NatCroMo 2016, March 17: Amber Millard

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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: Bonnie Barker | Jennifer E Ryan | Amber Millard | Sheep Thrills Yarn Store | Universal Yarn | 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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Amber Millard, Divine Debris

Amber Millard in Viola Convertible Cowl

Crochetville is very proud to have designer Amber Millard with us today as one of the featured designers on our 2016 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).


About Amber:

Amber Millard is the designer behind Divine Debris. Although she was taught to crochet as a child, she didn’t pick up a hook again until she began working at a craft store about 4 years ago. The inspiration for her designs comes from just about everything, including crochet stitches and popular trends in clothing and jewelry fashion, but most importantly her perpetually filled coffee cup. In what began as the rediscovering of a long-forgotten hobby, for Amber, Divine Debris has become a fun, at times exhausting, but ultimately a very rewarding blogging/ business venture.

Tell us about your favorite travel destination.

I’m not a big traveler so I can’t say I have a favorite destination but because my husband and I live across the country from our family, we do love to travel home when we can.

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

Anywhere in Europe, really. I have an Art History degree and I dream of someday visiting museums and seeing the paintings and sculptures I’ve only read about in big, wordy books.

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

The last time I traveled I went to Austin, TX and I didn’t make a point visit any yarn stores. I should have but it was visit to see family and so we did a lot of cooking, drinking, and hanging out together. Next time, though, I’ll be making a list of stores to visit. 😀

Packing: Tell us about any crochet clothing or accessories you pack when traveling. Do you have any really cool packing tips to share?

I always bring crochet with me when I travel. I’ve got a couple vests I made for myself, which I love to wear over tank tops because they’re fun. I also take earrings with me, always have to be wearing at least a little crochet. Luckily, crochet is light and earrings are small, I can pack them in with my cosmetics in a small bag.

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 take at least 2, one that I’ve already got in progress and then some yarn for a second project if I get done with the first or bored. I tend to bet bored and need to play around with yarn to try out a new idea, so I always bring yarn and hooks.

Do you have any stories or anything else travel-related that you’d like to share with our blog tour readers?

I love being able to crochet, it makes traveling so much easier. I can sit in the car and focus on the crochet and not on my husband’s driving. I also bring crochet when I’m on a plane and it helps to calm my nerves; I don’t like flying much. Also, diners! I love visiting diners, especially ones that have wonderous bakeries attached to them. On the occasion my husband and I do travel, we try to find them.


Visit Amber’s Site: NatCroMo Specials

I’m working on a pattern that’s fun and perhaps a bit goofy to people. I’ve got this idea of texture, contrast, and yet cuteness that works together. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but I hope that people like it and/ or get inspired.

Amber Millard | Divine Debris | NatCroMo Sneak Peek


A Few of Amber’s Designs:

Luisa Asymmetrical Shawl | Amber Millard | Devine Debris

Luisa Asymmetrical Shawl, $3.99

I designed this pattern because I was super jealous of a couple of knit patterns I saw come through my Pinterest feed. I can’t knit but I love how light, soft, and stylish they looked so I decided to design my own version of the pattern. I love how this wears as a scarf as well as a shawl.


Josephine Cowl | Amber Millard

Josephine Cowl, $3.99

I love texture and I love to find ways to make as much in a pattern as possible. The Josephine Cowl was the first in its line and I love the way it turned out. It looks so wavy to me and dramatic to me, love it for the colder months.


Izzy Hat | Amber Millard

Izzy Hat, $3.99

I love hats! I also love to be able to wear hats whenever, so heavy worsted weight hats can be a bit much for my head when it’s not 10 degrees outside. I designed the Izzy Hat after watching an episode of Nashville and I used superfine Loops and Threads Woolike so that I could wear it anytime. It’s also nice for those days I don’t want to do my hair.


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