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!!
So you've spent untold hours crocheting away on a project, and now you've reached that glorious moment: Finished! You glow with the satisfaction of having made something with your own two hands, a bit of string and a hook. The final step is to immortalize it by taking a picture of it. But uh oh -- the picture looks awful and nothing like your beautiful crocheted piece. I can't tell you how many of these kinds of duds I've taken....
Amigurumi – Ami what? A few years ago that would have been the response. Amigurumi, pronounced “AH-MEE-GOO-ROO-MEE”, originated in Japan, but the craze has hit almost every household today. Amigurumi means “crocheted toy” – you may also see it referenced as “Kawai”, which means “cute.” So what is Amigurumi? It is a “cute crocheted toy”.
The Spring Flowers Table Mat, with an opening in the middle for a candle or vase, is a bright and colorful example of a technique I call "Crocheted Flower Fabric." It's very simple. You crochet flowers or other motifs, arrange them in the shape you like, and then sew them together.
"A craft remains alive only as it grows and brings new converts into the fold. If we don't continue to stretch our knowledge, to explore at the limits of what we know, both as individuals and corporately, crochet will stagnate."