Saturday, August 15, 2015

If you have a fun, family, humanitarian, or crafting type blog and would like to exchange links with this blog, please let me know!  Let's get the word out that we are HERE!

(Especially knitting or crocheting blogs!) ;)
Hug the ones you love!
Bev
This is shameful in America!  What has happened to the FREEDOM this country's residents used to have?



Hug the ones you love!
Bev

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Socks? really??? You knit your own socks?

Yes, I do knit my winter socks-- not my summer ones, as it's just too warm here in the desert for hand-knitted socks in the summer!



A few people have asked me for the pattern I use, so I am in the process of typing that up and this one since it's taken me years to perfect, will be in my Craftsy and Etsy shops soon!

I decided that since it's socks and they make marvelous presents that I will include one of my sheets of 'wrappers' to place on each pair that you make to give away.  Makes them super sweet.

The pattern is for one size-- Ladies-- and yes, I know ladies have a big variety of foot sizes.   I wear a size 10 and the size I knit fits my daughter who wears a size 8 and me.  They just stretch or shrink back!  They really are just wonderful! 
You can also take away or add a few rows before making the toes and adjust them that way too. 

At one time I had the pattern all typed up and ready to publish and my computer died. :( Thankfully I had already printed it out, unfortunately all the wonderful photos I took of various stages of knitting were lost.  I am making another pair and will eventually take more photos for it though.

I know lots of people choke at the thought of using 4 needles to knit and I used to as well, but no longer!  They aren't that bad, in fact, with a little practice they are super!  No more seams!

The great thing about knitting socks is that you can make them as tall or short as you'd like!  I like taller socks in the winter so I don't get cold legs, you know? 

Well, I will let you know when this pattern, and the cute gift wraps, are ready for purchase, meanwhile you will need 4 double pointed size 3 US knitting needles, and about 50 grams of sock yarn-- available at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and online too at Herrsheners.com etc.

Till next time!
Hug the ones you love!
Bev
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com

Monday, August 03, 2015

Fixing those never ending broken links!!

How many of you have actual websites or blogs that you create using HTML?  So you know how much maintenance they take to keep them current. 

Well, I have been updating my amazon links to their new format for weeks, and finally got all those ads on http://www.bevscountrycottage.com, changed! All 154 pages of them!  Praying they don't pull that nasty again!  

Now back to working on fixing or removing the broken links on my site. I think on my 912+ page website there are 1 million or so! Well, I am exaggerating but it feels like it!

My daughter Patti told me about http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/ so that's what I am using to find out easily which ones don't work anymore. 


Now, if only you could click on a button and remove all the broken links... but nope, I have to open every page one at a time, and then remove the HTML for each broken link, or change it if I can find an archived version. 

I have heard that it make 'google' like your pages much better, and your readers are more likely to come and stay, or come back over and over, if the links work, (makes perfect sense). That way perhaps more people will click on the ads they like or are interested in, and just maybe, I will make enough money to keep my site online, AND be able to pay our household bills and that's a big YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!! 

So off I go to work on those links and one of these days, I will figure out a new format so that my site is mobile device friendlier.  Google ads is telling me my site needs work in that area.

I wish they knew that I am heading on the fast track to 60 years old, learned HTML over a decade ago when I was working for the Osmonds, and now there is no one to train me in updated formats and I am the only person who maintains all 912+ pages.  :)  

Oh yes, and I got my hair cut a couple of weeks ago!  Love the easy care it takes!

So I will go work on my website, and you go hug the ones you love!!
Bev

Monday, June 08, 2015

UMC newborn mini-kits!

Good morning!
If you like making newborn hats and booties then you might want to join us in making newborn mini-kits for the babies born at the county hospital in Vegas!  This will be an ongoing project but we are hoping to have our first assembling in December 2015!

Some simple crocheted patterns are included in the links below, but you may use ANY pattern you enjoy making!

