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Hmmmmm, working on something that me thinks will be offered for FREE. Who’s interested?

Hmmmmm, working on something that me thinks will be offered for FREE. Who’s interested?

Market Tote Wine PIN to WIN

Please help me to circulate the release of this exciting new pattern that is now available in all of my pattern shops!

To enter, simply pin this image with the caption:

 “I Want to win this Baca Creations Wine Market Tote!”

Entries of this nature will be accepted until 3.24.2013, and a winner will be randomly selected via this link to assure the pin is sourced from this blog entry. Winner will be notified by way of

1) a comment on their pin,

2) a follow up on this blog post, and

3) a notification on my facebook fan page,

and will be given 36 hours to respond and claim their prize!

You are entering to win a Baca Creations (Crochet By Salena Baca) original Wine Market Tote, 100% cotton; retail value $18.00. No substitutions or cash value. Good luck!

Update 3.24.2013 @ 8:05 AM MST

And the winner is… Elizabeth Aris!

Elizabeth, please contact me via e-mail within the following 36 hours to claim your prize: BacaCreations@yahoo.co.uk.

Thanks to everyone for participating to help circulate the release of my newest pattern; your support means everything! I hope you enjoy this pattern, now available in all of my pattern shops:

Etsy

Ravelry

Craftsy

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PIN it to WIN it: My All Seasons Hat Pattern!

PIN it to WIN it: My All Seasons Hat Pattern!

 Blog Banner Photo Giveaway 1

Please help me to circulate the release of this exciting pattern!

To enter, simply pin this image with the caption:

 “I Want to win this pattern!”

Entries of this nature will be accepted until 13 February, 2013, and a winner will be randomly selected via this link to assure the pin is sourced from this blog entry. Winner will be notified by way of 1) a comment on their pin, 2) a follow up on this blog post, and 3) a notification on my facebook fan page, and will be given 48 hours to respond and claim their prize!

You are entering to win a Baca Creations (Crochet By Salena Baca) original PDF crochet pattern; retail value $5.00. No substitutions or cash value. Good luck!

And the winner is….

Rosanne Van Hoose! 

To claim your All Seasons PDF Crochet Pattern, please send me an e-mail within

the following 48 hours: BacaCreations@yahoo.co.uk

(Updated 14 February, 2013 @ 8:50 AM MST).

 

DWII: Sneak Peek Week!!!

DWII: Sneak Peek Week!!!

Hey, HEY! I’ts Sneak Peek Week!

I have to say that I could not be happier with the way DWII has been going, and it’s all thanks to these amazingly talented, friendly, and supportive ladies who I have had the absolute pleasure of working with! Behind the scenes, us DWII participants have been encouraging and pep-talking each other for months. Honestly! While this is a “war” by name, it’s a friendship and network that I have come to treasure. Thanks for the smooth ride ladies!

Of course, this would be nowhere and nothing without our fans, and so, from the bottom of my yarn basket, I thank you all for your continued interest and support in our work and progress! Every single like, share, comment, and pin matters to us, and it’s the fuel that keeps a smile on our faces, and a skip in our step. Thank you – really, and truly!

And, last but never least, a huge shout out to our wonderful supporters at Red Heart Yarns! Thank you for taking Design Wars under your sponsorship wings, and for offering up an amazing prize pack to help get some drive behind our event – it’s a dream come true, and I hope this is the beginning of a long and lasting relationship!

Well folks, here it is – Sneak Peek Week!  Enjoy the teaser tags, obscure photos, and pages directly from our personal diaries that dove directly into our psyche! If you’ve got a good guess and would like to decipher a design, be sure to share, comment, and pin to your hearts delight – enjoy!
SPW Carolina SPW Danyel SPW Jonna SPW Katie SPW Lisa SPW Salena SPW Tara SPW Theresa

Important Note: Pattern Value

Important Note: Pattern Value

After much thought and consideration I’ve concluded that the retail price of some of my patterns are not reflective of their value. On average I put between 20 – 50 hours of work into a pattern design; that begins with the initial concept, and continues until the final edit is published!

For example, my free (Da Bomb!) Shell Scarf began as a special order request from a friend, and here is how it came together:

1 hour: sketched out a design

2 hours: researched the stitch and garment construction

1 hour: made a few pattern swatches of the sketch for gauge

8 hours: personally tested each one of the three sizes the pattern instructs

1 hour: took photos of my garments and edited them

4 hours: constructed the file layout of the design and wrote the patterns

3 hours: called for pattern testers, interacted with them, modified my design

2 hours: marketed the design on various forums

1 hour: posted the pattern for FREE on all of my pattern forums.

That’s an estimated 23 hours toward this one pattern that I then offered for free – Why? To show that my patterns are quality, modern, original, easy to comprehend and follow, and valuable!

Valuable? Yes! Back to my conclusion…

I feel that my current retail price of $3.00 per pattern is not a proper representation of my value. Therefore, I have decided to create three price categories: Free, $3.00, $5.00.

