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I first experienced the splendors of Istanbul last summer, when I spent a few hours there while en route to Uzbekistan. This summer, accompanied by my friend Leslie, I planed a full two weeks there exploring its rich history and textile creativity. We'd booked a room in advance at a small hotel in the Sultanahmet, the old city, where historic sights and tourists abound.
Designs don't fall from the sky, all finished and ready. They are built up out of knowledge, memories and inspirations. Innovative as it may be, each crochet pattern uses crochet stitches. Not all designs have a history that is easy to unravel. To give you an impression of how small design elements wind their way into becoming a pattern, I'll tell you how my slanted skirt came into being.
Have you ever wanted to try selling your crochet, or other craftwork, in shops or at fairs? Getting a handle on how to go about it can be a challenge. Julie has been doing it successfully for years, and shares her expertise with CI readers.
Hello friends and fans! It's been a while since my last communication, but I've been busy. Here are some of my most recently published designs. Kerala Tunic, is on the cover of Crochet Today! Another is in the spectacular Vogue Knitting Crochet magazine, it's called Lacy Tunic....
To be here now To escape the here now Something to think about A launching pad for my mind to wander To pass the time To feel like I’m not wasting time Something to hide behind To smooth awkward moments To give others something to focus on Energizing Relaxing
I was so thrilled when Craftsy contacted me not long ago about doing a crochet class! Craftsy is an awesome site where you can take classes in a tremendous variety of hobbies and skills, from cake decorating to photography to jewelry-making and of course, crochet. The way it works is, you buy the class, which is broken up into several lessons. You watch the lesson on your computer, and you can easily stop and replay anything you want to see again. Your access to the class never expires, so you can watch the lessons again whenever you want....
Months ago I saw a photo on ravelry of an amazing slip stitch stock made in the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan. From that moment I decided to go to the region to find out about more about these socks, their origins and makers. I was most fortunate to obtain a frequent flyer air ticket from New York to Tashkent, in Uzbekistan, and back via Kiev in the Ukraine. In Kiev I was to meet up with crochet master Antonina Kuznetsova, who invited me for Ukraine's Indendence Day when she learned I was planning a trip to the region.
After considerable stress over non functioning cash machines and overpriced taxi rides, I catch a bus from Mostar to Dubrovnik next afternoon. We drive along the impressive Adriatic coast, where a string of islands obscures the horizon. It's very picturesque, but the frequent resorts climbing up from the beaches are overcrowded and without much character. After the intensity and dry heat of Mostar, it feels distant and unreal to me.
It all started with toys. My Grandmother
decided that my favorite little doll needed a new wardrobe. A couple of days
later, the doll sported fancy-looking red pants, a cute yellow vest, and
multicolored hat. They were not made of fabric
like his old outfit: they were wonderfully crocheted!
I immediately had to know how. So Grandma showed me her tool — a thin crochet
hook with beautifully decorated wooden handle. She then took a ball of
cotton thread and the magic began. For me it never stopped…
Digital photography is a wonderful thing. It allows us to capture, document and preserve possessions and snapshots of our lives, sharing them worldwide through storage and networking sites like Flickr, Facebook, and Ravelry. It was through this venue that the editor of CI spotted some of my afghan work and inquired about it. What follows is an historical chronology ('ghanology?) of some memorable projects.
Some months ago I learned of this fabulous wedding dress made by Nikki Owens for her own wedding. Not only was it absolutely gorgeous, but Nikki, a practicing M.D. in Dublin, was a beginning crocheter! I had to find out more about this great story, and here is an interview we did by email. BRAVA NIKKI - you are an inspiration!! - Dora
DORA: Clearly you have design talent -- what have you designed before?
Welcome to the slim, sleek, "i" version of Crochet Insider. Why a new format? Who has time to peruse multiple pages, no matter how fascinating, when every minute, social media are sending you multiple messages on multiple channels? I decided, if you can't beat them, join 'em. . . So, I hope you'll tune in to this new, tighter format. I plan to fill it with crochet news, reports on new patterns, classes, my latest musical creations, reviews of new yarns and new books -- and also plenty of giveaways!!!
Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Easter, Passover, or whatever you like to do to bring on the spring. Here in New York, Central Park is blooming with lovely trees and flowers, it's a real treat! Here are some photos I took today -- I'm lucky to live just a block away from the park. (Click on any photo to enlarge - much prettier!)
Happy to announce that Tammy of Connecticut was the winner of my book Custom Crocheted Sweaters! Congratulations Tammy!!