7.16.2012

Kitschy Reveal

(C) Crochet Today!

Tada!  My newest patterns will be out the end of this month in Crochet Today! Sept/Oct 2012.  The top picture shows the "What's Cookin' Trivets".  They are made in SMC Cotton Time (100% Cotton).  This is a really nice, soft, fingering weight yarn.  These trivets are really thick!  There is a front piece, a back piece, and then the "petals" which are stitched to the surface of the front piece.  These color combinations are really fun, but Cotton Time comes in 26 colors, so you can come up with your own awesome color combo!

(C) Crochet Today!
These placemats are for you if you love retro style!  They are called "Diner Placemats"  They are like a motif, worked in the round.  These are made in Red Heart Super Saver, so they are super easy-care.  They are very retro-styled in these colors, but of course, Super Saver comes in a huge color selection, so you can make them to match your decor.

Check out the whole issue here.  If you LOVE it, then you can subscribe here.  If you like to frequent Facebook, then you can find Crochet Today! on FB here, and you should definitely check out the Facebook page because they are doing a sweepstakes there to give away two Nooks!  (They have digital subscriptions available, hence the Nook giveaway).

I'm swatching and beginning a new design project this week, and of course I'm busy schooling the kiddos.  I'd better go though, we're just about to have ice cream for "Family Home Evening" (our lingo for family night, which is Monday night for the Garwood family).

Happy Stitching!

April :)


7.14.2012

Knit & Crochet Show Summer 2012: Part 3

 On Saturday night the banquet and fashion show was held.  This has really become more of an awards gala.  This picture is off the reviewers and junior reviewers for the CGOA Master of Crochet Stitches program.  I think this is a really neat program, and one that I would like to participate in.  It's that time thing again, always getting in my way.  Thanks to all the wonderful folks that have helped make this program work!

 This is a picture from the fashion show.  Susan Lowman is modeling the Tunisian Lace Cardigan designed by my good friend and roommate Patsy Harbor.  In the picture below Patsy is wearing a short-sleeved rendition of the same cardigan in red.  I got the chance to look at it up close and it is really beautiful.  If you like the look of knit, it really does look knitted, but it is made with Tunisian crochet.  It was also very soft, made in Naturally Caron Spa.

 This is a picture of Patsy and I at the end of the dinner.  I should tell a funny story that actually happened the first night, before the conference started.  My plane got in around midnight the night before Professional Development Day.  The hotel shuttle came to pick me up, and when I got to the hotel, the power was out.  The poor girl at the front desk was pretty flustered, trying to check people in with no computers.  She couldn't even make room keys.  I was supposed to be rooming with Patsy, but of course she didn't know that, and it didn't occur to me that she didn't know that until later.  She asked the security guard to take me up to a room that she knew was empty.  I assumed I was being taken to the room that my roommate was in.  We got up to a room on the 9th floor, and Patsy was obviously not in there.  I called her on her cell and that woke her up.  She was rather disoriented because she was woken up and also because the lights had been on when she went to sleep.  I asked her what room she was in and she told me #261.  I hung up and told the security guard the room #.  He thought for a moment and looked confused and said, there is no room #261.  I called Patsy back and she straightened out the room # and told me it was #621.  So, I found Patsy.  We of course stayed up until 4am talking.  So we were exhausted the next day.  It's like a slumber party when we are together though.  It's difficult to stop talking and go to bed when you so rarely get to see each other!

 At the dinner on Saturday night crochet designer extraordinaire Margaret Hubert was given the honor of being the 2nd inductee into the CGOA Jean Leinhauser Hall of Fame.  She is pictured here with Bobbie Matela and Kathleen Sams of Coats & Clark.

This is a picture of all my goodies (except one) from the conference.  Some of these I bought, others were won or given.  The first hank on the left was a raffle prize that I got on Professional Development Day.  They always have a raffle to benefit a charitable organization on PDD.  Sadly, I don't remember what this year's benefiting organization was.  Many companies and designers donate their yarns, patterns, hooks, books, etc. as prizes for this raffle.  This yarn is Louet Euroflax -- Weight Category #2, 270 yds of 100% Wet Spun Linen.  I have never used this yarn, so I am interested to play with it.  It came with a pattern for a market bag, but I am more likely to use it to design something of my own.  Thanks very much to Pam Van Stralen of Louet yarns!  The next hank of yarn (the blue one) is a hank of 150 yds of 100% Baby Alpaca from North Light Fibers in Rhode Island.  This is a worsted weight yarn and it is very soft but has an interesting texture that I really love.  I met the very nice owners, Laura and Sven Risom at the market.  They gave me this yarn to design with, and I'm hoping to get to work with them on producing a pattern in their lovely yarn. The spool of thread there at the top is a spool of very soft Nazli Gelin Garden 5, a #2 weight category thread.  There are 174 yds of 100% Egyptian Giza Mercerized Cotton.  This was a gift that I was given in a class I took with Joan Davis about crocheting cables from the center outward.  Thanks to Universal Yarn for donating that!  The hank in the middle is one that I bought at the market from Close Knit Sisters out of North Conway, NH.  It is a variegated sparkle sock yarn, 438 yds, from Hidden Brook Fibers -- 75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, and 5% Stellina.  I am envisioning a tunisian wrap with that yarn using some of the skills I learned in the tunisian class taught by Vashti Braha.  The two hanks of matching yarn were a door prize I got at the banquet on Saturday night.  They are Lorna's Laces Solemate sock yarn, 425 yds each, 55% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon, 30% Outlast(R) Viscose.  They are so soft and beautiful!  I can't wait to make something with these!  I also bought a shawl stick from Purdy Thangz at the market, and 2 cabled Ciaogoo tunisian hooks.  I was given a size G Ciaogoo Tunisian hook as a gift in the Tunisian Lace class, along with a skein of South West Trading Company's Soy Silk (which I gave to my mom as a thank you for helping watch our girls while I was gone).

