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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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Denise Voie de Vie
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Denise Voie de Vie with us today, March 27, as one of the featured designers on our 2017 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Denise celebrated her 5-year design anniversary in 2016. She has had her crochet (as well as knit) designs and articles published by Interweave Crochet magazine, Crochet! magazine, Crochet World magazine, I Like Crochet, Yarnbox, as well as by major yarn companies. Additionally, she has authored and self-published several seasonal collections, a book of designs inspired by the first females of flight (Leather, Lace, Grit & Grace), and is currently curating and organizing a world-wide independent dyer and designer collection for release in early summer.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
Yes! Mostly on public transportation. 🙂
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
No one special place – everywhere at home!
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
How can I choose just one? They are all my favorite children.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I have started weaving, and I want to learn to spin. This is the year. 😉
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
It depends – sometimes the yarn is inspiration, other times subject matter or person or mythology or literature.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
Well, if by most popular you mean number of Ravelry projects, then it would have to be the Wyvern Warmer, designed for Yarnbox subscribers in January, 2016. A simply constructed worsted-weight poncho gets all kinds of drape and depth from a beautiful lace stitch pattern and gorgeous yarn. This is one instance where the yarn colorway inspired the design name!
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
I really do not like camping! The best “glamping” experience I have had was during my tour of Rte 66/drive up the California coast, when I stayed in a cabin at Big Sur Campground and Cabins. The cabins are rustic, but the bed was so comfortable and, with the sound of the river right outside my window, I slept like a baby. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
What is your favorite camping tip?
Just say no.
What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?
If forced to choose something, s’mores, of course. 🙂
Tell us about any crochet items you take to “glam up” your camping experience.
One of my myriad crocheted blankets would probably be a given.
As in the past several years, I will be providing prizes in the Ravelry NatCroMmo party group. Additionally, I will be self-publishing my Summer Mist Poncho. Between March 27th and the end of March, the pattern will be 50% off the normal list price of $5.00. Stop by Voie de Vie to read more about her Summer Mist Poncho.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Chunky Comfort Blanket, $3.99
My latest blanket design, from my most recent A La Maison 2 collection, consists of a rather easily memorized two-row lace pattern that, worked in a yarn with long color runs, does the bulk of the heavy design lifting. The double trim rows along the border are perfect as a color anchor for all that self-striping goodness in the middle.
This was one of my favorite projects to work up in the evening – I always looked forward to taking it out, and was slightly disappointed when it was finished! It goes well with glamping, too.
2. Wyvern Warmer, $5.00
Designed for January 2016’s Classic Yarnbox (and one of my most popular), this short poncho makes the most of amazing color as well as the great drape of MJ Yarn’s luscious alpaca/merino/silk yarn blend. Construction couldn’t be easier and this project works up quickly, so gratification is almost instant!
3. Climbing Vines Cowl, $5.00
This versatile cowl, designed for my Spring/Summer 2013 collection Fleurs et L’eau, has proven to have amazing staying power. It can be worked up in almost any yarn weight (the original was worked up in worsted weight pima cotton), either in a solid color or a multitude of multi-color options, and it comes together quickly. What’s there not to like about that?
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