Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mr. Orlando's Cowl is now a FREE PATTERN!!!



I was missing my Orlando yesterday so in honor of him I decided to make the "Mr. Orlando's Cowl" a free pattern. It's not a sale, it will be free permanently.

The picture doesn't do this design justice. It's stitched with a bulky weight yarn and works up quickly. I have made a few for myself in a couple of different colors and I love them. The sample was done using Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca Grande, but any bulky weight yarn could be substituted and look fantastic. I plan on trying one out with Woolspun by Lion Brand Yarns. Great last minute gift project.

I am working on a few Summer of 2018 magazine submissions and winding down on the book proposal. That should be in by 9/1 ad then it's back to getting some more new patterns up. I have a great Halloween bag and a couple of hat patterns for those already starting on holiday stitching. All three of them will be offered for FREE. :)

My biggest news is that I adopted a new furbaby a few months ago from a local shelter. I will have more on that soon, but in the meantime here is a picture. His name is Neely (yes - after Cam Neely -#8)



Thank you to everyone who has been tagging me on social media with the pictures of their projects of my patterns. I LOVE them, so please keep it up. Seeing everyone add their own style and flair to the designs is thrilling and brings me so much joy. It's why I love sharing my patterns so much with all of you!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Super Summer Markdown

Hi Everyone. 
I hope you are enjoying your summer. It's been a crazy one! 

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have marked down a bunch of my designs to $1.25. So if you have had your eye on any of the paid patterns now is the time to grab them. 

Also two of the patterns are now FREE!!! You'll have to go check them out to see which ones they are. 

Spread the word! No code needed. The sale is on Ravelry & Craftsy.

Happy Crocheting!
Kristina

Mrs. Gladwel's Shawl

MG's Hat

The Dave Hill Hat

Iseult's Slouch Hat

The Dreamer's Hat

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bella Shrug

The pattern for The Bella Shrug is no longer available for download. 



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Orlando & and the sale to raise money in his memory.




I lost my beloved fur baby Orlando two months ago today. It's been excruciatingly difficult getting through the days and I miss him terribly. The first month I did nothing but cry. As time moves on I am a little bit stronger but I will never fully get over losing him. We had a special bond and he saved me in so many ways. I'm getting a little teary even as I type this. I'm still raw from it all.

It's important to me to honor his memory and one of the best ways to do that, in my opinion, is to continue to help and support the organizations that work tirelessly on behalf of homeless and abused animals. There are several wonderful groups here in Massachusetts, including the MSPCA. On May 21st they are holding a 5K run/walk to raise money, Fast and Furriest. I have signed up - it's my first 5K -and I have set a fundraising goal of $500. I am raising the funds in memory of Orlando.

My fundraising efforts have led to a sale in my Ravelry shop. Between now and May 20th you can purchase all of my 10 paid hat patterns for $15. You have to purchase all 10 but it's a savings of $20.00 off the regular price. All of the proceeds from this sale, every last penny, will be going to the MSPCA and hopefully help a lot of animals. It's only on Ravelry. The link is here:

http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/kristina-olson-designs?sale=81934

Whenever I crocheted he would snuggle in next to me and rest his head on my thigh, so this is the perfect way to honor him. The cash goes to the animals and you get ten trendy hats to make.

If you would like to donate without buying the hats you can do that here:

http://support.mspca.org/site/TR/FastandFurriest/General?px=2142629&pg=personal&fr_id=1863

You can donate anonymously if you choose and the donations made through the website are tax deductible.

I now have over 400,000+ unique downloads since I started this journey 3 years ago. I offer the majority of my patterns for free. Please consider donating, even a dollar, if you have ever downloaded and made one of my free patterns.

And speaking of free patterns I am spending the rest of today typing up the patterns for 2 new hat patterns. "Evie's Hat" and "The Costello Slouch". Hopefully they will both be available sometime this week for free on Ravelry & Craftsy.

Happy Crocheting everyone and thank you for your continued support and appreciation of my work.

Orlando the first time he got on top of the kitchen stool by himself

He loved to play the piano

My handsome little man