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  • Do you have the Interweave Crochet Summer 2014 issue? We love the cover, with the easy, breezy Free Spirit Tunic by Natasha Robarge. We love the model's swingy braided 'do. It's all very summery, yes? Designed for summer fun, this lacy crochet
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  • Faylinn Teacups by Susan Lowman, Interweave Crochet Summer 2014 I couldn't help myself when I saw this absolutely darling teacup and saucer pattern. Though this post is mainly about the fabric stiffening process, I also wanted to give you a few notes
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  • Work up the Scout Bag from the Summer 2014 issue and add a lining!
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  • The evening after I received my copy of It Girl Crochet I happened to have a couple of friends over. They were instantly drawn to the fabulous new book lying on my couch. Both were immediately drawn to the Roundel Scarf by Shelby Allaho. Is this gorgeous
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  • Is it possible to be even more in love with the Chevron Cowl by Sheryl Thies ? I am fantasizing about wearing my cowl, and actually hoping the cold weather holds on just a little longer so that I can try it out at least once before next fall. Crazy I
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  • The story of Irish crochet lace is well known. Its popularity in the mid-1800s saved the lives of Irish families devastated by the drought. What many don't know is how close we came to losing this incredible crochet lace technique. Máire Treanor's
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  • Designer Andrea Graciarena has put together a wonderful tutorial on the Tunisian Even Stitch. This technique was used in her Velocity Shawl ( Interweave Crochet , Winter 2014) and the Lattice Pullover ( Interweave Crochet , Spring 2014). Velocity Shawl
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  • Have you created a list of New Year's resolutions of 2014? I have been slacking on mine a bit. It will of course include a plan to eat better and get more exercise; I'm thinking Pilates this year. But I created my 2014 crochet resolution on January
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  • Last Friday, Kristin Omdahl joined us to talk about her newest book, The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders as well as share some great tips for crocheting trims and edgings. The idea for this new book of motifs, edgings, and trims came
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  • Editors' Note: Even sitting by myself on my couch with a cup of hot chocolate and my crochet, I know I am not alone. I am joining crocheters across time and across the world, finding comfort and joy in the same stitches and sometimes the same patterns
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  • I still remember my graduation day. I remember the excitement of finally finishing and my excitement for the future. I also remember the fear. Now I had to find a full-time job and become a "real" adult. But I felt the support of friends and
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  • Have you heard about the 2013 Beans for Brains Scholarship program from Jimmy Beans Wool? Graduating seniors undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students in any course of study are encouraged to apply. And we all know finding financing to
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  • The Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet is brimming with light lacy layers. Explore crochet techniques-Bruges or beaded crochet or textured crochet stitches-or get hooked into instant gratification with shawls, dusters, cardigans, tunics, and skirts. Discover thread crochet with elegant crochet jewelry
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  • As with many of the crochet techniques, filet crochet was created to mimic lace . The lacemaking art of filet (sometimes called lacis ) was worked by creating a mesh of squares before filling in some of the squares with weaving to create a design or picture
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  • Amigurumi! They are adorable and addicting. They are the perfect project for a beginning crocheter or an experienced crocheter who wants to use up a little of that leftover stash yarn. Crochet amigurumi refer to any crocheted doll, including adorable
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  • My favorite piece of office "equipment" is a pair of crocheted fingerless mitts. The office here at Interweave is a gorgeous bank building, circa 1928. It is inspiring to work in, but some of the offices can be a bit chilly. So a collection
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  • I have a drawer full of crocheted hats. I've made many more as gifts, and I am itching to start several more. What is the draw of crochet hats? They are a fabulous way to learn a new technique such as cables or colorwork; they are perfect single skein
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  • There are a few crochet stitches out there that prompt exclamations of amazement and the baffling questions of, "How did they do that?" One of those stitches for me has always been the bullion stitch. This intriguing stitch creates spirals of
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  • No technique is more readily associated with crochet than the crochet motif. It has been used as the building block for a variety of home decor items including afghans, bags, and garments. And though early examples date back to the 1800s, these motifs
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  • Tomorrow begins the New Year. Over the past year I have finished my first ever full sized crochet afghan-I don't know what took me so long-and really jumped into crocheted cable projects. For 2013, my crochet resolution list is growing faster than
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  • If you have ever tried to crochet using a vintage crochet or knitting pattern, you understand that it sometimes feels like someone went in and removed every other word or sentence. The instructions can seem difficult to follow if you have never worked
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  • The ending of the old year and the prospect of beginning again in the New Year-it is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a chance to make plans on a clean slate, and those plans always include a bit of crochet-okay, a lot of crochet. So I have
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  • Inspiring crochet awesomeness.
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  • Tunisian crochet, home decor, crocheting sweaters with stitch diagrams, or learning a new crochet stitch-the new 2013 crochet books are available in the Crochet Me Shop for pre-order! There is the perfect book for any crocheter. Lisa Daehlin Afghan I
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  • Today is December 12, 2012 or 12/12/12. This day only happens once every one hundred years. As I pick up my crochet, flip through a brand new pattern PDF on my computer, and visit my LYS with it's shelves of yarns from all across the country, I wonder
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  • Yarn Spotlight in the the Winter 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet features Yarn Muffins—tiny balls of yarn, bundled as a sampler packs. The yarns featured include Knitwhits Freia Handpaints Miniskeins ; The Natural Dye Studio miniskeins , Cephalapod
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  • The countdown is on! The holidays will quickly be upon us, and I still have several wonderful women on my crochet gift list. It is time to pull out the quick and easy crochet accessories. Accessories make great gifts. Many are single-skein projects, perfect
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  • Hats, scarves, mitts, earrings, shawls, bags, and even sweaters and pullovers-the list of crochet gift ideas is almost endless. There is something perfect for everyone on your list, from mothers to brothers and Grandmothers to nieces. I take enormous
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  • Traditionally crochet has been a favorite craft of choice for fiber enthusiasts who want to create stunning blankets and afghans. The height of many crochet stitches make crochet afghans and baby blankets quick projects-when compared to other methods
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  • Have you tried any of the clones lace motifs from the Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 through Fall 2012? I know people who have created stacks of these delicate motifs, and I can't wait to see what they create. But if a shawl or garment created entirely
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  • Holiday gift giving has a way of growing exponentially. I've made a detailed list of parents, siblings, grandparents, nieces, etc. But even as I watch, it is expanding to include coworkers and close friends-and I'm sure many of you can add teachers
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  • Crochet a band of merry gnomes!
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  • Crochet motifs are the ultimate building blocks. Granny squares, flowers, circles, triangles, hexagons, or diamonds, these individual pieces can be combines to create fabulous sweaters, blankets, accessories, and home decor items. They are the perfect
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  • Cables sweaters and cold winter days are like bread and butter. They are the perfect, comforting mix. Over the last five years, Interweave Crochet has shared beautiful examples of crochet cables garments. And in that time, crochet cables have come a very
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  • Daily I am reminded of the things in my life that I have to be thankful for. Not least is my ability to crochet and the opportunity to create beautiful and functional crocheted garments and accessories. With this gratitude comes a desire to help those
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  • Download Terrence the Turkey today!
