Chrysanthemum Cardigan

Chrysanthemum is a full-length crochet cardigan that moves effortlessly with you as you move through your day. Wear it with a bright belt as an unexpected punch of color.

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Flourish Skirt

A delicate, lacy floral skirt that also looks beautiful as a beach coverup. The skirt is made of individual motifs that are joined as they are worked.

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Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

I had a great conversation with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Listen as we discuss crochet, fashion, designing,  the Knit & Crochet Show and Crochet Savvy Magazine.

Listen to Our Discussion

 

Free Crochet Pattern Websites Worth Visiting

Free Crochet Pattern Websites Worth Visiting

First for Women Magazine asked me what were my five favorite sites for free crochet patterns.

Here are my favs

(Featured Article) “Taking the Leap: A Designer’s Journey”

(Featured Article) “Taking the Leap: A Designer’s Journey”

How did I move from thinking about designing crochet to actually doing it?

Crafter and writer, L’Tanya Durante interviewed me for her blog, Craftnicity. She asked me, “How did you finally shift from being an information gatherer to submitting a design?”

Want to know what I said? Well you can read the article here.

 

Mulled Spices Afghan

Mulled Spices Afghan

Soft, striped, and comfortable, this afghan is made using Tunisian simple stitch for the body and the same stitch as part of an entrelac pattern for the border. Warm colors evoke sitting by a fire in a winter cabin, and versatile colorwork opens up possibilities for any season, decor, or mood.

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About

About TurquoizBlue

About TurquoizBlue

For several years I dreamed of being a crochet designer, and one day I took a leap of faith and submitted my designs for publication. I was fortunate to have my very first submission accepted. I create designs for books, publications, and direct sale. I am a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America, and I love to design crochet fashion, accessories and home décor using traditional techniques to create modern, contemporary designs.

This Is Crochet features my unique crochet designs and patterns. My work has been featured in publications such as Interweave Crochet and Crochet World, in addition to designs and projects that are available only at the This Is Crochet.  Visit the Shop page for the my latest offerings.

Take care, TurquoizBlue

(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

(Interview) Cre8tion Crochet LIVE Episode 8

I talked crochet with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Some of our topics include whether to block or not, using test crocheters and finding a crochet mentor.

Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

Hanging out With Cre8tion Crochet

I had a great conversation with Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.  Listen as we discuss crochet, fashion, designing,  the Knit & Crochet Show and Crochet Savvy Magazine.

Listen to Our Discussion

 

Day 31: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 31 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and and the featured bloggers are Karen C K Ballard and Gwen Blakely-Kinsler.

Karen is a crochet designer who loves to crochet jewelry, 3D and freeform designs, and historic patterns.  She is a CGOA professional who designs and writes.  Karen also is a junior reviewer of CGOA Masters program candidates’ portfolios.  Her NC Necklace won 1st place in the 2012 CGOA Design Contest in the Small Wonders category.  Would you like to win a collection of vintage antique tools?  Friend Karen on Facebook with the message “NatCroMo” by April 14, and she will enter you to win this prize.

Gwen is the founder, former President, and Lifetime Member of the Crochet Guild of America.  She currently serves as the Editor of Annie’s “Talking Crochet” newsletter.  In anticipation of the CGOA’s 20th anniversary in 2014, Gwen wrote A Narrative History of CGOA, which explains how everything all began with her writing a letter.  Her newest book, The Fine Art of Crochet – Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists, is scheduled for release in June 2013.

This is the final day of the Tour.  I have enjoyed visiting all these blogs and being introduced to new crocheters, and I hope the tour momentum continues to grow.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 30:  Linda Dean and Kristin Dragos

Day 29:  Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka

Day 28: Kathy White and Lori Carlson

Day 27: Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26: Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

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Day 30: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 30 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and and the featured bloggers are Linda Dean and Kristin Dragos.

Linda is an Associate Professional member of CGOA.  She is a long-time crocheter who has recently starting publishing her designs.  Linda is also a winner of the 2012 CGOA Design Contest in the Accessories Category for her Vineyard at Dawn Shawl.  Linda is sharing her Tunisian Mini Shawl pattern in tribute to those who have encouraged her on her crochet journey, and as if that is great enough, she is also giving away one skein of Lisa Souza’s Glazier yarn to three winners.  Please visit her blog and leave a comment before April 2 to be entered.