Well, that was a lot to tell you about.  I realize that many of you may not care to read all of that, but I wanted to put all the details in just in case someone is interested.

Thanks to all the companies and designers that donated and sponsored, and thanks to all those that volunteered their time to make this event wonderful!  I had a great time!

Happy stitching!

April :)

7.09.2012

Knit & Crochet Show Summer 2012: Part 2

 Today's post is Part 2 of a series of posts about my trip to the Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, NH a couple of weeks ago.  You can see Part 1 here.  The first picture here was taken at the CGOA Member meeting.  I didn't go to this meeting last year, so this was a first for me.  It was pretty basic, and focuses on the business and finances of the Crochet Guild.  It was interesting, and there were door prizes at this meeting and just about every other meeting.  I'll get around to showing you my haul after I post about everything else to do with the conference.

Amy Shelton is the President of CGOA.  Board members are Cari Clement (not pictured), Karen Whooley, Jane Rimmer, Jack Blumenthal, Mary Colucci, Tammy Hildebrand, and Susan Lowman.

 At the market on the showroom floor the CGOA had volunteers winding yarn for donations to a charitable organization.  I wish I could say that I remembered which organization it was.  Pretty sad that I don't, considering that I was one of the winders on Saturday.

I bought some Chiaogoo tunisian hooks at this booth called Glory-ous Knits at the market.  They had a nice variety of sizes of cable tunisian hooks as well as knitting needles and standard hooks.


 The Crochetville booth was also selling RedHeart yarns and they had lots of the new Boutique yarns as well as some of their classic yarns in new colors.  It was a hopping place what with the beautiful samples and the energetic Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka of Crochetville, and Bobbie Matela and Kathleen Sams of Coats & Clark.

 I found this booth for North Light Fibers out of Rhode Island and really loved their yarn.  They had a really nice feel to them that is hard to describe.  It was very soft, but not overly fuzzy.  The owners, Sven & Laura Risom, make the yarn on Block Island, RI.  I met them and will hopefully get to help them provide some pattern support for their beautiful yarn.

 This and the next four pictures are many of the beautiful entries in the CGOA design contest.  So many talented crocheters out there!  The 2nd and 3rd place afghans there (center, and right) were made by my two talented friends Nancy Smith and Brenda Bourg.

 This beautiful blouse was my personal favorite!

The green shrug just left of center in this picture (with the red ribbon) was made by a new friend I met at the conference named Jennifer Ryan.  She has been published a couple of times in Crochet Today.

 The little top here is a newborn size tunic made by yours truly.  This design hasn't been published anywhere, but maybe someday...


In other news, I've been swatching for a future design project the last few days, and knitting (I know, I'm sorry!)

The girls and I started our 2012-13 school year today.  We are using a year-round schedule so that we can have more frequent breaks -- we get to take off every 5th week.  It's going pretty well.  It is 3:15pm here and we just have a little science reading left to do.  Not bad for starting around 9am.

I'd love to hear what you see that you like in the design contest entries!  (Nothing negative please). There are close-ups of all the winners on Doris Chan's blog.  Did you attend the conference?  What was your favorite part?

Happy stitching!

April:)

7.06.2012

Knit & Crochet Show Summer 2012: Part 1

The conference always begins with the Crochet Guild's Professional Development Day (PDD) and the Knitting Guild's Masters' Day.  I only participated in the Crochet Guild events though, so I'll just focus on those.  On PDD several very successful professional crocheters from various roles within the industry spoke on their areas of expertise from editing, to designing, to publishing, to tech editing.  In the picture above, Marty Miller -- designer and tech editor -- shared her knowledge on pattern-writing.

PDD is the place to meet the editors, designers, tech editors, etc. that you've heard of.  Here I met Susan Lowman, designer and tech editor, for the first time.  Later in the week I wore a beautiful wrap that she designed.  She has tech edited a pattern or two of mine.

Throughout the week there are numerous classes on crochet techniques new and old, and various aspects of designing and using fiber.  I took a class taught by designer Lily Chin called "Color, Composition, Scale, and Stitch".  This was like arts and crafts class.  We played with shapes and looked at pictures to inspire us.  The picture above is my abstract creation during this class.  I had fun with this!

Here is a picture of Lily as she is observing our work, along with other class members playing with shapes and ideas.

This is a picture of the table when we went on break -- because the classes are 3 hrs. long.  I was amused at the mess.  This resembles my desk or table when I am working on a project -- proof of which statement you can see in the picture below:

I made myself right at home in our hotel room.  This is the desk in there piled up with paper, yarn, pencils, and various crochet tools.  I was busy working on design projects during my spare time.

It was a fun time.  One of my favorite things about going to conferences is that you can talk about crochet all day long and no one looks at you like you must be crazy to be so passionate about something they couldn't care less about.

I had a great time, but I was glad to be home.  Since getting home, I've been busy finishing up a magazine project before today's deadline, and planning upcoming design work that got assigned at the conference.

I'll post more later about the conference!

Happy stitching!

April :)

7.03.2012

Guest blogger

I got to be a guest blogger on the Crochet Today blog!  You can find the blog post here.  This post is about my trip to the Knit & Crochet Show.  I'm busy finishing a design project right now that is getting down to the wire, but once that is finished I'll write another blog post here on my own blog about some other details of the trip.  Enjoy!