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: Carolyn Calderon | Karen C.K. Ballard | Julie Desjardins | 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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Carolyn Calderon, The Purple Poncho
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Carolyn Calderon with us today, March 31, 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 Carolyn, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
My Purple Poncho is the inspiration of why I learned to crochet. I was introduced to crochet by my Grandma Mary when I was very young. She made me a purple poncho and I’ve been “hooked” ever since! Now, I like to design and work with unusual fibers and crochet stitches to create unique jewelry, household items and classic accessories.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
I do crochet in public especially when I will be sitting for extended periods of time such as in an airplane, at appointments, and just about anywhere.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
It’s hard to pick one thing, but the one design that came together with the colors, design and name is my Summer of Love Shawl that I made for Red Heart Yarns. I love wearing this shawl, made with the love knot and a pretty scalloped edge.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
Although crochet is my go to craft, I also enjoy doing cross stitch, embroidery, tatting, macramé, and beading. I’ve been learning how to knit recently and enjoy the Continental technique.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
Each pattern is different, it can be named after the yarn, or the color of the yarn. Sometimes it’s after the stitch used, or it could be named after a location I was at when I designed the item.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular design recently is the Messy Bun Hat. It’s made with bulky yarn and some texture, for a very trendy hat. It has a hole in the top to wear your hair in a messy bun or a ponytail.
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
My favorite camping location is Catalina Island. It’s a nice boat ride to get there and it is very beautiful. We camp on the beach, eat lots of fresh lobster and enjoy the scenery.
What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?
Visit Carolyn’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I’m offering a special discount on my Ravelry patterns at 40% off for one week! No coupon needed, valid 3/31/17 – 4/7/17.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Pretty In Pink, $6.50
This hat and glove set is fast to make and is a gorgeous gift. Made on the diagonal with a variety of stitches to add texture and interest to the design and is an intermediate pattern. This is part of my Pretty In Pink Collection.
2. Misty Bay Cowl, $5.50
This pretty cowl combines an unusual cluster stitch to add interest to your wardrobe. An intermediate pattern, challenging for a beginner, interesting for intermediate. This has a matching ha.t and is part of my Misty Bay Collection
3. Timeless Boho Beanie, Free
The Timeless Boho Beanie is a fun and fashionable hat! Made with the traditional granny stitch, but with a large hook for big stitches and a quick project. This coordinates with my Timeless Boho Collection.
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