Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gift-A-Long 2015

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by 335 independent designers.

From November 19th at 8pm (US-EST) through November 27th at 11:59 pm (US-EST) these 335 indie designers will be discounting between 5 - 20 of their patterns 25% for this event.

There are eight KAL/CALs to participate in, prizes of all sorts given out, games, and generally a lot of fun! The Gift-A-Long KAL/CALs will run from November 19 at 8pm US EST through - December 31, 2015 at 11:59pm US EST. All patterns by the participating designers are eligible for the KAL/CALs and all not-free patterns by the participating designers are eligible to win prizes.


Once you’ve got your Gift-A-Long patterns, you’re invited to join a relevant KAL/CAL! (For instance, if it is a cowl, please join the cowl KAL/CAL.) To join, simply write a post in the KAL/CAL thread you want to join, including the pattern name you will make and a link to your project page. KAL/CAL participants are eligible for lots of lovely prizes but you gotta post to win!

There will be games, tons of prizes, great conversation, and a lot of fun.

Here is a handy shortened URL to search the sale bundle:

Gift-A-Long 2015 Designer Map:

My Patterns on Sale:

Testing Testing

Ah! How time flies.  I'm conducting several pattern tests. One is for an envelope/purse/clutch called Precious Package. It is worked in one piece from beginnin to end. It is easily enlarged and  works well in a number of yarn/hook combinations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Doily Rug For Outside Front Door

I love swirly whirly designs in doilies, and the radiant, graduate petal looks. On Ravelry I aw a rug that had both the whirling petals and a nice density. The maker said it was from a 1991 book she got from the library. So I Googled 1991 doily books and couldn't find anything that showed a doily like this.

Finally, I chanced it (yes, I'm congenitally shy) and asked her the name of the book.
It was from Crochet Lace in Pictures by Yoko Suzuki.  I saw another project that looked very similar --  up to Row 20 of a pattern by Agnes Russel, Passionate Plum Doily in the book Favorite Throws and Table Toppers.

As my local library is inaccessible to me, I would have to by it or find it.
After hours of Googling and the lure of torrent sites, I found the 1991 book (and no malware or adware) on Scribd. The pattern is an “application exercise”, but so instructive -- it is charted(!)

as now I know how to structure the windmill and it could be made with more or fewer of these arms/petals/blades.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Door Wreath

I started a wreath last century. It was to have crocheted grapes and an array of flowers... and now that I think about it, it was from a now out of print and highly treasured publication -- a calendar of crocheted wreaths from Annie's. My plan included some of  August's components and a bit of May and June.

I've learned a lot since then - a lot more about dimensional creations. That wreath was before I knew about amigurimi, or felting, or the wide array of flowers that I would meet and come to design.

With the return of spring this year, there has been the desire to declare myself
to myself and to stretch. So crochet will be made visible outside my home as well as within it -- and what lovelier more home affirming way than a wreath on the door.

Crochet Installation - Public Art at Home

Spring is at long last here and to celebrate its arrival I designed and installed a "fence flower". This was about the hands as well as the head.

I began with a protoype made of a yellow aran superwash that's been languishing.
It could serve as a place setting.

I've long wanted to do some crochet installation in my domain. I had previously considered yarn graffiti on my tree or street sign -- I may still do that -- but
my chain link fence offers the perfect convas , and a daily audience as my street is on the foot and drive path to an elementary school a few blocks uphill.

It took a lot more rope than I thoguht it would -- 6 packs  of 100 feet each, so 200 yards altogether. and I simplified the  center for the fence flower. But I still love looking at it and have embarked on yet another fence-flower design.

I've dedicated this design to the late, great musician, B.B.King.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy National Crochet Month 2015!

Happy National Crochet Month 
Welcome to Day 2 of the Crochetville’s 2015 
NatCroMo Designer Blog Tour! 


The Designer Blog Tour includes:
  A month-long charity drive to collect hats and raise funds for Halos of Hope, a charity that sends hats to cancer centers around the country 
  Daily Giveaways: a different prize package valued at up to $25 http://crochetville.com/2015-natcromo-designer-blog-tour-daily-giveaway-schedule/

Halos of Hope, the charity featured for National Crochet Month, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteer-crafted hats to cancer centers across the country. Its founder, Pam Haschke, is a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer.  Her experience informs her passion to ensure that cancer patients across the U.S. have access to free, handmade, attractive hats to keep their heads warm while they undergo cancer treatment. Crochetville is collecting hats on theirr behalf during National crochet month.   http://halosofhope.org/guidelines


Calls for Crochet

100 Women Crochet

Amy Reader seeks crocheted tendrils to install in an art work for her honor’s thesis exhibition at the University of Richmond, VA, USA.

Her goal is for 100 women to crochet at least one of these wisteria vines and submit them for display in an installation that will be shown in late April. The aim of this project is to showcase the strength and individuality of the women who participate.  The color of yarn and length of the vine are left to the discretion of the participants. Each woman will also submit an index card with their name and hometown on it and the cards will be compiled in a book that will be displayed alongside the installation.  The pieces need to be submitted by April 10, 2015.