Although Kristin learned to crochet in 2008, she has accomplished a great deal.  She has become a CYCA certified instructor and is now completing the CGOA Masters program.  Kristin is also a crochet instructor, and she self-publishes her own patterns.  Have you ever crocheted with tulle?  To be honest, I’d never thought about it, but after seeing Kristin’s Crochet and Tulle Bracelet Tutorial, my head is swimming with ideas.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Karen C K Ballard and Gwen Blakely-Kinsler.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 29:  Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka

Day 28: Kathy White and Lori Carlson

Day 27: Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26: Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 29: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 29 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and today’s stop on the tour is with the co-owners of Crochetville, Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka.

Amy has followed in the footsteps of her grandmother and mother by continuing the crochet traditions of her family, and the legacy continues through her daughter, who also crochets.  She is a Professional member of the CGOA, and was the keynote speaker for CGOA Professional Development Day in 2008.  Amy is also a CGOA board member, and served as President.  When she is not seeking out new experiences to bring to Crochetville, Amy enjoys crocheting charity projects with her women’s group, crafting, and reading.  Hurry and download Amy’s Hexagon Lapghan, which she has made available as a free download until April 5.

Donna is a co-owner of Crochetville and a crochet designer.  Her designs can be seen in books like The New Crochet: 40 Wonderful Wearables and publications such as Crochet! magazine.  Donna had been publishing her own designs since 2004.  Donna is giving away an original Jimbo, hand-whittled crochet hook.  All entries must be received by April 6 in order to qualify.  Visit the Crochetville blog and leave a comment answering her question to be included in the giveaway.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Linda Dean and Kristin Dragos.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 28:  Kathy White and Lori Carlson.

Day 27:  Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26:  Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

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Day 28: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 28 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Kathy White and Lori Carlson.

Kathryn is an extraordinary bead and thread lace crocheter.  I was awestruck the first time I saw her crocheted beaded purses.  Kathryn is a Professional member of the CGOA, and she designs and publishes her crochet patterns on her website.  Her work has been published by Annies, CGOA, and magazines like Crochet World.  Today she is sharing her Poppin Popcorn Headband on her blog today so be sure to stop by and scoop up this great free pattern.  Kathryn also has other free patterns on her website.  My goal is to find time to make one of her beaded bags. I am in love with her Cleo bag.

Lori is also a thread and lace crocheter, and she is a mentee of Kathryn White.  She is fascinated with exploring different circular forms such as mandalas, spirographs, etc. and translating them into crochet.  Lori is an Associate Professional CGOA member.  Her Split Infinitive design was the 2nd place winner of CGOA Design Competition in the Artistic Expressions category.  Lori is looking forward to sharing her upcoming designs which will be published this summer.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 27:  Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton

Day 26:  Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 27: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 27 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton.

Marie is a Professional CGOA member, and she is a crochet/knit designer, teacher, and blogger.  Having benefited from the CGOA mentoring program, Marie now pays it forward by mentoring another designer.  She also writes book reviews for the CGOA newsletter.  You can find Marie’s patterns in publications such as Crochet World and Inside Crochet magazines and also on her blog and Ravelry page.  Marie’s free download of her Rectangular Squares Blanket was created as an option for crocheters who are looking for patterns to make their Project Night Night donations.

Brenda has been crocheting professionally since the 1980s, and her work has appeared in many magazines, books, leaflets, kits, and on television.  She has also served as editor of several publications, including Crochet! magazine.  Brenda is currently a freelance crochet designer who creates designs for publications and yarn companies, and she has designed a pattern for cute Rainbow Bright Jar Cozies that will brighten up your office this Spring.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Kathryn White and Lori Carlson.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 26:  Susan Lowman and Michele Maks

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 26: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 26 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Susan Lowman and Michele Maks.

I originally blogged about Susan and her role with the CGOA, but in addition to co-chairing the CGOA Masters Program, Susan creates amazing and colorful crochet designs.  She is also a tech editor and instructor who teaches locally and at the CGOA national conferences.  She crochets all types of projects including garments, accessories, toys, filet, and lace.

