Mandela Day 2016

by guest blogger Veronica Buzby

July 18 2016, was a very special day where we all come together to honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the South African Embassy in Washington DC. 67 Blankets started when Mandela’s long-time assistant Zelda La Grange challenged our founder, Carolyn Steyn, to make 67 blankets for Mandela Day 2014. In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 as Mandela Day, where global citizens are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to improve their local communities.

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August Doily of the Month

Welcome to the August Doily of the Month! Each month in 2016 we will share a new doily pattern for you to make in Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread. We challenged the top doily designers to create innovate designs that coordinate with the feeling of each month. Plus, every month we will select five winners to receive an Aunt Lydia’s prize pack.

For August, we have the Lotus Tile Doily. This doily is inspired by the lotus flower, and would work well as a centerpiece or framed and hung on the wall.

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Joy Creators Christmas in July Blog Hop

Our Joy Creators are joining together for a Christmas in July blog hop! The participating Joy Creators will be posting free patterns made with Red Heart on their websites on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in July, starting July 6. Follow along with the schedule below, and share the projects you make using the patterns with the #joycreators and #redheartyarns hashtags! Links will be added to this schedule as the posts go up.

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Summertime Tassel Sandals

Tassels are everywhere this summer! I’ve seen them on bags, shirts, key fobs and blankets. One idea has caught my eye more than once, tasseled sandals! I found some cute, strappy sandals and decided to give them a boho chic makeover.

To give you more options, I’ve made two versions, one using Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 crochet thread, and one in Aunt Lydia’s Classic 10 crochet thread.

Let’s get started!

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Mermaid Blanket Round-Up

Have you seen or made a mermaid tail blanket? These blankets are in a taper shape with fins at the bottom, and are designed to be tucked around your legs so you look like a mermaid sitting on a couch. Other versions are a large cocoon, which you can slip your legs into. There are hundreds of versions for adults and kids, plus baby cocoons and patterns for dolls. Most patterns are crocheted, although a few are knit. We have gathered some popular free patterns from around the web for you.

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