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Drew Emborsky

  • Use Up That Yarn!

    Hope everyone is having a glorious Monday! I am! Leisure Arts is closed today for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so I’m at home, playing with my yarn. (The yarn that the Love-Of-My-Life is beginning to be a little bit concerned about!) How many of you out there will admit to having a stash? Do you have yarn tucked away in the closet, under the bed, stacked on the dining table…

    You’re not alone! I’m right there with you…recklessly buying a skein or two here, another there, and it’s completely impossible for me to actually throw away even the smallest partial skein or ball…

    But never fear…The Crochet Dude himself, Drew Emborsky has come to our rescue with his newest crochet pattern book—Use Up That Yarn! This book is filled with 13 of the most wonderfully practical designs to crochet from the yarn you’ve got pack ratted away in your stash!

    The designs are a cute, fresh, and fun mix of home décor and fashion accessories, and being small, they’d be great take-along projects that you could work on anywhere! Check them out!

    Oval Bowl

    Coasters

    Scarf & Mittens

    Coffee Cup Sleeve

    Snow Scarf & Hat Set

    Teapot Cozy

    Table Runner

    Round Bowl

    Cowl

    Fingerless Gloves

    Water Bottle Sling

    Meet The Designer!
    Drew Emborsky became known as The Crochet Dude while working with a charity group after the passing of his mother. His time with the group eventually led to his popular blog, which led to the publication of his patterns and guest appearances on HGTV and DIY programs. Fans of the hit PBS show “Knit and Crochet Now!” know Drew as the program’s crochet expert. From a co-authored men’s knit fashion book to several crochet publications of his own, Drew’s design career continues to flourish. Drew lives in Houston, Texas, with his cats Chandler and Cleocatra. Catch up with him at
    thecrochetdude.com and blog.thecrochetdude.com. To see additional Leisure Arts books filled with Drew’s must-have projects, visit LeisureArts.com.

  • The Hat Madness Continues Into 2012!

    Happy New Year Everybody! Yes, I’m still crocheting hats! I’m determined to carry on with my charity hat crochet into 2012. I finished the light and lacy Two Stitch Hat I was making from a pattern in Bonnie Barker’s Noggins & Necks. When I started this hat, Noggins & Necks was out of stock on the Leisure Arts website, but it’s available again now! And at the request of a reader, here are pictures of all of the projects in the book:

    Basket Weave Hat & Scarf

    Woven Stitch Hat & Scarf

    Two Stitch Hat & Scarf

    Fisherman Hat & Scarf

    Braided Hat & Scarf

    Over the holidays, I also finished three hats in various sizes made from the Baby Hat pattern in Drew Emborsky’s new pattern book—Hug It Out! Very sweet and quick to finish! (And I have to admit, I’ve discovered yet another yarn to love—Bernat Cottontots. That’s what I made the yellow hat with. It feels really nice in my hands!)

    Finally, I’m a little intimidated, but I’m also contemplating the stitch patterns in the new Kooler Encyclopedia of Crochet-Revised in view of creating a hat design of my own. What do you think? Can I do it?

    Anywho…Here’s wishing all of you the happiest of new years! Why not get it off to a good start by doing something nice for someone in need?

  • Sometimes We All Need A Hug

    Happy Sunday Readers! I’m sending you all a big hug today in the form of The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s new pattern book—Hug It Out!

    Drew became known as The Crochet Dude while working with a charity group after the passing of his mother. He says, “The motion of working with yarn was the therapy I needed, easing my grief. Truly, if you want to find comfort, give comfort to someone else!” As a result, he created the 9 crochet designs in Hug It Out to give crocheters the opportunity to help others in their time of need.

    I carried Hug It Out home with me this weekend because I couldn’t resist Drew’s Baby Hat pattern.

    With The Cat’s supervision, I started it this morning. I ought to be able to whip up multiples of these darling little hats (in 6 sizes) as part of my charity hat donations.

    Check out the other projects in Hug It Out:

    Mobius Cowl

    Chemo Caps

    Baby Comfort Afghan

    Kennel Blanket

    Comfortghan

    Prayer Shawl

    Comfort Teddy

    Drawstring Bags

    And here’s your December Challenge from me: Help someone in need during this holiday season by sending out a few crocheted (or knitted or knooked) hugs of your own!

