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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Lisa Ferrel, My Fingers Fly
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Lisa Ferrel with us today, March 12, as one of the featured designers on our 2017 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
I have been a crafter as long as I can remember, beginning with my mother teaching me to sew my own clothes. I continued the tradition and made most of my children’s clothing. My daughters used to tell their friends they had their own personal designer. I still sew, quilt, knit and needlepoint, but my true passion is crochet. Once I learned to read a pattern about 30 years ago, there was no stopping me. My children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews have provided constant inspiration for my designs.
I recently decided to write down those patterns so that I could share them with others. My favorite designs are children and baby clothing. I love working in polyester yarns (worsted and baby) because they wash so easily, but there is such a variety of yarns out there, it’s hard not to buy something that catches my eye!
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
I take my crochet with me anywhere that I may have to wait such as a doctor’s appointment. If it’s my husband’s turn to drive on a road trip, I always take along a simple crochet project.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
After dinner, I’m at one end of the couch crocheting while my husband is on the other end watching TV. During the day, I’m usually in my office – crocheting, knitting, or sewing.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
I love designing baby patterns, but my favorite project is the Baby Firefighter Sweater that I designed for my granddaughter.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
Crochet has always been my favorite, but I also sew, quilt, needlepoint, cross-stich, and knit (including machine knitting and loom knitting).
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
Usually my pattern names are simple descriptions of the designs.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
Last year when I listed my Baby Firefighter Sweater pattern, I got a lot of feedback from people asking for other styles of axe baby rattles, so I designed several more styles. These have been very popular, especially at Halloween. You can find all the axe baby rattle patterns in the Baby Axe Rattle Crochet Patterns Ebook.
I will be celebrating National Crochet Month with links to several free patterns.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Horny Toad Plush Toy, $4.99
Known affectionately as a horny toad, the Texas horned lizard was once a common site on playgrounds and in parks in the southwestern United States. They are scarce now, but you can crochet your own Texas Horny Toad using worsted weight yarn. This pattern could also used to make a dinosaur using green or camouflage yarn.
2. Army Baby Sweater & Rattle, $4.99
These sweaters make great shower gifts, photography props or baby’s first Halloween costume. Each sweater pattern has a corresponding baby rattle pattern, but you can mix and match the colors and rattles for a personalize baby gift for any expectant service man or woman.
Instructions include sizes Newborn-3 months, 6-9 months, and 9-12 months.
3. Baby Construction Worker Sweater & Hammer Rattle, $4.99
This sweater will make a great shower gift for any parent who is in the construction industry, photography props or baby’s first Halloween costume. The sweater pattern has a corresponding baby rattle pattern shaped like a hammer. Instructions include sizes NB-3 months, 3-6 months, and 9-12 months.
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