Every year at about this time in the summer, I love going on
weekend architecture & home garden tours or visiting historical homes to
see how other people adorn their homes, landscape and of course their craft
room. I am always on the lookout for crocheted afghans and pillows. It's an exercise
in design voyeurism (in a good way), and I always walk away feeling a little
creative rejuvenation and inspiration.
For those of you who also enjoy visiting
other's creative spaces, I have a treat for you! This weekend we're hosting a
Meet-the-Designers Blog Tour to celebrate the launch of Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet
Designs with Traditional Techniques by Robyn Chachula.
Unexpected Afghans presents 29 innovative interpretations of a favorite
crochet essential, the beloved afghan, from Robyn Chachula and her team of
expert designers and crochet masters. On
this exciting tour, you'll get a peek inside the homes and design inspiration
of 19 of the book's contributors.
Robyn Chachula writes in the book's introduction, "My initial approach
to this book was that pure sense of just being nosy-what do other crochet
designers have in their houses? That then morphed into, what would an afghan
look like at Leigh Radford's house or in Drew Emborsky's studio? And finally,
how amazing would it be to have all the masters work on one big canvas to
showcase our craft so we all can decorate our homes?"
"The results are astounding," says Robyn. "I asked each crochet designer
to use the afghan as a vehicle to showcase their favorite aspect of crochet.
Some went colorful, some turned to granny motifs, and others came up with
intricate stitch patterns. Each project highlights the beauty of crochet
cables, colorwork, lace, granny motifs, or Tunisian crochet. Plus, every
project has the intimate stamp of the designer's unique inspiration."
weekend blog tour kicks off right here on Crochet
Me, and we have some exciting giveaways for our readers. Every blogger is giving away a free Unexpected Afghans eBook on
his/her blog, including us! Interweave is giving away 20 eBooks in all!
Plus, we're giving away to 5 lucky readers here on CrochetMe.com enough yarn to make Robyn Chachula's Elan Waves Pillow
pattern, a fun pillow that is a wild experiment in color combinations.
Each of the five winners in this exciting giveaway will receive six
skeins of Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's Choice in colors #144 Magenta, #99
Linen #171 Fern, #194 Lime, #146 Dusty Purple and #125 Taupe (thanks
Lion Brand Yarn!).
comment below and tell us which is your favorite afghan in this book to be
entered into our random drawing to win! You can check out all of the afghans on our Crochet Me Facebook page.
Kicking it Off: CrochetMe.com
(you're right here!)
Meet the Author:
Robyn Chachula - Crochet
Meet the Designers
(in alphabetical order):
Annette Petavy - Annette
Annie Modesitt - Modeknit
Carol Ventura - Tapestry Crochet
Diane Halpern -Three Rivers Crochet
Dora Ohrenstein - Crochet
Doris Chan - Everyday
Drew Emborsky - The
Edie Eckman - Edie
Ellen Gormley - Go
Jill Wright - Wool Crafting
Kim Guzman - Wips
Kristin Omdahl - Styled
Linda Permann - Lindamade
Marty Miller - Not Your Granny's
Mary Beth Temple - Addicted to Alpaca
Megan Granholm - Loop
Simona Merchant-Dest - Stylish Knits
Tracie Barrett - Tracie
The designers' blog posts will be appearing throughout the
weekend, so please check back and don't forget to leave a commentby 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, July 4 to be entered into our random drawing on CrochetMe.com for the eBook and yarn prizes.