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A-Glamping We Will Go: 5th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour
Welcome to Crochetville’s fifth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2017. Join us for a month of virtual glamping (aka glamorous camping), as we visit crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, as well as offer some fun giveaways.
Today’s Posts: Abbey Swanson | Rhondda Mol | Daily Giveaway
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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Rhondda Mol, Oombawka Design
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Rhondda Mol of Oombawka Design with us today, March 14, as one of the featured designers on our 2017 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Rhondda is a freelance crochet designer and a full-time blogger at Oombawka Design Crochet. Here she shares her love of crochet with the online crochet community through her beginner-friendly free patterns and tutorials. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two young children.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
You will often see me crocheting while my children are in their Kindermusik classes at church, or when they are taking part in their swimming lessons at the YMCA.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
I crochet while sitting on the couch in our family room. This allows me to be present while my children are playing, or watching a show on television.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
My favorite design is my Not Another Owl Hat. It began as a custom order for a family friend and turned into my first premium pattern. To date it is one of my most popular ‘for sale’ patterns. The toddler version of the Not Another Owl Hat pattern is available for free here.
Editor’s note: Other sizes available for purchase: Not Another Owl Hat (size child to adult) and Not Another Owl Hat (size baby to 5 years).
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
Crochet is my only fiber-related hobby.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
Naming patterns is quite difficult for me – you will often find me flipping through a dictionary or even a thesaurus to find a word which might work as a name for a pattern I have just completed. Other times I will search through terms and names from Mythology – this is how I came up with the afghan square name: Persephone’s Garden at Night, for last year’s Moogly CAL.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular patterns are my crochet hat patterns, like my Double Crochet Beanie. I design them to fit from preemie to adult large and the hat sizing is based on maths so they fit perfectly for the head size intended. These hats are perfect for so many projects – including chemo caps and charitable donations to hospital NICU preemies and newborns.
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
My favorite camping locations are located at Lake Superior Provincial Park. My family and I used to go there during summer vacations when I was a child. I have fond memories of us camping under a canopy of trees with the smell of the forest surrounding us. We often walked the trails, had campfires and went swimming in Lake Superior. The surrounding area is stunningly beautiful and the Lake is so clean. You can even see Agawa Rock Pictographs during your hikes. I hope to take my children there soon!
What is your favorite camping tip?
Make sure you change your socks before you go to bed – it will make your feet warmer to either change them, or remove the ones you were wearing during the day and sleep barefoot.
What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?
I love hot dogs and beans at a campfire – and of course marshmallows – and yes they are best when charred a bit 😉
Tell us about any crocheted items you take to “glam up” your camping experience.
Crocheted water bottle carriers are perfect for hikes for the kids!
Visit Rhondda’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
Amy (The Stitchin’ Mommy) and I will be hosting a giveaway from March 14th to the 31st.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Easy On Mittens, FREE
2. Ponytail or kNot Hat, FREE
The Ponytail or kNOT Hat is a crazy easy free crochet pattern which will take you approximately 40 minutes to complete, from start to finish (probably quicker!). You need 1 ball of super bulky yarn and a 12 mm hook. This hat can be crocheted as a beanie, a slouchy, or a messy bun hat / ponytail hat. Pick up the free crochet pattern, pop over to the full video tutorial and crochet this hat along with me – or print or save your pdf copy and work on it in your own spare time
3. Old-Fashioned Paperback Book Cover, FREE
Before eBooks and audiobooks there were paperback books 😉 I’m sure they still exist and for those of you who love your paperback books and still borrow them from the library, or purchase them in bookstores this pattern is for you!
My Nana always had a fabric book cover on her paperback books and I have planned on making a crochet version for myself for quite some time.
This is a very easy pattern – you can choose to try to apply a yarn pooling technique, or use a solid color yarn instead. I have included multiple photos and visuals to assist you with the project and video tutorial links for the best planned pooling videos I’ve seen so far.
This will make a great gift for anyone who likes to take their book with them to appointments – it allows them to read what they want without anyone else around them knowing if it is the latest trashy romance novel – or vampire series!
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