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March 4: A Tour through Crochet Country

It’s our fourth day of A Tour through Crochet Country, and today we’ll be visiting with Amy O’Neill Houck and Akua Lezli Hope.

Today’s Stop 1: Visit Amy O’Neill Houck

Amy O’Neill Houck is an author and crochet and knitwear designer. Her articles and designs have appeared in many books and magazines. [AOH] Designs, Amy’s self-published pattern line, is known for “patterns that beautifully balance fit, style and creative, fun construction.”[1] Amy lives in Alaska and enjoys devising recipes. Back in 2007, Amy and I had patterns published in the same book, Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution, hers being the Mini Wrap Skirt and the very popular Baby Doll Dress, and mine was the Circle Motif Rug.

I love this Hemp Shawlettte from [AOH] Designs.

Hemp Shawlette

Hemp Shawlette by Amy O’Neill Houck
Available on Ravelry, [AOH] Designs

 

I’ve long admired Amy’s Alpine Frost Scarf. It’s so delicate!

Alpine Frost Scarf

Alpine Frost Scarf by Amy O’Neill Houck
Available in Interweave Store

 

Today’s Stop 2: Visit Akua Lezli Hope

Akua Lezli Hope is a woman of many creative talents and much perseverance. In addition to being a crochet designer, she is also an award-winning poet, writer, papermaker, glassmaker, and musician. She is assistant editor at Crochet Savvy, a free online magazine about fashion and crochet, which features up-and-coming crochet designers, bloggers, and yarn spinners. (Crochetville was featured in Crochet Savvy, Winter 2012, Vol. I Issue 4.) A look at Akua’s designs reveals a love of leaves and leaf-like shapes, and an affinity for texture and dimensional form.

I love the leaves, bobbles, and other adornments on Akua’s Cosy Apple Cozies.

Akua's Cosy Apple Cozies

Akua’s Cosy Apple Cozies
Available in Akua’s Ravelry Downloads

 

This drawstring pouch, the top surrounded by a flurry of leaves, is an eye-catching essentials bag.

Leaf Bagette

Leaf Bagette by Akua Lezli Hope
Available on KnitPicks

 

Good-Bye Until Tomorrow

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Amy and Akua. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Mary Jane Hall  and Lindsey Stephens.

Visit Mary Jane Hall Visit Lindsey Stephens

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

Today’s entries are closed. Winners: Congratulations to craftsandthings1 and Kathy West!

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: Where do you find crochet inspiration?

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.


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  • craftsandthings1

    Lots of places- Crochetville, Ravelry, pattern books,a customer request, a particular yarn- just to name a few.

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  • Kathy West

    All around me…. in nature and also on the web :) it expands my world

  • Karen C.K.Ballard

    Pretty much everywhere. We live on an amazing planet and people of all cultures are creative. How could one not be inspired!?!

  • Kathy West

    I won a Postcard!! I am so excited !!

    • Crochetville

      Congratulations, Kathy!

  • Angela Medina

    My new favorite place to get inspired is on Pinterest. I can always find something I’ve never seen before and love there!