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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 Jude Butterworth with us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
I didn’t have anyone I knew who crocheted so I taught myself by working through the book “Creative Crochet” by Nicki Hitz Edson. I couldn’t follow patterns, but I regularly challenged myself by choosing a shape and attempting to replicate it in crochet. Eventually, I also learned how to read patterns. As my skills improved, I began to teach my friends how to reproduce my creations and that led to writing patterns. I don’t always write patterns as some of the things I make would be very difficult to do.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination.
My favourite travel destination and one that I frequently visit is my hometown of Toronto. I still love that city and as a bonus I get to visit my wonderful sister who still lives there.
Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.
I would like to visit Paris again. It is a wonderful city with so much visual inspiration.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
My favourite yarn store in Toronto is Romni Wools. You just have to love a 2 story yarn store full of fabulous yarns, bargains, and very helpful staff.
Tell us about any crochet projects you take with you when traveling: How many projects do you take? How do you decide which ones to take?
When I choose a project to take when traveling it is either something very simple and repetitive or something freeform (which is my zen).
Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?
One summer, I went portaging in Algonquin Park. You have to register map of your route and a timeline of your trip before you leave so they know where to find you if anything goes wrong. The first night of a week long journey, a raccoon bit into the bottle of insect repellent and it all leaked out leaving us to fend off the mosquitoes, black flies, and deer flies for the rest of our trip.
Visit Jude’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I will offer my pattern ‘Almost Random Lace Scarf’ for free with a code that I will give on my blog. This offer will be valid from March 5 to March 13. I hope it will encourage crocheters to delve into freeform.
A Few of Jude’s Designs:
I created this for the 2011 International Freeform Fibrearts Guild Challenge “Mythologies, Stories and Fairy Tales”. [See Neptune’s World details.] I am happy with how this turned out as it was a ‘do not break the thread’ challenge I gave myself. It was also featured as a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt. No pattern available.
A little bit Irish crochet and a little bit freeform. Another challenge for myself using the rainbow coloured crochet cotton I had. Again, there is no pattern available.
Rose Windows, $3.50
This pattern was originally written just for Gem, a Ravelry friend, who wanted a rectangular version of a triangular shawl pattern that I wrote. This pattern has been made in so many colours and yarn types that it makes my head spin (in a very good way).
Find Jude Online:
Facebook: Jude Butterworth
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