Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection has truly become indispensable to me since I first got it in the fall, so of course I was excited to receive a copy of her Designer Crochet Accessories book to check out.
Craftsy is one of the best places online to learn new techniques in crochet. I’ve taken several Craftsy courses myself. They offer complete instruction, often with teacher support, in a format that allows you to work at your own pace. Each class teaches you different things, usually letting you create great projects in the process. And now, for just a couple of days, you can get two classes for the price of one.
I recently had the opportunity to work with Laughing Hens to test a few of their yarns for review. This UK company offers high quality yarns from a variety of different brands. They have an interesting crochet-friendly background and I found them very easy to work with.
You know from my previous posts that I’ve enjoyed working with the Wool and the Gang crochet kits including one of their t-shirt yarn kits and more recently a cotton cardigan crochet kit. I always love when they send me something new to play with and this latest, their Circle Game Cushion crochet kit, is no exception to that trend.
When I think of crochet playgrounds, I immediately think of Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam who began creating them in the 1970s and gained widespread attention for her work a few years ago. I then think of Ernesto Neto and the projects by collectives Numen and Suspension of Disbelief. It would be remiss not to also include the work by artist Cathy Bertel who creates suspended crochet nets wrapped around exercise balls to create interactive swings.
Back in 2014 there was an amazing gallery exhibit of crochet from Tuvalu and people began to pay attention to the history and art of the craft in that region. Since that time, not much has been published online, but it’s worth a look back at that exhibit to get some inspiration!
I recently read a news article about an older woman who was learning to crochet again after a stroke. I want to share that with you today along with additional information about crocheting after a stroke.