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  • The first thing I do after finishing a project, and to be honest at several steps during the crocheting process, is to show off my crochet to friends, coworkers, and random stranger. So imagine how difficult it is for our talented designers to create
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  • I started crocheting as a teenager. At the same time, I tried my hands at knitting, but two or four needles were too confusing for me. Years later I again picked up a set of knitting needles. I had fallen in love with several projects that beautifully
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  • When I think of fall, I think of crisp weather, leaves that turn to golds and reds, and fashion. Yes, fall is my favorite fashion season—the crochet hats , the scarves, and best of all the sweaters and jackets! This is the time of year when you
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  • It's here! The new issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012 is in the Crochet Me Shop , and I can't wait to get started. Many of these quick accessories are great introductions to new techniques like broomstick lace and reversible intarsia
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  • Today I am watching Irish Crochet & Clones Lace with Maire Treanor again. I love listening to Maire's Irish accent, and the history she tells of this incredible technique and its origins is both fascinating and inspiring. Maìre Treanor's
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  • Beanies are my go-to crochet project. They are the perfect project for a single skein of luxury yarn or a collection of stash yarn. They make fabulous gifts and sensational accessory pieces. These versatile crochet hats fit close to the head and are easy
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  • With snow in the forecast, I am pulling out my winter crochet projects-you know, the ones that cover your lap and keep you toasty warm when the temperatures drop. My favorite fall and winter patterns are crochet afghans. I love to crochet them and then
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  • Gift giving season is right around the corner, and I am knee deep in my favorite part-picking the perfect pattern and yarn for each gift recipient. I know there will be moments of stress as I race the clock to finish the last few gifts, but I love the
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  • According to the National Breast Cancer foundation, one in eight woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and it is the second leading cause of death among women. My great-grandmother battled breast cancer three times, and I know most
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  • "The rules of color theory don't interest me as much as experimentation and picking up colors and swatching and turning them into something that excites your eyes." — Kathy Merrick. Babette Blanket Kathy Merrick is my color idol. Her
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  • Tunisian crochet is much more than a fascinating new crochet stitch. And you don't have to be an experienced or even an intermediate crocheter to pick up a Tunisian crochet hook and create something amazing. Tunisian crochet is a crochet technique
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  • The most impressive characteristic I have observed in crocheters is their charitable nature. There is always an in-progress project in their craft basket for a sick neighbor, a relative that needs a little lift, a friend, or a charitable organization
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  • The first time you see a piece of Irish crochet it's like magic. A fantastical collection of flowers, leaves, grape clusters, and lace joined with a complicated lattice of chain stitches—how do they create these projects? Máire Treanor
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  • Thank you all for your amazing quotes! There were so many wonderful suggestions-some were funny, others were poignant or inspiring. ChricketH@2 suggested, "Crocheting is like therapy, nearly as expensive, but much more satisfying." I agree on
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  • How would you like your quote on a Facebook cover photo of two gorgeous sweaters from the Interweave Crochet Fall 2012 issue? So tell me what you think of crochet. Simply finish the sentence, "Crochet(ing) is like _______." I will choose one
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  • The crazy months of summer are drawing to a close. I can't wait! While the vacations and trips of summer are exciting, I can never seem to find enough time to crochet. Hank Vest by Robyn Chachula That's why, every fall, I pick something new to
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  • In 1989 Laura Esquivel's dramatic novel, Like Water for Chocolate , was published. In 1992 this dramatic story of love, heartbreak, cooking, and crochet was released as a motion picture. The story unfolds in northern Mexico where Tita lives with her
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  • When I crochet a garment or accessory, I love having complete control of how my finished piece will look. From the color to the fiber content to the yarn weight, there are hundreds of yarn options. But you can take it a step farther and spin your own
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  • Ready for the colors of autumn? The Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet explores a range of crochet color techniques, including tapestry crochet, mosaic crochet, Fair Isle and more. Projects feature designs by color guru Kathy Merrick, as well as Carol Ventura, Doris Chan (with a Rockin' Red Dress
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  • I have worked several motif based projects in my crochet history, from afghans to shrugs. I would love to start a motif shawl. Crochet motifs create an amazing geometrical lace design, whether worked in thread or bulky yarn. Blissful Flower Shawl I love
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  • When I first started learning to crochet, the first technique I wanted to try was lace crochet. It didn't take me long to discover that crochet lace is not a single technique but a genre. Lace can be crocheted in any weight of yarn, from thread to
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  • What is amigurumi? The strict definition for amigurumi is a crocheted or knitted stuffed toy or doll. This includes a wide variety of animals, dolls, and imaginative monster creations. But amigurumi are more than simple dolls or toys. Roy the Gardener
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  • Who can resist making tiny purple baby hats? Berry Baby Hat by Chloe Nightingale Recently a friend sent me a link to Click for Babies, an organization that strives to bring attention to normal infant crying, baby abuse, and shaken baby syndrome. As part
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  • Recently, I met two people who had the exact same birthday as mine. But I have never met a person with the exact same measurements. No two people are built exactly the same, which makes shopping at retail chains a bit frustrating. China Doll by Doris
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  • Crochet Traditions Fall 2012, a 148-page special issue from PieceWork magazine, explores the rich variety and techniques of crochet with 28 patterns for mittens, a skirt, hats, a shawl, bags, socks, and more. Companion stories frame projects in their cultural or historical context. In addition to this
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  • The detailed crochet patterns we now enjoy are a fairly new development. The patterns for many vintage crocheted items, if they can be found, provide only a list of stitches and sparse instructions. Picking up one of these patterns and using a hook and
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  • I am always on the lookout for the perfect crochet top for year-round wear. It needs to be something that can be worn with a tank top, short- or long-sleeve shirt-and I love a garment with an interesting stitch-pattern or construction. In this free crochet
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  • When Sharon mentioned that she wanted to start a crochet-along based on the crochet edgings in the Interweave Crochet Summer 2012 issue , I immediately claimed the Bruges Border by Natasha Robarge. I fell in love with the rippling grace of this crochet
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  • Five versions of the Capri Cover by Tammy Hildebrand from the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet .
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  • The most unexpected thing about Robyn Chachula's new book is that despite 100 degree temperatures, I want to start a crochet afghan right now. Can you blame me? The designs gathered together in Unexpected Afghans are truly innovative, and my hands
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  • When I was first learning how to crochet, I dreaded the thought of having to join a new ball of yarn to an in-progress project, and I categorically avoided colorwork projects. The process of changing yarns was confusing and completely foreign to me. Gidget
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  • Do you have a favorite yarn color? While I love a beautiful rose, a sunny yellow, or a nice burnt orange, I seem to be drawn invariably to blue yarns. I find them calming and elegant, and I know that historically a common method of creating blue fabric
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  • Details behind the sewn projects in the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet .
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  • While the official first day of summer is a few days away, it seems the season has made a surprise arrival a few weeks early. My spring evening crochet wardrobe has already becoming too warm to wear, and I need to quickly add few more summer tops to my
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  • Get the scoop on the Back Page project in the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet.
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  • They aren't exactly a technique, and I wouldn't call them a stitch pattern. Individually they are rarely an entire project. Crochet motifs are probably crochet's most famous design. The Granny Square is a crochet motif, and many motifs are
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  • I have been in a bit of a house organization mood lately. Last week my living room was the target of my cleaning madness, and I spent a couple of hours going through my bookshelves. It really should have taken only an hour, but who can resist paging through
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  • A look at more threads and yarns perfect for crocheted edgings.
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  • As the days become increasingly warm and my calendar fills to the edges, my crochet time dwindles, and the gorgeous bins of wool and alpaca lose some of their appeal. So this summer I have set a new goal-try something new. Nothing excites me about crochet
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  • I am so excited to have you joining me in crocheting the Goldilocks' Hat! You were just the inspiration I needed. I already have one hat finished and a second, boys version, in process. This is a great, easy project, perfect for those of you who are
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  • Crochet shawls are the perfect year-round accessory, and the ultimate universal-wear garment—one size fits all! They can be worn with everything from blue jeans to evening wear, and are great for cool summer nights, or to have on-hand for an overly
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  • Learn to do a chain seam for lace garments.
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  • My summer is quickly filling with road trips to visit family and short vacations. You know what that means, lots of time in the car. But I don't mind, because traveling in the car translates to hours of uninterrupted crocheting time. It is the perfect
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  • Have you ever tried to crochet a project from a vintage pattern and your finished piece just didn't look right? You followed the instructions as closely as possible considering their decidedly sparse nature, but the piece you finished just looks out
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  • Looking for crochet patterns that echo current trends, but also have long-term wearability? We've got them in the Summer 2012 issue. Lacy cover-ups are perfectly suited to poolside or summer parties. Retro stripes grace crochet tops and dresses. Explore the Turkish edgings called oya , and adorn
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  • I love learning new crochet tips and techniques. Over my years of learning to crochet, I have been fascinated with Tunisian crochet, obsessed with motifs, and searched for new construction techniques. I have gathered a few of my favorite how-to blogs
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  • You know those inevitable little yarn-ball leftovers from all your crochet projects that are not-quite-enough size for anything substantial to be made? Well, I've got enough to fill two giant plastic bins in my already space-constrained little craft
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  • A few days ago, I posted a comment on Facebook about how many babies I needed to crochet gifts for this summer. Well I have yet to make any progress. Berry Baby Hat by Chloe Nightingale Goldilocks' Hat by Marty Miller Many of you also commented that
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  • Spring is an ideal time to whip up a few crochet projects for the babies in your life. I have a new niece and several friends with little ones on the way, so as I sat down to decide what new crochet patterns to add to this fabulous free eBook, I kept
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  • I love cashmere and lambswool, delicate lace and elegant high necklines, and the perfect row of buttons. All of these little details can combine to create phenomenal garments and accessories for adults, but they don't necessarily work as well for
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  • Several of the innovative afghans in the book Unexpected Afghans draw inspiration from traditional quilt patterns, joining strips of color as you would strips of fabric. The Cabine De Dentelle Afghan, the Peerie Baby Blanket, and the Bethlehem Star all
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  • A note from Toni: I can't wait to watch the new Knitting Daily TV Series 900 . Each episode is a chance to learn new crochet techniques, tips, and tricks. KDTV Producer Annie Bakken has joined us to share what crocheters can look forward to this year
