2017 NatCroMo Blog Tour, March 17: Karen McKenna

A-Glamping We Will Go: 5th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour

Welcome to Crochetville’s fifth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2017. Join us for a month of virtual glamping (aka glamorous camping), as we visit crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, as well as offer some fun giveaways.

Today’s Posts: Bonnie Barker | Karen McKenna | Alessandra Hayden

Want to Chat about the Tour?

Part of the fun of glamping is the daily round-up around the campfire, chatting and stitching with friends. We hope you’ll join us in our NatCroMo Facebook group, where we’ll be sharing daily camping recipes, campfire songs about crochet, and so much more! We’d also love to hear about your favorite things you’ve discovered on the tour and see photos of your current crochet projects. You’re invited to join us daily for virtual cocktails/appetizers and dinner. (We’ll be sharing links to some fabulous recipes!)

Karen McKenna, I Hook Design

Karen McKenna | I Hook Design

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Karen McKenna of I Hook Design with us today, March 17, as one of the featured designers on our 2017 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). If you’d like to know even more about Karen, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.

About Karen:

I grew up in NJ, lived in WA for years, and now live in FL. I learned to crochet from my grandmother at 9. I just finished my fifth book, which is due out late spring from Leisure Arts. I am on the Board of Directors of CGOA and a member of TNNA.

Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?

Yes, usually at the coffee shop or doctor’s office.

Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.

Yes. My big oversized chair in my craft room.

Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.

Karen McKenna | I Hook Design | Navajo Stole

I just finished it and can’t show it. I’m also very proud of my “In A Weekend Baby Afghans” booklet from Annie’s and the Navajo Stole in the Annie’s Signature Designs Fall ’16

How do you decide what to name your patterns?

Usually the yarn or design give me inspiration for  name.

Tell us about your most popular pattern.

Karen McKenna | I Hook Designs | Arched Cuff Mitts

Based on Ravelrym it would be Arched Cuff Mitts, which is free on the Cascade Yarns website.

Tell us about your favorite camping location.

Karen McKenna | I Hook Design | Favorite Camping Location

5 star hotel, like The Empress in Victoria BC

What is your favorite camping tip?

Don’t break a nail.

What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?

S’mores

Tell us about any crochet items you take to “glam up” your camping experience.

Cashmere Bathrobe

 

Visit Karen’s Site: NatCroMo Specials

Karen McKenna | I Hook Design | NatCroMo Special

I will be reviewing Karen Whooley’s newest, self-published book. Garden Shawls. I will also have a giveaway of a copy of book. The Fresh Greens Hat/Cowl and Mittens patterns will both be half-price from 3/17/17-3/22/17. Please click the link above the photo for all the details.

 

Karen’s Designs:

If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.

Karen McKenna | I Hook Design | Fresh Greens Hat/Cowl

1. Fresh Greens Hat/Cowl, $5.00

This versatile hat can be untied and dropped around your neck as a cowl. Worked with a solid and multi #4 Worsted yarn from Oink Pigments.

 

Karen McKenna | I Hook Design | Fresh Greens Mitts

2. Fresh Greens Mitts, $6.00

These mittens are the match to Fresh Greens Hat/Cowl. Soft and warm.

 

Karen McKenna | I Hook Design | On the Fringe

3. On the Fringe, $5.50

This is a fun simple poncho. A hint of sparkle from the Downton Abbey yarn works well dressed up or down.

 

Find Karen Online:

Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/karen-mckenna

Blog: http://ihookdesign.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ihookdesign/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ihookdesign/

 

Additional Blog Tour Information:
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