September 2013

Hello Everyone!  I hope you had a great summer and are looking ahead to the new season ahead.

I went back to Central Asia this summer, to the land of Kyrgyzstan.  An amazing place, with fantastic people and a rich tradition of crafts. You can see my favorite photos of the trip if you click the link at the bottom of this page.

Naturally I'm busy designing, and also getting ready for upcoming classes at the Knit & Crochet Show in Concord, NC, Oct 3 -6. This is the first time in years I'm teaching there and I'm very excited! If you've never gone to a CGOA conference, it is so worth it; you'll meet many like-minded crocheters, enjoy the great cameraderie, and have the chance to take classes with great teachers.

These are the classes I will be teaching: 

F213C - Perfect Crochet Hats

S110C - Flawless Crochet Fabric

S210C - The Well-Fitting Crochet Sweater

N107C - Sizing and Grading Crochet Garments

To register:   

One of my classes is about crochet hats.  I've been thinking about slouchiness.  Which style do you like best?  Do you like more or less slouch? 

The Tunisian DVD I wrote about in the spring has been selling like gangbusters - woohoo!  Fans have been writing to say it really helped them master some of the trickier stitches - that makes me very happy! If you're interested, it's available at the Interweave store in several formats. This link will get you to my page at the Interweave Store.

http://www.interweavestore.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=dora+ohrenstein

Lots of nice patterns there too! And, if you aren't yet confident in reading crochet symbols, you can purchase my webinar on the topic at the same link.

If you'd like to see the designs I published recently in Interweave Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World and Crochet Today, check this link

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/dora-ohrenstein

If you'd like to follow me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/dora.ohrenstein

This year I'm planning to add lots of new patterns to the store here at Crochet Insider.  Let me know if there are any particular items you want to see with a Dora twist!

Enjoy the pics, and remember, they get bigger and look better when you click on them!  Talk to me in the comments section, thanks folks!!

 

Eating inside a yurt. I'm smiling but my stomach is not happy.

Eating inside a yurt. I'm smiling but my stomach is not happy.

Tajik woman playing mouth harp - so cool!

Tajik woman playing mouth harp - so cool!

At the beach in Issy-Kul Lake, second largest alpine lake in the world.

At the beach in Issy-Kul Lake, second largest alpine lake in the world.

Kids bathing in a public fountain - they loved having their photo taken!

Kids bathing in a public fountain - they loved having their photo taken!

Family living in a yurt, traditional Kyrgyz tent.

Family living in a yurt, traditional Kyrgyz tent.

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hat

I really love the second hat! The shape is great and the stitch is pretty and not hard to do! I would love a pattern for a garment that I have made of cotton knit that is a one piece shrug with long sleeves. Coversthe arms shoulders and back of the neck. Great layering piece and a crocheted one would be so much warmer!

 

 

New patterns I'd love to see!

Hi Dora,

You asked about patterns we'd like to see. I've been searching for the perfect crochet cardigan forever... Here is a link to a knitted one that is the shape I'm looking for.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/antonia-7 

Many crochet cardigans I find are made with double crochet (US) and so are very 'see-through'. I'd like a cardigan pattern that is dense but still has some movement and drape, similar to the knitted version. I've used a pattern before with hdc (US) that worked quite well. I'd also like it to be able to be created in many types of yarn so I can make myself a mohair version or an easy care washable DK version, for example.

Thanks Dora - love your work!

Your classes

Please let me know if and when you'll be teaching NYC-based classes.  Meanwhile, your books and ideas are a huge inspiration and help to me.  As I may have noted in a previous email or Facebook post, you've brought me to the realization that my much-loved worsted-weight cotton simply won't give me the effects I want in crochet.  Have discovered Takhi Cotton Classic which is wonderful for crochet--except for all that annoying rewinding.

Congratulations on all your successes!

Paul Stark

hat slouchiness

Hi Dora: 

I prefer a little slouch in a hat -- too much pulls the hat off the back of my head!

Also prefer the hat with enough depth to cover at least some of my ear as I wear my hats for warmth.
Thanks for asking -- loving all your patterns. Now my mind is whirling with ideas.

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