The 2014 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month continues today with a visit to crochet designer Pam Daley.
Pam has always loved yarn. From the days when her grandmother would make doll clothes for her to the first layette set she made for a friend’s new baby, she has loved creating something beautiful while “making a bunch of knots in a long piece of string” as her dad would put it. Pam was lucky enough to incorporate that love of fiber into a 2nd career once she and her hubby retired a few years ago.
Since that day they’ve battled cancer (Pam) and experienced a major motorcycle accident that dramatically changed their lives (hubby). Crocheting and designing were literally a life-saver for Pam through those times. She says: “There’s just something about soft, squishy yarn that can make circumstances beyond our control seem a little less overwhelming.”
One of Pam’s favorite ways to spend a day is playing with a new yarn – from a unique hand-painted wool sock yarn, to ultra-fine llama fiber from Chile, to recycled sari silk yarns from India. And when one of those yarns work perfectly in a new pattern she’s designing – well, let’s just say that those are the days she really loves her job!
National Crochet Month Plans
Pam’s Spring Garden Purse pattern will be free to blog visitors AND the pattern PDF includes a special code good for 50% off any other pattern on her website. (The pattern will be free for a limited time only.) There will also be a random winner giveaway for a set of stitch markers on her blog.
Keep up with Pam online:
Ravelry pattern store: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/pam-daley-designs
Ravelry group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/pam-daley-designs
Etsy shop: www.Playingwithfiber.etsy.com
Craftsy patterns: http://www.craftsy.com/user/31364/pattern-store
KnitPicks patterns: http://www.knitpicks.com/cfPatterns/IDP/IDP_Pattern_List.cfm?ID=K00117
Pam is a professional member of CGOA (Crochet Guild of America), and she has this to share about her CGOA experience:
While I do enjoy the benefits of being a CGOA member – the retailer discounts, the magazine subscription, the reduced prices at the Chain Link conference – even without those I’d continue to be a member. For me it’s more about supporting the organization that is trying keep crochet alive for generations to come.
We’d like to highlight two of Pam’s designs, just to give you a sneak peek at her work.
Half-finger gloves: This pattern for fingerless or half-finger gloves using a modified half-double crochet stitch that looks a lot like the knit garter stitch. It’s a firm, textured stitch for a unique look. Available for $4.99.
Pedicure socks: This pattern is for socks with open toes & heels that are perfect for a pedicure or for dance, ballet & yoga classes and even with flip flops. Available for $4.99.
Blog Tour Schedule
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