    (And a special thanks goes out to Drew for creating just the kind of projects I needed exactly when I needed them!)

  • Get Inspired to Help Others!

    {We’ve got a guest blogger today! Leisure Arts in-house designer Anne spent an evening with the ladies in her church prayer shawl guild and thought our Everyday Life at Leisure readers might be inspired by what this group has accomplished!}

    The Trinity United Methodist Church Prayer Shawl Guild

    The Trinity United Methodist Church Prayer Shawl Guild Members

    I had a wonderful time visiting with the ladies from the Trinity United Methodist Church Prayer Shawl Guild. This ministry started in October of 2009 with about 14 members. The group has added a few and lost a few in the past three years, so the number of members stays pretty much the same, but with some different faces.

    Barbara Steeley

    Barbara Steeley, the Guild President said, “This is a place to come together, all of us want to be here.” The guild meets at the church every Wednesday evening for knitting or crocheting, fellowship, and prayer time. They have a large folder of scripture and suggested prayers to use as they create their shawls, “which we do…and we visit a lot, too.” They also knit or crochet at home. The group has different skill levels stitching together for this very special ministry. “So some of the shawls go super fast, and others have taken up to a year,” Barbara added.

    Beautiful shawls ready to be distributed!

    The ministry offers shawls at the Pastor’s discretion for illness, death in family, health or personal issues, and the gifts are not limited to the members of the congregation. The shawls all are about 2-3 ft. wide and 6 ft. long. All of them have fringe, but the pattern and yarn choice are up to the individual stitchers. Most of the ones I saw tonight where straight knit because—“they work up faster.”

    Each shawl has a wooden cross and a Trinity Prayer Shawl Ministry label stitched at a corner.

    The group has expanded its ministry to include baby blankets for gifting at baptisms and scarves for graduating seniors.

    Alice Browning all wrapped up in a finished shawl.

    The shawls, blankets, and scarves are to represent—“God’s love wrapped around you,” and to let the recipients know that the congregation is praying for them. Each item is blessed at the alter before being given. At this time, the guild has given out approximately 50 stitched pieces.

    Ruth Vanderin shares her contribution to Scarves for the Special Olympics.

    This year the guild has also joined in the national Scarves for the Special Olympics 2012 Winter Games. Each scarf will be given out at the event in Springdale, Arkansas, in February of 2012. The scarves represent Unity, Support, Compassion, and Empowerment. These scarves are 6" x 56-60", stitched in red and blue. (The Special Olympics organization has specifics available on their website, just in case you might be interested in stitching one or two for the event.)

    The guild’s busy hands have been hard at work this year!

    One of the scriptures I noticed the ladies using as they stitched (and that I love) is Psalms 139:13. Check it out.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share!

    Anne

    {If you’d like to start your own charity knitting or crochet guild group, check out these pattern books to get started: Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Charity Guide for Knitters, The Prayer Shawl Ministry, The Prayer Shawl Ministry Volume 2, Crochet Prayer Shawls, Knit Prayer Shawls, Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Friendship Shawls, and Vanna’s Choice Heartfelt Gifts. Plus, stay turned! The Crochet Dude—Drew Emborsky’s got a new book coming soon that will be a must have for every crocheter who stitches for those in need!}

  • More Crocheted Hats…

    My charity hat crocheting continues! I’ve finished the Cabled Tam from Drew Emborsky’s In All Caps! Very cute and very thick and warm!

    Now, I’m going from The Crochet Dude to the Shibaguyz! Specifically, I’ve grabbed a couple of skeins of Lion Brand Vanna dusty purple yarn, and I’m trying my hand at The Chinese Acrobat Hat from Shibaguyz Designz Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby’s wonderfully fun pattern book—Heady Affairs.

    I’ve made it through the rows of the ribbing. Now, I’m ready to tackle the rounds of Front Post and Back Post Double Crochets that make up the body of this way cool hat!

    Hope you’re having a peaceful Sunday! We’re off to a library book sale where the youngest child is volunteering as a worker. (I’m sure to come with lots of wonderful reading material to add to my stash!)

