This June Showcase is going to be the best! Come take a look at how much stuff has happened this month.

Gallery

Cookie Dough is getting her surgery! We hit our goal and I am making kitty baskets for the foreseeable future 🙂 Pattern here.

I updated my Key-ring Lip Balm Cozie pattern this month. Sarah M. tested it for me, so if you’re looking to keep your lip balm handy, go make one for yourself! Don’t crochet? Just ask me, I’ll make one for you. Pattern here.

Citrus Scrubbies are one of my favorite things to make! They’re so cute, and boy do they work great. Pattern here.

Water balloons for the win! These are sooooo popular, and I sure do love making them. Reusable, no need to stand and fill a bunch, no teeny pieces of rubber to clean up afterwards, and machine washable. Perfect for summer! Pattern here.

These little sea turtles were a big hit in the Summer S&C event this year. Aren’t they presh? One down, 10 to go! Pattern here.

So for a while, I’ve really needed a new poncho, as my old and much-loved one is looking a bit raggedy of late. I made this from some gorgeous Mosaic Moon alpaca yarn that my sweetest friend Hattie sent to me years ago. This is my new favorite poncho, for sure! Pattern here.

Patterns, please!

Dad’s Can Cozy pattern is FREE here on the website! Crocheted in WeCrochet’s Dishie yarn, in the back loop only, these are so quick and easy, and can be customized for any color combination! These would also look fantastic in Dishie Twist. If you use Twist to make one, I’d love to see it.

Tilted is my brand new summer pattern. Shawlette, or sarong? You decide! I consider this project a “cheap thrill” as it is super fun to make (puff stitches!!!) as well as super inexpensive. It takes just a single skein of lace yarn. Pictured in the all new Gloss lace color “Plume.”

I’m currently working on a scarf pattern that is set to hit my Ravelry shop next month. This lovely scarf is crocheted using two different yarns, held double, and has such a relaxing stitch pattern. Once you get going, there’s no need to even count! Just kick back and enjoy your stitching.

Extra News

You know I like to share everything going on around here, so I’d just like to let you know that…… WeCrochet accepted a pattern proposal! I am going to be published in their Spring 2021 collection “Mindfulness” and I am so excited!.
Currently I am awaiting finalization from Interweave Crochet for two patterns they accepted for their Winter 2021, and I am finishing up a pattern now for Expression Fiber Arts for sale on their website.
Furthermore, I have submissions in to KnitCrate (click to try for only $5!) and Brooklyn Tweed, as well, and can’t wait to hear back from them. I’m still just so thankful that my little business is growing and growing like it is, and it’s all thanks to you. All of you. You have been here seeing me through and cheering me on, and I am ever so grateful.

That’s it for the June Showcase. If you find value in this post, please consider sharing/tweeting/pinning, and leave a comment letting me know! Every little action helps to get R&R’s voice heard around the web. I am so very thankful to all of you, for everything you do ♥

Giving Back

Giving Back

Meet Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough

I would like to introduce you to a very special little furry friend of mine. He name is Cookie Dough. Isn’t she adorable? Cookie has a very interesting story…
Here at Rows and Roses, giving back when possible is so important, so when I heard about this kitten’s plight, I knew we had to step in.
Cookie was found my friend Lauren. Her children were playing in the yard and they brought in this teeny tiny kitten that they found. She was underweight, covered in fleas, and crying for food. However,  that wasn’t the worst of it. Poor little Cookie Dough had a bigger problem, and she really needed some help.

Injury? Birth defect?

Sweet little Cookie is missing the bottom part of her mouth! Her entire bottom gum is completely exposed. Even at rest, you can see her bottom teeth, some of which did not grow in correctly. In fact, one of her teeth is sticking out in a way that made Lauren think that it was a worm! Imagine her relief to discover that Cookie’s mouth was not, in fact, crawling with worms!

The problem with this injury/defect is that, even though she is eating and drinking okay, there is just SO MUCH of her mucus membrane exposed to the air! Even just playing (like any kitty, she loves to run and jump and “attack,”) she keeps breaking it open and causing herself to bleed. Poor Cookie!

Help is on the Way!

Lauren took her to the vet to get her checked out and get rid of her fleas. The vet looked her over, decided what must be done to fix her mouth, and….. the surgery will cost $600. That’s an awful lot for a stray kitty they did not plan to find! And here is where the giving back comes in.
I rounded up my amazing group of wonderful and big-hearted friends. After scouring Ravelry for the perfect pattern that would be quick and easy to make, yet would keep with the spirit of helping a feline in need, I settled on Cat Basket, by Megan Lee. I got a fundraiser set up selling these baskets for $10 each, with the choice of black, grey, or orange.

This was labeled an emergency fundraiser, and I am thrilled to report that we raised ALL $600 for Cookie’s surgery in just under 48 hours! Everyone pulled together and helped this sweet little girl out and I am so honored and proud to be a part of such an outstanding group of lovely people.

Surgery is set for July 6th. Lauren wanted to get her in earlier, and called around to other vets, but nobody else felt comfortable doing this type of surgery. For now, Lauren and her family are loving all over sweet Cookie and giving her lots of food, and a warm place to sleep. The fleas are gone, she is learning to use a litter box, and she storms through that house like a tiny rhino (I know, I’ve seen it myself!

Enjoy this cuteness

Cookie Dough 3

Thank you all so much for stepping up for this baby who has already had such a hard life. I will keep everyone posted in the facebook group, as well as on the Welcome page here on the website, on how she’s doing after her surgery. And please, as always, if you have enjoyed or found value in this post, or any of my blog posts, sharing would be fantastic!