2011 in crochet: Azzedine Alaia, Calvin Klein, christmas tree, snowflakes

Usually on Sundays I look back at the dates of the same week in 2011 to see what has happened in crochet based on what I was blogging then. This month the schedule is a little wonky because of the busy activities of the blog in December. Today we’ll look back at this blog for the dates of 12/2/2011 through 12/15/2011, see what was happening then and get some updates on those things.

Crochet Art

I profiled the artistic fashions of upcycled crochet designer Marion Macedo. I have not seen new announcements about this artist’s work since the profile.

I shared this crochet brain video. I really love stop motion crochet and later did a roundup of 20 stop motion crochet videos that of course included this one.

I did a roundup of crochet Christmas trees. So fun to put together. This year I’m loving the trees crocheted by According to Matt and Sew Ritzy Ritzy.

I learned that artist Mandy Greer had learned to crochet from her husband. Fun fact. The most recent news from Mandy is that she has a new art portfolio book for sale, pictured above.

Crochet artist Magda Sayeg talked about her process. The most recent thing I’ve seen from this artist was an interview in Gestalt Journal where she discusses her history with this art and some of her current projects.

Olek’s art was vandalized but she said to go easy on the vandals. Check out this new video of Olek’s work:


I was loving Knit Local, a book about local yarn buying. That inspired me to write a post with 10 reasons to buy local yarn as well as a post featuring 80 Local U.S. Yarn Sellers.

I did a review of Crocheted Softies for its blog tour. Author Stacey Trock is currently working on her next book, which I believe is due out in 2013.

I also reviewed the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Book 6, which is about edgings. It’s a good resource but I’d recommend Edie Eckman’s Around the Border if you’re looking for a good book on edgings.

Crochet Inspiration

I did an interview with crochet designer Anastacia Knits. She continues to create new designs and in fact is giving away several of her patterns here on the blog this week as part of my big Crochet Concupiscence 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

Items featuring Too Legit to Knit. You can now find a lot of these pinned on Pinterest.

I rounded up a list of ten foreign language crochet blogs. I now devote a regular series of posts to this topic. I recently wrote a guest post about foreign blogs for Crochet Today. Additionally, I now have a translator in this blog’s sidebar for foreign readers, which wasn’t the case one year ago.

Crochet Fashion

I looked at Azzedine Alaia for my Designer Crochet series. I don’t spot anything new from this brand in crochet.

I also looked at Calvin Klein crochet. A look at the online store today turns up some “crochet-inspired” items but no crochet.

Crochet News

The Mollie Makes magazine had recently come out and I was interested in it. I never did check out a copy although I follow their happenings online. Mollie Makes now has an iPad app issue called Gathered that also looks inspiring but I don’t have an iPad so I haven’t dug into it myself.

Project Linus Was Named 2012 Recipient of Market Street Change for Charity. The organization gets funding in a specific quarter and they are actually wrapping up their quarter right now.

People Who Crochet

Crocheter Anna Manna Durham had turned one hundred and celebrated by taking her first helicopter ride. I don’t have an update on her but sure she hope she’s still doing well!

Delores Schlegel crocheted caps for the needy while her husband sat by her side reading. Sweet.

School crochet clubs were popping up everywhere. I’m happy to say that I continue seeing news here and there about kids crocheting in class projects.

Myanmar immigrant Win Htay was making a modest income crocheting yarmulkes for a Jewish museum.

And there were 5 more awesome old women who were crocheting

Crochet Quotes

A few of the things that some smart people said:

“I don’t run and I don’t do lots of things but I like to knit and I like to crochet.” – Cathie Haldane

“Simple definitely doesn’t have to be boring, and there’s no need for chunky to be frumpy.” – Jen Geigley

“If you’re not familiar with blocking then don’t be afraid. It’s really quite a simple task. Basically, you’re steaming or washing your finished piece of work then pinning it down in the desired shape while it dries so that your stitches are allowed to settle into the fabric.” – Shorty’s Sutures

“Crochet is definitely not for the faint hearted………..in my house it is fast-paced and at the moment a little stressful!” – Faith

“Crochet hooks are the unsung heroes of our craft.” – Crocheting with Dee

“Give a crocheter a pattern, and she’ll make an exact copy of the sample in the pattern. But teach a crocheter how to use a pattern, and there’s no stopping her!” – Stacey Trock

“Next time you find yourself in your local yarn shop or at your farmer’s market, talk to someone about where the fiber in your hands is from. How was it made? where was it milled? What kind of dye process was used? The more you understand about your fiber and where it came from, the more informed you will be and the more you’ll appreciate the process.” – Tanis Gray

“You don’t need to be a spinner to love fibers! I’m not a spinner but it doesn’t stop me from indulging in an assortment of fiber.” – Knit Picks

“I am obsessed with making things in general, but I especially like making things with fiber. I love to spin, dye, knit, crochet and have even been known to weave a bit.” – Crochet Renee

And part of a song from Dora Ohrenstein:

“Let the stitch tell you what it wants to be
They can go in circles, or stand in line
You can make them big and bulky, or make them fine.
Just pay close attention to its natural tendencies
A stitch won’t disappoint you, it always aims to please.”

Crochet on Etsy

I shared an Etsy treasury of crochet snowflake items. My favorite item in this treasury was the earrings shown above, still for sale from DesignAnna.

I also did a treasury of hot guys wearing crochet hats. It was posts like this one that inspired me to write a Handmadeology guest post called How to Exploit Hot Men and Sell More on Etsy.


We looked at the pros and cons of crocheting with mohair yarn. I haven’t written a lot about this since but maybe I should do a roundup of mohair patterns.

Tangerine Tango was named the color of the year by Pantone so I did a roundup of 5 tangerine colored yarns. To be honest I didn’t see a lot of people specifically using that color this year despite that prediction. The new color prediction for 2013 is Emerald, which sounds a lot more user-friendly to me!

What I Was Up To

I had just finished this silk bamboo granny square blanket, which you can see in my living room today.

I signed up to do a mug rug swap, eventually making this one.

I crocheted these motifs to start a scarf. To be honest, I still have the motifs and no scarf.

I had just started working on what ended up being this crochet bag.

I bought yarn and a crochet Pacman ghost from Bazaar Bizarre. I recently used some of that yarn to make a crochet cowl.

I shared an update of five things I’d learned so far from the Hooked Together project I was doing. I checked out Bunny Mummy’s blogroll where I discovered several blogs I still follow including Posie Gets Cozy, IDA Interior Lifestyle, Linhas Imaginarias and Tangled Happy.

I started my 31 Days of Crochet Giveaways for the month of December. This year instead I’m doing a 12 Days of Crochet Christmas Giveaway, which is already in full swing. Enter now!

I also launched my 2011 daily Awesome Crochet Blogger awards, which I’ll be doing again this December. This one is also in full swing again this year with awards being handed out daily this month for all of the awesome bloggers out there writing about crochet.

Did you miss any of these posts last year? You can visit the originals using the links throughout this post.


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