link love

Link love is my way of giving back to the crochet community by highlighting the great work out there each week from crochet bloggers, designers, artists and more. Here are this week’s links …

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Something Special

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“The Indie Design Gift-a-Long is an annual Ravelry extravaganza celebrating knitting and crochet. It kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern and runs through December 31, 2014 and includes about 6 weeks of crochet- and knit-a-long fun with fantastic prizes! Oh, and the sale. From November 13 through November 21, 2014, over 3,800 patterns by nearly 300 designers will be on sale for 25% off using the promotion code giftalong2014.” – via @UCrafter, one of the participating designers. Learn more here.

Crochet Quote

“As the temperatures struggle to stay on the positive side of the thermometer and I carefully plan my holiday crochet, I am wrapped in a warm afghan, surrounded by yarn, and looking for warm and giftable crochet accessory patterns.” – Toni Rexroat in a @crochetme article about gift ideas

Crochet Art

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Artist Bea Camacho is crocheting herself into a cocoon this weekend in a performance art piece

retro crochet art

“Ms. Redgrave (19), who is from Auckland, spent about 10 weeks crocheting the covers for the furniture she piled up as a tribute to domestic culture in the 1970s.”

yarnbomb art

“Sauropods have been yarn bombed in the Brisbane CBD as part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations

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Knit, crochet, quilted wall hanging from Suzann’s Textilefusion

crochet cat

Loving this amigurumi crochet cat from @lanukas

yarnbombing

Yarn-opolis has opened in Downtown LA. I’m proud to say I was one of the contributors to this YarnbombingLA project.

Crochet Books

craft home book

This upcoming book from @kristinnicholas looks like a good one: Crafting a Colorful Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Personalizing Your Space with Color

granny square crochet book

Tracey Lord’s Big Book of Granny Squares crochet book review by @jessie_athome; here are some other granny square crochet books

crochet basics book

@celcafe reviewed How to Crochet, which I quoted from here

angry birds amigurumi crochet book

I reviewed Angry Birds Amigurumi And More over at About.com Crochet

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Stanley and the Hot Air Balloon from Greedy for Colour

Crochet Designers

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Maya of Little Treasures was interviewed for the Around the World in 80 Skeins Project

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Pink Milk shared her craft room

Crochet Podcasts

I’ve been seeing articles all over the place this week that podcasting is back in a big way and there are lots of great crochet / craft podcasts this week:

creative yarn entrepreneur

Have you seen that @UCrafter is hosting a weekly interview-based podcast called Creative Yarn Entrepreneur? This week she interviewed @mishi2x – a knitter who has launched a pop-up shop called Gauge and Tension, which carries fine yarns and hard-to-find yarns.

knitting blog

This week’s podcast episode of @craftsanity is an interview with @onesheepishgirl who has a new book out: Crochet with One Sheepish Girl: Easy Lessons & Sweet Designs for Wearing, Living & Giving

crochet seats

Fiber Hooligan podcast interviewed @gocrochet; these are her Overstuffed Crochet Seat Cushions

Crochet Fashion

designer crochet fashion

Outstanding Crochet shared new designs in the Emilio Pucci collection; there’s some debate about whether or not they’re all really crochet but they’re definitely crochet-inspired if not

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Fluffy Mohair Sweater with Crochet Flowers from Choies

chunky crochet cowl

Ombre Crochet Cowl from Victory Garden Yarn

Crochet-inspired Skechers Shoes

Crochet-inspired Skechers Shoes

Crochet Patterns

crochet crown pattern

Free crochet crown pattern from @RAKJpatterns

crochet headband pattern

Free crochet headband pattern from Hopeful Honey

granny square dreamcatcher

Granny square dreamcatcher pattern for sale by Erin Black via @habitulhomebody

crochet cowl pattern

3rd loop hdc crochet cowl free pattern from @allaboutami

crochet cowl pattern

Crochet cowl free pattern from @craftybegonia

crochet hat pattern

Easy beanie crochet hat free pattern, multiple sizes, from The_DaintyDaisy

crochet hat pattern

Free crochet hat pattern from @ElkStudio_; there’s a matching free crochet scarf pattern as well

