My business partner, Amy, is on her way to the CGOA Chain Link Conference today. Amy will be the speaker tomorrow at the CGOA Professional Development Day Luncheon. She’ll be speaking about how Crochetville can be beneficial to you as a professional and the ways you can participate in the Crochetville community. She will also touch on other online resources for crochet professionals.
I’m so excited! I wish I could be there. I hope all of you have a great time and I’m looking forward to reading about your crochet and fiber adventures!
The Summer Knit & Crochet Show is being held at the Radisson Hotel Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, New Hampshire from July 25-27, 2008.
The Show is the Crochet Guild of America’s Annual Chain Link Conference and The Knitting Guild Association’s Regional Conference.
You can read more about it at http://www.knitandcrochetshow.com/summershow.asp
When Jennifer of Jaybird Designs e-mailed asking to include my adjustable ring tutorial as her favorite tip/trick in a newsletter she was guest authoring, I was flattered and my answer was, “Absolutely!” The adjustable ring is a method of beginning crochet in the round so that the starting tail can be used to pull the center hole tightly closed (or pulled to leave an opening of any size you want). I’m as thrilled about this technique now as I was the day I discovered it four years ago. I wanted to grab every crocheter I could find and say, “Do you know about this? You need to know about this!” And so I submitted it to the then online magazine (since turned online community), Crochet Me, and it was published in the December 2004/January 2005 issue. I titled it The Magic Adjustable Ring: A Better Way to Begin Crochet in the Round because to me, it really was magic, changing my whole outlook on crocheting anything that started as a circle.
The newsletter Jennifer guest authored this month (July 2008) was Yarn Can Make This! from the web site YouCanMakeThis.com. Although the web site recently turned two years old, this was the first issue of Yarn Can Make This!, a newcomer in addition to their other two newsletters, You Can Make This! and You Can Sew This! If you’re a subscriber to the newsletter, I hope you enjoyed my adjustable ring tutorial! If you’re not (yet!), you can see the archived issue online.
Two other methods of forming a ring include joining a chain and crocheting into the first chain (see my tutorial). These have their uses, of course, but I hope some day all crocheters will have the adjustable ring in their repertoire. I include it in nearly every round pattern I design for publication, hoping the editor will have it illustrated for the the how-to section of the book.* I’m on a mission, folks! ;-)
*One of the places you can see the adjustable ring illustrated is in Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution by Kim Werker (page 130). My design in that book is the Circle Rug, made of 60 circle motifs joined in a unique and sturdy fashion (page 125).
February 3rd, 2008 · Giveaways
Good fun! There were 890 giveaways in the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. I was number 887 on the list (um, I did mention I made it in at the last minute!). I really enjoyed participating and visiting many new blogs I likely never would have stumbled upon otherwise.
To draw the winners of my Beaded Bookmarks giveaway, I used the sequence generator at random.org. I had 160 comments on my giveaway (I wish I could send a bookmark to each and every one of you!), so I used the first four numbers given by the sequence generator. I matched those numbers with the comment numbers to draw four winners.
Random Sequence Generator
Here is your sequence:
Timestamp: 2008-02-03 20:43:52 UTC
And now… the winners of my Beaded Bookmarks giveaway are:
Comment #144 – Karen (mommy of three)
Comment #58 – Melissa (LifeWithTwo)
Comment #111 – Angela (Anderson Family *love*joy*peace*)
Comment #8 – Melissa (The Meanderings of Melissa)
January 31st, 2008 · Giveaways
Just in the nick of time, I’ve slipped into this round of the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival hosted by Shannon of Rocks in My Dryer. I noticed the summer one after it was over and thought it sounded like fun. You can read more about it here, but in a nutshell, giving stuff away is fun and a bunch of bloggers giving stuff away is even more fun!
If you’re new to my blog, hello! I’m a crochet designer and work-at-home mom. So, anyhow… I’m giving away four of my handmade crocheted beaded bookmarks. They’re made from my free crochet pattern available at crochetme.com. To enter my giveaway, just leave a comment on this post. If you want, you can list the bookmarks in the order of which you like best. The first winner drawn will get their first choice and so on.
This is a giveaway, so it is totally free to you; I cover the shipping cost. I will ship internationally. On Sunday afternoon at around 2 pm (maybe a little later, depending on my toddler’s naptime), I’ll randomly draw four winners and each one will get one of the beaded bookmarks shown below.
Bookmark #1 – Blue and Red
Bookmark #2 – Off-white and Light Blue
Bookmark #3 – Gold and Dark Blue
Bookmark #4 Green and White
August 28th, 2007 · TV
The Uncommon Threads episode I was in will be re-airing tomorrow (Wed, Aug 29, 2007 @ 1:30 pm Eastern time on the DIY Network). It’s been on a few times since it first aired in October 2006, but I haven’t been keeping up with it.
I’m in the episode with Kim and Cecily. The theme is a party, and we demonstrate crocheting a wine bottle cozy (me), flowers (Kim), and a spiral bauble garland (Cecily).
In the final segment of this episode, we each show a few more crocheted party things, but don’t demo them: wine glass charms (me), crocheted sushi (Kim), and crocheted mini boxes (Cecily).
My crocheted wine bottle cozy:
My wire crochet wine glass charms: