Friday, November 21, 2014

CHEMUNG New Cable Crochet Hat Design

I am so excited about Chemung! It is still not finished but I couldn’t wait to post about it. This thread will ultimate become the posting thread. The idea has pushed past ll the others in queue and said, ”I’m new, I’m next!”
These are shots of the second one -- I couldn’t finish the first because I ran out of yarn.
However the first one -- in worsted -- seemed to want to be in dk.






So I began again, refined the pattern and made the body of the second hat.
Now the part that is not yet completed is the brim, but now that I’ve seen and felt it without the brim -- I think I will present the hat with both versions.
It is named for the river which runs through my micropolis and the Valley we inhabit which shares the same name. It is said to mean “land of the saber tooth” but since they predate humans I don’t think it’s an accurate translation of the indigenous name.
I love how the cable says river and hills and valley -- that it resembles the terrain here -- and that you can wear it to look like a helmet, or a side braid.








The brim went very fast-- i guess it was slower the first time because I was making it up. I really love this hat as an evocation of place and time. It can be worn with its peak or pulled down as the beanie it is. As soon as I write up finishing directions, I’m ready to test.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gift-A-Long 2014: 293 Designers 3,822 Patterns on Sale and C/KALs

A rising sea raises all ships and thus in the spirit of mutuality and cooperation 293 independent crochet and knit designers from around the world  have organized
Gift-A-Long 2014.

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 2 month crochet-along/ knit-along of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a 293 independent designers.

From Thursday, November 13th at 8:00 pm US EST through Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm US EST,  these independent designers will each offer a 25% discount on 4 to 20  of their patterns.

Once you’ve selected your Gift-A-Long patterns, you are encouraged to join a relevant KAL/CALon Ravelry.com.  (For instance, if it is a cowl, join the cowl KAL/CAL.) KAL/CAL participants are eligible for lots of lovely prizes.

KAL/CALs will run from Thursday, November 13 at 8pm (US-EST) through the New Years Eve party, Wednesday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST), plenty of time to finish all your holiday knitting and crocheting.  The event includes games, tons of prizes, great conversation, and a lot of fun, so pull up a chair and join us!
For more details: visit.
Here's a map of the designers http://www.zeemaps.com/viewgroup=1192489&x=-95.665000&y=38.555475&z=14
This is the second year of my participation.

Here's a snap shot of 16 of the 20 patterns I am offering for sale:



Friday, November 7, 2014

Science Fiction Crochet

My Radiant Necklace and Topography Hat are included in the new collection 
Stitch Seekers Edition Two: Futurenauts versus Retrobots by Stitch Seekers from New Zealand
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/stitch-seekers-edition-two .

I've been a science fiction fan since before I was born. I read Animal Farm in the 4th grade, 1984 in the 5th grade and Brave New World in the 6th grade, when I wrote my first science fiction poem. About the same time I learned to crochet, I was given a subscription to Analog, edited by the sf great John Campbell. So I've been reading scifi just a couple years longer than I've had a hook in my hand, about half a century.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spirit Vest

My Spirit Vest is included among the creations of the 2014 International Free Form Challenge book, released today.












Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pattern Discovered, New Pillow

So in looking for one thing, I was lead to another, a handsome Russian( pattern)
that I found so very compelling.

Its sinous curves and arches looked like towers and minarets, or softened oinion domes. The chart was clear but challenging.
I finally came to understand it as an attenuated/elongated wave chevron pattern - with gathers over 5, 7, or  19 stitches, with pillars of stitches rising above the deep gathered valleys.
It can be found here:

The colors in the tiny image are lovely and color continues to be a challenge for me.
But I put my favorites -- yellow and purpe to gether  thinking working from dark to light and add a contrast (green).

'Tis is the year of the figurative in freeform for me, so the pillow edges have two spirt women.  One of my  smack my forehead moments was realziing that framing the figures, extended them in an easy to use way.


This National Crochet Month I spent time working on objects for my home -- for the first time. My yellow leather couch is enhanced by this pillow:






Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy National Crochet Month 2014!


My month started off with fanfare as I won Elann.com's monthly drawing! As a designer with limited funds, the gift of yarn is a great gift.  Thanks Elann, your Peruvian Highland Wool was among the first yarns I designed in and with – the extensive palette and great price made it my go-to yarn.   This line is being retired, but I hope it will return.

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.

Charity of the Month

Crocheting for charity helped me when I was in rehab. Being able to create for others, was affirming and  stimulating, Crochetville has selected Halos of Hope as the feature charity for this month.

Halos of Hope is  a 501c3 not-for-profit organization committed to providing volunteer-crafted hats to cancer centers across the country. They prefer soft, seamless washable, headwear. http://halosofhope.org/guidelines
Mailing Address:  Halos of Hope, 20987 N. John Wayne Pkwy, #B104-432, Maricopa, AZ 85139  or you could find a local center through this link:
Blog Tour

My post today, is part of Crochetville's 2014 Blog Tour for National Crochet Month. Crochetville’s blog tour will feature about two designers each day of the month. All designers participating in the blog tour are professional or associate members of the Crochet Guild of America. For more information: http://crochetville.com/national-crochet-month-2014-designer-blog-tour/

New Leaf Collection

My new leaf collection is 30% off for National Crochet Month. I love flowers and leaves as motifs, applique’s embellishments, but particularly for use in creating freeform fabric.  This is my second collection of leaf patterns and includes: Big Little Leaf, Circle Leaf, Embossed Leaf, Flame Leaf, Floral Leaf , Fruit Leaf, Heart Leaves, Houseplant Leaf, and Medium Leaf.  To get the discount, use the code NatCroMo or this link: ravelry.com/redeem/akuadesigns-2?code=NatCroMo


Free Patterns

I created  a number of patterns for National Crochet Month.  Each of these will be free for seven days beginning with Five Year Flower, so stop by next week for  the link and code for the other patterns.
Five Year Flower is inspired by Irish Crochet. It’s named for my personal numerological year and  petals – both of which are five, the number of change. To get it free, use the code FREE or this link http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/akuadesigns-2?code=FREE


Crochet Book

One of my several projects for this month is a crocheted book of poems on crochet.
Most of these have been published singly, but not collected.  Next month is
National Poetry Month and it seems a good way to connect the dots, to connect my passion for creating with words and with fiber.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

And the answer was inspiration:First Storm Hat

It began with a question. A Raveler saw a hat
http://www.whitestuff.com/crochet-bobble-hat-prod406885_yellow/
and loved the stitch pattern and  wondered if anyone could identify it.  After some discussion I remembered I saw this Catherine Wheel plus Tunisian Boxes in The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein.

















Excited and inspired by the discussion and the pattern, I created my own version using Full Circle Bulky, a deliciously soft yarn, in a rich purple.

This was a great way to start the new year, creatively, joyfully, making warmth against the cold.