While some of my more complex and unique styles (Swirl Shell Snail or Goods For Gals eBook) may be adjusted to reflect their value, quite a few of my styles will remain more modestly priced in the $3.00 category. So, as I release new pattern styles, and renovate my current ones to my modern new format, I will be categorizing them according to their complexity, uniqueness, and ease.

A lot of time, skill, research, time, resources, and time goes into every one of my pattern designs, so I thank you for your continued interest and support in Baca Creations Crochet! If you are a brand new fan, I encourage you to try all of my free pattern designs to see for yourself!

Thank you – peace, love, light, happiness!!!

Salena

Designer Spotlight – Design by Katie Hanken

Designer Spotlight – Design by Katie Hanken

Katie 6Meet Katie Hanken! She is the owner / designer at Design by Katie Hanken (formerly known as Optimistic By Nature), and has a fresh, modern line that deserves a gander!

I first “met” Katie in early 2012 when she wrote to let me know she enjoyed my Favorite Slouch hat. I facebook stalked her, like I do with anyone who gives  me a compliment, and was really honored to see that she was an accomplished crochet designer, who happened to enjoy my work!

Her designs are natural, original, elegant, and have a timeless quality about them that I adore! She has a few bunting patterns that are quite clever and worth a go if you have a baby in your life! But, my favorites are the Bonnet Balaclava, Ribbed Lopi Mittens, and – last but not least – the Glitter Wave Shrug.

She’s an accomplished lady, in more aspects than just crochet, and I hope you enjoy her work as much I have. Let’s see what she had to say to our Design Wars readers 😉

Salena Baca (SB): Define success; What do you hope to accomplish?

Katie Hanken (KH): Success for me with crochet is keeping it fun; that is why I started to crochet. It was a really simple and true motivation. I felt like making something cute. As long as I keep that as my motivation than I am succeeding at crochet. Certainly, it is really fun for me that others enjoy my designs and I love when interest in my patterns grows. Making inspired designs, creating easy and well-written patterns, taking beautiful photos, incorporating nature as my inspiration… these are my “goals”, I think. But accomplishing these things will not define my success. The only goal that matters to me is to keep it fun and to let crochet teach me how to enjoy my life. Because I love designing with crochet. If I could transfer the good-feeling creation process that I have with crochet design to all of the other endeavors in my life I would be one happy camper! 🙂

 SB: What are the best words of wisdom you can provide to hopeful designers? 

KH: I guess the same advice I would give anyone about anything. Do it for the joy. Keep it light and keep it fun and inspiration and success will come to you easily. My professional training is in classical music and being a person who has pursued many creative endeavors this idea is the only thing that has given me success. Struggle and stress really do destroy creative pursuits. Don’t force it! (I’ve tried that, too, and it doesn’t work out well.)

 SB: Is there something about crochet that you’ve always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask?

KH: Oh my gosh, yes. I have only been crocheting a couple of years so I learn new things all the time! Thank goodness for google. And youtube. 😉 I guess I can’t think of anything specific but I definately haven’t mastered the art yet. Although, I am not afraid to ask when confused, I have learned things along the road that I felt like I should have known at the time. But I think designing is actually a fun way to learn and to invent new solutions!

 SB:  What is your most recent accomplishment?

KH: I have invented a new stitch! Ok, not really. But, I have found a really cool way of mixing up some common stitches to create a look that I have not seen anywhere yet. I am working on some design ideas to utilize it and hope to have something to show off soon! It looks cool!!

 SB: If you could meet anyone in the crochet world, who would it be? Why?

KH: I have “met” so many cool people through crochet! I would love to meet the other designers in this competition over a cup of coffee! From Tara in Alaska to Lisa in New Zealand and me in Norway…. we are pretty far from each other geographically. If we lived closer I would definately invite them all over for dinner! 🙂 Basically, I really appreciate all designers who are doing their own thing and have their own style.

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If you are a brand new fan to Design  by Katie Hanken you can check out her design work on ravelry or her new .com shop. If you are a fan and would like to root for Design by Katie Hanken in DWII, get your Team Badge and be sure to enter for your chance at our Red Heart Yarns prize pack (valued at $150)!

Got your own questions for Katie / Design by Katie Hanken? Post it in a comment below and she may answer you!

 

Designer Spotlight: Unravel Me

Designer Spotlight: Unravel Me

TheresaMeet Theresa Grant! She is the owner / designer at Unravel me, which is probably the coolest name a crochet business could ever hope for!

Theresa was added to my list of favorite designers when I first found her Alisa Hat pattern back in late 2011, and I’ve been a faithful stalker ever since – you can stalk her too; she is conveniently located on etsy, .com, and ravelry!

I’ve adored her sweet and whimsical designs, like the Baby Cakes Cupcake Hat and Penelope Bonnet, but am utterly in love with her adult ones too (check out the Flower Top Tam, and tell me your heart doesn’t skip a beat!).