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  • Recently a coworker emailed me with a crochet question that had been baffling her. What is filet crochet? She had searched the term in the Crochet Me Shop and found a bulky weight scarf, a sportweight tank, and a stunning wool shawl. And while she appreciated
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  • As an artist and crafter, I love the process of transforming a luscious hank of yarn into a finished garment, accessory, or home decor item. It's like magic! Designing my own crochet patterns or modifying existing patterns for the perfect fit is often
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  • Tunisian crochet is much more than a fascinating new crochet stitch or a design to try. And you don't have to be an experienced or even an intermediate crocheter to pick up a Tunisian crochet hook and create something amazing. Tunisian crochet is
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  • Chiyo the Mouse was originally crocheted with worsted weight for her modeling debut on the pages of the Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Calendar. She is an adorable embodiment of the imagination and playfulness we admire in children, with her balloons and bright
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  • Spring is here, and I am excitedly going through my collection of crocheted hats and scarves. I know that may seem backward. Hats and scarves are for winter, right? But Colorado winters necessitate bundling up in a heavy down coat and those wonderful
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  • It's hard to find a pair of perfectly fitting socks—not too wide or too loose around your foot, the heel sitting at exactly the right height. I have small feet, but children's socks are too small and women's socks are too big. Maybe
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  • We crochet for many reasons, to create, to relax; or maybe we crochet as a result of our general yarn obsession. Some of us were taught to crochet by a grandmother or mother and have a more personal connection to the craft. But in conversations with other
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  • Any time you have to change colors or join a new yarn to your work, you're creating ends-those pesky detriments to finishing your work quickly, and often the culprit of unfinished objects. If you're participating in the Meadow Shawl crochet-along
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  • It's a crochet shawl, made of Nazli Gelin thread, and designed by Kathy Merrick. Of course this means I have to make it, right? It's the perfect recipe for happy stitching. If you'd like to join in the Meadow Shawl crochet-along , head to
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  • As temperatures increase and those around me sport T-shirts as they walk down the street, I am finally forced to admit that it is time to pack away my warm crochet sweaters. But I am far from altogether eliminating crochet garments from my spring and
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  • I first caught a glimpse of the amazing projects in Unexpected Afghans the end of last year, just before the photo shoot, and have been anticipating the release of this innovative book of crochet afghans since that day. There are a large number of crochet
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  • I've crocheted with steel hooks, aluminum hooks, wood hooks, and long Tunisian hooks into the edge of fabric and around metals bangles. But did you know you can crochet with a loom? I look forward to the in-depth technique articles and accompanying
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  • With the warmer temperatures and sudden ability to open all of the windows in the house, I have been bitten by the spring cleaning bug. And the room that needs the most attention is my craft room. But there is a distinct obstacle to spring cleaning my
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  • Back Page: Empowering Crochet Awesomeness
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  • Many of us have accidentally felted our crochet projects, but felting crochet is a great technique to create sturdy bags and warm garments and accessories. Felting is also a great technique for beginning crocheters, as the crochet felting process disguises
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  • Last week I invited you to vote for the amigurumi who would star in our National Crochet Month Crochet-along. And the winner, with 50% of the votes, is Sir Stephen the Bunny! This little guy has been on my queue for quite a while now, and I am looking
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  • I need to make a birthday present . . . stat. We've all been there—that birthday, baby shower, or holiday seems months away until it is next week. First I panic, then I reach for a hook and skein of yarn and start crocheting a circle. My favorite
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  • For me, crochet is not a hobby or simply a skill, creating works of art with fiber and a hook is a passion. My project queue would take at least a hundred years to complete, and it is still growing. I tend to point out crocheted lace on friend's store
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  • Outside the sun is warmly lighting the landscape and the thermometers are slowly easing toward spring temperatures. Inside I am waiting in anticipation for the first buds of spring to appear. The best part of spring is the appearance of those first flowers
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  • I love exploring traditional crochet techniques, and Bosnian crochet is my latest fascination. This traditional slip stitch technique is enjoying renewed interest, but there is still plenty of stitch exploration to be done. You can find out more about
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  • Today is the first day of March, and you know what that means. We are beginning National Crochet Month! And what better way to celebrate than with a community crochet-along. I wanted to choose a project that everyone could make, so I narrowed it down
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  • I am always excited when friends or relatives announce a new addition to their family. I love the exhilaration in their voices and the glow in their faces. I feel my own thrill of anticipation as I contemplate the perfect crocheted baby gift. There are
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  • Crochet is unmatched in its ability to create incredible lace. Working lace weight yarn or thread in a combination of chains, shells, double crochet, and other crochet stitches creates a gossamer web of fabric that would, in my humble opinion, make a
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  • A fabulous crochet top , a stunning knee-length skirt, a sweet baby sweater, a charming hat , or a cozy afghan —we all have a brilliant idea for a crochet pattern or project we want to design. So pull out the sketches you have been making, and let's
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  • Are you learning how to crochet or looking for a few tips on crochet stitch basics ? Let's start with the basics. Every crochet project is built from a series of cleverly placed crochet stitches. And a solid understanding of the crochet basic stitches
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  • Happy Valentine's Day from Interweave Crochet!
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  • If February has a color, I would say it is red-from deep burgundy reds to bright candy apple reds. During February we wear red to promote women's heart health, and red is the color most frequently associated with Valentine's Day. Red is a color
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  • Are you looking for the perfect quick crocheted gift ? I love the easy Felted Trivet and Coasters from Gifted by Mags Kandis. You can quickly whip up several sets in a couple of evenings, and these fun circles are perfect for crocheting newbies. The felting
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  • Crochet a sweater with five skeins of yarn. Yes please! I am always looking for ways to stretch my yarn a little farther. And I found my excellent tips and exquisite patterns in Robyn Chachula's new book Simply Crochet . Robyn shares with us Float
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  • I love making hats ! With the arrival of each new issue of Interweave Crochet , I browse the pages for new hat patterns. And I know that I am not alone. Crocheters whip up dozens of hats . Atomic Hat, Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 We crochet them while
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  • Make the Aslan Shrug in 2 hours and 51 minutes!
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  • Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl The best thing about shopping off the rack is that you can try on multiple sizes to find the best fit. The worst thing is that frequently none of the sizes really give you that perfect fit. That perfectly tailored
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  • I agree with Josi Hannon Madera. I love the crocheted spike stitch. This eye-catching stitch allows you to quickly create beautiful colorwork, and learning how to crochet with spike stitches is easy. Spike stitches are created by inserting the hook in
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  • Winter is my favorite time of year to crochet. The change in the weather brings with it an excitement and the desire to work with different yarn fibers and crochet stitches, and I seem to have more free time to craft. But this time of year also means
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  • Cheers to the New Year! I crossed the finish line for this year's handmade holidays, albeit huffing and puffing (I found myself packing my suitcase with as-yet damp shawls tucked between old pillowcases, and feverishly stitching the last rounds of
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  • One of my resolutions this year is to spend more time designing. Like many of you, I have at least a million project ideas in my head, scribbled in notebooks, and dancing tantalizingly around each skein of yarn. Once you have chosen the type of project
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  • Pucker the Goldfish Happy New Year! The first few weeks of the New Year are always so invigorating. Everything seems fresh and new and anything seems possible. It's in these first few weeks that we create New Year's resolutions. And the best resolutions
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  • December is a wonderful month filled with celebrations and gift giving . This year I gave my mother a project bag, several luscious skeins of worsted weight alpaca, and the promise of teaching her how to read a pattern. She has knitted and crocheted from
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  • As I get ready to face 2012, I am looking back at my 2011 New Year's resolutions . Last year I wanted to explore join-as-you-go motifs with the Moth Wings Shrug. I crocheted this beautiful lace shrug for a friend to wear at her wedding, and I love
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  • The Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Calendar has been a wonderful project to work on. Each little crocheted creation has won me over with its personality and story. Amigurumi make wonderful gifts for baby showers, children's birthdays, or for the any adult
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  • Fancywork Cloche, Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011 This holiday season has been magical. The beautiful holiday lights still twinkle in the crisp Colorado air. And the chill lets me indulge in one of my favorite things: crocheted hats . Crocheted hats
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  • The New Year is almost here, and it is time to hang up the new calendar. I already have my Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi calendar up. Pucker the Goldfish provides such a bright start to the new year. And we have created several other ways to share our love
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  • A couple of weeks ago I gave you a recipe for a snowflake in a hurry . Really, you can be done in while you take just a couple sips of latte. These snowflakes can be done pretty darn fast. Probably in a half a latte's time. All of these snowflakes
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  • While compiling the Simple Crochet Patterns from Crochet Me: 5 Free Easy Crochet Patterns eBook, I fell in love with the Organic Cotton Washcloth for Babies. It looked so simple and quick but at the same time luxurious and pampered; the perfect last minute
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  • Check out three yarns perfect for your next pair of crocheted socks.
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  • We use them to carry delicacies from the market or to hold our latest crochet projects, as purses or carryalls—well, to tell the truth, we use them for just about everything. I'm talking about crocheted bags. These brilliant accessories are
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  • The Interweave Crochet Winter 2011 issue preview post went up last Friday, and we have loved hearing your responses-which projects are your favorite, photography ideas, and more. I am fascinated by the myriad of ways the internet now provides for us to
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  • In general, I tend to be someone who grudgingly accepts change, in life as well as crafting. It's sort of like trying a new food for the first time. I may be unsure, but when I try it and like it I always think "Why haven't I tried this sooner
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  • We all love simple, quick projects! Whether you are just learning to crochet or have been crocheting for fifty years, easy patterns are the perfect go-to projects for traveling, keeping your hands busy while chatting with friends, and gift giving. In
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  • Robyn Chachula's new book Simply Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs for Everyday will be released in print on December 7th and is available as an eBook right now. Robyn Chachula and the other contributing designers decided to celebrate this new release with
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  • Have you seen the Rapunzel scrarf on the cover of Interweave Crochet Accessories 2012 ? The braided texture is stunning! This scarf will make an eye-catching acccessory this winter. I already have more WIP projects than I should, and I am busy crocheting
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  • Three renditions (so far) of the Seafoam Shawl by Kimberly K. McAlindin from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2011
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  • A review of ten marvelous novelty yarns.
