Happy Mothers Day!

What was happening in mid-May 2011 in the world of crochet? Let’s take a look:

Crochet Art

I shared the work of free form crochet artist Emily Barletta who remains one of my favorite crochet artists that I’ve found to date. Emily had two 2012 shows so far: Sum of the Parts in Baltimore and Intimate Stitches in Pennsylvania. One fun thing about the Sum of the Parts show (a four person exhibit) is that it included a knit/ crochet workshop for the public. Lately Emily’s been working on a very striking series of work using red thread on paper, which you can see on her website.

From Sum of the Parts art exhibit

Crochet Books

I loved sharing how much I enjoyed the Yarn Bombing book. I love what people have done with knit and crochet graffiti and will continue reporting on this as time goes on.

Crochet News

We got some news from nerdJERK. Later in the year I met her at a craft fair and purchased a super cute pacman ghost amigurumi from her. Her latest news is that she’s got some work up in a gallery show that just had an opening reception yesterday.

Elderly crocheter Jane Peck was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her charity work. 92-year-old crocheter Loretta Patton earned her GED.

And I saw a news piece from the 1970’s about crochet squares for donation.

Crochet Fashion

I shared the above crochet top from Anthropologie although looking at it with another year of experience under my belt I don’t think it’s true crochet after all. Nice crochet inspiration though.

Kourtney Kardashian wore a Lisa Maree crochet swimsuit for the cover of SHAPE magazine.

And we saw Ashley Tisdale in crochet:

This year she’s been spotted in a fancier crochet look:

Crochet on Etsy

I shared five feature items from crocheters on Etsy:

  1. Plarn and tarn crochet basket by MammaEarthCreations
  2. Beaded silver crochet sweater by LST Designs
  3. Crochet bird scrubbies by Luvies by CJ
  4. Pink crochet bag by UpOnTopBowtique
  5. Crochet earrings by razondalee

And what they have now:

  1. Upcycled crochet bowls by MammaEarthCreations
  2. Doily capelet by LST Designs
  3. Luvies by CJ is currently an empty store
  4. UpOnTopBowtique is also currently empty
  5. Crochet tam with matching earrings by Razondalee

Crochet Quotes:

I shared three quotes from Laura Zukaite:

“You can dress up or dress down depending on how you use a scarf, a pair of wristlets, or a hat, changing your look throughout the day by switching which accessories you wear.”

“You can dress up or dress down depending on how you use a scarf, a pair of wristlets, or a hat, changing your look throughout the day by switching which accessories you wear.”

“It is so much fun to play with your accessories throughout the day, changing them to reflect your mood, whether you’re feeling casual and maybe a little carefree in the morning or elegant and supremely sophisticated at night. And it is even more fun when they become the key elements of your style, displayed as distinctive adornments that you build an entire look around.”

And also shared these other quotes:

“She was forever a hostess, making sure that everyone was comfortable and attended to. Her hot rolls, spudnut donuts, peanut brittle, cinnamon rolls, homemade bread and pies, pot roast, poetry and crochet will be missed by all!” – source

“Crochet isn’t just a limp, lace edging for tired-looking doilies or trimmings on granny dresses from generations ago. Crochet is a fantastic technique, endlessly varied, which lets you fashion dramatic contrasts that look like complex weaves or spectacularly textured fabrics.” – Marie-Noelle Bayard

“In a world full of mass-produced textiles, many women (and some men) are reaching out to one another, and reaching back to a slower, more careful way of creating clothing, art, and meaning.” –Joanne Seiff

“Crocheters do not just use yarn; they crochet with every imaginable form of fiber. I have seen items made with kite string, fishing line, wire, rag strips, and paper strips. I’m sure there are some fibers used for crocheting that I have yet to see.” – Margaret Hubert

Here’s What I was Up to A Year Ago:

I was making crochet headbands for donation:

And I put together a list of 25 things to crochet.

Visit the links throughout this post to learn more about each of these things!


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

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