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: Ann Mancini-Williams | Jennifer E. Ryan | Amber Millard | Anzula Yarn | 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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Ann Mancini-Williams, Glamour4You
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Ann Mancini-Williams of Glamour4You with us today, March 7, 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 Ann, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
Hi! I am owner & designer of Glamour4You. I have been crocheting for over 35 years! Crocheting is my ultimate stress reliever. I have been designing crochet patterns since 2011 & I have loved every challenge it has demanded of me. I love designing all sorts of crochet – I like to keep it fresh & new! I have had a couple designs published in magazines, on crochet sites, & even won a couple crochet battles/wars! Come visit my website anytime & don’t forget to say Hi!
Do you crochet in public? If so, when and where?
Absolutely! I always load my current wip in my laptop backpack & crochet anywhere I am able! I crochet on my downtime at work, in the car (not when I am driving!!), at friend’s & family’s houses, at coffee shops (coffee & crochet go hand-in-hand), at parks, & in any waiting room I am in (Dr/dentist office)!
Do you have a special place at home where you crochet? Tell us about it.
I crochet on my couch, sitting right next to my daughter (she is a big snuggler!) in my living room. That is the most comfortable & centrally located spot, since I am a Mom & mother’s work always comes first!
Share the story of your favorite thing you’ve ever crocheted or designed.
My very first garment, my Sweet Summer Sweater. I had never crocheted clothing that big or something that had to fit well. I was so critical of my work, making sure the sizing was correct, that I reworked it about 10 different times. Once I was finished, I was so proud!!
Tell us about any other fiber-related hobbies you enjoy.
I also love to knit, loom weave, tunisian crochet, thread crochet, cross stitch, rug hook, & macrame!
How do you decide what to name your patterns?
Naming patterns is the HARDEST part of designing – I am not kidding!!! If a name does not come to me (which often it does not), then I do 1 of 2 things: 1) rely on my amazing group of crochet colleagues & testers to help think of a name, or 2) (this is the most fun) I have a Name Contest where I post the pattern on my blog & ask for YOU to name the pattern. I then choose the name & the winner will get the pattern for free! This is the most fun (and interesting – I sometimes get some bizarre suggestions!!)
Tell us about your most popular pattern.
I think my most popular pattern would have to be my Glamour Skull Slipper Shoes. Most everyone knows I love Sugar Skulls (if you didn’t know, look at my logo!! It is me as a Sugar Skull!). They come in all sizes – Women, Men, Kid, & Baby! They are the most unique of all my patterns!
Tell us about your favorite camping location.
I LOVE to camp!! Unfortunately, I have not camped in a lot of places, but I would definitely enjoy somewhere warm, next to water (lake or ocean), & a campfire is a must!!
What is your favorite camping tip?
My family & I went camping with a good friend & her family! We had camp sites right next to each others & it was such a relaxing time!
What is your favorite camping snack/meal/recipe?
Anything on the fire! I love to cook in a dutch oven. I also LOVE s’mores!
Tell us about any crochet items you take to “glam up” your camping experience.
Camping to me is minimalist, so I do not bring anything that is not functional. I have crocheted pot holders for the dutch ovens, blankets & pads to sleep with, & even socks to keep my feet warm on the chilly nights!
Visit Ann’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
30% off all my patterns with coupon code NatCroMo17 for entire month of March in my Ravelry Shop.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share three of my designs with you.
1. Winding Ways Cable Jumper, $7.99
The Winding Ways Cable Jumper is the ULTIMATE in a classic cable sweater. It features classic cables, that twist & wind their way up the entire sweater. Also, it has open horizontal “ladder” spaces to make the cables POP! This sweater is warm & cool at the same time! The boat neck top of the sweater is flattering on all body types!
2. Mary-Go-‘Round Scarf, $6.99
The Mary-Go-‘Round Scarf is the perfect fall/winter must-have accessory! The scarf was made for my friend Mary of Murmee’s Which Craft & features diagonal color work, texture stripes, & an open lacy fabric. The scarf is a triangle scarf that works up quick & can be made in any size. The scarf can be worn around the neck, across the shoulders, or even around the head!
3. Intercepting Tank, $7.99
The Intercepting Tank features many combinations of color work – Vertical Striping, Horizontal Short Rows, & Diagonal Striping. Also features a Scoop Neckline & Racer-back Straps. The tank is loose & airy; can be worn over a bandeau bra or a light tank for more coverage!
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