In case you missed it last week, I’ve debuted a new weekly blog feature in honor of my blog’s one year birthday. I’ll be doing posts showing what was happening on this blog one year ago to the week and offering updates on topics where I can. Let’s get started with our look back.
Ooh scandalous. The second crochet artist I ever profiled here on the blog was San Francisco’s own Jack Davis who is known for his 35+ year career making and exhibiting crocheted penises. It may not be everyone’s cup of crochet tea but I am impressed by his dedication to his craft and loved researching his work. He had a show here that I missed in October (at adult shop Good Vibrations). The photo of his work at the top of this page comes from that show via Waggle Dancing.
The crochet book I enjoyed reviewing at this time last year was 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield. I still think it’s a good resource for crochet flower patterns. However I now also know about some other crochet flower pattern books to recommend – specifically: Crochet Bouquet.
One thing I noticed at this time last year was that a lot of people were making anatomically correct crocheted body parts like hearts and lungs. I revisited this topic later in the year when I did the birthday post for my dad on organ donation crochet.
Another thing in the crochet news at the time was that Sarah London had launched her Crochet a Rainbow project to help flood victims in Australia. It called for granny squares (which I admit I intended to donate and somehow never got around to – shame on me!) Since then Sarah has continued her crochet efforts, launching her Granny Love crochet book recently and now running a really cool CAL for her Wool-Eater pattern.
One of my favorite regular features on this blog had an entry during this week last year: my awesome elderly crocheter series. I wrote about Dora Ropchan, a 106-year-old crocheter. Her story is also published in my booklet of these stories titled When Grandma Isn’t Crocheting She’s Hunting Big Game.
A year ago Australian crochet swimwear designer Lisa Maree was super excited that Net-a-porter.com wanted to work with her. Lisa Maree has continued to expand since then. Her crochet work has been seen on several celebrities and walked the runway at Australian Fashion Week. The line has expanded to include swimwear that’s not crocheted but that still makes up the bulk of her line. Love what she’s doing!
Crochet swimsuits were hot at this time last year. Another bit of news came from Muscotica.com who had seen their crochet swimsuits on stars including Kourtney Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Mischa Barton.
I’ve often addressed the issue of chain store crochet on this blog in the past year but the first time I posted anything related to the topic was the news that Topshop and Marks & Spencer both had crochet in their spring 2011 lines. Then later in the week I noted that crochet featured heavily in the Calypso St. Barth collection for Target. Later in the year Target would get a lot of attention from knitters and crocheters when Missoni for Target went live. So many people tried to buy it up that the Target website crashed. As for me, I prefer the original Missoni lines.
And finally, one of my favorite crochet fashion items to date was posted during this week: Gaultier Crochet Shoes.
Crochet on Etsy
The Etsy crochet features that I chose for this site during this week of last year were:
- Crochet Necklace from Marie’s Corner
- Amigurumi Peelable Banana by HoneyBee69
- Crochet Dog Sweater by KristinasKrochet
- Crochet Tam by NooMMoon
- Crochet Afghan by Vintagesong
The crochet quotes that were featured on this site during this same week last year were:
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” –Scott Adams
“Creating and processing exotic yarns has given new meaning to adding fiber to my diet.” – Kathy Haneke
“If more people knitted and crocheted, the world would see fewer wars and a whole lot less road rage.” – Lily Chin
“You know you’ve been crocheting too long when you win the lottery and spend the whole darn thing to buy Lion Brand Yarns’ stock, a sheep farm in New Zealand, and spinning lessons.” – Jennie’s Crochet
And a long quote from Vickie Howell about pop culture’s influence on fashion and craft.
Crocheters on Twitter
At this time last year I recommended following ten crocheters on Twitter. Here’s what they’re up to now:
- @aberrantcrochet – Julia Chambers is a crochet designer who is still active on Twitter.
- @vashtirama – Vashti Braha beat me out of a Flamie in 2011 for best crochet blog. She’s got some great crochet info there and on Twitter.
- @gocrochet – Designer Ellen Gormley remains active on her blog as well as her Twitter account.
- @knotbygranma – I love what this fun crochet art doll maker is doing these days and mostly I stay on top of it all via Twitter.
- @monikadesign – I absolutely love the crochet stuff in the Etsy store that this crafter posts about on Twitter so I can see it :) I wish she had a blog!
- @unravelmedesign – Theresa Grant also has an Etsy store but is terrifically good about making sure her Twitter account isn’t just about this but also about all sorts of life and craft stuff.
- @jaybirddesigns – Mostly tweets links to her Etsy store which is full of crochet goodness. She also blogs intermittently. Honestly I follow the blog more than the Tweets but that’s just a preference.
- @hotpinkhook – Sadly both the blog and the Twitter account went dormant mid-year last year so I’m not really following this one anymore.
- @hooked4life – I adore Mary Beth Temple (I recommend her Hooked for Life crochet essay book) and continue to enjoy following her on Twitter.
- @lbystudio – I’m not sure I realized the difference between Lion Brand’s various Twitter accounts at this time last year but this one is linked to their actual New York retail store.