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The Big Acorn Race Launch Party

It was a cold and slushy day in April when several intrepid friends braved their way through treacherous conditions to come together and celebrate the launch of The Big Acorn Race: A Story with Crochet Patterns and Projects.

The Big Acorn Race Launch Party

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The Big Acorn Race Giveaway Ends Thursday at Midnight!

Hodge and Podge and Eric are so pleased with your response to their Big Acorn Race Giveaway that they want me to pick 3 winners on Friday! That means 3 lucky picnickers will receive copies of Squirrel Picnic’s own The Big Acorn Race sent right to their mailbox. The contest ends at midnight MST on Thursday, so hop on over to our giveaway app at https://gleam.io/90Aw9/the-big-acorn-race-giveaway and enter right away. Then stop by the picnic on Friday to see who has won.

Big Acorn Race March Giveaway 2

Looking for more opportunities to get your hands on this book? The world-famous Twinkie Chan is offering The Big Acorn Race as part of her March Giveaway. Not only could you win the book, but a lot of super cute prizes as well.

Best of luck to everyone. I can’t wait to see who wins!


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The Big Acorn Race Update: Tall ‘n’ Fast Flowers

The past six weeks have been all about flowers – well, one flower in particular. The Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower is a very special one that is native to Squirrel Picnic. In “The Big Acorn Race” story, Podge has to grow a flower, fast. Luckily she has a packet of seeds that will do the trick. Sure enough, her Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower grows both tall and fast. You’ll have to excuse my cryptic description there – I just don’t want to spoil the story.

What I can tell you is that just like many of the items in the story, there will be patterns to make your own Tall ‘n’ Fast Flowers. This month I designed a Tall ‘n’ Fast Flower barrette, wall hanging, and 14” round pillow. I even designed a seed packet phone case! So far these are my favorite patterns from the book. I hope you enjoy these photos of them… Continue reading


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The Big Acorn Race Update: Oak Leaves and Acorns

May was an unusually wet month for Colorado. The state prides itself on its 300 days of sunshine, but this month we had only 3 days without some form of precipitation. Rainy days are perfect for crocheting and I crocheted up a storm all month long!

I focused on designing, crocheting, and photographing the first four patterns and projects for the book. These include an oak leaf motif, an oak leaf clutch, an amigurumi acorn, and an oak leaf and acorn garland.

I also created the storyboard and began laying out a mock up of the book, starting with these four patterns. Continue reading


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Big Acorn Race Update: Backgrounds and Foregrounds

The first full month of work on Squirrel Picnic’s Big Acorn Race is ending, and I am pleased to say that progress has been made. My main goal for this month was to make the backgrounds for the main set for the scenes in the book. As you may recall, the objective is for everything in the book to be crocheted, including the grass and sky. Continue reading