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  • A few weeks ago, when I was gearing up for the Chain Link conference, I really wanted to sport new crochet. I perused the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet and opted for what looked like the fastest crochet garment in the issue: The Oak Wrap by Doris
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  • I confess to being a bit of a fashionista. I've always had my eye on runway shows and glossy magazines. However, I also strongly believe that fashion should be wearable and affordable. It's a very small part of the population that can rock some
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  • I know that many of you live in warm climates. You crochet with fine-weight yarns and can wear lace garments year-round. I will admit to a touch of jealousy. I love lightweight crochet-lace shawls, shells worked in intricate stitch patterns, and garments
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  • International Crochet Day is Monday, September 12! That gives you a little time still to plan how you will celebrate and even some great gift ideas . Here are ten ideas to get you thinking. 10. Teach someone to crochet. Reinforce your teaching by hooking
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  • The Chain Reaction Afghan, a yearlong online and print venture, links the work of professional and emerging designers in a single twenty-square afghan. We asked designers to create squares that embodied their distinct styles. These ten patterns were published
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  • Well, the month of July was filled with projects. I designed and stitched a (top secret) piece for our forthcoming Accessories issue, made a shawl for my bff's birthday, and finished a set of coasters for my house. I learned how to do double-ended
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  • Tips to prolong the time between washing and reblocking your cherished crocheted goods.
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  • My cousin Lisa is in town for a couple of weeks, and the other night she asked me what the difference between knitting and crochet is. (She's a scarf knitter.) The ensuing discussion led to the pulling-out of books, my gentle nudging about how cool
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  • Last week the temperature in my house reached a sweltering 85 degrees. As I looked from my thermometer to my latest wool crochet project, I realized two things. First, I need a new air conditioner, and second, I need to start a new summer project. So
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  • My friend Lisa 's been crocheting the Alpine Frost Scarf , by Amy O'Neill Houck from the Winter 2008 issue of IC, for ages now. She's not quite done yet, but she brought it over to my house last week to use my blocking board. By blocking most
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  • Easy crochet hat patterns are my go-to project. I make at least 5 hats for every other project I manage to complete. They make incredible presents that recipients of all ages love; there are an infinite variety of patterns; and they are fast. Consequently
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  • One of the most important parts of a garment, whether crocheted, sewn, or knitted, is fit. But fit can also be one of the most difficult components of a top to get just right. That's why I adore ribbing. The elasticity in crocheted ribbing gives you
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  • Come join the Chain Reaction Afghan Project Crochet-Along! The Chain Reaction Afghan Project was born a year ago. A merger of professional and amateur designers, it features 20 squares and a border that appeared in Interweave Crochet magazine over five
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  • What inspires a crochet design? When I am choosing my next crochet project, I always consider when and where I want wear it. Living in Colorado, I find myself wearing sweaters most of the year. Designer Kristin Omdahl lives in Florida I asked her to tell
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  • I recently moved house, and as many of you cat owners know, they do not take very kindly to change. In past relocations, one of my cats (Mrs. Robinson) has found such good hiding spots that it’s usually a good week before she allows herself to be
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  • I've finished my first Dahlia Shawl! Here are some pictures and helpful hints.
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  • I have finished the Moth Wings Shrug, and I love the lacy look and join as you go construction. The sleeves in particular are cleverly constructed. But I will admit it took me several minutes of pondering and tearing out my first attempt to join the first
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  • Many of us crochet scarves , shawls, or wraps as gifts, donating them to organizations or presenting them to loved ones. Kristin Omdahl first began crocheting wraps for family members when she was living overseas. "When I was six thousand miles away
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  • We crocheters have always known crochet was chic. But the fashion industry has finally caught on. Crochet is garnering lots of attention on the runway these days and chicly showcased in fashion-forward skirts, dresses, blouses, purses, shoes, hats, and
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  • I am very grateful to crochet for a lot of things, and one of those things is how well it lends itself to any genre. You can have antique or ultra-modern crochet, or very serious artistic crochet, or silly crochet...any kind at all. This post is going
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  • My mother passed on to me the inability to sit still. Whether watching a movie, traveling, or visiting with friends, her hands were always busy spinning, knitting, or crocheting. And as soon as I was old enough, she attempted to pass her skills on to
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  • This blog is a bit of a plea for help. As I have previously mentioned, I am doing a lot of crocheting right now. In addition to being surrounded by oodles of great patterns here at Interweave, recently family circumstances have serendipitously given me
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  • Before I met Lily Chin several weeks ago, I had never heard of Mosaic crochet. I could guess that the technique involved more than one color, my dad creates mosaic Damascus with multiple colors of metal, but I wasn't sure how to translate that knowledge
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  • I first learned about back loop only crochet stitches from Interweave Crochet several years ago. This basic crochet stitch provides additional stretch to stitches, making it perfect for children's garments such as the Summer Blues Baby Dress.
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  • We here at Interweave Crochet are super pleased to announce that we have won the Flamie for Best Crochet Magazine for 2010 . This is the third year we've been honored with this award from the Crochet Liberation Front , and this year we're especially
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  • Baby crochet patterns are so satisfying! Who can resist those tiny garments and crocheted accessories? Moms always appreciate handmade gifts , tailored specifically for their newest addition, and these little projects provide opportunities to experiment
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  • So what made it into the suitcase ? The Moth Wings Shrug , the Cool Wave Shawl , AND the Dahlia Shawl (the Sera Lace Top hopped in the suitcase as an FO). Just before I left, I decided to change up the yarn for the Dahlia Shawl—I wasn't loving
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  • Confession: I am in a state of yarn lunacy. I was crazy for yarn even before I started working at Interweave, but now that I’m constantly surrounded by all these amazing designs and fibers I’ve got the fever! As a result, many little crochet
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  • Somewhere, in a box in a dark basement or nestled amongst the dust bunnies under a bed, we all have it... our first sweater. I found mine while I was moving, and I felt mixed dread and affection. The dread, because it really isn't a very pretty thing
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  • So many projects, so little suitcase space!
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  • I always have more craft projects going than time to work on them. But that has never stopped me from starting something new, whether that is crocheting an afghan or another hat, sewing a skirt, or learning how to knit socks. Okay, I have yet to tackle
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  • It takes tools to learn a new technique. We have those!
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  • Spring officially began last Sunday, and the weather here in Colorado complied with balmy temperatures in the high 60s. I guess that means it's time to rotate the clothing in my closet and the projects in my crochet queue. As I imagine many of you
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  • Do you spin? If not, you might want to explore this fine art. I love the magic of turning a pile of fluff into a long strand of fiber. And if it's colored fluff, all the better. I love to see how the colors blend and twist. I like to play around with
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  • Have I mentioned how much I love cotton yarns? I'm sure it must have come up at some point. For years every project I made was crocheted with cotton—cotton blankets, cotton hats, and cotton dresses. Since then I have learned to appreciate the
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  • Crocheted lace highlights the endless beautiful possibilities of crochet. Worked in any yarn from the finest thread to bulky weight, lace crochet is perfect for both warm and cool weather projects. In this new eBook, Learn Beautiful Crochet Lace Techniques
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  • Three great yarns for young crocheters.
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  • Join our Cool Wave Shawl crochet-along!
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  • Babies and young children are some of my favorite people to crochet for. The projects are fast, use less yarn, are a great way to learn a new technique, and the recipients are thrilled-even if you lost count of your rows and one sleeve did end up slightly
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  • Make Time for Crochet Every Day, with Knitting Daily TV "Crochet" Daily TV: 13+ Crochet Corners Airing on Public Television Don't be fooled by the title Knitting Daily TV . Each episode includes at least onelengthy segment on crochet. Plus
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  • Happy Valentine's Day! As a single teenager, I was never very fond of Valentine's Day. Then I learned that this special holiday provided me with the opportunity to celebrate my love for anything. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I propose
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  • Dora Ohrenstein talks about the motivation for her designs. And we start a new Crochet-Along!
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  • I am counting the days until this weekend. This weekend is practically a national holiday-Super Bowl Sunday. For weeks we have all been inundated with advertisements for party platters and football inspired memorabilia. I will confess, however, that in
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  • I love hats! No really, I'm not just saying that; I have hats stuffed into every corner of my closet. I have bowler hats, newsboy caps, baseball hats, and I'm on the lookout for a good top hat. But my favorite hats to make and wear are crochet hats. The 8 Free Crochet Hat Patterns: Crochet Hats
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  • Dear Kristin, It was lovely seeing you in California at TNNA (The National Needlearts Association, of course). I hope your sprained ankle is on the mend. So, I don't think we've talked about this thing I have with Crochet So Fine . These lovely
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  • This week a good friend called me and offered to trade crochet lessons for massage time. Her proposal sounded like a win-win situation to me-I make a new crochet buddy and get a relaxing half-hour massage. Tonight is our first lesson.
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  • Sarah's craft resolutions for the new year.
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  • To me, January 1 represents a clean slate, the opportunity to start anew. Every year on that day I feel as if I can accomplish anything. During the last two days of the old year I spend some time creating goals for the coming year.
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  • eMags are the magazines of the future, and a great meduim for preserving crafts that might otherwise vanish into history.
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  • Great crochet tips by Kristin Omdahl on DVD.
