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Book Review: Vintage Modern Crochet by Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula is the "Wonder Woman of Crochet Design!" Not only has she appeared regularly as a crochet expert on the PBS show, Knit & Crochet Now, and continued to create pattern books that inspire her fans; but she has also created two children in the last few years!

A modern young designer, Robyn also has great admiration for the traditional fine thread motifs that would surely have been showpieces in her grandmother's home. Her talent lies in her ability to use classic stitch patterns that date back to the 1850s while transforming them to trending fashion!.


Together with some of the most innovative crochet designers in the crochet world, her passion for breathing new life into classic stitch techniques inspires her team. Crochet is a vibrant art form, and the compelling use of vintage techniques in the book gives the reader designs in which they can look fabulous yet not out-dated!

Including 5 chapters, the book highlights a specific technique in each one: Pine…

Crochet Fgures Prominently in Etsy Article

I read an article in New York magazine (April 4-17,2016) early this morning, and it jump-started my adrenalin flow for the day!! Entitled "ETSY Wants to Crochet Its Cake & Eat it Too," The author is Amy LaRocca, and she asks the question, "Can a company upend capitalism without really earning a profit?"

I loved reading about the corporate culture at Etsy which is a "peer to peer" operation that connects makers to buyers. For those working on the inside to keep the machine humming, there is free lunch after employees are encouraged to ride their bikes to work. There is also on-site education and 40 hours per year of paid volunteer time along with 100% paid health care premiums; 26 weeks of paid parental leave and great wages!

Accredited a a "B-Corp," Etsy has declared itself "equally responsible to its community and to the environment as to its shareholders who are duly warned that the company may not try very hard to make a profit.&quo…