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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour
Want to Chat about the Tour?
Part of the fun of taking a passenger steam train trip is talking with your fellow passengers. This year, we’re providing two locations where our passengers can get to know each other. We’d 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!)
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Julie Yeager with us today, March 14, as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). If you’d like to know even more about Julie, please check out our post about her from last year’s blog tour.
I have been knitting and crocheting for more years than I can remember, and I love to crochet and design afghan squares and full afghans. Every year I host a Mystery Afghan Crochet-Along, and I’m looking forward to our sixth annual event this Summer 2016. Last year we had over 10,000 participants with Summer Mosaic and countless beautiful finished afghans were produced. My next Crochet Along – not a Mystery – will take place starting April 1, 2016; Garden State Afghan will be released free on my blog. Then Mystery 2016 will take place in the Summer.
Please visit my blog for lots of free patterns, and watch for the first part of Garden State coming soon. All my designs can be found in my Ravelry Store, Etsy, and LoveKnitting. (Links to all these sites are in the “Find Julie Online” section at the bottom of this post.)
1. Tell us about your favorite travel destination:
I love to travel to see family. We’re in New York, so we head south to Florida and Virginia. Lucky us!
2. Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day:
I would love to take our time and drive out West and do the whole Grand Canyon to California trip. I would also love an Alaskan Cruise.
3. Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
Out of the Loop in Hopewell Junction, NY never fails to please. Lovely owner and pretty yarn, well organized – What’s not to like?
4. Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?
I pack a yarn project daily when I go to work, hoping to get in some yarn time if a lunch break happens. (I am a nurse.) I use a Vera Bradley large cosmetic case which fits several skeins of yarn, hooks, and scissors. I work out new patterns in any free time.
Visit Julie’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
For National Crochet Month, I welcome visitors to my blog to enjoy any of my many free patterns, and I will also offer half price coupon codes for many of my most popular patterns that day. Click here to visit my blog.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Summer Mosaic, $6.99
Our Summer 2016 Mystery Afghan was Summer Mosaic and was successfully completed by hundreds of crocheters. Suitable for the intermediate or adventurous beginner, this pattern features post stitches and popcorn stitches, and was inspired by mosaic stepping stones. Look on the pattern page on Ravelry for inspiring color combinations that outshine the original.
2. Modern Blanket of Flowers, $6.99
Designed to make perfect use of self-striping yarn, this is an easy and fun pattern. Each motif works up quickly and it is great fun to see the colors in the self-striping yarn progress. The final solid round shapes and defines the flower. I haven’t seen one yet that is not beautiful.
3. Roses and Ivy, $6.99
This design was inspired by a Fair Isle-type sweater that had different patterns for the body and for the trim. Easier than it looks! Portable motifs can be finished in moments of free time and assembled later.
Find Julie Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: ravelry.com/designers/julie-yeager
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