Michele is the former editor of Crochet World magazine.  I was fortunate to work with Michele on two of my patterns.  She was actually one of the first editors to accept my designs when I was new to the game.  Michele has been a crochet and knit designer for many years, and she is now learning how to get past her previous workaholic tendencies and to embrace a more Zen-like lifestyle while living with MS.  Please visit her blog for her three Deecie blanket patterns which are perfect for Project Night Night.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Marie Segares and Brenda Stratton.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 25: Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley

Day 24: Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23: Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22: Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21: Alaina Klug

Day 20: April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA

Day 19: Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18: Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17: Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16: Laurinda Reddig

Day 15: Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14: Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13: Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12: Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11: Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10: Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9: Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8: Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7: Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6: Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5: Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4: Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3: Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2: Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1: Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18? Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 25: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 25 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley.

Kim has always been very open about sharing her techniques and methods, and she has been teaching crochet online since long before the days of video and streaming.  I remember taking a class with Kim in a chat room where we had to type “1” whenever we completed a step.  I admire Kim because she has been able to support herself and her family from crochet.  She hasn’t always portrayed it as easy, but she has done it and continues to do it.  Kim is sharing a free pattern for her Tunisian Mock Cable scarf, along with a companion video.  Visit her blog to get this pattern.


Susan Huxley has written several crochet and sewing books over the years which explore various techniques such as sweater design and serger techniques.  She currently works in her personal studio as a freelance editor and designer.  In addition to her published works, here patterns are available on Ravelry.  She also teaches and lectures around the country.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Susan Lowman and Michele Maks.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 24:  Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA

Day 23:  Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA

Day 22:  Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21:  Alaina Klug

Day 20:  April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

Day 19:  Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18:   Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

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Day 24: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 24 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA.

Bonnie has been crocheting for a while, but only recently started submitting her designs for publications.  Her adventures into design began with her sending photos of her county fair-winning afghans to Leisure Arts, who offered her a contract to create patterns based on those afghans.  She is also a CYCA Certified Instructor.  Bonnie’s Dubonet Poncho is available as a free downloadable pattern for Spring.

We all know Marcy as the Editor of Interweave Crochet magazine, but she is also a new CGOA board member.  Her designs have appeared in Interweave publications and in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crochet.  Marcy is spending her days promoting the benefits of attending the Chain Link conferences this year.  I have not been fortunate to attend one yet.  Maybe this year.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 23:  Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA.

Day 22:  Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21:  Alaina Klug

Day 20:  April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

Day 19:  Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18:   Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

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Day 23: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 23 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA.

Margaret is a very well-known crochet designer.  Her work has been published in all the major crochet magazines and many books.  Margaret is famous for her free for crochet which blends multiple stitches, colors, and textures.  She invites everyone to learn how to do free form by trying her Bullion square and Bullion Flower, and she also shares the diagram that she uses to make her free form purse.

Jane is completing her fourth and final year of serving as the Treasurer of the CGOA Board of Directors.  Her focus with the Guild has been education through organizing events and co-chairing the Masters Program.  In addition to working with CGOA, Jane design crochet, teaches, and is a contract crocheter.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Bonnie Barker and Marcy Smith for CGOA.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 22:  Erin Boland and Jenny King

Day 21:   Alaina Klug

Day 20:  April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

Day 19:  Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18:   Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

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Day 22: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 22 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Erin Boland and Jenny King.

Erin is a crochet designer who creates beautiful items with simple techniques.  Her designs have been published in Crochet World and Crochet! magazines, and also the Mary Maxim catalog.  Erin’s patterns are available on her website and on Ravelry.  She is an admitted crochet addict and swears she has withdrawal symptoms if she goes more than two days with crocheting.

Fashions to Flaunt Crocheted with Noro Yarn by Jenny KingJenny is a Professional Member of CGOA, who has been crocheting for many years.  She lives in Queensland, Australia, where she runs her yarn shop, in addition to publishing her designs, writing, and teaching around the world.  Jenny’s work can be seen in several books and in magazines like Yarn Magazine, Crochet!, and Vogue Knitting.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Margaret Hubert and Jane Rimmer for CGOA.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 21:   Alaina Klug

Day 20:  April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

Day 19:  Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18:   Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18?  Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 21: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 21 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured blogger is Alaina Klug.

