Last day to enter November’s giveaway!

Hi loves! Sorry I have been away this whole week. Seems like life had other plans than for me to diligently post every morning, like I normally would. The giveaway is still open until midnight! The winner will be selected and announced tomorrow morning, so come back to see if you’re the lucky winner! Also, I have an awesome DIY Christmas stocking project coming up! Still tweaking the design, but it should be up soon.

Have a wonderful Thursday and come back tomorrow to see who will win the handmade Christmas wreath from Alicia Rose Crafty Creations and a $25 Etsy gift card!

Winner of MilkNMore Goat’s Milk Soap Giveaway!

Alright, faithful readers! It’s time to announce the winner of these lovely, handmade goat’s milk soap bars from MilkNmore!

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**The winner was selected using a random number generator and has 48 hours to claim prize. If winner has not claimed prize by 7am PST on 11/3, then he/she forfeits prize and it goes to 2nd in line**

And the lucky winner is…..

Melissa Sparks!

{Melissa, if you could contact me via the “contact” tab on the top menu for your shipping info}

MilkNmore has a new option to buy 4 bars of soap for $25 with free shipping! That’s a great deal for these handmade bars of soap. They would make a wonderful Christmas gift, so head on over to the shop and check out all of the scents!

This month’s giveaway is Christmas themed!! Check in next week to enter and win! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Sedge Stitch Washcloths {**Giveaway** & Tutorial}

Today is going to be a fun day! Why? Because it’s my very first giveaway! That’s right, one of you lucky readers will have the privilege of wiping down your countertops with some of my handmade washcloths. First things first: I wanted to share something with my crocheting friends that you might not know. I have been crocheting since I was 10 and never knew this little secret until I was watching a lady crochet and I witnessed this miracle!

Okay, so when I join colors or start a border, I normally tie one color of yarn to the other. My grandma taught me to do this and it works well for her but my work always ends up looking really sloppy and I can never hide the knot very well. This way of joining colors is so much easier and looks way neater.

So say you’re about to join another color. Go ahead and fasten off the first color. I like to leave the tail out because the next color is just going to be crocheted over it so it should hold it down pretty well. Now, you’re going to put your hook through the place you want to start your new color and hook the new color.

I like to start new colors on the corner since the bulkiness won't be as noticeable there.

I like to start new colors on the corner since the bulkiness won’t be as noticeable there.

Then bring your hook through the hole.

It might be hard to see, but I brought the white yarn through the blue stitch.

It might be hard to see, but I brought the white yarn through the blue stitch.

Then chain one. That counts as my single crochet in this case since I was doing a border for the washcloth.

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For the little tail, I just crochet over it. That ensures it won’t be sticking out and that it will be secure.

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I can’t believe I never knew how to do this!! This definitely changes my crocheting habits. I am no longer afraid to use multiple colors!

Okay, so onto the washcloths and the giveaway! First of all, I love the sedge stitch for washcloths. I just think it’s more fun than the double crochet or single crochet pattern people normally use for washcloths. Second, I like big washcloths. These babies measure about 9″ x 10″. That’s a whole lot bigger than most of the crocheted washcloths I’ve seen. I used a US F5/3.75 MM hook.  Here’s the pattern:

Ch. 39

Row 1: skip first two chains (counts as first SC). Two Double crochet (DC) in 3rd chain from hook. *Skip next two chains, SC, 2 DC in next chain. Repeat from * until there are 3 chains left. SC in last chain.

Rows 2 – 24: chain 1, 2 DC in first SC. *Skip next two chains, SC, 2 DC in next chain. Repeat from * until there are 3 chains left. SC in last chain. 

Fasten off and use the method above to attach the border. 

And this is what I’m giving away!

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Crocheted washcloths last forever, as long as they are made well, and they get better with each and every wash!

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To win these washcloths, simply follow The General Specific by clicking the “follow” button on the righthand side of the page, or follow me on Bloglovin’ by clicking the button below AND leave a comment below letting me know you did one or the other!

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**giveaway is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada only****Ends 9/18/13. Winner will be selected randomly and  announced Thursday, Sept. 19.** Thank you, everyone, and good luck to all!

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For Annabelle

My baby sister, Stephanie, is about 7 months pregnant with my first niece, who will be called Annabelle.  I am so excited! I think she is going to look just like my sister with thick, dark brown, curly hair, and giant brown puppy dog eyes. I will not be surprised if she also passes her stubborn attitude to Annabelle.

Well, her hair isn’t really curly anymore, but it was when she was a baby. There is no way Annabelle is getting away from these features.

I wanted to make something special for Annabelle. When my sister and I were little, our favorite blankets were the afghans that my Grandma Richardson made for us one year. Mine was long and had all the colors of the rainbow, and Stephy’s was a huge granny square, colored with pastel yellows, greens, and white.  We slept with them every night and kept them until they literally unraveling.  Anyway, I decided to make Annabelle an afghan since I loved mine so much as a little girl.

I used 3 strands of Vanna’s Choice yarn (weight category: 4) with a Q sized hook.

I started out with 61 chain stitches and did a simple single crochet throughout the whole blanket.

I finished it off by taking one of the colors and doing a simple single crochet border around the blanket just to give it a little bit of contrast. It is about 36 inches long and 28 inches wide.  It’s a pretty heavy afghan, but that’s okay since Stephy lives in England. I think it gets pretty cold there.

Have a wonderful Sunday-Funday!