People are always welcome to tag their crochet makes with the #crochetconcupiscence tag for opportunities to be featured here and on my Instagram account. Here are some of those that I’ve recently featured.
Dover has a series of books called Crochet Stories that combine the sharing of popular stories with amigurumi crochet patterns for the characters in those books. Each of these books is really adorable. The stories are well-known and offer nostalgia for many readers. The characters are inspired, creative and yet easy-to-make. The books offer a great opportunity for a crafter to read the stories to children and also give them their own handcrafted versions of the characters so that they can act out what they hear.
Every year on Thanksgiving I share the reasons that I am thankful for crochet and all that it has brought into my life. This if the fifth year that this blog has been up on Thanksgiving, and as I look back on the posts from previous years, I see that there are endless ways that crochet has improved my life.
The book that I’m looking at now is called Mandalas and Doilies to Crochet: Delightful Designs to Brighten Your Life. This book doesn’t particularly differentiate between the two (mandalas and doilies), considering both to be round, typically colorful, crochet designs. The idea behind the title is to take inspiration from vintage dollies but to recreate them as absolutely contemporary decor, primarily through the smart use of bold colors.
I’ve had the opportunity to review a copy of Crochet in Black-and-White and am finding it refreshingly wonderful! I love the concept; as much as I love brightly colored crochet, there is something utterly fabulous about two-tone black-and-white designs. I love the projects, especially the inclusion of a few crochet art pieces for the home, which is not something that I see often enough in crochet books. And I love the design of the pieces, which use simple stitches in smart ways to really showcase the graphic appeal of black-and-white work.
A huge thanks to Anna Sheldon for answering my self-interview questions to share her crochet story here with us today! When asked to describe herself in a few words, she shares that she is “sassy, speelse, funny and trustworthy” which all comes through in her crochet blog Counterintuitive Knit and Crochet and probably also comes through in her work teaching others to crochet.
I think it’s always good to think about the reasons we love crochet and the things that we love about it.