Sunday, September 18, 2016

All About The Fizz Crochet Scarf!

Interweave Crochet/ Harper Point Photography
In the new Fall issue of Interweave Crochet, I have a second design that I am also very excited about! I was so thrilled that my Rivulet Cowl was on the cover, and then I saw that my Fizz Scarf was on the title page! Fall is always my favorite issue of any magazine. I think my love of fall comes from my love of the traditional fall weather, and to my childhood feelings of the excitement of the first day of school. September signifies new beginnings and optimism for me. I love that Interweave choose the name, "Fizz" for the scarf, since it sounds like a celebration, which this time of year is for me! 

This scarf is all about the stitch pattern for me. Most of the scarves I design, have a design element to the stitch pattern, but this stitch pattern is so wonderful that it calls out to be the star of the design. 

It is fun to work, and watch the pattern develop as you work. You really appreciate the beautiful stitch pattern after the scarf has been blocked to emphasize the bubble openings! Don't miss this important step and opportunity to see the magical transformation of the scarf!

I have a great love of tassels and I couldn't miss this opportunity to finish this scarf off with a few bold tassels and I added interest by making them in two different looks.

This would be a great scarf for the new Super Scarf trend. You can repeat the stitch pattern to make it even longer, wrap the tassels more times to create even bolder tassels. You could also use a chunkier yarn which would make the scarf wider and magnify the stitch pattern.

I would love to see your version of the Fizz Scarf! Don't forget to add your project photos to Ravelry if you decide to make one! 

Interweave Crochet/ Harper Point Photography
Interweave Crochet/ Harper Point Photography

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My Rivulet Cowl on the Cover of Interweave Crochet!

Interweave Crochet/ Harper Point Photography
I am always excited to talk about my new designs, but this time I am super excited because my design appears on the cover of the Fall 2106 issue of Interweave Crochet! As a designer this is something you wish for every time you are published in a magazine. This is the 17th Interweave/ F+W Publishing magazine that my designs have appeared in. I guess the 17th time is a charm, made extra special because this is the last issue with the wonderful Marcy Smith at the helm as editor. She was so wonderful to work with and has consistently put together stunning magazines issue after issue! She is moving on to new adventures and I wish her all the best. 

For this issue, I was inspired by their call for cable designs and I decided to make a seamless cowl. I didn't want a seam to spoil the flow of wonderful cables! It is more of a challenge to design something seamless, but there is something so amazing about crocheting something in the round that appears to have no real beginning or end!

Cables are very interesting to make in crochet, and if you haven't tried the technique, don't wait any longer! This issue has several beautiful cable designs, catering to a variety of skill levels.

This cowl is versatile and can be worn as a headband as well! A great thing to take when traveling to somewhere cold! 

I absolutely love this lavender shade of The Fibre Company's Road to China Light- a gorgeous blend of baby alpaca, cashmere, camel, and silk! What shade would you choose?

Interweave Crochet/ Harper Point Photography
Have a look at all the lovely patterns in this issue on Ravelry and favorite the designs you love best!
Interweave Crochet/ Harper Point Photography
Interweave Crochet/ Harper Point Photography

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Vintage Micro Filet Crochet!

On my recent visit to my childhood home in Oregon, I was going through a collection of vintage handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother, and I came across this delicate and beautifully worked piece of filet crochet. I have never seen filet worked on such a small scale. Such perfect stitches! I only wish I knew which of my relatives made this and that I could crochet with her and see more of her work! I am trying to think of something special to do with this handkerchief. It is too amazing to be kept in a drawer!

Close Up to Show Stitch Detail

See how well spaced the stitches are, and how neatly she has worked into the fabric? She must have counted the threads in the fabric between stitchet to space it out so well!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Traveling and Crochet!

Each year I travel to America from Kuwait and packing my crochet is one of the first things I do! I have avoided taking scissors for years so as not to have any problems going through security. I usually take a box of dental floss and use that as a cutter, but this year I wanted something better! 

I was shopping at my local craft store and I happen to find a friend there, Tammy of TS Daily Treasures, who has a wonderful blog that I highly recommend you check out! She told me that she bought one of these decorative Clover cutters and she wears it as a necklace when she travels. I loved the idea of a cutter that could also be a fashion accessory! I bought 2 -a smaller one for threads, and a larger one for yarn. I put them both on a crocheted cord sample I had in my stash. Does anyone recognize it? It is from the Pretty Popcorn Vest pattern I designed for the Crocheting Clothes Kids Love book. I am always excited to find multiple uses for things. The cord helps it from getting lost in my bag. It cuts so smoothly and they come in gold or silver. The smaller one cuts yarn quite well. I think the larger one is great for car trips as airport security may have a problem with it because more of the blade is showing.

Some people have told me that these are not allowed by TSA, but I have taken the smaller one on several trips through security with no problems. It is best to check the regulations in your country before taking them on board!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

eWoodstory Stitchable Pendant Giveaway!

We have teamed up with the wonderful Moogly, for a fun summer giveaway of 4 Stitchable Pendants of the winners choice from our Etsy shop!

For all the details check out Moogly Blog's post, and to enter, simply click on the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

Good luck to all who enter!

Here are just a few ideas as to what you could make with our pendants:

For more inspiration, check out our flickr galleries for Mini Masterpiece Pendants, and Modern Stitchable Pendants.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Letting Your Yarn Write the Pattern!

This past weekend I travelled by car up the Oregon Coast from Lincoln City to Astoria. Such a beautiful drive, and opportunity to crochet! I decided to make a panel for the Desert section of the Weaving Stories project, using a beautiful variegated yarn I bought in my local yarn store in Kuwait. It has many of the colors from the color palette I have put together for the project, so I thought it would be perfect for the panel. 

I wanted this piece to be about texture to reflect desert terrain, so I had the idea to change stitches whenever the yarn changed colors from beige to green. When I crocheted the beige portions, I worked random single, half double, double, triple, and double treble stitches, and when the yarn turned green, I crocheted a stitch pattern of 2 double crochet stitches in a stitch, then I skipped the following stitch. It was truly the perfect project for a winding road car trip. I was able to complete the entire 1 meter panel! 

I am now planning to add some surface embroidery, of Al Arfaj flowers, the national flower of Kuwait, to finish off the panel. 

If you have a skein of variegated yarn in your stash, you can do this freeform crochet exercise by simply changing stitches whenever the color of the yarn changes. You can also change direction to make a real freeform piece when not limited to a particular size or shape! You will be amazed at what you create with this technique!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Layering Crochet, a Project in Progress!

I am in the midst of creating a special panel for the Weaving Stories project I am managing. The piece is inspired by Islamic motifs, and will be woven into a 12 meter long panoramic wall.

I wanted to achieve a window effect, so I crocheted the motifs, and was planning to stitch them onto the panel that I knitted in variegated yarn. I was hoping the colors would show through the openings in the motif, but the yarn colors were too subtle to show through. I decided to crochet a disc to go underneath, in the same colors that appear in the variegated yarn, for a bolder effect. I then attached it to the motif by crocheting them together. The motifs are now drying on the blocking board, and when they are dry, I will stitch these completed and joined motifs onto the knitted background. I am excited to see the full layered effect, and how it will look woven into our installation!