Alaina is a CGOA Associate Professional member, and she teaches crochet locally and at events.  She has also started to submit her patterns for publications.  Alaina is an active charity crocheter, and she is collecting 6×6 squares to be join into afghans.  If you interested in supporting Alaina, visit her blog for the details.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Erin Boland and Jenny King (rescheduled from March 1).

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 20:  April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

Day 19:  Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18:   Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18?  Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

Day 20: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 20 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

April is a crochet designer whose work has appeared in Interweave Crochet, Crochet World, and Crochet Today magazines.  She has also created designs for Red Heart yarns.  April sells her own original designs on Ravelry and also Etsy.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love anything Peacock, and April has designed her Peacock Feather Square as a giveaway for NatCroMo.  I already have plans to play around with this block.

Mary is the Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council, an organization which represents various major companies involved in the yarn industry.  She is involved with the Warm Up America Foundation, a charity that distributes crocheted and knitted afghans to people who are in need.  Her involvement with Warm Up America, led to her becoming a CGOA Board member.  She loves to crochet  and knit, but she does avoids anything complicated.

Tomorrow’s featured designer is Alaina Klug.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 19:  Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Day 18:   Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18?  Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

Day 19: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 19 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Julie is a Professional Member of CGOA and the founder (and current President) of the Mi Stitchin’ Time Crochet Guild.  Her patterns can be found in Crochet World and Country Woman magazines and on her website.  Julie is also the author of Crochet-opedia, her new book which is scheduled for release in June.  Visit her blog to download the free pattern for her Bright Striped Blocks Blanket.

Cari is the incoming CGOA President.  Most of us probably know her as the former Creative Director of Caron International, but Cari has had many fiber-related ventures as an entrepreneur and is now the Editor of Crochet 1-2-3 and  Knit 1-2-3 magazines.  Cari’s goal as the new CGOA President is to continue to grow the brand by building the website, increasing membership, adding a scholarship program, and much more.  In order to make this happen, she encourages feedback and would love to hear your comments and ideas.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are April Garwood and Mary Colucci for CGOA.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 18:   Rhonda Davis and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Did you miss the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18?  Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the Knook giveaway.

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Day 18: A Tour Through Crochet Country – This Is Crochet

Happy NatCroMo!

TurquoizBlue - This Is CrochetWelcome to my website and blog!  Today Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country features me and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA.  I have enjoyed following along with Crochetville on the tour, visiting the blogs of all the CGOA members, and blogging about everyone here.  I decided to challenge myself to see if I could blog everyday during NatCroMo because in the past I have been a sporadic blogger.  I tip my hat to all of you who blog daily.

Tammy was one of the featured designers on March 13, and today she is sharing her experiences as the current CGOA Vice President.  Be sure to visit the CGOA blog to read Tammy’s interview.

I am a CGOA Professional member, and I love to crochet fashion, accessories, and home décor.  I also teach crochet and knitting.  My work has been in Interweave Crochet and Crochet World magazines, and my patterns can be purchased at the Interweave Store, KnitPicks, Ravelry, and my blog.  I recently finished school, and I am glad to be able to get back to doing more crochet designing.  I live in Atlanta, Georgia, and I spend a lot of time with my four grandchildren.

Waffle Crochet HeadbandHere is a free pattern that I would like to share.  It is for my Waffle Crochet Headband.  You can download the pattern directly from my Ravelry store, or from This Is Crochet if you would like to sign up to receive the monthly newsletter.

I’m celebrating NatCroMo by giving away a Knook Beginner Set – Medium Weight Yarn.  Leave me a comment in this post and tell me what you are doing for NatCroMo by March 31, and I will use a random number generator to select a recipient from the posts.

The Crochet Guild of America (“CGOA”) offers many benefits to its members, including two annual conferences, a crochet Masters program, a Professional Development day, an annual design contest, and a subscription to Crochet! magazine.  The CGOA also allows its members to apply for professional status.  There are two professional levels — Associate Professional and Professional.  One of the most-beneficial opportunities for me was being able to receive mentoring when I became an Associate Professional member.

Project Night Night is the charity that was chosen to be highlighted this month.  It is a non-profit organization that provides care packages to homeless children.  The care packages contain a tote bag, blanket, reading book, and a stuffed animal.  We are asking everyone to help us support Project Night Night by crocheting a small blanket or making a financial donation.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you are enjoying the tour.  As you continue on the tour, I ask this one thing: take time to leave a comment to let the bloggers know that you stopped by or visit and like their Facebook pages.  We love to interact with other crocheters.

