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! 

http://crochetville.com/crochetvilles-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 
http://crochetville.com/2015-natcromo-designer-blog-tour-make-hats-for-halos-of-hope/
  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


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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.

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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.


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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 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cat-motif-collection



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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
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/circle-birds-little-parker--chick-webb
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zora-birds










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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
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3 comments:

Marsha Lavoie said...

I love what you are doing with freeform crochet.

Marsha Lavoie said...

I love what you are doing with freeform crochet.

Amy Reader said...

Thank you so much for featuring the 100 Women Project!