  • Hat Crocheting Continues…

    Hope you’re having a grand Sunday! I’m still crocheting hats for charity. Remember the little hat kits I put together for myself from a pattern in Kay Meadors’ Teach a Group of Kids to Crochet so I could crochet brainlessly anywhere?

    I finished all but one of them! These starter kits were one of the best ideas I’ve had in awhile—perfect for picking up and putting down!

    This is the one I haven’t finished—’cause I’ve put it somewhere safe…somewhere I could find it when I wanted it…but now I can’t remember just where that is…

    So instead, I’m using purple yarn (I think it’s Lion Brand Vanna) and working on a hat from The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s great little book—In All Caps. (I love the size of this book. It fits right in my take-it-with-me bag!)

    I’m crocheting Drew’s Cabled Tam which features Back Post and Front Post Double Crochets plus, obviously, Cables. It’s rated Easy and worked in the round. I’m having to pay attention to what I’m doing, so it’s not a TV watching pattern, but rather a—the family’s still asleep, weekend kind of project. Perfect for today! I like what I’ve accomplished so far!

  • Crocheted Autumn/Winter Sweaters

    I spent my quiet Sunday morning time today shopping for the cool weather sweaters, jackets, and cardis (that I hope I will need soon) without even leaving my coffee, The Cat, or my dining table. I shopped my way through some of my favorite Leisure Arts crocheted fashion books.

    Look at what I wish I had time to make:

    This Bracelet Length Cardi from Lisa Gentry’s Unforgettable Crochet would be a wonderfully practical piece to add to my closet. I love the sleeve length, solid color, and simple pattern design.

    Looped Loops from CrochetWear by Ann Regis—I like the great, boxy shape of it.

    For a dressy/really girly addition, Lisa Gentry’s Wrap Sweater from Teach Yourself Crochet Ribbon Accents might fit the bill.

    Of course, I hit the jackpot of fashion with Lisa Gentry’s The Crochet Closet which features 15 designs to enhance your wardrobe. Check out the ones I’m coveting:

    Carefree Cardigan

    Buttons & Shells Jacket (Love the huge buttons!)

    Best Boucle Cardigan

    Belted Pant Coat

    Weekend Warmer Sweater

    Sweater with Flair

    Elegant Swing Coat (For the date nights I imagine in my wildest dreams that the Love-Of-My-Life will take me out on…right after the auction.)

    The cardigan that I absolutely must have to keep me warm (the one I might actually manage to make for myself because I like it so much) is from The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s Crochet It. Love It. Wear It:

    Debra (featuring all-over cables in a solid color)

    And I just had to show you, also from Drew’s book, the design I just wish I had the fashion presence to actually wear—Budapest Nights. Inspired by romantic Budapest, this full-length asymmetrical coat is a combination of traditional and modern with luxurious faux fur trim. Gorgeous!!!

  • Day 5: Heady Affairs Blog Tour

    Hey Crocheters!

    Touch base with designer Drew Emborsky at TheCrochetDude.com! He’s covering Day 5 of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby’s Heady Affairs Blog Tour!

    You might win your very own copy of this cool crochet hat book! (But if you can’t wait to win, you can get Heady Affairs at LeisureArts.com!)

    Oh, before you take off, check out some of the Crochet Dude’s books:

    Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!

    Sweet Pet Comforts

    Must Have Handbags

    All Washed Up

    In All Caps

  • Day 1 Knook Blog & Facebook Tour

    We’d like to invite you to join us for Day 1 of our Knook Blog & Facebook Tour! Today we’re celebrating with The Crochet Dude—Drew Emborsky at thecrochetdude.com!

    Our celebrity lineup also includes:

    Karen Ratto-Whooley

    Kim Guzman

    Amy Gaines

    Marly Bird

    Melissa Leapman

    Cari Clement

    Kay Meadors

    Marty Miller

    Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

    Plus Leisure Arts directors Lindsay Glenn & Cheryl Johnson!

    Be sure to check in everyday for a chance to win your very own Knook!

  • Congrats to the winners from Pet Week! Angie from TX and Cindy from NY each won a signed copy of Drew Emborsky’s Sweet Pet Comforts!

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