Take care,

T U R Q U O I Z B L U E

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Julie Oparka and Cari Clement for CGOA.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 17:   Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 17: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 17 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA.  

Brenda is a crochet and knit designer.  She has done work for Crochet! and Crochet World Magazines, in addition to yarn companies such as Red Heart, Caron, and KnitPicks.  Brenda is serving as the chair of CGOA’s Professional Development committee, and in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, she is sharing her free Coleen’s Scarf pattern.  Brenda just announced that she is organizing the Cyber Crochet Cafe for all of us who are not able to participate in local CGOA chapters.  She explains on her blog how to participate.

Susan co-chairs the CGOA Masters Program, which is means for crocheters to have their work professionally assessed after creating assigned swatches and answering required questions.  Crocheters who complete and pass the program receive a certificate, along with a Masters pin.  Susan is also a very accomplished crochet designer.  When I first saw her Majestic Butterfly Afghan, I immediately had to post a comment on Ravelry telling her how beautiful is it.  Keep up with all of Susan’s amazing designs at her website, The Crochet Architect.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are yours truly, Rhonda Davis, and Tammy Hildebrand for CGOA.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 16:   Laurinda Reddig

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 16: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 16 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured blogger is Laurinda Reddig.

Laurinda is an author, crochet designer and a teacher.  She has been crocheting for 28 years, and she has been teaching crochet for 12 years.  Laurinda is the author of Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sampler, a book that teaches how to make a sampler afghan.  She created this book in memory of her daughter.  Her blog shares her experiences with crafting through her grief (and her joy).  Laurinda’s Willow Dress appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet .

Willow Dress by Laurinda Reddig (c) Interweave CrochetWillow Dress by Laurinda Reddig (c) Interweave Crochet

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 15:  Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 15: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 15 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin.

Andee is an artist and designer who has a love for math.  She works with various types of media, includiing ceramics, plastic, and stone.  Andee is a designer, teaches crochet, and she also writes.  One of her areas of expertise is health and wellness, specifically injury prevention, stress reduction and fertility.  Andee shares her various talents through her Two Hands Healing and Creative Arts website, and she is reflected in her Crocheted Love heart motif that she designed.

Kimberly is a Professional Member of the CGOA.  She loves to crochet, knit, and spin fibers.  Her designs can be seen in magazines such as Interweave Crochet, Knit n’ Style, and Knit 1.2.3 and in books like Unexpected Afghans.  She also creates designs for yarn companies such as Naturally Caron and Red Heart.  Kim current serves as the committee chairperson for the Jean Leinhauser Crochet Guild of America Hall of Fame and as the technique writer for Knit 1.2.3 Magazine..

Tomorrow’s featured designer is Laurinda Reddig.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 14:  Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 14: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 14 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan.

Jocelyn is the creative force behind Cute Crochet.  She is a passionate crocheter and knitter, and she creates original patterns that she sells on her website and in her three Etsy shops.  Jocelyn also publishes the daily crochet news at Crochet Chat.  Leave a comment on her blog to be entered to win one of three free patterns.

Celtic Knot is not just the name of Jennifer’s blog.  It is also an element that she incorporates frequently in her crochet designs, like the Celtic Necklace which is featured in the 2013 Spring issue of Interweave Crochet magazine.  Jennifer is an Associate Professional member of CGOA, and she also teaches crochet.  If you would like to learn how to make a Celtic knot, Jennifer has designed her Celtic Knot Pin pattern which is available as a free Ravelry download.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Andee Graves and Kimberly McAlindin.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 13:  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 13: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 13 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are  Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller.

I was happy to meet Tammy in person (along with Amy Shelton) last year at Stitches South because she co-mentored me when I first became an Associate Professional member of CGOA.  In her 16 years as a crochet designer, Tammy has designed TONS of crochet patterns and has been published books and magazines.  She is the current CGOA Vice President. The thing that I love the most about Tammy’s designs is that she is bold with her use of color.

