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March 16: A Tour through Crochet Country

You’ve arrived at A Tour Through Crochet Country! During March 2013, Crochetville is hosting a daily designer blog tour in celebration of National Crochet Month. Each day, we visit the blogs of one or two crochet designers, who share something with us — a free crochet pattern or tutorial, a peek into their studio or a-day-in-the-life, a coupon code, or something else special. Join us each day for a new surprise!

On our 16th day of A Tour through Crochet Country, we’re visiting Laurinda Reddig.

Today’s Stop: Visit Laurinda Reddig

One can’t really talk about crochet designer Laurinda Reddig without mentioning her Reversible Rowan Tree Vest, created in memory of her daughter, Rowan. This gorgeous and amazing vest won Grand Prize in the 2012 CGOA Design Competition. It is truly a work of art. You can read more about Laurinda’s story of making the Reversible Rowan Tree Vest on her blog. In the 2011 CGOA Design Competition, her afghan, The Marvelous Mystery Machine, won the People’s Choice Award. Laurinda has self-published a book, Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan. Her designs have also been published in magazines.

This is Laurinda’s Reversible Rowan Tree Vest. Both sides are equally gorgeous. One side has swarovski crystal flowers and the other has red beads for berries.

Reversible Rowan Tree Vest

Reversible Rowan Tree Vest by Laurinda Reddig
One-of-a-kind work of art
Photo by Doris Chan, used with permission

 

The first pattern Laurinda has published using her reversible intarsia technique is her “I Love Baby” Reversible Intarsia Blanket (and washcloth), available on Ravelry.

"I Love Baby" Reversible Intarsia Blanket

“I Love Baby” Reversible Intarsia Blanket
Available on Ravelry

 

See You Again Tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed today’s stop visiting with Laurinda. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Brenda Bourg and Susan Lowman for CGOA.

Remember Project Night Night & CGOA

Project Night NightWe would love your support for our blog tour charity, Project Night Night, which donates comforting nighttime packages to homeless children. You can help by making and sending new crocheted blankets (50” x 60” or smaller) and/or making a financial donation. If you contribute, won’t you please use our form to help us keep a blog-tour tally?

Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)Our blog tour is also promoting another non-profit, the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). All designers participating in the tour are Professional or Associate Professional members of the CGOA. If you’re not a member yet, there are so many reasons to join!

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

Each day of A Tour Through Crochet Country, we’ll be giving away two promo postcards, one to each of two winners. These are only available at our 2013 consumer show booths, and will be autographed by both of us, Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka, co-owners of Crochetville! The postcard includes Amy Shelton’s exclusive X Marks the Spot scarf pattern.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this question: Do you have pets? If so, do they like to hang out with you when you crochet?

The fine print: Must be 13 or older to enter. Entries must be received by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on the date of this post. Winners will be selected by random drawing and notified by email the following day. Void where prohibited by law.


All photos used with permission or under the Fair Use Exclusion of US copyright law.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002568231818 Cindy J Worthley

    yes,I have a 16 1/2 year old cat who owns my lap.(which makes it difficult to crochet).So I give her a little quality time and set her beside me … sometimes it works)

  • http://twitter.com/ReCrochetions Laurinda Reddig

    Thank you for the post and organizing the Tour. I have really enjoyed getting to know so many great designers!

    Yes, I have an almost 20 year old cat, Kidget (kitty midget), who has taken up residence on the arm of the overstuffed chair where I work most often. Keeping cat fur out of my work can be a bit of a challenge. I think I’m going to name a design after her!

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  • Karen C.K.Ballard

    No pets now, but I miss my Fio kitty. She was 19 years old when she passed, just over 4 years ago and was my crocheting and beading buddy, always posted on my right leg. When my right leg would get tired, I would try to move her to the left leg, but she would stay only stay there long enough to be polite and then would very deliberately move back to my right leg. Like Laurinda, I found avoiding cat fur to be a real challenge. I have not been able to get another cat. It is hard to imagine another as great as Fio and since my son moved to Europe, my husband and I do a lot more travelling.

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  • Susie Murray

    No little dog who sat by me as I crocheted. I’ve been an avid crocheter for many years, self-taught. I stopped for a long time but am back at it again – retired and have the time now to give more to this wonderful craft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.j.williams2 Deborah Joy Williams

    Yes, I have a beautiful maltese named Sadie. I combined crochet with knit to make her
    a cabled sweater to wear on our recent trip to Tennessee.

    • http://twitter.com/ReCrochetions Laurinda Reddig

      Awe! How cute! My dad, the knitter in the family, once knitted matching sweaters for everyone in the family, AND their dogs!