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Then and Now in Crochet (10/14 – 10/20)

Lion brand crochet cardi, Rocket Dog crochet shoes

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

Crochet Books

I explored a 2006 book called Lion Brand Yarn Vintage Styles for Today: More Than 50 Patterns to Knit and Crochet. My conclusion: This is a good combo crochet and knit book for people interested in vintage patterns, especially if you like to work on a variety of different types of products.

Crochet News

Eco-Friendly Crochet with Bike Tire Tubes. Awesome. Earlier this year Kim Blakesley published a tutorial for a repurposed bicycle inner tube welcome mat.

105-year-old Ivy Hardy was still crocheting

College student Querisha Felix needed a heart transplant. She kept herself busy crocheting blankets while she waited, one of many people I’ve heard of who cope with the anxiety of a hospitalization through crafting. I’m happy to report that in November of last year she received her new heart. I do not know how she’s doing but at the time of the transplant her doctors said it was going well.

Crochet Fashion

I looked at Rocket Dog crochet shoes and noted their similarity to crochet TOMS. Rocket Dog now has some new styles of crochet shoes that I’m really loving including the Francesca Cotton Crochet shoe shown above. Keep your eye out for a new post soon featuring all of the current styles.

I wrote about Legin Knits, the crochet company of Nigel John. I recently named him as one of the top 20 male crochet artists and designers. Keep your eye on the blog for a new full feature about his updated work soon!

Crochet Quotes

Here were some of the smart things people said:

“There are bunches of crochet designers out there pushing the limits of 3 dimensional needlework & creating amazing works of art. … I think the “amigurumi renaissance” really puts on a show in the crochet world. Crochet’s “one stitch at a time” approach seems to be really conducive to soft sculpture.” – Cheezombie via Fresh Stitches

“Shrugs, of course, were invented as eveningwear, often worn to chase away the chill when wearing a bare-shouldered cocktail dress. And while a shrug remains a stylish choice for dinner and dancing, these modern interpretations are equally fashionable for the daylight hours.” source

“Crochet back and forth or around in a spiral? Decisions, decisions! The outcome of the finished piece depends on so many choices.” – Carol Ventura

And a long crochet quote was shared about the motivation behind why some people choose to create their own crochet designs.

Crochet on Etsy

I was adoring this crochet unicorn by Etsy’s smithee01. This store has lots of cute crochet creatures that I’m also liking right now including a whale, a mouse and some creative Day of the Dead skulls.

I put together a treasury of apples vs Apple in Etsy crochet

Yarn

I shared Vickie Howell’s video of a yarn factory tour

I was coveting Yarns of Italy’s cashmere blend yarn; Yarns of Italy was one of 10 yarn sellers I’d reviewed and liked.

What I Was Up To

I made my first video for my crochet art project. The project didn’t take off but I’ve been working on individual crochet art pieces ever since.

I was exploring the blogroll links in various blogs for my Hooked Together Project and checked out what Art, Like Bread reads. One thing that was fun to see was that she was one of two bloggers who had introduced me to CraftyPod and now I’m a huge CraftyPod follower and was even interviewed for the podcast there recently. Art, Like Bread continues to blog about art, craft and inspiration.

I was still crocheting bags for Year of Projects

I compiled a list of 25 sources for getting crochet patterns.

This Day In Crochet History

I looked up this date in crochet history and found a cute article from 1989 about a crochet afghan that celebrates the cluster stitch.

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

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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

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