Marty is known as the Crochet Doctor because not only is she a crochet designer, author, tech editor, and instructor, she also has a Ph.D.  She has previously served as a CGOA board member.  Marty is a crochet problem solver, and over the years she has offered lots of helpful tips to help crocheters.  Her solutions for creating circles appeared in the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 issue.

Tomorrow’s featured designers Jocelyn Sass and Jennifer E Ryan.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 12:  Pam Daley and Deb Burger

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 12: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 12 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Pam Daley and Deb Burger.

Pam is a long-time crocheter who has been designing patterns since 2007.  She has a page full of free patterns available to download.  Pam has offered her Knit-Look Cuff Sock pattern for free as a limited offer.  Hurry to her blog and get the code.

Deb is the author of Crochet 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction.  In addition to being a crocheter, knitter, and quilter, she also teaches fiber-related classes.  Deb’s blog let’s us look at her “whimsical,” artistic world that she shares with her artist husband.  Deb has a free pattern called Cari Scarflette.  Don’t miss it.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Tammy Hildebrand and Marty Miller.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 11:  Joy Prescott and Donna Childs.

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 11: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 11 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Joy Prescott and Donna Childs.

Joy has designed over 100 crochet patterns that have been published in various books and publications!  She is also a crochet instructor, technical writer, and an accomplished fiber artist.  Joy is having a love affair with doilies, and on her blog she shares how to use them to make stylish garments.

Donna learned to crochet when she was 10 years old, and she loves to make amigurumi animals and dolls.  She has just started sharing her patterns on Ravelry, and there are more to come.  In honor of NatCroMo, Donna has designed her March Lion to Lamb Amigurumi pattern, which she has made available as a free downloadable pattern.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Pam Daley and Deb Burger.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 10:  Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 10: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 10 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers.

Andrea is is a fiber artist with impressive accomplishments.  In addition to being a crochet designer, she also knits, felts, and spins.  Andrea has created a free kitchen scrubbie pattern to celebrate the blog tour, and it is available on her blog.

Renee is a crochet designer whose work has been featured in Crochet! and Crochet World magazines, along with the One-Skein Wonders books.  She loves to knit, spin, and dye her own fibers.  Renee has also created several designs for Caron Yarns.  Renee designed a collection of shawls called 12 Shawls in 2012, which can be purchased as an ebook. Visit her blog to learn how you can get this pattern for free.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Joy Prescott and Donna Childs.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 9:  Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant.

Day 9: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 9 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant.

Dawn is an Associate Professional member of CGOA who sells hand-crocheted items in her Etsy shop.  She is also a new technical editor and seeks to work with designers.  Dawn has put together A Crocheter’s Guide to Spring Cleaning that is perfect for this month.  Check it out.

Angela has been crocheting for 16 years.  She designs and teaches both crochet and knit, and she also loves to spin yarn.  Angela has patterns available for purchase on her website.  She also has lots of free patterns, including her Handspun Baby Socks that she designed especially for this blog tour.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten and Renee Rodgers.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 8:  Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Day 8: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 8 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons.

Andrea is an award-winning crochet designer.  Her Ocean Vista Dress was the second place winner in the 2009 CGOA design content in the fashion category.  Andrea has been designing professionally since 2008, and her work can be seen in several publications.  She also self-publishes patterns and books on her AG mode website.  This month Andrea is sharing a free pattern for visitors to her blog.

LeAnna, aka The Eccentric Haus Frau, is an Associate Professional member of CGOA who loves to to share all things related to the domestic arts.  In addition to sewing, cooking, and card making, LeAnna is a crochet designer and teacher.  Her patterns can be found in her Lulu store.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Dawn Cogger and Angela Whisnant.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 7:  Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

Day 7: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 7 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart.

Jennifer’s crochet designs have been seen in Interweave Crochet and other crochet publications.  In addition to her crochet patterns, she also creates beautiful, ready-made items such a photography props.  Jennifer is offering 25 percent off any purchase from her Ravelry or Etsy stores.  Visit her website for details about the discount offer.

Annette is a designer who has mastered many crochet techniques, including the bullion stitch.  She has been crocheting for quite a while, but has only been selling her designs for a few years.  You may recognize her Cowl in the Wool capelet that appeared on the cover of Crochet! magazine.  Stop by her blog today and get instructions on how to make a Baby Bullion Square, along with links to more free patterns.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Andrea Graciarena and LeAnna Lyons.

