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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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Julie Blagojevich, CrochetWorks
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Julie Blagojevich of CrochetWorks with us today, March 2, 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 Julie check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
I’ve been designing crochet pieces steadily since 2011. I love to work with fingering and lace-weight yarns, and I love to crochet small things–shawls, scarves, cowls, bags, and jewelry. Stitches used in unexpected ways delight me. And I love to discover new shapes for items. You can find my patterns on Ravelry and in a few books and ebooks.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
Yes, I crochet at a local coffee shop with my knitter friends. They all knit while I crochet.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
I love to crochet in a sunroom at the back of our home. The light is strong, and the birds, rabbits, and squirrels entertain me while I stitch. I have a basket next to me with everything I might need to grab for a project and a very large table nearby where I can spread out my work when needed.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
It may not survive being THE favorite, but it is currently A favorite. It’s a modified boomerang-shaped shawl/wrap named for a dear friend, Pam. Pam owned a wonderful yarn shop called Angel Hair for many years. I worked up a design full of triangle shapes, and I used a delightful silk and linen blend yarn.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I knit, as well. Again, I work on small items. I sit in class each month with a group of lovely women, and we knit and learn and chat. We love seeing each other’s projects develop.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
Many times my patterns are named for people I know and love.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
A current favorite among Ravelry users is the pattern Nanci. It’s named for my sister-in-law. The piece is a silk scarf/wrap, and it ends with a flourish!
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
I confess that I’m not a camper! I love to hike in the Smokies, and I love to walk miles on the beach. But I always leave nature behind to eat and sleep:)
Tell us about any crochet items you take to “glam up” your camping experience.
I usually take a crocheted wrap for evenings out.
I will be offering one pattern free on Ravelry for the month of March. Julie will also be hosting a crochet-along for this pattern in her Ravelry group later this month, complete with prizes at the end!
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Rowena, $3.00
Rowena is a scalene triangle worked from a starting point with just 2 chains. It gradually increases in length and width, ending with a wide, ornate edging. Along the way, there are ornamental rows to keep your interest while crocheting.
2. Leslie, $3.00
Leslie is a light and lively shawl filled with gently rolling rows of feather and fan and lots of color. It is worked in six colors for the lace-weight version and five colors for the fingering-weight version and makes a great stash-buster project.
3. Hannah, $3.00
Hannah is a two-colored cowl worked in the round. It is a striking piece and long enough to be looped around.
Find Julie Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/julie-blagojevich
Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/crochetworks
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