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  • Author Robyn Chachula is hitting the Internet highway and going on tour all month long to promote her new book, Baby Blueprint Crochet , And you can join in! Get the inside scoop and join in on some fun conversations and giveaways. Start following along
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  • Scarves, shawls, wraps to make really fast or really slow.
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  • I fell madly in love with scarves just over a year ago while shopping with a friend one night after work. We spotted a salesperson who had a scarf elegantly knotted around her neck. Something about the way she wore that scarf, not simply as a neck warmer
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  • Some of you have wisely been crocheting gifts all year long, so right about now, you're sewing buttons on the sweater that is your final present. For the rest of us, time is clicking away on holiday crochet. I've rounded up some speedy gifts that
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  • From Marcy: I am in an awkward stage in life: I have no babies in the house! Sometime last week, it seems, all my babies turned into teenagers. This is all the more sad because Robyn Chachula's Baby Blueprint Crochet really makes me want to make baby
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  • You have seen the results of my Vest Quests, now it is time to embark on your own! Here's a handy guide to designing your own custom-fit vest.
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  • Chain Reaction Afghan Project: Giving More to Others Crocheters are givers. We just can't help ourselves. That's why we love the Chain Reaction Afghan Project, designed for the very purpose of making an afghan (or two) to give away. The Chain
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  • I want to thank you. It's easy to encourage someone else to take a little time and crochet a project as a gift for themselves, but I can attest that it's a little more difficult to actually spoil yourself.
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  • I hope you've all been able to look through the Interweave Crochet Accessories issue! Carol Ventura has blogged about her tapestry-crochet project, Ekaterina's Shawl , including detailed photos on how to work the fringe. You'll find it here
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  • Four versions of the Lacy Cables Scarf from Interweave Crochet Fall 2010
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  • As the temperatures begins to dip, my mind turns toward crocheting sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, and jackets. I have several projects waiting for me to pick up my hook.Some are saved in my queue; some sit patiently in my UFO basket, and others wait
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  • If you were to flip through my closet you would find a large number of blue garments. I have always loved blue and luckily it looks great on me. Some of you may already know what colors look great on you or, like me, a look through your own closet might reveal a distinct color palette.
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  • From Marcy: The cover of Crochet So Fine by Kristin Omdahl is one of the most beautiful covers I've seen on any book ever. The cover garment truly makes you want to pick up your crochet hook and make one of your own. I've seen the Petals Wrap
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  • My gift-giving list for the coming holidays is growing! After penning a comprehensive list last week of friends and family (it currently numbers 21), I perused my yarn stash, choosing yarns in appropriate colors and fiber contents for each person on the
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  • I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that my father had surgery at Johns Hopkins this summer. I spent two weeks in Baltimore with him, my mom and (for some of the time) my brother. (It's really hot in Baltimore during the summer. I'd forgotten
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  • There is a great conversation going on in the comments on my e-newsletter this week ! Here are some more tips based on your questions and comments. As several people mentioned, some types of alpaca stretch more than others, and will stretch more in certain
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  • Exploring a box of treasures.
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  • The excitement of wearing a handmade garment for the first time! You all know the excitement to which I am referring.
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  • For the rest of today, all the books and many of the products in the Interweave store are on sale during our Customer Appreciation Sale. This is a great time to fill out your crochet bookshelf. Here, I've highlighted some products I have on my shelf
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  • Take a look at how stitch diagrams can help you crochet, and take a look at Robyn Chachula's soon-to-be-released book Baby Blueprint Crochet .
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  • A review of Manos del Uruguay Lace and Filatura di Crosa Nirvana.
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  • When a pattern calls for a fancy yarn, sometimes you need to substitute one that is easier to find or more afforadable. The best way to substitute a yarn is to know how to calculate the wraps per inch. Here's how!
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  • Free eBook! 8 Free Granny Square Patterns
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  • If you have never crocheted a pair of socks, now is the time to pull out your sock yarn and hook. Socks are a great travel project, and you can easily have a couple pair finished before the cool breezes of fall arrive. Crocheted socks also make a thoughtful and unique gift with minimal yarn use; the
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  • Stitch guides are a great place to look for inspiration in designing your own crochet patterns. Take a look at the similarities between stitch patterns used in the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet and the ones outlined in the Harmony Guides Basic Crochet Stitches.
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  • One of joys of crocheting is that we can make garments that are just right for us. We see not just a pattern, but the pattern's potential. Take, for instance, the Peaseblossom Tunic from the Summer 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet. Just lovely, you
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  • Some people like the sight of a big pile of dirt—little boys, for instance. They love dirt. But Denver recognizes that not everyone is so inspired by seeing dirt. Thus the Union Station Construction Fence Project was born. The Denver Office of Cultural
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  • From Marcy: Kristin Omdahl translates her lovely Florida landscape into exquisite crochet designs. Her latest book, Crochet So Fine , has more than 20 projects—pullovers, cardigan, jackets, capes, shawls, scarves and more—worked in fine laceweight
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  • A little update on our Crochet-Along.
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  • Amigurumi is a Japanese art form that translates to crocheted or knitted stuffed doll. We just call them fun. The amigurumi world is filled with creatures of all shapes and sizes. Once you make an amigurumi, you might just get hooked. Here we give you
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  • I am always on the lookout for a great crochet pattern. If you’re like me, you have hundreds of patterns flagged in books and magazines, stuffed in folders, and PDFs stored in your computer. But this weekend I found a few more, and these are quick and easy to find in one place—on the Knitscene
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  • Take a look at some hot summer styles that beat the heat!
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  • The May Hat almost didn't happen (and please, disregard the fact that it's actually June—it was a late May trip). If it weren't for a wicked band of thunderstorms, I might be telling you that I just didn't have it in me to make a
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  • I love all fiber sports. And like many of my colleagues here at Interweave, I have admired Interweave products since long before I began working for Interweave. Interweave Knits is a favorite—not least because it was in the Fall 2004 issue of Interweave
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  • After I settled in to my window seat on the first leg of my flight to the home office, I pulled out my daughter's version of the Ocean Pearls Cardigan, which we're working on over the in Crochet-Along . After I'd done a row or so, a voice
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  • Sarah and I have been blocking our versions of the Moss Fern Wrap by Kimberly McAlindin ( Interweave Crochet Fall 2009 ). Sarah used blocking wires to block her shawl. If you have these wires, you already know how to use them. If you don't have blocking
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  • Anyone can Crochet Lace When I first began to crochet, I really wanted to make lace. I love the elegant airiness and lightweight intricacy of handmade lace. However, as a beginning crocheter, I put it off as something to attempt when I got "good
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  • It's a slow-starting week for me; I can't seem to wake my brain up. I hope you're having an easier time of it! Perhaps this will help, regardless. There's a whole Flickr group for Crocheting African Flowers. The pattern is in the discussion
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  • We're working on the Ocean Pearls Cardigan over at the Crochet-Along . Come join us! Here's what I've learned from swatching for this sweater. Here we have a mess o' swatches. At upper left is Misti Alpaca Handpaint Baby Suri Silk . in
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  • With just 10 days until Mother's Day, my mind is buzzing with ideas for crafty Mother's Day gifts to celebrate the mothers in my life. You're probably doing the same, trying to find the perfect gift for your mother and grandmothers, adopted mothers, and the many mothers around us, be they
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  • Last week on the Make and Meaning blog, I wrote about crafting on autopilot – that's how it feels when my hands take over and my mind takes a break. In many ways it's my favourite kind of crafting. It's a special kind of obsession, really
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  • In my mother's drawer of cherished Mother's Day presents are several tissue-paper-and-pipe-cleaner roses and too many sets of napkin holders cunningly crafted from spent toilet-tissue rolls. Also in there are little crocheted doodads, flower pins
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  • So, we've been hanging out together for a while now, but we still haven't gotten together to crochet. What's that about? Let's change that. We can't all get together in a room (that would have to be a mighty big room!), but we can
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  • Robyn Chachula was at the front edge of the crochet revolution, making her debut with a pattern on the CrochetMe Web site in 2005. She had two designs in the groundbreaking book CrochetMe: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution (Interweave 2007). In 2008
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  • A crochet scarf may be the perfect project. In addition to being supremely portable, it is an excellent way to experiment with new crochet stitches. And scarves make excellent presents—for yourself or someone else. Here we give you eight free crochet
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  • If you've been following the Well-Traveled Hat series , you know that I aim to make use of my "found" travel time to make a crochet hat , then give it away. This month's hat is particularly well-traveled. About my trip out to the home
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  • If you have ever worked a project in more than one color without fastening of, you know how quickly your yarns will twist around each other and how frustrating that twisting can become. If you are new to working with 2 colors, hopefully we will be able to save you the angst. Here I am working the Lotus
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  • We're all about spinning this week at Interweave Crochet. I just recently began learning to spin. And as I embark on my spinning journey, I appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into one skein of yarn. I have a lovely skein of yarn hand spun by my mother, who has been spinning for 20
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  • It was in aught-four that I first learned to spin. I was writing a newspaper series on the journey of wool from sheep to finished product. Along the way I learned to clean, dye, spin and weave wool, in addition to knitting and crocheting the yarn I made
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  • Felting: it's a word that inspires delight and fear, excitement and apprehension. If you have never felted before, there are a few things to remember, and I'll share some good, felting beginner friendly projects.
