Sunday, August 3, 2008

Straight From Today's Designers: Raw, Uncensored Designs

I am delighted to be a part of this fabulous group of friends who are also designers. We not only know how to design great patterns, but know how to have fun while doing it too! We put our "fingers" together again and have just released our second self-published, downloadable book, "Strapped for Bags"! Vol. 1 Last month we released "Crochet Belts from the Hip" with new belt designs for crocheters. With the help of the most knowlegeable and computer-savvy members of our group, the books are self-published and the belt book was the FIRST downloadable pattern book offered by Ravelry. We are proud and we are independent and we don't need editors and publishers to tell us how to choose our materials and how to write our instructions! Besides me, here are the designers who particpated in both books: Angela Best, Vashti Braha, Robyn Chachula, Doris Chan, Noreen Crone Findlay, Lisa Gentry, Pam Gillette, Kim Guzman, Mary Jane Hall, Tammy Hildebrand, Amy O'Neill Houck, Margaret Hubert, Dora Ohrenstein, Christy McMahon, Marty Miller, Diane Moyer, Carrie Sullivan and Mary Beth Temple.

Both books are available also on our website: www.SFTDOnline.com
At Ravelry, they can be found on the homepage, on the right side, by clicking on patterns and entering a search for either title. www.ravelry.com
Be on the lookout for Vol. @ of the bag book and meanwhile enjoy our patterns!

Here's a picture of my purse which is in the bag book: DIY Art Crochet Purse: and my belt from the belt book, Yummy Licorice Belt.

HOOKA, PLEASE!

Door handles? Crocheters have done that for ages, expecially those funky Santa Clauses at Christmastime. Okay, so to date we might not have been quite as creative or daring as Knitta, Please, but it is not too late to start! I call it HOOKA, PLEASE! Knitta began in August 2005, when the soon-to-be-Knittas were discussing their frustration over unfinished knitting projects: half-knitted sweaters and balls of yarn gathering dust. That afternoon, they knit their first door handle. Then it dawned on them… a tag crew of knitters, bombing the inner city with vibrant, stitched works of art, wrapped around everything from beer bottles on easy nights to public monuments and utility poles on more ambitious outings. With a mix of clandestine moves and gangsta rap — Knitta was born! Today, Knitta is a group of ladies of all ages, nationalities, and… gender. Why not JOIN ME by creating beautiful and colorful yarn graffiti to spruce up your community and bring attention to the versatility of crochet? I think I will create pasties for a fire plug, in the dark of the night, of course, for my next project!
June 2010-Yarn Biombing at Mayo Clinic. Got to have some humor somehow!


The fencepost cover I created back in the summer continues to keep my fencepost warm this snowy, cold Chicago
Winter!


The Cover-up Continues...





And leaves burst forth.....
and a flower too.....FINISHED


Winter Came.....and my mail box needed a hat!










Spring is here and the tulips have added some much needed and fresh color to the fencepost corner! The "wrap" I gave the post has weathered the hot sun of Summer, the flying leaves of Fall and the wintery blast of cold, sleet and snow we come to expect here in Chicago. I may have to take it off soon; it is fading fast and has has served its purpose and added some interest to my corner and drawn some attention from passers by and given them something to ponder. A little girl and her mother strolled by and the girl got out of the stroller to touch the flowers. The neighbors confirmed what they long suspected: i'm a little "loopy." What next? Hmmmmm!