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Book Review: Modern Tapestry Crochet by Alessandra Hayden

This book just goes to show that "there are always 2 ways to skin a cat"! I've done a significant amount of tapestry crochet work crochet during my "crochet life," and have also taken classes from the experts at Crochet Guild conferences. Alessandra has solved some quandaries for me that I have had about the technique.


Full of good information about tapestry crochet, beautiful photography and twenty, mostly fashion projects, that explore the basics of the technique, the reader will be inspired and encouraged to do more complicated projects after trying some of these patterns. Aptly named, every project inside is gorgeous and on-trend for the fashionista and the home!


To avoid the usual bulkiness of tapestry crochet, which is not desirable in clothing, the author makes a point of only including 2 colors in each row of her fashion motifs. Her design rows line up perfectly with her unique suggestion of stitching in the black loop only. Alessandra suggests crochet…
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Interview with Suzann Thompson, Fiber Artist

I've known Suzann for quite some time, through her books, articles on crochet and more recently from I class I took from her at a Crochet Guild conference in which she taught us to make bullion stitches the easy way. Recently I was delighted to receive a message from her through Ravelry, asking me if I would be interested in receiving mailings about her upcoming exhibit, "Celebrating Doilies."

Throughout my crochet life, it has always been a thrill to see or read about exhibits which include crochet. Of course, I wanted to be informed of the upcoming exhibit and I ask Suzann to tell me even more, thus resulting in this interview which I hope you will enjoy. Do consider attending the exhibit if you are anywhere nearby Stephenville or Granbury, Texas this summer.

Book Review: Step into Crochet: Crocheted Sock Techniques from Basic to Beyond by Rohn Strong

When I first picked up Rohn's book, I had the attitude that very little could be added to the information out there on making socks. Boy, was I wrong!

Have You Ever Met an Alpaca You Didn't Like?

Just when I thought my visit to long-time firends, Bob & Sherry, in Mansfield, Ohio couldn't get any better, Sherry Googled yarn shops in the area; and was pleasantlty surprised to find thatAlpaca Meadows is a mere fifteen minutes from her house. She had never been there and knew I would enjoy it, so she made an appointment for us to check it out.

We were warmly greeted by Julie Petty who has owned this adorable Farm Store and studio which specializes in alpaca yarn for 10 years. Classes are offered for students to learn new skills in needle-felting, crochet, and knitting. The store is abundantly stocked with beautiful crochet samples made from alpaca, and crocheted by Julie herself. With her huband Matt, they own 20 alpacas, and she has a line of yarn from her own herd as well.

Although small, we easilybrowsed the store for over an hour. It is chocked full of color, fiber andf all manner of fiber-related crafts that would delight any fiber-enthusiast.




Since I am in a "co…

Love More

Recently I ordered a yard sign online that simply says, "Love More."  It can be interpreted in many ways  by whomever wishes to give it some thought as they pass my house.




The sentiment is helpful to me as I work on trusting in my own thoughts and beliefs while at the same time accepting any and all differing attitudes as the right of those who have them.


Third Annual Letter Y

Last week as I walked into school to attend little Chloe's musical, Stone Soup, I was greeted by a staff person who ask if I was there to "yarnbomb." I guess my reputation has preceded me; and I'll take that! "No," I replied, "Not until next week."

I am so pleased that I was invited back again this year to talk to the kids about yarn and yarnbombing; this is the week that they are learning all about the letter "Y!" When Chloe was in Junior Kindergarten 2 years ago, I was there; and this year Jack is in "J/K," as they call it, with the same wonderful teachers, Mrs. B and Mrs. S.

 Jack was a great help and so excited to be "on stage."


First-grader, Chloe, joined in too, as my assistant.

Since March isNational Crochet Monthsponsored by CGOA,,the timing is perfect for me to contribute my time, my enthusiasm for yarn/crochet, and my displays of yarn-related items to inspire youngsters to get involved with yarn crafts.


On t…