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:
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
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
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.