Today we look at this week’s crochet news – and updates to the news from the same week in 2011 and 2012.

This Week in Crochet 2011

First let’s look at what was on the blog during these dates in 2011.

crochet portrait

During these dates in 2011 I did a profile of one of my favorite crochet artists, Jo Hamilton. Later that year I saw that she shared her creative space (which I’d love to retreat to) and then also had a crochet art show in New York. More recently her work was featured at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Last fall I shared another artist (Pat Ahern) doing crochet portraits, one of very few others besides Jo who is doing this work. The newest Jo Hamilton crochet portrait that I know of is the commissioned Brighton Ray Bradbury shown above.

american eagle crochet dress

In crochet fashion I looked at American Eagle Outfitters crochet. However, I can see now looking back at the post that a lot of what was called crochet isn’t actually crochet. When I first started in crochet a couple of years ago I couldn’t tell the difference, especially in online pictures. I’m much better at seeing it now although I do sometimes still get it wrong! The sweater dress shown above is something in the AE store now and they’re calling it crochet but it looks machine-made to me; what do you think?

I loved that there was an 11-year-old crocheter who was crafting for charity. I continue to love stories like this about teens and tweens who crochet. The most recent one I wrote about was the boy who was teaching local yarnbombing classes; he’s also 11. Speaking of yarnbombing, it was kind of a controversial thing among crafters that was in the news a lot in 2011 and here on the blog we took a look at the pros and cons of using yarnbombing in advertising.

This Week in Crochet 2012

Now let’s look at what was on the blog during these dates in 2012.

doily art

In art I was looking at porcelain crochet artist Kristen Wicklund. I continue to love her work, although I haven’t seen anything new lately. At the time of this writing her Etsy shop says she’s on vacation and her website is quiet as far as updates.

dora ohrenstein

I can’t believe it has been a year since I interviewed Dora Ohrenstein about her then-new book Custom Crocheted Sweaters! Dora continues to make headway in the crochet world. She has just released a new Tunisian Crochet book (shown above) and she has joined the Talking Crochet newsletter editing team.

I also had a lot of fun compiling 20 crochet stop motion videos.

2013 Crochet News

And now the crochet news from this week, this year …

1. “Two teachers at Hatboro-Horsham High School created an organization that crochets blankets to comfort patients undergoing chemotherapy.”

2. “A Batman fan has become an overnight sensation after crocheting the mask made infamous by the villain Bane in the Dark Knight Rises.”

batman crochet

3. Mobile Yarn Truck Gets on the Move. I wrote about this when it was just a Kickstarter project; now it’s getting going.

yarn truck

Check back next Sunday for more crochet history updates and breaking news in crochet!


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