crochet blanket pattern

Free crochet blanket pattern from @dedristrydom

crochet blanket pattern

Ruffled Ribbons crochet blanket and rug pattern for sale from @feltedbutton

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Dreamcatcher crochet pattern for sale from @JBHcrochet

crochet slippers pattern

Crochet slippers free pattern from @myhobbyiscroche

crochet shrug free pattern

Crochet shrug free pattern from @acreativebeing

crochet square pattern

Spiked Stripes free crochet square pattern by @fiberflux – one of the Blog Hop CAL square patterns

crochet square pattern

Free crochet square pattern from @gleefulthings

crochet cuff pattern

Crochet cuff pattern for sale from @SCCelinaLane

crochet purse pattern

Free crochet purse pattern from @jessie_athome

tunisian crochet bag pattern

@UCrafter released a series of great new crochet patterns this week including this Tunisian Crochet messenger bag pattern for sale through Ravelry

crochet stocking pattern

Crochet Christmas Stocking free pattern by @edieeckman, also available in her new Christmas Crochet book

crochet santa ornament

Saint Nick crochet ornament free pattern from [email protected]

crochet snowman

Crochet snowman hat and baby cocoon free pattern from @repeatcrafterme

crochet christmas rose pattern

Crochet Christmas Rose ornament free pattern from @fiberflux

crochet tree pattern

Christmas tree coffee cup cozy free crochet pattern from @mooglyblog

crochet christmas tree pattern

Crochet Christmas Tree free pattern from Annaboo’s House; see more crochet Christmas trees here

crochet doily pattern

Star doily free crochet pattern from @olgalacycrochet

Crochet Tutorials

amigurumi crochet penguin

@planetjune has a new complete guide to brushed amigurumi; this is her baby emperor penguin crochet pattern

crochet granny square purse

How to make a bag out of three crochet granny squares by @jessie_athome

crochet necklace

Granny squares crochet necklace free tutorial from The Little Treasures

crochet ribbed v-stitch

I shared how to crochet ribbed v-stitch over on About.com crochet. See more V-stitch crochet here.

crochet ripple tutorial

Classic ripple crochet tutorial free from @rescuedpaw

crochet ruffles

How to crochet widthwise ruffles and twirls @crochetspot

Crochet Tips

crochet plastic bag mat

Tips for making a plastic crochet bag mat from @hijennybrown

crochet cowl

Tips for turning any crochet wrap pattern into a cowl pattern from @crochetme

crochet symbols

ReveDreams has a great article on crochet pattern assumptions

Crochet News

crochet flag

Cindy Fortness of Vilonia, hopes to give veterans the gift of warmth with hand crocheted blankets. Each crochet blanket is an American flag and she crochets at least one per month.

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“The Crafts Council has released a manifesto, stating that the dying art of crafting should be at the heart of British education. Helen Zaltzman agrees and explains why sewing, painting and knitting (toy dinosaurs) are skills we should all cherish.” (And of course crochet too!)

crochet hook art

Chemo Crochet Project helps others while helping founder through grief. “Nicole spent five hours one night, not long after her mother’s death, teaching her self how to crochet. By the end of the night she had completed a single square and come up with the idea for Project Chemo Crochet.”

Yarn Stuff

adriafil yarn

@kpwerker explains the difference between s-twist and z-twist yarn as it applies specifically to crochet

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CocoRoseDiaries reviewed a cotton yarn from Deramores

fabric crochet

Yorganza Fashion Scarf Fabric for Crochet by Sullivans @allfreecrochet

Other Crafty Things

lace mask

Bat-shaped Lace Mask from Choies

christmas stamps

Holiday Light Bulb Stamp Set

needlepoint

Needlepoint paintings by Sophia Narrett @Fubiz

Special Thanks

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