Welcome, crochet fans, to one of today's stops on Crochetville's "A Tour Through Crochet Country"! Why a blog tour, you ask? (If you don't already know why...well...why don't you know why? Are you crocheting under a rock, or something?) Okay, the reason why is that it is NATCROMO, otherwise known as National Crochet Month. During the tour, Professional and Associate Professional crochet design members of the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) are blogging out crochet love. ALL. MONTH. LONG!!!! What's not to love about that? So, I have been asked to be your co-host on day 10 of the tour, along with my esteemed colleague, Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten. If you haven't hopped on board the tour yet, you really should, because there is swag involved. There will be giveaways, discounts and all other sorts of goodies, including a giveaway on the Crochetville blog, where they are giving away two autographed pattern postcards to winners each day of the tour. These pattern postcards are usually only available in Crochetville's Red Heart booth during the trade shows they attend.
A couple of other important items for NATCROMO: Crochetville is hoping that many of you generous stitchers out there will think about contributing to Project Night Night, whether in the form of monetary donations or hand hooked crochet love. Project Night Night provides blankets for homeless children. Click the link to learn more, won't you? I remember how much my son loved his blankie I crocheted for him as a newborn, well into his toddler years. I can't begin to imagine what a comfort a soft warm blankie would be for a cold child with no home.
Also, if you are a crocheter, and you aren't a member of the CGOA, well why not? Wanna know why you should be a member? Those are all great reasons to join, but for me, the greatest reason has been that being a member of CGOA has connected me with friends all over the WORLD (that's right; not just the USA) who are like-minded; that for the last 5 years or so, I have chosen to spend my vacation with. I call them the "friends who GET me", because they understand (and share!) my passion for yarn and the fiberarts, especially the art that we call crochet.
Ravelry store, you will get the pattern for Summer Storm....FOR FREE!!!! That's right, a two-fer. Buy one pattern for $1.99 and you will receive Summer Storm gratis, for nada, no strings attached. Just enter the code NATCROMO at checkout. But you love the entire collection of shawls, you say? Well, dearie, I am also discounting the entire collection for 10%! Enter the code CrochetRenee at checkout for the e-book. The original price of the book is $19.99, so it's already like buying 10 patterns and getting 2 for free...with the discount it's like buying 9 patterns and getting 3 for free. You're welcome!
I hope you have enjoyed today's stop along Crochetville's "Tour Through Crochet Country". I hope you will continue to follow along for the rest of the month, and please, visit Andrea today as well. Until next time, keep those hands busy and keep stitching!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Today's Corner View theme is "hands".
I have done a lot of things with my hands.
These hands have changed diapers
Helped with healing
Crocheted and knitted miles of yarn
Held hands with a dying loved one
Stretched miles of barbed wire fence
Held the reins of many a horse
Cooked and baked many meals and treats for a hungry family
What did my hands do today?
They patted the dough into the pie pan, put them into the oven...
Then these hands carried them to my Mother's house, where we shared them for breakfast.
Corner View is a weekly appointment with bloggers all over the world. For more CV's, visit my pal Francesca over at Fuoriborgo.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
This week's Corner View theme is "Look, don't touch". In looking through my photos, I found several things that I saw this year...first, a peacock at the zoo.
A wee little frog on the side of my house...
One of the wonderful cave formations in Mystic Caverns
Spring flora (fern fiddleheads and an unidentified flower) on a hike in the Buffalo National Forest.
A holy water fountain in the St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Santa Fe, New Mexico
And the amazing staircase at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe.
Seems like many of the things that I saw this past year that I could look at but not touch were found during my travels.
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Monday, December 31, 2012
First of all, here's a picture of Mom and Wyatt helping me to spread some dried manure on the asparagus bed. On the nicer days we have had so far this winter, we have been trying hard to rehabilitate the garden. Dad was so ill in his final season that we had to let gardening go for more important duties. Dad worked for many years to establish his wonderful asparagus bed; I am determined that we will continue to take good care of it so that we can enjoy the fruits of his labors for many years to come. Mom said one thing we needed to do was gather some manure and put it on so that the winter snows could coax the nourishment down to the roots. Wy found it quite amusing to be picking up poop, as most 4 year old's would.
Here I sit, poised on the brink of a new year. Really, I have never held too much reverence for New Year's. I don't typically go out and party the eve before. Not really my style. But if 2013 will be less stressful, less painful, less aggravating, frustrating and instead be peaceful, and render for me a time of mental clarity and sanity, then I say (as I think my Dad would have said), "So long 2012...don't let the door hit you in the ass!"
Bring it on.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Today's Corner View theme is "White". So, without much ado, I searched through my photo files to find random shots of different whites...
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Saturday, December 1, 2012
After a year of designing shawls, you would think I would have become tired of shawls, or run out of ideas. Not so...in fact, the ideas are never a problem. The execution is not always so easy. Here we are, it's December (all too quickly, it seems), and here is the final installment of my "12 Shawls in 2012". I call this design, "Memories of Santa Fe".
I decided on a good basic, solid (as in non-lacey) warm wrap for the cold month of December. This is not at all the design I originally had in mind, but after enjoying myself in Santa Fe, then coming home to look at my yarn stash, these colors of Malabrigo Lace just begged to be united in a lovely Southwestern-y theme.
Many of the designs have been professionally tech-edited by Haley Zimmerman; she will be editing the entire collection, so if you've bought any of the patterns, or the entire collection, there will be updates coming yet on some of the designs. I will continue to upload these as they become available. I also plan on adding charts in the future, once I have the ability to run Illustrator. Updates will be sent in the future as these become available, as well.
The button above is for the individual pattern for this shawl. To purchase the entire collection (that's 12 patterns for the price of 10!), click this button:
Thanks again to all of you who supported me and believed I could accomplish my goal!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Yes, that is the official name that was given to what we now know as Santa Fe, somewhere in 1609 or 1610. It's now wonder they shortened it to Santa Fe...by the time you said all that, you would have lost your train of thought regarding anything else you might have wanted to say! I am writing this Sunday morning. We will soon be headed out the get a massage, (try not to hate me too much!) then back to the casita for lunch (leftover paella), then we are going to go explore The Flea. Yesterday, we went to Museum Hill, where we visited the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. Unfortunately, one is not allowed to take photos inside of the museums, but I did get some shots outside. Here, a view looking toward the Sangro de Christo Mountains.
A giant kachina dancer in the museum courtyard
Part of the sculpture garden