2011 Crochet: Nathan Vincent, Darla Sims, Crochet Machine, Denis Gagnon

Let’s take a look at what was happening in crochet in mid-June 2011 by looking at this week on the blog last year! The most popular post was a humor-based post called 10 Things Hookers and “Hookers” Have in Common. The other posts were …

Crochet Art

The artist I profiled at this time last year was Nathan Vincent, a male crochet artist who explores issues of gender and masculinity in his large-scale crochet work. Vincent had work this year in a show that actually ended today called F*CK ART, which was a street art exhibit at the Museum of Sex in New York. That work was illustration work, though, that he did with his partner. However Vincent has definitely continued creating crochet art, including the piece above which is from a set of bodybuilder doilies and the piece below, which is one in a series of gas masks.

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Crochet Books

The book I reviewed at this time last year was Bobbie Matela’s 50 Sensational Crochet Afghans & Throws Crochet Books: 50 Sensational Crochet Afghans and Throws. It’s filled with great patterns for crochet afghans and of course the designs can be adapted to other projects as well including the afghan by Darla Sims shown in the mosaic at the top of this post. Definitely worth a look.

Crochet News

We asked and answered the question: “is there such a thing as a crochet machine?” There’s not, but we looked at the history of why some people think that there is.

We explored ten great ideas for eco-friendly crochet.

And I shared some gripes about crochet magazines. I continue to have mixed feelings about crochet magazines. I think that Crochet Today, Interweave Crochet and Piecework do a decent job of balancing patterns with articles. I’d personally like to still see more articles, but that’s me. If I want to find patterns I prefer to do so online or in books but patterns are what most of the magazines are about so it’s just a preference thing, I guess.

Crochet Fashion

I shared the fact that I was really inspired by the work of Canadian fashion designer Denis Gagnon even though his work wasn’t exactly crochet. It’s knotwork that looks similar to openwork crochet.

Crochet on Etsy

I shared five feature items from crocheters on Etsy:

  1. Crochet halter top by nvblondie
  2. Vintage crochet apron skirt from grammasjunk
  3. Simple crochet scarf by KerriAndMelissa
  4. Bold crochet cowl from thatgirl1223
  5. Crochet octopus onesie by Elsieq

And here’s something that those Etsy stores have now:

  1. Crochet earrings by nvblondie
  2. Crochet pincushion heart by grammasjunk
  3. KerriandMelissa is currently empty
  4. thatgirl1223, now called ThatGirlCrochet, is on vacation
  5. elsieq is currently empty

Crochet Quotes

“The one award I would most covet would be for Most Time Spent Crocheting. I can see it now, standing at the ornate, doily-covered podium, making my acceptance speech …”Cindy Long

“If I were able to leave you with only one piece of crochet advice, it would be to always have fun. Learn the basics, but then just go crazy with your crafty self!”Twinkie Chan

“Attitude is as important as technique and sometimes the only real purpose of a project is playful – or irreverent – self-expression.”Linda Kopp

“Who doesn’t love the look that beading adds to a crocheted project? Beads are available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and materials; there are glass beads, plastic beads, acrylic beads, wooden beads and the list goes on. With so many beads to choose from, the hardest part is deciding which ones to try first.”Tammy Hildebrand

“For me, the art of crochet jewelry is a form of personal expression. It brings peace to the soul and is therapeutic in its essence. My path through dance and therapy flowed naturally to crochet jewelry. For as long as I can remember, I have danced and crocheted. Creativity is a mystery. It lies hidden inside each of us, yet defies our understanding. My parents raised me to give meaning to life, and to celebrate it. Dance has aided me and influenced my journey as an artist. Dancing with the crochet hook is my choreography.”Esther Zadock

Here’s What I was Up to A Year Ago:

At this time last year was when I first made my upcycled Malabrigo crochet halter dress, a dress that I love and have shown several times since.

And also at this time last year I shared an interview with myself to let people get to know more about me.


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!


  1. watchthatcheese Reply

    Just wanted to write and say how much I enjoy your blog – one of my top 5 crochet blogs. I know it is lots of work so thank you for your efforts.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @watchthatcheese Thanks so much! I love to hear from people who are enjoying reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!

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