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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour
Want to Chat about the Tour?
Part of the fun of taking a passenger steam train trip is talking with your fellow passengers. This year, we’re providing two locations where our passengers can get to know each other. We’d 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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Marie Segares, Underground Crafter
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Marie Segares with us today, March 1, as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). If you’d like to know even more about Marie, check out our post about her from last year’s blog tour.
My name is Marie Segares, and I’m the Proprietress of Underground Crafter. I learned to crochet from my maternal grandmother in 1984, and I’ve been hooked ever since. She tried to teach me to knit, too, but that was far less successful. In 2010, I finally conquered my fear of knitting, and I haven’t looked back since. (Don’t tell the knitting, but crochet is still my favorite!).
Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.
One day, I’d like to visit Cuba with my dad. He was born in Santiago and I’ve heard it is a beautiful place.
Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
Yes! I always try to arrange a yarn shop visit when possible. You can read about my 2012 walking tour of Philadelphia yarn shops.
If you plan to visit my hometown of New York City, I recommend that you read my Visitor’s Guide to NYC Yarn Shops first!
Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?
I usually bring at least three crochet projects with me when I travel. I get a lot of crocheting done when I travel, but that’s because I listen to my mood. So I bring a few project options and leave room in my suitcase for any finds at a local yarn shop. My travel tip is that if you’re flying on an airplane, start a few rows or rounds before leaving. It makes the security folks feel much more comfortable when they see some work on the hooks than when you just have a pile of hooks and scissors and yarn needles in your bag.
Visit Marie’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I celebrate crochet year round, but I’ll definitely be sharing extra free crochet patterns, tips, and tutorials for NatCroMo.
I’m also kicking off something special this year. I’ll be sharing a daily audio podcast with free crochet patterns during NatCroMo. These will be patterns designed by me as well as more than 20 other crochet designers. If you’re an experienced crocheter or an audio learner, you’ll love listening to these patterns and you can even download them to bring along during your next trip. You can find more information about the podcast, including how to subscribe, in my Crochetville blog tour post.
A Few of Marie’s Designs:
I love making shawlettes for myself because I can wear them as scarves under my coat in the cold, and then use them as accessories over my clothes while I’m out. Being a native New Yorker, I have a lot of black in my wardrobe, so the Over the Rainbow colorway in Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic seemed like a great way to bring a little sunshine with me wherever I go.
Simple Spiral Beanie, Free
This stretchy one-skein project is halfway between a beanie and a slouchy hat. Crocheting in the back loop of half double crochet stitches mimics the look of the stockinette stitch in knitting. Although this is listed as intermediate because of the special stitches, an adventurous beginner can make it. Now available in 8 sizes.
For Kyle Baby Blanket, Free
This simple stitch pattern makes a gentle ripple for a classic baby blanket.
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