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  • So, here's a thing I didn't tell you about the airplane trip : I was not a happy camper until about midway through making that hat (another case of crochet altering one's mood ). Here's the deal: I got up at o'dark-thirty to take a
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  • Here in North Carolina, we're hunkered down awaiting a big snow (we actually spend more time preparing for snow than watching it snow). So I'm all ready to snuggle into the couch and work on a scarf while watching Kristin Omdahl's Crochet
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  • This is the post in which a guy named Rex continues to exert his influence. On my January trip to Colorado and California and back, I embarked on Hat No. 2 in the the Well-Traveled Hat series. Here I'm all set up with Patons Classic Wool Roving in
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  • I imagine we have all been there. You sit down in a quaint coffee shop or bookstore, pull out your latest crochet project, and relax as the yarn slides through your fingers and the project forms before your eyes. But as you reach for your scissors to fasten off, you realize they are in another bag or
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  • In the Interweave Crochet Winter 2009 issue , Yarn Spotlight focuses on different yarn options for the Painted Turtle Afghan by Edie Eckman . Here is another yarn option: Silky Mohair Lion Brand Yarn details: CYCA 1 (super fine), .88 oz, 231 yd. 70% super
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  • In today's CrochetMe More enewsletter, I wrote about how a neckwarmer became the fabulous cover ruana. Another garment in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2009 issue that underwent some reconstruction is the lovely Katrina Shawl by Lisa Pflug . Here
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  • I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and the beginning of a fantastic new year. At a time when we take stock of our year and make fabulous goals for the next, I decided to embark on a new hobby. Somehow I am sure that 2010 will have more hours in
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  • Happy New Year's Eve! This has been a whirlwind of a year here at Interweave Crochet. Somehow, between Jan 1 and Dec 30, we produced 85 brand-new crochet designs! (Do you have your new issue of Interweave Crochet? It hit the newsstands yesterday!
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  • So, I set about to do a simple task: Make a Hiking Hat for my sweetie for Christmas. My husband makes a living writing about hiking, biking and backpacking. Even here in North Carolina, he needs something to keep his noggin warm while he's working
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  • The inspiration for this blog came from a guy named Rex. On the last leg of my October flight, from MSP to RDU, I was scrunched in the middle seat. The window seat was still vacant moments before they closed the door. Hope springs eternal. Then a tall
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  • So while I've been considering your nearly unanimous advice to leave my granny square blanket as is (you do know that a pillow out of a different colour won't match the blanket, right?) (yeah, I'm leaning toward starting the blanket over)
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  • A few enewsletters ago, I gave tips for finding small bonus projects in the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet . One of the projects was doing the first few rounds of the Leaf Peeper Hats and turning them into coasters. Well, the time has come to give away
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  • Happy Thanksgiving! To celebrate this day of abundance, I'm giving you a present—thanks to a 13-year-old boy who learned to crochet little scarves for Beanie Babies. Here's the story: Shortly after my last enewsletter, about scarf patterns
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  • Cables, crochet cables! I love the texture and homey elegance of crocheted cables. I have admired them from afar, played with creating cabled swatches for work, but never taken on a crochet cabled garment or accessory. I figured it was about time to jump
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  • Just can't get enough of the Moorish Mosaic Afghan ! I have about a dozen more motifs to do (one is partially done). But, since I have limited yarn here in Colorado (curses again on not packing more yarn!), I decided to start putting the motifs together
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  • It's presstime in Loveland, which means this editor hit the road today. Sock-it-to-me fog in Raleigh, NC, and snow in Denver conspired to make this a challenging travel day. Lots of delays and cranky co-passengers. The delays were unpredictable and
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  • I am a crocheter obsessed. When it comes to crochet projects, I often eagerly take on a project. Then it falls by the wayside in favor of another new project. It's a hazard of the job. There was every chance that the Moorish Mosaic Afghan by Lisa
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  • Last week, Kim Werker wrote about some cool wall art: Framed doilies . So, I thought I'd introduce you to my dining room walls. It started with a ball of sangria-colored thread, a copy of the Harmony Guides Crochet Stitch Motifs and a bit of stress
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  • Crocheting with Variegated Yarn I love variegated yarn, the way the colors morph into each other, and combine or contrast in the stitches. I recently received a copy of Kathy Merrick’s new book, Crochet in Color: Techniques and Designs for Playing
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  • In this week's enewsletter, we talk with Lisa Naskrent about her design inspiration for the Moorish Mosaic Afghan , featured in the fall issue of I nterweave Crochet . The brilliance of this crocheted blanket is that every motif is worked in a different
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  • Have you seen the Fortune Cookie Bag in the Fall issue of Interweave Crochet ? Very clever, I think. And the size is just right for a wallet, phone, keys. But maybe you want to carry a little more—or less. Here are some options. Bigger and smaller. When
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  • We hope you've had a sneak peek at our new Fall projects . We're pretty excited about the collection and hope you are, too. Our goal, as always, is to give you that feeling we know so well—discovering a project that you're just itching
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  • Editor's Note : One of the things I love about designer Kathy Merrick is that she has energy to spare. A few weeks ago, we gave you a preview of her pattern in Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. This week, we give a preview of her new book, Crochet in
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  • So here's a curious thing about that purple crochet hook . The pattern for the project I'm working on recommends an H / 5 mm hook. The yarn I used recommends a knitting needle size of 5-6 or 3.75-4 mm. Frequently yarn balls give only knitting
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  • Have you ever tried tapestry crochet? With this technique you can create anything from simple motifs to elaborate images using multiple colors. Tapestry crochet usually involves only single crochet, so it is accessible to a beginning crocheter. One key
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  • While I would love to see one, I have never seen a ball of yarn large enough to create an entire sweater or a skein with perfectly placed color changes, so you never have to join a new ball of yarn. When I first learned to crochet, I didn’t know
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  • Note from Marcy: We love the new book Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. We love it even more when we get to hear the story behind a project. Kathy Merrick joins us today to tell us about the Swirling Bag, one of four projects she designed for the book. Even
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  • I've been working the Shawlette in Chains by Kristin Omdahl from Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. Here are a few more tips: For the first tip, I drew from a quilting technique called, actually, chain piecing. You use it to sew together a series of shapes
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  • In this week's enewsletter, I talk about learning how to do the most basic crochet stitch–chaining–all over again in order to make the Shawlette in Chains by Kristin Omdahl in Crocheted Gifts by Kim Werker. I'm using laceweight for the project
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  • In which I transform a UFO to an FO, with the help of Harmony Guides: In a recent enewsletter, I fessed up to creating a great swath of purple fabric that thought it wanted to be a sweater before I stashed it in the Denial Drawer. When I recently unearthed
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  • Can you believe that I have been crocheting for 15 years, and I have never made an anigurumi? I know, I can’t believe it either. If you haven’t explored the abilities of CrocetMe, I would suggest browsing through the pattern section. You can
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  • Maybe you're not like me. Maybe your gauge is always spot on and the vision you have for your garment works perfectly. Maybe you don't have a box of false starts and “Good golly, what was I thinking?” portions of garments. Maybe you
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  • I take after my mother in many ways. Whenever she tries a new recipe, she always follows the recipe instructions faithfully the first time. But then her mind fills with ideas for customizing the recipe, whether for practical purposed or personal taste
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  • One of the behind-the-curtain wizardries of the magazine is selecting yarn colors for projects that are harmonious without being all matchy-matchy. Our in-house color expert provides a palette. Then I select yarns that work best for both the project and
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  • WPI: If it sounds like so much crochet alphabet soup to you, don't worry. I didn't know what wraps per inch (wpi) meant until a couple of years ago. Now I figure wpi for all of the yarns used in the Interweave Crochet patterns. Along with the
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  • Today we wrapped up our discussion of crocheting in the front loop only (flo) and back loop only (blo) to produce different fabrics. This washcloth features a stitch that utilizes both the front and back loop of the same stitch to create a sturdy fabric
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  • Have you ever found a pattern that instantly intrigued you? You immediately set about finding the perfect yarn in the perfect shade, and you could just envision the completed project. Settled into the perfect crocheting location, you dug through your
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  • I'm in the final stages of putting together the Forest Flower Pullover by Kristin Omdahl, featured on the cover of the Spring 2009 Interweave Crochet. I started this way back in April , but you know how things go -- projects pop up that you just have
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  • I'm in love with this series of crochet-covered sea stones by Margaret Oomen . It's such a lovely juxtaposition. [Photos by knitalatte11 ; found via some stream of clicking beginning with a tweet from Sister Diane ]
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  • Because of my work in the industry, I've considered crocheting and knitting to be my primary hobbies for a long time. Really, though, I've been a fiction reader since I was a kid. I pretty much always have a book on the go. I've envied people
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  • A little while ago, I wrote about a couple of baby hats I made especially for twin boys. To help Mom & Dad out, I crocheted their initials and attached them to the wee loops at the top. Well, those babies keep coming! I made a little hat for a baby
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  • We're still hooked on this loopy topic of where to put the hook. A couple of weeks ago we saw how crocheting through the back loop only makes a ridged, stretchy fabric that is really outstanding in the Big Bow Cardigan . Crocheting in the front loop
