Obsessed with Color!

Yes, I am obsessed. I have been working up some color lessons and exercises based on Albers and Itten, among others, but with yarn instead of paint and paper.

Stay tuned for free lessons!
 

Noro Sprial Shawl

The latest issue of Noro Knitting Magazine (Fall/ Winter 2016) features one of my designs, "Spiral Shawl."

It looks a lot more complicated than it is to crochet; the pattern consisting mostly of a two row repeat of simple stitches, with the yarn (Noro Silk Garden Lite; colorway #2093 with bright flashes of turquoise, pink and orange against dark gray) doing most of the work.

I had envisioned the scarf going around the neck, much like a collar, but they styled it in different ways I hadn't thought of. I've got to say, this is one of my favorite photos of one of my pieces--the magazine and the model did a beautiful job!

There's a lot more to see in this issue of knitted and crocheted items in Noro yarns--check it out at your favorite LYS now!






Blog Tour, March 2017

Plans are in the works for the March 2017 Crochet blog tour. You'll see blogs and websites of other designers, indie yarn dyers and distributors, and lots more. I'll be featured on the 15th!

I'll have a brand new amigurumi pattern at the end of the blog tour, free to participants, as I did last year, and you'll see info on how to receive it during the tour. Stay tuned!


White River Yarns, Vermont

2016 Christmas Club Kits
So sad to hear that the White River Yarns in White River Junction is going to be closing at the end of October of 2016 due to family illness. I visit there about once or twice a year on my way through town on my way to northern Vermont, and found Karen to be one of the sweetest and kindest people on the planet. Her shop is not just a yarn store, but a real community center. Her blog posts have been an inspiration to me. We will all miss you, Karen!

Crocheting for Charity

Crocheting along with my fellow Ravelry friends, we are crocheting for charity.
Here are some of my bears that will go to AIDS orphans in Africa, The Mother Bear Project.
I named them Archie, Bingo, and Coco, going in alphabetical order.

The ducks are for The Yellow Duck Project, also named alphabetically, Arlo and Arabella, Bubbles and Buster.
You leave them somewhere for someone to find, to brighten up their day, and to encourage them to think about blood and organ donation. The tags have their website address.
I'm going through the alphabet. Keep an eye out--maybe you'll find one of them!




Baby You Can Drive My Car

Baby shower tomorrow, for Samantha, a friend's daughter. I made a baby afghan for Sam when she, herself, was born, so I wanted to make something a little different. Since the father-to-be owns a car repair shop, I thought I'd try designing a set of toy cars.


I was aiming for a retro look. It took a while for me to get the shapes just right, and I don't know much about car styles, but I like the way they turned out.



The main yarn is a smooth DK weight, acrylic for easy washing. I first thought of buttons for the accents, but safety first for baby!

So, instead of buttons, I used a metallic yarn for the headlights and rear lights.

I hope the sweet baby girl enjoys playing with them as much as I enjoyed making them!


Knit and Crochet Olympics and Little Yellow Ducks

I've been crocheting every day, even through the hot and stormy weather, but can't share what I'm doing yet--I'm making items for magazines to be published next year. Cute stuff, if I do say so myself.

With the Olympic Games coming up, Ravelry (the greatest knit and crochet site!) will be holding their own version that knitters and crocheters may participate in online.

I definitely will be entering their "Toy Toss" event, and I will be designing and making some little yellow ducks to benefit a site that encourages blood and organ donation. Everybody wins in this Ravelympics--stay tuned for updates!