2013 in Crochet
Here are links to all of the posts covered in 2013, including crochet art, crochet news, crochet fashion, crochet health, crochet patterns, crochet inspiration and more.
My Favorite 2013 Crochet Posts
At the end of each month in 2013 I did a roundup of the posts for that month in which I highlighted a couple of my favorite crochet blog posts. Here they are all together:
I thought it was fun reporting on a crochet basics infographic posted on Visual.ly; It’s simple but it makes me happy to see crochet represented on a site that is usually tech and business heavy
I also really enjoyed putting together my Mother’s Day post of inspiring crocheting mom stories.
Sharing what I think are the 25 Best Cities for Crochet Travel
I was happy to support the Kickstarter Project for Fair Trade crochet by Cambodia Knits
If, and How, We Should Respond to Tragedies with Handmade Goods, in which I was able to think more in-depth about why we craft after a major international disaster and how we can be more intentional in our donations during these times.
I enjoyed sharing my thoughts on crochet as metaphor in a post titled Loose Ends.
I loved featuring a guest post from designer Linda Skuja filled with tips about how to ask a crochet designer for pattern support.
I loved doing an interview in May with knit and crochet designer Kristin Nicholas who had recently released a great book of knit, crochet and felt sunflower designs and projects.
I had included her book in my roundup of books to look forward to in 2013 before it had actually come out. I enjoyed doing a refreshed post of new crochet books I was/ am enjoying in late 2013 and early 2014.
20+ Mori and Harajuki Girls in Crochet. It’s fashion, art and craft in one place all pushed out through personal expression and street style.
Each day in December I shared one of my Awesome Crochet Blogger Awards, which are all rounded up here.
Crochet Art and Crochet Artists
Here were the crochet art and crochet artists featured in 2013:
10 Beautiful Examples of Math in Crochet Art
Crochet Artist Update: Asimina Chremos, New Work from Crochet Artist Asimina Chremos and First Solo Exhibition by Crochet Artist Asimina Chremos
Netherlands Crochet Artist Lauriane Lasselin
Wire Crochet Jewelry Artist Miriam Chor Freitas
Crochet Artist Karin Kempf
Nan Nickson’s Twisted Sister Crochet Art Sculptures
1970s Crochet Designers: James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
Stephanie Syjuco of The Counterfeit Crochet Project
Crafty Knit and Crochet Designer Lise Solvang
Garry Winogrand’s Woman in a Crochet Dress
The Wonderful World of Julie Adore
Knit the City Yarnbombing
Orly Genger’s Large Scale Lobster Rope Crochet Art Intsallations
Kate Jenkins Large Scale Crochet Sheep Art
Surface Design Association Crochet Artists
Anne-Claire Petit Crochet Kids and Home Collection
Arline Fisch Crochet Wire Jellyfish Exhibit
Remembering the Work of Crochet Artist Irene Reed
Crochet Artist Clemence Joly: Real Candy and Dentist Art
Blanka Amezkua: Crochet-Edged Embroidery Art
5 Yummy Crochet Food Artists
20 Unique Examples of Crochet Stone Art
Catherine Reed’s Large and Small Crochet Dolls
Upcycled CDs with Crochet Mandalas
Meet Everyday Crocheter Emily Depole of Etsy’s Nothingbutstring
Crochet Books and Crochet Writing
I love sharing information about crochet books. Here’s what I shared in 2013:
20 Things I Love About Dora Ohrenstein’s New Tunisian Crochet Book
My Mother’s Dress: A Crochet Story
Lois Collins shares a Crochet Poem
Crochet Book Review: Vickie Howell’s Top 10 Crocheted Hats
Stop Motion Video for Crochet Book Release
5 Reasons You’ll Want to Buy Robyn Chachula’s Blueprint Crochet Sweaters
The Fine Art of Crochet by Gwen Blakley Kinsler and 11 Reasons Why You’ll Want the Fine Art of Crochet
5 Crochet Books that Contribute to Our Understanding of Crochet Art History
New Pattern Book: Crochet Texting Mitts (Review and Interview)
