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The Crochet Express National Crochet Month Blog Tour
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Anastacia Zittel, Anastacia Knits Designs
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Anastacia Zittel with us today, March 14, 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 Anastacia, check out our post from last year’s blog tour.
My name is Anastacia, and I am the scrap yarn/one skein queen. I used to buy my yarn mainly at yard sales/thrift stores, so I got used to making do with what I could find. Most of my patterns are designed to use up the odd skeins or leftovers in your life, and are geared towards beginner crocheters or those who just want a fast, easy, but still pretty item. I use US terms and abbreviations, and I try to lay out my patterns pretty simply, to save on paper and ink.
I just turned 40 on March 6, I’m married, have a wonderful cat named Wedgie, & I work full time at my day job, teach Sunday School at my local church, in addition to teaching and designing. I’m also an avid book blogger!
I’m a CGOA member & a certified knit & crochet teacher through the Craft Yarn Council of America & teach mostly private lessons at coffee shops in my area! I’m also a tech editor, doing mainly crochet accessories / home goods at this time.
1. Tell us about your favorite travel destination:
Our favorite place to visit is Acadia National Park, in Maine, about six hours drive from us. It’s gorgeous, there are tons of mountains to hike, yet there’s still a gorgeous sand beach and the ocean is EVERYWHERE on the island if you’d rather laze on the beach then go hiking!
2. Tell us about a “dream” travel location that you’d like to visit one day:
My husband has never been to Walt Disney World, so our “dream” vacation is to go there with our best friends for a week.
3. Do you visit yarn stores when traveling? If so, tell us about one of your favorite finds.
Usually, though not every trip. We were in CT one time, and we ended up getting lost (before the days of GPS’s and smart phones!). I had googled ahead of time, and didn’t know of any yarn stores in the area, so I wasn’t expecting to find one, but wouldn’t you know it, as we were driving around, we stumbled across one! The yarn store featured nothing but locally spun or hand-dyed yarn, and was amazing! Unfortunately the place ended up closing just a few years later.
4. Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any cool packing tips to share?
I always pack tons of crocheted accessories (we usually travel in the summer, when most of my crocheted tops are too hot to wear), but my cool packing trip is to set up a reusable packing list. I have mine saved on google docs, so I can access it anywhere and hubby can even edit it if he thinks of something to add. It’s something I’ve worked on for a few years, so it’s pretty detailed at this point. It appeals to my list-making side, but also appeals to my “don’t want to waste time writing up a list every time” side. It’s fantastic, because it’s so easy to forget something important, like our medications or a phone charger or something.
Visit Anastacia’s Site: NatCroMo Specials
I have a new free pattern (always free) – a crochet cowl. I also have a special coupon code. Come visit my site for the details.
If you’re not familiar with my work already, I’d like to share one of my designs with you.
1. Anika, $6.00
This is a very simple, beginner’s vest pattern, available in six sizes.
The pattern is a one row repeat & is charted. The vest starts at the bottom, & is worked in one piece until you get to the underarms. The vest is then divided into the two front pieces & the back piece, & then seamed at the shoulders.
Anika looks good in both solid & multi color versions.
It is designed with 2-4” of positive ease in mind, so you can easily wear this as a layering piece. Spud & Chloe Sweater is a cotton & wool blend, making this a great 3 season vest.
The main stitch pattern uses single crochet, double crochet, and chain stitches.
Pattern also includes a schematic.
Find Anastacia Online:
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/anastacia-zittel
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