Friday, June 27, 2014

WIP - Sylvan Circle

A quick post, I have been playing around with this lacy beauty the Sylvan Circle.  Imagining the possibilities....


Friday, June 20, 2014

Ruby-licious Ring


In this Autumn issue of Crochet! magazine my first published design... Ruby-licious Ring.

Super exciting!!!It is a very quick and easy design.  The digital version is available right now and the print edition will be available July 8th.
I hope you make one for a friend and one for yourself.  


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Upcycling -Notion Keepers

All sorts of different things could be used to keep track of your notions.  Tins of all sorts, plastic candy tins, and bead tube.  Even old stationery boxes are perfect items to keep all necessary notions in a crochet life.   I keep all these kind of items, they just become handy keepers for all sorts of things...
These are a few of my upcycled notion keepers. The long rectangle with Knitting needles once contained chocolate covered sunflower seeds.  Tic Tacs boxes are great for tapestry needles or even stitch markers.  
 When I bought these chocolate nibs at Trader Joe's,  I  liked the tin and didn't care for the nibs after all. Now it is perfect keeper for my stitch markers.    Ooh!  and I have had this gem.....

A beautiful stationery box, I received it as a gift from one of my Aunt, many, many years ago.  The perfect keeper for beads and filament thread.

What kinds of keepers do you have?


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Craftsy CAL aka Chatsworth Cowl

While on our trip to the beach I brought my Fyberspates Scrumptious, to work on the Chatsworth Cowl....

This yarn is super soft and feels fabulous.   It is a Merino, Silk blend and all you need is one hank.  I really enjoyed this workshop, by Brenda K. Anderson.  The way she writes the pattern and the workshop details if feels like she talking directly to you.  She details this pattern step by step in a clear and concise manner. 
This is a very quick and lovely cowl pattern and would make beautiful gifts for family and friends. 
With the remaining yarn, I made these two accessories...
A flower brooch and a 

 Necklace paired with Garden Metallic.  


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review: The Fine Art of Crochet

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I am so thankful to Gwen Blakley Kinsler for the opportunity to review her latest book, The Fine Art of Crochet.  Gwen Blakley Kinsler is a Crochet artist, writer, designer, teacher, and founder of the Crochet Guild of America.  

I am awestruck by the beauty of Gwen’s book.  In her book,  she shares with us 20 different artists, giving us  an intimate portrait, displaying their artwork in wonderfully vivid pictures.  Within the introduction Gwen writes, “Crochet is a craft whose time has come.”  She writes about Crochets humblest beginning and how it developed into an ever evolving art form.  
Gwen gives reference to some familiar names such as Del Pitt Feldman, Elyse and Mike Sommers as well as James Walters and Sylvia Cosh all names associated with Crochet as an Art form.  In reading Gwen’s book, I now have a whole new list of artists to explore.

Gwen shares how she created the Crochet Guild of America, through her desire to educate the public about Crochet.  In a wonderfully powerful statement she writes, “ Crochet as art reveals our beloved medium in its best light and powerfully fulfills the guild’s mission of education.”  So very true.  Crochet is an art encompassing ideas, inspiration as well as technique.  

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Network, Oil Mixed media on canvas by Kathleen Holmes

She shares how people are inspiring and networking together through the internet and details the work of the International Freeform Fiberarts Guild creating  an art project  through worldwide collaboration.  Along, with the phenomenon of Yarn bombing in 2012, she shares how even the humblest of crocheters can tap into their inner bad child.  If you have the opportunity to participate in a yarn bombing, I highly recommend it, they are so much fun.  

I love how Gwen details her book as a beginning, a springboard to the understanding for anyone and everyone that Crochet is a valid and vibrant medium of art.  I love this book and I feel very fortunate in the knowledge and understanding  of Crochet possessing  infinite possibilities. This book is a must have for any Crocheters library as well as for Artists of every medium.  
Click for your very own copy from Amazon.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Craftsy Crochet Along

It is time to wind this gorgeous yarn....

Today, is the first day of a  Craftsy Crochet Along with Brenda K. B. Anderson (Beastly Crochet), I am going to make a lovely cowl. This will be one of my beach projects, so exciting!  

If you are new to Craftsy, they have a fabulous Crochet Mini class with The Crochet Dude, Drew Embrosky and it is free.