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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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Angelia Robinson, Angelia Creates
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Angelia Robinson with us today, March 27, 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 Angelia, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
Former environmental lobbyist, Angelia Robinson is a crochet and knit designer residing in Los Angeles. Her playful yet elegant work has been featured in Vogue Knitting: Crochet, Love of Knitting, and Interweave Crochet, and Crochet! magazines. She also writes the “Ask a Knitter” column for I Like Knitting magazine. As a teacher and homeschooling mom, Angelia draws daily inspiration from her quartet of children.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
Everywhere! I never leave the house without a crochet project.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
This past summer I renovated my basement and created a studio/office space for myself. In one corner of the room I set up a big comfy chair for crocheting.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
One of the best projects I ever made is a doll I made for my daughter when she was just around 4 years old. She named the dolly May-Christine after her a character in the book, Tuck Everlasting, and her favorite aunt. My daughter is a teenager now, but she still has that doll.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
I often consult baby name books or websites. I like to browse through the lists of names and their meanings to see what grabs me.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular pattern is the Crocodile Clutch. The first time I saw the crocodile stitch I fell in love. It is lovely when used in an afghan or scarf, but I thought, “Why not add a little bling?” Sparkly yarn and shiny beads give this quick project all the glamour you’ll need for a night on the town.
This lovely little bag is a perfect project for learning the popular crocodile stitch and an easy introduction to crocheting with beads. Available in both US and UK terminology, the pattern also includes a detailed chart.
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
I’m a camping wimp. My idea of roughing it is staying at Motel 6!
What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?
Smores – my favorite part of girl scout camp. But nowadays I prefer dark chocolate.
To celebrate National Crochet Month, I’ll be giving away my new felted Zizi Scarf pattern as a freebie for a limited time with the coupon code on my blog. This design features Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca yarn crocheted in a fun openwork stitch.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Alba Cowl, $5.95
This fun, chunky cowl is worked flat in exploded lace. A twist is added before seaming to create the stylish mobius look. Variegated yarn adds a burst of color to this fast and easy project. Whether worn with jeans and a turtleneck or over a hip leather jacket, this versatile accessory will draw interest to any outfit. Featured in YarnBox October 2016!
2. Ayo Scarf, $4.00
The Ayo Scarf is crocheted in a large scale lace pattern which flows from solid to open-work diamond motifs. Self-striping yarn adds an element of color to the dynamic geometric shapes. Careful blocking creates subtle waves along the side edges. Whether worn with jeans and a turtleneck or over a hip leather jacket, this versatile accessory will add interest to any outfit.
3. Nori Cowl, $5.95
An interesting combination of short and tall stitches worked in the back loop gives this cowl a beautifully textured fabric. The center panel is crocheted from side to side and seamed, then the borders are worked from the center out. Finish this quick project in a single weekend and wear it for years to come.
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