I am so excited to have a brief interview for you today with the terrific Stacey Trock of @FreshStitches.
Crochet designer Andee Graves has a new Leisure Arts pattern booklet out called Texting Mitts. It’s filled eight different patterns for fingerless gloves that you can use to stay stylish, warma nd still able to use all of the texting devices that require your fingers to be free.
Beth of Mumbles Mummy has been crocheting for about three years. She loves the idea of wrapping those she loves up in something warm. She now also makes custom items on request.
I’ve mentioned StrawberryCouture’s Etsy shop in the past. Today we interview the designer behind the innovative styles.
Melissa of Missy B. Designs is here to tell us a little bit about her crochet life and to offer two really cute patterns (including one of your own choosing).
All throughout the past week I had a wonderful time doing a cross-blog crochet conversation with Sara of Mom With a Hook. I hope that you were able to follow along as we went back and forth from my blog to hers creating a conversation about crafting and many other things. If not, here’s a summary of what we talked about and at the bottom of this post you’ll find links to all ten of our posts in order to get the full story of what we said. Crochet Histories I always find it interesting to learn about how crocheters got started in the craft and what keeps them going in it. Sara shared that she started crocheting when she was pregnant because she wanted to make something for the baby. I shared that I started crocheting a few years ago when dealing with a serious bout of depression. This led to a conversation about our various experiences with depression (me) and bipolar (her) and how crochet has been healing for both of us when dealing with emotional situations. I believe that it’s important to share these stories because it lets people know that they aren’t alone in their tough times, that there’s a way through to the other side and that crochet can be a huge part of that. Charity Crochet Sara also shared in her crochet history that she was happy to be able to use her skills to give back to others through charity crafting. She lost a baby in 1998 and one way she got through that was to start crocheting booties for moms who had lost babies (as well as blankets for pregnant women). This led to a really great conversation about crocheting for others and how that can be beneficial not only to the receiver but also to the person who is doing the crochet work. Crochet Fiction / Literature One of the lighter crochet topics that was really fun to talk about was our shared interest in reading more crochet fiction, literature and non-pattern non-fiction. Sara likes mysteries and was a fan of the first novel by Betty Hechtman (who has a crochet mystery series) but didn’t find the others in the series too compelling. I wasn’t as drawn in to Hechtman’s books as I wish I had been. I did mention that there’s another crochet mystery by Bendy Carter called Dying to Crochet that may be worth looking into although I haven’t read it. We have both read and laughed along with Mary Beth Temple’s collection of crochet essays titled Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot and agree that there should be more humorous crochet writing like this. And I want to check out the new young adult novel called Yes, which I’ve mentioned on this blog in the past. Our 2012 Projects One of the main things that Sara and I talked about during this conversation was the different projects that we each have going on this year. Sara has some really cool things …
Day five of the wonderful crochet cross blog conversation that I’ve been immersed in this week. Hope you’ve enjoyed it!