NatCroMo 2016, March 13: Laura Krzak

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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour


Welcome to Crochetville’s fourth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2016. Join us as we take a virtual tour on our passenger steam train, The Crochet Express, visiting crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, and offer some fun giveaways.

Today’s Posts: RaeLynn Orff | Laura Krzak | Heidi Ehlers | Cascade Yarns | Daily Giveaway

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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Laura Krzak, December’s Child Designs

Laura Krzak

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Laura Krzak with us today 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 Laura, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.


About Laura:

While my grandmother taught me how to crochet around the age of 9, I really didn’t pick it up as a craft until I was in my early 30’s. After several years of learning and experimenting with different techniques in crochet, I started designing for Cascade Yarns in 2013, and in 2016 I had a design published with the digital magazine “I Like Crochet.” Self-published designs are slow in coming, but as I also work a full-time, non-design related job, I hope they are worth the weight.

Tell us about your favorite travel destination.

I took my first ever cruise a several years ago, and I loved it! I went with my mom, and we visited several ports in the Southern Caribbean and just really had a good time. We also had a balcony room, and one night, before we went to dinner, we stepped out to see all the stars and watched as a satellite passed over-head. I absolutely want to take another cruise (or four) in the future.

Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day.

As a former English teacher, I’ve always hoped to have enough money to take a two month vacation in England, visiting all the literary sites mentioned in the Jane Austen novels. That would absolutely be a dream trip!

Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.

I haven’t in the past, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to in the future!

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 pack a shawl or two, because they make great layering accessories no matter where you are. Since yarn can snag, I try to pack anything crocheted in a 2 gallon zip closure bag to help protect it.

Tell us about any crochet projects you take with you when traveling: How many projects do you take? How do you decide which ones to take?

I usually take an easy project – a scarf that has an easily memorized pattern, for example. Since I’ve traveled with my mom on my most recent trips, my only stitching time is waiting for and flying on a plane, so I usually only pack one project to keep me occupied.


Visit Laura’s Site: NatCroMo Specials

I will be offering yarn to two lucky winners. Winners will receive enough yarn to create one of the two patterns that are highlighted in this designer spotlight. Yarn will be the exact same colorway as used for the original sample. Winners will be chosen from comments made between March 13, 2016 and March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced on my blog by April 3, 2016.


A Few of Laura’s Designs:

Esme Tunisian Scarf | Laura Krzak

Esme Tunisian Scarf, FREE

Named after the beautiful Tunisian lace stitch designed by Robyn Chachula, this scarf is a great introduction to what Tunisian crochet can add to your skills set. Hopefully, this scarf will be the gateway to a further enjoyment of Tunisian crochet. A photo tutorial of how to do the stitch is available on my blog.

Photo is copyright of Cascade Yarns and is used with permission.


Ginger Snap Scarf | Laura Krzak

Ginger Snap Scarf, FREE

Perfect little accessory to spice up your wardrobe, the Ginger Snap scarf is created with one skein of Cascade Yarn – Roslyn, which is a beautiful wool and silk blend in a DK weight yarn.

Photo is copyright of Cascade Yarns and is used with permission.


Friendship Shawl | Laura Krzak

Friendship Shawl, FREE

Named in honor of the friends who have encouraged and supported me on my journey to be a designer, this shawl starts with a short row wedge, then the lacy sides are added to create the body of the shawl. A photo tutorial of how to stitch the short row wedge section is available on my blog.

Photo is copyright of Cascade Yarns and is used with permission.


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