You’ve arrived at the annual NatCroMo Blog Tour! What is that, you ask? It’s a virtual celebration of National Crochet Month with new blog content daily throughout March, including featured crochet designers, free patterns, discounts, giveaways, and more.
This year our theme is The Crochet Concert and we are celebrating music as creative inspiration. Each featured designer’s showcase will include an “Opening Act” (a quick or easy pattern); “Intermission” (the designer’s favorite crochet tools, yarn, or books); a “Showstopper” (an impressive or unique pattern); and “Designer’s Choice” (any pattern of the designer’s choice).
See all of this year’s tour here: NatCroMo Blog Tour 2021.
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About Ashley Parker
Our featured designer of the day is Ashley Parker of The Loopy Lamb. The best place to find Ashley’s patterns is in her Ravelry designer profile. You can also get them in her Etsy shop.
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I’m the crochet designer and blogger behind The Loopy Lamb. I’m a Canadian mom of two who loves coffee, Harry Potter, birds of prey, and all things yarn. My blog, The Loopy Lamb, is known for its great, free crochet patterns, high quality video tutorials, giveaways, and crochet product and book reviews. New content posts several days a week and I’d love for you to join in following me in my crafty adventures.
Ashley’s Creative Inspiration
Is music a source of inspiration for your crochet creativity? Or do you listen to music while you crochet? If so, tell us about it. If not, what is something else that helps fuel your creative inspiration?
Music has always played a big part in my life and inspiring me. I listen to music daily and often while I’m crocheting. When I’m in a funk, listening to music can be just the thing to pick me up and get the creative juices flowing again.
Can you recommend one or two songs/pieces of music you find inspirational?
I really like Celtic Women and Maroon 5. Two very different artists and music types but those are are my go-tos right now.
Ashley Parker’s Designer Showcase
The Opening Act
Pattern name: Bob & Betty Bird
Get the pattern: https://www.theloopylamb.com/2020/03/27/free-crochet-bird-pattern-bob-and-betty-bird/
About the pattern: Bob & Betty Bird are a quick and easy design that is great for people that are new to crochet and/or crocheting amigurumi. This design includes a step-by-step video tutorial so even if you can’t read a pattern, I’ve got you covered.
Tell us about one (or more) of your favorite crochet-related items.
I absolutely love, love, LOVE crochet books. Stitch dictionaries, pattern books, etc, I love them all. There’s always something new to learn. I love them so much and read so many of them that I started sharing reviews of the books I check out on my blog and YouTube tutorials.
Pattern name: Otis the Owl
Get the pattern: https://www.theloopylamb.com/2020/05/01/crochet-owl-free-pattern-otis-the-owl/
About the pattern: Otis the Owl is my favourite design. I am in love with owls and so it was important to me to get the look of an owl just right. Otis was the design that I fell in love with using faux fur yarns. Otis’s pattern comes with some video tutorial support for his beak and feet as well as my top tips and tricks for working with faux fur yarns, to make working with it much easier.
Pattern name: It’s All Greek to Me C2C Blanket
Get the pattern: https://www.theloopylamb.com/2020/06/05/free-crochet-pattern-for-a-c2c-blanket/
About the pattern: The It’s All Greek to Me C2C Blanket is a statement piece graphgan blanket that is perfect for the home. It’s available as a free graphgan pattern on my blog or as an ad-free PDF version in my Ravelry and Etsy shop which includes the written instructions.
Designer Ashley Parker
Follow Ashley Online
Here’s where you can connect with Ashley online to be sure you don’t miss any of her new designs!
- Blog: theloopylamb.com
- Instagram: @theloopylamb
- Facebook: @TheLoopyLamb
- YouTube: The Loopy Lamb – YouTube channel
- Pinterest: @theloopylamb
- Etsy: The Loopy Lamb – Etsy shop
- Ravelry: Ashley Parker – Ravelry designer profile
- Newsletter: Subscribe to The Loopy Lamb free newsletter
- TikTok: @theloopylamb