Where Have You Gone with Crochet?

Sep 5, 2013

Do your crochet projects transport you to a new fantastical location? When you close your eyes while working on a colorwork project, can you imagine the sun and sounds of East India? As post stitches twist into cables can you feel the nip of the wind as it whips through the Alps?

 
Saorise Stole by Doris Chan  

Interweave Crochet Fall 2013 takes you on an adventure though a Colorado national historic landmark. Here is Interweave Crochet Editor Marcy Smith to tell you about her latest adventure.

The Chautauquas

 
  Better Than His Sweater by Amy Gunderson

For our Fall issue, we went back to school, sort of. For two days, we stayed at Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark, which sprang up as part of the Chautauqua cultural education movement that swept the nation in the late nineteenth century. Chautauquas, which once numbered about 225, have dwindled to a couple dozen across the nation. Colorado's Chautauqua-which focuses on music, theater, dance, and film-has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1898. The village, with its delightful cottages, looks like the idyllic summer retreat that it is.

Colorado's Chautauqua is nestled against the magnifi­cent Flatirons, five rock formations surrounded by trails that are traversed daily by great crowds of intrepid locals and visitors alike. On a summer Saturday, a nearby green is the gathering spot for a couple with a picnic spread on a quilt, children chasing one another, a flying disk midair, and a tattooed man practicing tai chi. It is a vital gathering spot in Boulder. And for two days, it was our playground for capturing images of a rich collection of crochet projects.

 
Thistle Cowl by Victoria Hewerdine Thornton  

Think of this issue as a crochet Chautauqua. Explore new paths into crochet cables in Wander (page 34). Brush off your math skills with the clever interplays of color and geometry in Color Outside the Lines (page 16). Stop by the woods to ­find leafy inspiration in Leaf by Leaf (page 78). Find your Zen with the Eastern-inspired garments in Haiku (page 58).

 
  Perspective Purse by Ellen Gormley

Learn, play, relax.

--Marcy

Order your copy of Interweave Crochet Fall 2013 to begin your crochet adventure today. And check out back issues of Interweave Crochet for more great patterns at a fabulous price.

Best wishes,

P.S. Where would you most love to travel?


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LaceMistress wrote
on Sep 5, 2013 3:59 PM

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Chautauqua movement was the theme for this year's Fall issue of Interweave Crochet.  This is mostly because I am an historian working at the original Chautauqua Institution, on Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua County, New York State, which was founded in the 1800s as a retreat for Sunday school teachers.  In 1874, the community in its current layout was designed by the architect Frederick Law Olmsted.  Later, Chautauqua Institution became the birthplace for the Women's Christian Temperance Union as well as a major historical spot for the women's rights movement and the women's suffrage movement.  This summer on a work break, I popped into one of the clothing stores at the St. Elmo building on Bestor Plaza, and found some incredibly chic crocheted items.  Unfortunately, they were out of my budget range at the time, but I had enough yarn that I was able to make copies of the items without a pattern (which is currently easier for me to do in crochet than it is to imitate knitting without a pattern).  Now that this current issue of Interweave Crochet is out, I may just have to get an extra copy for the communal break room at work!