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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 Angelia Robinson with us today 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 Angelia, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
Angelia Robinson is a crochet/knit designer and mother of four residing in Los Angeles. She has a BA degree in International Relations, and worked to save the world as an organizer and lobbyist with several environmental and human rights organizations. Later her focus shifted to saving her own children, and she became an eclectic homeschooling mom. Angelia then renewed her childhood interest in crochet and knitting in a bid to save her own sanity. Her elegant and playful creations have been featured in Vogue Knitting: Crochet, Crochet! and Interweave Crochet magazines.
Tell us about your favorite travel destination.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many cities across the United States and Europe, but my favorite destination is definitely my home town – Baltimore, Maryland. There’s nothing like Summer crab feasts, shopping at the Inner Harbor, watching ball games at Camden Yards or hanging out at Maryland Sheep and Wool.
Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.
My dream destination is Italy. I would love to shop for shoes, visit the Coliseum, and take a sneak peek in a few yarn mills, but maybe not in that particular order.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
I love visiting local yarn stores when I travel. My favorite find was a lovely skein of mulberry silk I found in a San Diego yarn shop. I used it to make a scarf for my sister-in-law.
Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?
When packing crocheted clothing and accessories, I try to keep them away from things with zippers, hook and eye closures and/or Velcro. So I use Space Bags which protect my delicate items while minimizing the amount of space they take up in my suitcase.
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?
I think I must suffer from a form of craft ADHD because I always have many projects going at once. But when I’m traveling I have to limit myself to two projects – a small, easy one that will fit in my purse, and a larger, more complicated one for my suitcase. This guarantees I’ll have mindless crochet to work on when I’m out and about, and more intensive crochet to help me unwind at before bed.
Visit Angelia’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
To celebrate National Crochet Month and the coming of Spring, I’ll be giving away free digital downloads of my Rialto Ribbed Top pattern for a limited time.
A Few of Angelia’s Designs:
Nori Cowl, $5.95
An interesting combination of short and tall stitches worked in the back loops gives this cowl a beautifully textured fabric. You can finish this quick and easy project in a single weekend for a delightful accessory you’ll love to wear.
Nerisse, an elegant crocheted wrap, blends silk and lace to create a beautiful and luxurious accessory. Indulge yourself by using hand-dyed silk or any yarn with excellent sheen and drape for this project. The end result will dress up any outfit throughout the year.
Cobblestone Wrap, $5.95
If you love the look of crocheted motifs but dread the idea of sewing them together, then this is the project for you! The Cobblestone Wrap has the appearance of dozens of tiny motifs, but the piece is worked in strips with a deceptively simple join-as-you-go technique. Use self striping yarn to bring in bursts of color, and you’ll have a one of a kind accessory to match almost any outfit.
Find Angelia Online:
- Website: www.AngeliaSmithRobinson.com
- Facebook: facebook.com/angeliasmithrobinson
- Twitter: @quaternityknits
- Ravelry: ravelry.com/designers/angelia-robinson
- Patternfish: Angelia Robinson on patternfish.com
- Craftsy: craftsy.com/user/460336/pattern-store
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