Here’s a look at what was going on here on the blog a year ago, with updates relevant to those aspects of crochet today.
On the Blog
It was at this time last year that yarnbomb-style crochet artist Olek was crocheting a costume for a live piano player as part of an installation art piece; later I wrote about how the mayor played her piano. I mentioned recently that found crochet artist Melissa Maddonni Haims also just crocheted a piano as part of a similar outdoor art exhibit. Olek’s piano was part of the Sing for Hope annual exhibit of pop-up pianos in New York. The event doesn’t seem to be happening this year but will return in 2013.
I profiled the art of Doug Guildford, a Canadian artist who does large scale sculptural work, crocheting from found objects like rope and netting. Guildford actually has a show opening today at Ross Creek Art Galleries in Nova Scotia.
I also wrote a little bit about freeform crochet artist Gwen Blakley Kinsler. Above is her self-portrait in yarn. I love her freeform work and named her “best in freeform” during my December crochet blogger awards.
I did a review of Creative Crochet Jewelry by Esther Zadock. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry from this book was the Golden Daisy Necklace:
Other items featured in this book can be seen on the designer’s Ravelry page.
- Teenage boys were crocheting like crazy. They still are.
- Jishike Social Couture was doing fair trade work with artisans that crochet. They make cute crochet bags. I mentioned them recently in an article I did for Crochetvolution on Fair Trade Crochet.
- Bea White, a 92-year-old woman who had lost most of her eyesight to macular degeneration, was crocheting lap robes for cancer patients
- Overview of some different crochet hooks, considering trying some new ones. I’ve tried a few but in the end I’m a Boye girl at heart.
I wrote about some of the celebrities that had been spotted in crochet including Irina Shayk, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Claudia Schiffer (above). I recently showed Irina Shayk in crochet again, this time wearing an Armani crochet swimsuit. She was also spotted towards the end of last year wearing what looks to be a knit dress with crochet details:
At this time last year I was loving this new Pucci crochet dress:
Since then, I’ve done a more complete profile of Pucci crochet.
Also at this time last year was the Milan Fashion show.
“I could crochet my way to China”. -Denise Pittman
“For some time I had always chosen easy patterns because I had felt that I couldn’t possibly tackle more complicated ones. And then courage grew in my heart—I looked past the “skill level” portions of patterns, and simply tried everything I wanted to try. When I came to a part I couldn’t understand, I did everything in my power to overcome it, and I didn’t stop until I did conquer it. As a result, my knowledge and skills in crochet grew with each pattern I triumphed over. So always think you can do anything, crochet-wise!” – CrochetSpot
“The truth about crochet is that it is a diverse and deep hobby. Once a person picks up regular ole crochet, then comes exploration into the world of tunisian crochet, entralac, interlocking, graphing, and a host of other types of crochet.” – Crochet with Cris
“When evening comes and I’m rather tired after a long workday, getting out the crochet hook and some yarn re-energizes me. Everything else melts away as I relax with my crocheting.” – Tove Fevang
“My mother’s hands were work-worn from the many tasks she had to do each day, but they still held a needle and thread to make things of great beauty, crochet a doily or to darn a well-worn sock with a hole in heel or toe.” - Jeannine Roediger
“Cashmere yarn is a perfect indulgence for a lace scarf- just imagine having that sort of buttery softness wrapped up against your throat or shoulders!” – Tanis Fiber Arts
“Because it is a radical act of freedom, creative achievement is a heroic process that requires, in all its permutations, specific strengths of character.” – Robert Grudin
Here What I was Up to A Year Ago
I’d gone on a trip and brought back lots of yarn and thrifted crochet.
I picked out the 25 patterns of crochet bags that I wanted to make for my participation in Year of Projects. I did end up making most of them, although not all of them. I haven’t yet decided whether or not I want to participate in the project again this year.
I was having trouble identifying knit vs crochet in photos and asked if others have this problem, too. I’m better at it than I was a year ago for sure. I still don’t always know and certainly don’t always get it right but the more and more exposure I get to photos of crochet, the better I get at identifying it correctly. Can you tell the difference in photos most of the time?
I made sexy armwarmers by upcycling old fishnets with crochet.
I did a review of Lanalux, a sparkly yarn. This is a bobble scarf I made with it.
Did you miss any of these posts last year? You can visit the originals using the links throughout this post.