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  • Hey Gang! Welcome to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Wimi is on a quest to find fiber. She was intrigued by the Carolina Thread Trail, but it turns out that was something entirely different. She was all gaga at the big buildings: And here at the newly
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  • In my latest sporting venture, laceweight meets heavyweight. Specifically, I was sitting in the bleachers watching the women from Carolina take on the women from Duke in lacrosse. Facing a laceweight deadline (really, there are so few jobs in which one
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  • A couple of weekends ago I spent a few days in Portland, Oregon. There to see the west-coast premiere of Handmade Nation , the documentary about the indie craft movement, I ended up enjoying the best crafty weekend in the history of my life. After touring
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  • Hey, fellow crocheters! Some of you are already receiveing our swell new enewsletter, CrochetMe More. Designed to make your crochet life even more fulfilling, the weekly note gives news you can use as well as tips and techniqes to help you learn even
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  • I love linked crochet. I can't explain it, but there's something about the stitch that simultaneously slows down and speeds up the process. The linked treble stitch, for instance, takes longer to make than double-crochet. But when you're done
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  • What inspires you to begin a particular, spectacular pattern? I find inspiration everywhere. Maybe it's a picture in a pattern book or magazine, a stunning top I catch a glimpse of when I am strolling downtown or trolling the internet, perhaps it's
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  • Last week we taped the third season of Knitting Daily TV, and in between segments, chatting, snacking, knitting, and crocheting, I took some photos. This season will start airing this coming summer. Have any questions about what goes on behind the scenes
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  • Hi! Sorry we missed one another for a few days last week because of our technological sabbatical. It's good to get back into the crochet chatter! This week we'll be launching our new eNewsletter. Look for it to arrive in your mailbox this Thursday
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  • Hi! I am so excited to begin blogging on CrochetMe and sharing my adventures in crochet with you. I have been crocheting for about 15 years, first teaching myself to crochet while sitting in my parent's living room. My mother is a very competent knitter
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  • Last night I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in weeks, and it felt very, very good. When I was at the TNNA trade show a couple of weeks ago I scored a few skeins of one of my favourite yarns: Blue Sky Alpacas Mélange, a 100% baby alpaca, super
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  • This is a transcript of the recorded interview . Kim Werker in her Jayne Cobb Hat Kim Werker : Ok. We're recording now and I'm here with Joss Whedon. I'm Kim Werker from CrochetMe.com. So, Joss, Captain Hammer—four sweater vests, really
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  • The rivalry between knitters and crocheters is "an age-old war, like the vampires and werewolves," Joss Whedon told me. If only I'd known he knew that when I was preparing to speak with him last month. Now I'm just left wondering why
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  • Tonight I got an email that's left me doubled over laughing. I can't sleep because I keep giggling. I could send another reply to the inquirer and ask about the context, but I thought it might be a fun creative exercise to throw this open to the
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  • UPDATE : The preview of the Spring 2008 Interweave Crochet is up. I hope you enjoy! Kids, I missed CrochetMe.com's fourth birthday! It was two weeks ago. Happy birthday to us! Also, I'm over a third-of-a-month tardy in shouting out National Crochet
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  • Ah, the holiday season. I still have thoughts to crochet or knit gifts for my in-laws, even though I know it's practically impossible for me to do so at this point, even overlooking the wee detail that Hanukkah is well underway. As things are shaping
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  • I don't know about you, but these days I need three months' notice to make important plans. So I'm not at all jumping the gun when I kill two birds with one stone and share my total, complete giddiness about the Crochet Me book launch and
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  • There are longer, better blog posts in the wings -- hopefully for the weekend. But for now, I simply have to share. Remember when I got back in touch with a middle school friend after I read her comment on the Yarn Harlot's blog ? That was pretty
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  • In the last week I've put a couple of notches in my belt (not those kind of notches; please). I shamelessly promoted my work (don't laugh; this doesn't come easily) and I stayed in an airport overnight. TNNA was incredible. Super hard work
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  • Update (Wednesday @ 7:40pm PDT): The work is done! Just a reminder that CrochetMe.com will be unavailable intermittently today, possibly up to several hours at a time. We suggest crocheting as an alternative if you feel jittery from the forced hiatus
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  • Crazy wave #2 has started. Book proofs will be arriving in the mail for my immediate attention, TNNA is fast approaching, and my month off from traveling is coming to an end. That, and I've started coding the layout of Crochet Me 3.2 (designed by
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  • If you haven't seen it yet, Annette Petavy (first regular contributor to Crochet Me from back in the day, guru of colour and texture and thoughtful crocheting, empowerer of creators, designer extraordinaire) was profiled by Brenda Dayne in the Spring
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  • Float Away Scarf Originally uploaded by kpwerker . I so enjoy when the time comes that I can show that I actually do crochet. Quite a lot, really. I'm just ADD and rarely finish projects unless they're for publication. I enjoyed crocheting this
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  • In yet another bulleted blog post, I'm catching up on a couple weeks' worth of chewy crochet bites. Fifteen-year-old Elena Stefania Ferrari of Beverly, MA was awarded first place in the Knitting/Crochet category of PieceWork Magazine's Excellence
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  • Crocheting = Good for Babies Originally uploaded by kpwerker .
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  • Greetings from Gate 75, Vancouver International Airport (known to frequent travellers near and far as YVR). Odd that this is the first time in recent memory that I've had some good time to sit and write blog. I'm on my way to Interweave Command
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  • Spritely Amigurumi Originally uploaded by kpwerker . This 2007 year I'm trying to bust through my shallow assumption that rejuvenating relaxation comes from sensory deprivation (or, more accurately, from sensory limitation). I arrived home so late
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  • Kassie and All the Projects Originally uploaded by kpwerker . I'm back from a whirlwind trip to Detroit. I think I spent more time flying than I did in the Motor City, but I loved every second of it from feverishly crocheting step-outs on my flights
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  • I'll be spending today flying through two major American cities on my way to a third. It will take over nine hours to cross only half the continent, and I will be feverishly crocheting most of that time. On account of all the fever, I'm not bringing
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  • [ Swiped from Maryse . ] Instructions -- Copy the first sentence that you posted in each month of 2006. Post it in the following format: January Our book is out ! February I've been swatching for Forecast. March I can't believe it's already
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  • My head feels like a floating balloon. A red one. Not of the cheery kind, but more of the creepy, eerie, “art” kind. The kind of red balloon that would be the only thing of colour in a mural-sized black-and-white ink drawing depicting life in the
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  • Guido interviewing Kim Originally uploaded by knitgrrldotcom . I had such a blast meeting Guido of It's a Purl, Man fame when we were in Somerville, MA at Spark last week. It's way weird to hear my own voice. Do I always hyper-articulate? The
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  • Welcome to the Crochet Me's first ever Crochet Along! The madness starts Wednesday, September 27th. In the mean-time--choose your yarn, get the button, spread the word--it's going to be sweet! We can't wait to see what you are going to do
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  • A couple months ago I had an opportunity to write an essay in a different tone than the playful one I usually use here. You can read it on the very last page of the fall 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet that has just come out. Here's an excerpt (from
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  • Man , summers are busy! Annette designed an awesome knit & crochet sweater for our mid-issue pattern, and I promise it's coming. Really. But maybe not till the end of the week. Because the summer's been so busy, I need a holiday from it. Mr
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  • Family Circle magazine, at least in the UK, is going out of print this winter. One article I read puts the point I want to focus on in its title, “' Family Circle' closes as women lose taste for crochet and recipes .” Despite recent attempts
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  • Shoshana Meets Vlad Originally uploaded by kpwerker . Meet Shoshana. My friend Ian turned 30 yesterday (happy birthday to him), and he threw himself a crafty party. I used the occasion to fashion my first sewn doll: a stunningly ugly gal named Shoshana
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  • Summer gets crazy chez Crochet me . This is a factor of two things. First, Vancouver is a wickedly fantastic place to visit, and loved ones tend to come through town in the sunnier months. Related to this - we'll call it factor 1.1 - it can be very
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  • Dear readers, sometimes we accidentally publish an error in a pattern. This could be due to my having mistakenly failed to use the most recent version of a file*, or it could simply be due to more basic human error. (Occasionally, it's due to the
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  • ... like at 6:30am... there's nothing to do but wake up and enjoy the lovely morning. And, really, how could I not enjoy it? After three days of sitting in one spot working on the issue, I'm thrilled with it and I'm also excited to get off
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  • A year after we went to Burbank, CA to tape, Uncommon Threads is finally premiering in early July on the DIY Network (click the link for details). Though the specific Crochet me episode air times aren't listed yet, they've put up summaries of
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  • In keeping with The Law of Conservation of Blog Verbiage, this post is long enough to make up for almost two weeks of no blogging. I broke it up into three parts in case you need to take a break as you go. Part I: TNNA Picture this: five yarn fanatics
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  • Crochet me HQ is being packed up in preparation for the trip to Indianapolis for the TNNA trade show this weekend. I'm so psyched to see loads of awesome fiber people, sign some books , meet new people, and otherwise exhaust myself in the warm Midwest
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  • Have you checked out the discussion in the comments on my post about crocheters and knitters ? It's really good stuff. I was away last week and haven't chimed back in, but I will. So, where was I? Mostly at home, with my parents and brother visiting