Previous Blog Tours

Please take a moment to visit the blogs of these previous designers and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 6:  Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

 

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Day 6: A Tour Through Crochet Country

Today is Day 6 of Crochetville’s A Tour through Crochet Country, and the featured bloggers are Edie Eckman and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby.

Crochet Motifs by Edie EckmanEdie is an author who designs both crochet and knit, and she is also a teacher and technical editor.  Edie’s self-published designs can be purchased from her Ravelry store.  She is a very busy designer, and she describes what a day in the life of Edie is like on her blog.

Shannon also is an author and a crochet/knit designer.  His work has appeared in Crochet Today magazine and lots of other books and publications.  In honor of NatCroMo, Shannon is hosting some fantastic giveaways so make sure to visit his blog to register.

Tomorrow’s featured designers are Jennifer Cirka and Annette Stewart.

Previous Blog Tours

I missed being able to blog about these fabulous designers, but please be sure to visit them and show them some NatCroMo love!

Day 5:  Mary Jane Hall and Lindsey Stephens

Day 4:  Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope

Day 3:  Phyllis Serbes and Mona Muhammad

Day 2:  Ellen Gormley and Nancy Nehring

Day 1:  Jenny King and Shelby Allaho

Mark you calendars to come back for the This Is Crochet blog tour stop on March 18.  More to come . . .

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Celebrate NatCroMo with a Tour through Crochet Country

Crochetville - A Tour Through Crochet Country - NatCroMo Blog Tour

 

I missed the start of NatCroMo because I was away, but I’m ready now!  I have lots of fun things planned to celebrate this month.  Are you doing anything special for NatCroMo? I want to know what everyone else is doing.

Last year it was suggested that we make new crochet friends, and this year Crochetville is planning another event to promote interaction and sharing amongst crocheters — A Tour through Crochet Country. Beginning on March 1, you are invited to visit your favorite CGOA professional and associate professional crochet designers. Each designer, including me, is busy planning something special for visitors.

In addition to all the fun stuff the designers are sharing, we are also promoting Project Night Night as the charity to support during NatCroMo by making a blanket or sending a donation.

Visit the Crochetville blog to see the schedule and learn more about how you can support Project Night Night.

New Book: Plus Size Fashions – An Interview with Jill Hanratty & Giveaway

 

 

Plus Size Fashions by Jill Hanratty

This is the second stop of Jill Hanratty’s blog tour to introduce her new book, Plus Size Fashions. This is a collection of fashion garments that Jill has designed for the plus-sized woman. Yesterday, Jill began her tour by visiting with Ellen Gormley of Go Crochet, and in addition to asking great questions, Ellen was kind enough to give us Jill’s background and also to share a photo of Jill. Be sure to visit Go Crochet if you missed the first day of the tour.

Plus Size Fashions is a collection of five fashion garments. The collection contains two jackets, one short-sleeved tee, one long-sleeved pullover and one sleeveless shell top. I am giving away a copy of Plus Size Fashions. If you would like to be included in the drawing, please read the interview and share a comment about Jill’s book before 6pm EST on Friday, November 19. I will randomly select the winner. Good Luck!

Swinging Pearl Jacket

The green, classy jacket featured on the book cover is the Swinging Pearl Jacket, and I have a set of questions for Jill about the jacket.

Swing Pearl Jacket from Plus Size Fashions by Jill Hanratty

TB: This is an elegant jacket that can be worn to work or to dinner, but it is still relaxed enough to be worn casually with jeans. It can really be dressed up or down depending on the accessories chosen to complete the look. How did you see this jacket being worn, and who did you see wearing it?

JH: My taste generally runs to classic designs. If you put the effort into making a garment, it is nice to be able to wear it in 10-15-20 years and still look great! In fact, this jacket is one that I can envision wearing over and over and over, because it is so basic! The style is not limited to any one age bracket, either, so that adds to the design’s timelessness.

TB: I really love the fit of the Swinging Pearl Jacket, especially the set in sleeves. One of the biggest complaints I hear from plus-sized women about crochet patterns is that a lot of designs for plus-sized women have drop shoulders, but they want the option of set-in sleeves. When they do find a pattern with set-in sleeves, they sometimes have issues with the placement and depth of the armholes. How do you determine your armhole placement so that your garments fall from the shoulders and have proper drape?

