What Does Going Viral Mean To You?

“Your most popular Pin! Drumroll, please…”

This morning, I opened an email from the people who are in charge of keeping an eye on my Pinterest account.  It said one of my pins had been pinned 26 times.  I was amazed to say the least.  Honestly, any photo over 5 times pinned is usually a good number for me so, twenty-six seemed truly incredible.

I don’t know why I even opened the email.  Let me explain.  I’m guilty of letting these types of social media emails pile up in my inbox only to be deleted en masse at a later date.  But I am really glad that I did open it because this news really made my day!

The pin in question is attached to my Imperial Crochet blog post from June 20, 2017, Pretty Crochet Border on my Call the Midwife Inspired Baby Blanket.

This is the photo:

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Close up view of the border on my Call the Midwife Inspired blanket.

Wondering why a pin from June would be getting so much attention today, I decided to investigate the pin’s statistics further and was astounded to find this:

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These stats are amazing to me!

For me, compared to my usual pinning achievements, this one has gone viral. Yay!

To be honest, I did notice that many of the hits to my blog were going to that post but I didn’t realize they were coming from Pinterest.  I REALLY need to start paying better attention to these things.

I know by most people’s standards, this is pretty small potatoes but for me, this was as colossal as the amount of French Fries cooked at all-of-the Mickey Dee’s in one week.  Which leads me to my question:

How many hits to a post, or pin, do you think it takes to be considered a “viral” success?  I’m going with 1362 total engagements but that’s just me. And more importantly, can any of you tell me how I can do this again?

Thanks for stopping by and letting me brag a bit.

I’m so grateful to you and all of my readers!

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He Likes It!

braydenblanketAs promised in my previous post, Baby’s Favorite Blanket, this is just a quick post to let you know that the extremely cute recipient, does indeed like his new snuggie blanket!

It’s so nice to learn that something you made is appreciated!

 

 

 

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Pretty Crochet Headband – A Genius Idea For Leftover Yarn – with link to free pattern.

Last night I finished up another crochet granny square blanket using Caron Cakes variegated yarn and because I’m a stickler for making the border all the same color on these, I usually end up with a good portion of leftover yarn.

Mixed Berry Granny Square

Large granny square throw blanket I crocheted using Caron Cakes in Mixed Berry color.

I don’t know about you but this drives me crazy.  Here’s why:

  • If I save it, I end up not knowing what kind of yarn it is so I don’t use it for anything and it goes to waste.
  • If I toss it out, it goes to waste immediately.
  • I am trying to declutter and eventually downsize my home so I really don’t want excess yarn hanging around.
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I used some of the leftover purple yarn to create a pretty headband.

This time, instead of wasting  good yarn, I decided to use my head, or should I say headband?

I went on a Google search and found a genius headband pattern.  No, really.  That’s what it’s called… The Genius Headband.  And it’s called that for good reason.  With this one pattern you can use any type of yarn, any size hook, and create a headband for any size head.  Genius!

You only need to know a few simple stitches and best of all, it’s a free Ravelry download!

purple crochet headband

Here’s what the headband looks like on my model.

You can find the instructions which include lots of photos here:  The Genius Headband Crochet Pattern

I love the amount of stretch you get with this pattern and after you make the initial headband in the size you want and the color you need, you can add appliques or pretty crochet flowers to make it even more unique and special.

I really enjoyed making this one and it’s so simple that it can be easily done while watching television.  I LOVE that!

What about you?  What do you like to make when you have too much excess yarn to toss away?

ragdoll cat with caron cakes yarn

This is what happened to the rest of the extra yarn!

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Kitty Cat Wooden Yarn Bowl | Crocheter Gift Idea | The perfect gift idea for a cat lover who crochets.

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite cat-loving crocheter?

Call me crazy but I’ve noticed that cats and crochet go together like macaroni and cheese.  Especially if you think of the item being crocheted as the macaroni and the cat like the ooey gooey cheese dripping hairs all over your handmade creations.

That’s why I had to add this adorable wooden yarn bowl that has a cat shape silhouette on it to my crocheter gift ideas list.

wooden yarn bowl with cat silhouette

Isn’t it adorable?

It’s made from eco friendly Birch wood which is left natural color on the outside and painted black within. The cute kitty cat design is cut out of its side.

The bowl has a 5.5 inch interior diameter and stands 3.5 inches high.

Using a yarn bowl helps to keep your yarn clean and (cat) hair free, making this the perfect gift for anyone who loves to crochet and also loves cats.  As a human who is owned by a cat, I know that the struggle is real when it comes to keeping cat hair off of my crochet creations.

We speak purr-fect crochet here but this would also make a terrific gift for someone who loves knitting… and cats… and yarn. In fact, there’s two holes on the opposite side of the bowl made especially for holding knitting needles.

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Click here to learn more and/or purchase this cute cat yarn bowl at Amazon today.

At the time of this posting, the kitty cat wooden yarn bowl earned a 4.1 out of 5 stars rating at Amazon with 77% of the reviewers giving it 5 stars.

wooden yarn bowl

The Orchid & Ivy cat yarn bowl arrives in a gift box.

What do you think? 

Is this the perfect gift for a crocheting cat lover… yay or nay?  Share your thoughts in the comments.  I love hearing from my readers.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Baby’s Favorite Blanket

If you’ve read my Branding a New Etsy Shop – Choosing a Logo post, you already know the story of the blanket I use as my logo.

While away for the wedding (the one I made the crochet wrap for), I was pleasantly surprised (and proud) to learn that the little boy who owns the blanket has chosen it as his very favorite.  So much so that he wants to bring it everywhere he goes.

The problem I noticed was that at a little over a year old, the crib size blanket I made for his baby shower was too big for him to drag along behind him as he toddled along.

As soon as I got home, I made him a brand new blankie.  This one is much smaller and should reduce the tripping problem being caused by the large size of the original one.  I didn’t make it too tiny either though.  I still wanted it to seem like a blanket for him.

I used Stitch Studio by Nicole yarn and a size larger hook than was recommended to create a large Granny Square.  I then crocheted a row of single crochet stitches to finish it off.  No, it’s not the same as the first one.  And it’s nothing spectacular but it is super soft and snuggable.   I’m hoping he’ll like it just as much as the other one.

Here’s a photo of the new one:

Granny Square Snuggie

I love the colors!

He hasn’t received it yet.  It’s on its way to him as I write this.  I’ll let you know if he likes it as soon as I know.

This situation has me rethinking my baby blanket sizes.  A “crib size” blanket is wonderful because the child will get lots of use out of it for a longer amount of time but a smaller one would make it easier for the child who chooses it as his or her favorite.

Which size baby blanket do you prefer to make, gift, or use? 

Please share your thoughts in the comments.  I love hearing from my readers!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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