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Adoption Update: August 2018

Hey all! I’ve just returned from the CGOA Chain Link Conference and it occurs to me after being asked about what’s going on with our adoption I haven’t really updated you all very much. To be honest I feel a bit weird bringing it up but everyone says they want to know so here goes…

From our most recent trip in December.

As we approach three years since we made the decision to try and adopt our Honduran kiddo, we’re finally seeing some progress! Her abandonment case was published in the media recently, and now we’re waiting to be called for the legal assignment by the end of the year – we hope.

The home stretch comes with some serious financing requirements. We always knew that paying for this adoption would be a test of faith. Our government does not make international adoption an affordable process. That’s why I designed a special blanket pattern – the Blanket for mi Nina pattern was made just for our Blanquita!

She has the very blanket from the picture with her in Honduras and all the kids down there recognized it when they saw a photo in my phone while were down there in December. 100 percent of every sale of this pattern goes directly to our adoption fund. In fact, if everyone who follows my Facebook page were to purchase this pattern for themselves, or as a gift, our final adoption financing needs would be met! I know that’s not realistic, but I do hope you’ll love the pattern and help our family with what we think is a great cause! You can purchase the pattern HERE

Of course, any purchase from my shop helps!

She fits right in with our goofy family!

Here are some facts about Honduras: It is the second poorest nation in the Western hemisphere after Haiti. It is also one of the most violent countries on Earth. At times, the murder rate in Honduras has exceeded that of Iraq during the height of the ISIS insurgency there. The country is incredibly corrupt and has recently suffered political turmoil as their president was reelected to a second term despite a constitutional limitation of one presidential term in a lifetime. International observers have commented that the election results were highly suspect. More than 70 percent of the population lives in horrible poverty. Diseases like polio are still ravaging the poorest members of Honduran society and the number one cause of death in children in the country is diarrhea – caused by parasites in the water, food, etc. Gangs run the country. Many families are subject to crushing extortion that they must comply with or else they face deadly consequences. There are more than 130,000 “at-risk” or abandoned children in a country of barely 8 million people.

I taught her to finger knit and she’s a natural!

I have to say this community is AMAZING. I have received countless well wishes and prayers. We feel the love and appreciate it very much. Thank you!

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Sundae Cowl Free Crochet Pattern – KT and the Squid

Sundae Cowl
by Katy Petersen

This cowl is quick and easy to work up. If you’d like to print this pattern I have put together a PDF you can purchase HERE.

Sizes
One size: Approx. 68” around by 6” wide.

Yarn
Squid Worsted by KT and the Squid (100% Superwash merino; 181yds/100g; 4/worsted weight)
1 skein in Chick Jr. (color A)
1 Skein in Reef Splash (color B)

Hook
K/6.5 mm hook (or hook to obtain gauge)

Abbreviations
Ch = chain
St(s) = stitch(es)
Esc = extended single crochet

Notes
You may substitute yarn for any worsted weight yarn but be sure to check your gauge.

This cowl is worked flat as one piece that is seamed together to create the cowl.

Gauge
14 esc by 8 rows – 4” Square (gauge is measured after blocking)

Special Stitches
Extended Single Crochet (esc): Insert hook into the stitch indicated, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 1 loop, yarn over, pull through 2 remaining loops.

Instructions

With Color A, ch 27.
Row 1: Esc in the 2nd ch from hook and the next 13 chs, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, esc in the next) 6 times. (20 esc and 6 ch-1 spaces)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, esc in the 1st esc, (esc in the next ch-1 space, ch 1) 5 times, esc in the next ch-1 space, esc in each remaining esc. (21 esc and 5 ch-1 spaces)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, esc the 1st 14 esc, ch 1, skip the next esc, (esc in the next ch-1 space, ch 1) 5 times, esc in the last esc. (20 esc and 6 ch-1 spaces)

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you have 73 total rows (or until you run out of yarn).

Join with color B and continue to repeat rows 2 and 3 for another 73 rows (or until you just about run out of yarn).

Slip stitch the first row to the last row (be careful not to twist the cowl), fasten off, block, weave in ends.

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Done in Love Crochet-a-Long Sneak Peek | KT and the Squid

It’s that time of year again! Time for the 3rd annual KT and the Squid Crochet-a-Long! In 2015 I came up with this idea of a garment Crochet-a-Long. The goal was to guide crocheters or many skill levels through a garment that was not only easy to make but easy to wear. I’m still in shock when I look at how many of you have made these sweaters!

The most amazing part is reading what you’ve you said about the process. Yes, several of you ended up making a garment for the first time but I can’t tell you how many people have told me how much more it’s meant to them. One person in particular let me know how one CAL helped her heal after loosing her mother. It got me thinking about my love for crochet and the amazing healing power it has. A few months ago I asked members of my Facebook group to pick ONE word to describe how they feel when they crochet. Then, I took the words and made this graphic.

This little word cloud makes me so happy and there’s not one word on there that I don’t feel when I crochet. Don’t you agree!? Overall when I crochet I feel love and that brings me to my inspiration for this year’s design. Love. Like in past years I wanted to design something that was simple, easy to make and a great fit. This is all you can see for now but I promise it wont disappoint!

I will tell you it’s a pullover and you’ll LOVE that there is no seaming!!

This year the pattern will be available for purchase only BUT with the pattern you also get a bonus PDF to serve as a step-by-step tutorial as well as access to my exclusive group where I’ll be to help if needed.

You can purchase the pattern HERE and if you buy before the big reveal next week (Aug. 30, 2017) you’ll only pay $1.98. After that the price will go up. NO CODE NEEDED. If you act fast not only will you get the special pricing but you will also get to see the big reveal early in the exclusive group!



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KT and the Squid’s Cool Weather Wear Crochet Pattern Ebook for Women and Girls

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I’m so excited to bring this special ebook to you! Earlier this year I had a crazy idea to rework a bunch of my first designs. I wanted to use new yarns and revamp a few things with the designs. I contacted one of my favorite yarn companies, Cascade Yarns to see what that thought and they were kind enough to let me use their yarns! Continue reading KT and the Squid’s Cool Weather Wear Crochet Pattern Ebook for Women and Girls

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Cardigans Ebook: 6 Crochet Patterns | KT and the Squid

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I’ve put together a collection of crochet patterns designed to flatter and grow your crochet skills! Continue reading Cardigans Ebook: 6 Crochet Patterns | KT and the Squid

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Cherry Cowl Free Pattern and Sweet Roll Review | KT and the Squid

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I had the great pleasure of trying out some brand new yarn from Premier. It’s called Sweet Roll and I overall I really enjoyed it! Continue reading Cherry Cowl Free Pattern and Sweet Roll Review | KT and the Squid

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Leudinghause Crochet-Along Sneak Peek | KT and the Squid

I’m so excited to announce my next Crochet-Along starts August 31, 2016! Next week (8/24) I will post the full supply list as well as reveal the design. You will then have 1 week to gather your supplies and pick a size to make. The crochet-along will run through September 28th.  In this post I will explain how you can follow along and how it will all work.

Continue reading Leudinghause Crochet-Along Sneak Peek | KT and the Squid

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Quick and Cozy Kroller Blanket FREE crochet pattern | KT and the Squid

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This blanket is easy enough for a beginner and works up very fast as well. You could easily finish a baby size in 1 day! Although the pattern calls for bulky weight yarn you could substitute with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn. I also used some Red Heart Medley recently and think it would be a good sub as well. Continue reading Quick and Cozy Kroller Blanket FREE crochet pattern | KT and the Squid