JH: It drives me crazy to see ill-fitting armholes in plus size garments! Of course, not every woman is built the same, but I do try to shape armholes so they will lay properly on the body. Keeping the shoulder width of the design within the range of normal shoulders makes a difference. I then try to use increases to add width at the sides rather than adding too much depth (length) to the armhole. I also like to use a shorter, wider sleeve cap, and add length to the sleeve underarm. This helps to free the sleeve to move without pulling the garment away from the body.

As a back-up to my theory, I prevailed upon two plus-sized friends who were kind enough to let me measure some of their clothes to compare with my calculations. They even let me take my tape measure to the clothes they were wearing on a few occasions!

TB: What makes this a pattern for a crocheter with an intermediate skill level? Are there any advanced techniques that are needed to complete this design?

JH: This is an intermediate pattern because of the shaping throughout the jacket. There is nothing very advanced at all in the pattern. In fact, it might be a good pattern for someone who is looking to move up from an easy pattern for the first time. The stitch is simple and even the scalloped edges along the jacket fronts are part of the jacket, rather than a trim stitched on at finishing!

TB: What type of technique do you recommend to sew the seams to assemble the jacket?

JH: The mattress stitch is my favorite way of seaming: keeping the pieces to be joined adjacent to each other, working on the right side of the garment, and stitching back and forth between pieces with rows or stitches aligned. The benefit of working with the right side facing is seeing that the seam is turning out well. I LOVE Knit Klips as an alternative to pins to hold the pieces together while I work!

TB: I am really intrigued about the bamboo/wool yarn that you used for this jacket. The stitch pattern you used produced a solid fabric, but the fabric still contains a nice drape and appears to be lightweight. Can you describe how the yarn cooperated with this design?

JH: This jacket needed great stitch definition because it is such a solid fabric. The Red Heart Bamboo Wool was perfect for that—the stitches pop and the fabric has nice body and drape at the same time! (—and this yarn comes in such amazing, rich colors!)

TB: I have to say that I believe this will be one time where the smaller ladies will be jealous of the plus-sized designs. Do you have any plans to create these same designs in smaller sizes?

JH: Thanks, and I have to agree! I certainly would do so if the demand arises!

Thank you for answering my questions and allowing me to share your new book, Jill.

Please follow Jill through the remainder of her blog book tour to read more about
Plus Size Fashions. The schedule for the remainder of her tour is below.

Day 3 (Nov 17): Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby — http://www.shibaguyz.com
Day 4 (Nov 18): Jennifer Cirka — http://www.jaybirddesigns.com
Day 5 (Nov 19): Lisa Gentry — http://hookandneedle-designs.blogspot.com

If you missed the first day, here is the link to the first stop of Jill’s tour.

Day 1 (Nov 15): Ellen Gormley — http://gocrochet.blogspot.com

I DONE GOT MEME’D: Tag I’m It

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I’ve been Meme’d by Deb-VA at My Dzire for Yarn. First, I was like “what is a Meme?” But this seems like a fun way to learn more about bloggers that I’ve found interesting. Okay, here’s the way it goes:

 

“The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”

 

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
  • Getting acclimated in a new city, starting a new job, dealing with teens.
2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
    • Catch up on work that has accummulated while out on leave.

 

    • Balance biz acct and email partner.
    • Finish crocheting 2nd sleeve top of Blusa Queen.

 

    • Prepare for work for tomorrow.

 

  • Late night “meeting” with SO (maybe).
3) Snacks I enjoy:
  • Chips, hummus, spinach dip, carrot cake, peach cobbler, cookies, dried fruit
4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

 

  • Make sure family is taken care of, donate where I see fit, volunteer, travel, invest, take classes and spend on whatever gets my juices flowing. I’d spend at least 1/2 of everyday crocheting.
5) Places I have lived:

 

  • Ohio, Maryland, Georgia, Germany
6) Jobs I have had:
  • Secretary — different jobs with different duties, same title
7) Bloggers I am tagging who you will enjoy getting to know better:

 

 

 

 

These are bloggers I’d like to get to know better. I hope this is fun. Tag, y’all are it.

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