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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: Amanda Saladin | Yarn and Y’all | 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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Crochetville is very proud to have designer Amanda Saladin with us today, March 4, 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 Amanda, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
I am a mom to three boys under the age of 8, wife to an amazing hubby, and full-time high school teacher. I received a BS in fashion design in 2002 but it took almost 10 years to put my love of yarn and my passion for design together!
I started designing crochet items in 2011 and have had work published in most major crochet magazines. The most rewarding part is seeing what everyone makes with my patterns! I love to share free patterns on my blog and have a special project lined up for the National Crochet Month Blog Tour!
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
Anywhere and everywhere! If I have a few minutes I will grab a project out of my bag. I always have at least one with me.
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
In my bedroom. I lie propped up in bed and that is pretty much the only place I crochet. It’s comfy and all my supplies are organized nearby.
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
Wow, that’s a hard one! I go in spurts with what I like to make. I got hooked on crochet jewelry for a while, then it was amigurumi animals, and lately it’s been baby booties. I really don’t have just one favorite thing I’ve made.
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I also design knitting patterns and am a beginner at spinning. Pretty much anything fiber-related interests me and one day we would even like to own some sheep!
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
A lot of times I will use the yarn name in there if it is nice, like I did with several patterns I created with Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. Other times I have to really think for a while until something just sounds right. I don’t really have a method.
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
My most popular patterns at the moment are free patterns for messy bun hats. Since that’s such a craze right now they have been really hot! Before that it was the Unforgettable One-Skein Scarf seen in my bio picture and the Duchess Baby Blanket.
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
My husband’s aunt and uncle have an amazing farm with a lot of land and we love to camp there. Our favorite campsite is near a fairly large creek where our boys can play.
As far as campgrounds go, I think St. Andrew’s State Park in Florida would be my favorite. It has a private beach that is simply awesome.
What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?
We cooked croissant sandwiches wrapped in foil by the fire that were really good the last time we went camping. Also, we tried roasting marshmallows and adding them and the chocolate to a bag of honey grahams to cut down on the mess – you eat them with a spoon and they were great!
Visit Amanda’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I will be offering a free blanket pattern for a race car blanket.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Sweet Sophisticated Mary Janes, FREE
These sweet little baby booties work up quickly using Red Heart Baby Steps Light yarn. This FREE pattern comes in two sizes for 0-6 months and 6-12 months.
2. Messy Bun Hat, FREE
Messy bun hats have been big this season! Make the Quick and Easy Messy Bun hat using Lion Brand Scarfie yarn and a size L hook. This is a free pattern.
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