Post War Blues

Isabelle Garbani’s Post War Blues addresses the issue of what happens to war innovations after a conflict is over and the possibility of innovating without violence or the threat of violence.

A ribbon of plastic flowers, crocheted and knitted from recycled plastic bags, bursts out of the old train car that sits inside the Brooklyn Army Terminal building. The flowers rise and slowly fall on the tracks in undulating waves, all the way to the end of the building atrium.
This project is a community-based art installation. She invites folks to create the flowers out of used bags  illustrating that in spite of our differences, we can work together and make something meaningful and beautiful for peace.


Party on Ravelry

For the past several ears, I’ve participated in the Party for National Crochet Month on Ravelry, mainly by joining the FreeForm Crochet-Along, as both participant and designer for a day.  I’ve learned so much over the years from this.  The sharing and camaraderie are amazing.  It’s a joy to have an international brain trust of knowing hands whose efforts, exchanges, and endeavors inspire.


It’s been a busy new year for me! I’ve created a bunches of new patterns to use as fabric, appliqués and motifs.

Cat Motif Collection

My collection of cat motifs is 50% for the next week.  I use them, as I use most of my motifs and appliqués to make fabric.  I used them in my freeform Cat Vest.
 To get the discount, use the code NatCroMo 


Circle Birds, Little Parker and Chick Webb, Spiral Birds, 

and Zora Birds

These birds formed the fabric for my Bird Bolero. The three patterns are also on sale for the first week of National Crochet Month. To get the discount, use the code NatCroMo:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spiral-birds


Crochet Poetry

I've created a collection of poems on crochet and am now in search of fixed format conversion so it can be read as an ebook.  Along the way,  inspired by Wait Wait Don't Tell Me,  I've also written light verse - limericks.

A striking young woman from Cannes

was able to hook any man

It’s not what it seems

to have the prince of her dreams

she crocheted him according to plan

Crocheting is what we must do

wielding hooks, we find something true

despite piles of objects half done

this is how we have fun

try it, perhaps you will, too.

Akua Lezli Hope

Live long and Prosper!

* Circle Birds collection is free for a few days with the code

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gift-A-Long 2014 Continues! Artesanity Interview

Through the end of the year, join me and 292 other independent designers in Gift-A-Long 2014 on Ravelry.com.  Chat it up in threads, crochet and knit! holiday gifts, and be eligible for many fabulous prizes. The Gift-A-Long extravaganza will last through the end of the year.  It is our gift to you to thank you for supporting Independent Designers!
One of these inventive indies is the bistitchual Annina Päivärinta AKA Artesanity.

How did you first learn to knit/crochet? 
Knit: in 4th grade. I hated it. I remember I made a head wrap and ended up having 1/3 more stitches than when I started :)
Crochet: It was summer I could had been 10 y-o, in the beginning of 90’s coz we had jeans jackets my cousin and me when granny taught us to crochet flowers.

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What inspired you to start designing? 

The fact that I wanted something that was not for sale, didn’t exist or was so expensive that I couldn’t afford it. I wanted to do Super Cool things for my friends and family.
And the fact that I can’t follow patterns. I’m too impatient. And coz the creativity has to come out somehow :)

What led you to start designing patterns for sale? 

Greed, the deadly sin. No… It was a lady that interviewed me after I got honorary mentioned in a mittens designing competition. She said “wouldn’t it be nice if this pattern got you rich”. Well yeah! Didn’t happen though. But I am currently putting my bf through university so the little extra I get from patterns sales is really a lot!

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What are your favorite knit/crochet books ? 

I don’t have any. If I need to know some stitch or pattern, I google.

What are you working on now? 

A sleeves wrap thingy. I love long and wide sleeves and thumb holes and big collars and this has just that, nothing more nothing less. I hope to go public with it soon, but Christmas is coming and I have a big to-do pile of DIY presents.

Websites/blogs you visit regularly for inspiration or community? 

Ravelry of course for community. Google and eBay for inspiration. I can type in a word and get all these images come up. It’s not like I’m copying other ppl’s designs, I just get inspired from them, it can be a stitch, a detail, color, background anything and then I start to build my design around that detail.

I also watch a lot of movies and tv-series. I’m a sci-fi girl and sometimes that shows in my designs. I’m also a fan of steam punk.

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What are your favorite tools? 

Paper and a pen.

What is your favorite stitch? 

K tbl. Somehow I’m fascinated about the different it makes to knit in the back of a stitch.

Do you have a favorite fiber? 


Do you have a favorite yarn weight? 

DK or thicker. I’m no lace knitter, it’s an impatient thing.

Do you teach or have you taught knitting/Crochet? 

Nope. I once tried to teach a 6 y-o to knit, it didn’t work out. But I would love to be a teacher! Either in hand crafts or cooking. I have a day job as a cook.

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