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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: 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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Julie Desjardins, ACCROchet
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Julie Desjardins of ACCROchet with us today, March 31, as one of the featured designers on our 2017 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
In French, “accro” means addict. ACCROchet is a play on words that goes a long way to explaining me, the person behind the pun: a 40-year-old French-Canadian woman named Julie, who is, of course, a crochet addict.
I publish my patterns in English and French, because I want the French-speaking world to have more access to well-written, modern crochet patterns.
I’ve been featured in Design Wars, Happily Hooked Magazine, Crochet Savvy, Knotions, and work in collaboration with numerous indie dyers. I love designing with unique, hand-dyed, natural fibers.
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
I do. I crochet everywhere. I actually crocheted while waiting for One Direction to start their Montreal show, to my daughter’s embarrassment.
If I am sitting for more than 20 minutes, I will pull out my hook whether I am at the doctor’s, in the car, or (apparently) at a big concert venue!
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
Mostly I have my spot on the couch, under the light, with Netflix on. My current WIP is always waiting for me on my grandfather’s piano.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
The Mint Chocolate Chip socks I designed for a Design Wars challenge are my favorite ever. I saw them in my mind, really intricate crochet socks that defied everything I knew about crocheting socks… and then I made them.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I really enjoy felting – wet, needle, you name it! I’m also a newbie weaver. I wish there were more hours in the day to get to do even more fibery things.
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
Sometimes I ask my testers, or the people that follow ACCROchet on social media. Other times, the name pops in to my mind as I’m working. It really varies.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
The Sorbet shawl is my most popular pattern, to this day. I crocheted it in one sitting, and a friend of mine in the industry took photos for fun. It blows my mind just how much love it received and keeps receiving.
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
Saint-André-Avellin (in the province of Québec) has a special place in my heart. I’ve camped there for 1 weekend at the end of each summer for 5 years now, because that’s where one of our biggest fiber festival’s is held each year.
The campgrounds are perfect – trees, water, quiet… and a bunch of fiber friends & fiber enthusiasts.
What is your favorite campign snack/meal/recipe?
Oh this is embarrassing. To me, it’s not camping unless at least 1 meal is a can of Cordon Bleu meatballs. Yes, I eat canned meatballs in gravy & I love them.
Tell us about any crochet items you take to “glam up” your camping experience.
The past few years I’ve worked on magic shawls while campaign. These are shawls I make with yarn leftovers, wound in a magic ball. They are a no-concentration project, but because of the beauty of the yarns I design with, and the surprise of each new one appearing in turn, the work is absolutely wonderful.
Visit Julie’s Site: NatCroMo Special
Crochet all day, every day!
My pattern shop will be on sale throughout the month, and into the 1st week of April! Buy 2 patterns, get 1 free. No code needed.
My washcloth trio of patterns will be FREE as well, using code natcromo at checkout!
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Oatmeal: Scarf to Shawl to Top, $6.00
Why should I make this: Oatmeal can be worn as a hoodie, scarf, shawl, bolero, etc. There are no limits to how creative you can get with this piece.
2. Dobby Socks, $6.00
Why should I make these: If you’ve ever looked longingly at self-striping sock yarn – usually meant for knit socks – and wished for a pattern that would make these stripes work with crochet, you’ve come to the right place!
Sized baby to adult.
3. Granite & Quartz Shawl, $6.00
Why should I make this: Simple stripes surrounded by an intricate border to warm your shoulders.
Find Julie Online:
Facebook page: http://facebook.com//accrochet
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/363541933983064/
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