A-Glamping We Will Go: 5th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour
Want to Chat about the Tour?
Part of the fun of glamping is the daily round-up around the campfire, chatting and stitching with friends. We hope you’ll join us in our NatCroMo Facebook group, where we’ll be sharing daily camping recipes, campfire songs about crochet, and so much more! We’d also 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!)
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Marie Segares, Underground Crafter
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Marie Segares of Underground Crafter with us today, March 1, as one of the featured designers on our 2017 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). If you’d like to know even more about Marie, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
My name is Marie Segares, and I’m the Proprietress of Underground Crafter. I learned to crochet from my maternal grandmother in 1984, and I’ve been hooked ever since. She tried to teach me to knit, too, but that was far less successful. In 2010, I finally conquered my fear of knitting, and I haven’t looked back since. (Don’t tell the knitting, but crochet is still my favorite!).
I make hot process soap, quilt, sew, and embroider from time to time, too. I also do my fair share of cooking and love to bake. I’ve recently started using a Cricut Explore Air, and I’m having fun learning about the world of electronic cutting machines, vinyl, and paper crafts.
You may be wondering about the Underground Crafter name. I’m not part of a secret society of crafters (though that would be pretty cool), but I do crochet and knit underground quite a bit while commuting on New York City’s subway system.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
Yes, all the time! My favorite spot for crocheting in public is the New York City subway system.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
I most often crochet at the left corner of the couch when I’m at home.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
It’s hard to say, because I have crocheted hundreds of projects over the past 30+ years. I will say that the project I wear most often is the one in my bio picture, Thaden’s Asymmetrical Shawl. I wear it as a scarf, shawlette, or with the ends tucked in as a cowl.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I knit regularly and occasionally sew, quilt, and embroider, too.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
Naming patterns is not really my forte. I usually go with whatever I think up at the last minute.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular free crochet pattern of all time is my Temperature Scarf. I’ve since updated the pattern to include a link to How To Plan a Year-Long Crochet Temperature Project, which answers most of the questions I get about the project.
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
The last time I went camping was when I was in college. I was a counselor for a non-profit organization and I chaperoned a trip to Farms for City Kids http://farmsforcitykids.org/. They had not yet built out the facilities so we stayed in large, military style tents on cots with the students.
I don’t have specific plans for NatCroMo (other than to crochet A LOT), but I will have a few surprises up my sleeve for newsletter subscribers. Click here to subscribe. New subscribers also get a coupon code they can use to get any of my premium patterns for free.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Triplet Ripple Baby Blanket, FREE
Trios of increases make a stunning ripple blanket with wide, gently curved peaks and deep, pointy valleys. A video tutorial guides you through the special stitches.
2. Ella’s Rhythm Shawl, FREE
Combine an easy stitch pattern with an unusual construction to create a lacy shawl. A video tutorial guides you through the construction of the shawl. Photo (c) Yarnbox and used with permission.
3. Striped Bag with No-Sew Liner, FREE
Crochet bags are great projects to make and use any time of year. A removable no-sew liner makes this bag sturdy and easy to clean. Photo tutorials guide you through the special stitches and making the no-sew liner.
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