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  • I've blogged before about how ridiculous I find the competition between knitters and crocheters. I accept that it's real; I just don't get it. That said, there really do seem to be differences between knitters and crocheters - however ridiculous
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  • There's a great review of TYV Crocheting over at Whip Up (thanks, kids!). You could win a copy if you enter this week's Whiplash competition - it's a yarn theme. Rock. Technorati Tags: books , crochet , review , yarn
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  • Way back in the pre-historic days of Crochet me , I participated in a secret pal exchange, and it was wicked fun. Then my crafty life got intertwined with my work life and deadlines and the like, and I just didn't want more obligations. Until now
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  • It was non-stop creating chez Crochet me this weekend. We spent all day Saturday tiling our kitchen back splash. I thought a four-colour argyle pattern would look cool, and would be a neat reversal of creativity for me -- usually I look at things like
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  • TYV Crocheting is being translated into Russian! This strikes me both as amazingly cool, and incomprehensible. Technorati Tags: books , crochet , russian
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  • First, the project. I feel like setting totally unrealistic expectations for myself by crocheting something to wear at TNNA in June. Why not Shrug Off Winter ? I got this just for it (ooh, is it soft): 10 balls of Baby Silk from elann.com . Anyone want
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  • As it happens, my best high school girlfriend gave birth last week, and the bris for her healthy baby boy will be on Friday, just when it'll be the perfect time to take a detour from our original travel itinerary so we can be there. When we were teenagers
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  • Dear Mom, As promised, I watched the Oscars last night with an eye on picking out absurd fashion choices so we could compare snark notes over the phone. I was glued to the toob, but I also ate some yummy Thai food and spent a while crocheting. So it's
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  • According to my experience of the last few months, there are, loosely speaking, two schools of thought in the crochet industry. One thinks the industry is struggling in its uphill battle against the constant threat of dismal sales and overall disinterest;
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  • [Hold your nose and say it with me now: Uch .] On Friday I was just coming down with this snotty beast, and I cast on for Forecast during the opening ceremonies as planned. I completed the collar (it's knit from the top down, so really, I should have
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  • I've been swatching for Forecast. Dude. Crocheting bobbles is SO MUCH EASIER than knitting them. Knitting bobbles is a special kind of torture. That said, I'm enjoying the swatching (the one at left is finished, now). I'm going to do a second
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  • Ok. I'm gonna join the KO. I won't lie and say I wasn't swayed by your comments. I was. And that Amy commented almost immediately and so enthusiasticly and with such a siren song of shirt description certainly helped. So now I must choose
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  • It usually doesn't happen, but I'm sick of the rain . Because I'm sick of the rain, I'm all that much more excited to go to San Diego for TNNA next weekend. And no, it doesn't look like it'll get very sunny here before then. You
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  • I'm back at the "office," and I'm going to warm up for what I like to call my issue launch crunch by sharing a bit of what goes on behind the curtain here at Crochet me Mobile Headquarters. Coffee? Check. Music? Check. (An odd bit about
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  • Ok, kids. I'm about 85% of the way to being ready to move the site into the new system. I'd love your input on the following questions: By what type of categorization would you search for patterns on the site (e.g., by colour, yarn weight, garment
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  • For the first time since May, I am home for good. I'm not checking the calendar to see how many days I have to wait before doing laundry to optimize how many pairs of underwear I'll have clean the next time I leave town. It's getting dark
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  • I'm still working on updating the rest of the site with the new design, but for now, and for your supreme crocheting pleasure, please go here and refresh your browser!
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  • When my hair stylist of two years was on holiday back in April and I was desperate for a trim, I made an appointment with another stylist at the same salon . She rocked my world, and I made the (awkward) switch. As an added bonus, my new fabulous hair
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  • Well, I haven't yet seen the actual magazine (insert lamentation over how late things come to Canada sometimes), but a dear reader/designer scanned Page 9 for me. (Thanks, Robyn!) Whee! Click the thumbnail to see the full-size PDF and read the blurb
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  • First, the August/September issue is coming . It'll be here by the end of tomorrow. And it'll have the most extensive article on cotton yarns -- it'll make you plotz . Oh, and have I mentioned the fairy tale finger puppets ? Brace yourselves
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  • This article today in the San Francisco Chronicle is hilarious. Kudos to the the writer, who managed to report on the conference while at the same time subtly pointing out the absurd. "The main myth is that knitters and crocheters are largely old
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  • As the other Crochet me women are settling back in at home and posting their takes on our LA trip , I'm going to continue going day by day. I figure dragging this out as long as I can isn't a bad thing. It's way better, for instance, than
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  • I'll spend the next bit recapping the fab Crochet me Goes to LA adventure. Here's a glimpse of Wednesday, Day 2. First thing in the morning I met Donna. That Donna. Donna from Crochetville who has been my blogfriend for a year-and-a-half. We had
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  • A few weeks ago I shared a couple of photos of my husband learning how to crochet with his tongue stuck out. Our dog joined in and stuck her tongue out, and it was too funny not to share. As an update, no, my husband has not touched a crochet hook since
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  • If you're on the Crochet me Email Newsletter mailing list, you've heard us mention an upcoming blog series on... blogging over the last couple of months. Well, here it is! Without further ado, I humbly launch the Blog Series (*birds sing and drums
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  • Decades ago, home-ec classes existed to teach women how to, well, keep their homes. By the time I was in middle school in the late '80s, home-ec class was co-ed and we learned about sewing, cooking, embroidery. And, well. That's all I remember
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  • As many of you know, Debbie Stoller (the fun, feminist knitter who brought us the bestselling Stitch 'N ***: The Knitter's Handbook and Stitch 'N *** Nation books) is now working on a crochet book. Stoller's previous two books are credited
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  • Check out Escama bags . They're made by members of a couple of Brazilian women's cooperatives, by crocheting nylon thread and incorporating aluminum pop can tabs. Now that is just rad. (Link via Carol + MoCo Loco .)
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  • This week the unlikely happened: After over a year of watching my crochet thing evolve beyond the realm of all that is practical and reasonable, my husband learned how to crochet. It took a visit from Crochet me Contributing Editor and instructor extraordinaire
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  • Back in October (when I was at the CGOA Regional Conference -- there's another one coming up!), I posted a photo of my crochet hook with a nifty, somewhat amorphous red thing on it. I received many questions about it, especially because I labeled
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  • It's busy over here, behind the screens of Crochet me . So busy that I have taken the time to crochet a scarf. Just one scarf. In the last two or three months. But now I'm presented with a problem: Months ago I promised a sweater to a baby. A
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  • A follow-up to my post yesterday about the The Pencil Grip: So far I've used these grips on hooks ranging in size from 3.5mm to 10mm. On smaller hooks, I wrap medical or electrical tape around the part where I'll put the grip. This makes the hook
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  • About a month ago, we dropped out jaws in response to the crocheted model of Chaos . Now, ladies and gentlemen, sit down before checking out this crocheted model of the hyperbolic plane in Cabinet Magazine (link via NEWSgrist ).
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  • Hold on a minute! You mean she didn't know how to crochet before she went to prison? Huh. Now I can tell my friends to stop making so much fun of me.
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  • You will freak out when I tell you why I've been out of touch for so long. But I'm not ready to tell you yet. So, there you have it. I am the queen of suspense. But I am finally ready to end the suspense about a couple of things. Get comfy. First
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  • I'm on holiday at arguably the greatest ski resort in North America , to be home of the 2010 Winter Olympics . The snow is unusually sparse right now, but the skiing is great. And so are the toques (alternatively spelled as touques and tuques ; pronounced
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  • The academic journal Mathematical Intelligencer has published its first crochet pattern. What's it of? Chaos, of course! From PhysOrg.com: It is not often that a serious mathematics journal contains a crochet pattern, but the current issue of the
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  • I just read this article , and wonder what you think about the questions: Why are crocheting and knitting experiencing a huge comeback right now? Why are so many young(ish) people learning how to crochet and knit? The article mentions the following possible
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  • This is too awesome: Not to be found anywhere on a list of emblematic postures of a present or past-day rock ’n’ roll frontman is the one where that half-showered singer is folded into the backseat of a cargo van crocheting scarves between cities.
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  • This sounds like a cool way to cut down on plastic in our landfills: "... there will be a demonstration on how to crochet plastic grocery sacks into handbags, swimsuits and beachwear."
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  • Ok, kids. I have been hearing from crocheters a LOT over the last few months (and more recently in response to yesterday's post ), and a startling number have shared eerily similar stories about when they first learned how to crochet. If you have
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  • Here are a few questions for you that I've been wondering about for a while * : If you learned how to crochet in the last year or so, do you think you'll give it up when it goes out of fashion or when life gets too busy, or do you think you're
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  • From an article in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: In an unusual tradition, Christopherson has spent three mornings a week for the past 10 years teaching criminals at the Racine prison how to crochet. Under her instruction, hundreds of inmates
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  • Hellloooo! We've noticed that a bunch of folks have included Crochet me in the list of blogs they read. Now, we never really thought of Cm as a blog per se, and are in the process of making much more of a magazine out of it, but we like the idea of
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