Then and Now in Crochet (9/16 – 9/22)

Let’s take a look at what was happening here on the blog, and in the world of crochet, during this same week last year.

Crochet Art

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I did an overview of the Knot After Knot Online Art Exhibit, which included the above piece by Joana Vasconcelos who recently received the distinct honor of showing her work at the Chateau de Versailles. The online art exhibit is still up and can be seen here.

Crochet Books

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I reviewed Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts Lacy Crochet, a Japanese-inspired pattern book. It wasn’t quite my style but I liked many of the projects in it anyway.

Crochet Inspiration

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5 Must Have Crochet Items for Yoga Lovers

Crochet News

I shared the story of a very active 103 year old woman who enjoyed crochet.

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I wrote about Click for Babies, a campaign to raise awareness about the fact that many infants are injured by being shaken. Crochet in purple and donate it to this organization.

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I noted that it was time to sign up for Stitches West classes. The next Stitches West will start February 21st, 2013 in California. In the meantime, Stitches East in CT is coming up quick in mid-October.

Crochet Fashion

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I suggested stocking up on crochet swimwear for the end of summer with sales on sites like Amazon and Etsy. I’ve since done several posts on crochet swimsuits including a roundup of the best crochet swimsuits and a crochet swimwear pattern roundup.

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Vanesssa Hudgens was spotted in a cute crochet slouch cap. I also put together a list of 25 celebrities spotted in crochet.

Crochet Quotes

Here were some of the smart things people said:

“There is very little “bad” yarn out there. It is “bad” when we make inappropriate choices. We have to learn to identify yarns with the characteristics we want to work with in order to make textiles that will perform their function.” – Laura Fry

“If I make a form of synthetic yarn, I get something that looks very different than if I make that same form in a cotton thread, or a hairy thread, or plastic string. What we’ve found is that as we explore and make little deviations in the crochet ‘code’, it’s parallel with making little deviations in the genetic code of life on earth. You get radical deviations as new ‘crochet species’ come into being through shifts in the code, or the materials.” – Margaret Wertheim

“Any crochet seam forms a ridge, and may be quite bulky. However, crochet seams are strong and flexible, and may be worked on the right side of a garment or other project as a decorative detail.” – Betty Barnden

“Colorful, lacy, plain or fancy, ruffled or straight, small and delicate or large and bold – crocheted borders can be all of these things and more. You find them everywhere: on towels, sweaters, afghans, and handkerchiefs, and increasingly, on the fashion runways. A great border can fulfill a number of roles beautifully. Simple and purely functional borders tidy up an edge, hide yarn ends, control unruly selvedges, hold buttons, and provide button bands. On the other hand, a decorative edging can serve as the focal point of a design or complement the look of whatever it is attached to; a fancy border can make even the most basic afghan something special.” – Edie Eckman

“Short rows are a clever way to shape crochet fabric by widening it at a particular point. To work a short row, you work partially across a longer row. So, instead of turning at the end of the row, you turn in the middle.” – Robyn Chachula

Crochet on Etsy

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I enjoyed putting together this collage of autumn-inspired crochet projects on Etsy.


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I reviewed Patons Bohemian Yarn, a bulky yarn that I liked for its terrific soft plushness

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I reviewed online seller Yarns of Italy, a shop I really enjoy getting yarn from

My Crochet

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I finished crocheting a beautiful large granny square blanket that I was really proud of; it was a Christmas gift

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I continued making crochet wine bags for my year of projects

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I continued exploring blogrolls to find new crochet blogs to read.

This Day In Crochet History

I looked up this date in crochet history and found an article in 1992 about a luxury yarn afghan kit that could be ordered by mail. It was available in mohair and boucle or in a cheaper version of acrylic yarn. The pattern was for a knit afghan but the article went on to talk about the importance of gauge for both knit and crochet projects. She says that people usually talk about “ply” but that it’s more important to look at gauge, which of course most of us realize now!

Did you miss any of these posts last year? You can visit the originals using the links throughout this post.

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