It’s no wonder Theresa has a huge following (nearly 7,000 on facebook alone!), she is a master knitter as well, and her knit designs are just as lovely as her crochet work! I asked her to put her hooks and needles down for a little Design Wars Q&A, so read it, enjoy it, share it, love it!

Salena Baca (SB): What are the best words of wisdom you can provide to hopeful designers?

Theresa Grant (TG): Follow your heart and do what comes naturally to you.  I’ve found that designing is a lot of creativity and a lot of work.  Don’t give up right away if your design is not working out the way you wanted it to.  But, don’t hang onto it if it is consuming and frustrating you.  Be sure to have your design tested in every size so that the directions are as clear and concise as possible.  Be unique.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with stitches/combinations to make them do what you want them to do.  It’s your yarn, make it work for you!

SB: What is your most recent accomplishment?

TG: My latest released pattern is my Chloe Slouch Hat.  I’m proud of how it’s so simple, yet the texture and style are very trendy.  It’s available in toddler, child, and adult sizes too.

SB: Which would win in a street fight; a sheep, or an alpaca?

TG: What type of sheep? Unless it’s merino, I think a sheep would win the fight, because wool is sturdier than alpaca, but the alpaca would win everybody over in the end because the alpaca is so soft and lovely.

SB: What color combinations do you currently love? 

TG: I love cream and seafoam together, pink and brown, and grey and cream currently.  This changes often, I love color!

SB: Other than the DWII garment, what are you working on?

TG: I’ve always got several patterns in the works, sometimes they just sit for a while before I ever get around to writing them up.  Currently I have about 7 things in my brain that I’m picking apart and a few more started but not finished.  I’m crazy that way. 

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Theresa2Unravel Me Spotlight

If you are a brand new fan to Unravel Me you can check out some of her FREE pattern work: Cuppa Joe Java Jacket, Oh So Soft Baby Washcloths. If you are a fan and would like to root for Unravel Me in DWII, get your Team Badge and be sure to enter for your chance at our Red Heart Yarns prize pack (valued at $150)!

Got your own questions for Theresa / Unravel Me? Post it in a comment below and she may answer you! 

Designer Spotlight – Frayed Knot

Designer Spotlight – Frayed Knot

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Meet Jonna Ventura! She is the owner / designer at Frayed Knot, and her designs have a lot of people talking! She’s relatively new to the crochet block (first pattern released in 2012), but her work shows a level of knowledge that even seasoned shop owners strive for!

Her most recent success has been on the Craftsy top 20 list since it was released – MONTHS AGO!!! –  and has definitely earned it’s name: The Perfect Cowl!  Among other garments, Jonna has an array of hats that are quite intricate, and very uncommon; you wont’ find cookie-cut designs in her shops (etsy, ravelry, craftsy), but I’m quite sure you will find a lot of favorites! One of my personal favorites? The Ninja Cup Cozy!

Jonna joins us in round II of Design Wars with an easy spirit and fun personality, and has helped to make our challenge a bonding experience. See what this firecracker has to say, and be sure to keep up with her on facebook too!

Salena Baca (SB): If you could meet anyone in the crochet world, who would it be? Why?

Jonna Ventura (JV): There are so many BUT if I can only choose one person it would have to be Charissa from Mad Mad Me. 1. Because I can appreciate a good sarcastic sense of humor and…. 2. Because she was instrumental in helping me get my start. She promoted my business and built up my confidence right from the get go! I love you Charissa!! One day my friend 🙂

SB: What is your most recent accomplishment?

JV: Number one achievement thus far…Being apart of Design Wars of course!! When i started Frayed Knot I had no idea where it was heading and what exactly the potential could be. I’m beyond blessed and surprised! I’ll keep riding the roller coaster and meeting amazing new artists for as long as I can.

SB: What color combinations do you currently love?

JV: Right now I’m diggin’ teal, mustard, & grey….coral, navy, & cream….coral, teal, & cream…mustard & plum…  Ok I guess I could go on and on…

SB: Do you wear your own crochet goods? Which pieces? 

JV: Oh yeah! I usually wear all my “rejects”, only I know where the mistakes are 🙂 But when I really want to make something for myself and don’t have time to come up with my own design, I often search some of my fave designers and go pattern shopping!

SB: Which of your designs do you feel best represent you as an artist?

JV: Designing is an outlet for me. Sometimes I start with the yarn and see what comes from it. Other times I have a certain person/style in mind. For me, I lean hippie. If I could grow my hair to my butt and wear flower halter tops I would! Unfortunately neither of those things are in my future. So I will have to stick with my fingerless gloves and slouchy hats.

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Frayed Knot Spotlight

If you are a brand new fan to Frayed Knot you can check out some of her FREE pattern work: Josiah Booties, Sock Monkey Cup Cozy! If you are a fan and would like to root for Frayed Knot in DWII, get your Team Badge and be sure to enter for your chance at our Red Heart Yarns prize pack (valued at $150)!

Got your own questions for Jonna / Frayed Knot? Post it in a comment below and she may answer you!

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