Items needed for each kit:
1 newborn hat  (http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/hats-hats-hats.html
1 pair newborn booties  (http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevsbooties2.html
1 washcloth  (http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/lauras-cloth.html )
2 paper diapers (If you have any newborn diapers-- even a couple from grandkids visiting etc, please send them)
1 bar of Ivory soap

All these will be place in a 1 qt sized ziplock bag. (SO WE NEED 1 QT SIZED ZIPLOCKS)

If anyone would like to make 32" blankets (fleece would work great!) these kits could be pinned to a blanket which would be even more wonderful!
These blankets would be a wonderful Eagle Scout project too!

You can find free patterns for these items on this page:
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby.html
knitted cloths here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-baby-kit-cloth.html

Hoping to get a kit made up real soon, and then I can post a photo!!

Items can be mailed  (Before Dec 1st, 2015)  to:
Bev Qualheim (Crafting Angels)
PO Box 427
Logandale NV 89021-0427

Hug the ones you love!
Bev


Monday, May 04, 2015

Making Bears and Dolls for Orphans!

If any of you knitters or crocheters would like to make some easy dolls and bears for wonderful children in orphanages, please take a look at my patterns and info, and help the Kaiizen Foundation today.  There are knitted patterns for dolls and bears or crocheted patterns for both!

'CRAFTING ANGELS' is sending the Kaiizen Foundation, their first batch of toys and such, mid-May, so that the group can take them to a Swaziland orphanage in mid-June!  They also need baby blankets/quilts; hacky sacks, balls, hair pretties etc.

Here is the website with patterns and info:

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/kaiizen-kids.html



Hug the ones you love today!
Bev

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Holiday newborn hats by BEV!

If you have a new little one expected in your family soon, then these sweet hats might interest you or someone you know!




They are loom knitted and filled with love and cuteness, I promise!  and you can find them for sale here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200740754/loom-knitted-newborn-hat

HUG the ones you love today!!
Bev
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

44 fabulous patterns from BEVS

Hope your day is going great!  Mine sure it!  We are picking up our foreign exchange student in a few hours!  Been cleaning my house all morning and it smells great!  Well... on to something you will definitely want to buy for yourself and your crafting friends!  




I have 2 fun pattern booklets for sale filled with readers faves from Bevscountrycottage.

The first one has 20 patterns chosen especially for our humanitarian booth at the Clark Cty NV Fair, by readers like you! The 2nd one features 24 patterns from my site that are loved by many! Patterns in both include, preemie items, mittens for kids, scarves, blankets, sweaters, toys and more!

These booklets are great to either print out for your purse or knitting bag, or you can save them to your phone, ipad etc to take with you!

They are only $3 each and are instant downloads! I love the convenience of always having my fave family and humanitarian patterns when I travel etc.! Hope you do too.

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/other/bevs-humanitarian-patterns-booklet/92355

OR

http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/other/humanitarian-patterns-booklet-2/104187
Hug the ones you love today!! ♥

Bev

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Knit and cook up a Spa Kit!

Brand new instant download, knitting pattern from Bev to knit spa cloths, face cleansing pads and bath salts--all in one! Only $2.50 for all of this fabulous info!

 http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/other/bevs-beautiful-spa-cloths/106970

Everyone deserves a 'spa day'! Create your own using these beautiful hand knitted spa cloths that you knit using Bev's easy PDF pattern. 

Now, these cloths and face pads are not your run of the mill, kitchen cotton cloths, but are made using 2 strands of #10 crochet cotton held together. (This is the type of cotton used to make snowflakes, and doilies.) Holding 2 strands together, with size 6 needles, makes a soft, drapey, cloth.  Combine fun colors and create a soft, gift for everyone on your gifting lists this year!

I've even made some for new grandbabies! Love them!

They are a welcome gift for friends and family, but be sure to knit a set for yourself to use too.

You not only get a pattern for a full sized spa cloth, but you also get a pattern for making gentle face-cleansing pads, AND, a recipe for fabulous bath salts!

As with all of Bev's patterns, you are welcome to sell any items made from them in craft shows and so forth.
Enjoy!


HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE TODAY!
Bev