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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sparkle Knot Necklace - Crochet! Special Issue

Sparkle Knot Necklace - Crochet for a Quiet Evening - Crochet! Special Issue -
Available TODAY! (8/20) at www.crochetmagazine.com
Photo courtesy of Annie's
For the Professional Development Day at last year's CGOA conference, I wore a necklace similar to this one.  I received many compliments and Carol Alexander liked it so much she asked me to design this simpler version for Crochet! magazine.
I enjoy creating my own jewelry.  Artwork like this is one-of-a-kind and quickly adds interest to any outfit.
I will be posting tips and photos on how to weave this knot (on a page to the LEFT).
Please send me photos of your finished projects - I would love to see it made in other colors!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bleeding Heart Bookmark - Crochet! Special Issue

Bleeding Heart Bookmark - Crochet for a Quiet Evening - Crochet! Special Issue -
Available 8/20 - www.crochetmagazine.com
(Photo courtesy of Annie's)
One of my favorite spring flowers is the Bleeding Heart.  It is amazing how the flowers look like hearts and hang delicately  from biggest to smallest.
I thought this unique bookmark would make a great gift for any gardener who also loves to read.
This project is crocheted with Aunt Lydia's Fashion 3 Crochet Thread which has a beautiful sheen and is a little thicker than the usual crochet thread (Size 10) making it easier to work with for some.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Maple Leaf Scarf - Crochet Today!

This Maple Leaf Scarf is another one of my designs in the Sept./Oct. issue of Crochet Today!

I designed this scarf to look like so many trees in New England do in the fall.  Rarely are they all one color - Some of the most breathtaking trees are the ones that are full of many colors - green, yellow, orange, rust, bright red, deep red, burgundy. 

My crochet designer friend, Amanda Saladin, designed this Dartmouth Pullover that makes a great backdrop for the scarf.  Amanda designs many beautiful sweaters for Crochet Today! and other magazines (even some knit magazines!).  You can see more of her work on her Ravelry page here and on her website: www.designingcrochet.com.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kerry Shrug - Prize-winner!

One of our family members works for our city which enables our family to participate in the National Arts Program.  For July and August many wonderful works of art are hanging on the walls of City Hall.  There are paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, crocheted pieces, jewelry and more.

I was so pleased to find out at the Awards Ceremony last week that my Kerry Shrug (Pattern published in Crochet! magazine, Spring 2013, www.crochetmagazine.com) won 2nd Prize in the Professional category.

All prize-winners had their artwork shown on the screen and were presented the award by the Mayor, Ted Gatsas.
My daughters did a great job with their artwork as well - one won an Honorable Mention prize and another won a scholarship to the local Art Center.
Here is their artwork:

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Eloise Skirt - Crochet Today!

The Sept/Oct issue of Crochet Today! is available now on newsstands or at www.crochettoday.com.

One of my designs in this magazine is the Eloise Skirt.

I crocheted this with Red Heart With Love yarn (Candy Pink) and the Sashay Sparkle (Rhubarb) yarn.  The With Love yarn is very thick so it works up quickly. The Sashay Sparkle has a sparkly metallic thread that runs along the top of the ruffle yarn. The suspenders are removable and the pattern is written for sizes 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Yarn Bomb Highlight #7

Lastly for our group pieces we have the "Little Guy Sweaters".  These pieces were wrapped around the small lights that encircle the large metal sculpture in the center of the courtyard.

The Elkins Public Library Knitters made wonderful projects with many colors and details on each square.  In fact, the pom-poms on this project were part of our scavenger hunt.

These projects fit perfectly around a column inside the museum's Community Gallery hallway.
Here are more Little Guy Sweaters with their creators, ages 8 and 11.

And a couple of 'sweaters' I made with a Celtic Knot touch. :)