Wizard of Oz crochet pattern book
Crochet Fashion and Crochet Jewelry
Here were the 2013 posts on crochet fashion and accessories:
ABunnyAndBear Crochet Jewelry
New Limited Edition Bracelet from Same Sky (Fair Trade Crochet)
Designer Crochet Project: Pierre Balmain
Designer Crochet Project: Paul Poiret
Celebrity Crochet: Audrey Tautou in Crochet Hat
Designer Crochet: Roy Halston
Edgy Fashion Video by Laura Theiss
OkapiKnits Crochet Jewelry
Varga Reka Beaded Crochet Jewelry
Designer Crochet: Stella McCartney
Sexy, Edgy Crochet and Knitwear from Gabriella Marina Gonzalez
Designer Crochet: Thom Browne Spring 2013
Geek Chic: Glasses and Crochet
Nyoki Handmade Crochet for Kids
Designer Crochet: Thierry Mugler
New Crochet Jewelry Collection from Same Sky
The Final 3 Designers of the Designer Crochet Project
10 Fun Examples of Crochet Chain Link Necklaces
2013 Coachella Crochet
Alessandra Stabili Leather and Wire Crochet Jewelry
Jeffrey Campbell Crochet Wedding Shoes
Spotted: TOMS Crochet Shoes
Designer Crochet: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons
Vintage/ Retro Crochet
Here were the posts related to vintage / retro crochet.
Crochet in 1930
Crochet in 1931
Crochet in 1932
Crochet History: 1937
20 Hot Examples of 1970s Crochet Style via 1971 McCalls Needlework & Crafts
22 More Examples of 1971 Crochet
20 Hot Examples of 1970s Crochet Style via 1972 McCalls Needlework & Crafts
20 More Pretty Examples from 1972 Crochet
Crochet health is an important topic to me, of course, since crochet saved my life and the lives of many others that I know. Here are the posts about crochet health that were featured on Crochet Concupiscence in 2013.
Crochet for Daily Balance as a Depression Survivor
Program to Heal Through Crochet Art
College Occupational Therapy Club Crochets for Good Causes
Crochet and Knitting Keep Saving Lives. See the different health issues that people have dealt with using help from crochet.
Crocheting Through Depression and PMDD. I look at a comment from a Crochet Saved My Life reader who shared some of her own crochet health story.
Crochet Butterflies of Hope for MS Awareness
Crocheting Through Injury-Related Pain (Vicki’s Story)
Healing Benefits of Visualizing and Completing a Project
How to Crochet for Mindfulness and Be Mindful in Crochet
Crochet for Teen Boys in Substance Abuse Recovery
Crochet as a Go-To Therapy Technique
Psychiatric Nurse and 5th Generation Fiber Artist Paula White Shares How Crafting Heals
Jodie Bravely Crochets Through Chronic Fatigue
I love seeing crochet in the news. Here’s what I wrote about that in 2013:
Crochet Retreat in Marrakech in April
Soldiers’ Angels: Veteran Crochet
Yellow Label Toys (Fair Trade Crochet)
San Diego Clinic Helps Women Launch Crochet Businesses
4th of July: Stories About Crochet American Flags
Small Vintage Crochet Hooks … Or Are They?
Beans for Brains Crochet Scholarship
Crochet is Trendier Than Knitting in Online Search
Crochet patterns were among the favorite posts, of course. Here are the 2013 Crochet Concupiscence posts sharing various crochet patterns.
20 Popular Free Crochet Skirt Patterns for Women
10 Free Crochet Patterns by Cre8tion Crochet
10 Beautiful Crochet Patterns from The Crochet Project
8 Beautiful Free White Crochet Dress Patterns
5 Mamachee Crochet Patterns to Pretty Up Your Feet
Crochet Basics: How to SC, DC, HDC and TC
10 Best Free 1930s Vintage Crochet Patterns
1st Quince and Co. Crochet Pattern eBook
20 Unique and Beautiful Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns
Lise Solvang Crochet Hat Patterns
10 Terrific Crochet Shawl Designers and their Top Patterns
I shared the work of reader Pamela who also offered us a free crochet hat pattern. There were some quirks with the pattern and that gave me a great opportunity to write a post explaining how an experienced crocheter can make assumptions to work out a pattern that’s not quite making sense.
CrochetKitten’s Zodiac Crochet Kittens
Other Crochet Inspiration
Here are some of the various crochet inspiration posts from 2013 on Crochet Concupiscence, ones that weren’t featured in other categories and were just designed to give you inspiration of various kinds.
JR Crafter Crochet Hooks Review
Earth Day: Crochet Recycling Ideas
How to Crochet a Shawl: The Ultimate Resource Guide
20 Things You Can Do with a Granny Square
Interview with Innovative Crochet Hat Designer Strawberry Couture
Interview with a Crocheter: Mumbles Mummy
5 Beautiful Creations by Dragonfly Dutchess
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wool Yarn
Summer: Crochet Hammocks
Wedding Crochet for Summer Brides
Interview with Fresh Stitches (Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival)
Crochet in My World
Here were the 2013 Crochet Concupiscence posts about crochet in my world, whether it was what I made, what I wrote or what I spotted around me.
I rounded up my previous posts for 500 Unique Crochet Items
I did a sponsor post about vision insurance.
I turned my small crochet scarf into a large crochet cowl
Dollar Yarn Rectangles: More Than Meets The Eyes
My Crochet Work Space in Online Art Exhibit
My Style: Crochet Shawl as Cape
Betty: Pet Crochet
I crocheted lots of new small items
And I shared a photo of Hudson on my crochet blanket
My Crochet Squares at LA Art Museum
And Off The Blog
I wanted to share some of the crochet-related things I published in places other than the Crochet Concupiscence blog in 2013 and things that weren’t written about me.
I did a guest post series over on Lion Brand Yarn about prayer shawls and was so touched by the many comments that were posted there sharing the power of intentional crafting as both a crafter and as a recipient of a handmade gift. I also did a guest post on the topic of crochet as meditation for @lionbrandyarn; CraftaceousPeriod mentioned the post.
I started writing a new 2013 column in Interweave’s Crochet print magazine beginning with Spring 2013. In each issue I interview a regular everyday crocheter to find out what makes him or her special and share their story. I did an article about young crochet artist Ikea Vandross that was published in the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet. I wrote about Em. And I wrote about Jodie who then shared her experience of doing the interview with me on her blog Lupey Loops.
I have been doing weekly guest posts for the Crochet Today blog, writing about crochet art, crochet bloggers and more. I’ve also done tutorials for the blog. Some examples of my posts: pirate crochet suggestions for Talk like a Pirate Day, Ultimate Guide to Crocheting for Men, Cross-Crafts for Crocheters, 4 Tips for Choosing a Baby Yarn, tutorials on tall stitches and the Russian Join
I Was Named a Crochet Hero
And I was Named a Favorite Crochet Blogger
My studio space was featured on Chickiedee Handmade.
I was interviewed by Inspired Crochet about crochet blogging for the February issue of their digital magazine.
I was named a favorite online crochet resource by Marie of Underground Crafter
Yarn Classes said some nice things about the “wealth of inspiration” on Crochet Concupiscence
Heal My PTSD shared my two-part guest post on crochet for PTSD
Sharon Silverman reviewed Crochet Saved My Life
I was the March featured publisher of the month on IZEA; interviewed here about sponsored tweets
I was quoted by Indiegogo about my experience using their crowdsourcing site for my Hook to Heal project
Bonita Patterns recommended my book, Crochet Saved My Life, in a lovely post about the psychological benefits of crochet. It was great to see all of the comments there from people who have experienced the same benefits that I have!
I received various link mentions in blog posts by Ancora Crafts, String Geekery and Megan’s Creative Magic. For example, Ancora Crafts included my post on crochet water bottle holder patterns in an amazing roundup of “healthy water crafts“ and also did a book review of Crochet Saved My Life.
I did a guest post on the blog of Crochet Queen Gwen Blakley Kinsler all about crochet art history.
I collaborated with sponsor Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids to do a fun giveaway of yarn-shaped candles over on Facebook.
Boocoos did a book giveaway of Crochet Saved My Life and mentioned my next book Hook to Heal
Yarn Round Hook added my blog to her blogroll
The Sunroom wrote about crochet and health and shared a portion of a post I did on how crochet helped me through depression.