Thursday, September 18, 2014

The En Fleur Cowl for Crochet! Magazine

I am so happy that I was given another opportunity to work with the wonderful Ellen Gormley, editor of Crochet! magazine. After we finished writing Crocheting Clothes Kids Love together, she became the editor for the magazine and asked me if I would submit something to the magazine. She is doing wonderful things with the magazine, and I am thrilled that my cowl gets to be among its pages. 

I had been working with this floral motif for a while, and it was going to be much smaller, and an embellishment to a purse! I kept playing with the purse design, but nothing was working. I realized the only thing I loved about it was the flowers! I loved them so much, I decided they should be the star of the project! I crocheted them in chunky yarn, then I experimented with how I would put them together, and what they should become. I found that 3 joined together was the perfect size for a cowl, and the way they looked joined together was very interesting from all angles. A quick and satisfying project to crochet. It would also make a wonderful gift!

It is crocheted in a brand new yarn for Berroco: Ultra Alpaca Chunky. I have always loved their Ultra Alpaca yarns, and I was really excited when I found out they were producing a chunky version! It comes in lovely colors and works up beautifully. If you need a chunky yarn for a project, definitely give it try!

The En Fleur Cowl is in the Winter issue of Crochet! magazine. The digital edition is now available, and the print edition will be on sale beginning October 14th.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Making Tassels More Beautiful By Blocking

Yes, I really do block my tassels. You could say I block just about everything I do that involves yarn! No matter how carefully you wrap and trim your yarn when making a tassel, it will usually need a little grooming to make it hang neat and straight. 

This is how I block my tassels:

First, pin the tassel to a blocking board, then spray it with water. 
Next, straighten the yarn strands so that they lie flat.

Then, trim the tassel across the bottom to make all of the strands the same length.

After trimming, leave the tassel to dry before removing the pins.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A little Update...What I'm Doing These Days

So thrilling to be browsing the crochet shelves of Barnes and Noble and discover your book on the shelf! It was the perfect end to my 2014 USA trip:-) Now I am settled back home in Kuwait, busy getting the Arabic version of our eWoodstory Nouveau Necklace kits  and Mini Masterpiece Pendants ready to launch here. I am also working on a prototype for our next kit. Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Bette Bow Collar for Interweave Crochet

Fall is approaching and it is one of my favorite times of the year for crocheting. You can start thinking about making stylish, cozy things for the cooler weather. I was really excited when Interweave announced their Fall call for submissions, specifically requesting collars. I had many ideas for collars and had been waiting for the right time to submit. I especially love this design, because it ticks so many of the boxes I have on my goals for a design list. It is simple and fun to crochet AND it is versatile and can be worn many ways. It looks very different when turned sideways or from back to front. Lindsay Jarvis, the assistant editor of Interweave Crochet did a blog post on the Crochet Me blog about the versatility of the collar.

There is also one more way you can wear the collar which is just off to the side. I really like it this way too, because I used to have a beautiful vintage sweater with this type of neckline. 

Crochet one collar, and wear it turned different ways to suit your mood or the neckline of the top you are wearing it with!

You can see and favorite designs from the new Fall issue here on Ravelry.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Petals Collar in Inside Crochet Magazine

Photo by Tailor Made Publishing
I am thrilled to have my Petals Collar featured in this Month's Issue of Inside Crochet, issue 56. It is a fun project that combines a few of my favorite techniques: surface crochet, slip stitch cords, and embroidery.  Inside Crochet's styling is so beautiful. I love how they illustrated that the collar could look elegant on a woman and sweet on a little girl. The power of styling! Besides being an excellent project to practice techniques, it is also a great way to use up bits of yarn you may have as it doesn't require much of any color.  I am looking forward to seeing some project photos on Ravelry to see it made up in different color combinations!

Photo By Tailor Made Publishing

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mixed Media Crochet Jewelry Kits Are Now Available Online!

We had really wonderful positive feedback at the Knit and Crochet Show about our kits and frames, and we are excited to announce that we will are selling now selling them in our Etsy store during the month of August while we are in the US. I have a few more kits to add in the coming days, but the quantity we have is limited. It has been fun putting on a new hat as a "shop owner", and I am excited to be able to share our products with a wider audience.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My First Knit and Crochet Show!

I can't believe that just a few days ago I was at the Knit and Crochet Show, surrounded by friends that I had known for years online, but only just met in person! It was like a dream to be able to see and talk to so many online friends. It was a busy week of meeting, socializing, and learning!

There were so many highlights, like finally meeting my crochet career mentor, the lovely Margaret Hubert, and meeting and signing books with my co-author of "Crocheting Clothes Kids Love", the amazing Ellen Gormley. It was strange that didn't really feel like I was meeting anyone for the first time, because I have gotten to know them so well online! 

Taking classes to learn new techniques was also a great highlight! I learned about Tunisian Eyelets from Vashti Braha, Hairpin Lace from Jennifer Hansen, and Aran crochet and crochet cables from Karen Klemp. All such wonderful teachers and interesting techniques that I hope to incorporate into my designs in the future.

The icing on the cake was getting to debut the kits and frame pendants that my husband and I created. We had a great response to them, which was so encouraging, and it has made us even more excited about the future of our new venture!

The show was really an amazing experience and I hope I might attend another one day. Next year it will be held in San Diego, which is a very tempting location!  

Meeting My Mentor Margaret Hubert
Signing Books With Ellen Gormley
Our Kits On Display in the Elegant Ewe Booth
 Meeting Andee Graves
Meeting Mary Beth Temple
Meeting my Mentee, LeAnna Lyons
Fun Banquet Dinner with Laurinda Reddig and Linda Permann
I loved Jennifer Hansen's freeform style of hairpin lace. So many possibilities!
Vashti Braha showed us her incredible Award Winning Weightless
 Tunisian Shawl, enlarged to show its intricate details!
My entire family was with me at the show, and it was nice to share the experience with them, since they have supported me throughout my crochet career. I loved getting to crochet with my dear daughter in the relax lounge in the Lobby. She has recently learned how to make a granny square, and is determined to make it the largest one she has ever seen!