Friday, March 25, 2016
I am honored to be the featured designer today over at the Underground Crafter podcast. Marie Segares has generously organized a stellar list of designers and free patterns in our joint effort to highlight and celebrate National Crochet Month sponsored by the Crochet Guild of America.
Marie discusses and reads my pattern, Himalya Tank Top, on her Podcast. She has a novel idea that introduces those interested in crochet not only to great patterns but also to the designers who make them. My design is made with the wonderful recycled silk made from saris imported from Tibet by Himalya Yarns. Anni Kristensen, the owner of Himalaya Yarn Company, is a kind, peace-loving woman and former social worker who has dedicated her work with these yarns to employing the people of Nepal.. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her yarn and designing almost 20 project patterns for her.
National Crochet Month has been quite a time of celebration for me. I worked weeks on a freeform crochet cowl swap which was challenging and fun and I taught pre-kindergardeners all about crochet, hooks and yarn the week they were sytudying the letter Y. Participating in today's podcast culminates in my belief that we should celebrate crochet every day, not just during the month of March!
Thank you, Marie!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Brenda Bourg has proven what I've believed for a long time: "There are no limits to the creative possibilities of crochet!" Not only does one learn Tunisian crochet in her new book, but also how to expand Tunisian crochet skills by working in two colors to create the exquisite Fair Isle look.
Brenda uses the Tunisian Knit Stitch throughout the book, and introduces the reader to the use of the Tunisian hook with a cable. Thus, larger projects are possible including sweater designs. The sixteen projects in the book include a wide range of pattern-making experiences from boot cuffs and head bands to sweaters and afghans. Brenda also recommends the use of a nice selection of yarns for the projects affording the crocheter the opportunity to experience the feel and function of many yarns. She gives advise on substituting yarns, as well.
Published by Stackpole Books, Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet retails here and is available on Amazon.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Conveniently, the JK students reach the letter Y in their studies of the alphabet during March; so it becomes my way to celebrate and open young minds to the mysteries of crochet! This year I spoke to about 30 four-year-olds; two combined classes; mainly because I got caught in horrible traffic by the State Fairgrounds and was late!
Needless to say there was much enthusiasm in the room! Aiming to speak to their interests andattention span, my theme was to show how tools like the hook are used to loop yarn, which starts with the letter Y, to create odd and interesting projects. I compared and showed big yarn (cable cord) and little yarn (thread); big hooks and little hooks; big projects and little projects.
|Wearing the Flamingo Necklace|
|Big Hook/Little Hook|
|Big Project: Queen of Crochet ~ A Self-Portrait|
|Wearing the Tree Hat: circa 1975|
|Intrigued by the light-up Hook|
|My Special Hook Collection in my Crown Hook Holder|
|Rock of Ages|
|Many Things to Look at|
It was a cold & rainy day, so I didn't get to participate in the "yarn bombing" in the school yard, but the clouds lifted in the afternoon and the kids were busy enhancing their environment. I left yarn motifs and a tapestry crochet square in the school colors for them to use.
Yarnbombing in the school yard:
I'm already invited to come back next year for the Letter Y during National Crochet Month. I can' twait!!