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A-Glamping We Will Go: 5th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour
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!)
Jennifer E. Ryan
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Jennifer E. Ryan of Celtic Knot Crochet with us today, March 7, 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 Jennifer, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
Jennifer Ryan is an award-winning published crochet designer and instructor who has many years of teaching experience with all ages in a wide variety of art and academic subjects and settings. Her designs have appeared in several publications (I Like Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World) and her specialty is combining Celtic Knots with crochet. Jennifer has won awards for her unique Celtic garments in the CGOA’s (Crochet Guild of America) Design Competitions of 2012 to 2015. In June 2016 she was the celebrity instructor for Annie’s first crochet tour to Ireland (with Craftours). She also loves to sing, dance, photograph wildlife, and spend time outdoors with her family.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
I often crochet in public when my daughters are in various classes and I am waiting. I also love to sit by a beautiful lake in my hometown and crochet. Many people walk by and comment on my crocheting. I love to crochet when I’m out and about: It’s a great conversation starter!
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
At home in the winter I love to sit by our fireplace and crochet with my mini-dachshund on my lap. In the warmer weather, I love to crochet outdoors while watching my girls play or while relaxing in the shade in our yard.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
I have designed such a wide variety of projects that it is difficult to pick one favorite, so I’ll pick a category! I really enjoy designing and crocheting jewelry, especially necklaces. The Galway Necklace was one of the projects I created for our trip to Ireland in June 2016.
I taught 3 Celtic Knot Crochet workshops on the trip to about 40 participants who had a wide range of abilities and experience. It was a challenge to come up with a design that could be made quickly and be suitable for all skill-levels. Everyone was a joy to teach and I was proud to see many of the women wearing their beautiful creations while we toured Ireland.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I love all kinds of crafts and enjoy sewing costumes and girls’ clothing.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
I love to name some of my Celtic Knot designs after places in Ireland. It’s fun to view images on the internet but, of course, it was even more fun to see them in person last summer! I came home with much inspiration.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular pattern is the Celtic Knot Bracelet that I published a few years ago in honor of this Blog Tour. It is a simple knot design that can be modified to fit anyone.
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
A long time ago my husband and I stayed in a campground on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain, Vermont. The views of the lake were breathtaking and we loved seeing the moon shine over the water at night.
What is your favorite camping tip?
Be prepared for all types of weather no matter the season! Pack layers and jackets that will keep you dry and warm.
What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?
We love to have a campfire and roast marshmallows that we make into s’mores. Yum!
I will be posting a NEW Celtic Knot crochet pattern on my website. It will be FREE for the month of March. It is a small and quick project that you will have time to make for St. Patrick’s Day!
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Trinity Knot Christmas Tree, $6.00
The Trinity Knot has long been a symbol of Ireland. This lacy Christmas tree places the knot at the center for a unique Christmas decoration. The Celtic Knot can also be an ornament on its own so it’s like you are getting 2 patterns in one! This pattern includes diagrams and several photos to help you be successful.
2. Celtic Heart Knot Pin, $4.00
This design features a Celtic Knot heart with several different edgings. Project can be worn as a pin or attached to felt and a key ring to put on your favorite tote bag. Diagrams and several photos included.
3. Bobbie’s Lace Wrap in Easy, Breezy Crochet Lace, $9.99
I was inspired by one of my grandmother’s beautiful vintage crocheted tablecloths that was in our home. I re-worked the flower and leaf motifs and crocheted with Omega’s Fontana yarn to make this eye-catching shawl. It was originally published last spring but Crochet! magazine just re-printed the pattern in their newest special issue, “Easy Breezy Crochet Lace.”
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